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YARNutopia 30 Day Photo Challenge

YARNutopia 30 Day Photo Challenge

On June 1st, 2017, YARNutopia will launch the summer season by beginning a 30 Day Photo Challenge and invite all crochet, knit, and yarn lovers to join in on this fun and exciting one month photography adventure.

On each day in June, you will find a daily topic that you, the audience, can use for inspiration. Be creative, think outside the box, there is no right or wrong answer!

Simply, take a photo pertaining to the daily topic and post it on Facebook in the comments section after I post my Photo of the Day, and then share your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #YARNutopia30DayChallenge.

You can participate on your own personal photo journey and share privately with your own friends and family or use our Facebook page or go to Instagram to post your photos and see what others are sharing as well!

This blog provides 30 inspirational guidelines as shown in our info-graphic. I will be posting my very own Photo of the Day to also help inspire you! This activity is a fun way to share our love of that yarn life in a new creative outlet!

This is NOT a competition so there’s NO PRESSURE to finish or participate. There’s NO PRIZE (other than the memories you’re going to make in this month of creativity!) There is NO OBLIGATION. Join in for one day or the entire month! This is purely for enjoyment and entertainment! There are NO RULES other than the *obvious* and it goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, inappropriate content will NOT be acknowledged and will be deleted. I am sure we won’t need to worry about that because this community is THE BEST.

This is just a way for our community to have a month of craft/yarn filled fun and share this fun in another creative way, through PHOTOS! One photo, each day, for 30 days of JUNE!

***Share this blog, join along, share your photos, hashtag #YARNutopia30DayChallenge and lets challenge ourselves to get even more creative than we already are!***

So, to Recap:
• Bookmark this page (or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see the daily photo).
• Check YARNutopia.com each day in June or follow along on our social media accounts from June 1st to 30th for the daily topic.
• Complete the daily challenge (feel free to join in for a day, a few days, or the entire month) following our topic inspiration take a photo that is inspired by that day’s topic (we hope each day brings fun, happiness, and creativity to your day! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!).
• Post pictures of the day for everyone to see using the hashtag #YARNutopia30DayChallenge

This 30 Day Photo Challenge is starting on June 1st, 2017. The theme of this 30 Day Challenge is all related to the yarn and crochet life. The topics cover a variety of inspirational

30 Day Challenge List

Day 1: Favorite Yarn

Post a photo your favorite skein of yarn, or your favorite yarn used in a project. Share the name of your favorite yarn!

Day 2: Can’t Live Without

A tool, yarn, or item you use or need every day.

Day 3: My Stash

Where you store and keep your yarn stash.

Day 4: In My Bag

Take a photo of what is in your bag right now.

Day 5: Current Project/WIP

Show a recent project or current work in progress.

Day 6: The First Letter of Your First Name

Photograph something related to your craft that starts with the first letter of **your** first name. In my case, something starting with the letter N for Nadia.

Day 7: In the Home

Show something in your home associated with crochet/knit: an afghan over a chair, a blanket on a bed, your yarn pile next to a chair or anything that shows your work at home. The possibilities are endless!

Day 8: In the Moment

Take a photo of a moment in your day that crochet is involved. Examples: Crocheting or knitting outside, having coffee while enjoying your craft, your pet tangled in yarn, just a moment captured.

Day 9: Something Old

An older item you made, or an antique piece passed on from generations, something you’ve had for years.

Day 10: Something New

A new item you just bought or inherited, a new tool, new yarn, anything brand new you want to share.

Day 11: Favorite Hook/Needles

A photo of your go-to hook or needle, a favorite hook or set of needles that you find yourself always reaching for.

Day 12: Variegated

Variegated yarn that you love, a piece made from variegated yarn, anything that is associated that has gradual or sharp color changes.

Day 13: Wearable

Something wearable you made, want to make, someone has made for you. If you share someone else’s pattern or photo, be sure to credit the designer!

Day 14: Amigurumi

A stuffed amigurumi toy you made, want to make or someone has made for you. If you share someone else’s pattern or photo, be sure to credit the designer!

Day 15: Favorite Color

Your favorite color of yarn, or a crocheted/knit item made in your favorite color.

Day 16: My Happy Place

Somewhere you love to crochet or knit. Examples: In the car on a long ride, in a favorite chair or bed, on your porch, in your backyard, at a park. Anywhere you love to zone out and enjoy your craft.

Day 17: Scraps

Share a picture of your scrap yarn. What do you do with your scraps? Where do your scraps end up? Share scraps that turn up in unexpected places.

Day 18: Hands

Share a photo of your hands involved in your craft, holding your hook or project.

Day 19: Texture

Share a close-up photo of stitches and their texture. Zoom in and show a neat close-up of a project, a fun stitch, anything showcasing different texture.

Day 20: Black and White

Anything you want to share related to our craft in black and white.

Day 21: Stitches

Show your project and name the stitches you are working on.

Day 22: Motivates Me

What gets you motivated? Music? a TV show? A sunny day? comfy clothes? a cup of coffee or tea? a day off? crochet with a friend? Showcase your motivation in a creative photo!

Day 23: Where I Stand

When you sit down to crochet, what does your crochet “spot” look like? Take a photo of where you stand and what your point of view is.

Day 24: Lines

Share a photo of anything that has lines. Lines at the craft store, the yarn aisle and shelves of yarn lined up, lines in a crochet/knit pattern.

Day 25: Make it Bright

Bright colored fibers, bright colored project, bright colored yarn bag, a bright sunny day to crochet or knit, a bright idea!

Day 26: Words to Live By

A funny meme, a great quote, a piece of advice from someone,a graphic tee-shirt or yarn bag, a sale sign at the yarn shop

Day 27: Soft

A soft item, yarn, a plushie, a stuffed toy, a baby, a pet, anything soft and cuddly.

Day 28: Pastel

Soft pastel yarn, a pastel project, crochet at sunset with pastel sky, anything pastel!

Day 29: My Wish List

Showcase the item you WISH you had. Find a photo of it and share it. Examples: A dream craft room, a book, a hook, a bag, a ball of yarn.

Day 30: Love Is…

Share something that that describes how much you LOVE your craft.

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Crochet Tutorial: Dream-Time Mosaic Baby Quilt

Crochet Tutorial: Dream-Time Mosaic Baby Quilt

Designing and deciding on a new pattern is always a challenge. The process begins by choosing something that may be a need such as a gift or something that inspires me in the moment, whether it be for a baby, the home, a wearable, or any other pursuit, I look for motivation from many sources. The inspiration for this Dream-Time Mosaic Baby Quilt came from a quilt pattern that showed up in the News Feed on Facebook of a friend who loves quilting!

The patchwork squares of fabric pieced together, each having a different design, was the basis for this latest project. I asked myself how could I create this same variety in crochet? Creating nine different patches in different stitching and colors provided me with the distinction between these pieces. I put them together like a mosaic giving this crochet quilt the look I was going for.
I used several bold colors, a mixture of different stitches, and a variety of different quadrilateral shapes, to comprise my Dream-Time Mosaic Baby Quilt. This bold and fun piece is sure to add a burst of color to any nursery! Change your colors to match your decor! So much sensory texture in this quilt will provide any wee one loads of comfort!

My biggest obstacle was making sure the measurement of each piece fit within the confines of a reasonable sized baby blanket that did not leave one horizontal row longer or shorter. This arrangement worked out beautifully! Once I laid out all the pieces, assured this mosaic puzzle of crochet pieces would fit, I began the process to attach everything. Finally, I framed my piece in a cute delicate scallop edge.

 

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

**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!

Please check out the new beginning graphic designed and developed by my brother Nabeel. He and his wife own and operate NFD Graphics. Please hop over to their Facebook page and show them some love! For all your graphic and video/logo design needs be sure to contact them today!
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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.
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Materials:

***Click here to get the whole KIT!! ***

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Flamingo
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Bright Yellow
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Hot Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Turqua
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Jade
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Carrot
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Dark Orchid
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pool
-I-5.50mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

You can buy any of the items in this kit. Buy all or buy one item. Check it out to see the supplies you can get online to make this baby blanket!

NOTES:

-This project uses approximately 1100 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 piece
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-This blanket is 44 inches by 34 inches and each piece measurements are below.


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
BLO: Back Loop Only
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Popcorn: 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st of grouping, place loop back on hook and pull through. (see video tutorial for specific instructions)
Shell: 5 DC in same stitch

Pattern:

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

Blanket:

Piece Number 1: (Should measure 8″ x 5″)
**Make 4**  (Work in BLO)
With Flamingo:
Ch 29
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch 1, turn. (28)
Rows 2-20: SC across, ch 1, turn.
Fasten off when piece measures 8×5
Weave in ends.

