How To Bake Zucchini Banana Bread

Is your garden bursting with produce? Do you love a great farmers market? Do you love finding ways to disguise fruits and vegetables in your meals? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you have come to the right site! We have the perfect recipe for you!! Come bake with us!

Follow this easy to make recipe and you will be delighted in the end with an absolutely tasty treat!

Zucchini Banana Bread:

1 3/4 c. all purpose flour

2 eggs

1c. mashed banana

2c. grated zucchini (mine was frozen and moisture removed)

3/4 c. white sugar

3/4 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. vanilla

1/2 c. light oil

optional:

chocolate chips or walnuts (I did not use in my recipe)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Add in wet ingredients and stir.

Add in mashed bananas and zucchini and fold in completely.

Grease and lightly flour your loaf pan.

I used my beautiful le crueset loaf pan that bakes everything perfectly! Fill loaf pan half way.

Put into oven and bake at 350F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on your oven and altitude. My loaf took the entire 75 minutes. Do a poke check and see if your bread is baked inside.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Loosen cool bread from loaf pan and transfer to a flat surface.

Slice and serve!

Everyone will rave about it!

Enjoy!!

Make yours today and share with us how you loaf turned out! Find us on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to tag us in your posts!

Happy Cooking & More!

Fuad, Shannon and Nadia

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!!

Our Introduction!

Our Introduction!

Hello YARNutopians,

Since everyone here knows Nadia so well, and is familiar with her and her craft, Fuad and I wanted to introduce ourselves to this audience. We hope to get to know you more, as well as opening our home and hearts to you, as we take some new direction with YARNutopia.

We are Nadia’s parents, Fuad and Shannon. We are the behind-the-scenes operation team of YARNutopia. As we prepare to take this platform to new places, we thought it would be a great time to share more about ourselves beyond what has popped up from time to time.

Getting To Know Us

Fuad and I have been married for 35 years. We have three wonderful adult children; two of whom are married.  We have three grandchildren. We are also foster parents to three teen girls. Fuad and I have been licensed foster parents for just over two years and are trained in Level 4 Trauma-Informed Foster Care.

Outside of family, we love to explore nature, travel across the globe, and even find adventure right in our own back yard. We live in a rural community in North Central Wisconsin and love this area tremendously. It is full of an abundance of nature and wildlife; much of which we hope to explore more with you here.

Our hobbies include photography, videography, woodworking (visit our Etsy shop HERE), jewelry making, cooking, baking, home projects, DIY, decorating, and so much more! We ARE BUSY and hope to show some of these activities to you. In our spare time, Fuad loves to tinker on cars, film and photograph wildlife(you can find our other YouTube channel HERE), and I love to read and write – when life quiets down enough to pull out a good book. Be on the lookout for some book reviews as well! When I read a fantastic novel, I want to tell the world!

Not so long ago, I used to work in leasing and together we ran a portrait studio, Image By Fuad. Now we are busy with home and family, as well as running our small businesses. We also stay VERY active as a treatment foster home to teens. We have a lot of experiences to bring to the table. We are so glad you are along for the ride!

So join us as we begin this new adventure here on YARNutopia. Keep coming back each week to see what we have going on in our world and we guarantee that you will love what we have in store!

Happy Hooking & More,
~Shannon & Fuad

Taking A New Direction

Taking A New Direction

Hello Yarnutopians!

It has been no surprise that Nadia has had her hands full with Nasir and motherhood. She is extremely busy and has scaled back considerably on her crochet. She is still busy creating and sharing her work, just not at the level you have grown accustomed to. Understandably so. Nasir keeps her on her toes!!

We have a fantastic audience of creative individuals that check in daily to see what is new in our neck-of-the-woods. For that reason, our family has decided to take YARNutopia in a new direction. Crochet has, and always will be, the foundation for this platform. Nadia will continue to create and share her creations as often as time allows. Fuad will continue to film some of those creations as well. We know you have grown to love this combination of easy-to-follow patterns and clear, precise videos that allow the viewer to see everything in detail. That will still remain. However, we hope to grow this platform in new directions. It is for that reason, we have decided to add a few more elements to our website for you to enjoy.

What to expect

Many of you know Fuad as our cameraman. You have seen him on camera from time to time. He is also busy behind-the-scenes with us doing much more than working the camera. We hope to use YARNutopia to share some of those interests and make this more of a family/lifestyle blog. As Nadia’s parents, you may not see us as often in front of the camera but we stay quite busy in other contributing ways to this platform. We enjoy much more creative outlets in our spare time and together with Nadia, we want to share some of those with you. Things such as cooking, woodworking, DIY projects, and so much more. We will be changing our name to YARNutopia & More to encompass all that we hope to share with you!

We look forward to you staying around to see some of the new changes, as well as enjoying Nadia’s newest patterns. Keep those crochet hooks handy! You will need those! Her hands may be full but she still keeps them busy with crochet projects every day! We just plan to add some fun family and lifestyle blogs alongside her crochet projects! Don’t go anywhere, because there’s a lot of exciting content about to come your way. Stay Tuned!!

Happy Hooking & More!

Fuad, Shannon, & Nadia

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!!

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Summer Mini Tote

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Summer Mini Tote

What a fantastic little tote in dual colors! It’s a great bag to end the summer on! It is a cute round handbag that can pack a lot inside. Add a cute button accessory and away you go! Large enough for all your favorite things!!

 

 

 

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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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)
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Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling yarn in Lemonade and Turquoise (Use 2 strands of yarn at the same time. I ordered 2 balls of each color)
SizeI-5.50mm Crochet Hook and a smaller crochet hook to fit through the base piece
Base Piece from Amazon
Button for closure
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can use any size 4 medium, worsted weight yarn for this project. 2 contrasting colors look great together, but you can use 1 color or many colors if you’d like!
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.

 

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Popcorn Stitch: 5 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st DC of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through, folding all 5 sts in half creating a popcorn look.

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Summer Mini Tote

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Summer Mini Tote

What a fantastic little tote in dual colors! It’s a great bag to end the summer on! It is a cute round handbag that can pack a lot inside. Add a cute button accessory and away you go! Large enough for all your favorite things!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!

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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling yarn in Lemonade and Turquoise (Use 2 strands of yarn at the same time. I ordered 2 balls of each color)
SizeI-5.50mm Crochet Hook and a smaller crochet hook to fit through the base piece
Base Piece from Amazon
Button for closure
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can use any size 4 medium, worsted weight yarn for this project. 2 contrasting colors look great together, but you can use 1 color or many colors if you’d like!
-While changing color for each row, just pick up the yarn from the previous row. No need to cut your yarn every round, just trail them up when you need them.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.

