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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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 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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I Know I’m Not Alone

I Know I’m Not Alone

I am typically pretty upbeat and positive by nature. I have had to overcome a lot in the past decade, and I have spent some of that time feeling situational depression due to battling illness, surgery, dealing with body issues from having so many scars and a permanent ileostomy.  When I found out I was able to get pregnant, and subsequently carry this baby, I was over the moon! Depression wasn’t even on my radar at that time.

I Knew It Wasn’t Going To Be Easy

I am extremely high risk. I have a team of doctors and specialists across three hospitals that will be involved in bringing this baby into the world safely. Of course, I am a bit nervous, but I also have great faith and trust in this team to do everything to help bring this baby boy into the world, keeping us both healthy and happy.

Here’s where I struggle. I am supposed to be happy. I AM happy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to feel baby move and happy to know I will hold him in just a few short months. However, what is happening to my body is bringing me so low. I am just not feeling overall happy, and I didn’t expect that.

 

A Complex Medical History

Without delving too deep into the graphic details, I’ve had 14 surgeries which have left my entire abdomen full of scars. I have numerous scars running up and down, diagonally, and across my torso. Drain scars, former ostomy scars- just scars, scars, scars! Following one surgery, I had a serious infection so my abdomen had to be re-opened, and I was put on a wound vac to help heal by secondary intention. That process left my tummy full of puckered and thick scar tissue. All this scar tissue causes adhesions. As my abdomen stretches, the scar tissue is stretching and tearing both on the surface and internally. It has been challenging to deal with. This, along with changes in my ostomy with my intestine prolapsing outside my body, has left me feeling depressed over all these reminders that my body isn’t quite the same as others.

Pre-Partum Depression

This pre-partum situational depression has hit me hard. I am struggling with my body and disease and with my hormones running amok. I have found myself in tears quite a bit lately. I am not writing to complain, NO, but to confront what is happening to me and to share this with others who may struggle with these same feelings during pregnancy or at any time. I know that this is supposed to be the most blessed and happy time of my life, so why am I feeling so blue? I don’t have the answer.

Crochet IS Therapy

During this time, my comfort and refuge is found in my craft. I am so grateful for a loving and supportive husband and the support of a fantastic family, but when I am alone, I find solace in the stitches and the repetitive nature of crochet to help distract and focus my mind on something other than these feelings and the pain from my scars.

Lately, I have been working on so many crochet projects for not only my little guy, but also for my sister-in-law who had a baby girl in January. My niece is the perfect model! These projects, alongside my work here at YARNutopia, has given me a deepened purpose, and these goals have helped me focus on more than the issues I am dealing with.

 

Self-Care

I know I’m not alone. I know that this is only temporary. I know this is a very small price to pay for bringing my baby into the world. I know I have support and love of an amazing husband, family, and community. I know all these things. I also know it is ok to feel. It is ok to be sad. It is ok to hurt. It is ok to ask for help. It is ok.

After spending a little time yesterday on self-care – I bought myself some springtime flowers to brighten my home, I did some retail therapy and bought myself a few feel-good things, I had my nails done, I took a long walk in the sunshine, a short drive and played my favorite music, and I talked for hours with my mom-I am happy to say that I feel a little better. Today has started off on a good foot and writing this has helped. Also, it has helped to be working on some crochet projects, and I went to brunch with Nate. Each day may present a challenge, but I am thankful be able to face each one in strength and resolve and overcome those challenges!

Share with us:

Please share your stories of pre-partum or post-partum depression or your struggles with feeling out of control. Share your stories of how crochet has brought you comfort during a time of need.

Thank you for letting me share.

Be love, Be light.

~Nadia

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!

 

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
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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!

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 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!

 

LoveCrochet

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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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 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
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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: 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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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 (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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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!!

 

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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!!