Piece Number 2: Should measure 8″ x 8″
Make 3
With Bright Yellow:
**Make 3**
Ch 4
Rnd 1: 2 DC in 4th Ch from hook, ch 2, [3 DC in same ch, ch 2] 3 times, sl st to 1st ch up 3.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, Turn work, [2DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in same corner sp, *[3DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3.
Row 3: Sl st to corner, Ch up 3, 2 DC in same sp, 3 DC in next gap, [3DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in next corner, 3 DC in next gap, 3 DC in next corner, turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, 3 DC in each gap to corner, [3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in corner, 3 DC in each gap to end of row, DC in very last st, turn.
Row 5: Ch up 3, 2DC in same gap, 3 DC in each gap to corner, [3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in corner, 3 DC in each gap, end with 3 DC in last gap.
Row 6: Repeat Row 4
Row 7: Repeat Row 5
Row 8: Repeat Row 4
Row 9: Repeat Row 5
Row 10: Repeat Row 4
Round 11: Ch up 3, 2 DC in same gap, *3 DC in each gap to corner, [3DC, Ch 2, 3 DC] in corner, repeat from * around the entire square.
Fasten off when piece is 8 inches.
Weave in ends.

Piece Number 3: Should measure 5″ x 8″
With Pretty N Pink:
**Make 2**
Ch 30
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, TR in next, SC in next, Repeat from * across, ending with SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (29)
Row 2: SC across, ch 1, turn. (29)
Row 3: SC in 1st st, *TR in next st, SC in next st, repeat from * across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-18: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending with a repeat of Row 2.
Fasten off when Piece measures 5 inches by 8 inches.

Piece Number 4: Should measure 12″ x 8″
With Turqua:
**Make 3**
Ch 42
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and across, turn. (40)
Row 2: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), *FPDC on next st, BPDC on next st, repeat from * across, ending with a DC in last st.
Rows 3-17: Repeat Row 2
Continue to SC around entire piece.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Piece should measure 12 inches wide and 8 inches tall.

Piece Number 5: Should Measure 10″ x 8″
With Jade:
**Make 2**
Ch 6
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch; turn (1 block made)

Row 2: Ch 6, DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, (Sl st, ch 3, 3 DC) all in ch 3 sp of prev. row, turn. (2 blocks made)

Row 3: Ch 6, DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, [(Sl st, ch 3, 3 DC) all in next ch 3 space of prev. row] twice; turn. (3 blocks made)

Row 4: Ch 6, DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, [(Sl st, ch 3, 3 DC) all in next ch 3 space of prev. row] 3 times; turn. (4 blocks made)

Continue with the established pattern, increasing 1 block on each row until there are 8 blocks along the side.

Row 10:  Sl st across first 3 dc, *Ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 space of prev. row, repeat from * to last ch 3 sp; slip st in last sp, Ch 3, 3 DC in same sp, turn. (9 Blocks)

Row 12: Ch 6, DC in 4th Ch from hook and next 2 ch, *(Sl st, ch 3, 3 DC) in next ch 3 sp of prev. row, Repeat from * to last ch 3 sp, turn, do NOT make a block in last sp. (10 Blocks)

Row 13: Sl st across first 3 dc, * (Sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next ch 3 sp of previous row; repeat from * to last ch 3 sp; slip st in last space; turn, do NOT make another block. (9 blocks)

Rows 14-21: Repeat Row 13 until you have 1 block left. (SEE VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR VISUAL INSTRUCTIONS)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.
Piece should measure 10″ x 8″

Piece Number 6: Should Measure 5″ x8″
With Carrot:
**Make 2**
Ch 20
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn. (18)
Row 2: Ch 3, *FPDC on next st, DC in next 2 sts, Repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, *DC in next st, FPDC in next 2 sts, Repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, turn.
Row 4-14: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending with a repeat of Row 2.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Piece should measure 5 inches by 8 inches.

Piece Number 7: Should Measure 7″ x 8″
With Dark Orchid:
**Make 2**
Ch 25
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (24)
Rows 2-28: SC across, ch 1, turn.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Piece should measure 7 inches by 8 inches.

Piece Number 8: Should Measure 4″ x 8″
With Spring Green:
**Make 2**
Ch 14
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn. (13)
Row 2: Ch up 3, (Counts as DC), *Popcorn in next st, DC in next, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, SC across, turn. (13)
Rows 4-17: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ending with a repeat of Row 3, until piece measures 4 inches by 8 inches.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Piece Number 9: Should Measure 4″ x 8″
With Pool:
**Make 2**
Ch 26
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, *Sk 2 chs, 5 DC in next ch, Sk 2 chs, SC in next ch, Repeat from * across, ending with SC in last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in same st, *SC in middle DC of next shell, Shell in next SC, repeat from * across, ending with 3 DC in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in same st, * Shell in next SC, SC in middle DC of next Shell, repeat from * across, ending with SC in last st, turn.
Row 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Row 8: Ch 1, SC in same st, Ch 2, * SC in middle DC of next shell, Ch 2, SC in next SC, Ch 2, Repeat from * across.
Fasten off, Weave in ends. Piece should measure 4 inches by 8 inches.

Assembly Step:
Using the Single Crochet Method, Attach all the pieces using the photo as a guide for placement. See video tutorial for visual instructions on attaching the pieces. You can also view this video to see how to attach pieces with different methods.

Once you have all the pieces attached, go onto making the border.

Border:
With White:
Round 1: In any corner, CH up 3, (Counts as a DC) 4 DC in same st, DC around putting 5 DC in corners. Sl st to beg. ch up 3.
Round 2: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 4, Sk 4 sts, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC.
Round 3: In ch 4 sp, Ch 1, [HDC, 3 DC, HDC] in each ch 4 sp around. Sl st to first HDC. Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Easter Pattern Round-Up

With a few days left before Easter, as we scramble to fill up some baskets with unique and exciting gifts, this blog showcases crochet patterns that will make your job easier!

Please follow the links below or click the photos to direct you to the written patterns to each of these fantastic designs!

PATTERN: PETUNIA LAMBIKINS HAT
By: Snappy-Tots

PATTERN: Egg Popping Poultry
By: Melody’s Makings

PATTERN: Flower Power Dish Scrubby
By: Simply Collectible Crochet

PATTERN: Bunny Rabbit Mask
By: YARNutopia

PATTERN: Little Egg Baskets
By: Fiber Flux

PATTERN: Bunny Amigurumi in a Carrot Cocoon
By: YARNutopia

PATTERN: Cute Chickie Scrubby
By: Red Heart Yarns

PATTERN: BUNNY BAG
By: Snappy-Tots

PATTERN: Baby Bunny Amigurumi
By: Simply Collectible Crochet

PATTERN: Mini Square Bunny Lovey
By: YARNutopia

PATTERN: Most Egg-cellent Spring Egg Apron
By: Simply Collectible Crochet

PATTERN: Easter Eggs
By: Red Heart Yarns

PATTERN: Sweet Bunny Hat
By: Red Heart Yarns

Crochet Tutorial: Bunny Amigurumi in a Carrot Cocoon

This sweet little fella will hop right into your heart this season! This Bunny Amigurumi in a Carrot Cocoon is a darling project and easy enough to have done in time to make it in those baskets this Easter! For those of you who love bunnies, this is a 10 on the adorable scale!!

When I was a little girl, my maternal grandma LOVED bunnies! I remember every Easter we would go to her house and she had a basket full of bunnies. I remember playing with them! Because of her, I developed a love for stuffed bunny rabbits and it has carried into my adulthood! It has inspired me to share it with all of you!!

Follow along with this video tutorial to make this cute 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.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

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

Pattern:

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

Materials:

***Click here to get the whole KIT!!***

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Carrot
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Stitch Marker
Felt
Tacky Glue
Green Ribbon
Yarn Needle
Scissors

You can buy any of the items in this kit. Buy all or buy one item. Check it out to see the supplies you can get online to make this mandala!

Shop Red Heart, America's Favorite Yarn

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 300 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 round.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-Work in continuous rounds by inserting a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your rounds
-Work in BACK LOOPS ONLY for the whole project

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
BLO: BACK LOOPS ONLY
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Bunny:

Leg: Make 2 (fasten off the first one, do not fasten off the second one)
Ch 2 (WORK IN BLO)
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnds 3-7: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off for the first leg, Do not fasten off for the second leg.
See video tutorial for visual instructions

Attach legs: WORK IN BLO
Rnd 8: SC in each st of the first leg, SC in each st of the 2nd leg attaching the two pieces. (24)
Rnds 9-11: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 12: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnds 13-16: SC in each st around. (30)
Rnd 17: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 18: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Stuff Body
Rnd 19: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Rnd 20: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 21: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 22: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 23: [2SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnd 24-26: SC in each st around. (36)
Rnd 27: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 28: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 29: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Stuff Head
Rnd 30: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Rnd 31: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Ears: Make 2 WORK 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: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnds 4-5: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnd 6: SC2TOG, SC in each st around. (17)
Rnd 7: SC2TOG, SC in each st around. (16)
Rnd 8: SC2TOG, SC in each st around. (15)
Rnd 9: SC2TOG, SC in each st around. (14)
Rnd 10: SC2TOG, SC in each st around. (13)
Rnd 11: SC2TOG, SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 12: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step: Flatten Ears and Sew them to head. Cut out Pieces of Felt and Glue them to the ears. Embroider Eyes and Nose and Mouth on face. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on all these parts) Add some blush to the cheeks for a little extra detail!

