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How to Crochet: Minecraft Creeper Hat

Perfect for the gamer, this Minecraft Creeper hat is an easy pattern to work up in a few short hours! My video tutorial demonstrates the pattern for the beanie as well as the character detail.

I was fortunate enough to have Nate model a sample, but in the video tutorial, I demonstrate how to make a toddler/child size hat. You can go on to increase your stitches to make this larger after round 7. See the notes section for further instructions.

For hat sizing and stitch counting, follow along with the measure guide chart in this post here.

 

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To learn how to make this Minecraft Creeper Hat, follow along with this video tutorial:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (I used colors Spring Green and Black)
-Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-This hat is demonstrated for a Toddler/Small Child size: 19 Inches Hat Circumference

-The chain 2 at the beginning of a new round does not count as a stitch

-Join to the first DC of the round in the hat portion, NOT to the ch 2.

-To make your hat bigger, after round 6 Increase the next round as follows:
Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, repeat around, join, ch 2 (66 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, ch 2 (72 DC)
Round 10-16: DC in each st, join, ch 2.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:
With Green:
Ch 3
Round 1: 9 DC in 3rd chain from hook, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (18 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (27 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 8, repeat around, join, ch 2 (60 DC)
Round 8-16: DC around, join ch2 (54 DC)
(You could end on Round 15 if you wanted to)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Design of Creeper:
With Black:
Make 2:
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 2-5: Sc across. Ch 1, turn. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Mouth part:
With Black:
Row 1: Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 2: sc across. ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 3: Sc across. Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 4: sc across and chain 4 (7 sc & 4 chs)
Row 5: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chains, sc in next 4 sts, leave last 3 sts unworked. ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 6: SC in each st across. ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 7: SC in each st across. ch 4, turn. (7)
Row 8: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chains, sc in next 4 sts, leave last 3 sts unworked. ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 9: sc in each st across. ch 1 turn. (7)
Row 10: Sc in each st across. ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 11: SC in each st across. (7)
Sc around entire piece. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Sew pieces to hat, weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

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~Nadia

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Crochet Tutorial: Cable Crochet Headband

I often see cable stitches in knitted items, but there is a way to do it with crochet as well! For anybody looking to crochet a cable knit headband, or use this technique to create other awesome items like blankets and hats, follow along with my video tutorial to learn how to do just that!!

I filmed this tutorial a while ago and wanted to add it to my website as a blog post for all of you. 🙂

It may look intricate, but in this video tutorial, you will learn that this is a very simple pattern.

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
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Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (I used Gray)
-Size G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use any type of yarn for this project. Gauge is not important.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

Ch 13
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn (12 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, HDC in each st across. Turn (12 hdc)
Row 3: Ch 2, HDC in the first 4 sts, FPTR around the next 4 HDC, HDC in the last 4 sts. Turn (8 HDC, 4 FPTR)
Row 4: Ch 1, HDC in the first 4 sts, BPTR around the next 4 sts, HDC in the last 4 sts. Turn (8 HDC, 4 BPTR)
Row 5: Ch 2, HDC in first 4 sts, skip the next 2 sts, FPTR around the next 2 sts, FPTR around the 2
skipped stitches. (in that order every time- 3, 4, 1, 2), HDC in remaining 4
sts. Turn ( 8 HDC, 4 FPTR)
Rows 6 – 63: Repeat rows 4 and 5 or until your piece is as long as you need it. (In the video tutorial I ended on row 43)
Row 64: Ch 2, HDC in each st across. Turn (12 hdc)
Row 65: Ch 1, sc in each st across. (12 sc)
SC around the entire band. Fasten off with long tail. Sew seam in back. See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Enjoy!

~Nadia

A Little Crochet Comedy

Over the years of my crochet career, I am often caught off guard by some hilarious crochet humor and have been known to share a few of these memes from time to time.

This blog is a compilation of some very funny graphics depicting how comical crochet can truly be! These posts will really send a chuckle through the crochet community! I know there are many of you that can relate to these humorous lines!

