FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Simply Bright Granny Square

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Simply Bright Granny Square

My Simply Bright Granny Square combines some of the most basic stitches to create this simple but elegant square. A combination of squares would make the perfect afghan, throw, or baby blanket.

Mix it up by doing the opposite colors in each square you make for a more checked look. Any number of color combinations would work up to make a lovely blanket for anyone.

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this granny square:

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Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Brava Worsted by WeCrochet in any color
Size 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 is a 6 inch square, if you crochet loosely, it will come out to be 6.5inches. You can use a smaller hook if you prefer to have it exactly 6 inches.

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

 

Compare & Contrast: Red Heart Yarns Sweet Home vs. Bernat Blanket Yarn

Compare & Contrast: Red Heart Yarns Sweet Home vs. Bernat Blanket Yarn

As I sit through these weeks of Safer At Home, I decided to sort through some of the yarn I have in my stash. I came across several types of yarn with similar qualities and decided to do a contrast and comparison blog. Below are my observations between Red Heart Yarns Sweet Home and Bernat Blanket Yarn. Please refer to the photos for visual observations throughout.

First let me break down the specifics between the two fibers

Sweet Home

Maker: Red Heart Yarns

  • Content: 100% polyester
  • Ball size: 297 g/10.5 oz, 177 meters/193 yards
  • Care: Machine wash and dry
  • Gauge: 6 – Super Bulky

Retail Price: $10.99USD

Chenile style yarn

Color used in this blog: Dark Denim

Get the yarn here: https://amzn.to/2YhlDBN

 

 

 

Blanket Yarn

Maker: Bernat

  • Economical big ball size
  • Content: 100% polyester
  • Ball Size: 300g / 10.5 oz, 201 meters / 220 yards
  • Care: Machine wash and dry
  • Gauge: 6 Super Bulky
  • Knitting Gauge: 8 sts and 13 rows with a 8 mm (U.S. 11) knitting needle
  • Crochet Gauge: 7 sc and 8 rows with a 8 mm (U.S. L/11) crochet hook
  • Recommended for: Knit and crochet home decor projects

Retail price: $10.99USD

This super cozy, super bulky chenille-style yarn is available in a range of stylish shades to compliment your home decor.

Color used in this blog: Frosted Blue

Get this yarn here: https://bit.ly/2KLV0gs

As you can see in these details, the two are identical in content, similar in ball size, same care instruction, and price. Not much to break down since these particulars are so alike.

I decided to work up an identical short granny square pattern with each and compare and contrast working with each of these skeins.

I started with Sweet Home. It seems a tad lighter and more flimsy in my opinion. It makes a slightly smaller square using the same hook and pattern. There is more flow and movement in the Sweet Home because of that light and flimsy feel.

The density of Bernat Blanket Yarn seems thicker than the Sweet Home yarn and therefore this gives this fiber a somewhat firmer feel. There is less movement in the piece because of the density and firmness.

After washing:

After washing, there was no shrinking in either of the yarns and both kept their shape. The yarn is extremely soft before washing, but after washing, I personally feel like they are fluffier and softer than before! The Bernat Blanket Yarn has become more flexible and free-flowing losing some of the firmness evident pre-wash.  It’s like snuggling a light cloud. I can’t think of better words than soft, light, and fluffy.

 

Last thoughts:

While comparing these two fibers, I consistently felt they rival one another quite closely. The main difference was felt in the work up of these two fibers with Sweet Home more free-flow whereas the Bernat has more firmness. However, upon washing the consistency is nearly identical in both. I feel these two could work together and be very compatible with no blatant difference. One of the best discoveries of finding two compatible fibers is that it increases your color choices and options when creating with either of these skeins.

While working with these, I discovered a love for both and look forward to integrating them into a project in the near future. There is so much to love about a fiber that feels like these two do!

 

The crochet hook I used was a 12mm and I found it on Amazon here.

