12 Days of Christmas: Beanie with Bling – FREE Crochet Video Tutorial

12 Days of Christmas: Beanie with Bling – FREE Crochet Video Tutorial

I know many of you have a little one on your holiday gift giving list, and I have a great quick project for you! The Beanie with Bling is next on our series! On the 4th day of Christmas we have something special for the sweet littles in our lives! I made this cute beanie for my niece! This bow topped winter hat, dressed up with a pretty piece of bling is just perfect for this sweet girl! She wears it well and LOVES it! Look at those poses she makes! This free crochet pattern has a written tutorial along with a video for instructions so anyone can make this! I am telling you now, who ever gets this for Christmas will LOVE it! Go make yours now by following my instructions below! The written instructions are linked in the graphics of this post.

 

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


 

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 Amore (I Used the color Peaceful)
Button
-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
-You can do as many rows of the increase part of this pattern as you want to make it as wide as you want.

 

 

12 Days of Christmas: Beanie with Bling – FREE Written Crochet Pattern

12 Days of Christmas: Beanie with Bling – FREE Written Crochet Pattern
I know many of you have a little one on your holiday gift giving list, and I have a great quick project for you! The Beanie with Bling is next on our series! On the 4th day of Christmas we have something special for the sweet littles in our lives! I made this cute beanie for my niece! This bow topped winter hat, dressed up with a pretty piece of bling is just perfect for this sweet girl! She wears it well and LOVES it! Look at those poses she makes! This free crochet pattern has a written tutorial along with a video for instructions so anyone can make this! I am telling you now, who ever gets this for Christmas will LOVE it! Go make yours now by following my instructions below!

 

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

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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Amore (I Used the color Peaceful)
Button
-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
-You can do as many rows of the increase part of this pattern as you want to make it as wide as you want.

 

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

Pattern:

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

Hat:

Ch 31
Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch from hook and next 4 chs, DC in next 20 chs, SC in last 5 chs, Ch 1, Turn. (30)

Row 2: SC in 1st 5 sts, DC in next 20 sts, Working in BLO, HDC in last 5 sts, Ch 1, turn. (30)

Row 3: Working in BLO, HDC in first 5 sts, Working in Both Loops, DC in next 20 sts, SC in last 5 sts, Ch 1, turn.

Rows 4-35: Repeat Rows 2 & 3

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew up back of hat and cinch the top closed by sewing it. See video tutorial for visual instructions.

 

Bow:

Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Ch 45

Rnd 1: SC in first Ch to form a ring, SC in each ch around, do not attach, continue to work in continuous rounds and in BLO

Rnds 2-12: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail.
Cinch Center together and wrap yarn around. Sew button to center of bow.
Attach bow to top of hat.
See video tutorial for visual instructions

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 Yarnspirations

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Family Fair Isle Hat

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Family Fair Isle Hat

Introducing my Family Fair Isle Hat. This is a fun pattern for everyone! OOOH Yeah! This is the perfect hat for the season, for the family, for ANYONE on your gift giving list-and don’t forget to make one for yourself! I have provided you the pattern to make one in several sizes-baby, youth, teen/adult, XL adult, and I took the guess-work out of this pattern for you. In our family photos, I have done a variation on the color scheme in each hat using the beautiful colors provided by Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep yarn. Find the selection of colors here! You can find the perfect combination for everyone.

One of the loveliest things about this pattern is the versatility. Not only can you make it in any size, you can use a yarn pom, no pom,or a furry pom found here. You can keep the earflaps or make it a simple beanie or ski hat and leave them off. You can put braids or tassels on the earflaps – MAKE IT YOUR OWN! But, if you do, be sure to share those photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Instagram, or Snapchat me your pics! I can’t wait to see what you do.

If you are giving a handmade gift this hat alone or paired with a matching set of my Fair Isle Knee High Socks would make anyone delighted to find these under the tree. Be sure to check out my knee high socks here and get started on these great patterns today!

 

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


 

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

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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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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 Chic Sheep Yarn (I used colors: Lipstick, VIP, Polo, Linen)
-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
-You can do as many rows of this pattern as you want to make it as tall as you want.
-This hat is in a multiple of 4 so make your foundation chain in a multiple of 4 that fits around your head.
-Work your Single Crochet Stitches into the CENTER of the stitch and NOT in the top loops. See the video tutorial to see exactly the location you should insert your hook into the stitches.

Small: Fits Size 3-6 Months
Medium: Fits Child
Large: Fits an adult (female)
X-Large: Fits large adult (male)

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Family Fair Isle Hat

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Family Fair Isle Hat

Introducing my Family Fair Isle Hat. This is a fun pattern for everyone! OOOH Yeah! This is the perfect hat for the season, for the family, for ANYONE on your gift giving list-and don’t forget to make one for yourself! I have provided you the pattern to make one in several sizes-baby, youth, teen/adult, XL adult, and I took the guess-work out of this pattern for you. In our family photos, I have done a variation on the color scheme in each hat using the beautiful colors provided by Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep yarn. Find the selection of colors here! You can find the perfect combination for everyone.

One of the loveliest things about this pattern is the versatility. Not only can you make it in any size, you can use a yarn pom, no pom,or a furry pom found here. You can keep the earflaps or make it a simple beanie or ski hat and leave them off. You can put braids or tassels on the earflaps – MAKE IT YOUR OWN! But, if you do, be sure to share those photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Instagram, or Snapchat me your pics! I can’t wait to see what you do.

If you are giving a handmade gift this hat alone or paired with a matching set of my Fair Isle Knee High Socks would make anyone delighted to find these under the tree. Be sure to check out my knee high socks here and get started on these great patterns today!

 

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

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

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

Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Chic Sheep Yarn (I used colors: Lipstick, VIP, Polo, Linen)
-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
-You can do as many rows of this pattern as you want to make it as tall as you want.
-This hat is in a multiple of 4 so make your foundation chain in a multiple of 4 that fits around your head.
-Work your Single Crochet Stitches into the CENTER of the stitch and NOT in the top loops. See the video tutorial to see exactly the location you should insert your hook into the stitches.

Small: Fits Size 3-6 Months
Medium: Fits Child
Large: Fits an adult (female)
X-Large: Fits large adult (male)

 

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPHDC: Front Post Half Double Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease

Pattern:

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

With Brim Color (I used Polo in my hat)

Small: Chain 56
Medium: Chain 72
Large: Chain 80 (this is the size I demonstrated in the video tutorial)
X-Large: Ch 96
(You can chain any multiple of 4 that fits around your head and make this pattern according to the instructions)

Rnd 1: Sl st to your first chain to form a large ring, Ch 1, HDC in each Ch around, sl st to the first HDC, Ch 1. (56, 72, 80, or 96 sts)

Rnds 2-5: FPHDC on first st, *BPHDC on next st, FPHDC on next st, repeat from * around ending with BPHDC on last st, sl st to first st, Ch 1.