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This is my weapon of choice:
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Been there, done that.
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Everytime I stop at Herrschner’s, this happens to me:
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It’s called a project hangover:
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I have a few true friends:
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EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
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Truth:
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The best place to get your fiber:
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I like to knit also, but this one is too funny to pass up!
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Friday night fun! I party like a rockstar! A crochet rockstar!
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That bunny better do the right thing:
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NSFW (I laughed so hard, I snorted tea through my nose!):
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Don’t be a wuss:
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I get all kinds of crazy:
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LOL!!! EXACTLY!!
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This wasn’t very nice, but I laughed so hard!!
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Whenever you feel the need to get a good laugh, come back to this post.

Feel free to click on any photo and save it to your device and share it with all of your friends!

Do you have a funny meme or photo that is related to crochet? Share it on the Facebook page!

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Floral Dream Crown

Inspired by the Coachella Festival flower crown filter on Snapchat, I designed this fun and ethereal headband. I filmed The Floral Dream Crown video tutorial and am excited to share it with all of you. Perfect for summertime festivals and events for all ages! Join me on Snapchat for behind the scenes look at YARNutopia!

This demonstration will show you how to create a variety of crochet flowers in different sizes combined to create this impressive headpiece.

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This would look great as a bridal or bridesmaid headpiece, a little flower girl, or any young girl hair accessory. This would be cute for a photo prop on babies also! This crown works well for a hairband to wear to music festivals or any other fun summer event! Make a statement and stand out with this great head piece!

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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this crown:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
Visit My Ravelry Store and add this to your Favorites!
Follow me on Twitter: @YARNutopia
Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Click here to get the full kit of supplies!!**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Light Orchid
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pale Yellow
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Perfect Pink
Size G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Headband from the Dollar Store (Or you can crochet your own headband)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can make as many flowers as you want and use any colors/yarn type that you want.
-If you cannot find a headband at the dollar store, you can crochet your own by checking out this link.
-You can use any type of yarn for this project. Gauge is not important.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

Small Flower: Make 4

Before making your slip knot, leave a 6-8” tail;

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Row 1: sc in 4th ch from hook (first ch 1 sp made). * Ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2sc and 1 sl st, in first ch 1 sp, 3 sc and 1 sl st in each of the next 4 ch 1 sps. Fasten off with long tail for sewing. Roll strip into a flower, stitch flower together at base.

Medium Flower: Make 2

Before making your slip knot, leave a 6-8” tail;

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Row 1: sc in 4th ch from hook (first ch 1 sp made). * Ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, [2 sc and 1 sl st] in first ch 1 sp, [3sc, 1 sl st] in each of the next 3 ch 1 sps, [3 hdc, 1 sl st] in each of the next 4 ch 1 sps, [4 hdc, 1 sl st] in each of the next 4 ch 1 sps, [4 dc, 1 sl st] in each of the next 4 ch 1 sps. Fasten off with long tail for sewing. Roll strip into a flower, stitch flower together at base.

Large Flower: Make 2

Ch 5, join with sl st to 5th ch from hook to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, working in ring, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 4 dc, 1 hdc, 2 sc, 1 hdc, 4 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st on the 1st sc. (16 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, (Ch 3, skip one st, sc on next st) repeat around, join. (8 ch-3 loops)

Rnd 3: sl st into first ch 3 sp, ch 1, [(Sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) in ch-3 loop, sl st in sc] repeat around, join. (8 petals)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Center of flower:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Fasten off, sew to center of Large flower

Extra Large Flower: Make 2

Before making your slip knot, leave a 6-8” tail;

Row 1: Ch 44 (Or any even number)

Row 2: sc in 4th ch from hook (first ch 1 sp made). * Ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * to end.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, skip the first stitch of the previous row, tr first ch sp, ch2, 2tr into same sp. 2DC, ch2, 2DC in each ch sp across. Fasten off and change color.

Row 4: [ch 3, 5dc] all in first ch 2 sp, *sk 2 sts and sc in between 3rd and 4th dc (see video tutorial for visual instructions), 6 dc in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * across. Fasten off. Roll strip into a flower, stitch flower together at base.