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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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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
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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!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Houndstooth Stocking Hat

Crochet Tutorial: Houndstooth Stocking Hat

Who doesn’t love the drama of a great hat? It is the finishing touch to an outfit. The proverbial “cherry on top.” Each hat we wear makes a statement. Why not make that statement with a fun Houndstooth Stocking Hat this year? Picture everyone in their holiday pajamas and each head capped with one of these great pieces! I see next year’s Christmas card just waiting to be made with that scene in mind! A comfy cap that is sure to please everyone. Warm, fun, whimsical, and perfect for the whole family! This hat is a “Done in a Day” easy project. Add a yarn or faux fur pom to complete this look!!

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

 

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NOTES

-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need less than 200 yards of yarn for this hat and will fit an ADULT.
-This hat measures 22 inches around the head and 20 inches long.
View this blog (about halfway down the page) for other sizes so you can make other sizes of this design!
-Since you will be using 2 colors of yarn, trail up your yarn throughout the pattern instead of cutting it every row. It will eliminate the step of sewing in a bunch of ends. (See video tutorial on how to do this)

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Black and White
Size 5.00mm Crochet Hook
Faux Fur Pom Poms
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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

Pattern:

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

Pattern:
With Black, Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch 1, [SC, DC] 4 times in ring, sl st to first SC, change color to white. (8)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, DC in 1st st, *SC in next st, DC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first DC, Change color to black. (8)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [SC, DC, SC] in first st, *DC in next st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, change color to white. (10)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, DC first st, *SC in next st, DC in next st, Repeat from * around ending with SC in last st, sl st to first DC, change color to black. (10)

Rnds 5-26: Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 until you have 32 sts (end with a repeat of row 4) Change color to black after row 26

Rnd 27: Ch 1, [SC, DC, SC] in first st, *DC in next st, SC in next st, DC in next st, SC in next st, DC in next st, [SC, DC, SC] in next st, repeat from * around, ending with SC in 2nd to last st, DC in last st, sl st to first SC, change color to white (42)

Rnd 28: With White, Repeat Rnd 4

If you are making an infant sized hat, go onto instructions for round 33

Rnd 29: Ch 1, [SC, DC, SC] in first st, *[DC in next st, SC in next st] 3 times, DC in next st, [SC, DC, SC] in next st, repeat from * around, ending with DC in 3rd to last st, SC in 2nd to last st, DC in last st, Sl st to first SC, change color to white. (52)

Rnd 30: with White, Repeat Rnd 4

If you are making a toddler/small child size hat, go onto instructions for round 33

Rnd 31: Ch 1, [SC, DC, SC] in first st, *[DC in next st, SC in next st] 5 times, DC in next st, [SC, DC, SC] in next st, repeat from * around, ending with DC in last st, Sl st to first SC, change color to white. (62)

Rnd 32: With White, Repeat Round 4

Rnd 33: Ch 1, SC in first st, DC in next, *SC in next st, DC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, change color to white.

Rnd 34: Ch 1, DC in first st, SC in next st, *DC in next st, SC in next st, Repeat from * around, sl st to first DC, change color to black.

Rnds 35-46: Repeat Rounds 33 and 34, end with a repeat of Rnd 34
You can continue to make this as long as you want, when you are satisfied with length, go onto the brim

Brim:
Rnd 47: With black, Ch up 1, DC in each st around, sl st to first DC.

Rnd 48: Ch 1, FPDC on first st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnds 49-51: Repeat Rnd 48.
Fasten off

Assembly:
Sew in all loose ends, and attach large pom to add on the end! (Get the pom I used here!)

Enjoy!!

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My New Blocking Station Product Review

My New Blocking Station Product Review

I’ve always wanted a blocking unit for my crochet pieces. For someone like me having a handy tool like this makes my work a little easier. Recently, I received The BlocksAll Station from Chetnanigans. Chetnanigans has an Etsy Shop and is definitely worth the look. Today, I had the opportunity to give this product a try. Here is my assessment of this fun tool.