 

 

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Ombre Striped Baby Blanket

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Ombre Striped Baby Blanket

A very close friend of mine recently had a baby. Prior to the birth, I started this Ombre Striped Baby Blanket, and I finished it in time to leave it on her doorstep as they welcomed this little princess to the world. 😍 The simplicity of the stitch coupled with the surface crochet, make this blanket a fast favorite heirloom for any nursery. Thanks to these lovely photos, we can see it being enjoyed and well loved. Check out the video tutorial on how to make this blanket below, and see the link to the FREE written instructions in this post.

 

 

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

 

 

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (I used Aran -With Love, Pale Plum, Orchid, Dark Orchid, Amethyst) You could use Medium Purple too, and I also used Super Saver Ombre in Purple.
-You could also use Red Heart with Love yarn in Eggshell (I showed this in the video tutorial)
Size K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-The measurements of this blanket are 36 inches wide and 40 inches long but you can make this as big as you want with the stitch counts being more or less and the length being as long as you want it to be. The Moss Stitch allows for tons of versatility.

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Sloth Lovey

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Sloth Lovey

I’m taking it “slow” this morning as I finish wrapping up our Valentine’s puns! I really enjoyed “hanging” with you these past two weeks sharing my projects. I really love it “a sloth.” Now that this series is over I can take a little time to “relax” maybe even have a cuppa “slothee.” Maybe be a little “anti-sloth-al” for a day or two and enjoy Valentine’s with this sweet boy. He will be just “hanging out” with his mama all day. I am not trying to get all “philo-sloth-ical,” but this has been a very “sloth-some” experience to really help me “move slowly” back to a regular crochet schedule. Up until recently, I have been in total “sloth-mode”. Thanks for being so “sloth-ful” and kind everybody! Enjoy the final Punny Valentine! ❤ Nadia, Nate, and Nas ❤

 

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

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Black, White, Cafe Latte, Charcoal
Red Heart Yarns Hygge in Latte
Polyfil
Safety Eyes
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook and Size 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
-The Lovey Square measures 18 inches across, but you can make it as long/wide as you want

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: The Uptown Blanket Scarf

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: The Uptown Blanket Scarf

Uptown means of, in, or characteristic of the residential area of a city or town. Which brings us to the perfect setting for The Uptown Blanket Scarf I made!

This piece can be worn anywhere, but definitely has an urban fashion feel that wraps you up and protects you from the hustle and bustle as you brave the cold weather! If you’re on your way to work, classes, outdoor travel, you name it, this scarf will keep you warm. Don’t be left out in the cold! Grab your hooks and 2 skeins of Comfort Yarn by Red Heart Yarns and make one for yourself or someone you love today!

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Comfort Yarn in Latte Fleck
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can do as many rows of this pattern as you want to make it as long as you want.
-You can do a Single Crochet or a Reverse Single Crochet around the edge to clean it up and make it have a nice finished look

 

 

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: The Uptown Blanket Scarf

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: The Uptown Blanket Scarf

As soon as the summer ends and the temperature starts to change, I get started on all my fall and winter fashion pieces. I love creating new designs for Nate, but this piece isn’t just for the guys in your life! This can be made for anyone. Here, I am using Comfort yarn from Red Heart Yarns. This yarn is perfect for this Diamond Trellis stitch! It gives it dimension and texture to create a wonderful look. It also provides warmth without being too heavy. Blanket scarves are becoming more and more popular. I love the extra wide look of this piece.

Don’t need a scarf? You can take this pattern and by repeating it, turn this into a great blanket. How’s that for versatility?

 

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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 Comfort Yarn in Latte Fleck (2 Balls of this yarn–close to 1200 yards)
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can do as many rows of this pattern as you want to make it as long as you want.
-You can do a Single Crochet or a Reverse Single Crochet around the edge to clean it up and make it have a nice finished look

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
FPTR: Front Post Treble Crochet
FPTR2TOG: Front Post Treble Crochet 2 Together

Pattern:

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

Ch 38 or any multiple of 4+2
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn. (38)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), DC in each st across, turn. (38)

Row 3: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, FPTR on 2nd SC from Row 1, SC in next 3 sts on Row 2, FPTR2TOG on 2nd St from Row 1 AND 4th St on Row 1, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), *SC in next 3 sts on Row 2, FPTR2TOG on same st as previous FP stitch, and the next 4th stitch, repeat from * across, ending with FPTR where your previous FP stitch is, and SC in last st, turn. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 4: Ch 2, DC in each st across, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, SC in first 3 sts, *FPTR2TOG on the FPTR2TOG sts from 2 rows beneath (See video tutorial on how to make them the diagonal look), SC in next 3 sts , repeat from * across ending with SC in last 3 sts, turn.