Fasten off brim and change color to Linen

Attach Linen to any stitch around. Ch 1

Rnd 6: SC in each st around working in the top of the stitch, do not join (continue to work in continuous rounds for the rest of this hat

Rnds 7-8: SC into each st around (see video tutorial for visual instruction on working INTO the stitch and not in the top loops of the stitch) This will create the Knit looking stitches.

NOTE: Work OVER THE TOP of your unused yarn when changing colors so frequently during the rounds. This will save you from having to sew in so many loose ends. (See video tutorial on this technique)

Fasten off Linen and change to your main color. I used Lipstick red in my main color of the hat.

Rnd 9: Attach Lipstick Red to any stitch around, Ch 1, SC INTO each st around.

Rnd 10: SC with Main Color in first 3 sts, *Change to Linen after the 3rd stitch and put ONE SC of Linen in the next stitch, Change color right away back to your main color, and make a SC in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * around ending with a SC of Linen in the last stitch, switch back to your main color right away for the next round. (If this is written confusing, please see the video tutorial for visual instructions).

It is quite difficult to explain in writing, until you know what’s being explained. Moving on.

Rnd 11: With your main color, SC INTO each st around (you will not be changing color at all during this round)

Rnd 12: With your main color, SC in the first st, Change to Linen after that first st, * put ONE SC of Linen in the next st, Change color right away back to your main color, and make a SC in each of the next 3 sts,  Change color to Linen after the 3rd st, repeat from * around, ending with SC of Main color in the last 2 sts, Do not change color for the next round.

Small: Rnds 13-26: Repeat Rounds 9-12

Medium: Rnds 13-34: Repeat Rounds 9-12

Large: Rnds 13-38: Repeat Rounds 9-12

X-Large: Rnds 13-46: Repeat Rounds 9-12

Cut your Linen yarn, you will no longer need it.

The next round after you are finished with the fair isle design:

All sizes: [SC in next 2 sts, SC2TOG] repeat around. (This decreases the top to cinch it closed)

Last round: [SC in next st, SC2TOG] repeat around (decreased more)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Cinch the top closed with the yarn you cut and tie it off to close the top of the hat.
add a pom to the top of the hat.

Earflaps: MAKE 2

All sizes:
Ch 13
Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch and each ch across, Ch 1, Turn. (12)

Rows 2-5: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (12)

Row 6: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 8 sts, HDC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (10)

Row 7: HDC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 8: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 6 sts, HDC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (8)

Row 9: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (8)

Row 10: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 4 sts, HDC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (6)

Row 11: SC across and continue to SC around entire piece.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sew to the inside of the brim on either side of the hat (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Add braids to each earflap

Weave in the rest of 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

 

 

Hard Work and Baby Giggles

Hard Work and Baby Giggles

I woke up this morning to so many wonderful birthday messages! After I posted a video of Nasir and his sweet baby giggles yesterday on Facebook, I I received so much love and so many wishes!

I decided to share the videos here in my blog for everyone to enjoy. Thank you all so much for your heartfelt messages of love and sweet wishes for a happy birthday. It really meant a lot to me and each one was so well received. Even more, thank you for the sweetness you share with me about Nasir, about your own babies, and about your encouragement to me as a new mom. You have no idea how much it all means to me. I hold each comment and good wish close to my heart.


Whether we were playing or changing his stinky diaper, he was just full of smiles and laughter!


The pattern for the Happy Hues Sampler Baby Blanket is here.

 

You can find the pattern to the Easy Loom Knit Rattle Ball by GoodKnitKisses Here.

Hard at Work

I worked most of the day on some new projects! Here is a quick sneak peak of a new pattern on my hook! I will be releasing this early next week!

After we spent the day filming some new tutorials, we headed out for some birthday treats.

All day my sweet boy was giggling and being so silly!! He was such a good boy even long after his bedtime! But at the end of the day, he was ready for bed in his big boy crib. (We just transitioned from the bassinet)’

 

Thank you again for making my birthday so special!!

~Nadia

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Baby Crown Earflap Hat

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Baby Crown Earflap Hat

This fabulous earflap hat was an alternate hat that I made for Nasir’s Halloween costume, but it’s just so cute, I had to share it!! Even if you didn’t use it for a costume, your little one can wear a crown and stay warm out in the cold with a cute hat too! Enjoy the pattern and video tutorial!

 

 

Here’s our family photo of our costumes:

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

 

 

 

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

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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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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 Super Saver in the color Gold
Red Heart Yarns Fur in Mink
-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
-You can do as many rows of this pattern as you want to make it as long as you want.
-You can do a Single Crochet or a Reverse Single Crochet around the edge to clean it up and make it have a nice finished look

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: The Baby Crown Earflap Hat

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: The Baby Crown Earflap Hat

This fabulous earflap hat was an alternate hat that I made for Nasir’s Halloween costume, but it’s just so cute, I had to share it!! Even if you didn’t use it for a costume, your little one can wear a crown and stay warm out in the cold with a cute hat too! Enjoy the pattern and video tutorial!

 

Here’s our family photo of our costumes:

 

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

Donate Button with Credit Cards

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

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

Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in the colors Aran and Gold
Red Heart Yarns Hygge Fur in Smokey
-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

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

Pattern:

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

 

Hat:

With Aran
Ch 2

Rnd 1: 9 HDC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first st, ch 1. (9)

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

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

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

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

Rnd 6: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts] 9 times, sl st to first st, ch 1. (54)

Rnds 7-13: HDC in each st around, sl st to first st, ch 1. (54)

Rnd 14: *FPHDC on next st, BPHDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)

Rnds 15-16: Repeat Rnd 14.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Earflaps: Make 2 in Aran

Ch 11

Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 2: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (6)

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (4)

Row 8: SC across and continue to SC around entire piece.
Fasten off, Weave in ends.
Sew earflaps to hat (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Optional: Add braids to the earflaps.

Crown:

With Gold
Row 1: FDC 54 or chain 56, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across. (54 sts) Sl st to first st to form a large ring

Row 2: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, * Sk 2 sts, [3DC, Ch 2, 3DC] in next st, Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first st.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Optional: Crochet around the bottom of the hat with Hygge Fur for an extra embellishment.

Sew your crown closed at the bottom and sew the crown to the hat. (See the video tutorial for visual instructions)
Weave in the rest of 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

 

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Monster Feet Baby Booties

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Monster Feet Baby Booties
When your little monster needs a pair of boots with claws, look no further. Here are my version of the Monster Feet Baby Booties, and are they delightful! Perfect for gift giving or costumes, these booties will be a hit for everyone!

The pair here was designed for the Max costume worn by my son for Halloween, but don’t hesitate to change these up to make them your own and match any outfit or accessorize any costume.

 

Here’s our family photo of our costumes:

 

There is no video tutorial available for these booties, but if you watch the feet part of the Elephant Baby Booties, they are the same foot part of those slippers..
Also, the toes/claws are the same as the Beast Claws on the Beast Gloves you can find here.

