A Precious Miracle

A Precious Miracle

Disclaimer: This blog contains sensitive pregnancy photos. I ask everyone to be respectful and any negative comments will be deleted. It took a lot for me to be vulnerable to share these images. With my health history, I wanted to be as transparent and open as possible with this miraculous pregnancy.

 

 

Many of you already have been following my journey and know that my health history has been plagued with illness, numerous surgeries, and plenty of setbacks. I had my colon removed in 2008 because my Crohn’s disease was so progressive. Doctors, worried about the dangerous potential of colon cancer and with fast deterioration of my colon, removed it to save my life. That journey was wrought with so many setbacks and ongoing severe illness. Chemotherapy, biologic treatments, thousands of procedures, multiple ostomies, hospitalizations, and repeated surgery had severely impacted the quality of life I was living in my late teens into my 20s. Most of my dreams were put on hold just to survive.

The one dream I held onto and hoped for was to one day be a mother. Doctors could never give a definitive answer as to whether or not pregnancy could even be possible. It was always a “wait and see” possibility. Without my large intestine or parts of my small intestine, even carrying a baby to term was a huge risk. And, it has been. This miraculous pregnancy has been filled with many issues, illness related problems, and so much worry. Yet, this sweet little boy growing inside me is a fighter. Just like me.

That is why, as we came closer to my due date, I dreamed of having pregnancy photos taken to mark this extraordinary time in our lives.

My colo-rectal surgeon told me last week, despite all the complications, try to enjoy this. “Enjoy being pregnant, Nadia.” She said, “Time goes so fast, we forget these moments. Try to remember how exciting it is to feel him moving…” And it is! This is so true! I have to appreciate everything I am going through to bring him here, and I love him so much that I don’t care how much I have to endure. This is temporary and so worth it.

Next week, I stop the last of my medications needed to keep my disease in remission, so our baby has the best chance and can be his strongest at birth. That part is very unsettling because I don’t know what my body will do without those medications. I am hoping that the last dose will sustain me through the final weeks until delivery and beyond. With that in mind, I decided now was the best time to do these photos. While I felt as good as I can expect to feel, I wanted to capture the power of this moment and the profound feelings of this health and pregnancy journey. I channeled my inner “life-giving goddess” for these powerful images!

I want to thank my mom and dad for their help in bringing my vision to life through these photos, and a huge thank you to Nate for being the most amazing husband and best friend on this journey. I couldn’t have done this without him..obviously..haha!!

“Life reveals her beauty one precious miracle at a time.” ~Flavia

Enjoy the photos.

~Nadia

 

 

 





Crochet Tutorial: Star Ring Rattle Teething Toy

Crochet Tutorial: Star Ring Rattle Teething Toy

I tried a new project that is simple enough for the beginner and fun for the seasoned crocheter! The Star Ring Rattle is perfect for any baby nursery, gift, or layette!

 

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this project:

 

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

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie (I used Royal and Coral in the one I demonstrate on camera)
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Polyfil
Wooden Rings
Rattle Inserts
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
SC3TOG: Single Crochet 3 Stitches Together

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Star: (MAKE 2)

Ch 2 (or start with magic ring)
Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN.

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around, sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN. (18 sts)

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

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

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

Now you will be making the points of the star, you will be working in rows. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 1: SC in 9 sts, leave the rest unworked, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 2: SC in each of the 9 sts across, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 4: SC in each of the 7 sts across, ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 5: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 6: SC in each of the 5 sts across, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 7: SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 8: SC in each of the 3 sts across, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 9: SC3TOG, ch 1. DO NOT TURN
Continue to Sl st down the side of the point back to Round 5 of the circle

Repeat Rows 1-9 of the point starting in the very next st.

Repeat this until you have all 5 points made.

On the first star, fasten off.
on the second star, DO NOT fasten off

Assembly step:
SC around both stars attaching them together (See video tutorial for visual instructions).
Before Fully closing the star, be sure to add stuffing and the rattle inside.

Strap:
With another color, Start with long tail before you make your slip knot to start this section.

Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (5)

Rows 2-20: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (5)
When you finish row 20, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly: 

Wrap the strap around the teething ring and sew it together
Sew the other side of the strap to the star. 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 Red Heart Yarns

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Crochet Tutorial: Baby Hiking Sandals

Crochet Tutorial: Baby Hiking Sandals

Summer season is around the corner. Time to start getting that wardrobe ready. Here is a cute little addition for baby’s layette. These baby hikers can be made in any color and added to any outfit for just the right touch!

 

 

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make these sandals:

 

**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!

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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:
Red Heart Yarns Baby Hugs in Bluie and Dolphin
Red Heart Soft in Guacamole
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.
-These booties will fit up to a 6 month old baby.

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

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Sandal: (MAKE 2)

Inner Sole:
With Bluie:
Chain 10
Rnd 1: 2sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 st. Hdc in next 2. 8Dc in last ch. Working on other side, hdc in next 2, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last stitch where beginning 2 sc are. Don’t join. (26 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in 1st st from last row, 2 sc in next. Sc 7, hdc in next, 2hdc in each of the next 6 stitches, hdc in next, Sc 7, 2 sc in last 2 stitches. Do not join – (36 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Sc10, 2sc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 6, 2 sc in next 2 stitches. Sc 10, 2sc in next. Sc in last 2 stitches. Sl st to next st (42 sts) Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Outer Sole:
Same as Inner sole, but DO NOT fasten off. Go to Assembly Step Next.

Assembly Step:
Slip Stitch Inner and Outer sole together (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Front Toe Strap:
Count 10 sts evenly on the front toe of the sole. Work in BLO of the Inner Sole and the back Loop of the Slip Sts you created when attaching the two pieces (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 1: Attach Yarn to first st, Ch 1, HDC 10 sts evenly across front of toe, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 2: HDC2TOG, HDC in 6 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 3: HDC2TOG, HDC in 4 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 4: HDC2TOG, HDC in 2 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Rows 5-10: HDC across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

Side Straps:
See video tutorial for location on where to put these straps. (Also see photos)
Attach yarn to side (where ankle would be)
Row 1: Ch 1, HDC in 4 sts leaving the rest unworked, Ch 1, turn.
Rows 2-6: HDC across, Ch 1, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Opposite Side Strap:
Do the same exact thing as the first side strap, just on the opposite side.
(See video tutorial for visual location)

Gray Straps:
Strap 1: FSC 11 sts (Start with long tail and fasten off with long tail for sewing)
Strap 2: FSC 15 sts (Start with long tail and fasten off with long tail for sewing)
Strap 3: FSC 22 sts (start with short tail and fasten off with short tail and sew in your ends to hide them)

Assembly Step:
Sew gray straps to sole of sandal (weave Strap 1 and 2 through the front toe piece)
Add Strap 3 and sew the front toe piece and side strap piece down OVER the top of Strap 3.
I show exact locations and visual instructions for this section in the video tutorial.
Add a button to Strap 3.
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 Red Heart Yarns

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Crochet Tutorial: Simple Infant Booties

Crochet Tutorial: Simple Infant Booties

I have a sweet, brand new niece to crochet things for! Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law!! ❤️ Girl things, boy things, we have it all covered in this family! Check out the tutorial for these super simple booties and make bunches of them today!!

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make these booties:

 

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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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:
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in VIP
Herrschners Baby Yarn Solids in Baby Blue
Red Heart Yarns Amore (this is a great alternative to use!)
Size F-3.75mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-To make this smaller or bigger, use a smaller or bigger hook size. I do not have stitch counts to make these larger or smaller though. Sorry!!
-These booties will fit a baby that is up to 3 months old
-These measure 6 inches long (13 cm)

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
BLO: Back Loop Only
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:  Make 2

With Main Color:
Ch 21
Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, turn. (20 sts)
Rows 2-12: Ch 1, Working in the 3rd loop across (see video tutorial for visual instructions on where 3rd loop is). HDC across, turn. (20)
Fasten off.

For left foot, attach yarn to bottom right corner (working up the side for this next part)
For right foot, attach yarn on row 6 on the left side of your work (working down the side for this next part)
(See video tutorial for specific location of where to attach your yarn)

Row 1 of toe: SC 10 sts along the side over the first 6 rows of your work, ch 1, turn. (10)
Rows 2-21: Work in BLO, SC across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Change color every other row if you want the toe to be striped–the video tutorial shows how to change color.

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Fold toe over to the other side and sew up to halfway of the first piece.
Fold the piece and cinch the top of the toe with yarn and close the top. (See video tutorial for visual instruction)
Sew bottom sole part.
Fold the cuff down and tack it down if you’d like.
(I know this part is super hard to explain in writing, so the video tutorial will help you a lot!)
Make a pom and sew it to the top of the bootie (optional)

Enjoy!

 

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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 Red Heart Yarns

 

It’s a…. Gender Reveal!!!

It’s a…. Gender Reveal!!!