Rnd 6: Ch 2, DC in each st across, turn.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, SC in first st, *FPTR2TOG on the FPTR2TOG sts from 2 rows beneath, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * across, ending with SC in last st, turn.

Rows 8-201: Repeat Rows 4-7 as much as you want to achieve the length you want. Mine ended up being 8 feet long.

Continue to SC around entire scarf
You can do a reverse SC if you’d like to instead of a regular SC
You can also add fringe to the ends of this scarf to spice it up as well!
Get creative with it!!

Fasten off and 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

 

 

Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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Pattern:

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

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

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Block your square if needed.

Enjoy!!


 

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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Special Baby Shower Surprise

Special Baby Shower Surprise

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

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

A quick background

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

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

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

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

 

Panda Lovey by Snappy Tots

 

Baby Blanket by Crafting Friends Designs

 

Baby Blanket by The Purple Poncho
(Bibs not pictured)

 

Baby Cardigan by Moogly

 

Baby Sleeper Sack by Heart Hook Home

 

 

Baby Blanket by American Crochet

 

 

Baby Cardigan by My Hobby is Crochet

 

 

Oliver  and Olivia  Baby  Blanket by  Marly  Bird

 

 

Baby  Rattle Toy  by  Goodknit  Kisses

 

 

Knit  Top  Knot  Hat  by  Jessie  at Home

 

 

Baby  Mitts  by  Oombawka  Designs

 

Layette Set from Pattern Paradise

 

 

Teddy Hats, yarn and a handmade card by Fiber Flux

 

All the beautiful cards!

I am in complete awe of these amazing women. Not only are they spectacular designers and creators, but I have the joy of calling each of them my FRIEND! WE are so lucky. I am so lucky. This baby is so lucky and so loved.

From the bottom of my full heart, THANK YOU!! There are no words to describe this feeling. I am so grateful for your gifts of time and creativity. Thank you for your gift of love and friendship. Again, my heart is so full.

 

On a side note. In the last frame of the video I was hugging a teddy bear. Some of you may not know that at the end of March we lost my Grandpa Bob. In January, he was told by his doctors he had about six months to live. He had hopes to live long enough to meet my baby. My grandpa was so supportive and caring through my journey through illness and life, and he wanted to be here to see me through this special time. God had other plans for him. He passed away on March 24th, 2019.

My mom took one of his shirts and sent it in to a designer on Etsy. She made a memory teddy bear out of my grandpa’s shirt. My mom had a photo of my grandpa and me, and in it he wore that same shirt. She gifted both together – the photo in a frame and this sweet bear to put in the nursery. This gift was so special and although my Grandpa won’t be here, a small part of him will always be with us.

~Nadia

FREE Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hues Sampler Baby Blanket

FREE Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hues Sampler Baby Blanket

Last week, we took a tour of my new nursery that my mom and I set up. (see it here!!) It was so much fun to see the colors come to life, the artwork get hung, and the crib readied for baby’s arrival.

Today, I am introducing the Happy Hues Sampler Baby Blanket. This luxurious blanket was made in the hues of my nursery. Yours can be made in any combo of color or why not use this project for a great stash buster!? You will love this project so much!

I have provided you instructions on how to expand the size of this blanket to fit any size bed. Whether it be all colorful or just a combination of tones that fit the decor of a specific room, this blanket will make the perfect addition to any home or nursery. Join me and get started today!