Arms: WORK IN BLO
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-6: SC in each st around.
Stuff arms. Attach them to body

Add ribbon around neck and tie in a bow.

Carrot Cocoon:

With Orange: WORK IN BLO
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnds 4-5: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 6: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnds 7-8: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnd 9: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 10: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (25)
Rnd 11: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (26)
Rnd 12: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (27)
Rnd 13: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (28)
Rnd 14: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (29)
Rnd 15: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (30)
Rnd 16: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (31)
Rnd 17: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (32)
Rnd 18: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (33)
Rnd 19: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (34)
Rnd 20: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (35)
Rnd 21: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (36)
Rnd 22: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (37)
Rnd 23: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (38)
Rnd 24: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (39)
Rnd 25: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (40)
Rnd 26: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (41)
Rnd 27: 2 SC in next st, SC in the rest of the sts around. (42)
Rnds 28-30: Sc in each st around. (42)
Fasten off Orange and change to Spring Green
Rnd 31: SC in each st around. (42)
fasten off, weave in ends.

Leaf: Make 2 (WORK IN BLO)
Ch 14
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across. (12 DC)
Row 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC across, 2 DC in last Ch, 2 DC in each ch of Ch 3, DC across bottom side of Foundation Ch. (28 DC)
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in next 10 sts, [2DC in next st, DC in next st] 3 times, DC in last 11 sts.
Row 4: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in next 11 sts, [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 3 times, DC in last 10 sts. (34 sts)
Row 5: Ch 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, 2 DC in each st across. (68 DC)
Row 6: Ch 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, 2 DC in each st across. (136 DC)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew both sides of leaf together and stuff with polyfil. Attach to carrot. (See video tutorial for visual instructions). Weave in the rest of your loose ends!
Stuff bunny inside cocoon!

Enjoy!!

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Four Piece Mini Square Baby Layette Set

This is a great ensemble for any newborn to 6 month baby layette. It is an absolute dream to make! This set is such a lovely gift for a baby shower! These pieces can be made any time of year! Make one or make all four pieces below. Click the links or the photos to be redirected to their written patterns and video tutorials. All crochet patterns in this post are FREE!

Mini Square Baby Dress
Mini Square Baby Dress
Mini Square Infant Hat
Baby Hat
Mini Square Baby Shoes
Baby Booties
Mini Square Bunny Lovey
Bunny Lovey

See below how beautiful all four pieces look together!

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Crochet Tutorial: Patchwork Medley Baby Blanket

My Patchwork Medley Baby Blanket is a variety of crochet stitches and pieces stitched together to make this luxuriously soft quilt. Perfect for snuggling! Using Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials in Purple Reign Stripes and Sugar Plum, this piece is the perfect accent for any nursery!

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

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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.

Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials in Sugar Plum (4 skeins) (approximately 460 yards)
Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials Stripes in Purple Reign (4 skeins) (approximately 440 yards)
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape


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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.
-You will need 964 Yards of yarn for this whole project. (4 skeins of each color)
-My blanket is 30 inches (76 cm) by 36 inches (92 cm)
-You can use any type of Worsted Weight, Aran, or Bulky yarn to crochet this blanket
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

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
Cluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook. Cluster made.

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

Bigger Rectangles: 

MAKE 2
Ch 43 or any odd number that is 16 inches (40 cm)
Row 1: Cluster in 4th Ch from hook, *DC in next ch, Cluster in the next ch, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last ch, ch 1, turn. (41 sts)
Row 2: SC in each st across, turn. (41 sts)
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as DC), *Cluster in next st, DC in next st, repeat from * across, ch 1, turn. (41 sts)
Rows 4-25: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your piece is 12 inches long, ending on a repeat of Row 3. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off, Weave in ends.

MAKE 2
Ch 48 or any even number that measures the same width as your first piece
Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook, *Sl st i next ch, HDC in next ch, repeat from * across ending with HDC in last ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sl st in 1st st, HDC in next, Sl st in next, repeat from * across, ending with Sl st in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: HDC in 1st st, Sl st in next st, HDC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with HDC in last st, ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-44: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your piece is 12 inches long, ending on a repeat of Row 3. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Short Strips:
MAKE 2:
Start one with Solid for the first 8 rows, and change color for the last 8 rows to Stripes color.
Start the second one with Stripes for the first 8 rows, and change color for the last 8 rows to Solid color.
With long tail, make slip knot,
Ch 39 or any amount that measures the length of your bigger rectangle pieces.
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch 1, turn. (38)
Row 2: SC in BLO of each st across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-8: Repeat Row 2
Change color
Row 9-16: Repeat Row 2 until your piece is 4 inches wide
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Longer Strips:
MAKE 2:
Start one with Solid for the first 8 rows, and change color for the last 8 rows to Stripes color.
Start the second one with Stripes for the first 8 rows, and change color for the last 8 rows to Solid color.
With long tail, make slip knot,
Ch 45 or any amount that measures the Width of your bigger rectangle pieces.
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch 1, turn. (44)
Row 2: SC in BLO of each st across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-8: Repeat Row 2
Change color
Row 9-16: Repeat Row 2 until your piece is 4 inches wide
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Small Center Squares:
Make 2 in Solid and Make 2 in Stripes
Ch 4
Rnd 1: 2 DC in 4th ch from hook, Ch 2 [3 DC in same ch, ch 2] 3 times, sl st to beginning.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 2 sts, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in corner, sc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, ending with corner. Sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew all your pieces together using the Whip Stitch Method. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Border:
DC around entire blanket putting 3 DC in corners.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Woven Dreams Baby Blanket

This “Woven Dreams Baby Blanket” is my latest design using the newest addition of Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials in Jungle Stripes and Minty. This fabulous fiber has a thick plush texture and works up beautifully to create this stunning piece!

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This yarn is so soft and plush. It’s perfect for making baby blankets. You can continue this pattern to make this blanket larger. I pieced this blanket together with 7 inch squares using front-post and back-post stitches to create a woven look which is a little different than the well-known basket weave stitch. I made a checkerboard design using alternating yarns. I bordered this blanket with a criss-cross stitch.

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

**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:
Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials in Minty (4 skeins)
Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials Stripes in Jungle Stripes (4 skeins)
-J-6.00mm 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 these smaller or bigger.
-You will need 964 Yards of yarn for this whole project. (4 skeins of each color)
-My blanket is 36 inches (92 cm)
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

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
RSC: Reverse Single Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

MAKE 5 squares in Minty and 4 squares in Jungle Stripes

Square:

Ch 23 (or any multiple of 3 +2)
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across (21 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2 (Does NOT count as a stitch here and throughout) FPDC on first 3 sts, *BPDC on next 3 sts, FPDC on next 3 sts, repeat from * across, ending with FPDC, turn. (21 sts)
Rows 3-14: Repeat Row 2
Single crochet around the entire square (See video tutorial for specific locations to put stitches)
Fasten off.

Assembly Step:
Sew all 9 pieces together (See video tutorial for visual instructions on how to sew your squares together)

Border:

Start in a corner (middle sc)
Round 1: SC in each st around putting 3 sc in middle sc’s of the corners, Sl st to beg. sc.
Round 2: Starting in a middle SC of a corner, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, *Sk next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st, repeat from * until middle sc of next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, repeat around.
IF your stitches do not line up, see video tutorial for a little tip (*wink wink*)
Round 3: In any corner ch sp: Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *[sk next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st] across until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3.
Round 4-10: Repeat round 3 changing color every 3 rounds.
Continue working rounds until your blanket is as large as you want it to be.
Reverse single crochet around the entire piece to clean up edge. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Enjoy!!

A Treasured Heirloom

I received this incredible gift this past weekend from my mom’s cousin, Janez. This blanket was crocheted by my maternal great-grandmother, Rose. I never knew my great-grandmother, so to have a piece of her work knowing we share this bond and love of crochet, leaves me humbled and speechless. Here is a photo of my great-grandmother, Rose in her later years.