It didn’t matter – girl or boy – we would still be filled with the same joy!! We are over the moon excited to announce that we are having a….

 

Thank you for sharing in the joy of this experience. We are so happy!!

My mom found the onsie on Etsy, you can see it here.

The tutorial for the baby booties is coming soon!!

~Nate and Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Wiggles & Giggles Baby Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Wiggles & Giggles Baby Blanket

Well, the time has come to start stocking up on a few nice essentials for baby! I made the Wiggles and Giggles Baby Blanket as the first piece in my baby’s layette! This design uses the double crochets to make a zig-zag design that creates beautiful rich texture. It also creates a completely different profile on the other side making this a fantastic reversible blanket and one that is sure to be treasured for years to come!

 

 

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 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
Red Heart Yarns With Love in the color Minty (1300 yards–4 Balls)
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in the color Dusty Gray
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This blanket is 36 inches wide and long but you can continue the repeat to make it as big as you want.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side (Back Side)
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 to have visual instructions.

Blanket:
Ch 133 or any multiple of 3+1

Row 1 (RS): DC in 5th ch from hook and next ch, Go back to the chain next to your first stitch, DC in that ch, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), This will be a diagonal stitch over the 2 DC you made, *Sk next ch and DC in next 2 chs, DC in sk’d ch, repeat from * across until 1 ch remains, DC in last ch. Turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (Counts as a DC here and throughout), *Sk next st, DC in next 2 sts, turn work around to see the RS, DC in sk’d st, Turn work back to WS, repeat from * across until 1 st remains, DC in last st, turn.

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, *Sk next st, DC in next 2 sts, DC in sk’d st working in front of the 2 DC’s you just made, repeat from * across until 1 st remains, DC in last st.

Rows 4-54: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for however long you want then go onto the border
(Scroll down to see border instructions)

 

 

Do not fasten off

Border:
Round 1: Looking at RS of your work, SC around with your main color putting 3 SC in corners, sl st to first st.
Fasten off main color and change color

Round 2: Attach new color and SC around putting 3 SC in each corner, Sl st to first SC and Fasten off.

Round 3: Attach main color to any corner SC, Ch 3, [DC, Ch, 2, 2 DC] in same st, Ch 4, Turn work, Sl st in beg. Ch 3 st, Turn Work, Ch 1, 7 DC in ch 4 sp you just created, *DC in next 4 sts on Round 2 of the border, Ch 4, Turn work, Sl st in 1st DC of 4 DC grouping, Turn work, Ch 1, 7 DC in ch 4 sp you just created, repeat from * around putting [2DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in corner and making your wave over the corner. Sl st to first corner when you get back around. Fasten off.
(It was very hard for me to explain Round 3 in writing, so I highly recommend seeing this in the video tutorial provided on YouTube)

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 Red Heart Yarns

The Cat’s Out of the (YARN) Bag!

The Cat’s Out of the (YARN) Bag!

It’s no secret that my battle with my health has been mostly an uphill one. Numerous surgeries have taken their toll on my body for the past ten years as I continue my fight. My Crohn’s disease has to be considered in every facet of my existence. My life, daily decisions, activity, diet, my body, and my future are ruled by this illness and how it will affect my daily living. After ten years, it is “Normal for Nadia” to be at the mercy of this condition. It just is that way. Like a habit, living with severe Crohn’s disease becomes part of my routine.

Doctor appointments, daily meds, regular testing, procedures, and so many details have worked their way into the fiber of my ordinary existence. Even getting married in March was overshadowed by the very real possibility that I may end up sick or in the hospital on our wedding day. It’s just the reality of living with chronic illness. Fortunately, adrenaline was my friend on March 17, 2018 and it helped carry my aching body through the day without incident! Our wedding was the most glorious day ever. Sure, I paid for it afterwards, but I would do all of that 1,000 times over just to relive that beautiful day!

Hardcore family planning

Nate and I always knew we wanted a family, we also knew that it would not be an easy path to having one. Several months after getting married, we sought help from my doctors to find out if I can safely support a pregnancy since I have such a challenging health history. I underwent a series of tests, some incredibly invasive (dignity be damned). A team of specialists were assembled to oversee my care if we were able to get pregnant. According to all these insane tests, there was no reason, despite my health battle, that I couldn’t get pregnant. We were so relieved! We were aware it would be very risky; the warnings from the medical staff came across loud and clear, but we have confidence in the high-risk team overseeing my care. They were very realistic but also reassuring. I was facing my 28th birthday, and although we weren’t aggressively trying, we weren’t being careful either. So, in early November–two days after my birthday–with symptoms that screamed that I might be pregnant, I went to the store and bought a half dozen pregnancy tests.

My internal dialogue was: “I just spent a small fortune on something I  am going to pee on. Who cares!??? I need answers!”

It all comes down to a (+) sign

It was a Friday afternoon, November 9th. My friend Sarah was coming to town for a visit, and I was planning on picking her up at the bus station in a few minutes. I only had a small window to privately check out my pregnancy suspicions. So like millions of women before me, I peed on the stick and nervously waited through the minutes that could change everything. I was pacing, nervous and fidgety. How do you distract yourself for those moments without constantly checking if you have your answer? If “a watched pot never boils,” does frantically fanning a pee stick prolong the results?! Because that 5 minutes felt like a flippin’ lifetime!

The test read (+) and I freaked out! I  called my mom on Skype immediately, and I was hyperventilating and crying and couldn’t get out what I needed to say. I completely freaked her out because she thought something tragic had happened. I couldn’t speak, and my dramatic reaction had her thinking the worst. I was able to show her the pregnancy test and get her expert opinion on what it was saying. (Like I didn’t already know, right?!) Were these tests saying what I thought they were saying?  Of course they were, but I needed Dr. Mom!!! She talked me through it and asked me what Nate said about it…

Oh. My. Gosh. Nate!!! I had yet to tell Nate! How did I not think of that?

She suggested that maybe I should have called him first! Oh my goodness, absolutely! I was a bit of a frantic mess. Where’s my coat?! I’m wearing it. Where are my keys?! In my hand! I had only a few minutes because Sarah’s bus was about to arrive!  I jumped in the car and decided to stop at his work! Woops! Was that a stop sign? Just kidding! I am grateful I didn’t receive a citation on the way to tell my husband!

We are having a baby… What do we do now?

Nate came out to the car and I had the test stick in a Ziploc bag. I told him I have to tell him something and without asking, he just said, “You’re pregnant.” I cried, I laughed, and I shoved the pee stick in the Ziploc at him and told him to look at it. We were so happy! He said he had a strong feeling. He knew. What emotions! So high, but then reality started to sink in like “What are we going to do now”? Even though we didn’t know what direction to take at that exact moment, we would figure it out together. We called my mom again from the car in the parking lot at Nate’s work. After talking to her, we knew I had to see my doctors first. We had to keep this quiet for a while. By all calculations, I was only about six to seven weeks along. Things were so precarious with my health and we wanted to make sure the pregnancy was viable and baby was healthy. We also needed to be sure I was fully healthy enough to actually support a pregnancy. On a scale from one to ten our emotions were off the chart. What ARE we going to do now?! GAHHH! WE ARE HAVING A BABYYYY!!

Game Face and A No Colon Surprise Party

Nate went back to work, and I had to pick up Sarah. How was I going to keep a straight face? How do I keep this from my best friend? Although I was busting to tell her to the point I was getting twitchy, I knew I couldn’t. I am the WORST at keeping a secret, God knows, and it was stressful to not blurt it out! I put on my best game face and decided to get it out of my mind (yeah, right!) and enjoy the weekend. Little did I know that the reason Sarah was really coming to visit was because my mom, Nate, Sarah and Nida were planning a surprise party to celebrate my birthday tied into a No Colon, Still Rollin’ – 10 years later party! WHAT IS HAPPENING!??? Saturday afternoon my entire family and all my friends surprised me and I couldn’t say a word to any of them! I ate three poop emoji cupcakes just from the stress of it all. Only Nate and my parents knew, and I couldn’t talk to them with everyone around! Again, ALL THE EMOTIONS!!!

Thank goodness for poop emoji cupcakes. That’s all I’m sayin’.

Well, it’s true! We’re pregnant.

I scheduled my first appointment and we had our first ultrasound. I knew going into this that it wouldn’t be easy. Nausea, heartburn, extreme fatigue, restless legs, extremely sensitive boobs that have grown 10 times their size, body pains off the charts, visits to the ER to check scary symptoms caused by adhesions from past surgical scar tissue, phantom sharp pains in my non-existent anus, my ostomy is shifting to the side as my tummy begins to grow, the scars on my tummy are being stretched, back pain, sciatic pain, vivid dreams and nightmares, itchiness, sleeplessness, aversion to certain foods, no appetite to ravishing hunger, even more profound vitamin deficiency (particularly folic acid and magnesium), chronic asthma symptoms to the point I need my rescue inhaler constantly and now a nebulizer, and more issues are plaguing me night and day, and I’m only past my first trimester!