 

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

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Pattern:

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

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in all different colors (Denim, Charcoal, Dusty Grey, White, Country Blue)
I used 1 ball of each with an extra ball of yarn for the border. (6 skeins total–2,000 yards of yarn)
Size I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can make this blanket any size. Use the Afghan Size Guide in this Blog Post
-The measurements for my blanket came out to be approximately 45 inches X 50 Inches
-You can make this blanket any size by making your beginning chain an even number.
-You can use any colors you want. I used a Worsted Weight, Size 4 Medium Yarn but you can use any Double Knitting Yarn or any Aran Yarn as well.
-This blanket took me approximately 3 days to complete.
-You do not have to change color so often, but sewing in those pesky ends is a nightmare. Be sure to sew them in as you go, but if you are not changing color as often as I do in the video tutorial, you can carry your yarn up the rows on the sides because when we make our border, we cover the sides anyway.
-Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch unless otherwise specified (See video tutorial for explanation, especially when working treble crochet rows)
-If you do not have the same exact stitch count as me (if you are off by a few stitches, do not worry about it, it is OK, the border will hide any imperfections on the edges)

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
PS: Puff Stitch: *YO, insert hook into st, YO, pull through, repeat from * until you have 7 loops on your hook. YO pull through all 7 loops.

Pattern:

Change color every row.

With Charcoal Ch 132
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, turn. (130)

Row 2: With White, Ch 3 (counts as stitch here and throughout), Sk 1 st, *DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working behind the DC you just made, Sk next st, repeat from * across ending with DC in last st, turn. (130)

Row 3: With Denim, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, repeat from * across ending with SC in last st, turn. (44 SC, 43 Ch 2 sps)

Row 4: With Dusty Gray, In first SC st, Ch up 3 (counts as st), put 3 DC in each Ch 2 sp across, (if you have 129 sts, add one more stitch at the end) turn. (130 sts)

Row 5: With Country Blue, Attach yarn to first st, Ch 1, SC in same st, *TR in next st, SC in next st, repeat from * across ending with SC in last st, turn. (130 sts)

Row 6: With White, Ch 1, HDC in each st across, Turn. (130 sts)

Row 7: With Charcoal, Ch 1, HDC in 1st st, Puff st in next st, *Ch 1, Puff st in next st, repeat from * across ending with HDC in last st, turn. (66 sts)

Row 8: With Country Blue, Attach yarn to first st, Ch 3 (counts as st), DC in same st, DC in each Ch 1 sp across ending with 2 DC in last st, turn. (130 sts)

Row 9: Repeat Row 2 with color Dusty Grey

Row 10: repeat Row 3 with color Denim

Row 11: repeat Row 4 with Charcoal

Row 12: repeat Row 5 with White (Be sure this round you are looking at the BACK side of your work)

Row 13: repeat Row 6 with Denim

Row 14: repeat Row 7 with Dusty Grey

Row 15: repeat Row 8 with Country Blue

Repeat Rows 2-15 with the same color sequence

End on row 78
or make this blanket as long as you want!


BORDER:
Rnd 1: SC around entire blanket putting 3 sc in each corner. Sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 DC in same st, *sk 2 sts, 3 DC in next st, repeat from * around putting [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] in corners, sl st to first st when finished with this round.
Rnd 3: sl st in next 2 sts and into gap between groupings, Ch 3, [2DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in same gap, *SC in next gap between groupings, [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] in next gap between groupings, repeat from * around putting [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] in corners, sl st to first st when finished with this round.

That border is amazing and can be put on any blanket!!

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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Like this blanket? Try the Dream Time Mosaic Baby Quilt!

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:

 

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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

Video Tutorial: Make Your Mark Bookmark

Video Tutorial: Make Your Mark Bookmark

My second installment of this series is the Make Your Mark Bookmark! This EASY BEGINNER project is THE perfect gift for the book lover in your life! Paired with a great novel, this handmade addition will make gift giving more special! I have the first Ribbon Bookmark installment here.

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

 

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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 in any color
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Mini Squares: Make 5
Ch 4
Sl st to first ch to form ring
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [3 DC into Ring, Ch 2] 4 times. Sl st to first DC, fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly: Sew all 5 squares together (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Border Round 1: Attach yarn to corner ch 2 sp, Ch 1, **3 SC in corner, SC in next 3 sts, 3 SC in next corner, SC in next 3 sts, *SC in ch sp, Ch 1,  SC in next Ch sp, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * until next corner, repeat from **  around, ending with SC in last 3 sts, Sl st to first st. Fasten off.