Leaf: Make 3
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Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, hdc in next, dc in next 3, hdc in next, sc in next, sl st in last. fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew all pieces to your headband (See video tutorial for visual instructions), make it as fancy as you want!! TIP: Be sure to stretch out your headband when sewing on your pieces. That way the headband won’t show through when you put it on your head.

Enjoy!

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World IBD Day: Spread the Word

Today, May 19th, is World IBD Day. More than 5 million people across the globe suffer – often in silence – from inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I, Nadia, am one of those 5 million people, and those that know me know I will not stay silent. As long as I have a voice or platform, I will use it to help build awareness and rally for so many who continue to suffer or are no longer with us because complications from these devastating diseases have claimed their lives. Some of my closest friends have lost their fight and yet there are still people who have never even heard of IBD! How is this even possible?!

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I have VERY progressive Crohn’s disease. I was wrongly diagnosed at the age of 16 which sent my life on a hellish journey against this overwhelming monster.

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Crohn’s disease is a VERY serious chronic auto-immune disease causing inflammation, bleeding, swelling, and ulcerations in the entire gastrointestinal tract. There is NO cure. I have undergone life altering surgeries to remove my entire large intestine, parts of my small intestine, my rectum, and now, I live with a permanent ileostomy as a result of the destruction this disease has wreaked on my body.

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When most people look at me the most common response I get is, “but you don’t look sick.” I shouldn’t have to bear my scars to prove that I am. I have suffered through countless hospital stays, surgeries, complications, and infections. I have been the subject of multiple studies and treatments in a quest to get this illness into remission. Presently, I am taking a potent biologic drug recently approved for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, and it has shown great promise. For the first time in 8 years, I have been out of the hospital for over 140 consecutive days and am enjoying every ounce of my life that I can.

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When one lives with chronic illness we become savvy at hiding our pain. Some suffer completely in silence behind a mask that hides how terribly ill they truly are. Today, on World IBD Day, and on every day we cry out for recognition – to stop patronizing attitudes of “but you don’t look sick.” Tell me, how is sick supposed to look? To stop having IBD labeled as a ‘bathroom disease.’ To end misconceptions like if you ‘change your diet or avoid stress, everything will be alright.’ To minimize the ridiculous ad campaigns that exist further stigmatizing this illness. Today, we continue to educate, support, and build awareness so that one day a cure will exist for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and no more lives are lost. One life gone is too many. This is just a small part of the truth behind IBD.

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To EVERYONE reading my post, I implore you to educate yourself and make Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis a household name. Talk about IBD so you can educate others through this example. Surprisingly, once you open the door to conversation, you will find others who are also there fighting a battle of their own. Please spread the word.

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~Nadia

YARNutopia Mascot: Shenanigans the Sheep

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Many of you that have been following YARNutopia for a while now, are acquainted with our page mascot and resident mischief maker, Shenanigans™. Shenanigans™ lives up to his namesake through his daily antics and his trouble-making ways. Similar to a Sour Patch Kid, he is sometimes sour, and sometimes sweet, and his personality has transpired remarkably to fit both of these characteristics. His cute and cuddly looks are his only redemption from otherwise questionable behavior, but Shenanigans™ will win your heart over every single time with that face and spongy tummy.

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In 2014, I decided to create a page mascot as part of my YARNutopia brand – a character for social media. Derived from my sense of adventure, that was often contained by long hospitalizations, I decided that this character would embody everything that I wish I could do but couldn’t because of my health. I wanted to instill a sense of silliness, sass, curiosity, and a naughty streak for finding himself in interesting and humorous situations. My character started to take on a life and personality of its own.

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Immediately, I knew this had to be a little sheep – the perfect symbol of YARNutopia. I found this pattern by Harugurumi and created our darling YARNutopia mascot from Lion Brand Homespun Yarn and a face filled with character. Soon this little guy took shape and I knew he would be loved by all!

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As I was crocheting this pattern, it occurred to me that this is probably what Gepetto must have felt like creating Pinocchio. HA!!