But, it’s all worth it.

Especially at that very moment when we saw our baby on the ultrasound.

Suddenly, it all became real. We heard the heartbeat and we laughed and cried.

We called it our “little bean.”

We instantly fell in love.

Our baby is due in June 2019, and our hearts are so full.

What now, doc?

We had our first minor complication. There was a subchorionic hemorrhage (a blood clot) that was found on the ultrasound. The doctor said it happens in implantation, and unless I had excessive bleeding (I was only having some bleeding), not to worry too much about it, and it would be monitored.  I also had to cease a bunch of my medications. In stopping the meds, I risk some complications, but I have been managing things pretty well. One medication I can’t stop is my biologic injection. I am so worried about taking it, but I can’t risk getting sick to the point it would put me and baby in danger. My team has warned me over and over not to stop it.

I have to be truthful, I was contemplating stopping my biologic injection. The grave warnings from all my doctors have me reconsidering as I face having to take it this week. There is no evident risk to baby, but to me, if I stop, it would be very grave. I could become too ill and not be well enough to sustain the pregnancy, putting both of us at risk. Every doctor concurs. I do have to stop taking it at thirty weeks into the pregnancy to best insure that baby comes into this world the strongest and healthiest it can be. I am concerned without the protection of any medication to control my disease, my body won’t cooperate. I am hopeful. I am optimistic. I am scared. I won’t lie, I know what I am facing, and I know it will be worth it, but I also know this isn’t going to be an easy journey. Nothing this wonderful ever is. I have learned this lesson over and over in my life; I am familiar with how this goes. I am familiar with the bargaining process.

Now we are three!

We are now in the planning stage. I am almost 14 weeks pregnant, and have been following all the doctors’ instruction and am closely monitored. I am also chronicling my pregnancy on The Bump Phone App! According to the app, today our baby is about the size of a lemon! I have regular doctor appointments both with my standard team as well as a high-risk OB-GYN in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic. I couldn’t ask for a better crew of docs overseeing our care! They are so thorough. My last appointment with the specialist was two hours! We are in great hands, and we’re hopeful that things will continue to go well. I just pray that I stay healthy and strong for our little sweet pea. My heart is so full and all I want is to provide the best for this tiny baby despite my challenges.

Merry Christmas to Us!

We told Nyle, Nabeel, Samantha and Des over Thanksgiving. We also went to visit Nate’s dad and gave him a special “Grandpa” shirt.

We also told Nate’s brothers that weekend, too.  Other than immediate family and a couple close friends, we decided to wait and reveal our news to everyone else over Christmas! Our family and friends are elated, and some told me they “just had that feeling!”

Today, I wanted to share this with our YARNutopians now that our extended families and close friends received the news. Now, my crochet project list grows! Baby stuff galore! I already have some baby projects on our agenda! What an exciting year of crochet we have ahead of us! I hope to continue with our filming and projects as long as I can and will continue after baby’s arrival! We all have so much to look forward to in the New Year. Not only are we expecting a new addition, but my brother and his wife are also expecting a new baby in January! So many reasons to crochet! Haha! I am excited and filled with joy to share our news with all of you. Cheers to 2019! Thanks for being with us on this crazy and wonderful journey!

“You are so loved, little one.”

~Your Mommy and Daddy

~Nadia and Nate

Memory Lane 2018

Memory Lane 2018

Each year, at this time I find myself becoming very reflective. I look back and see how far I have come in the past 12 months. This particular year has been a year of big changes and growth not only here on YARNutopia, but in my personal life as well. The following blogs are my top memories of 2018.

#8:

One of the highlights of the past year was day-trippin’ through three states just for yarn. We are all crazy like that…amiright? Follow this link below to read about this fun adventure I had with my mom!
https://yarnutopia.com/2018/07/17/nadia-goes-on-a-yarn-hop/

#7:

Well it is no secret that 2018 was a BIG year for me! As we work our way through these memories, one of the best parts was getting to share my wedding day with my squad! My girls lived all over the globe, and it was such a special event for us to all get together for my wedding. Sarah came from Comoros, Africa, Nida arrived from Texas (and now is studying medicine in the Caribbean!!), and Samantha lives on the complete opposite side of the state from me. My wedding was one day where all my beauties could be with me and share in my joy. To commemorate this occasion, I made each of my bridesmaids these beautiful shawls! This memory is such a special one that holds such a dear place in my heart. Click the link below to read all about it and to discover the pattern for a great shawl!
https://yarnutopia.com/2018/05/30/gifts-for-my-bridesmaids/

 

#6:

2018 we launched our first mailing list! I did my first email blast and sent out a fun newsletter! So much to share in the new year so be sure to follow the link below so you too can be part of my email inner circle!
https://yarnutopia.com/newsletter/

 

#5:

Oh boy! One of the most hilarious and wild weekends I had this past year was a trip to Chicago for Stitches Midwest! That was one weekend I will never forget! Have you attended one of these events? If not you will have to check it out! Go to the blog below and be sure to read all about our weekend adventure with The Marly Bird, Erin Lane, Leon Alexander and so many others! I still smile when I think of all the fun!
https://yarnutopia.com/2018/08/29/stitches-midwest-my-first-time/

#4:

Drop everything and hear this! 2018 was EPIC in more ways than I can count! You know why?? Because this year marked my 10th year without a colon. You know the old saying No Colon, Still Rollin’ – yeah, I know that one isn’t popular among the masses, but that one is practically my life motto! LOL That is because I am living it! 10 years of an insane roller coaster ride with illness that has pretty much commandeered my life. It hasn’t always been pretty, but I have survived, for 10 years, and I thank God every day. I’m not cryin’ nope, not me 😢 It really is a miracle. There’s not much more to say than that. Go read about it…
https://yarnutopia.com/2018/10/30/ten-years-later/

#3:

Ok, well, we all know that my list of fave memories of the past year can’t pass us by without paying a bit of homage to Halloween! Each year, I try to outdo my past costume ensembles, and this year was definitely a challenge. So much thought, planning and preparations go into making these costumes that Nate and I wear each year. Nate was born to wear that Oompa Loompa Costume! We always have so much fun and enjoy bringing this to our YARNutopians each and every year! We already are thinking ahead to 2019. I wonder what’s in store for us next year?! Go check out more great pictures of our costumes here:
https://yarnutopia.com/2018/10/11/happy-halloween-2018/

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

 

#2:

Queue the ooooooohhs and ahhhhhhs! Seriously one of the best memories of 2018 was adding these two furballs to our family! We rescued Fern and Jade in April 2018, and for the past 8 months they have brought so much joy and happiness to our home and our lives. I know you will all be seeing them much more in the year ahead. They love the camera! Read about how we rescued these two kitties and how excited we are to have them!
https://yarnutopia.com/2018/04/08/meet-jade-and-fern/

#1:

Ok, so our countdown to the best memory in 2018 goes without saying…It was our wedding. I crocheted so many details for our big day and here I share all the highlights along with some special photos of our wonderful event. Thank you all for being part of not only this special day, but the journey of this past year. I love that you are a part of all these memories! ♥ ♥
https://yarnutopia.com/2018/05/15/its-all-in-the-details-crochet-wedding-flowers/

 

Thank you for sharing this journey with me and letting me stroll down memory lane. The holidays always bring out the nostalgia in me as I look back at all that lead me to this moment and look to what is ahead. Stay tuned for many more exciting events in the new year!! Thank you for joining me on this memorable, yarn-filled journey!

Share in the comments some of your memories of the past year and what is in store for you in the year ahead!

~Nadia

 

 

How to Crochet Tutorial: Vampire Bat Baby Booties

How to Crochet Tutorial: Vampire Bat Baby Booties

How about some Vampire Bat Booties forrrr your little one? Do you vant to make a pair forrrr Halloveen?? Mwuahaha 🦇
These baby bootie slippers are so fun for any bat lover or Halloween costume!

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make these booties:

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Materials you will need:

Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in the colors Stiletto, Linen, Suede, Sunset, and Mai Tai
Size I-5.50mm crochet hook
Size H-5.00mm crochet hook
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for these booties are 5 inches (13 cm) long and will fit a 6 month old baby. (find other sole measurements here)
-Use a basic Slipper or Bootie pattern in any size and then follow along with the embellishments of this pattern to make these in any size. I do not have stitch counts for larger sizes in this pattern.
-I found a great pattern by HodgePodge Crochet for adult sizes on the slipper! Find it here! Then follow along with the Embellishments of my pattern for the bat face design!