Border Round 2: Attach yarn to middle SC of any corner of a short side, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in same st, SC in next 3 sts, Picot, SC in next 2 sts, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in next corner st, SC in each st and each ch sp to next corner, [SC, ch 2, SC] in next corner, SC in each st to next corner, [SC, ch 2, SC] in next corner, SC in each st to next corner. Close round and fasten off.

Assembly:
Make a tassel and attach to the picot (See video tutorial on how to make a fancy tassel!

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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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #23: Foundation Double Crochet

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #23: Foundation Double Crochet

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to Foundation Double Crochet:

 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie Yarn
Crochet Hook

Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)

US Terms
YO = Yarn Over

Step 1: Ch 3, YO, insert hook into 3rd ch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook. First Foundation Half Double Crochet is made.

Step 2: YO, Insert hook at the base of previous stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook. Second Foundation Double Crochet is made.
Repeat the same concept of the second FDC (step 2) for the rest of your row.

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #22: Foundation Half-Double Crochet

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #22: Foundation Half-Double Crochet

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to Foundation Half Double Crochet:

 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC)

US Terms
YO = Yarn Over

Step 1: Ch 2, YO, insert hook into 2nd ch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO pull through all 3 loops on hook. First Foundation Half Double Crochet is made.

Step 2: YO, Insert hook at the base of previous stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Second Foundation Half Double Crochet is made.
Repeat the same concept of the second FHDC (step 2) for the rest of your row.

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #21: Foundation Single Crochet

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #21: Foundation Single Crochet

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to Foundation Single Crochet:

 

 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

US Terms
YO = Yarn Over

Step 1: Ch 2, insert hook into 2nd ch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook. First Foundation Single Crochet is made.

Step 2: Insert hook at the base of previous stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook. Second Foundation Single Crochet is made.
Repeat the same concept of the second FSC (step 2) for the rest of your row.

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Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

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

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

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

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

 

Here is the individual Granny square design up close.

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

Below are two of my work in progress photos

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Marly Bird Chic Sheep Yarn in the following colors: Mai Tai, Green Tea, Dragon Fruit, VIP, Linen, Sangria, Stiletto (I used 4 balls of each color and a little more black) This blanket takes 5,300 yards of yarn.
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This blanket is 50 inches wide and 76 inches long but you can make less or more squares to make it as big as you want!
-This blanket takes 5,300 yards of yarn
-I used 7 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for this project
-This blanket uses twenty 12 inch squares
-I made this blanket with 4 squares across and 5 squares down

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
FPTR: Front Post Treble Crochet
LDC: Long Double Crochet
TR2TOG: Treble Crochet 2 Together (Decrease)
DC2TOG: Double Crochet 2 Together (Decrease)
Cluster Stitch: [YO, Insert Hook, YO pull through, YO pull through 2 loops on hook] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on hook. Cluster made.
Puff Stitch: [YO, insert hook, YO pull through] 4 times, YO pull through all 9 loops on hook. Puff made. Ch 1 to close puff.

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

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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:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Bunches of Hugs in Banana
Red Heart Yarns Dreamy in Grey
-I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(WS) Rnd 31: Repeat Round 3

 

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

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

(RS) Rnd 33: Sl st into 1st ch 3 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *[SC, HDC, DC, Picot, DC, HDC, SC] in next ch 3 sp, Sl st in next ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around, ending with [SC, HDC, DC, Picot, DC, HDC, SC] in last ch 3 sp, sl st to first SC.
Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

 

Enjoy!!

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

 

Letterboard Inspiration

Letterboard Inspiration

Remember when I made my wish list blog? I had listed some nice additions that I was hoping to put in my craft room in my new home once my room was finished. Well, one of those items happened to find its way under our Christmas tree this year. My brother, Nabeel, bought me my very first (and much wanted) letterboard! Obviously, I squealed with childish delight because this truly was something I was hoping to get!

My creative energy is on high alert to find inspirational quotes to post each week to keep me motivated and share with all of you! I decided to try to post a photo twice a week; something fun written on my brand new board.