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Shenanigans™ was given his name on September 5th, 2014, and he became social media official. He began a life of adventure and mishaps galore when he joined me as a persona for YARNutopia. He has been my crochet sidekick for a long time now. He has accompanied me at many hospital stays and doctor visits since he was created. It has helped to have him along as a way to take my mind off of long hours spent sick. He has traveled many places on this planet. It has been fun to think of misadventures for him and orchestrate the scenarios he has found himself in, which I have documented in photographs for social media. He has been a character in my crochet story.

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Many YARNutopians have asked about him wanting to make their own. I used a pattern from another designer, as I mentioned earlier, and can only guide everyone to their page and a link to tips on reading patterns here so you can make your own version of Shenanigans™.

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Shenanigans™ will pop up from time to time on our Facebook and Instagram, so feel free to suggest adventurous ideas for him to explore!

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“Everything you look at can become a fairy tale, and you can get a story from everything you touch.” ~Hans Christian Andersen

~Nadia

Yarn-Shui: The art of organizing and not obsessing

I have a honeycomb metal shelf where I have color-coded my skeins of standard yarn.

I roll my scrap yarn into balls and have lovely wicker baskets with similar shaped yarn balls for various scrap projects.

I have bins labeled by brand and/or bulk for easy identification.

Lastly, my specialty yarn is stored on display in pretty ways on decorative shelving.

I have been told that I have a slight obsession with yarn and organization. Up until recently, it didn’t occur to me that this could be construed as “a problem.”

Today, I cut ends from a project and put them in a colorful bowl of yarn confetti that, yes, I am saving, because what if a bird needs bits of yarn to build a new nest? It occurred to me, that maybe I was quick to condemn anyone labeling me “obsessed.” I think even the word “yarn addiction” was tossed out at me a time or two. Does anyone else regard their fiber as such a precious commodity? How do you organize your yarn and scraps? Does anyone else save their scraps for “what if” projects?! I have even had dreams of luxurious fibers. Oh goodness, have I gone too far? Help!?

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Share your organizations tactics in the comments below!!
~Nadia

Tribal Barefoot Sandals

Walks on the beach, summer concerts in the park, or weddings on the sandy coast, are all the perfect occasions for barefoot sandals. I show how to use beads and feathers to adorn this pair of lace up tribal footwear that is all the rage! Spend your summer in style with this fun accessory!

Tribal Sandals

Although simple to create, these make an impressive fashion statement and give a great free-spirited vibe when you are looking for alternative footwear.

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These can be worn bare, or you can dress up a pair of sandals/shoes.

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You can chain an amount that you are comfortable with, but the more you chain, the higher you can wrap these up your leg!! You can make them simple and eliminate the beads and feather look. OR, you can add more embellishments like a crocheted flower!! The possibilities are endless.

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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
Visit My Ravelry Store and add this to your Favorites!
Follow me on Twitter: @YARNutopia
Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Get the full kit of supplies here!!**

FibraNatura Sea Song Less than 50 yards
Size 2.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle and Smaller Sewing needle
Scissors
Beads (Assortment)
2 Feathers
Crimp Beads

NOTES:
-This is worked from one side, down to the toe, back up to the other side.
-This will fit any foot from size 6-12 Womens
-You can use any type of yarn for this project. Gauge is not very important.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet

Pattern:
Ch 300 (or any amount that you would want to wrap around your ankle/leg) then, ch an extra 45 chs.

Sl st into the 15th ch from hook.
Ch 1, sk 1 ch, HDC in next CH, repeat from * until you have 12 HDC. Then, Ch 1 and sk a ch and sl st into next ch. Then ch the same amount that you chained in the beginning. In my case, it was 300. Fasten off.

Sandal made.

Watch video tutorial on how to attach beads and feather! Enjoy!

 

Small Pieces, Big Picture

As my 365 Days of Granny Squares has progressed, I have accumulated boxes of the completed squares with the intent to make blankets and various projects from all this hard work. My first endeavor was this Kaleidoscope Garden Afghan. Named for the variety of colors and the use of the 3-D floral squares in the center of the blanket, this piece is a great beginning to this yearlong project.