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
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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 Super Saver in the color Aran
-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

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

Pattern:

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

Booties: Make 2

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. Fasten off (42 sts)

Rnd 4:  Attach Yarn to BLO of the stitch you fastened off in, sc in BLO of each stitch around. Join to 1st sc. Ch 1 (42 sts)

Rnd 5: Sc in same as join, and in each sc around. Join, ch1. (42 sts)

Rnd 6: Hdc in same as join and in each stitch around, join with ss to 1st hdc (42 sts)

Rnd 7: Sc in same st as join, sc in next stitch, sc2tog, sc 7, hdc2tog 10 times, sc 7, sc2tog, sc in last 2 stitches. Join, ch1. Don’t turn. (30 sts)

Rnd 8: Sc 9, hdc2tog 6 times. Sc 9. Join and ch 1 (24 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc 9, hdc2tog 4 times, sc 7 and join. (20 sts)

Rnds 10-12: Ch 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to first st.
Fasten off after Rnd 12. Weave in ends.

Claws: Make 6 or however many you want (Work in continuous rounds)
Ch 2
Rnd 1: SC 4 in 2nd ch from hook. (4)
Rnd 2: SC in each st. (4)
Rnd 3: 2 SC in next st, 1 sc in next 3 sts. (5)
Rnd 4: 2 SC in next st, 1 sc in next 4 sts. (6)
Rnd 5: 2 SC in next st, 1 sc in next 5 sts. (7)
Rnd 6: 2 SC in next st, 1 sc in next 6 sts. (8)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew claws to the tips of the booties.

Weave in the rest of 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

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: King Crown

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: King Crown

Here is the next piece in the costume ensemble. The Sweet Dreams Baby Bonnet and Crown is a two-piece project and each of these pieces can be made independently! Need a bonnet? (check) Need a crown? (check) This video tutorial and pattern has you covered for both! You can make one or the other or combine them to make ONE fantastic headpiece for your baby! Just like the character Max from the book “Where The Wild Things Are,” your little one can transform into royalty and be the king (or queen) of your world!

 

Here’s our family photo of our costumes:

 

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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 Super Saver in the color Gold
Red Heart Yarns Fur in Mink
-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

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

Pattern:

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

 

Crown:

With Gold
Ch 55 or any multiple of 9 +1
Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across, Ch 1, Turn. (54)

Rows 2-5: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (54)
Do not fasten off

You will now be making each point of the crown
Row 1: SC in 9 sts, leave the rest unworked, Ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 2: SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (9)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (7)

Row 4: SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (7)

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (5)

Row 6: Repeat Row 4. (5)

Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (3)

Row 8: Repeat Row 4. (3)

Row 9: SC3TOG, Do not turn,
Sl st down the side of the point back down to Row 5 of the strap part of the crown (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Repeat Rows 1-9 for the rest of the points. (See Video tutorial for visual instructions)
Do not fasten off, CH 1, and SC along the top edge to clean it up. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Sew your crown closed, sew fur to the bottom edge of your crown.
Weave in the rest of 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

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: King Crown

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: King Crown

Here is the next piece in the costume ensemble. The Sweet Dreams Baby Bonnet and Crown is a two-piece project and each of these pieces can be made independently! Need a bonnet? (check) Need a crown? (check) This video tutorial and pattern has you covered for both! You can make one or the other or combine them to make ONE fantastic headpiece for your baby! Just like the character Max from the book “Where The Wild Things Are,” your little one can transform into royalty and be the king (or queen) of your world!

 

Here’s our family photo of our costumes:

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

 

 

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

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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 Super Saver in the color Gold
Red Heart Yarns Fur in Mink
-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
-You can do as many rows of this pattern as you want to make it as long as you want.
-You can do a Single Crochet or a Reverse Single Crochet around the edge to clean it up and make it have a nice finished look

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: The Sweet Dream Bonnet

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: The Sweet Dream Bonnet

Here is the next piece in the costume ensemble. The Sweet Dreams Baby Bonnet and Crown is a two-piece project and each of these pieces can be made independently! Need a bonnet? (check) Need a crown? (check) This video tutorial and pattern has you covered for both! You can make one or the other or combine them to make ONE fantastic headpiece for your baby! Just like the character Max from the book “Where The Wild Things Are,” your little one can transform into royalty and be the king (or queen) of your world!

Here’s our family photo of our costumes:

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

 

 

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.
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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 Super Saver in the colors Aran
2 Buttons
-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
-You can do as many rows of this pattern as you want to make it as long as you want.
-You can do a Single Crochet or a Reverse Single Crochet around the edge to clean it up and make it have a nice finished look

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: The Sweet Dream Bonnet

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: The Sweet Dream Bonnet

Here is the next piece in the costume ensemble. The Sweet Dreams Baby Bonnet and Crown is a two-piece project and each of these pieces can be made independently! Need a bonnet? (check) Need a crown? (check) This video tutorial and pattern has you covered for both! You can make one or the other or combine them to make ONE fantastic headpiece for your baby! Just like the character Max from the book “Where The Wild Things Are,” your little one can transform into royalty and be the king (or queen) of your world!

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s our family photo of our costumes:

 

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

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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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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 Super Saver in the colors Aran
2 Buttons
-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

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

Pattern:

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

 

Bonnet:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 9 HDC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first st, TURN. (9)

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

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

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

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

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

You will now work in rows:
Row 7: Ch 1, HDC in next 48 sts, leave the rest unworked, TURN. (48)

Rows 8-17: Ch 1, HDC in each st across, TURN. (48)

Do not fasten off
Work down the side of the bonnet to make the chin strap:
Row 1: Ch 1, HDC evenly 10 sts down 8 rows, TURN. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rows 2-8: Ch 1, HDC in each st across, TURN. (10 sts)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Attach yarn to other side of bonnet for the other chin strap piece (see video tutorial for placement)

Row 1: Ch 1, HDC evenly 10 sts down 8 rows, TURN. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rows 2-8: Ch 1, HDC in each st across, TURN. (10 sts)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sew buttons to one side of the chin strap on the inside. (See video tutorial for placement)
Weave in the rest of 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

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Sweet Dream Romper

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Sweet Dream Romper

This Sweet Dream Romper has been designed to be part of our Halloween costume. I am planning to release pieces of this ensemble from now through mid-October. Each piece will complete our three cosplay costumes that we designed for “Where The Wild Things Are,” a book by Maurice Sendak. Nasir is going to be Max. Here is the first installment to his costume. This one-piece romper , although made for this purpose, was actually designed with versatility in mind. I considered the other possibilities this could be used for. This could be added to a winter baby layette set. You could change the buttons or eliminate them, make it in any color, or sew on leather knee patches for when a baby crawls.

So many options in one piece! I have released the written pattern that you can find here. Below is the video tutorial for The Sweet Dream Romper. Enjoy!

