FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Winter Fur Snood

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Winter Fur Snood

Grab your hook and your Lion Brand Yarns “Feels Like Butta” and “Go for Faux.” Now you have everything you need to make my winter fur snood!

‘Tis the season for cold temps, snow days, and crisp winds. What better way to stay warm and cozy than a fashionable snood? What is a snood you ask? It is a scarf + hood= snood!! It’s the perfect winter statement! It’s all the rave at this time and you can make your very own by following along to my easy pattern and video tutorial. Don’t like the idea of a snood? Don’t worry! This doubles as a VERY beautiful neck cowl!

No matter which way you choose to wear it, you will love it! Versatile, fashionable, and comfortable! It’s a perfect trifecta for you!

 

 

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.

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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 Feels Like Butta Yarn in Charcoal (654 yards)
Lion Brand Go For Faux Thick & Quick in Husky (72 yards)
SizeI-5.50mm Crochet Hook
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
-This cowl is 80 inches around (you could make it longer or shorter based off your foundation chain)
-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
BLO: Back Loop Only
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.

Cowl:

Work in BLO for the whole cowl

Rnd 1: FDC 230 and sl st to first st without twisting foundation row. Or you can Ch 230 or 232 (as I say in the video tutorial) and Sl st to first ch, Ch 2, DC in each Ch around, sl st to first st, Do not turn. (230)

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), Work in BLO, DC in each st around, Sl st to first st, do not turn.

Rnds 3-18: repeat Rnd 2 (you can continue and make yours wider if you want!)

Fasten off, Weave in all ends.

Add a DC round of Faux Fur around each edge working between the posts of the stitches on the outer rows of your work. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

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

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Winter Fur Snood

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Winter Fur Snood

Grab your hook and your Lion Brand Yarns “Feels Like Butta” and “Go for Faux.” Now you have everything you need to make my winter fur snood!

‘Tis the season for cold temps, snow days, and crisp winds. What better way to stay warm and cozy than a fashionable snood? What is a snood you ask? It is a scarf + hood= snood!! It’s the perfect winter statement! It’s all the rave at this time and you can make your very own by following along to my easy pattern and video tutorial. Don’t like the idea of a snood? Don’t worry! This doubles as a VERY beautiful neck cowl!

No matter which way you choose to wear it, you will love it! Versatile, fashionable, and comfortable! It’s a perfect trifecta for you!

 

 

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

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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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 Feels Like Butta Yarn in Charcoal (654 yards)
Lion Brand Go For Faux Thick & Quick in Husky (72 yards)
SizeI-5.50mm Crochet Hook
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
-This cowl is 80 inches around (you could make it longer or shorter based off your foundation chain)
-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
BLO: Back Loop Only
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 Lion Brand Yarn

How to make: 4-ingredient no-knead artisan bread in cast iron Dutch oven

How to make: 4-ingredient no-knead artisan bread in cast iron Dutch oven

Here is a simple step-by-step recipe that is sure to wow your guests at any dinner party or satisfy the most insatiable craving for homemade bread you have EVER had! Trust me when I say, when you make your very own loaf, you won’t want to stop at just one! You will be a bread making aficianado before you know it! Follow my recipe below and watch my step by step video to guide you through this easy process! By this afternoon, your house will smell like rich homemade bread and your meals will be next level with this fantastic recipe!

finished loaf of artisan bread

Recipe AND Video Below:

 

 

We made a quick artisan bread loaf using only four (4) ingredients! No kneading! No mess! Easy step by step tutorial to help you achieve the greatest results proving that you don’t need to exhaust yourself to make fancy, delicious bread!!

Easy to Bake 4-ingredient, no-knead artisan bread

3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp quick rise instant yeast
2 tsp kosher or cooking salt

1 1/2 cups warm water (Not hot! Luke warm 130*F or 55*C)

(You will need parchment paper)

Mix all ingredients in one bowl. Dough will be sticky. Let sit for 1-3 hours until dough doubles in size. (A perfect time to work on your crochet projects!)  Preheat oven to 450*F (232*C) and set empty cast iron Dutch oven inside with lid on while oven preheats. Heat empty Dutch oven for 30 minutes. NOTE: This bread dough can be kept in refrigerator for up to three days and made later. The time in the fridge can even enhance flavor!