I am off to a great start and I hope to continue with this mini project throughout the year. This blog is where I plan to keep track of these fun shots and hopefully you will come back for inspiration from time to time to see the new ones added!

Have a fun crochet, crafty, creative quote to share? Feel free to post it in the comments!

 

I hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day filled with yarn bouquets with the ones you love! Thank you all for being part of the YARNutopia Community! I love you all! <3 Nadia

 

Perspective

 

Reason #99,998 why I married him… 😍

 

 

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My mantra includes counting stitches

 

On today’s agenda…

I’ll let you in on a little secret…
#amirite

Oh geez…. A cat-free zone means nothing to these two renegades! #mutiny #troublemakers

Heading on a road trip with some of my favorite people! We are driving across a few states to attend a wedding of one of my really good friends! Definitely packing some car ride crochet projects! What are your travel essentials?

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Relevant.

On a scale from 1-10 I hit an 11 on the frustration scale working on my latest project. So much so that I CUT my yarn! You read that right. I CUT IT!! First time ever doing that. Share with me how far you will go to untangle your knots. Will you EVER cut your yarn?

Ha! I’m Baaaaaack!!

Things are getting crazy over here! My hook and I are on fire tonight! Who’s with me?
Crochet Party on Friday Night!
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Where: The most comfy spot in your house
When: Tonight!
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Who’s with me??!

Tough choices! I’ve been so busy, I’m not sure what I need most! I’m thinking yarn. Like the luxurious fiber shown! Find it here!

Put it on the calendar!!

 

Yarn balls, people! Yeesh!

Can’t argue with the facts!

 

You bet! ‘Nuff said!


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What are your plans in the New Year? A project you plan to finish? A goal you want to acheive? A resolution? Complete something on your ‘to do’ list? Or just see what happens in 2018? Share here! No matter how you approach this #newbeginning, may it be a fantastic year ahead!!

 

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Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Week December 1-7

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Week December 1-7

December 1-7 is one week out of the year that is designated to Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness. So, as a voice for building awareness and being an advocate for myself and patients battling this debilitating disease, I wanted to share with you a few facts about these diseases. I know this is not crochet related, but the reason I started crochet was to help cope with my illness and also help pass the time in the hospital when I would be in for months at a time.

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It affects the entire gastrointestinal tract and can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus.

Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine/colon, and rectum. Symptoms include Inflammation and ulcers, diarrhea, internal bleeding, fatigue, fevers, abdominal pain and cramping, reduced appetite leading to significant weight loss. Complications from this disease and sometimes treatments can be life threatening!

THERE IS NO CURE.

 

Oftentimes serious drugs like chemotherapies and biologics are needed and/or drastic surgeries are necessary to stave off the progression of the disease. Most people who suffer from these diseases can appear “normal” or “healthy” from their outward appearance, but are silently suffering from the inside. Many are among our friends, family, co-workers, community members – millions of people worldwide have some form of IBD!!!!

It is an invisible illness that oftentimes is not discussed in everyday company. Unless you know ME or someone who has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis you may have never heard of these before.

 

Have questions? Want to learn more? Ask me anything-I am an open book when trying to educate about this topic. One thing over the years I have learned is there is no shame battling illness and the stigma surrounding it. I may not look it, but I am battling this disease Every. Single. Day. It affects nearly every aspect of my life. I am not alone. I have so many friends suffering!! I am devastated to say people were lost by complications of this disease.

If we can educate just one person through our journey, through disease, then our suffering is not in vain and there is some purpose in all we have gone through and continue to face. Please, Please take time to learn more this week (and beyond) and understand how devastating Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis really is.

Crohn’s disease has impacted every aspect of my life including School, Employment, Relationships (Romantic or Familial), Socially, Financially, and Emotionally.