 

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Sweet Dream Romper

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Sweet Dream Romper

Each year, we try to find a fun and exciting costumes for Halloween, and I love to take you on this journey with me. As each piece of the costume is released, I will update my blog to bring more and more pieces to life. Be sure to follow along to see all these updates!

The first installment of this year’s Halloween costume, is this Sweet Dream Romper. Although my intent is to use this outfit for Nasir’s cosplay costume as Max from the book “Where The Wild Things Are,” you will be able to follow through my video tutorial to create one of your own as part of a baby layette. You can change the colors, add knee patches, use smaller buttons or eliminate the buttons altogether. The creative ideas with this fall & winter pattern are endless! One thing I think we can all agree on is that Nas will be the perfect Max. 😍 He’s already happy about it!

Below is the release of my *FREE* written crochet pattern for those who prefer the written instructions. The video tutorial for this pattern can be found here!

 

 

 

 

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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
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***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 Super Saver (Aran)
Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-To make this smaller or bigger, use a smaller or bigger hook size
-This is made from the bottom up
-This romper will fit a 3-6 month old baby
-See the video tutorial for sizing information.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sk: Skip
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only

Pattern:

Legs:
Make 2
Ch 27, Sl st to first ch to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch 1, HDC in each ch around, sl st to 1st st, turn. (27)

Rnds 2-15: Ch 1, HDC in each st around, Sl st to first st, turn. (27)

Fasten off Leg 1 with a long tail for sewing later, Do NOT fasten off Leg 2

Attaching the legs:

Making body

Rnd 16: Working on Leg 2, Ch 1, HDC in each st around, Ch 3, HDC in each st on Leg 1, Ch 3, Sl st to first st on Leg 2, Turn. (54 sts, 2 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 17: Ch 1, HDC in each st and each ch around, sl st to first st, turn. (60)

Rnds 18-46: Ch 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to first st, Turn. (60)
Do not fasten off, continue with the first strap

Left Back Strap:

Row 1: Sl st in next 4 sts, Ch 1, HDC in 10 sts, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 2: HDC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 3: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 6 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 5: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 4 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)

Rows 6-9: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (6)

Row 10: HDC in first 2 sts, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts HDC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn.  (button hole made)

Row 11: HDC in each st and each ch across. (6)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Left Front Strap:

Skip 6 sts on row 46 of body
Attach yarn to next st

Row 1: Ch 1, HDC in 10 sts, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 2: HDC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 3: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 6 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 5: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 4 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)

Rows 6-9: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (6)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Right Front Strap:

Skip 4 sts on row 46 of body
Attach yarn to next st

Row 1: Ch 1, HDC in 10 sts, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 2: HDC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 3: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 6 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 5: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 4 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)

Rows 6-9: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (6)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Right Back Strap:

Skip 6 sts on row 46 of body
Attach yarn to next st

Row 1: Sl st in next 4 sts, Ch 1, HDC in 10 sts, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 2: HDC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 3: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 6 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 5: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 4 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)

Rows 6-9: HDC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn. (6)

Row 10: HDC in first 2 sts, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts HDC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (button hole made)

Row 11: HDC in each st and each ch across. (6)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Ankle Cuffs

Do the same thing for both legs

Mark 3 sts evenly around the ankle,
Attach yarn to any stitch on ankle
Rnd 1: Ch 1, HDC in each st around, put a HDC2TOG stitch on the stitches you marked to decrease, sl st to first st when you get back around, ch 1 (Do not turn) (24)

Rnd 2: FPHDC on next st, BPHDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first st, ch 1. (24)

Rnds 3-5: FPHDC on FPHDC sts, BPHDC n BPHDC sts, all the way around, sl st to first st, ch 1. (24)
Fasten off, weave in all ends

**Add buttons to the top straps, add buttons to the front of romper.**

Enjoy!

~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

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Red Heart Yarns


Crochet Tutorial: The Bow-tastic Hat

Crochet Tutorial: The Bow-tastic Hat

For those of us who are all about wearing fabulous accessories, let me present The Bow-tastic Hat!! This hat allows for you to interchange the bow in order to match your #OOTD (outfit of the day)!! This winter wear provides lots of chances to take one item and change it up to match several things in your child’s (or your own) wardrobe without investing in numerous looks! Perfect for keeping things to a minimum while getting the maximum looks from one great piece!

Please check the “NOTES” section of my pattern to find ways to adjust the sizing on this hat.

 

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
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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 Hygge Charm in Shooting Star
Red Heart Yarns With Love Metallic in Teal (or any color you want for your bow!)
Fur Pom for the Top of the Hat
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-To make this smaller or bigger, use a smaller or bigger hook size
-This is made from the bottom up
-If you work in multiples of 6, then you can make this bigger or smaller.
-This hat will fit any baby that is 6-12 months old
-See the video tutorial for larger sizing information.
For larger sizes, make your brim any of the following number of rows: 54 rows, 60 rows, 66 rows, 72 rows and then when you are working the top of the hat, SC around the brim that same number of stitches as the amount of rows in your brim that you have. Then, when you are ready to decrease the top to close it up, decrease in the amount of 6 stitches each row until you get to 54 stitches around, then follow the instructions for the rest of the decreasing in the pattern/video tutorial.

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

Pattern:

Brim of Hat:

Work in BLO for the whole brim
With Hygge Charm in Shooting Star

Ch 21

Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (20)

Rows 2-25: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (20)

Row 26: SC in first 4 sts, Ch 3, Sk 3 sts, SC in the rest of the sts on the row, Ch 1, turn.

Row 27: SC in each st and each ch across, ch 1, turn. (20)

Rows 28-31: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (20)

Row 32: Repeat Row 26

Row 33: Repeat Row 27

Rows 34-54: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (20)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly Step:
Sew the brim closed (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Weave in your ends.

Top part of hat: (with same yarn as the brim)

Make sure the Ch 3 holes are toward the bottom half of your brim, attach yarn to the opposite end of the side of the brim (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
work in BOTH LOOPS of this section of the hat, Work in continuous rounds (insert a stitch marker if you need to mark the beginning of your rounds)

Rnd 1: SC 60 sts evenly around the brim of the hat. (if you made more rows of your brim, be sure to SC any multiple of 6 on this round)

Rnds 2-15: SC in each st around. (60)
(for larger sizes, do a few more rounds before decreasing)

If you have more than 60 sts, decrease 6 sts evenly every round until you get to 54 sts, then go onto round 17 instructions.

Rnd 16: [SC2TOG, SC in next 8 sts] 6 times. (54)

Rnd 17: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 9 times. (45)

Rnd 18: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 9 times. (36)

Rnd 19: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 9 times. (27)

Rnd 20: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 9 times. (18)

Rnd 21: [SC2TOG] 9 times. (9)

Fasten off with long tail, sew top of hat closed.
Sew a fur pom to the top of the hat.