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There are no words to describe how much this means to me. Thank you, thank you, Janez. I love this so much!

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I was told several times how my great-grandmother loved to crochet. Many conversations with my mom revolved around the fact that I must have inherited some of my talents from her. Until I received this gift, did it really hit me that I actually did share this with her. Even though I never knew her, it gave me chills to know that part of her lives on in me.

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Having never known her, this gift opened up a discussion about my great grandmother on things I never knew. My mom and her cousin shared photos with me. I was able to see her wedding photos and photos of her youth.

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I heard she had crocheted her entire life. That was something she truly enjoyed. Everyone received homemade gifts from her for Christmas and other holidays.

This piece is incredible

First off, I am going to guess the age of this blanket is approximately 40 years old. Upon examining it, I could not identify the exact fiber, but I believe that it is an acrylic blend fiber that is very heavy! The workmanship is impeccable and her squares are perfect. She didn’t turn her work and she slip-stitched the squares together to form the blanket. Each square measures 8 inches and overall, the dimensions are 40 inches X 56 inches. Her granny squares are on point!! After 365 Days of creating granny squares, I feel like I’ve come full circle receiving this granny square blanket that is so special!!

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Not only did I spend time learning to read her techniques through her stitches, but knowing that she spent time lovingly constructing this with her own hands was pretty incredible.

It is a treasure that I plan to keep for a lifetime.

Sometimes the smallest gestures mean the most. I can never express how much Janez’s gift means to me. There are no words that relay the magnitude of how special this is.

“The love in our family flows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep.” ~Unknown

~Nadia

Inner Peace Blanket

Inner peace (or peace of mind or inner calmness) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress.”

Finding inner peace is not always easy. Oftentimes, we find ourselves at a crossroads of choices that we need to make to find that path to peacefulness. That is the inspiration for this fourth blanket in our series of charity blankets that I have made using squares from the 365 Days of Granny Squares.

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It has only been a few days since we have completed the year of granny squares project, yet, the squares have piled up in stacks in my craft room over the past 12 months. All of these squares will find their way to those in need. This beautiful blanket I just completed will be sent to Project Linus. You can read about this organization here.

Each square was chosen from our vast collection of squares, and I placed them in a frame with an ‘X’ leading to a center PEACE SIGN square. The name and definition makes this very appropriate to send to this charity organization.

I made rows of double crochet in strips and attached each square, then attached the strips using the single crochet method. I did a simple border using double crochet as well. This blanket was a lot of fun to make!

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I have spent many, many months in the hospital over the past 9 years. Sometimes, spending more days in the year in the hospital than out. One of the most comforting things I brought from home was my homemade blankets. Snuggling up with that warm piece of home in an otherwise clinical, and sometimes miserable environment, can make all the difference to someone who needs every comfort they can find. I hope this blanket can bring that to someone special and provide a tiny bit of peace at a difficult time. So much love goes into my creations when I make them. It’s my way of putting good out into the world one stitch, one granny square, at a time!

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If you are interested in seeing my other projects, check out the links above the video in this blog.

Below is a list of the squares used in this project:
You can click each number and it will take you to its video tutorial

Number 216
Number 86
Number 62
Number 144
Number 221
Number 205
Number 238
Number 243
Number 71
Number 124
Number 255
Number 102
Number 203
Number 119
Number 126
Number 193
Number 187
Number 183
Number 222
Number 26
Number 102
Number 134
Number 236
Number 18
Number 247
Number 153
Number 202
Number 120
Number 199
Number 215
Number 207
Number 132
Number 117
Number 161
Number 108
Number 155
Number 201

To see all 365 Days of Granny Squares click here.

Yay! I did it!

I DID IT! I CROSSED THE FINISH LINE!

It has been no secret that for the past 8 years, I have been battling severe illness as I continue to fight Crohn’s disease. By the end of 2015, I had spent a good portion of another year hospitalized after having 2 major surgeries. I was determined to go into 2016 with hopes for better health. There was a scary episode at the end of 2015 where I went septic and things were pretty bleak. That experience, and the fact that it brought me too close for comfort to no longer being here on Earth, was what inspired me to take on the challenge of a 365 day project. Yes, I know, nothing like a brush with death to make you want to look forward in life! Seize the day; or, in my case, more than 365 of them!

This was my status on Personal Facebook Account on the very last day of 2015. Thank you for being my stars! I love you all!!

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I wanted to start the new year with a project that would chronicle days I could try to stay out of the hospital. Following surgery in December 2015, I remember late night talks with my mom about challenging myself to work toward a long term goal. This particular challenge had to be something that wasn’t too overwhelming. (Note: a 365 day project, no matter how small it seems at the time, can sometimes get overwhelming) I decided on crocheting a single granny square each day with the help of my dad who would record a video tutorial of each afghan block. Each day that I was able to stay out of the hospital was another day that I would work toward health and wellness. Each square represented a step in this journey. I was able to make it nearly 8 months before I ended up in the hospital again, but even then, I was able to continue filming my tutorials from my hospital room. I remember saying often that nothing could happen to me all year because I HAD TO get that daily square filmed and posted! Not only were people counting on me, I was counting on myself!

And so it commenced, we started filming our first granny square on December 31st, 2015 to launch on January 1st, 2016. YARNutopia’s 365 Days of Granny Squares tutorials were born.

Beginning and Near Endings

This project began as a very personal goal, I had a small following on my Facebook page and YouTube channel, and wasn’t sure if this would even be something that would catch on. Would I just be on my own for a year making squares? Honestly, I had zero idea of how this would turn out, and because of that, I failed to foresee a few issues that arose during the process. For the most part, it went quite well right out of the gate. I was keeping up the pace, squares upon squares, one a day with no problem. Until…I had a problem.

In my zeal to get started, I failed to garner the proper permission to film some of the squares that had free patterns available online. I was contacted by some of the designers that I filmed their squares without their OK. They had a totally valid position, and for the most part, handled professionally and successfully. It was my own misunderstanding to not consider going through proper channels, and it resulted in a few squares being removed from the early part of the project. This helped to change my course. I went through the correct procedures moving forward. It forced me to push myself even further to design my own squares. A total of 33 of my own designs were part of this project. It taught me extremely valuable lessons in the process. That can be humbling to go through.

Sometimes, it takes finding yourself in an uncomfortable position to really push yourself to get more creative. I remember considering giving up. That was until one particular keyboard warrior wrote to me with a few intense, nasty, and unnecessary insults to really push me right back up again. To anyone I hurt in this process, my sincerest apologies. For anyone who tried to come at me to hurt me or get me to quit, thanks for everything. It was because of what you did that made me want to finish. That was a turning point. Moving forward things were otherwise very successful and positive.

A Debt of Gratitude

There is no way a project this lofty could have been accomplished solely on my own. As mentioned earlier, I was able to garner permission from a wide array of incredible designers that allowed me the opportunity to use one or many of their patterns in my project. There is a list at the end of this blog linking every designer that contributed their designs. PLEASE, I implore you all to visit their websites, blogs, Ravelry stores, and Facebook pages. “Like” and “Follow” these amazing, creative people. There would be no 365 Days of Granny Squares without their help. I wish I could gather everyone who helped me on this daily endeavor and give these ladies and gentlemen a standing ovation! I owe each of them a debt of deep genuine gratitude. I learned so much from every square. I am literally in tears writing this part of the blog because it is difficult to put into words what this entire process meant to me. I can look at certain squares and remember what they represent in this journey. There is a square on the day I had to have another biopsy. There are squares that represent health victories and squares that represent some rough patches. 2016 brought so many highlights, and there is a square that reflects many of those amazing personal moments. Although this started out as my own journey, it became so much more than I could have ever imagined. These granny squares truly became my journal written in yarn.

The hunt for squares

The process of finding squares for my year long quest was somewhat of a challenge to search online for free patterns from designers. If their written patterns were easy to follow and understand, I would contact them to ask permission to use their design. As I said, were numerous amazing designers that lent their patterns. Up until the very end I was receiving requests and replies to use patterns, but the year ran out of days! Their patterns are an incredible tool for those who are participating in the 365 Days of Granny Squares project. Having the accompanying written instructions to assist with the tutorial has helped tremendously for people wanting to learn how to read patterns, as well as those who prefer that over a video tutorial. At the bottom of the 365 Days of Granny Squares blog, I listed the designers’ links to their written patterns. In my video tutorials, I mention the designer and pattern name for that particular square, and I share a link to the written pattern in the description of each video tutorial on YouTube. I also share a link to their written pattern on social media when I share the square of the day every morning. All of these things help followers network with so many in our crochet community.

Yarn for days!