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Special stitches used:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
DC3TOG: Double Crochet 3 Stitches together
DC: Double Crochet


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Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Booties: Make 2
With Stiletto and an I-5.50mm crochet hook
Chain 12
Rnd 1: 2 DC in 2nd ch from hook, DC in next 9 chs, 4 DC in last ch, continue working on opposite side of foundation chain, DC in 9 sts, 2 DC in last st, Sl st to first DC. Do not turn. (26 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 DC in first st, DC in next 11 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 2 sts, DC in 11 sts, 2 DC in last st, sl st to first DC. Do not turn. (30 sts)

Rnd 3: Work in BLO, DC in each st around, sl st to first DC, sl st to first st. (30 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, work in both loops, DC in first 4 sts, [FPDC on next st, DC in next 2 sts] 3 times, [DC2TOG] 2 times, [DC in next 2 sts, FPDC on next st] 3 times, DC in last 4 sts, sl st to first DC. (28 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, DC in first 4 sts, [FPDC on next st, DC in next 2 sts] 2 times, [DC2TOG] 3 times, [FPDC on next st, DC in next 2 sts] 3 times, DC in last 2 sts, sl st to first DC. (24 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, DC in first 4 sts, [FPDC on next st, DC in next 2 sts] 2 times, FPDC on next st,  DC3TOG, [FPDC on next st, DC in next 2 sts] 3 times, DC in last 2 sts, sl st to first DC. (23 sts)
Fasten off Stiletto and attach Suede to first st.

Rnd 7: With Suede and H-5.00mm crochet hook, Ch 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first SC. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Booties made. (Be sure to make 2 booties!)

Bat Face:
With H-5.00mm crochet hook and Suede
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2,
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [2  SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 3 times, Ch 5, SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next ch, DC in last 2 chs, Sk next st on round, SC in next 4 sts, Ch 5, SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next ch, DC in last 2 chs, Sk next st on round, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in last st, sl st to next st.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Inner Ears:
Make 2 wih Mai Tai and H-5.00mm crochet hook
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next ch, DC in last ch.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eyes:
Make 2 with Mai Tai and H-5.00mm crochet hook
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 8 SC in 2nd ch from hook. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Make a French Knot with Black yarn for the pupil of the eye. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Mouth:
With Sunset and H-5.00mm crochet hook
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first st, ch 1.
Rnd 2: [SC, HDC] in first st, [HDC, SC] in next, SC in next st, [SC, HDC] in next st, [HDC, SC] in next st, SC in last st, sl st to first SC.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Wrap the Suede colored yarn around the mouth (as seen in photos)

Teeth:
Make 2 with Linen and H-5.00mm crochet hook
Ch 4
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in last ch.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
See video tutorial on placements of pieces and sew everything on face and to the bootie slippers. Be sure to make everything again for the second bootie slipper!

Enjoy!!

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How to Crochet Tutorial: Candy Swirl Pillow

How to Crochet Tutorial: Candy Swirl Pillow

Hello Everybody! I just wanted to “lolli-POP” into your news feed to share our next installment of our Halloween Costumes!! I’m a “Sucker” for swirls and vibrant colors! These Candy Swirl Pillows are such a “Sweet Treat” to add to any room of the house!!

See the Lolli-PoPs in the background of our Halloween Costume reveal:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

You can see my past years costumes here:

2015 Costumes

2016 Costumes

2017 Costumes

Each year I try to create costumes more epic than the one’s before. This year will be AWESOME!
As I create a series of patterns, each one released leading up to Halloween, they reveal clues to what Nate and I plan to wear!

 

See the first piece of our Halloween costumes for this year here!

 

 

 

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

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad

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Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver in 3 different colors
Size G-4.25mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle
16 inch Pillow Form
Measuring Tape
Scissors

NOTES:
-This pillow is worked in continuous rounds. Mark your rounds as you go.
-This pillow can be made bigger or smaller by doing more rounds of the repeat or less rounds.
-I used a 16 inch pillow round, but you can stuff it with stuffing or use a smaller pillow insert.

Special Stitches Used in this pattern:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch/stitches
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pillow:

Round 1: With Color 1,  [1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC] into the 2nd ch from the hook, pull up a long loop so it doesn’t unravel when you’re working with the next yarn, with color 2, [1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC] into same chain as the first color, pull up a long loop, with color 3, [1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC] into same chain as the first color. (12 sts)

Rnd 2: Begin working with color 1 again. [In the next color, put 2DC in each of the next 4 sts.] repeat for the next 2 colors. (24 sts)

Rnd 3: Continue to change color for each color change section (See video tutorial for visual instructions), [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 12 times. (36 sts)

Rnd 4: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 12 times. (48 sts)

Rnd 5: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 st] 12 times. (60 sts)

Rnd 6: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 4 st] 12 times. (72 sts)

Rnd 7: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 5 st] 12 times. (84 sts)

Rnd 8: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 6 st] 12 times. (96 sts)

Rnd 9: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 7 st] 12 times. (108 sts)

Rnd 10: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 8 st] 12 times. (120 sts)

Rnd 11: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 9 st] 12 times. (132 sts)

Rnd 12: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 10 st] 12 times. (144 sts)

Rnd 13: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 11 st] 12 times. (156 sts)

When you finish Round 13, for each color HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sl st in next 2 sts, fasten off.

On your first circle piece, fasten off with short tails. For your second piece, fasten off 2 colors with short tails and the 3rd color with a long tail for sewing. (See video tutorial for fasten off method instructions)

Assembly:
Sew the 2 pieces together using the whip stitch and inside out, then when you have 1/3 left of your work, flip it right side out and stuff with the pillow. Then sew the rest of the pillow closed. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Fasten off, weave in all ends.  Enjoy!

 

Check out the other pieces for the costume below:

Vertical Stripe Leg Warmers:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

Adult Knicker Pants:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

Steampunk Cardigan:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

 

Green Costume Wig:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

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Crochet Tutorial: Soft Hygge Beanie Hat

Crochet Tutorial: Soft Hygge Beanie Hat

Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfort with feelings of wellness and contentment.  That is exactly what this Soft Hygge Beanie Hat is—cozy and comfortable! Using the Tunisian Simple Stitch and new Hygge Yarn from Red Heart Yarns, this design can be worked up in less than 2 hours!

 

 

 

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

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad

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Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials You will need:
Red Heart Hygge Yarn (2 balls of yarn–<200 yards of yarn needed)
Red Heart Amore Yarn (<20 yards needed)
Pom Maker (I just used my own cardboard cut out, but you can use an actual pom maker. Find one here)
Long Afghan Crochet Hook (Dual Sided) Size 6.50mm (Get the exact one I’m using in this tutorial here!)
K-6.50mm crochet hook
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-This hat is worked in continuous rounds from the bottom up.
-The yarn I used in the main part of the hat is a bulky size 5 yarn. The bow is made with a worsted weight size 4 medium yarn.
-You can make more or less rows to fit the length you need.
-You can find a size chart for different sized measurements toward the bottom half of this page here.

Also see this size chart here:

Special Stitches Used in this pattern:
Ch: chain
St: Stitch
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
BLO: Back Loop Only
YO: Yarn Over
TSS: Tunisian Simple Stitch
TSS2TOG: Tunisian Simple Stitch Decrease

Hat

With K-6.50 Crochet Hook and Bulky Yarn
Row 1: FSC 48 sts (for larger sizes FSC 54 sts. For smaller sizes, FSC 42 sts or 36 sts) — see video tutorial on how to do FSC.
Bring first stitch around to form a ring and continue the rest of the hat with Long Afghan Hook

Round 2: Work in BLO of round 1, TSS all the way around pulling up a loop in each st, then turning the work around and pulling your other ball of working yarn through. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rounds 3-15: (work in continuous rounds) Continue working TSS stitches until you get the length you need (2 inches less than the length of the hat you are making), you can do more or less rows. If you want to make this a slouchy hat, do more rounds.

Scroll down to see the decrease.

If you made a larger size: [TSS in 7 sts, TSS2TOG in next] 6 times. (48 sts) (then go onto the next row)

Round 16: If you had 48 sts, continue with this row:
[TSS in 6 sts, TSS2TOG in next] 6 times. (42 sts)

if you made smaller sizes, use the following rows as a guide to decrease your rounds.

Round 17: [TSS in 5 sts, TSS2TOG in next] 6 times. (36 sts)

Round 18:  [TSS in 4 sts, TSS2TOG in next] 6 times. (30 sts)

Rnd 19:  [TSS in 3 sts, TSS2TOG in next] 6 times. (24 sts)

Rnd 20: [TSS in 2 sts, TSS2TOG in next] 6 times. (18 sts)

Rnd 21:  [TSS in next st, TSS2TOG in next] 6 times. (12 sts)

Rnd 22: [TSS2TOG] 6 times. (6 sts)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Bow:
With G-4.25mm crochet hook and Amore yarn (worsted weight yarn)
Ch 48
Bring first chain to hook to make a ring
Rnd 1: SC in first chain and each ch around. (48 sts)
Rnds 2-15: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail.

Center of bow:
Ch 14
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch and across, ch 1, turn. (13 sts)
Rows 2-3: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Fasten off with long tail after row 3.