If you are like me, you have practiced many tricks when you are blocking your items. My tried and true way is to spritz a little water on my finished piece, shape it and pin it down on a towel using stick pins or stack my squares on skewers stuck in a Styrofoam block. Then, I leave my piece to dry overnight and wake up the next day to my item blocked, hopefully in the correct form I want. For larger projects this is still the best way I have found to achieve a decent result. However, there are times when making granny square items such as my G.G. Cardigan, my New Beginnings Afghan Block, or we all remember my colossal project the 365 Days of Granny Squares, when blocking single squares become necessary for the best appearance of an overall project. Not everything crochets up as neat and tidy as we hope. That is when the BlocksAll is great option to achieve these results. I set out to give this a test run and was not disappointed!

First, when the item arrived and I opened it, I was very happy to see how well this was packaged. Included were the board, a stand, stainless steel pins, and instructions, all neatly packed and secure on arrival. Seeing it for the first time was thrilling! I always get that excited feeling when a new crochet or craft item arrives at my doorstep. I am like a little child when I see the delivery driver pull up! Once it was opened, I was eager to give it a try!

I decided to give it a test run blocking some squares that I am making for a baby blanket. I sprayed my squares lightly with a bit of water before placing each square on the block. Although I blocked individual squares, you can stack them on the pins and do multiples at the same time. I think approximately 3-5 squares would fit stacked up. There are 50 stainless steel pins included in this set and there are a series of holes on the block. This is important as the placement of the holes make it easy to block items in a variety of sizes! The pins do not rust so if your item is damp, there will be no risk of rust getting on your pieces. It was a bit tough to insert the pins on the first try, but being as this is brand new, I suspect this will become easier the more I use this item. By the same token, the pins were a bit tough to remove once I was finished blocking. Again, with repeated use, this should rectify.

 

The BlocksAll is very sturdy, durable, and it has some weight to it. The stand has rubber grips for anti-slip if you want to stand it up while blocking your pieces. This is a nice feature when you need to apply a bit of force to either push the pins in or pull them out. Otherwise, there is felt on the back side of the BlocksAll station if you wish to lay it on a flat surface to do your blocking. One detail to point out that many will appreciate as I do, is that the pins are NOT sharp. I can’t tell you how many times when blocking my crochet items the standard way that I jabbed a stick pin into my fingertip or thumb and drew blood! It gives new meaning to putting blood, sweat, and tears into a project and hopefully, having this new item will take those elements out of the equation! There is no risk of that happening while using the BlocksAll pins! Another observation, you will want to store the pins in a small case. Because of the amount of pins included in this set (50), it will be a good idea to have a storage container for these small but important parts.

 

Once my pieces were blocked overnight, they came out perfectly shaped for my project!! The size of this board allows for pieces up to 12 inches x 12 inches to be blocked easily. I was so happy with the results of each square and they look perfect with the clean straight edge achieved from using this handy device! I love the look and they stack up nicely in piles waiting for me to sew them together! This is exciting stuff!
I love this wonderful gizmo and working with the Chetnanigans crew was a pleasure! Be sure to check out their Etsy site and all the great items they have for knitters and crocheters!! These would make a great gift for any crafter on your list–including yourself!

Also, be sure to use coupon code YARN15 to get a 15% discount on your purchase!!!  The discount code is only available until November 19th, 2017 so place your orders soon!! That is an AWESOME deal! You won’t be disappointed! Now back to making more squares and playing with my new toy!

~Nadia

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Crochet Tutorial: Chunky Basketweave Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Chunky Basketweave Blanket

My Solid Tan Chunky Basketweave Blanket is the next project you must add to your to do list! This supremely soft and comfy blanket will make you want to wrap yourself up and not come out for the rest of the season! Grab a good book, a cup of hot tea, and this cozy blanket and you have all the perfect comforts for a fantastic night in!