While oven/Dutch oven preheats, sprinkle a little flour on clean surface. Roll your dough onto floured surface and fold each ‘side’ into itself. I do 6-8 folds until dough forms nice round ball. Place dough on parchment paper and transfer dough ball into clean bowl. Using sifter, sprinkle a small amount of flour onto dough ball top surface. Using a lame or sharp knife cut design onto top. Let sit for duration of time it takes to preheat oven and heat up Dutch oven.

a slice down the middle, fresh from the oven!

AFTER 20-30 minutes, using oven mitts, remove HOT Dutch oven from preheated oven and carefully remove lid. Your cast iron pot is going to be EXTREMELY hot!! Use caution. Place parchment with dough ball into the hot pan and replace lid. Place back in oven and bake with LID ON for 30 minutes. AFTER 30 MINUTES, Remove the lid from your Dutch oven pot and bake bread uncovered for an additional 15 minutes or until you have a nice and toasty brown crust! Guaranteed your house will smell amazing! Carefully remove bread from pan and let cool for 10-15 minutes on cooling rack. Slice and serve! It tastes incredible with fresh butter melting on warm bread!! Mmm mmm mmm!!! Be sure to share with us how your finished loaves turn out!!!

a beautiful slice of warm, fresh made bread slathered in butter!

If you like easy to follow recipes and a variety of more fantastic videos, be sure to follow our SECOND channel Fuad Azmat/Ambient Sounds WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

“The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.” ~Julia Child

Happy Hooking…and Baking!
~Fuad, Shannon, & Nadia

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Evergreen Ski Hat

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Evergreen Ski Hat

Nasir has been growing and changing SO MUCH! Therapy has been working wonders, and in the past several months, he has found so many new words and skills.

The holidays went pretty well, and he had a lot of fun participating in all the activities. Because of his high energy, we decided to outfit him with some snowboarding gear, and Nate took him out for a trial run. He loves it!

It was the inspiration for the Evergreen Ski Hat. I’m so excited for my guys to be matching up both in fashion and in fun!! I used Brava Yarn in Dublin green. The perfect color for my Irish husband! You can make this for anyone! The design is both feminine and masculine and adding a pom or different color can make this customizable for you or someone you love. It’s a great beanie design that I know you will want to make now! Here’s my free 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.

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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
Brava Yarn in Dublin Green (or any color you want!) 200 Yards
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
-You can use any size 4 medium, worsted weight yarn for this project
-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
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post 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 WeCrochet

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Evergreen Ski Hat

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Evergreen Ski Hat

Nasir has been growing and changing SO MUCH! Therapy has been working wonders, and in the past several months, he has found so many new words and skills.

The holidays went pretty well, and he had a lot of fun participating in all the activities. Because of his high energy, we decided to outfit him with some snowboarding gear, and Nate took him out for a trial run. He loves it!

It was the inspiration for the Evergreen Ski Hat. I’m so excited for my guys to be matching up both in fashion and in fun!! I used Brava Yarn in Dublin green. The perfect color for my Irish husband! You can make this for anyone! The design is both feminine and masculine and adding a pom or different color can make this customizable for you or someone you love. It’s a great beanie design that I know you will want to make now! Here’s my free pattern!

 

 

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
Brava Yarn in Dublin Green (or any color you want!) 200 Yards
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
-You can use any size 4 medium, worsted weight yarn for this project
-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
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post 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.