Assembly step:
Sew Center of bow to Bow. Sew Bow to Hat. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Make Large Pom and sew to top of hat.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.  Enjoy!

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Crochet Tutorial: Butterfly Lovey

Crochet Tutorial: Butterfly Lovey

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They cannot see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can…”

Today’s project is this darling Butterfly Lovey. I love the three dimensional look of this piece. You can get as creative as you like with this project! I can imagine the variety of vivid hues one can use to make this sweet lovey for a child or adult.

This could be a great scrap yarn project. Make one or more and attach them for a unique 3D blanket or throw by piecing these squares together. Match a nursery or bedroom for your child.

Butterflies bring out something in all of us. Maybe since they are often beyond our grasp. We love to watch them flutter through the air on the lightness of their wings upon which we can send out wishes out into the world.

 


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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this lovey:

 

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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:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (Any colors, but I used: Delft Blue, Royal, Black, White, Carrot, Redwood, Gold)
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Polyfil
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This lovey is approximately 18 inches wide/long
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger, and a smaller hook to make it smaller
-This lovey has a lot of pieces to sew together, a good yarn needle is essential to use during this project

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
FLO: Front Loop Only
BLO: Back Loop Only
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

Lovey Squares: Make 4
With Orange
Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring (or start with Magic Ring)
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), 12 DC in ring, sl st to first st. (12)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 DC in each st around, sl st to first st. (24)
Fasten off orange and change color.
Rnd 3: Attach new color to any st, Ch up 2, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around ending with HDC in last st, sl st to first st.
You will be working in Rows now:
R0w 4: Sl st into next st and into ch 2 sp. TURN, 2 DC in CH 2 sp, DC in each st to next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, DC in each st to next corner, 2 DC in corner, leave rest of the sts unworked. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 2 (does not count as st), DC in each st to corner, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC in rest of sts on the row, turn.
Rows 6-13: Repeat Row 5, do not fasten off.
Continue to SC down the side, put 3 SC in corner, and work SCs down the next side. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew all 4 squares together (See video tutorial to see how to sew the squares together)
Border:
With White: SC around entire lovey. Fasten off.
With Black: SC around entire lovey. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Wings: Make 8
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch and next 2 chs, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 3: SC in 1st 3 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the row, Ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 5: SC in each st to last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 6: Repeat Row 4. (8)
Row 7: Repeat Row 5. (9)
Row 8: Repeat Row 4. (10)
Row 9: Repeat Row 5. (11)
Row 10: Repeat Row 4. (12)
Rows 11-15: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 16: SC2TOG, SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 17: SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 18: SC2TOG, SC in the next 7 sts, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 19: SC in 6 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 20: SC2TOG, SC in 5 sts, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 21: SC2TOG, SC in 2 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 22: [SC2TOG] twice. (2)
Fasten off.
Before attaching the wings together, make the mini circles and embroider the veins

Mini Circles: Make 8
With first color:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, Sl st to first st, fasten off.
Rnd 2: Attach black to any stitch, 2 SC in each st around, sl st to first st. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew mini circles in place and embroider the veins with black yarn. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on this part)
After the circles and veins are on the wings, Attach the wings together by Single Crocheting around the wings and stuff them. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing. (See video tutorial for this part too), I know it’s a lot of sewing.

Body:
With Black Yarn
Work in Continuous Rounds and in the BLO
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (4)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (5)
Rnds 3-9: Repeat Rnd 2 until you have 12 sts.
Rnd 10: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 11: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 12-13: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 14: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 15: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff your piece and continue with the next round.
Rnd 16: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 17: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 18-19: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 20: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 21: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff your piece and continue with the next round.
Rnd 22: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 23: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 24-25: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 26: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 27: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Embroider eyes to body (Optional)
Stuff your piece and continue with the next round.
Rnd 28: [SC2TOG] 6 times.
SC 1st and 4th sts together.
Fasten off weave in ends.

Antenna: Make 2
With Black Work in continuous rounds and in BLO
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Rnd 5: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] twice. (4)
Rnds 6-7: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew wings to body, sew antenna to body, sew body to lovey in the center.
Weave in all ends.

 

Enjoy!

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Help Make Turtles for Mental Health Awareness

Help Make Turtles for Mental Health Awareness

Recently, one of our followers reached out asking for some assistance for an important cause. She is a mental health advocate and public speaker. She asked me for help to make small crocheted turtles.

MHATs or Mental Health Awareness Turtles, will be distributed to patients who are dealing with traumatic experiences that led to their ongoing struggles with mental health. This individual is working to help others who, like herself, have endured horrific experiences and SURVIVED.

In the aftermath, they are now left with lifelong battles. We can HELP! These little turtles have provided big benefits to patients dealing with these traumas. The goal of the MHATs is to provide comfort and start conversations. A reminder for people to come out of their “shells” and discuss mental health openly without fear of stigma.

Patients who are living with ACE or Adverse Childhood Experiences, Agoraphobia, cPTSD or complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Severe Dissociative Disorders and many others both inpatient and out-patient will benefit from this project. She needs to meet her goal of 100 turtles by October 1st,2018. All the turtles we make and send to her will be 100% donated to this cause and help patients. If anyone would like to help, please read and follow the pattern below.

 

THIS IS NOT MY PATTERN AND THERE IS NO VIDEO TUTORIAL. I have provided photos of my own turtle which I made using this pattern to show you the end result. You can find the address to ship your turtles to at the bottom of this page.

I have made it big and bold so you cannot miss it! DON’T forget the deadline is OCTOBER 1st, 2018. She will be speaking at an event on OCTOBER 11th, 2018 and will need to have the turtles well in advance. MHATs Pattern is property of Erika Reva Memering.

 

Address to send your turtles to:

Erika Reva Memering
MHATs Project
2956 Allen Street
Lake Station, IN 46405

 

 

Pattern:

Body and Head: You can use any colors you want. Scraps of yarn even work, since this doesn’t take too much yarn to make this project.
Color I used photographed above: Red Heart Super Saver Freshmint

Shell: You can use any color you want. Scraps of yarn even work, since this doesn’t take too much yarn to make this project.
Color I used photographed above: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Polo Stripe

Materials You will need:
Yarn (Any colors you want)
Crochet Hook Size G-4.25mm or H-5.00mm
Stuffing
Scissors
Yarn Needle
Stitch Markers

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
BLO: Back Loop Only
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side

Body:
Using Your Main Color, work in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Put Stitch Marker at the beginning of each round to mark your rounds if needed.

Ch 2
Rnd 1: 7SC in 2nd CH from hook. (7)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (14)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 7 times. (21)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnd 5: *Ch 7, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next 3 Chs, HDC in next ch, DC in next ch, Sl st into next st on body and next 6 sts, repeat from * around. (4 legs made)
Fasten off weave in ends.

Head:
Using Your Main Color, work in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Put Stitch Marker at the beginning of each round to mark your rounds if needed.
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 5 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (5)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (10)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 5 times. (15)
Rnds 4-5: SC in each st around. (15)
Embroider eyes on turtle (optional)
Rnd 6: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 5 times. (10)
Stuff the head
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG] 5 times. (5)
Stuff head a little more if needed.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew to body between 2 legs.

Shell:
Using Your Accent Color, work in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Put Stitch Marker at the beginning of each round to mark your rounds if needed.
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 7 SC in 2nd CH from hook. (7)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (14)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 7 times. (21)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnds 5-7: SC in each st around. (28)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Be sure to have the Right Side facing out and sew shell to the body. Once you have it 3/4 of the way sewn closed, be sure to stuff the shell, but do not stuff too firmly.

Weave in all ends.
Enjoy!

Please send your finished turtles to:

Erika Reva Memering
MHATs Project
2956 Allen Street
Lake Station, IN 46405

 

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Simple Baby Socks

Crochet Tutorial: Simple Baby Socks

I just finished the third installment for the Happy Hearts Baby Dress and Vintage Style Baby Bonnet!! I absolutely LOVE creating matching layette sets when designing items for babies!! Enjoy making all three projects and giving them as gifts!

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make these adorable socks:

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Funny Craft Mugs

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
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Cotton yarn in Aqua and Loofah
-G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-I used 2 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for 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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Puff: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through] 3 times, YO pull through all 7 loops on the hook, Ch 1 to close the st.
Cluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through, YO pull through 2 loops] 3 times, YO pull through all loops on hook.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Add this bonnet with the Happy Hearts Baby Dress and the Vintage Style Baby Bonnet

Socks:

Top Cuff:

Ch 11,
Row 1: SC in the 2nd Ch from hook and across. Ch 1 turn. (10)
Rows 2-25: Working in BLO, SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Sl st row 25 to row 1 to close cuff, DO NOT fasten off, then go onto the Heel part of the sock.