When taking on a project of this magnitude, planning ahead was a necessity. Thankfully I had scrap yarn to get things started which saved me from having to purchase a bunch of yarn for this monumental project. This ENTIRE task was accomplished using ALL scrap yarns that I have collected in my stash over time. I began the project using Red Heart Yarns in Super Saver and kept that constant through the entire year. There was no waste when using yarn scraps, and it keeps everything consistent by using the same fiber and brand for each square. I tried keeping the supplies for this project as modest as possible.

You can’t plan for everything!

Taking on this mission also meant that I had to plan for all sorts of situations. There was so much concealed when I took on this project that lasted for 365 days. Over the course of the year, we experienced many technical difficulties. We had upload fails, we accidentally released videos in the wrong order, and we mixed up footage. If you can imagine all the possibilities of accidents that could go wrong over an entire year adventure, we probably encountered a majority of them. My dad and I had a very good system worked out, and filming a daily video went fairly smoothly. However, nothing about this was predictable. Filming in the hospital became necessary at one point during this journey. If I was able to keep the squares in order, and not have any breaks, it meant having my dad bring the studio to my hospital room. Again, at this point while feeling so ill, I thought about giving up on this project, but I had gotten so far, so giving up was no longer an option. Sometimes it was necessary to film a few days in advance to bank up some tutorials in case I was unable to be in the studio. Whether I filmed one video a day, or filmed a few in a day to take some time off, I would always add the daily square to the blog, and I posted the new square to my social media sites every single morning when I woke up. Although we had a few mix-ups and personal mishaps, there have been no late granny squares, and I was able to accomplish everything I had hoped for.

To those who participated in the journey

The feedback throughout this process has been unbelievable. Along the way, I was lifted up in ways I cannot put into words. The growing following that came every day to post, discuss, and share their thoughts about the day’s square was incredible.

I want to take a moment to thank every one of you who were here. Even if I didn’t comment on each post every day, I read and saw it all — every single square, every beautiful color combination, and every kind word you said to me and to each other. How do I say thank you for all that you did for me and for one another? I’m so proud of my YARNutopia community! Thank you for showing up every single day. You may not know this, but it was each of YOU who inspired me each day to show up, work hard, and keep going. Every message and kind word went straight to my heart. This project was a collective effort from all of us. WE DID IT! Myself, my dad, the designers, and YOU the crocheters. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this epic journey. I witnessed something truly remarkable as this year unfolded. It makes me sad to see this project come to an end. I won’t have you here with me every single day for our daily square, but I’m so grateful this brought us together over our mutual love of crochet. I feel like I know all of you as we crocheted together through it all. There are seriously no words. #uglycry

What the future holds

I will be keeping the 365 Days of Granny Squares page up for a while and may replace a few squares here or there at some point. This one year commitment to a project of this magnitude was satisfactory to achieve. Many have asked me to do another year, but I think one year was sufficient to prove to myself that I could do this. I am happy and have no regrets looking back. I learned invaluable things about our crochet community, about myself, about commitment, about the power of positive thinking, about having a passion to pursue a goal, and about how yarn can tie so many across our globe together. I was happy to be the one to share this experience with all of you who came every day or just stopped by for a few favorite squares. This isn’t the end of what I am capable of doing. I look forward to new challenges in 2017 including some fun monthly projects! The work to do this project took a lot of effort not only on my part but also for my dad. We both look forward to a bit of rest and relaxation before we get back in the studio. There is much more to come from us in the future! So stay tuned!

To my Daddy

First and foremost, I could not have done this project without my supportive family, and of course, Nate! I cannot finish this blog without a huge mention of what role my dad played in this yearlong endeavor. Where do I start when it comes to thanking him? How does one encapsulate the gratitude I feel for someone who was with me at every single moment of every single project? He stood tirelessly by my side and filmed 365 squares (plus our bonus square). There he was, right by my side, ready to go each day until the very end! I don’t think anyone could understand what a colossal task this project was other than my daddy. His exemplary video and editing skills made every square come to life on the screen. He was the one who worked tirelessly through the year, late into the nights making our videos, making edits, taking out the bloopers (yes, one day, we will have a blooper reel), corrected me, helped me, supported me, challenged me, encouraged me, energized me, untangled yarn for me, laughed with me, and by indirect means, learned crochet along side me! He never gave up. He never complained. His dedication and commitment to this project cannot go unnoticed. Thank you, Daddy. Your patience and sense of humor made doing this monumental project so much more fun than I could have ever imagined. I love you so much! SHOUT OUT TO MY AMAZING DADDY!

All these squares

Throughout this project, I demonstrated how to make each granny square in a video tutorial. Participants are then on their own to decide what to make using their squares. Some have participated from the beginning of the year making each square, and some jumped in on occasion to make a square that stood out. The creativity of what we’re sharing has been fabulous! Projects that have been made and shared on our Facebook page have left me speechless! You are all so talented!

Throughout the year, I have collected the squares and have been using them in blanket projects. From the start, I planned to pay it forward and make blankets for people in need. So far, I have managed to make 3 blankets using a variety of the squares. Each blanket has found its way to a very special home or charity and will continue to do so as I finish using all the squares in this project. This was my way of giving back for a year of healthier and happier days.

Read about my first project I made using the Granny Squares from this year so far.

Read about my second project I made using the Granny Squares from this year so far.

Read about my third project I made using the Granny Squares from this year so far.

Goodbye 2016

Now the year has come to an end. It will be strange not having a square to post tomorrow morning, but at the same time I am thrilled over a successful goal achieved. Today is so bittersweet! Not many can say they crocheted a granny square every day for an entire year and got healthier doing it! That’s a pretty great ending to 2016 and an even better way to start out another great year! Together we came so far! Here’s to a year ahead of more epic crochet days! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Cheers to 2017 being a wonderful year for all!

~Nadia

Find the list of contributing designers here: (AGAIN, please visit their pages, “Like” their work, and “Follow” them on social media!)

Murray Stewart at http://www.madebymurray.co.uk

Amelia Beebe AKA champygirl at http://www.crochetville.com/

Kinga Erdem at http://www.myhobbyiscrochet.com/

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Leonie Morgan’s Ravelry Store

Margret Willson’s Ravelry Store

Eline Alcocer at www.pastaandpatchwork.com

Ali Burdon at http://veryberryhandmade.co.uk/

Jackie Tyler at http://www.crochet-knit.com/

Maz Kwok at http://www.beacrafter.com/

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Megan Mills at http://megan.cc/MotifWheel/

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Ruth C. Roy at 365grannies.blogspot.com/

Yuli Nilssen at Yuli Handmade

Beverly A. Qualheim at Bev’s Country Cottage

Nina Leon at Hookers Don’t Bite

Fiona Kelly at Tangled Blossom Design

Pia Thadani at StitchesnScraps.com

Manda Robertson at Raising Robertsons

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Laura Avery Home Makers Insanity

Jeni Entwistle at Messy Mama Makes

Sonya Blackstone at Blackstone Designs

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Crochet Tutorial: Firework Pop Granny Square

I created this Firework Pop Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

fireworkpop

 

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

**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:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 7 inches (18cm)
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
V-stitch: DC, ch 1, DC in same space
Popcorn stitch: 5 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in first st, put loop back on hook and pull through. Popcorn made
Beg. Popcorn: Ch up 3, 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in first st, put loop back on hook and pull through. Beg. popcorn made

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Beg. Popcorn, ch 3, [Popcorn, ch 3] 3 times, sl st to beg. popcorn. (4 popcorn sts, 4 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 2: In any ch 3 sp: [Beg. popcorn, ch 3, popcorn ch 3] in ch 3 sp, [popcorn, ch 3, popcorn, ch 3] in each ch 3 sp, sl st to beg. popcorn. (8 popcorn sts)

Rnd 3: In any ch 3 sp, [Beg. popcorn, ch 3, popcorn ch 3] in ch 3 sp, [popcorn, ch 3, popcorn, ch 3] in each ch 3 sp, sl st to beg. popcorn. (16 popcorn sts)

Rnd 4: In any ch 3 sp: ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 3 *sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc. (16 sc, 16 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 5: In any ch 3 sp: Ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 3 *sc in next sp, ch 3, repeat from * around. sl st to first sc. (16 sc, 16 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 6: In ch 3 corner sp (See video tutorial for specific location): ch up 4 (counts as DC + Ch 1 sp), [DC, ch 3, V-stitch] in same sp, *V-stitch in next ch 3 sps, [V-Stitch, ch 3, V-stitch] in next sp (corner made), repeat from * around. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 7: In any corner ch 3 sp: [Ch 4, DC, ch 3, V- Stitch] in same sp, ch 2, *[Popcorn in next ch 1 sp, ch 2] 5 times, [V-Stitch, ch 3, V-stitch] in next sp (corner made), repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 8: 2 SC in each ch sp on sides, [2sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in corners. Sl st to first sc.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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12 Days of Christmas