Hat:

Toddler/Child Size:

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to 1st st, ch 1 (9)

Rnd 2: Work in the “V” of the stitch for all SC rows. 2 SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (18)

Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (27)

Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (36)

Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (45)

Rnd 6: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnd 7-11: SC in each st around. Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnd 12: Ch 2 (instead of ch 1, does not count as stitch), DC in each st around. Sl st to first St, Ch 2. (54)

Rnd 13-16: FPDC on first st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first st, Ch 2. (54)

Rnd 17: Ch 1 (instead of ch 2), SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnds 18-26: SC into the V of each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnd 27: Repeat Round 12

Rnds 28-31: Repeat Rounds 13-16 alternating FPDC and BPDC.

Fasten off, weave in all ends. Add a pom if desired!

 

Child/Teen Size:

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to 1st st, ch 1 (9)

Rnd 2: Work in the “V” of the stitch for all SC rows. 2 SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (18)

Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (27)

Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (36)

Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (45)

Rnd 6: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnd 7: SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnd 8: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (60)

Rnds 9-11: SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (60)

Rnd 12: Ch 2 (instead of ch 1, does not count as stitch), DC in each st around. Sl st to first St, Ch 2.

Rnd 13-16: FPDC on first st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first st, Ch 2. (60)

Rnd 17: Ch 1 (instead of ch 2), SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (60)

Rnds 18-26: SC into the V of each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (60)

Rnd 27: Repeat Round 12

Rnds 28-34: Repeat Rounds 13-16 alternating FPDC and BPDC

Fasten off, weave in all ends. Add a pom if desired!

 

Teen/Adult Size:

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to 1st st, ch 1 (9)

Rnd 2: Work in the “V” of the stitch for all SC rows. 2 SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (18)

Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (27)

Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (36)

Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (45)

Rnd 6: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 9 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnd 7: SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnd 8: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 8 sts] 6 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (60)

Rnd 9: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 9 sts] 6 times, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (66)

Rnds 10-11: SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (66)

Rnd 12: Ch 2 (instead of ch 1, does not count as stitch), DC in each st around. Sl st to first St, Ch 2.

Rnd 13-16: FPDC on first st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first st, Ch 2. (66)

Rnd 17: Ch 1 (instead of ch 2), SC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (66)

Rnds 18-26: SC into the V of each st around, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (66)

Rnd 27: Repeat Round 12

Rnds 28-36: Repeat Rounds 13-16 alternating FPDC and BPDC

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 WeCrochet

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Cuddle Up Baby Blanket

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Cuddle Up Baby Blanket

When a good friend is having a baby girl, one must use their skills and create a luxurious way to welcome her into the world. Join me as I share the free crochet pattern and video tutorial for The Cuddle Up Baby Blanket below. I used Vel-Luxe yarn by Lion Brand Yarn and I LOVE it. I want one for myself, it is so soft!

 

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.

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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Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
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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 Vel-Luxe Yarn in Dusty Pink (240 yards of this color) and Eggplant (492 yards of this color) (you can use 730-760 yards of any color of yarn)
SizeI-5.50mm Crochet Hook
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.
-This blanket is a baby blanket size but you can use any multiple of 3 on your foundation chain to make this wider. Continue repeating the same row repeat to make it longer. My blanket measures 36 inches wide by 40 inches long.

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 Lion Brand Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Cuddle Up Baby Blanket

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Cuddle Up Baby Blanket

When a good friend is having a baby girl, one must use their skills and create a luxurious way to welcome her into the world. Join me as I share the free crochet pattern and video tutorial for The Cuddle Up Baby Blanket below. I used Vel-Luxe yarn by Lion Brand Yarn and I LOVE it. I want one for myself, it is so soft!

 

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 Vel-Luxe Yarn in Dusty Pink (240 yards of this color) and Eggplant (492 yards of this color) (you can use 730-760 yards of any color of yarn)
SizeI-5.50mm Crochet Hook
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.
-This blanket is a baby blanket size but you can use any multiple of 3 on your foundation chain to make this wider. Continue repeating the same row repeat to make it longer. My blanket measures 36 inches wide by 40 inches long.

 

 

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.