Ear Flaps:

Make 2 in your main color

Ch 5

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch and across, ch 1, turn. (4)

Row 2: 2 SC in first st, SC in each st until 1 st is remaining, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 3: SC across, ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (8)

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (8)

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. (10)

Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (10)

Row 8: Repeat Row 2. (12)

Rows 9-16: SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn.
Continue to SC around the piece. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew to each side of the hat on the inside of the brim (See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Add braided tassels to the ear flaps (optional)

 

Bow:
Using Red Heart Yarns With Love Metallic
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds.

Ch 48

Rnd 1: Bring chain around to the first ch, SC in 1st ch and next 19 chs, Sl st in next 4 chs, SC in next 20 chs, Sl st in last 4 chs.
Rnds 2-8: SC in 20 sts, Sl st in 4 sts, SC in 20 sts, Sl st in last 4 sts.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Slide the bow through the chain 3 holes on the brim of the hat.

 

Enjoy!

~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

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Red Heart Yarns

Crochet Tutorial: Misfit Monster Hat

Crochet Tutorial: Misfit Monster Hat

I was finally in the studio filming, and of course my first new project fresh-off-the-hook is my Misfit Monster Hat for my sweet boy!  I *know* you can’t wait to make one of your own! The instructions for additional sizes are listed in the pattern and shared in the video tutorial below!

 

 

View this video tutorial to learn how to make this hat:

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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:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in the colors GlowWorm, Flamingo, Yellow, Warm Brown
Red Heart Amore Yarn in Chamomile
Size F-3.75mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-To make this smaller or bigger, use a smaller or bigger hook size
-This is made from the top down
-If you work in multiples of 9, then you can make this bigger or smaller.
-This hat will fit any baby that is 3-6 months old
-See the video tutorial for larger sizing information.

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

Pattern:
Shell of Hat:
With Main Color
Ch 2
Round 1: 9 HDC in 2nd Ch from Hook, Sl st to first st, Turn. (9)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 HDC in each st around, Sl st to first st, Turn. (18)

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

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

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

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

For larger sizes, increase with the established pattern. For Child Size: increase to 72 sts, For Teen Size: increase to 90 sts, For Adult Size Increase to 99 sts. Then go on to making the next row.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, HDC in 6 sts, Ch 6, Sk 6 Sts, HDC in 24 Sts, Ch 6, Sk 6 sts, HDC in last 12 sts, Sl st to first st, Turn. (For this round, if you are making larger sizes, just mark 6 stitches on each side of the circle to make the horns and create your ch 6 spaces across from each other)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, HDC in each st and in each Ch around, sl st to first st, turn. (54)

Rnds 9-20: Ch 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to first st, Turn. (54)
Continue to make more rows if you want your beanie longer.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Horns:
Attach main color to one of the open holes on the hat (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rnd 1: Ch 1, HDC 12 sts evenly around hole opening, Sl st to first st, Turn. (12)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to first st, turn. (12)

Rnd 3: Mark the stitch toward the crown of the hat (see video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, HDC in each st until the marked st, HDC2TOG, HDC in the rest of the sts on the round, sl st to first st, turn. Move stitch marker up where your decrease stitch is located. (11)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, HDC in each st until the marked st, HDC2TOG, HDC in the rest of the sts on the round, sl st to first st, turn. Move stitch marker up where your decrease stitch is located. (10)

Rnds 5-8: Repeat Round 4 until you have 6 sts left.
Fasten off with long tail, Sew the end of the horn closed.
Repeat this for the other horn so you have two horns.
If you have a gaping hole at the base of your horns, use extra yarn to sew those holes closed. See the video tutorial to learn what I am referring to in this part.

Eyes: Make 2
With Warm Brown
Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first st, fasten off. (6)

Rnd 2: With Chamomile White, Attach to any stitch, Ch 1, 2 SC in each st around, sl st to first st, fasten off. (12)

Rnd 3: With Glow Worm, Attach to any stitch, Ch 1, [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times, sl st to first st, Fasten off. (18)

Rnd 4: With Flamingo, Attach to any stitch, Ch 1, [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times, sl st to first st, Fasten off with long tail for sewing. (24)

Assembly Step:
After you make both eyes, Sew them to the hat using the long tail you cut for sewing. To make the extra yellow detail, take yellow yarn and wrap it around and around sewing the eye to the hat. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Teeth:
With Chamomile or any white yarn
Ch 5
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, Sc in next, HDC in next, DC in last, *Ch 6, Sl st in 2nd Ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, Leave the next ch unworked, repeat from * 2 more times until you have 4 sharp teeth, continue to SC along the flat edge of teeth. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew teeth to hat. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Weave in the rest of your ends.

Enjoy!

“A baby is a blessing. A gift from heaven above, a precious little angel to cherish and to love.” ~Unknown

~Nadia

 

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The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Red Heart Yarns


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Why Nasir Came Early

Why Nasir Came Early

It has been 4 weeks since Nasir was born. He came into this world a true miracle and is perfect in every way. I am overjoyed that he is here, happy, healthy and growing like crazy. His due date was June 30th and throughout my high-risk pregnancy, it was understood that with so many health issues, surgeries, and not having a rectum or anus, the probability for me to deliver him in a traditional birth was going to be out of the question. I was told by not one, two, or three doctors but EVERY doctor on the team, that it would be the safest for me to have him via c-section and to do it a week before his due date. Although this didn’t coincide with my idea of the “ideal birth plan,” I ONLY cared about having a safe and healthy delivery for me and safe birth for him. It doesn’t matter how our babies enter the world, it only  matters that they arrive safely in our arms!

 

High Risk Pregnancy

Throughout my pregnancy, many of you are aware that I had numerous issues not only with my Crohn’s disease but also that I had to cease all my medications that keep my disease in remission. I also had severe Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, I had problems with tearing my adhesions and scar tissue from previous abdominal surgeries, I have a Septate Uterus, I had terrible sciatica, I had anemia, I lacked the nutritional support for myself and Nas because I don’t have my large intestine or parts of my small intestine, and I had a herniated ostomy that prolapsed. Because my anatomy isn’t like most, my intestine pooled to one side of my body and my baby was restricting the digestive flow. I also had the general issues of constant heartburn and swelling like a lot of moms-to-be deal with. I tried to be grateful, thankful, happy, joyful, and appreciative for this miracle; and I was. However, I won’t sugar-coat it, I was freaking miserable in my body. I hurt every single day and probably complained to Nate or my mom incessantly EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. all while keeping a smile on my face and forging ahead because I kept telling myself that if this is the sacrifice I have to make to have him here, then I can do this! It was only temporary. My “this too shall pass” mantra was on repeat every moment of every day. I was miserable. But, just to be clear, I would do it ALL over in a heartbeat for this outcome. Nasir is magical…

 

Things weren’t going well

Over a month before I was to deliver, I was rushed by ambulance from the hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin up to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota because I had a severe infection and could not keep anything in. I needed IV support and to be monitored because they thought our baby would make an appearance MUCH earlier than we thought. I was so scared. I was alone in the ambulance with the lights and sirens going as we rushed down the highway. I knew Nate was somewhere in a car behind me, my mom also, but being alone and not knowing what would happen was terrifying.