Here are all the 12 Days of Christmas projects compiled in a one stop blog post! You can click the image or the link above it to view the video tutorial and written pattern for each project. Enjoy and happy holidays!! ~Nadia

1. Bows and Bells Napkin Rings

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2. Bebe’s Holiday Pet Sweater

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3. Rustic Evergreen Ornament

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4. Holly-Days Booties

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5. Winter Snowman Coasters

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6. Sparkling Wine Beverage Bag

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7. Shred the Slopes Hat

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8. Freestyle Fingerless Gloves 

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9. Sparkle and Puff Holiday Cones

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10. On the Fringe Cushion

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11. Festive Pom Boot Cuffs

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12. Let’s Bake a Cake Apron

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Crochet Tutorial: Berry Giving Granny Square

I created this Berry Giving Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

berrygiving

 

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

**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:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches (16cm)
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Beg. Cluster:  [YO, Insert hook, YO, pull through] 3 times, YO, pull through all 4 loops.
Cluster: [YO, insert hook, YO, pull through] 4 times, YO, pull through all 5 loops.
2DCcluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through] 2 times, YO, pull through 3 loops.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, Beg. Cluster, Ch 4, [Cluster into ring, Ch 4] 5 more times, Sl st to beg. cluster. (6 clusters, 6 ch 4 sps)

Rnd 2: In ch 4 sp: Ch 2 [Counts as HDC], 3 HDC in same sp, 4 HDC in each ch 4 sp, sl st to beg ch 2. (24 HDC)

Rnd 3: In a gap between the groupings (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch up 2, DC in same sp (counts as beg. 2DCcluster, Ch 3, 2DCcluster in Previous DC just made, 2DCcluster in same gap between HDC’s, * Ch 4, 2DCcluster in next gap, Ch 3, 2DCcluster in previous cluster just made, 2DCcluster in same gap, repeat from * around, sl st to beg.

Rnd 4: In a ch 4 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, *DC into each HDC from round 2 working around the ch 4 sp hiding it in the sts, SC in same ch 4 sp, Ch 2, sc in next ch 4 sp, repeat from * around putting clusters in front of ch 2 sps. Sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 5: In any ch 2 sp behind a cluster: Ch 3 (counts as DC), 3 DC in same sp, *BPDC in each of the next 6 sts, 4 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch 3.

Rnd 6: Ch 4 (counts as TR), TR in next, *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, TR in next 2 sts, Ch 3, TR in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 4.

Rnd 7: ch up 1, SC in all sts around, [2sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in each corner.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Frosty Flakes Granny Square

I created this Frosty Flakes Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

frostyflakes

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Granny Square:

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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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 Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 7 inches
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern:

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

With White
Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 SC in ring. Sl st to 1st sc (12 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch up 1, SC in same st, *Ch 6, Sk next st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. (6 ch 6 sps)

Rnd 3: In any ch 6 sp: Ch up 1 [SC, HDC, 2DC, Ch 3, 2DC, HDC, SC] in same sp, Sl St in next SC and in next CH sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC of this round. Fasten off

Rnd 4: Starting in a DC before a chain 3 sp: Ch 1, SC in same st, ch 3, SC in same st, * [SC, Ch 5, SC] in middle ch of ch 3 sp, [SC, ch 3, SC] in next DC after Ch 3 sp, Ch 3, [SC, ch 3, SC] in next DC before a Ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beginning sc. Fasten off. (See video tutorial for specific locations)

Rnd 5: With blue, In any 3rd ch of ch 5 sp: * Ch 10, Sl st in 3rd ch of next ch 5 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch of beg. ch 10.

Rnd 6: Sl st in ch 10 sp, ch up 1, [9SC, ch 3, 4 SC] in same sp, 10 SC in next ch 10 sp, [4SC, ch 3, 9 SC] in next sp, [9SC, ch 3, 4 SC] in next sp, 10 SC in next ch 10 sp, [4 SC, ch 3, 9SC] in next sp, sl st to 1st sc. (18 sc on each side)

Rnd 7: Ch up 1, SC in 1st 5 sts, (working behind your work) TR in the Ch 3 sp of round 4, SC in next 4 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner, sc in next 9 sts, (working behind your work) TR in the Ch 3 sp of round 4, SC in next 9 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner, SC in next 4 sts, (working behind your work) TR in the Ch 3 sp of round 4, SC in next 10 sts, TR in ch 3 sp of round 4, SC in next 4 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner, SC in next 9 sts, TR in Ch 3 sp of round 4, SC in next 9 sts, [SC, ch 2, SC] in corner, SC in next 4 sts, TR in ch 3 Sp of round 4, SC in last 5 sts. Sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 8: Ch up 2, (counts as HDC) (See video tutorial for visual instructions), HDC in each st, FPDC around each TR working in Ch 10 sp from round 5, and work [SC, ch 2, SC] in corners. Sl st to ch 2 at the beginning.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Unicorn Slippers

“Perhaps the most wondrous of all mystical creatures, the unicorn is a symbol of miracles and enchantment.”

The unicorn gives us the power to believe that anything is possible. These fun and mythical creatures are what fantasies and dreams are made of. This pattern will transform a basic pair of slippers into unicorns that is fun for all ages!

Not looking to make unicorn slippers? Transform yours into other creatures with a few modifications! My video tutorial and FREE written pattern gives instructions on how to make 3 different sizes. I think we all could use some cozy unicorn slippers. Am I right?

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

***You can always contact me 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
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Click here to get the crochet supply kit for this project**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in Minty, White, Black, Pink
(150 yards/strand of Minty (300 Yards of Minty total), 364 yards/strand of White (700 yards of White total), 5 Yards of Pink, 10 Yards of Black)
Red Heart Baby Econo Yarn in Newborn Prints (**Discontinued**) You can use any variegated yarn (150 yards)
Red Heart Yarns Gleam in Creamy (10 Yards)
G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stitch Marker
Poly-fil for stuffing

NOTES:

-The written pattern has sole sizes for Small 5/6 US Women’s Shoe Size, Medium 7/8 US Women’s Shoe Size, and Large 9/10 US Women’s Shoe Size

-The video tutorial ONLY shows the MEDIUM size.

-The sole is made and then the back of the slipper is made and then the front of the slipper and embellishments are made. If you are making smaller or bigger sizes, follow the written pattern for the sole and then watch the video tutorial for help on making the back of the slipper and the front of the slipper.

-The front of the slipper is the same on ALL sizes. The back may be a little different because of the stitch counts.

-This pattern is written for one foot. Be sure to make enough pieces for two feet.

-Depending on how stuffed you want this slipper, you can stuff it as much as you need. The more you stuff, the more your foot will be pushed down into the sole.

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
BLO: Work in the Back Loop Only
DC2TOG: Double Crochet 2 Together
DC3TOG: Double Crochet 3 Together

Small (Will fit Size 5/6 US Women’s Shoe Size)

Sole: With Minty, Use 2 Strands of yarn at the same time. (Make 2)
Ch 23
Round 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across until last ch, 3 sc in last ch, sc along the opposite side, 2 sc in same st as 1st st. Sl st to 1st sc. (46 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in 1st st, sc in next 8 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, 2 HDC in each of the next 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last sts, Sl st to 1st sc. (52 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, 1 SC in 1st st, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next 13 sts, 1 HDC in next 6 sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 3 sts, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 6 sts, SC in next 13 sts, 2 SC in next, SC in last sts. Sl st to first st. (58 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, 2 SC in next, HDC in next 20 Sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 6 sts, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 20 sts, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in last sts. Sl st to first st.

Round 5: Ch 2, HDC in 1st st, 2 HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 25 sts, 2 HDC in next st, HDC in next st, 2 HDC in nexxt st, 1 HDC in next st, SC in 4 sts, HDC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, 1 DC in next 22 sts, 2 HDC in next 2 sts, SC in last sts. Sl st to first st. (73 sts)

Round 6: Ch 1, turn, (Looking at wrong side of work), Sl st in each st around (73 sts), turn.

Round 7: Ch 1, (Looking at right side of work) SC around, Sl st to beginning.

Round 8: Ch 1, SC around, sl st to beginning. Fasten off.
Count 39 sts on the front of sole. Place stitch marker in first and last sts making 39 sts on the front of the sole (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Go on to making the Back of slipper.