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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.
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NOTES

-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-I used Red Heart Sweet Yarn but you can use any bulky size yarn to make this blanket.
-This blanket measures 70 inches wide and 71 inches long
-This blanket uses 1,780 yards of yarn. (I used a total of 20 skeins of Sweet yarn in this project)
You can get other blanket sizes here (about halfway down the page there’s measurements on different blanket sizes)
-For a baby blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 64 chains
-For a throw blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 80 chains
-For a Queen blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 104 chains
-For a King blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 144 chains
-Learn more about the basketweave stitch here

Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Sweet in Tan
10mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

 

Chain 104 or any multiple of 8 (see other blanket measurement sizes here)
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and across, turn. (102 sts)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) *FPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts, BPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts, rep from * across, ending with 1 dc in top of turning chain, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) *BPdc around the post of next 4 sts, FPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts, rep from * ending with 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Repeat Row 2
Row 6: Repeat Row 3
Row 7: Repeat Row 2
Row 8: Repeat Row 3
Row 9: Repeat Row 3
Rows 10-71: Repeat rows 2-9 for however long you want to make your blanket
When you are finished with your last row, SC around the entire blanket to clean up the edges and put 3 SC in each corner.
Sl st to first SC, and fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Frederick the Misfit Monster Toy

Crochet Tutorial: Frederick the Misfit Monster Toy

 

I had the wonderful pleasure of spending a few days with my sweet nephew. On Saturday afternoon, he and I set out to work on creating a character out of his imagination. My nephew chose the colors and the features as well as giving him a name. Meet Fredrick the Misfit Monster! This darling amigurumi was born from the imagination of a very special 4 year old.

 

Frederick is huggable and silly. He has lost most of his teeth but 3, from eating lots of candy that he sneaks at night. He loves adventures, finds mischief and mayhem, yet loves to cuddle. He protects and scares away creatures in the closet and under the bed or behind curtains! He likes to read books and play games on the iPad. Fredrick is a best friend. This is a great project to involve children. They can choose colors and features, as well as giving their very own misfit monster a name and personality! This simple project is sure to delight any child!!

 

 

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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.
Shop Red Heart, America's Favorite Yarn

NOTES

-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn but you can use any size 4 medium worsted weight yarn.
-You can use a smaller F-3.75mm crochet hook or go up to an H-5.00mm crochet hook. I wouldn’t recommend anything bigger than an H-hook.
-This toy measures 13.5 inches long and 20 inches wide.

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Primary Stripes
Red Heart Super Saver in Glowworm
Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin
Red Heart Super Saver in White
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in Gold
Red Heart Super Saver in Royal
Size G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Polyfil
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

Legs: Make 2 in Primary Stripes
Start with the color yellow (see video tutorial)
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Stuff this piece as you go, it will be difficult to stuff it completely when you finish.
Rnds 4-31: SC in each st around. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Arms: Make 2 in Primary Stripes
Start with the color yellow (see video tutorial)
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Stuff this piece as you go, it will be difficult to stuff it completely when you finish.
Rnds 3-37: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Horns: Make 2 in Royal
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (4)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (4)
Rnd 3: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (5)
Rnd 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (6)
Rnd 5: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (7)
Rnd 6: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (8)
Rnd 7: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (9)
Rnd 8: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (10)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eyes:
Make 2 With Gold
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Make 1 in Pumpkin
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Pupil: Make 2 in Black
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Mouth: With Black
Ch 13
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Teeth: Make 3 in White
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: SC across. (3)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Body: With Glowworm
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 17
Rnd 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, put 3 SC in last ch, continue working on opposite side of foundation chain, SC across, put 2 SC in last st (the very first stitch of the round–there should already be 1 stitch in there). (34)
(See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Rnds 2-25: SC in each st around. (34)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

 

Assembly:
Do not sew body closed before adding the embellishments.
Stuff arms and legs and attach them to the body, then add the mouth, teeth, eyes.
Add stuffing to the body and sew up the top.
Stuff and add the horns.
See video tutorial to learn how to attach your pieces and fasten off.
Weave in all the loose ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Winter Winds Ski Cap

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Winds Ski Cap

When we get the opportunity to create something special for the pint-sized ones in our lives, and you have one of the cutest little guys on the planet here to model, you do what you can to make it all worthwhile! He even picked out a name for this latest creation! The Winter Winds Ski Hat! I used Deramores Chunky Yarn for this project, and it was absolutely divine! Soft, warm, and oh, so wonderful! The best combination anyone can ask for!