 

Heel of the Sock: Work in BOTH LOOPS for the rest of this pattern

Round 1: SC in each “row” around + 2 more stitches. (27 sts around), sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off this color and change color.
Row 2: With new color, Ch 1, SC in 14 sts, leave the rest of the sts unworked, Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-6: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (14)
Row 7: SC in 5 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 5 sts, ch 1 turn. (12)
Row 8: SC in each st across. (12)
Row 9: SC in 4 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 4 sts. With wrong side facing you, fold the heel in half, sl st just the first 4 sts of the two layers together. This closes the base of the heel. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off and change back to main color. Go onto the Foot part of the sock.

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Foot part of the sock:
With your main color,
Round 10: SC 32 sts evenly around sock (see video tutorial for specific locations), Sl st to first st, DO NOT turn. (32 sts)
Round 11: Ch 1, SC in first 7 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in 10 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 7 sts, Sl st to first st. (28)
Round 12: Ch 1, SC in first 6 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in 8 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 6 sts, sl st to first st. (24)
Rounds 13-20: Ch 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first st. (24)
(You can do more or less rounds to make the foot part longer or shorter depending on the length of the baby foot you are making this for)
When you have the length as long as you need, fasten off and go onto closing the toes.
Round 21: With your second color, Attach yarn to any stitch, Ch 1, [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times, sl st to first st. (18)
Round 22: Ch 1, [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times, sl st to first st. (12)
Round 23: Ch 1, [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off and close the hole by sewing in your 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 Red Heart Yarns

Crochet Tutorial: Tic Tac Toe Game and Tote

Crochet Tutorial: Tic Tac Toe Game and Tote

Summer is here and the kids are home all day long! What better way to bring in the summer than with great activities that don’t require the TV or any electronic devices.

Do you have a roadtrip planned? How about a day at the beach? Camping anyone? No matter where you go, even if it is just outside to your back yard, this totable Tic-Tac-Toe game board will promise loads of entertainment for all ages. Perfect for around the campfire when you are hanging out with the kids, perfect to pull out at the beach for some fun in the sand, perfect for picnics where you can open this up for some competition across the picnic table. There is nothing like an old fashioned game of Tic-Tac-Toe to bring on a some competitive spirit!

 

This is the perfect solution to long boring “I don’t have anything to do” blues! This game board easily cinches up into a bag or satchel and stores all the game pieces. Open it up and you are ready to play. Make up rules, make competitions, make point goals to claim a winner! First person to get 25 Tic-Tac-Toes takes the prize!! Whatever way you play, it is sure to provide lots of old school fun without relying on modern technology to fill those hours.

This project is a great stash buster for using up that extra yarn. It also would be a nice project to make in cotton for all-weather, all-terrain play. I would also suggest that you can put velcro on the back of the X’s and O’s as well as the squares to provide more stability. Make the O’s in one team color, the X’s in a rival color and make this a sport related rivalry game! The possibilities are endless! There are so many options with this game board!

Get yours started today and watch how much fun this pattern will provide! Follow along with my step by step tutorial and written pattern for year round enjoyment!

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this fun game:

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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
Red Heart Super Saver in Royal, Rouge, Aran, Green, Carrot, Yellow, Aruba Sea, Gray Heather, Baby Pink

G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Polyfil
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger

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
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Board:
Ch 62
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn. (60)
Row 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in each st across. turn. (60)
Rows 3-31: Repeat Row 2
Be sure your piece is square, if it is not, do more or less rows to make it square.
Continue to SC around entire piece.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Assembly:
Make a very long chain and weave it around the outer edge of the whole board and tie together. (This is the drawstring)
Surface crochet straight lines to make the Tic-Tac-Toe  Lines (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

O’s (Make 5)
Work in continuous rounds and in BLO

Ch 21
Rnd 1: SC in 1st ch to form a ring, SC in each ch around. (21)
Rnd 2: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 7 times. (35)
Rnds 4-6: SC in each st around. (35)
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (21)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew “O” Closed  and stuff with stuffing  (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

 

X’s (Make 5)
Work in Continuous Rounds and in BLO

First and Second Arm of the X:
Make 2 of these pieces:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnds 3-7: SC in each st around. (12)
For first piece, fasten off. For 2nd Piece, DO NOT fasten off

This next part is Attaching the First and Second Piece (See video tutorial for this part)
Rnd 8: SC around current piece, continue to SC in each st of the other piece. (24 sts)
Rnd 9: SC in each st around. (24)
Sew the hole between the arms closed (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Next part is creating the third arm of the X
Rnd 10: SC in 12 sts, Sk the last 12 sts. (12)
Rnd 11-14: SC in each st around. (12)

Assembly:
Stuff the piece of what you have done so far then continue with round 15

Rnd 15: [SC2TOG] 6 times.
SC 1st and 4th sts together. Fasten off.

Next part is creating the 4th arm of the X
Attach yarn to  the free stitch on round 9
Rnd 10-14: SC in each st around.
Stuff the rest of the X then go onto the last round.
Rnd 15: [SC2TOG] 6 times.
SC 1st and 4th sts together.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Assembly:
Tie a string around the center of the X to cinch it in to create an X letter.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Vintage Style Baby Bonnet

Crochet Tutorial: Vintage Style Baby Bonnet

I love to create matching layette sets when designing items for babies. I love the idea of a cute dress with matching accessories. Today, I have the second installment for the Happy Hearts Baby Dress. I designed a Vintage Style Baby Bonnet.

This sweet baby hat has similar ruffle detail as seen on the cap sleeves of the Happy Hearts Baby Dress. Using similar colors with this matching detail, this tiny bonnet is the perfect pairing for this sweet outfit.

With more pieces to come, this is the perfect set to start now and add to as the pieces become available! This will make a wonderful gift!

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this simple bonnet pattern:

 

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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
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Cotton yarn in Aqua and Loofah
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Ribbon
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-I used 2 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for 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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Puff: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through] 3 times, YO pull through all 7 loops on the hook, Ch 1 to close the st.
Cluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through, YO pull through 2 loops] 3 times, YO pull through all loops on hook.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Add this bonnet with the Happy Hearts Baby Dress.

Bonnet:

Ch 4, Sl st to 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, Beg. Cluster in ring, [Ch 2, Cluster in ring] 3 times, Ch 2, Sl st to beg. cluster. (4 clusters)

Rnd 2: Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 (counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 2, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, Sl st to ch 3 st.

Rnd 3: Sl st in sp between DC sts (see video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, Puff st in same sp, *Ch 1, Puff st in Ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Puff st in sp between next 2 DC sts, Repeat from * around, ending with Puff st in last Ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st to 1st puff st.

Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in same st, *2 DC in next ch 1 sp, 2 DC in next puff st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. (64 sts)

Work in rows now

Row 5: Work in between posts, sl st in sp between DC’s, Ch 1, Puff in same sp, * sk 2 sts, Puff in sp between next 2 DC’s, ch 1, repeat from * 24 more times, leave the rest of the sts unworked. Fasten off, change color. (25 puff sts)

Row 6: With new color, attach yarn to last st on row with RIGHT SIDE facing you, Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in same st, Sk ch 1 sps across, put 2 DC in each puff st, Fasten off, change color. (50 sts)

 

Row 7: Turn your work so you are looking at the WRONG SIDE, Sl st in sp between 2 DC grouping, Ch 1, Puff st in same sp, *Ch 1, Puff between next 2 DC grouping, repeat from * across, Fasten off, Turn your work, Change color.

Row 8: Repeat Row 6

Row 9: Repeat Row 7

Row 10: Repeat Row 6

Row 11: Repeat Row 7

Row 12: Repeat Row 6

Round 13: Starting in corner of front of bonnet, SC around entire bonnet with Loofah
Do not fasten off, continue working along the front of the bonnet

Row 14: Ch 1, SC in same st, * Ch 3, Sk 1 st, SC in next st, repeat from * 24 more times. Turn.

Row 15: Sl st into 1st ch 3 sp, Ch 2, *[2HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC] in NEXT ch 3 sp, repeat from * across. Turn.

Row 16: 6 HDC in 1st ch sp, *SC in gap between the HDC st groupings, 6 HDC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in last ch 2 st. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Assembly step:
Weave ribbon across Row 12 of the bonnet.

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 Red Heart Yarns

Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hearts Baby Dress

Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hearts Baby Dress

It has been quite a while, but I finally completed my latest infant fashion piece! My Happy Hearts Baby Dress is a lovely one piece cotton frock made with Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie.

This lovely dress has tiny popcorn stitch detail on the skirt creating two stacked hearts. The simple ruffle creates a cap sleeve on the bodice. I added a tiny ribbon accent to complete the piece. Each detail was carefully thought out to create this wonderful project.

Easy enough for all stages of crocheters, this infant attire will be a hit for everyone!! As a crochet artist you will love the simplicity of this design while making it, and the final product is sure to WOW the masses! Andddd, I can guarantee that any little baby will look adorable in this frock

Below is a view of the back of the dress.