Blanket:

With Main Color (Eggplant)

Ch 78 or any multiple of 3

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

Row 2: 2 DC in 1st st, *Sk next 2 DC sts, [SC, 2 DC] in next SC st, Repeat from * across ending with SC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Rows 3-7: Repeat Row 2

Rows 8-9: Change color to Dusty Pink, repeat Row 2

Rows 10-11: Change color to Eggplant, repeat Row 2

Rows 12-21: Change color to Dusty Pink, Repeat Row 2

Rows 22-23: Change Color to Eggplant, Repeat Row 2

Rows 24-25: Change color to Dusty Pink, Repeat Row 2

Rows 26-47: Change color to Eggplant, Repeat Row 2

Row 48-65: Repeat Rows 8-25

Rows 66-72: With Eggplant, repeat Row 2

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Border:

Round 1: Attach to any corner of your work, Work between the groupings all around the blanket, Ch 1, SC in same corner, *Ch 3, SC in next gap between grouping of sts, repeat from * around. End with Ch 3, sl st to first SC. Do not turn.

Round 2: Sl st in next Ch 3 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *7 DC in next Ch sp, SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC.

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

 

 

What did I just watch?

What did I just watch?

I just finished watching the Netflix series The Watcher and sat reeling from it. My very first thought was “What did I just watch?!” It was so baffling it made my head spin! I know it was based on a true story, so I spent a half hour just going down the rabbit hole of research into the background of this house at 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey, US. The curiosity was taunting me to see how much of this was fact versus how much was fiction.



When I need answers!

I am a late night Netflix binger and chronic book reader. I start shows after our foster children are all asleep. It’s my way to wind down and clear my mind. The Watcher wasn’t a show that left my mind clear…AT ALL! It sent me on a crazy chase of information of discovery that even followed me into my dreams. I dreamt of that house all night long. Does this happen to you?

 

I give it 4.5 stars

I heard this show was renewed for another season, and of course, I will be WATCHING…I guess we are all watchers! Haha! This is one series that held my attention to the end. I only wish it answered more questions than it created. I think that is the sign of a great show. It sticks with you long after it is over.

Tell me, what shows are you watching right now? Share with me in the comments here or on social media. I know many of you have shows on in the background to your craft, and I am curious to hear what has caught your attention? Also, share your thoughts on “The Watcher” if you, too, have seen the series. Be sure to warn *spoiler alert* before your comment, if you give details about the show. This will prevent giving away anything to those who haven’t seen it!

Happy Hooking & More! (and happy watching!)

~Shannon

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Asking a Favor!

Asking a Favor!

I wanted to hop on YARNutopia’s channel to ask a big favor! I NEED your help. In order to monetize my Ambient Sounds (second YouTube Channel) I need AT LEAST 1,000 subscribers and at least 4,000 watched hours. So this is where you can help me out. Go to my other channel here: @Fuad Azmat / Ambient Sounds and SUBSCRIBE and click to receive notifications of new video posts. Watch my videos. Do you like to have back ground noise on while you crochet? Do you like to have white noise play to help you sleep? Do you like to relax to the sounds of waves or wind chimes? If so, we got something for you! There’s a little something for everyone! So check us out here: @Fuad Azmat / Ambient Sounds
Thank you for your support and help and we will be back here on YARNutopia with a new crochet video soon! Thanks for watching!!

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Happy Halloween 2022 from YARNutopia!

Happy Halloween 2022 from YARNutopia!

Our Annual Halloween Costume Reveal is here! This year, we have decided on some friendly monster costumes.

Nas loves his one-eyed green monster with horns! He was running around trying to catch pretend monsters and pretend he was one too! He’s such a little goofball!

Nasir’s costume consists of the crocheted green slip-on with a face. I paired that with the green leggings and turtleneck that I bought on Amazon. I used Lion Brand Yarn to create this ensemble.

Nate pulls off the big blue monster very well! For his costume, I created the fuzzy hat with horns. I purchased the furry costume from Amazon and voila it was the perfect match!

For my costume I just made a monster amigurumi doll and wore a pink and purple outfit to tie it all together.