 

 

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Popcorn Stitch: 5 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st DC of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through, folding all 5 sts in half creating a popcorn look.
WS: Wrong Side (inside of bag)
RS: Right Side (outside of bag)

 

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial that is linked above in this blog post to have visual instructions.

Tote Bag:

Looking at the INSIDE of the base (WS)
Use 2 strands of yarn at the same time throughout this pattern unless otherwise stated

Rnd 1: Using smaller crochet hook to fit through holes, With YELLOW, Attach yarn in any hole of the leather base, Pull up a loop, SC in each st around loosely. (40 sts or an even number depending on the amount of holes you have on your bag bottom), Sl st to first SC, Change color to Turquoise, Turn.

Rnd 2: (RS) With Turquoise, Ch 2 (does not count as st), Popcorn St in first st, * Ch 2, Sk 1 st, Popcorn in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first Popcorn st, change color to yellow, Turn.

Rnd 3: Ch 2 (does not count as st), *2 DC in next st from 2 previous rounds, working AROUND the ch 2 from the last round, repeat from * around, sl st to first DC, changing color, Turn.

Rnds 4-17: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your bag is deep enough, end with a repeat of Round 3.

Rnd 18: With YELLOW, Ch 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to first st, Turn (do not change color, fasten off other color)

Rnds 19-22: Ch 1, Repeat Rnd 18

After Rnd 22, DO NOT TURN. Working on RS for the next row
Making top flap

Row 23: Ch 1, HDC in 20 sts, TURN

Row 24: Ch 1, HDC in each st across (20),
You can repeat this until your top flap is long enough.
Fasten off.
Make a loop in the center of the flap for the button loop.
Sew button to the bag.

Handle:
You can attach a handle or make a handle. Here’s how I made mine.

With 3.5mm crochet hook and yellow yarn
Start with long tail for sewing
Ch 10

Rnd 1: SC in 1st ch to form a ring and continue to SC in each ch around. work in continuous rounds, do not turn work

Rnds 2-80: SC in each st around, fasten off with long tail for sewing. (you can make your handle longer than 80 rounds, or shorter depending on how you want your bag to look.

Assembly step:

Sew handle to bag

Weave in all ends. Enjoy!

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

 

 

Life is Changing

Life is Changing

It’s been quite a while since I have last written an update both regarding my health and also Nasir’s diagnosis of autism. As far as my health goes, I feel I’m in the best place I have been in years. I have occasional setbacks, but over-all I have been feeling very good. I’ve been following up with doctors, continuing my biologic medication, and trying to practice a healthier lifestyle. I have been going to the fitness center several days a week. The gym is two-fold. One, for my physical and mental health, and secondly for Nasir. He is socializing with his peers more and more, and the gym’s childcare services provide an opportunity for him to do just that.

Where we started

Since I last blogged about this, we were in the middle of a whirlwind of overwhelming hits coming at us from every direction. Nas wasn’t meeting his appropriate age mile markers. I was battling my own health issues with my Crohn’s disease and mental health, the most difficult being post-partum depression and anxiety. You can read more here.

Soon after the doctors told us Nasir was on the Autism Spectrum, we were thrust into a new normal of therapies of all kinds. Speech, behavioral, occupational, and more. Nasir was nearly two years old and other than making some babble sounds, he didn’t say actual words, mimic our sounds, answer or respond to his name, he wouldn’t make eye contact often, he played independently from other children (other kids didn’t interest him much), he obsessively watched or paid attention to only certain things like specific TV shows that he watched over and over. We would discount or rationalize them, or chalk it up to other things – “maybe it’s his hearing” or “he was born a little early, he’s just a little delayed.”

What came next

Getting the diagnosis of ASD was bittersweet for our family. It’s one of the most overwhelming things to process, but we also have a solid reason for the why’s we were experiencing. We could finally move forward with all the wonderful resources our community has to offer.

Where we are now

Nasir is in therapy nearly every day. He is now talking non-stop. He has lots to talk about and share. He has big opinions and now that he has discovered his voice, he is eager to discover new words, things and experiences. He loves adventure, to play, and to build. He swims and loves the park. He has friends and learns a lot from parallel play. He recently started dancing and his love of music has always been strong. Magna-tiles have opened up his imagination, and he is a master at building castles. He sings, counts, says the alphabet, and identifies so many objects we see throughout the day. He loves his family. Mama and Daddy are his favorite people followed by his grandparents, all his aunties, uncles, cousins and his amazing therapists. He loves reading books, and presently, The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is his favorite TV show. (We shout “OH TOODLES” a dozen times a day!)

We have come SO FAR in a just under a year. The therapies have provided Nate and I small windows in our day to have a break. Despite Nasir’s achievements, he is still demonstrating behavior that do not allow us many moments for breaks. He’s still a wild toddler, of course, but he also never sits still, his attention span is very short. We are having less meltdowns, but they still occur daily. My entire life is devoted to this sweet boy and facing all the challenges that come our way.

Moving ahead

When I do get a chance, I’m trying to get back into my crochet. I feel that spark coming back. I feel several sparks returning. I’m beginning to feel more like myself. Therapy has helped – my own therapy. It’s been life-changing. Little by little, I have been able to piece myself back together. I’m stronger than I have been in a long time. I can do hard things, and I’m doing them every day. If Nas is doing hard things, then I need to continue to set an example and do the same. We continue to take baby steps toward doing more crochet projects and hopefully soon, things will be back into full-swing.

I am currently working on one crochet project per month, and I have a goal of doing 3 to 4 projects per month like I used to do. At the time of creating this blog post, I am anticipating planning out our Halloween costumes for the family this year. You know we have to go all out like every year! Can’t wait to share what we have up our sleeve in 2022!

 

Here are some fun pictures we took this summer!

 

 

 

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Boho Throw Blanket

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Boho Throw Blanket

Hot off my hook is my Boho Throw! I started filming this week and kept messing up. My camera wasn’t focused or centered, my microphone was off. So many issues. So I scrapped the video and wrote this VERY EASY pattern.  I used Lion Brand Yarn Ferris Wheel for the throw and Lion Brand Skein Tones for the border.