 

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this dress:

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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
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Cotton yarn in 3 balls of Aqua and 1 ball of Loofah
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This dress is 13 inches wide and 15 inches long but you can make it longer by watching the video tutorial for tips!
-This dress takes 410 yards of yarn
-I used 2 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for this project
-This dress is worked from the top down and the sleeves are added later

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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
PC: Popcorn Stitch: 5 DC in same stitch, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st DC of grouping, put loop back on hook, pull through the stitch and pull the yarn tight to make the stitch “fold in half” to make a popping stitch. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Dress:
With Aqua
Ch 60, sl st to first ch to form large ring
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in next 6 Chs, *3 DC in next ch, DC in next 14 chs, 3 DC in next ch, repeat from * 2 more times, DC in last 7 chs, sl st to ch 3 st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, FPDC in first 8 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 16 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 8 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (76 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, FPDC in first 9 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 18 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 9 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (84 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, FPDC in first 10 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 20 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 10 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (92 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, FPDC in first 11 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 22 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 11 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (100 sts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rnd 6: Ch 1, FPDC on first 13 sts, Ch 8, Sk 24 sts, FPDC on next 26 sts, CH 8, Sk 24 sts, FPDC on last 13 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (54 sts, 2 ch 8 sps)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, FPDC on first 13 sts, DC in each of the next 8 chs, FPDC on the next 26 sts, DC in each of the next 8 chs, FPDC on last 13 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (70 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, FPDC on each st around, sl st to first FPDC. (70 sts)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, [DC & FPDC] on first st, *FPDC on next st, [DC & FPDC] on next st, repeat from * around ending with FPDC on last st, sl st to first FPDC. (102 sts)

Rnds 10-12: Ch 1, FPDC on each st around, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 13: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, BPDC on next 15 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next st, PC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next st, PC in next st, HDC in 3 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 15: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 16: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 7 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 17: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 5 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 18: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 5 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 5 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 19: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 6 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next st, PC in next st, HDC in next 6 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 20: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 7 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 7 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnds 21-28: Repeat Rnds 13-20 once.

Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 13

Rnds 30-31: Ch 1, FPDC on each st around, sl st to first FPDC.
Fasten off and change color.

Rnd 32: With 2nd color, HDC in each st around. Sl st to first HDC.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Scroll down for Sleeves

 

 

 

 

Sleeves:
Attach yarn to last stitch on shoulder. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Row 1: [Ch 3, Sk 1 st, SC in next st] 11 times, turn.

Row 2: Sl st into first Ch 3 sp, Ch 2, ([2HDC, Ch 2, 2HDC] in next Ch 3 sp) 9 times, HDC in last ch 3 sp, turn.

Row 3: *6HDC in next Ch 2 sp, Sk 2 sts, SC in between stitches, Sk 2 sts, repeat from * across ending with 6 HDC in last ch 2 sp, Sl st in ch 2 st at the end of the row.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Repeat the same concept for other sleeve.

Assembly:
Add a ribbon around waist and have the ties in the back.
Weave in all loose 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 Red Heart Yarns

Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

If you have ever looked through a changing kaleidoscope, you are aware that by a slight shift, the designs change giving you colorful visions with each turn. That inspired my Colorful Visions Afghan!

This colorful throw is bursting with 7 different hues of the magnificent Marly Bird Chic Sheep Yarn and combined to take your breath away! The photos do not do this piece justice! Once you begin, you will see how incredible this work of fiber art really is!

I changed a small detail in the four corner squares to add a bit of subtle creative flare but it is creator’s choice to make this change or not. Were you able to spot this small detail?

Working with Chic Sheep Yarn through Red Heart Yarns has turned me on to this remarkable fiber. The colors pop, the yarn is luxuriously soft, and most of all, it is a JOY to work with! Here is my step by step instructional video and written pattern to help you make yours today!!

 

Here is the individual Granny square design up close.

Just like the kaleidoscope design, my colorful visions afghan will provide any space with that vivid pop of color and change your room from drab to fab! One small change can make a great big impact! Start yours today!

Below are two of my work in progress photos

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this beautiful blanket:

 

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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
Marly Bird Chic Sheep Yarn in the following colors: Mai Tai, Green Tea, Dragon Fruit, VIP, Linen, Sangria, Stiletto (I used 4 balls of each color and a little more black) This blanket takes 5,300 yards of yarn.
-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
-This blanket is 50 inches wide and 76 inches long but you can make less or more squares to make it as big as you want!
-This blanket takes 5,300 yards of yarn
-I used 7 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for this project
-This blanket uses twenty 12 inch squares
-I made this blanket with 4 squares across and 5 squares down

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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
FPTR: Front Post Treble Crochet
LDC: Long Double Crochet
TR2TOG: Treble Crochet 2 Together (Decrease)
DC2TOG: Double Crochet 2 Together (Decrease)
Cluster Stitch: [YO, Insert Hook, YO pull through, YO pull through 2 loops on hook] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on hook. Cluster made.
Puff Stitch: [YO, insert hook, YO pull through] 4 times, YO pull through all 9 loops on hook. Puff made. Ch 1 to close puff.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Blanket:
Make 20 of these squares
Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 SC in ring, sl st to first SC. (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch up 3 (Counts as st), DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, Sl st to beg ch up 3 st, fasten off, change color. (16 sts)

Rnd 3: In any st around, Attach new color, *Ch 3, Sk 1 st, sl st in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first ch of beg ch 3. (8 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st into a ch 3 sp, ch up 3 (Counts as st), [4DC, TR, 5 DC] in same ch sp, *SC in next ch 3 sp, [5 DC, TR, 5 DC] in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, ending with SC in last Ch 3 sp, sl st to beginning ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color. (48 sts)

Rnd 5: In any TR around, attach new color, Ch up 1, *3 SC in TR st, BPSC on next 5 sts, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in next st, BPSC on next 5 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 6: In any middle SC of a corner, attach new color, Ch up 4 (counts as TR), 10 TR in same st, *sk 6 sts, BPSC on next 7 sts, Sk 6 sts, 11 TR in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 4 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 7: Working in BLO, in any middle TR of the 11 TR grouping, attach new color, Ch 3 (counts as st), [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sk 4 sts, 2 TR in each of the next 5 sts, SK 4 sts, SC in next st, HDC in next st, [2 DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first ch up 3 st, fasten off, change color.

 

Rnd 8: Working in both loops, in any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, DC in each st around putting [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in each corner, sl st to beg. ch 3 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 9: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 3, 6 DC in same corner sp, * Sk 2 sts, SC in next 4 sts, [FPTR on next 2 TR from Rnd 7, SC in next 2 sts on Rnd 8] 2 times, FPTR on next 2 sts from Rnd 7, SC in next 4 sts on Rnd 8, Sk 2 sts, 7 DC in ch 2 corner sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 10: In any middle DC of a 7 DC grouping, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *[5 DC cluster in next st, ch 1, DC in next st] 2 times, 5 DC cluster in next st, ch 1, DC in next 14 sts, [5 DC cluster in next st, ch 1, DC in next st] 2 times, 5 DC cluster in next st, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 11: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 1, *3 SC in corner, SC in next st, FPDC in corner st on Rnd 9, SC in cluster st, FPDC in next st on Rnd 9, SC in cluster st, FPDC on next st on Rnd 9, SC in next cluster st, FPDC on next st on Rnd 9, SC in next 6 sts, TR2TOG working first half of the stitch around BOTH TRs from 1st grouping on Rnd 9 and the second half of the stitch around BOTH TRs from 3rd grouping on Rnd 9, SC in next 6 sts on Rnd 10, [FPDC on next st on rnd 9, SC in cluster st] 3 times, FPDC on corner st on Rnd 9, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 12: In any middle SC of a corner, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *DC in next 15 sts, FPTR on next 2 TR from Rnd 9, DC in next 14 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in middle sc of the next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 3 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 13: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *DC in next st, Ch 1, [Sk 1 st, DC2TOG, Ch 2] 10 times, DC2TOG, Ch 1, sk 1 DC in next st, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch 3 st, fasten off, change color (68 sts)

Rnd 14: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *DC in next 3 sts, [LDC in sk’d st from prev. Rnd, Puff st in DC2TOG st] 11 times, LDC in sk’d st from prev. Rnd, DC in next 2 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch 3 st, fasten off, change color. (132 sts)

Rnd 15: Work in BLO, In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, *3 SC in corner, SC in each st and each ch 1 sp, repeat from * around sl st to 1st SC, fasten off, change color. (188 sts)

Rnd 16: Work in both loops, In any middle SC of a corner, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *[SK 2 sts, V-Stitch in next st] 14 times, Sk 2 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color. (136 sts)

Rnd 17: In any corner ch 2 sp, attach new color, ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *[3 DC in next ch 2 sp] 14 times, [2 DC, ch 2, 2DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 3 st, fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly:
I would recommend watching the video tutorial on the attachment method, but you can attach your squares 4 squares across, and 5 squares down. I used the slip stitch method to attach the squares, but you can single crochet them together, you can sew them together using the whip stitch or the mattress stitch.