Medium (Will fit Size 7/8 US Women’s Shoe Size)
Video Tutorial Features this Size

Sole: With Minty, Use 2 Strands of yarn at the same time. (Make 2)
Ch 23
Round 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across until last ch, 3 sc in last ch, sc along the opposite side, 2 sc in same st as 1st st. Sl st to 1st sc. (46 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in 1st st, sc in next 8 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, 2 HDC in each of the next 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last sts, Sl st to 1st sc. (52 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, 1 SC in 1st st, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next 13 sts, 1 HDC in next 6 sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 3 sts, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 6 sts, SC in next 13 sts, 2 SC in next, SC in last sts. Sl st to 1st st. (58 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, 2 SC in next, HDC in next 20 Sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 6 sts, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 20 sts, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in last sts. Sl st to 1st st.

Round 5: Ch 1, 2 SC in 1st 3 sts, HDC in next 5 sts, DC in next 23 sts, 2 DC in next 4 sts, DC in next 24 sts, HDC in next st, 2 SC in last sts, Sl st to 1st sc. (75 sts)

Round 6: Ch 1, turn, (Looking at wrong side of work), Sl st in each st around (75 sts), turn.

Round 7: Ch 1, (Looking at right side of work) SC around, Sl st to beginning.

Round 8: Ch 1, SC around, sl st to beginning. Fasten off.
Count 39 sts on the front of sole. Place stitch marker in first and last sts making 39 sts on the front of the sole (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Go on to making the Back of slipper.

Large (Will Fit Size 9/10 US Women’s Shoe Size)

Sole: With Minty, Use 2 Strands of yarn at the same time. (Make 2)
Ch 23
Round 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across until last ch, 3 sc in last ch, sc along the opposite side, 2 sc in same st as 1st st. Sl st to 1st sc. (46 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in 1st st, sc in next 8 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, 2 HDC in each of the next 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last sts, Sl st to 1st sc. (52 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, 1 SC in 1st st, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next 13 sts, 1 HDC in next 6 sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 3 sts, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 6 sts, SC in next 13 sts, 2 SC in next, SC in last sts. Sl st to 1st st. (58 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, 2 SC in next, HDC in next 20 Sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 6 sts, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 20 sts, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in last sts. Sl st to 1st st.

Round 5: Ch 1, 2 SC in 1st 3 sts, HDC in next 5 sts, DC in next 23 sts, 2 DC in next 4 sts, DC in next 24 sts, HDC in next st, 2 SC in last sts, Sl st to 1st sc. (75 sts)

Round 6: Ch 2, 2 HDC in 1st st, HDC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next 2 sts, DC in next 30 sts, [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 4 times, DC in next 29 sts, 2 DC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, (If there are sts left, HDC in them), Sl st to first HDC. Sl st to beginning. (83 sts)

Round 7: Ch 1, turn, (Looking at wrong side of work), Sl st in each st around (83 sts), turn.

Round 8: Ch 1, (Looking at right side of work) SC around, Sl st to beginning.

Round 9: Ch 1, SC around, sl st to beginning. Fasten off.
Count 39 sts on the front of sole. Place stitch marker in first and last sts making 39 sts on the front of the sole (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Go on to making the Back of slipper.

For all sizes:

Back of slipper:

(With White and 2 strands of yarn)
Make sure you have 39 sts free in the front of sole
Row 1: Ch up 1, SC across to marked st
Rows 2-20: Ch 1, turn, SC in each st across.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
See video tutorial for sewing and visual instructions.

Assembly:
Fold inward toward sole, sew along Row 1 of back of slipper making a tunnel. Stuff the tunnel with polyfil and sew open ends closed.

Front of slipper:

Make sure you have 39 sts free on all sizes. With White and 2 strands of yarn

Row 1: Ch 1, SC across to last st, ch 1, turn. (39 sts)
Row 2: SC across. Ch 1, turn. (39 sts)
Row 3: SC in 1st 14 sts, [DC2TOG] 5 Times, SC in last 15 sts, ch 1, turn. (34 sts)
Row 4: SC in 1st 10 sts, [DC2TOG, DC in next st] 4 times, DC2TOG, SC in last 10 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 5: SC in 1st 8 sts, [DC2TOG] 6 times, SC in last 9 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: SC in 1st 6 sts, [DC2TOG] 6 times, SC in last 5 sts. Ch 1, turn. (17 sts)
Row 7: SC in first 4 sts, [DC2TOG] 4 times, SC in last 5 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 8: [DC2TOG] 3 times. DC in next st, [DC2TOG] 3 times. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: DC3TOG, DC in next, DC3TOG. Fasten off.

Top Front of slipper:

This piece is worked separately and then sewn onto the slipper.
With 2 strands of white yarn,
Ch 40

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: SC across. Ch 1, turn. (39 sts)
Row 3: SC in 1st 14 sts, [DC2TOG] 5 Times, SC in last 15 sts, ch 1, turn. (34 sts)
Row 4: SC in 1st 10 sts, [DC2TOG, DC in next st] 4 times, DC2TOG, SC in last 10 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 5: SC in 1st 8 sts, [DC2TOG] 6 times, SC in last 9 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: SC in 1st 6 sts, [DC2TOG] 6 times, SC in last 5 sts. Ch 1, turn. (17 sts)
Row 7: SC in first 4 sts, [DC2TOG] 4 times, SC in last 5 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 8: [DC2TOG] 3 times. DC in next st, [DC2TOG] 3 times. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: DC3TOG, DC in next, DC3TOG. Fasten off with very long tail for sewing.

Eyes and Circle under Horn:
Use Red Heart Yarn in Black for the eyes, use Variegated yarn for the circle under the horn.

Ch 2
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to 1st st. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, Sc 2 in each st. sl st to 1st st (12)
Rnd 3: ch 1, (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. Sl st to 1st st (18)
Fasten of with long tail for sewing.

White pupils for the Eyes:

Ch 2
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail.
Sew to black portion of eye.

Horn:
In Gleam yarn in Creamy, work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook (4)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around
Rnd 3: 2 SC in each st around. (8)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around
Rnd 5: 2 SC in next st, SC in next 7 sts (9)
Rnd 6: SC in each st around (9)
Rnd 7: 2 SC in next st, SC in next 8 sts (10)
Rnd 8: SC in each st around (10)
Rnd 9: 2 SC in next st, SC in next 9 sts (11)
Rnd 10: SC in each st around. (11)

Ears: Make 2 in White
Ch 6
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 2: SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in next, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 4: SC across, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 5: SC3TOG
SC around entire ear. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Cheeks: Make 2 with pink yarn
Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in last.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Mane:
With Variegated yarn and work in continuous rounds.
Ch 8
Rnd 1: SC in 1st ch and around
Rnd 2-6: SC in each st around.
Rnd 7-9: SL ST in 4 sts, SC in 4 sts
Rnds 10-19: SC in each st around
Rnds 20-22: SL St in 4 sts, SC in 4 sts
Rnds 22-28: SC in each st around
Fasten off with long tail. Stuff it.
Sew to slipper behind eyes/horn.

Assembly step:
Sew all pieces to slipper. Embellish by embroidering the mouth and nose.
Add fringe to the piece behind the horn to make the mane.
See video tutorial for visual instructions on all the pieces and where they go.
Sew everything closed after stuffing.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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

Crochet Tutorial: Dynamic Window Granny Square

I created this Dynamic Window Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

dynamicwindow

 

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

**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:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
BPTR: Back Post Treble Crochet
Beg. Cluster: Ch up 2, [Y/O, Insert Hook, Y/O, Pull through, Y/O Pull through 2 loops] 2 times. Y/O pull through all 3 loops on hook.
3DC Cluster: [Y/O, Insert Hook, Y/O, Pull through, Y/O Pull through 2 loops] 3 times. Y/O pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 SC in ring. Sl st to 1st sc (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch up 1, SC in same st, *Ch 2, Sk next st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. (4 ch 2 sps)

Rnd 3: In any ch 2 sp: Ch up 4 (counts as TR), [DC, HDC, SC, HDC, DC, TR] in same sp, * [TR, ch 3, TR] in sc, [TR, DC, HDC, SC, HDC, DC, TR] in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 4.

Rnd 4: In any ch 3 corner sp: Ch up 4 (counts as TR), [TR, Ch 3, 2 TR] in same sp, * TR in next st, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next st, SC in next st, HDC in next st, DC in next 2 sts, TR in next st, [2 TR, ch 3, 2 TR] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 4.

Rnd 5: In any corner: Ch 1, *[2SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in corner, BPSC in next 3 sts, BPHDC in next st, BPDC in next st, BPTR in next 3 sts, BPDC in next st, BPHDC in next st, BPSC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. sc.