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Ferris Wheel in Summer Day
Lion Brand Yarn Skein Tones in Nutmeg
SizeH-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-The measurements of this blanket are 40 inches x 50 inches
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
SHELL: 5 DC in same space

 

Pattern:

Ch 130 or any multiple of 3

Row 1:  2 DC in 3rd ch from hook, *Sk 2 Chs, 3 DC in next Ch, repeat from * across, ending with 3 DC in last Ch, Turn

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as stitch), *3 DC in next GAP between the 3 DC groupings, repeat from * across, ending with 1 DC in last st, Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, 2 DC in first gap where the Ch 3 is, *3 DC in next gap between 3 DC groupings, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your blanket is long enough.
I did 109 rows.

End on an ODD numbered row so it matches Row 1.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Border:

Attach yarn to first gap after corner on the top right corner of your blanket

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC in same gap, 3 DC in next gap and in each gap around, in each corner stitch put [1 DC, Ch 2, 1 DC], continue putting 3DC between groupings. Sl st to beginning ch 3 st. DO NOT TURN.

Round 2: Ch 1, SC in the gap right AFTER the corner (where you sl st’d your work from round 1), Shell in next gap, SC in next gap, repeat from * around, in each corner put 7 DCs. SC before AND after the corners. Sl st to first SC st. Fasten off, Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarns

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Catchin’ Waves Crop Top

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Catchin’ Waves Crop Top

Warm weather, Beach Days, and the Catching Waves Crop Top are all you need for a fun in the sun summer!! This cute boho top gives all the vibes! Check out the video tutorial and written instructions below.

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this crop top:

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!

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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Knitologie Wisp in Clay Pot (472 yards – 2 balls of yarn)
SizeH-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-The measurements of this top are: Bust: 38 inches around, Waist: 38 inches around, Length: 18 inches from shoulder to bottom, but you can make this as big as you want by continuing the repeat.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.

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

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of KnitCrate Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Catchin’ Waves Crop Top

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Catchin’ Waves Crop Top

Warm weather, Beach Days, and the Catching Waves Crop Top are all you need for a fun in the sun summer!! This cute boho top gives all the vibes! Check out the video tutorial and written instructions below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Knitologie Wisp in Clay Pot (472 yards – 2 balls of yarn)
SizeH-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-The measurements of this top are: Bust: 38 inches around, Waist: 38 inches around, Length: 18 inches from shoulder to bottom, but you can make this as big as you want by continuing the repeat.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.

 

 

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

 

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial that is linked above in this blog post to have visual instructions.

Crop Top:

Ch 111 or any multiple of 12+3

Row 1: 2 DC in 3rd Ch from hook, *DC in next 5 chs, Sk 1 ch, DC in next 5 chs, 3 DC in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with 2 DC in last st. Ch 2, Turn.

Row 2: 2 DC in first st, *DC in next 5 sts, Sk 2 sts, DC in next 5 sts, 3 DC in next st (this should be in the middle st of the 3 dc grouping), repeat from * across, ending with 2 DC in last st, Ch 2, Turn.

Row 3: 2 DC in first st, *DC in next 5 sts, Sk 2 sts, DC in next 5 sts, 3 DC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with 2 DC in last st, Ch 2, Turn.

Row 4 to 16: Repeat Row 3 (make it wider if half of your chest is not covered) See video tutorial for placement.

Make 2 panels like this.

Assembly step:
Sew the center seam together up the middle and in the middle of the back as well

Bottom band:

Attach your yarn at the corner of the panels that you sewed together. DC along the edge of the front side, then Continue DC stitches along the side of the Back edge to make it attached as a circle to wrap around the mid section. (See video tutorial for visual instructions). Sl st to first st and then ch 2 and continue onto next row.

I did 6 rounds total of 128 sts all around for each row.

You can continue to do more rows to make your shirt longer if you’d like.

Assembly step:

Sew up the sides to make the arm holes smaller if you’d like! Leave it open for a more free feel!

Weave in all ends. Enjoy!

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of KnitCrate Yarn

 

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Snuggle Me Up Baby Blanket

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Snuggle Me Up Baby Blanket

A very close friend of mine recently had her second baby and I wanted to make something special for her. The simplicity of the granny square is given a little remix in this pattern because I use cluster stitches in the corners to make this unique design. I hope you enjoy this pattern. Follow along

 

 

 

 

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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Circulo Yarns Charme (4 balls total)
SizeH-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-The measurements of this blanket are 36 inches wide but you can make this as big as you want by continuing the repeat.

 

 

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
4DCCluster: [YO, Insert Hook into st, YO, Pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops] 4 times, YO pull through all 5 loops on your hook. Cluster made.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial that is linked above in this blog post to have visual instructions.

Blanket:

Use 2 strands of fingering weight yarn together at the same time, or use one strand of a thicker yarn to create this.

Ch 3

Round 1: 3 DC in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 4, *3 more DC in same Ch as first 3 DC, Ch 4, repeat from * 2 more times, Sl st to first st, Ch 2, Turn.

Rnd 2: In the corner Ch 4 sp: DC in corner, 4 DC Cluster in same corner, Ch 4, 4 DC Cluster in same corner, DC in same corner, *DC in each st until you get to the next corner, [DC, 4DCCluster, Ch 4, 4DCCluster, DC] in corner, Repeat from * around ending with DC in last st, Sl st to first st, Ch 2, Turn.

Rnd 3: *DC in each st until you get to the corner, [DC, 4DCCluster, Ch 4, 4DCCluster, DC] in corner, Repeat from * around ending with DC in last st, Sl st to first st, Ch 2, Turn.

Rnds 4-30: Repeat Round 3.

You can continue to make your blanket larger if you’d like! Just continue the repeat pattern!

Fasten off, Weave in all ends.

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Circulo Yarns

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Snuggle Me Up Baby Blanket

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Snuggle Me Up Baby Blanket

A very close friend of mine recently had her second baby and I wanted to make something special for her. The simplicity of the granny square is given a little remix in this pattern because I use cluster stitches in the corners to make this unique design. I hope you enjoy this pattern. Follow along

 

 

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Circulo Yarns Charme (4 balls total)
SizeH-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-The measurements of this blanket are 36 inches wide but you can make this as big as you want by continuing the repeat.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
4DCCluster: [YO, Insert Hook into st, YO, Pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops] 4 times, YO pull through all 5 loops on your hook. Cluster made.