Border:
For the border, I put 3 SC in the corner ch 2 sps, and I just put 1 SC in each st around. It’s a very simple border.

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 Red Heart Yarns

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #20: Cluster Stitch

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #20: Cluster Stitch

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make the Cluster Stitch:


 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Cluster Stitch

US Terms

Stitch:
[Yarn Over, Insert Hook into stitch, Yarn Over, Pull through, Yarn over, pull through 2 loops] 5 times. Yarn Over, pull through all 6 loops on your hook.

 

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #19: Puff Stitch

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #19: Puff Stitch

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make the Puff Stitch:


 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Puff Stitch

US Terms

Stitch:
[Yarn Over, Insert Hook into stitch, Yarn Over, Pull through] 4 times. Yarn Over, pull through all 9 loops on your hook.

OR

[Yarn Over, Insert Hook into stitch, Yarn Over, Pull through] 3 times. Yarn Over, pull through all 7 loops on your hook.

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Love & Sunshine Baby Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Love & Sunshine Baby Blanket

Are you looking for the perfect project for a baby shower gift? Do you have a new grandchild on the way or are you expecting a new baby? This is the perfect project for you! I designed the Love and Sunshine Baby Blanket as the perfect accessory to any nursery.

It’s an easy pattern using a repeat of Front and Back Post Double Crochet. I have added a touch of accent color in the pattern as well as complimenting it with a lovely picot border to give it some additional design features. This treasured piece will be a huge hit! The Bunches of Hugs  yarn by Red Heart Yarns is the perfect fiber to make it feel luxurious and soft as a cloud. Perfect for cuddling your little one!

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this blanket:

 

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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
Red Heart Yarns Bunches of Hugs in Banana
Red Heart Yarns Dreamy in Grey
-I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This blanket is 36 inches wide and long but you can continue the repeat to make it as big as you want.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side (Back Side)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
Picot: Ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Blanket:
Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring.
(RS) Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC into ring, [Ch 2, 3 DC into ring] 3 times, Ch 2, sl st to beg ch up 3 st, ch 1, do NOT turn.

(RS) Rnd 2: FPDC on first st, *DC in next, FPDC on next, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, ending with corner sts, Sl st to first FPDC, ch 1, turn.

(WS) Rnd 3: DC in same st you sl st’d into, [BPDC on next st, DC in next st] until corner, *[2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [DC in next st, BPDC on next st] until corner, repeat from * around, ending with BPDC on last st, Sl st to 1st DC. Ch 1. Do NOT turn.

(WS) Rnd 4: BPDC on same st you sl st’d to, [DC on next st, BPDC on next st] until corner, *[2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [BPDC on next st, DC on next st] until next corner, repeat from * around, ending with DC in last st, Sl st to 1st BPDC, ch 1, turn.

(RS) Rnd 5: DC in same st you sl st’d into, [FPDC on next st, DC in next st] until corner, *[2 DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [DC in next st, FPDC on next st] until next corner, Repeat from * around, ending with FPDC on last st, sl st to 1st DC, ch 1, do NOT turn.

(RS) Rnd 6: FPDC on same st you sl st’d to, [DC in next st, FPDC on next st] until next corner, *[2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [FPDC on next st, DC on next st] until next corner, repeat from * around, ending with DC in last st, sl st to 1st FPDC, ch 1, Turn.

Rnds 7-28: [Repeat Rounds 3-6] 5 more times and rounds 3 and 4 another time after that.
If you want your blanket bigger, just repeat rounds 3-6 as many times as you want, but end on a repeat of Round 4 before going onto the next row.

Fasten off Yellow and change color to Grey, attaching yarn where you left off on the last round.

(RS) Rnd 29: With Grey, Repeat Round 5

Fasten off Grey and change color to Yellow, attaching yarn where you left off on the last round.

(RS) Rnd 30: With Yellow, Repeat Round 6

(WS) Rnd 31: Repeat Round 3

 

Fasten off Yellow, Turn your work to the front side and attach Grey where you left off.

Border
(RS) Rnd 32: With Grey, ch up 1, SC in same st, *[Ch 3, Sk 1 st, SC in next st] until corner, SC in last st on side, Ch 3, Sk corner, SC in 1st st on next side, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sl st to 1st SC. Do NOT turn.

(RS) Rnd 33: Sl st into 1st ch 3 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *[SC, HDC, DC, Picot, DC, HDC, SC] in next ch 3 sp, Sl st in next ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around, ending with [SC, HDC, DC, Picot, DC, HDC, SC] in last ch 3 sp, 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 Red Heart Yarns

 

Meet Jade and Fern

Meet Jade and Fern

Transitioning to so many new changes following the wedding, I found myself spending a lot of time alone. I live quite a distance from my parents now, in a new city, and have slowly begun to fully settle in to my new life here.

Working from home, I found that now the planning for the wedding is no longer consuming my days, I am finding a lot of extra time on my hands and hours to fill while Nate is at work all day. I stay busy. I have my YARNutopia blogging and tutorials to keep me quite active, but 10 hours a day I find myself alone. This is something I have been trying to adjust to and it hasn’t been easy.

Living with my parents, there was always a flurry of activity in our house. People coming and going, lots of stuff to do and very high energy made time pass quickly. I was never lonely. Here, my new house is very quiet all day, and it has taken some getting used to.

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Fur-baby First

Nate and I have been considering adding a pet to our household for some time now. Even before the wedding, we really felt a fur-baby would be a welcome addition to our new family. We decided on a kitty cat just to have some companionship for me while Nate is away.

On Saturday, we spontaneously decided to go check out a pet rescue called Chasing Daylight. We went with an open mind and heart. Since we have been planning to adopt a cat or a dog, it wasn’t too surprising to fall in love with a pet right away. Nate has always wanted a cat, I wanted a small dog. We ended up seeing both, cats and dogs yesterday and fell in love with one little kitty right away.

For a pet to be available for adoption, the facility (Chasing Daylight Pet Rescue) has to spay/neuter the animal, give the animal a full check-up and shots. We loved that the facility was very clean and all the animals were very well cared for. They let the cats all run around in an open room together for socialization.


She captured our hearts

We immediately were drawn to a little kitty that was approximately 6-8 months old. She was a stray and had never been previously owned. She was so sweet and such a cuddly little thing. She was fully vaccinated and spayed and ready for adoption.

We filled out an application. They needed full disclosure on info; the obvious- if we have ever been arrested for animal abuse and other important necessary facts. They needed to know who lives in the household and who will be the main care giver. Basically the rundown on making sure we would be good pet parents.

They were so kind to us and we were approved with no problems. We told them we were recently married, and it is just us two living in our home. I work from home and Nate works outside of the home. Someone will always be home and a full-time companion for this little sweetie!

It was set. We could come to pick her up 10am Sunday morning and take her home!

So, like all excited pet parents, when we got home last night to prep for our new arrival and we headed straight to the store and purchased EVERYTHING a cat needs. Litter, litter box, cat dishes, cat food, cat toys, mats, more toys, collars, cat crate, treats, shampoo, brush, 2 beds, Cat Tower, more toys, scratching posts, and catnip. You name it, it was in our cart!

To say we were thrilled is an understatement!

When we arrived Sunday morning to pick up our little kitty we went in, we were expecting to just adopt one cat, but when we got there, another cat was super social and was playing with “our” kitty, so we were so moved by their antics, we just could not resist and within a couple of hours we were bringing home two!


The second cat was previously owned, the owners moved to Georgia. She is approximately 1 year old. She has been spayed and up to date on all her distemper, ringworm shots as well.

We packed them in the carrier and off we went home to start this new adventure!

What’s in a name?

First line of business was giving them a name! We waited to get them home and watch over them a bit, but Nate and I were both so transfixed by the color of their eyes. They both have such beautiful green eyes that it soon became evident that those would be the defining factor in finding their forever names.

We decided on Jade for our older cat and Fern for our little kitty.

We are looking forward to this newest adventure in pet parenting and sharing our lives with these two darlings-Jade and Fern.
I know for myself, it will help make my days feel a bit less lonely with these two around, and I will love having some crochet companionship! I can’t wait to share their antics with all of you!

Share a bit about your fur-babies in the comments!

 

UPDATE: 4/5/2019

We have had these kitties for a year now and they have made our life so much better! We really don’t know how we lived without them! They are always putting a smile on our face! Fern is the best snuggle bug and Jade loves on us when she’s hungry. Haha!! They are both so different, but they love each other and you can always find them together! Here are both of their birthday photos when they each turned 2 years old.

Jade’s 2nd birthday was September 7th, 2018

 

Fern’s 2nd birthday was March 26th, 2019

As you can see, they are extremely spoiled and deserve all the delicious treats in the world! We love them so much and we’re so happy they chose us.

~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!! ~Nadia