Thankfully, the doctors were able to hold off delivering Nas and just treat the infection. I was hospitalized for about a week before going home, but we were advised that due to the complicated nature of my pregnancy, I would be on “bed rest” (which couldn’t actually be bed rest because I have a history of forming blood clots), so I took it really easy. The doctors recommended I move to temporary housing in Rochester to be closer to the hospital, and I was there a few days before things began to decline again. Read more about our Temporary Transition here.

 

We couldn’t wait any longer

Although I was advised to hold off on delivering Nasir for as long as possible to give him the best chance for development, the doctors also understood the gravity of my health situation and knew it would be dangerous to wait too long. Not long after my hospitalization, I was still having problems and was not doing well. I woke up on the Wednesday before he was born feeling terrible. My entire body felt like I had one big bruise covering every inch of my skin. EVERYTHING hurt. The slightest touch hurt, and I was swelling up like a balloon. I called, and the doctors said to meet them up at the hospital. My mom took me in because Nate was at work. After a short examination, the doctors suspected that my infection set off a full body flare of my Crohn’s disease. They couldn’t wait any longer. If they didn’t deliver him soon, I might have gone into labor and could have potentially faced a threatening situation where it would be too late to assemble the ENTIRE team of doctors necessary to bring Nasir into this world and keep me safe in the process. Not only was my disease creating a serious health risk, the baby was breech. There was no time left. It would be way too perilous to wait and risk going into labor and a vaginal delivery. Delivery was scheduled immediately for next morning.

I crumbled under the weight of everything and started to cry.

I wanted more time for him to develop. I was scared for him, what if something went wrong, I was worried about the risks, and the surgery and, and, and….and then I took a deep breath.

I called Nate at work.

“You need to come to Rochester right now. They are going to deliver our baby tomorrow morning…”

“Are you serious? Is this for real?”

“Yes, just please come as soon as you can. I need you…”

I don’t know if Nate could even think after that phone call, if he could even concentrate enough to finish his work for the day, or if he was on autopilot all the way up to Rochester. He made it up there by 10 pm that night and we stayed up nearly all night talking. He kept reassuring me the entire time that everything will be OK.

 

An assembly of sixteen

When Nate and I arrived at the hospital the next day, along with my mom, dad, and my brother, I was ushered into a room immediately. I was a bundle of nervous energy but also ready to meet my baby!!

Shortly after arriving, I was given an IV and little by little the entire assembly of doctors and nurses ushered in team by team to see me. All in all there would be 16 medical staff in the room with us to deliver Nasir. HOLY MACARONI!! 16!!! I was only allowed one other person with me, and of course that was Nate. I was then taken into the OR alone while he was told to get garbed up.

 

 

While I was in the OR, it was freezing. More IVs were placed. There were so many lights, so many machines, so many instruments, and so many people. I started to shake uncontrollably.  I was given an epidural and a spinal, but the placement was giving me issues. They kept telling me to sit still. I couldn’t stop shaking. I hugged a pillow tightly to my front while they put the needles in my spine. It took forever. At one point, I felt a severe pain in my hip. They hit a nerve and my leg involuntarily shot out and kicked without me doing it. Yeah, this wasn’t working. They moved it a little higher in my spine and it was better.

 

From there, things moved so fast.

I was put on a table with my arms spread out wide. I had all the IVs in me, they erected a curtain up in front of me. So many people ushered in and out. The anesthesiologists, the surgery team, the OB-GYN team, the colorectal team, the nurses..SO MANY people! That team of 16 was in full action!

I wanted Nate and asked them to check on him. They said he was outside pacing. I wanted him with me, and it wasn’t much longer and he was able to come back into the OR. As soon as he walked in, they started to open me up. The doctors were wonderful about talking me through every step. I had the best cheerleader by my side. Nate was incredible. The anesthesia team was also very supportive and kept encouraging me softly, cheering for me, kept me comfortable, and just made me feel safe. I get choked up just thinking of these moments–moments I wanted to be fully present to remember.

I started to feel a severe pain in my right shoulder and started to get afraid. I told the doctor and they said they had my uterus out. The uterus is connected to the nerves in the shoulder and the pain I was experiencing was called “referred pain.”

 

He’s here!

It was only moments later when we heard our baby’s tiny cries. Nate started sobbing, I started sobbing. They lifted him over the screen so we could see him. My first thought was how tiny he was. They quickly moved him to the warming table so Nate could trim the cord and the team moved fast to get all the baby stats. Within moments, they brought this tiny naked baby to me and laid him on my chest. I could barely see or breathe I was crying so hard. HE WAS BEAUTIFUL. So precious. My miracle.

 

 

 

It took some time for the surgeons to close me up because they had to clear out scar tissue from former surgeries. They excised my old scar from the time I had the wound vac, and cleaned all of that tissue to make my incision a cleaner closure. It took quite a while, but I wasn’t even paying a moment of attention to that. Instead I was counting toes and fingers, memorizing my little boys face, and through my tears and laughter, I was rejoicing in this miracle.

Read more about Nasir’s arrival and see more photos here.

 

We are a family

As I was wheeled into a recovery room, Nate went to tell my family that our baby arrived. We wanted a few minutes alone to relish our first moments as a family of three. We also had an overflow of emotion that was just indescribable and we wanted to bask in the intimacy of sharing these very personal feelings together.

I remember when they lifted our baby over the screen after we heard his cries. I recall looking at him and instantly knowing that his name in my heart would be Nasir, but I didn’t say anything. To be fair, I wanted to hear Nate’s thoughts about his name. As soon as I asked him what our baby’s name should be, he said Nasir! We both felt it. We both knew. His name is Nasir Nathan.

Nasir is a Pakistani/Arabic name that means “Victorious,” and there is no more appropriate name fitting to this little boy than that. After all I have been through, all the health struggles and trials, I look at him and I know it was all for this moment.

This miracle.

This victory.

~Nadia

 

Changing Gauge to Adjust Size

Changing Gauge to Adjust Size

I am often asked if one of my patterns can be resized. I know that it can become frustrating to see a pattern you love and yet, not be able to make it in the size you need. I do try to make most patterns in a variety of sizes to accommodate all, but sometimes, the pattern I design is size specific. I don’t have a variation or the stitch counts to make it in other sizes. Today’s blog is JUST A GUIDELINE to show you how changing your hook size can make a pattern slightly smaller or bigger JUST by changing this one detail.

Experimenting!

I decided to do a quick trial experiment because, not only do I love to crochet, I love to get answers to longstanding questions. The question posed to me quite often is: Can I make this pattern bigger or smaller?