In recent years, it has been difficult to find the time to make elaborate plans for costumes and not be able to get them done. I’ve scaled down quite a bit, but still like to make sure that I’ve included crochet in each costume. I hope you enjoy our monster costumes and keep coming back each year to see more!

If you’d like the crochet pattern for Nasir’s Monster Costume, you can find the written instructions here.

If you’d like the Hat Pattern that Nate is wearing, you can find the written instructions here.

If you’d like to make the little monster plushie I am holding in the photos, you can find the full written pattern here.

 

 

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Monster/Alien Stuffed Toy Amigurumi

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Monster/Alien Stuffed Toy Amigurumi

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Every year, we try to create something unique and fun to share here on YARNutopia. This year is no exception, and we have decided on some friendly monster costumes.

For my costume I just made a monster amigurumi doll and wore a pink and purple outfit to tie it all together.

In recent years, it has been difficult to find the time to make elaborate plans for costumes and not be able to get them done. I’ve scaled down quite a bit, but still like to make sure that I’ve included crochet in each costume. I hope you enjoy our monster costumes and keep coming back each year to see more!

 

 

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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
Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch Premium in the color Goldmine (1 ball)
Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch Anti Pilling in the color Ecru (less than 25 yards needed)
Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in White and Black (less than 50 yards each needed)
Size G4.25mm Crochet Hook and F-3.75mm 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 amigurumi are 16 inches tall and about 6 inches wide
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.
-The components to this pattern are: Body and head worked as one piece, 2 horns, Outer eye, Inner eye, 2 Arms, 4 Legs, and an embroidered mouth with teeth.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease

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.

Body

With Goldmine (tan colored yarn) and G-4.25mm crochet hook
Work in continuous rounds for all the pieces in this project.

Ch 24

Rnd 1: 2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, 1 SC in each of the next chs across, put 3 SC in last ch, continue to SC along the opposite side of the foundation ch, SC across, put 1 SC in the first st where you put 2 SC in. (48)

Rnds 2-30: SC in each st around. (48)

Rnd 31: [SC2TOG, SC in next 6 sts] 6 times. (42)

Rnd 32: [SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 33: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 34: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)

Start stuffing the body.

Rnd 35: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)

Start increasing for the head.

Rnd 36: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 37: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 38: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 39: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)

Rnd 40: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts] 6 times. (48)

Rnds 41-55: SC in each st around. (48)

Rnd 56: [SC2TOG, SC in next 6 sts] 6 times. (42)

Rnd 57: [SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 58: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (30)

At this point I paused production of this piece and moved on to work on the embellishments (arms, legs, eye etc) so that it would be easier to sew to the body and head without it being stuffed completely closed and sewn shut. (you can sew your pieces on your monster however you are comfortable with)

Rnd 59: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)

Start stuffing the neck part and head

Rnd 60: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 61: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)

finish stuffing the body and head piece.

Rnd 62: [SC2TOG]6 times. (6)

SC 1st and 4th sts together, fasten off, weave in ends.

Horns: Make 2

Using Ecru colored yarn and F-3.75mm crochet hook
Work in continuous Rounds

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (4)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (5)

Rnds 3-7: Repeat Rnd 2
You should have 10 sts around at the end of Rnd 7.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Inner Eye

With Black yarn and F-3.75mm crochet hook
Work in continuous rounds

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Outer Eye

With White yarn and F–3.75mm crochet hook
Work in continuous rounds

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)

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

Rnd 7: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)

Arms: Make 2

With Goldmine (tan colored) yarn and F-3.75mm crochet hook
Work in continuous rounds

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnds 3-20: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off after round 20 with a long tail for sewing.