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Circulo Yarns

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Day & Night Mesh Sweater

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Day & Night Mesh Sweater

This beautiful Day & Night Mesh Sweater is the newest pattern Hot Off the Hook!! It is super easy and fun to make. I used Lion Brand Yarn Hometown to create this stylish design. I love it so much!!

 

 

 

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
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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.
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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Hometown Yarn in colors New York White and Chicago Charcoal (4 balls white, 3 balls gray) total 600 yards of yarn
Size -Q-15.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 1 week to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet
SC: Single Crochet
Shell: 5 DC in same stitch
DC: Double Crochet
Stacked DC: This is a starting stitch, 2 SC’s stacked on top of each other or you can substitute a chain 3 as the first stitch if that’s more comfortable.

 

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Day & Night Mesh Sweater

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Day & Night Mesh Sweater

This beautiful Day & Night Mesh Sweater is the newest pattern Hot Off the Hook!! It is super easy and fun to make. I used Lion Brand Yarn Hometown to create this stylish design. I love it so much!!

 

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Hometown Yarn in colors New York White and Chicago Charcoal (4 balls white, 3 balls gray) total 600 yards of yarn
Size -Q-15.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 1 week to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet
SC: Single Crochet
Shell: 5 DC in same stitch
DC: Double Crochet
Stacked DC: This is a starting stitch, 2 SC’s stacked on top of each other or you can substitute a chain 3 as the first stitch if that’s more comfortable.

 

 

Pattern:

Front and Back Panel (The pattern is the same for both pieces but you need to make 2 panels so you can sew them together)

Row 1: Ch 26, DC in 3rd Ch and in each Ch across, OR FDC 24, Ch 2, Turn. (if you need to make it wider, make more chains or stitches. The video tutorial explains sizing and how to make it bigger or smaller)

Rows 2-20: DC BETWEEN each st, DC in last stitch (if necessary), Make sure you have 24 sts on each row.
Change color after every 5th row.

After row 20, Fasten off.
Once you have 2 panels for the front and back of the shirt, sew them together on each shoulder and down the sides (leaving holes for the arms available).

Weave in your ends.

You are sewing it together inside out.

Sleeves: Make 2

Row 1: Ch 18, sl st to first ch to form a ring, Ch 2, DC in each ch around. OR FDC 18, Sl st to first St to form a ring Ch 2, TURN (then sew the base of the stitches together to clean up the edge of the sleeve – you can see how to do this in the video tutorial.)

Rows 2-16: Ch 2, DC BETWEEN each st, make sure you have 18 sts around for each round. Sl st to first st, Ch 2, TURN.

Change color after every 4th row.

Fasten off after row 16. Sew to the sleeve holes on the shirt.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Painted Gray Scarf

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Painted Gray Scarf

I know that it has been a while since I’ve posted a video tutorial and new pattern. So, I’m taking small steps back to filming to share my Painted Gray Scarf.

The Painted Gray Scarf is the newest pattern Hot Off the Hook!! It is super easy and fun to make. I used Lion Brand Yarn Scarfie to create this stylish design. Here’s the best part: this combination of stitches are a nice repeat and would make a lovely throw, baby blanket, afghan, or shawl. It’s THAT EASY! With a few adaptations of your own, the sky’s the limit.

For me, it’s subzero temps in Wisconsin, I needed a warm scarf. This one was perfect!

 

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
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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)
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Scarfie in Color: Cream/Black
Size -K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 1 week to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet
SC: Single Crochet
Shell: 5 DC in same stitch
DC: Double Crochet
Stacked DC: This is a starting stitch, 2 SC’s stacked on top of each other or you can substitute a chain 3 as the first stitch if that’s more comfortable.

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Painted Gray Scarf

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Painted Gray Scarf

I know that it has been a while since I’ve posted a video tutorial and new pattern. So, I’m taking small steps back to filming to share my Painted Gray Scarf.

The Painted Gray Scarf is the newest pattern Hot Off the Hook!! It is super easy and fun to make. I used Lion Brand Yarn Scarfie to create this stylish design. Here’s the best part: this combination of stitches are a nice repeat and would make a lovely throw, baby blanket, afghan, or shawl. It’s THAT EASY! With a few adaptations of your own, the sky’s the limit.

For me, it’s subzero temps in Wisconsin, I needed a warm scarf. This one was perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Scarfie in Color: Cream/Black
Size -K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 1 week to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet
SC: Single Crochet
Shell: 5 DC in same stitch
DC: Double Crochet
Stacked DC: This is a starting stitch, 2 SC’s stacked on top of each other or you can substitute a chain 3 as the first stitch if that’s more comfortable.

 

Pattern:

Row 1: FDC 206 or Ch 208 and then DC in 3rd Ch from hook and across. (206 DC), Ch 1, Turn

Row 2: SC in 1st st, *Sk 2 sts, Shell in next st, Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with SC in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Stacked DC in first st, *Ch 2, SC in middle st of next shell, Ch 2, DC in next SC between shells, Repeat from * across ending with DC in last st, Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Stacked DC in 1st st, * 2 DC in ch 2 sp, DC in SC, 2 DC in next Ch 2 sp, DC in next DC, Repeat from * across ending with DC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 5: Stacked DC in 1st st, 2 more DC in first st (half shell made), *Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, Sk 2 sts, Shell in next st, Repeat from * across ending with a half shell in the last st, Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: SC in first st, *Ch 2, DC in next SC between shells, Ch 2, SC in middle st of next shell, repeat from * across ending with SC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 7: Repeat Row 4 concept

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9: Repeat Row 3

Row 10: Repeat Row 4

Row 11: Repeat Row 5

Row 12: Repeat Row 6

Row 13: Repeat Row 4

Row 14: Repeat Row 2

Row 15: Repeat Row 3

Row 16: Repeat Row 4

Fasten off

Weave in all ends. and Add fringe (optional)

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Winter Cat Hat

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Winter Cat Hat

Christmas may be behind us, but the New Year is just ahead, or, if you live in a climate like mine, it really doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, my Winter Cat Hat is all you need to get through those cold and snowy days!!

This luxuriously cozy hat is not only functional, it is SO CUTE! You will be in style on the slopes or on the go with this fun and furry hat!!

There is no video tutorial to this pattern yet.