If I don’t have the pattern adapted to various sizes, I have offered the suggestion to try different hook sizes.
Here I give you a better visual on how much changing the hook size does increase or decrease the size of your piece.

In this experiment, I took six different hooks:
1. D-3.25mm crochet hook
2. F-3.75mm crochet hook
3. G-4.25mm crochet hook
4. H-5.00mm crochet hook
5. J-6.00mm crochet hook
6. K-6.50mm crochet hook

I then crocheted THE EXACT SAME granny square using each different hook. (See this pattern here for the granny square pattern)

I used Red Heart With Love yarn in color Jadeite (worsted weight) Size 4 Medium (equal to DK or Aran yarn).

Once I completed each square, I placed all together using a US quarter coin as a point of reference to show proportion.
Each square increased somewhat in size but also, notice the stitching is not as tight as you increase the size.

The difference in size from the first square using a D-3.25mm hook to the last square using the K-6.50mm hook is a difference of 3 inches (~8cm)

Visuals Help!

If you are like me, it is so much easier to have a visual to be able to put into perspective how much change happens just by changing your hook. It helps so much to see it right in front of your eyes rather than trying to picture it in your mind how much difference this will make.

This trick may not work for ALL patterns but for some, this adjustment will be very handy in making something just a bit smaller or larger.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t allow for HUGE variations in size but just enough for some to get the desired result if you want to go a bit up or down on a specific pattern.

Also, remember, the larger you go, the looser and open the stitches will appear.

Share with us your experience if YOU have tried resizing by changing your hook gauge. Let us know how that helped you make a pattern smaller or larger. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Below are photos of each square by itself using the quarter as a point of reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

This afghan block is part of the Wedding Blanket CAL that Marly Bird is hosting on her website!! See more details about it here!

My contribution to this crochet-along is the “Where Love Grows Afghan Block.” It has a floral design to it and it is very fitting to a wedding theme of love and growing together in your relationship.

On the Red Heart team we have a wonderful leader of the Joy Creators, named Ally. Ally got married in May and we wanted to do something very special for her. I got the Joy Creators together and we each made a square to put together to make a wedding blanket for Ally and her husband.

 

 

Below is a photo of the whole blanket put together! All the crochet designers that were part of this crochet along had our afghan blocks sewn together to make this patchwork quilt into a beautiful wedding gift!

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this afghan block:

 

**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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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:
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in the colors VIP, Suede, and Linen
Size I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can make many of these into a blanket of any size. Use the Afghan Size Guide in this Blog Post
-The measurement for my square came out to be 12 inches
-You can use any colors you want. I used a Worsted Weight, Size 4 Medium Yarn but you can use any Double Knitting Yarn or any Aran Yarn as well.
-You do not have to change color so often, but sewing in those pesky ends is a nightmare. Be sure to sew them in as you go.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK/Sk’d: Skip/Skipped
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Cluster: [YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through 2 loops on your hook] 3 times, YO pull through all 4 loops on your hook
Beg. Cluster: [YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through 2 loops on your hook] 2 times, YO pull through all 3 loops on your hook
LHDC: Long Half Double Crochet
LDC: Long Double Crochet

Pattern:

With Suede,
Start with a Magic Ring or Ch 4 and Sl st to first Ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), 7 DC into ring, Sl st to first Ch 3 st. (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, Beginning Cluster in same st, *Ch 2, Cluster in next st, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 2, Sl st to first cluster. Fasten off, change color to VIP. (8 cluster sts)

Rnd 3: With VIP, Attach yarn to any Ch 2 sp, Ch 1, * 3 SC in Ch 2 sp, SC in cluster st, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, Fasten off and change color to Linen. (32 sc sts)

Rnd 4: With Linen, Work in BLO, Attach yarn to any SC, Ch 4 (Counts as DC + Ch 1 sp), *DC in next st, Ch 1, repeat from * around, ending with ch 1, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. Fasten off. (32 sts)

Rnd 5: With Linen, Attach yarn to any FRONT LOOP of any st on Round 3 that was not worked into, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), RSC in each st around. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: In any ch sp of Round 4, Attach Suede. Ch 5 (Counts as DC + Ch 2 sp), *DC in next Ch sp, Ch 2, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 2, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. Fasten off, change color to Linen. (32 sts)

Rnd 7: With Linen, Attach to any Ch 2 sp, Ch 1, 2 HDC in each Ch 2 sp around, Sl st to first HDC. Fasten off, change color to VIP. (64 sts)

Rnd 8: With VIP, Attach to any st, Ch 1, SC in first 4 sts, * Ch 5, Sk 4 sts, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 5, Sl st to 1st SC, do NOT fasten off. (8 Ch 5 sps created)

Rnd 9: Continue using VIP color, Sl st into next st and IN BETWEEN the 2 sts of the 4 SC grouping (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, SC in same spot, *[3DC, 3TR, 3DC] in next ch 5 sp, SC between 2 middle SC of next 4 SC grouping, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. Fasten off, change color to Linen. (If your work is curling at this point do not worry, it will flatten out in the next few rounds) (8 petals made)

Rnd 10: With Linen, Attach to any FIRST DC of a petal, work in BLO for this round, Ch 1, HDC in first 4 sts, *[HDC, Ch 2,  HDC] in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, Long HDC in same spot as SC from previous round, HDC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with LHDC in last st, sl st to first HDC. Fasten off, change color to Suede. (96 sts)

Rnd 11: With Suede, Attach to any LHDC, Work in THIRD LOOP of each st in this round, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), Ch 4 (Counts as TR), [2TR, Ch 2, 3 TR] in same st, * Sk 3 sts, SC in next 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, SC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next st, TR in LHDC st, DC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, SC in next 2 sts, Sk 3 sts, [3TR, Ch 2, 3 TR] in LHDC st, repeat from * around, sl st to first Ch 4 st. do NOT fasten off. (92 sts around)

Rnd 12: Continue using Suede color, work in BOTH LOOPS of sts, In same st as join, Ch 3, DC in next 2 sts, * [2DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in corner ch 2 sp, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 17 sts, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beginning ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color to VIP. (108 sts)

Rnd 13: With VIP, Attach yarn to any corner ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, * Ch 1, Sk 1 st, DC in next st, repeat from * until next corner, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color to Suede.

Rnd 14: With Suede, Attach yarn to any corner ch 2 sp, Ch 1, *[SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner, SC in next 2 sts, [LDC in Sk st from previous round, SC in next st on Rnd 13] 14 times, LDC in Sk’d st from Previous Round, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. Fasten off, change color to Linen.