Legs: Make 4

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)

Rnds 5-8: SC in each st around. (24)

Rnd 9: [SC2TOG] 6 times, SC in last 12 sts. (18)

Rnd 10: [SC2TOG] 3 times, SC in next 6 sts, [SC2TOG] twice. (12)

Rnds 11-22: SC in each st around.
You can make these legs as long or as short as you want by continuing to create more rounds.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:

Sew all 4 legs to bottom of body, Sew arms to each side, Sew black part of eye to the white part of the eye, add a fleck of white into the black part of the eye, then sew the white part of the eye to the head. Embroider a mouth with teeth with black yarn on the face. Sew horns to the top of the head (I did this part last when I was finished decreasing the stitches at the top of the head), Optional: Surface crochet a line up the center of the body with the same color yarn as the body (see photos for reference)

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 Written Crochet Pattern: Toddler Monster Costume

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Toddler Monster Costume

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Every year, we try to create something unique and fun to share here on YARNutopia. This year is no exception, and we have decided on some friendly monster costumes.

Nas loves his one-eyed green monster with horns! He was running around trying to catch pretend monsters and pretend he was one too! He’s such a little goofball!

Nasir’s costume consists of the crocheted green slip-on with a face. I paired that with the green leggings and turtleneck that I bought on Amazon. I used Lion Brand Yarn to create this ensemble. The exact type of yarn and colors and amount is all listed below in the “Materials you will need” section.

 

 

 

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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
Knit Picks Cotlin Yarn in Silver (less than 25 yards)
Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Lime, Black, and White. (4 balls of Lime (740 yards total needed), 1 ball of Black, and 1 ball of white)
SizeH-5.00mm Crochet Hook and F-3.75mm crochet hook for embellishments
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-The measurements of this costume are 16 inches long from shoulder to bottom and 18″ wide which is 36 inches around the waist.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.
-Use 3 strands of yarn together for the BODY part of the costume only.
-The components to this pattern are: Body, Horns, Inner Eye, Outer Eye, Mouth, Teeth, and Eyelid
-This is worked from the top down and then each component is added after the body is made.

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
DC2TOG: Double crochet decrease
DC3TOG: Double crochet 3 sts together

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.

Body

With Lime Green
Use 3 strands of yarn at the same time
Use H-5.00mm crochet hook or I-5.5mm Crochet hook for this piece

Ch 54
Work in continuous rounds for this piece

Round 1: Without Twisting Foundation Chain, SC in 1st Ch to form a ring and continue to SC in each Ch around, work in continuous rounds. (54 SC)

Round 2: HDC in each st around. (54)

Rnd 3: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 8 sts] 6 times. (60)

Rnd 4: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 5 sts] 10 times. (70)

Rnd 5: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 6 sts] 10 times. (80)

Rnd 6: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 7 sts] 10 times. (90)

Rnd 7: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 8 sts] 10 times. (100)

Rnd 8: HDC in next 16 sts, Ch 10, Sk 10 sts, HDC in next 40 sts, Ch 10, Sk 10 sts, HDC in the last 24 sts. (80 sts and 2 ch 10 sps)

Rnd 9: HDC in each st putting 10 HDC in each of the Ch 10 sps. (100)

Rnds 10-34: HDC in each st around.
Fasten off after your piece is long enough.
Weave in ends.

Horns:

Make 2

With Gray yarn
Use 1 strand of yarn and 3.75mm crochet hook
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook (4)

Work in continuous rounds
Work in BLO

Rnd 2: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (5)

Rnds 3-10: repeat Round 2 (you should have 12 sts after Rnd 10 is complete

Rnd 11: SC in each st around. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Stuff Horns and sew them to each shoulder. Weave in ends.

Inner Eye:

With Black yarn and 3.75mm crochet hook

Ch 3

Rnd 1: 9 DC in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to first DC. Do not turn. (9)

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), 2 DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (18)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Outer Eye:

With White yarn and 3.75mm crochet hook

Ch 3

Rnd 1: 9 DC in 3rd Ch from hook, sl st to first DC, do not turn after each round. (9)

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), 2 DC in each st around, Sl st to first DC. (18)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 9 times, sl st to first DC. (27)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 9 times, sl st to first DC. (36)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts]9 times, sl st to first DC. (45)

Rnd 6: Ch 2. [2 DC in next st, DC in next 4 sts] 9 times, sl st to first DC. (54)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 DC in next st, DC in next 5 sts] 9 times, sl st to first DC. (63)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew black circle inner eye to the center of the outer eye white piece. Add a fleck of white in the black piece for added effect. Sew White piece to the body of the costume. Weave in all ends.