You can find more information about these inflammatory bowel diseases at CCFA.org

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Chic Slippers

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Chic Slippers

I love to be warm and cozy during the cold winter months. I love chunky blankets, over-sized sweaters and soft, comfy slippers. My Winter Chic Slippers are one way to keep toasty while you curl up on the couch with your crochet or a good book on these longer nights. Thick and warm, made with Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep Yarn in beautiful fall colors, these slippers are great to add to your winter wardrobe. Make these in any combination of colors!! With the holidays right around the corner, red, green, and white slippers would be perfect for kids on Christmas morning! In my video tutorial, I explain how to make these in all different sizes! 

 

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

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials You will need:
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Suede (3 skeins)
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Linen (1 skein)
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Sunset (1 skein)
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors

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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 these smaller or bigger.
-The written pattern is for a size 7.5/8 US Women’s Size Shoe. You can adjust the size for measurements.
-Use 2 strands of yarn at the same time throughout the whole pattern.
-This project uses 860 yards of yarn total.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
5DC Cluster: [YO, Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on the hook. Cluster made.

Pattern:

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

Make 2 

**USE 2 STRANDS OF YARN FOR THIS WHOLE PROJECT**
With your main color (Suede):
Ch 36 or any even number that measures the length around your calf

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and across, turn. (35)
(WS) Row 2: Ch up 3 (counts as first DC), 5DC Cluster in very next st, Ch 1, sk 1, *5 DC cluster in next st, Ch 1, sk 1, Repeat from * across, end with DC in last st, fasten off with long tail for sewing and change color. Turn.
(RS) Row 3: Attach color 2 (Sunset) yarn in last DC from previous row, Ch up 1, SC in same st, 2 SC in each ch 1 sp  across, ending with 1 SC between last cluster and last st, and SC in last st, turn (35)
Row 4: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 5: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 6: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Row 7: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 3
Row 8: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 2
Row 9: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 3
Row 10: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 11: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 12: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Row 13: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 3
Row 14: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 2
Row 15: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 3
Row 16: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 17: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 18: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Fasten off.

Assembly step:
Sew the sides together INSIDE OUT so you have a seam up the back (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Flip Right side OUT and go on to making the top cuff.


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Top cuff:
Attach your main color yarn (Suede) on the back by the seam on the last stitch of the last row on the leg piece.
Rnd 1: Ch up 1, SC in same st, 2 SC in each ch 1 sp  around, ending with 1 SC between last cluster and last st, and SC in last st, sl st to first SC. (35)
Rnd 2: Ch up 2 (does not count as anything), DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (35)
Rnd 3: CH up 2 (does not count as anything), *FPDC on next st, BPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.
Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 3
You can continue repeating round 3 if you want your cuff to be longer.
If you are happy with this height, fasten off, weave in ends.
Set this piece aside and go on to making the sole.


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Sole:
With Main color (Suede):
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 3 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 5 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 5: 1 SC in 1st st, SC in next 7 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 6-27: SC across, ch 1, turn (11) (Measures 7.5 inches at this point. If you need to make less rows if your feet are smaller or more rows to make it longer, you can continue until you are satisfied with the length, then go onto the instructions for row 28)
Row 28: SC2TOG, SC in next 7 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (9)
Row 29: SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (7)
Row 30: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 31: SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (3)
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.



Top of Foot:
With your main color (Suede)
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 2: 2 SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 4 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 5: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (12)

Row 6: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 10 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (14)

Row 7: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 12 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (16)

Row 8: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 14 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (18)

Row 9: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 16 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (20)

Row 10-24: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (20)
If you need to make less rows if your feet are smaller or more rows to make it longer, you can continue until you are satisfied with the length, then go onto the instructions for dividing the leg opening.

Divide for Leg Opening:
Right Side:
Row 1: SC in 1st 8 sts, Ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 2-12: SC across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left Side:
Row 1: Sk 4 sts on Row 24 of foot, SC in remaining 8 sts, Ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 2-12: SC across, Ch 1, turn. (8)
Sl st to each st on right side (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew sole to top of foot piece, INSIDE OUT. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on how to sew these pieces together)
Weave in all ends.
Turn Right Side Out when you are done sewing the pieces together.

Ankle:
SC 35 sts evenly around ankle, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew Cuff to foot ankle part INSIDE OUT. See end of video tutorial for visual instructions.
Weave in all ends.
Make another one to complete the pair!

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.