 

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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.

NOTES

-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-I used Deramores yarn, but you can use any worsted weight or chunky yarn for your project.
-The hat I demonstrated in the video and wrote this pattern for is for a child size, but you can increase more to make a bigger hat if you need to. You can also stop the increases sooner to make a smaller hat. (See video tutorial for verbal instructions on sizing)
-The number in parenthesis ( ) at the end of each row means the amount of stitches in that round.
-This is in US terms

Materials:
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Deramores Studio Chunky Yarn in Jade
Deramores Studio Chunky Yarn in Cornflower
Size I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
Cross-SC: Insert hook in next st, YO, Pull through, insert hook in previous stitch, YO, pull through, YO, Pull through all 3 loops on hook.
HHDC: Herringbone Half-Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

With Cornflower
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 9 HHDC in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to first st, ch 1, turn. (9)
Rnd 2: 2 HHDC in each st around, sl st to first st, ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 3: [2 HHDC in next st, HHDC in next st] 9 times, sl st to first st, ch 1, turn. (27)
Rnd 4: [2 HHDC in next st, HHDC in next 2 sts] 9 times, sl st to first st, ch 1, turn. (36)
Rnd 5: [2 HHDC in next st, HHDC in next 3 sts] 9 times, sl st to first st, ch 1, turn. (45)
Rnd 6: [2 HHDC in next st, HHDC in next 4 sts] 9 times, sl st to first st, ch 1, turn. (54)
Rnds 7-12: HHDC in each st around, sl st to first st, ch 1, turn. (54)
Fasten off Cornflower
Add Jade to any stitch around.
Rnd 13-16: Cross-SC in each st around, sl st to first st, ch 1, do not turn. (54) (See “Special Stitches” and video tutorial above for visual instructions)
At this point, do not fasten off, go on to making the first earflap.

Earflap #1:
Row 1: Ch 1, Cross-SC in 10 sts, leave the rest of the sts unworked, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 2: Cross SC in 9 sts, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 3: Cross SC in 8 sts, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 4: Cross SC in 7 sts, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 5: Cross SC in 6 sts, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 6: Cross SC in 5 sts, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 7: Cross SC in 4 sts, ch 1, turn. (4)
Fasten off first earflap. Then go on to making the second earflap

Earflap #2
Skip 18 sts on row 16 of hat, attach yarn in next st.
Row 1: Ch 1, Cross-SC in 10 sts, leave the rest of the sts unworked, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 2: Cross SC in 9 sts, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 3: Cross SC in 8 sts, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 4: Cross SC in 7 sts, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 5: Cross SC in 6 sts, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 6: Cross SC in 5 sts, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 7: Cross SC in 4 sts, ch 1, turn. (4)
Do not fasten off
HDC around entire hat to clean up the edges.
Sl st to first HDC, and fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Assembly:
Make a pom to go on top of the hat, make 2 tassels to attach to the bottom of each earflap. See photos/video for visual instructions.

Enjoy!!

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The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Deramores

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Weekend WIP

Weekend WIP

I love receiving parcels in the mailbox! This week was particularly exciting when a close family friend sent clippings from a vintage Women’s Day Magazine dated in the early 1970s. Included in the clippings, and what had her thinking of us, was the vintage crochet patterns she had saved. I love this!

Here I am, as I often do, multitasking on a Saturday! I have a great new project on my hook. I have my wedding planner nearby adding our collected addresses, preparing to send out our Save-the-Dates, I have my rainy day cup of hot chai, and I am perusing these awesome vintage patterns and ads from these 1970s magazines. Some of the articles in these old periodicals have me experiencing quite a few interesting emotions. Things were quite different 40+ years ago, but crochet has remained a strong passion no matter what the decade! Share what’s on your hook and what this weekend has in store for you!

~Nadia

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