Eyelid:

With Green and 3.75mm crochet hook
Use 1 strand of yarn

Ch 20

Row 1: DC in 3rd Ch and each ch across, Ch 1 turn.

Row 2: Sl st in first st, HDC in next 16 sts, sl st in last st. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:

Sew the eyelid to the top of the outer eye white piece. I sewed mine with the HDC row on the top and the DC row on the bottom. I sewed only the top down, and the lid just sat over the eye (see photos for reference)

Mouth:

With Black and 3.75mm crochet hook
Use 1 strand of yarn

Ch 42

Row 1: DC in 3rd ch and in each ch across, Ch 2 turn. (40)

Row 2: [DC2TOG] 2 times, DC in each st across until 4 sts remain, [DC2TOG] 2 times, ch 2 turn. (36)

Row 3-5: repeat row 2
You should have 24 sts by the end of row 5
Continue to SC around entire piece to clean up edges.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Teeth:

With White and 3.75mm crochet hook
use 1 strand of yarn

Ch 38

First tooth: Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook, DC in next 5 sts, Ch 2, turn. (6)

Row 2: [DC2TOG] 3 times, Ch 2, Turn. (3)

Row 3: DC3TOG, Continue to SL ST down the left side of the tooth back down to the foundation ch, sl st into the very next Ch on the foundation ch right next to the last tooth

*Next tooth: Row 1: Ch 2, DC in same st and in next 5 sts, Ch 2 turn. (6)

Row 2: [DC2TOG] 3 times, Ch 2, Turn. (3)

Row 3: DC3TOG, Continue to SL ST down the left side of the tooth back down to the foundation ch, sl st into the very next Ch on the foundation ch right next to the last tooth.

Repeat from * across, ending with sl sts down the left side of the last tooth. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:

Sew black part of mouth to the body under the eyeball, then sew the teeth to the top of the mouth piece.

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 Written Crochet Pattern: Fuzzy Monster Hat with Horns

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Fuzzy Monster Hat with Horns

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Every year, we try to create something unique and fun to share here on YARNutopia. This year is no exception, and we have decided on some friendly monster costumes.

Nate pulls off the big blue monster very well! For his costume, I created the fuzzy hat with horns. I purchased the furry costume from Amazon and voila it was the perfect match!

 

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.

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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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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
Knit Picks Cotlin Yarn in Silver (less than 50 yards)
Lion Brand Yarn A Star is Born Oh Baby Yarn in Turquoise (2 balls)
-Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in Purple Haze (less than 25 yards)
Size G-4.25mm 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 hat are for an adult male (23 inches circumference of head and 9 inches tall)
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.
-The components to this pattern are Hat Shell and Horns
-This is worked from the top down and then the horns and fur are added after the hat is made

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.

Hat:

WORK IN BLO (you will use the front loop later to attach the fur)

With turquoise yarn

Ch 2
Work in continuous rounds for this piece

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

Round 2: 2 SC in each st around. (18)

Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 9 times. (27)

Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 9 times. (36)

Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 9 times. (45)

Rnd 6: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 9 times. (54)

Rnd 7: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 8 sts] 6 times. (60)

Rnd 8:  [2 SC in next st, SC in next 9 sts] 6 times. (66)

Rnds 9-45: SC in each st around.
Fasten off after round 45 or until your hat is long enough to fit your head.
Weave in all ends.