I used 68 squares to make this afghan and the final measurements with the border is 66 inches (167 cm) X 72 inches (183 cm)

As we embarked on this project, I have witnessed an incredible amount of creativity that has come from others participating in these daily squares. I’m so happy to see everyone Hashtagging #365DaysofGrannySquares and #YARNutopia. I am watching everyone’s posts and progress! *Double Tap*

The purpose of this project was to teach a variety of stitches and expand our crochet knowledge in granny squares that exist. I have seen an array of beautiful blankets, pillow covers, jackets, and many other pieces of art springing forth from this creativity from everyone participating. Each square is a small piece of art that was meant for a bigger purpose. Here is my combination put together into a large blanket that I plan to give to someone special.

Below you will see the squares laid out on the floor as my vision came to life. I made a few minor changes and rearranged some squares in the final project. If you are following along with these instructions for this particular arrangement, feel free to move your squares to show a pleasing pattern that suits you.

The initial layout
Between each Granny Square section, I added a 4-row border of Double Crochets before I added the next section. I finished this blanket with a 4 row edge of Double Crochets as well.

The vision is coming to life
I enjoyed working on this piece while sipping some chai and enjoying the nice weather on my porch.

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The blanket fit on a queen sized bed. It was so big, it was difficult to take a full photo of the final product!

Finished!

Here is the layout of my squares. Each link will take you to its video tutorial. See all 365 Days of Granny Squares here.

For the center, I used:

Number 78
Number 50
Number 65
Number 97
Number 64
Number 29
Number 106
Number 98
Number 33
Number 59
Number 103
Number 100

For the 2nd Round (Middle Round) of Granny Squares, I used:

Number 11
Number 4
Number 35
Number 81
Number 118
Number 10
Number 101
Number 13
Number 73
Number 12
Number 46
Number 74
Number 7
Number 77
Number 51
Number 8
Number 60
Number 58
Number 110
Number 61
Number 109
Number 37

For the 3rd Round (Outer Round) of Granny Squares, I used:

Number 90
Number 55
Number 45
Number 19
Number 5
Number 84
Number 18
Number 53
Number 57
Number 82
Number 93
Number 52
Number 94
Number 56
Number 96
Number 22
Number 1
Number 30
Number 15
Number 20
Number 31
Number 24
Number 87
Number 79
Number 72
Number 32
Number 28
Number 80
Number 112
Number 40
Number 38
Number 25
Number 88
Number 16

Enjoy!!

~Nadia

DIY: Repurposing a Rocking Chair

My love of crafts doesn’t start and end with just crochet. I have creative ideas running through my mind 24/7. I think it comes from being part of a family of creative people. My mom is one of the most creative people that exist on the planet. She can see potential in anything and turn it into a masterpiece. My dad is a professional photographer and videographer, My brother, Nyle, is a culinary genius, and he is a professional chef and food artist. My other brother, Nabeel, is an incredibly talented musician and video artist. I am at the tail end of all this talent with a hook and yarn trying to stitch my way through the creative process with a few added detours to do a few other crafty things. Hopefully, my family apple hasn’t fallen too far from the proverbial tree.

Near my home, there is a Bethesda Thrift Shop that periodically has in-store sales. Last Friday, they happened to have a 50% Off on almost all their merchandise! I happened to come across this 1970s rocking chair that had a hint of musty smell coming from the cushions (ewww), hidden back in the corner of the store with a price tag of $8. Did I read that right!? $8.00??!! Does that mean it would be only $4 on the sale?? Surely, that isn’t possible?! Well, Shirley doesn’t work there, but Darlene did, and she confirmed that YES it was $4.00. WHAT A STEAL! I ran out of that store so fast, yet awkwardly, because carrying a chair like that isn’t easy when you are running.