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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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!
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Hometown Yarn by Lion Brand in Catskills Corner (1 ball)
Go For Faux Yarn by Lion Brand Yarn in the color Blond Elk
Size -L-8.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 2 hours to make.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern shows the measurement as an adult sized hat

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

Pattern:

Ch 23
Work in continuous rounds

Rnd 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across putting 3 SC in last ch, continue working on opposite side of foundation chain, SC in each st across, putting 2 SC in last st, sl st to first st, Ch 1, turn. (44)

Rnd 2-15: 1 SC in each st around, sl st to first st, Ch 1, TURN. (44)

Fasten off Hometown Yarn.

Row 16: determine where the center back of your hat is and free up or mark 6 stitches to be free and unworked. Then attach your FUR yarn to the left stitch of that and start this row in that stitch. Ch 2, DC in each st until the marked stitch, Turn (use photo for reference)

 

Rows 17-19: Ch 2, DC BETWEEN each st across, Turn.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Assembly Step: Use extra yarn to shape 2 ears in the top corners of the hat.  I just sewed a piece of yarn to make pointed ears and tied it off and wove in the ends.
Add 2 braids to the corners where the fur and regular yarn meet. See photos for reference.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Holiday Stocking Hat

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Holiday Stocking Hat

The holiday season is upon us and I am so excited! I love cozy hats and scarves this time of year and I couldn’t resist making a new hat for the season! Introducing my super soft Holiday Stocking Hat! I used Vel-Luxe yarn for the main part of the hat, Go for Faux yarn for the fur brim and a furry pom I found at the craft store. All yarn is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
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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.
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Vel-Luxe Yarn by Lion Brand Yarn in the color Eggplant
Go For Faux Yarn by Lion Brand Yarn in the color Chinchilla
Size -H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 5 hours to make.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as an adult sized hat

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

Pattern:

Ch 2
Work in continuous rounds

Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd ch from hook (9)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in first st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (10)

Rnds 3-10: Repeat Rnd 2 (you’ll increase by 1 stitch each round, rnd 10 will have 18 sts)

Rnds 10-14: Sc in each st around. (18)

Rnds 15-20: 2 SC in first st, SC in the rest of the sts around (you’ll increase by 1 st each round, rnd 20 will have 24 sts)

Rnds 21-24: Sc in each st around. (24)

Rnd 25: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)

Rnds 26-30: SC in each st around.

Rnd 31: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)

Rnds 32-36: SC in each st around. (36)

Rnd 37: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)

Rnds 38-40: SC in each st around. (42)

Rnd 41: [2SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts] 6 times. (48)

Rnds 42-45: SC in each st around. (48)

Rnd 46: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 7 sts] 6 times. (54)

Rnd 47: SC in each st around.

Rnd 48: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 8 sts] 6 times. (60)

Rnd 49: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 9 sts] 6 times. (66)

Rnds 50-75: SC in each st around. Fasten off velvety yarn.

Rnd 76: Attach Fur yarn to any stitch. Ch 2, DC in each st around, Sl st to first st. (if your tension is looser, DC evenly in 60 sts around (you can skip a few stitches here and there, no one will notice)

Rnds 77-78: Ch 2, DC in each st around, Sl st to first st.
(Since it’s fur, you can work BETWEEN the stitches and that will work just fine, use your fingers to find the spaces between your stitches and insert your next st in there)

Fasten off. Attach pom to top of hat.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

Happy Halloween 2021

Happy Halloween 2021

Our Annual Halloween Costume Reveal is here! Nate is a Rainbow to my Pot of Gold and Nas is our lucky leprechaun!

We had a heck of a time trying to decide on a costume that could be worn by our trio. It was such a challenge to find something that didn’t require a huge commitment and large amount of hours. Lately, our days are spent with Nasir doing occupational therapy and speech therapies for his autism.

This change has left me with only pockets of time in a day to work, so it has been quite challenging to pull this years costume together.

We managed this crazy ensemble. Not as thrilling as years past, but still fun and colorful like our family. AND we managed to get Nas to sit still and give us a couple smiles. He melts my heart. He is our true gold.

I hope you enjoy our trio and until next year…Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in making the hats Nate and I are wearing, you can find the crochet pattern and video tutorial here.

If you are interested in making the scarf Nate is wearing, you can find the crochet pattern and video tutorial here.

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Pom Hat

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Pom Hat

I am obsessed with bright colors and anything rainbow!! I created this hat to match the Rainbow Pom Scarf! Check that pattern out and make the full set! This year for Halloween, we are doing a Rainbow Theme so I wanted to create a hat and scarf to go together. You can use any colors you like with this easy tutorial using Lion Brand Yarn in the Hometown Line. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and pattern!!

 

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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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)
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Hometown in all the colors of the rainbow
Size -N-10.00mm Crochet Hook
-Measuring Tape
-Pom Maker
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 2 hours to make.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as an adult sized hat

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

 

Pattern:

Ch 21

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, DC in next 10 chs, HDC in last 5 chs, Change color on last st, Ch 1, Turn

Row 2: With new color, WORK IN BLO, HDC in 5 sts, DC in next 10 sts, SC in last 5 sts, Change color on last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 3: With new color, WORK IN BLO, SC in 5 sts, DC in next 10 sts, HDC in last 5 sts, Change color on last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Rows 4-21: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your hat is wide enough to fit around the head (I did 21 rows total, but you might need to do more or less rows)

Fasten off with long tail on your last stitch (use it for sewing)

Assembly Step:
Sew up the seam and sew up the top to cinch it closed. Make a pom and attach it to the top of the hat.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Rainbow Pom Hat

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Rainbow Pom Hat

I am obsessed with bright colors and anything rainbow!! I created this hat to match the Rainbow Pom Scarf! Check that pattern out and make the full set! This year for Halloween, we are doing a Rainbow Theme so I wanted to create a hat and scarf to go together. You can use any colors you like with this easy tutorial using Lion Brand Yarn in the Hometown Line. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and pattern!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!
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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!

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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Hometown in all the colors of the rainbow
Size -N-10.00mm Crochet Hook
-Measuring Tape
-Pom Maker
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 2 hours to make.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as an adult sized hat

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

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Ruffled Trim Sweater Vest

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Ruffled Trim Sweater Vest

I decided to get back into fashion pieces. I have been taking time to ease back into filming following Nasir’s diagnosis and felt it was time to dip my hook back into the fashion pool with my Ruffle Trim Sweater Vest. I used Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn on this piece and am SO PLEASED! This is so cute over a long sleeve t-shirt or blouse, but can also pair nicely with a tank top for a warmer weather look. If you are so inclined, you can also wear nothing under it and just use a little boob tape to hold it in place (or wear it over a sexy bra). You can adjust the length to make it a crop top or a little longer for a full vest look. This can be entirely flexible to your taste. Add bows to the front (check my vid here) or adorn with floral appliques! You can make the same pattern multiple ways for a new look every time! This would also make a great gift!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!
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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!