Rnd 15: With Linen, attach yarn in any corner ch 2 sp, Ch 1, 3 SC in same corner sp, SC in each st around putting 3 SC in corner ch 2 sps, sl st to first SC, do NOT fasten off. (144 sts)

Rnd 16: Continue using Linen, Ch 1, SC in each st round putting 3 SC in middle SC of corners, sl st to first SC, do NOT fasten off. (152 sts)

Rnd 17: Repeat Round 16 (You can opt out of doing this round if your square is 12 inches after Round 16)

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Block your square if needed.

Enjoy!!


 

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He’s Here: Our Newest YARNutopian

He’s Here: Our Newest YARNutopian

 

We would like to introduce our new baby boy to our YARNutopia community. There are NO words to express how much we are in love with this precious little peanut and how it feels to be first time parents; so instead of doing that at this time, we ask you to please enjoy these exclusive beautiful photos – many of which are being shared here for the very first time.

He arrived a little earlier than expected, and although nothing about his delivery was easy, in the end, holding him in our arms was so worth it! Oh. MY. Gosh. THE LOVE!

Nate and I are overwhelmed with joy and want to share our happiness with our online family community. As soon as I am feeling better, I will write a little more about this entire experience in detail!

So many people tried to tell us how this would feel. NOTHING compares to the real thing. NOTHING!! WE ARE SO IN LOVE WITH HIM!

Name: Nasir Nathan
Born June 13th, 2019 at 12:15pm
Weight: 6 lbs, 12 oz.
Length:  18.9 inches

Things we observed so far: He has his Daddy’s face and wavy dark hair, but he has Mommy’s nose and dimples. He has long fingers like Mommy but Daddy’s toes lol. As we continue to discover one another, we look forward to finding more of these amazing connections. It is the most profound feeling ever to meet this tiny human, see pieces of ourselves in him, and know that we made him!

A Temporary Transition

A Temporary Transition

As some of you may have noticed, I have been somewhat MIA on my social media and on my blog for a little bit. I have been posting and have been a little active, just not as much as I usually am. There’s a reason for that.

Last week, I ended up in the hospital. I was having a lot of issues with my body and baby, so I went into the Emergency Room. The doctors here in La Crosse, WI did not feel confident, and the scope of my issues were outside of the range they felt comfortable dealing with. They felt things were emergent to either med-flight or rush me to Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

It was decided that was going to be rushed by ambulance, but Nate could not accompany me on the ride. He came behind and my mom met us up at Mayo Hospital. I was in the hospital for nearly a week with several complications making it impossible for me to manage at home.

It was decided that upon release from the hospital, I could return home short term while a social worker from the hospital would work on a short term relocation plan for me. For these last few weeks before delivery, I will be staying in Rochester near the hospital in an extended stay apartment. This way, I will be close by the hospital in case anything emergent happens again.

What is going on?

In the recent blog where I shared my pregnancy photos, I mentioned that the doctors have taken me off of all my medications that help to keep my Crohn’s disease under control while I work towards remission. Now, off of the medication, my body has started to get weaker. I ended up with an infection and the infection put my body into a full-on flare.

Since I don’t have a large intestine, my small intestine has to learn the job of what its old companion had done. I have to draw my nourishment, vitamins, minerals, fluids, and much more from my small intestine similarly to what the body does with the large intestine. Not only do I rely on that intake, that same intake is what is helping to keep baby healthy. When I got sick last week, the function of the small intestine failed me, and my body was having a difficult time absorbing ANYTHING. This made it difficult to keep food down, my body was severely dehydrated, and some of my blood test numbers were dropping making it difficult to keep my nourishment markers where they needed to be.

Because I am pregnant, normal options for treatment aren’t always viable because they can affect the baby. There were so many limitations that the doctors could treat me with. It took some time and patience, but we were able to find a way for me to gain some control over my body without causing more stress to me or baby. At least, for now, it was enough to go home and prepare for this upcoming relocation.

What will this mean for YARNutopia?

I am home for a few days. Soon, I will transition to an apartment closer to the hospital in Minnesota. I will stay there temporarily until our baby is born. Nate will be with me on the weekends, and my mom will be coming to stay with me during the weekdays, as I can’t be alone. All my care will continue through Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

(Pictured above is a photo of my mom and me in the hospital last week)

(Pictured above is me, feeling better)

Because of this transition, I won’t be able to be as active or as present on my social media sites. I won’t be checking out completely though! No way! I love my social media! I will, however, be taking a small step back to get things under control with my health and prepare for delivery. There are LOTS of appointments, checkups, and tests to be done in these last few weeks! But don’t worry! I will do what I can, when I can! So, please keep checking the Facebook page, click on the links I share, share photos of your work. I’ll be crocheting to pass some time, and I hope to keep on keeping on. I will be sure to check in as often as I can!!

I will also try to update you as much as possible. Until baby arrives, the most I will be doing is trying to keep as healthy as I can so he can be inside growing and developing. We need him to be the strongest he can be! We are almost to his due date, so we are hoping for a not so bumpy ride to get there! Haha!

In the next few weeks, I am still hopeful to post some new blogs, a few new posts, and whatever I can do, but in the meantime, I will pull from the archives some great classic patterns, some oldies but goodies, and I will share work from my fellow designers! And once baby is here and I am recovered, I will be back better and stronger than ever!

Until then, Happy Hooking!

~Nadia

Special Baby Shower Surprise

Special Baby Shower Surprise

This past Sunday, my Aunt and my Mom organized a baby shower for Nate and me. To say it was amazing is such an understatement! Not only did my family have so much in store for us, there were epic surprises to be showered on us as well.

After opening our gifts from family and friends, my mom made an announcement that there were more gifts. Confused, I wasn’t sure what she meant.

A quick background

I am part of a large online blogger community. In our private group, this blogger community shares ideas and support for one another. Besides my personal family, these ladies feel like family even though we haven’t met in real life. I feel like we know one another despite that we haven’t met. We talk almost daily and check in with one another. We share patterns and advice, we count on each other in our shared desire to grow our craft. We have a sisterhood that transcends the miles and continents.

So, when my mom announced that this incredible group of ladies had conspired to bring their own version of an online baby shower to my family baby shower, I was so overwhelmed with joy and shock! It felt so amazing to find out that together, they reached out to be a part of this special day. They coordinated through Marly Bird to send surprise packages to my mom and my aunt. Each package was a gift for our sweet baby boy.

Both Nate and I could not believe it! We had NO CLUE! Seriously, my mom is the best at keeping secrets because I talk to her a half dozen times a day and NOT ONCE did she even hint there was this in store for us at the shower!! As soon as my Aunt Gail brought this giant box full of gifts I started getting emotional all over again!

Each crochet designer/blogger created something extraordinarily special for this baby. Below, please join me in this video as I open these wonderful gifts. Please understand that in this moment I was so emotional and overwhelmed. Tears flowed freely, my nose was running wild, and I kept repeating how awesome it was and how much in shock this felt!

 

Panda Lovey by Snappy Tots

 

Baby Blanket by Crafting Friends Designs

 

Baby Blanket by The Purple Poncho
(Bibs not pictured)