I didn’t bring that into the house. NOPE. NO WAY! It stayed out in the driveway overnight while I combed over the pages of Pinterest looking for tips on what I could do to this chair to bring it back to life again. Pinterest never fails me. NEVER! Ideas were pouring out of me and before long a plan was hatched. By Saturday morning, I was ready to hit the ground running! My season of repurposing was about to begin and I was ready!!

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Of course, Saturday arrived and my personal friend, Mother Nature, decided to bring clouds, cooler weather, and a forecast of rain. That deterred my planning ’til later in the day, but hence, I would not be stopped. I ran to the store buy paint, fabric, stuffing for the chair and other supplies needed for my project. I was looking for things which could stand the test of time and one day be in my “forever home.” I decked myself out in my super sexy sweatpants, bandana, oversized painting shirt, flip flops, and my trusty mask and decided to get the party started!

I began the process of disassembling things first and removing all the hardware from the chair. Once I removed the cushions and ruffle, the batting and cover underneath were gross and there were probably 45 years of skin flakes that came out in a ball of brownish dust, but if that was the worst of it, I would live. Whoever assembled this back in the day, (could not find a stamp or label) did a decent job, but the amount of furniture tacks used was astronomical. I had a bad thought cross my mind about someone who would do that, until I rethought that, and praised them for being so mindful of making a quality piece when this was once shiny and new.

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This is where I stop and have a moment of reflection. Every time I embark on a new DIY project, I reflect back on the history of a piece. It may sound odd, but I think of whose home this belonged to. Who sat in this chair? Did someone rock their crying baby trying to nurse or to cuddle? Did someone’s Grandpa read his newspaper every night by the old lamp while his wife cooked him dinner? There is history in here. There is a story in this chair and I love that and the mystery surrounding the journey of what it took to end up in my care. That is pretty powerful stuff! Because of that, I always try to respect each piece and bring it back to life. Sometimes, items I find are so tattered and beaten, I just love to breath new life into it. Everything deserves that. Even people. Especially people. Ok, Ok, let me jump down from my metaphorical and philosophic soap box and get back to the nitty-gritty of this project.

Here is what the rocking chair looked like when I brought it home from the thrift shop:

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These are the cushions. Just look at those cushions. Look at them for a little while. Did you see the steam boat? The pistol? That Anchor though!

Into the trash it went!

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Here is a picture of the rocking chair without that filthy cushion.

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I had to make a stop at the store for some supplies. Below you will see what I needed for this project.

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These were the two colors used:

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I got this fabric and some batting on sale for $4.88.

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Once I added the priming coat and it was fully dry, I took this sponge with some Vaseline and applied it to areas that I did not want my second (darker) coat to stick. By placing Vaseline, it allowed for me to apply the paint and then later wipe it off when the second layer was dry. That way, the bottom painted layer shows through, making a distressed look. I also chipped at the paint a little and took a paint brush to it to give it a more worn out look.

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I used a hammer, a sander, screwdrivers, and pliers.

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Once I got all the fabric off the chair, I sanded it with a fine sandpaper. My glasses were fogging up during the sanding process!

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Then I applied the first coat of primer. Once that dried, I spread the Vaseline on the edges and areas I wanted this color to show through.

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Spray Paint can get a little messy!

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See the video of me applying the second coat. Once the darker coat of paint was applied and dried, I took a cotton cloth and wiped down the areas where the Vaseline was applied. The rain forced me to do the rest inside.

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I cut the pieces of Batting and Fabric to fit around the seat of the chair.
I used the tacks that came with the original rocking chair to secure the new fabric.

I may have hammered my thumb a few times and had to ask my dad for assistance. He generously helped attach the rest of the fabric.

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I wrapped the fabric neatly around the wood posts since they were not removable and tacked it all underneath so it was hidden.

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Voila!! Here is a before and after photo of this beautiful piece! 13150065_10204853580098780_1100234469_nI added a lovely throw pillow to jazz this piece up a little bit!

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Have you repurposed a piece of furniture or something you’ve found at the thrift shop? Share your experiences by leaving a comment to this post!

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” ~Anonymous

~Nadia