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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Comfy Cotton Blend (1100 yards or 3 cakes of this specific yarn)
Size -H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Measuring Tape
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 1 week to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as 40 inch bust, 40 inch waist, 20 inch length
-For Panel 1 and 2, measure from your armpit to the center of your chest and that is how many ROWS you will make. To measure the foundation chain of these panels, you need to measure from your navel, up around your shoulder to the back where your navel would hit on your back, that measurement needs to be the WIDTH of your panel or the length of the foundation chain. (See video tutorial for more visual instructions)
-For the bottom waist piece, you need to make the foundation chain the whole measurement of your waist and the length of it can be as long as you want to make the shirt.

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

 

Pattern:

Panel 1 and 2 (Left and Right)

Ch 101 (or FSC 100) (yours might be longer or shorter depending on your measurement–see NOTES section)

Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, Ch 1, Turn. (100)

Row 2: SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn.

Rows 3-28: Repeat Row 2

Row 29: SC across and also continue to crochet around entire piece putting 3 SC in corners.
Sl st to first st and fasten off with long tail for sewing later.
If this is not wide enough or too wide, make more or less rows (See NOTES section for how to measure)
(Be sure to make 2 panels before going onto the bottom piece)

Ruffles:

On outside of each panel attach yarn to corner and only work along ONE SIDE of the panel.
Row 1: Ch 2, 2 DC in each st across, Ch 2, Turn

Row 2: *2 DC in next st, DC in next st, Repeat from * across. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Bottom Waistband Piece:

Ch 120 (or any amount that measures your waist measurement when the foundation chain is semi-stetched)

Row 1: Sl st to first Ch to form a large ring, Ch 1, SC in each Ch around, sl st to first st, Ch 1, TURN.

Row 2: SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1, TURN.

Rows 3-24: Repeat Row 2
If you want this piece shorter or longer, feel free to make more or less rows.

Assembly Step:
overlap your panels across the front and back and line them up with the bottom of your shirt. Sew across the front, then across the back. Be sure that your “Seam” on the waistband part is on the back side of your piece when you’re sewing. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on how to line everything up together) I used the whip stitch to sew it all together. Weave in all your ends when finished.

Ties:

Chain 150 (or more) and fasten off (make 2)
Weave them in and out of the waist piece across the front for one and across the back for the other, then cinch it and tie into bows.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Ruffled Trim Sweater Vest

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Ruffled Trim Sweater Vest

I decided to get back into fashion pieces. I have been taking time to ease back into filming following Nasir’s diagnosis and felt it was time to dip my hook back into the fashion pool with my Ruffle Trim Sweater Vest. I used Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn on this piece and am SO PLEASED! This is so cute over a long sleeve t-shirt or blouse, but can also pair nicely with a tank top for a warmer weather look. If you are so inclined, you can also wear nothing under it and just use a little boob tape to hold it in place (or wear it over a sexy bra). You can adjust the length to make it a crop top or a little longer for a full vest look. This can be entirely flexible to your taste. Add bows to the front (check my vid here) or adorn with floral appliques! You can make the same pattern multiple ways for a new look every time! This would also make a great gift!!

 

 

 

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

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!

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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Comfy Cotton Blend (1100 yards or 3 cakes of this specific yarn)
Size -H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Measuring Tape
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 1 week to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as 40 inch bust, 40 inch waist, 20 inch length
-For Panel 1 and 2, measure from your armpit to the center of your chest and that is how many ROWS you will make. To measure the foundation chain of these panels, you need to measure from your navel, up around your shoulder to the back where your navel would hit on your back, that measurement needs to be the WIDTH of your panel or the length of the foundation chain. (See video tutorial for more visual instructions)
-For the bottom waist piece, you need to make the foundation chain the whole measurement of your waist and the length of it can be as long as you want to make the shirt.

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

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Chunky Rainbow Pom Scarf

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Chunky Rainbow Pom Scarf

As I work my way back to filming regular crochet tutorials, I am also thinking ahead to our annual Halloween costumes. Here is the first of several pieces that will lead up to our big reveal. This is my Chunky Rainbow Pom Scarf. Perfect for the cool weather we are starting to experience here in Wisconsin.  The time for warm weather apparel is going to be here before we know it and we need to be prepared! My Rainbow 🌈 scarf can be made exactly how I made it but use your imagination and find your own color combination to match your look! There are many possibilities! These make great gifts for anyone. You can always make it with or without poms to change the look! Now that is versatility!! I used Hometown yarn by Lion Brand Yarn. You will want to grab yours too because the softness is divine!

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Hometown Yarn in the colors of the rainbow (I used 1 ball each of the colors and then 2 balls of white)
-Pom Maker (I used a simple cardboard cutout)
Size -N-10.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 4 hours to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as 6 feet long and 12 inches wide, but you can make it wider by continuing the repeat pattern.

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

Pattern:

Row 1: FDC 200 or chain 202 and DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.. (200)

Change color on last stitch (see video tutorial on how to change color)

Row 2: Ch 2 with new color and DC BETWEEN the posts across, Change color on last stitch, Turn.

Rows 3-7: Repeat Row 2 until you’ve used all 7 colors.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly Step:
Make 4 poms in White and sew them to each corner of the scarf.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Chunky Rainbow Pom Scarf

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Chunky Rainbow Pom Scarf

As I work my way back to filming regular crochet tutorials, I am also thinking ahead to our annual Halloween costumes. Here is the first of several pieces that will lead up to our big reveal. This is my Chunky Rainbow Pom Scarf. Perfect for the cool weather we are starting to experience here in Wisconsin.  The time for warm weather apparel is going to be here before we know it and we need to be prepared! My Rainbow 🌈 scarf can be made exactly how I made it but use your imagination and find your own color combination to match your look! There are many possibilities! These make great gifts for anyone. You can always make it with or without poms to change the look! Now that is versatility!! I used Hometown yarn by Lion Brand Yarn. You will want to grab yours too because the softness is divine!

 

 

 

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!
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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Hometown Yarn in the colors of the rainbow (I used 1 ball each of the colors and then 2 balls of white)
-Pom Maker (I used a simple cardboard cutout)
Size -N-10.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 4 hours to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as 6 feet long and 12 inches wide, but you can make it wider by continuing the repeat pattern.