Horns:

Make 2 in the gray yarn
WORK IN BLO
Work in continuous rounds

Ch 2
Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (4)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (5)

Rnd 3: SC in each st around. (5)

Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 2. (6)

Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 2. (7)

Rnd 6: Repeat Rnd 2. (8)

Rnd 7: SC in each st around. (8)

Rnds 8-17: Repeat Rnd 2.
At the end of rnd 17, you should have 18 sts around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Sew horns to the hat in the top front (see photos for reference on positioning)

Assembly step:
Cut a TON of 4 inch strands of the turquoise yarn and the homespun purple yarn
loop 1 or 2 strands around the front loops you left unworked on the hat and tie them in knots (this is a very tedious part of the hat, but it’s worth it!)
Make the purple spots first, then go in and add the turquoise yarn. I skipped 2 sts between attaching yarn so it wouldn’t be too fluffy but you can add or do less. The monster hat I made has 4 medium sized purple spots on the head. Don’t worry about uneven strands, after all the strands are attached, you will give the hat a haircut to your liking!

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

How to: Create Decor Using Mod Podge

How to: Create Decor Using Mod Podge

Hi Yarnutopians!

I hope your month is off to a great start! I love this time of year and all the festivities it brings.

October in Wisconsin has such a wonderful feel to it. The days start to get a bit shorter, colors start to change, and there is a crispness in the air that you feel when those temperatures begin to drop.

This month also brings “spooky season” upon us. If you are like me, you love this month because of Halloween. I love to decorate my home with all the fun and fantastic decor of the season. That is a breeze when you use Mod Podge to add some festive details to your plain items. Below, follow along with us as we demonstrate in photos how to take an ordinary tray that we purchased from the Dollar Tree and change it into a lovely decorative item for the season in a few simple steps! Let’s get started using Mod Podge to decoupage this tray!

Supplies needed:

Tray
Mod Podge (we used satin finish found here)
Scissor
Decorative Napkin
Paint brush or sponge
Paper towels

We start out with a simple plain tray we bought at the local Dollar Tree. This one is a brass-looking plastic tray approximately 14″ x 7″ (outside dimension).

Here we apply the Mod Podge generously to the inside of the tray that we plan to add our detail.

Be sure to cover the area completely with a thick layer of your Mod Podge. It doesn’t matter if it looks messy! It will dry clear and you can clean up the edges later!

On our tray we are going to use the artwork from this napkin we also found at our Dollar Tree. We loved the color combination and how festive it looked!

We opened the napkin and separated the two layers. We only used the layer that has the artwork. We carefully cut the napkin to fit the INNER dimension of our tray. This piece of the napkin will fit perfectly in the bottom of our piece.

Once you have your napkin cut and ready to place, you must carefully place it in the center of the tray using great care to not have to move it around to get best placement. The napkin is very thin and can tear so be CAREFUL! Trust me, it’s worth it!

Once you have your napkin art carefully placed and centered, you can begin to gently apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the napkin.

Be generous with your Mod Podge as to create a nice layer over the top of the napkin. This WILL dry clear and give a nice finish to your final piece. Once you have applied a nice layer of Mod Podge, use a flat item to smooth the surface to eliminate any bubbling or rippling. We used a lid from a plastic jar. We glided it gently over the napkin’s surface.

Once the surface was smooth (there will be a few wrinkles but this will give a cool weathered look), be sure to take a paper towel and clean up any excess Mod Podge around the napkin. We also used a sharp knife to gently remove any excess fibers or messy edges.

Once the item is to your liking, let dry overnight.

The napkin no longer looks like a NAPKIN! Instead as you see in the photo, it looks as if it is part of this tray or painted on! The photo doesn’t do this justice! It is just lovely!

Once you have your tray finished and dried, you can use it to decorate your home for the season! This is perfect for any time of the year!

So now you know just how easy it can be to transform a simple item into a decorative piece fitting for any holiday! AND on a budget! Minus the Mod Podge, this project cost $2.50! You can’t beat that! Make yours today and be sure to tag us in your posts! We can’t wait to see what you create!
Until next time!

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!!

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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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!
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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 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.

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
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

 

 

 

 

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!
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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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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.
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!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
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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.
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 individual