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

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Aspen Baby Blanket

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Aspen Baby Blanket

There many different reasons to be inspired. The Aspen Baby Blanket was inspired by friends celebrating the birth of their baby. The Aspen tree was the foundation for this piece. Created using series of front and back post stitches, it creates a repeat texture leaf pattern.  The striking three dimensional profile of this project took my breath away. When you look at this overall piece you would never guess that it is easier than you think! I used Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling yarn by Lion Brand Yarn and it was THE most luxurious fiber giving this blanket the absolute softest feel. Follow my video tutorial or written pattern and get your started today! 

 

 

 

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

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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***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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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch in Frost and Ecru (6 balls of Frost, 2 balls of Ecru or 1100 yards of Frost, and 300 yards of Ecru)
Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 2 weeks to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as 35 inches by 35 inches, but you can make it longer by continuing the repeat pattern.
-If you do not want to do a stacked Single Crochet in the first stitch of every row, you can do a half double crochet and that will suffice.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
V-St aka V-Stitch: (DC, ch 1, DC) in same space
BPDC2TOG: Double Crochet 2 sts together
FPDC2TOG: Double Crochet 3 sts together
BPV-St: Back Post V-Stitch
FPV-St: Front Post V-Stitch

 

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Aspen Baby Blanket

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Aspen Baby Blanket

There many different reasons to be inspired. The Aspen Baby Blanket was inspired by friends celebrating the birth of their baby. The Aspen tree was the foundation for this piece. Created using series of front and back post stitches, it creates a repeat texture leaf pattern.  The striking three dimensional profile of this project took my breath away. When you look at this overall piece you would never guess that it is easier than you think! I used Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling yarn by Lion Brand Yarn and it was THE most luxurious fiber giving this blanket the absolute softest feel. Follow my video tutorial or written pattern and get your started today! 

 

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**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!
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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 you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch in Frost and Ecru (6 balls of Frost, 2 balls of Ecru or 1100 yards of Frost, and 300 yards of Ecru)
Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This is written in US terms
-This took about 2 weeks to make but I did not work on it continuously.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the Lion Brand yarn I used in this project.
-This pattern with video tutorial shows the measurement as 35 inches by 35 inches, but you can make it longer by continuing the repeat pattern.
-If you do not want to do a stacked Single Crochet in the first stitch of every row, you can do a half double crochet and that will suffice.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
V-St aka V-Stitch: (DC, ch 1, DC) in same space
BPDC2TOG: Double Crochet 2 sts together
FPDC2TOG: Double Crochet 3 sts together
BPV-St: Back Post V-Stitch
FPV-St: Front Post V-Stitch

Pattern:

Row 1: FDC 203 or Ch 205, DC in 3rd Ch and each ch across (you need 203 sts for row 1)

Row 2: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC in next 2 sts, *BPDC on next 10 sts, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, FPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 3: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 2 sts, *FPDC2TOG, FPDC on next 6 sts, FPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across, ending with BPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 2 sts *BPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 4 sts, BPDC2TOG, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with FPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 2 sts, *FPDC2TOG, FPDC on next 2 sts, FPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with BPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 2 sts, *[BPDC2TOG] twice, FPDC on next 3 sts, BPDC on next st, FPDC on next 3 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with FPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 2 sts, *FPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 3 sts, FPDC on next st, BPDC on next 3 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with BPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 8: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 6 sts, *BPV-St on next st, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with FPDC on 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 9: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 6 sts, *FPDC on next st, V-St in Ch sp, FDC on next st, BPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with BPDC on 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 6 sts, *BPDC on next 2 sts, V-st in Ch sp, BPDC on next 2 sts, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with FPDC on 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 11: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 6 sts, *FPDC on next 3 sts, V-st in Ch sp, FPDC on next 3 sts, BPDC on next 7 sts, Repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with BPDC on 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 12: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 6 sts, *BPDC on next 4 sts, 2 DC in ch sp, BPDC on next 4 sts, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with FPDC on next 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 13: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 6 sts, *FPDC2TOG, FPDC on next 6 sts, FPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with BPDC on next 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 14: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 6 sts, *BPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 4 sts, BPDC2TOG, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with FPDC on next 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 15: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 6 sts, *FPDC2TOG, FPDC on next 2 sts, FPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with BPDC on next 6 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 16: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 2 sts, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next 3 sts, [BPDC2TOG] twice, FPDC on next 3 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with FPDC on next 3 sts, BPDC on next st, FPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 17: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 2 sts, *FPDC on next st, BPDC on next 3 sts, FPDC2TOG, BPDC on next 3 sts, repeat from * across until 7 sts remain, ending with BPDC on next 3 sts, FPDC on next st, BPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 18: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 2 sts, *BPV-St on next st, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across, ending with FPDC on 2 sts before last, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 19: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 2 sts, *FPDC on next st, V-St in Ch sp, FPDC on next st, BPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with BPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, turn.

Row 20: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 2 sts, *BPDC on next 2 sts, V-St in Ch sp, BPDC on next 2 sts, FPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with FPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 21: Stacked SC in 1st st, BPDC on next 2 sts, *FPDC on next 3 sts, V-St in Ch sp, FPDC on next 3 sts, BPDC on next 7 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with BPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 22: Stacked SC in 1st st, FPDC on next 2 sts, *BPDC on next 4 sts, 2 DC in Ch sp, BPDC on next 4 sts, FPDC on next 7 sts, Repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, ending with FPDC on next 2 sts, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Rows 23-42: Repeat Rows 3-22

Rows 43-62: Repeat Rows 3 to 22

Rows 63-82: Repeat Rows 3-22

Rows 83-92: Repeat Rows 3-12
End on a repeat of Row 12 before fastening off. (SEE video tutorial for visual instructions on ending/fastening off)

Border:

Attach Yarn in a corner

Round 1: Ch 2, DC in each st around and in each row on the side, put 3 DC in corners (See video tutorial for visual instructions), sl st to first st, Ch 2, DO NOT TURN.

Round 2: DC in each st around putting 3 DC in the middle DC of each corner, sl st to first st, Fasten off.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

 

 

Time to Change Direction

Time to Change Direction

Very often, I’ll make a list or itinerary of what projects I want to work on or which ones pique my interest. I have no idea how many works in progress I have going on because sometimes the inspiration is so strong to work on something and then a few days later…meh…and there it sits. Yet, there is always something that gets my creative energy charged, and that, my YARNutopians, is the key to picking my next project.

What’s on my hook today?

I started off with the best intentions to work on a few summer projects and started them in hopes to film before the snow flies. Well, all the best intentions are just that, intentions. I have them started, they are not going anywhere, I will finish them, SOMEDAY. Just not today. Instead, my direction has changed because of the most exciting news that a close friend had a baby! So, I guess in the world of crochet, we go with the creative flow. Because I went from hooking up a swimsuit cover-up to a baby blanket all in the matter of minutes! Talk about a 180!

Babies and Blankets, oh my!

This particular blanket is using a new design which is so fun to make! I am using Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch in the color Frost to begin this fabulous piece. Look at that texture and softness!

 

There is just something so alluring about this minty color in a baby layette! I can’t wait to see the impact this is going to make when I am done!

What about you?

What inspires you? Is it personal wants or needs? Is it something you are creating to gift to someone? Is it based on when the inspiration hits, or is it the news of someone having a baby, getting married, a holiday or some event that gets your hook moving???

Share your inspiration here!

 

 

Thank You

Thank You

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to read my latest blog post regarding my absence from YARNutopia lately and the next chapter we are heading into with our son Nasir. I have been overwhelmed with so many emotions from the outpouring of love and supportive kind words you left on my posts, in my messages, and the texts I received all day.

There is no way for me to individually reply to all of you, but just know I read every word and took it all to heart. I appreciate all the openness you shared from your personal experiences with friends, family members, or even first-hand experiences with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am currently educating myself on all the different types of therapies and discussing with the specialists what they advise in helping Nasir progress. We hope to see some changes in the first month of this new therapy. We are extremely hopeful.

Reading all the comments and messages that flooded in gave me so much encouragement and hope for my little guy. I know he will accomplish great things in his life, and luckily, we can be his advocates for his success.

In the meantime, please continue to support YARNutopia by sharing my patterns, watching my videos on YouTube, visiting my blog, and purchasing the Wood Be Fancy Crochet Hooks. That helps tremendously during this transition!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all,

Nadia

 

Where’s Nadia?

Where’s Nadia?

Lately, I have been receiving quite a few inquiries asking for new crochet video tutorials. So many of you have been kind and thoughtful to reach out to ask if everything is ok simply because I haven’t posted videos or new content for a while. A lot has been happening and many of the recent events have made it difficult to find time to post or film.

We are halfway through a rough year.

Covid quarantine had already hindered my video production because it was difficult to film, travel, get together with my parents to help with my posts. During this time, Nate and I noticed Nas was not meeting his baby/toddler milestones. We chalked it up to being so isolated from other kids and lack of activities because who has any data about raising babies during a pandemic? Naturally, we didn’t want to think there was anything amiss, but over time we noticed Nasir was falling further and further behind on meeting these markers. He wasn’t responding to his name when called, he was transfixed on specific shows, his attention span was non-existent, he had no fear of danger, he wouldn’t parallel play, didn’t listen, didn’t make eye contact, began hitting aggressively because he was unable to communicate only a few words, he had very little verbal skills and much of what he gained would be lost after one or two days. Yet, here he is so silly, adventurous, funny, smart and just being our cute little Nasir in so many other remarkable ways, we didn’t know if these things we were observing were ok or should we be concerned? He is our first child, so we had no way to fully know.

One or two of these things would be no cause for alarm, but we started adding up more and more then questioning more and more until we couldn’t deny the fact that we might be dealing with something more than just the lack of socialization because of the stay at home order.

Tests, Tests, and more Tests

We took Nas to doctor after doctor, therapist after therapist and to make a long story short, the doctors and specialists have told us he is on the Autism Spectrum. In some of his abilities, he is excelling and is testing in a much higher percentile. In other ways, he is testing quite low. He is struggling with language the most which he is currently testing at an 8-9 month level. He is almost 26 months old at the time I’m posting this. Nate and I felt heartbroken at first, but not for long. We put ourselves into 5th gear and did all the things within our power to make things easier for Nas.

 

Our lives are turned upside down

We have speech therapy and occupational therapy in home (Finally! It was virtual for the first few months because of Covid) The therapists we have in-home were instrumental in pointing us in the right direction to get Nasir the help and support he needs. We were recently approved for even more early intervention programs which we have learned are extraordinary in what they are able to do to help Nas. We are hopeful and optimistic. Although we have to wait a short bit to enroll him for those programs, there is a beginning in sight!

Oh my heart…

Nasir is our whole world. His struggles and his energy have kept our hands and hearts full. There has been little to no time to do more than take care of him, keep up with his never-ending energy, and get him the best resources we can to help him navigate this challenging path. Our entire life has been devoted to his care and to the success he can achieve by this early intervention. I know that this is a process and I have to trust the process, but I am not going to lie, I have cried a million tears, I have filled out thousands of pages of paperwork, I have made a hundred phone calls and some days it still doesn’t feel like enough. I have some serious mom guilt. I can’t even describe it. We are tired, worn out, frustrated at times, hard on ourselves, you name it, we have felt it. I don’t leave the house for days because it’s just too much. We go to my parents’ house for a break from time to time because they are such a big help for us when we are exhausted.

This has tested us as parents, it has tested us as a husband and wife. But at the end of the day, we have this incredibly sweet boy who needs us SO much. Our hearts explode with the love and need to keep him safe and happy and do whatever we can to get him to reach all of his potential. One day, we are hopeful that we may hear him say Mama and Dada..

One day at a time

I haven’t forgotten about my YARNutopian family. Quite the contrary – in fact, I actually feel so anxious to get back to my crochet, but I simply have to sacrifice something in order to manage life right now. I am still working, but very minimally. I still check in every day and post older links to some fun patterns I’ve shared in the past. I have great expectations in the mornings, but by mid-day I am wiped out by the challenges we have in our home at the moment. This is hard.

I am currently working on a new crochet project. It’s going at a snail’s pace, but it is going. I am trying to navigate this new chapter of our lives while giving myself some grace to be ok with the status quo. When the time comes, Nasir will have some one-on-one time with specialists who will provide what he needs to help him talk and reach his goals, then I will have a few hours each day of respite to get back to crochet. In the meantime, I appreciate your patience, support, and understanding as we keep moving forward. Please continue to watch my videos, visit my blog, and support my pages. I promise, I will be back.

With love and hugs,
Nadia