Rnd 6: In any corner: [Beg. Cluster, ch 2, cluster] in corner, * Ch 1, [sk 1 st, Cluster in next st] 8 times, ch 1, [cluster, ch 2, cluster] in corner. repeat from * around, sl st to beg. cluster. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Hello, Sunshine Granny Square

I created this Hello, Sunshine Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

**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:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 7 inches (18 cm)
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
Beg. Popcorn: Ch up 3, 4DC in same sp, remove hook, put hook in ch up 3, put loop back on hook, pull through and pull tight.
Popcorn: 5DC in same sp, remove hook, put hook in 1st dc of grouping, put loop back on hook, pull through and pull tight.
Picot: Ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook. Picot made.
Long DC: Double crochet in Picot of Petal

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 SC in ring. Sl st to 1st sc (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch up 3, Beg. Popcorn in same st, *ch 3, Popcorn in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. popcorn. (8 Popcorn sts, 8 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 3: In any ch 3 sp, Ch up 3, [Beg. Popcorn, ch 3, Popcorn]in same sp, *ch 3, [Popcorn, ch 3, Popcorn] in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. popcorn. (16 popcorn sts)

Rnd 4: In ch 3 sp between popcorns (see video tutorial for specific placement), ch 1, [sc, hdc, dc, tr, picot, tr, dc, hdc, sc] in same sp, *ch 2, sk next ch 3 sp, [sc, hdc, dc, tr, picot, tr, dc, hdc, sc] in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to  (8 petals made)

Rnd 5: Working in ch sps between petals from round 3, ch up 1, sc in same sp working around ch from round 4, *ch 4, sc in next free ch sp, put ch behind petal, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. (see video tutorial for visual instructions on this round) (8 ch 4 sps)

Rnd 6: In any ch sp: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), [3DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in same sp, *4DC in next ch sp, [4DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in next ch sp, Repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3.

Rnd 7: In any st, Ch up 3, DC in each st around putting [3DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in corners, sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 8: In corner: Ch up 3, *[sk 1st st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st (X-Stitch Made)] 4 times, tack down petal putting X-Stitch through Picot, X-Stitch in the rest of the stitches on the side until the corner. (there should be 9 X-Stitches) on the side. In corners put: 2 DC, Long DC in Picot of petal, tacking it down, 2 more DC in same corner ch sp, repeat from * around. Ending with 2 DC, Long DC in Picot of petal, 1 more DC in same corner, sl st to ch up 3. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Wild Flower Days Granny Square

I created this Wild Flower Days Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

wildflowerdays

 

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

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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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 Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
Beg. Popcorn: Ch up 3,  3 DC in same sp, remove hook, Insert hook into 1st ch up 3 of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through. Beg. Popcorn made. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Popcorn: 4 DC in same sp, remove hook, Insert hook into 1st dc of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through. Popcorn made. (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.

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 11 DC in ring, sl st to beg DC. (12 Sts)

Rnd 2: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC),  *Sk 1 st, Sl st in next st, Ch 3, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch of beg ch 3. (6 ch sps)

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 3 sp, *Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, Ch 3, Sl st in same sp, Sl st into next sp, Repeat from * around sl st to bottom of 1st ch up 3. (6 petals made) Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Working in Sk’d Sts from Round 1, behind petals: Ch up 3, 2 DC in same st, 3 DC in each skipped st around, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (18 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (36 DC)

Rnd 6: Ch up 3, Beg. Popcorn in same st, DC in next 3 sts, *Popcorn in next st, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. popcorn st.

Rnd 7: In any DC after a popcorn st: Ch up 3, DC in next 2 sts, *Ch 4, Sk Popcorn, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 8: Ch up 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, 5 sc in ch 4 sp, *sc in next 3 sts, 5 sc in ch sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 9: In any 1st sc of a 5 sc grouping in a ch sp: Ch up 5 (Counts as DC + Ch 2 corner sp), *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 3 sts, SC in next 8 sts, HDC in next 3 sts, DC in next 2 sts, CH 2 repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5.
Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Halloween Table Runner

Many times I have made suggestions of ideas on what you can make using the squares from our 365 Days of Granny Squares. Recently, I designed the Spinning Spider Granny Square (Number 266) and The Web We Weave Granny Square (Number 246). I began thinking about a project that I could make to tie these two in together that would work for a table runner or other Halloween related item.

I decided to create a look that has the spider spinning from the web. Doing that required a bit of adjustment on the placement of the spider on the square. In my original Spinning Spider Granny Square Video Tutorial, I demonstrated how to make the square with the spider running vertically on the square. In the Table Runner, I made a few stitch adjustments, I turned the spider to go on a diagonal to achieve the desired results for my finished work, allowing me to run Slip Stitches creating a web strand from the bottom (spinneret) of my spider to the Web square. Please see the video tutorial for instructions below to make this adjustment.

runner

Then, I created duplicate sets of square Numbers 246 and 266 of our 365 Days of Granny Squares to create the ends of our runner. I combined these blocks with the solid granny square (Number 2) that I used with various color combinations of black and orange or black and white to match the other squares in this project. Note: You do not have to make these adjustments nor use my colors. This is creator’s choice.

tablerunner

This video is a tutorial on how to assemble the squares and add the border detail to finish off this great Halloween table runner. You will find the links and videos to the squares that I have already filmed prior to this project. Not interested in the runner? Why not make additional squares to make a lapghan or blanket? Let your imagination be your guide.

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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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 Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

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 (YO twice)
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only

Notes:
-This Table runner is 41 inches long (105 cm) and 20 inches wide (53 cm)
-You can attach your squares any way you’d like, I do the whip stitch, but you can do any stitch you prefer.
Check out this blog post at the top, there is a video tutorial on different attaching methods

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this table runner:

Spinning Spider Granny Square
Make 2

Click here to find the written pattern for the Spinning Spider Granny Square

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make the Spinning Spider Granny Square:

The Web We Weave Granny Square
Make 2

Click here to find the written pattern for the Web We Weave Granny Square

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make the Web We Weave Granny Square:

Solid Granny Square

Make 4:
Make rounds 1-2 in Orange
Make rounds 3-6 in Black

Make 2:
Make rounds 1-2 in White
Make rounds 3-6 in Black

For round 6 on the solid granny square, use Half Double Crochet instead of Double Crochet to have the same size as your other squares.

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

Border

See video tutorial for starting point.

Sc in same sp, *sk 1 st, 5 DC in next, sk 1 st, sc in next, repeat from * until next corner, sc in next 2 sps, repeat from * again until end of table runner, put 5 DC in that space.

Again, watch the video tutorial for clear specific visual instructions.

Crochet Tutorial: Autumn Flower Granny Square

I created this Autumn Flower Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

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

Pattern:

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

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
FPHDC: Front Post Half Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 11 DC in ring, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (12 sts)
Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Attach yarn with BPSC around any st, ch 2, *BPSC around next st, ch 2, repeat from * around, sl st to first BPSC

Rnd 3: Ch 1, *FPHDC around BPSC, 3 DC in ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st FPHDC. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Work on sts from round 2: Attach yarn with BPSC around BPSC from round 2, *Ch 4, Sk next BPSC,  BPSC around next BPSC from round 2, repeat from * around, sl st to first BPSC. (6 ch 4 sps)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, SC in same st, *[SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in ch 4 sp, SC in BPSC, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, SC in same st, *2DC in next 7 sts, SC in next, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 7: [BPSC, ch 4, BPSC] around BPSC from round 4, Ch 4, *[BPSC, ch 4, BPSC] around next BPSC from round 4, ch 4, repeat from * around, sl st to first BPSC. (12 ch 4 sps)

Rnds 8: In ch 4 sp: Ch 4 (counts as TR), [3TR ch 2, 4 TR] in same sp, *4 TR in next 2 ch sps, [4TR, ch 2, 4TR] in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 4.

Rnd 9: In any corner: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), [2DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in same sp, DC in each st around, in corners, put [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] Sl st to beginning ch up 3.
Fasten off.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Spinning Spider Granny Square

I created this Spinning Spider Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

This Spinning Spider Granny Square is a great match for The Web We Weave Granny Square! Make them both into a big blanket for a spooky afghan!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

**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:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 7 DC in ring, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (8)

Rnd 2: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), WORK IN FLO DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (16)

Rnd 3: [Ch 6, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 ch’s, sl st in same st on round 2, sl st into next st] 4 times, SC in next st, 4 DC in next 2 sts, SC in next st, sl st in next st, [Ch 6, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 ch’s, sl st in same st on round 2, sl st into next st] 4 times. Leave last 4 sts unworked. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Attach yarn to unworked BLO of round 1. Ch up 3, (Counts as DC), DC in next, Ch 3, *DC in next 2 sts, ch 3, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 5: In any ch 3 sp: *[3DC, ch 2, 3 DC, ch 2], repeat from * in each ch 3 sp, sl st to beg ch up 3. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rnd 6: In any corner: Ch 3 (counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, * Ch 1, Sk 1, DC in next, ch 1, sk 1, [DC, ch 1, DC] in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sk 1, dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 7: Start in a 2nd DC on the side: See video tutorial at minute 24 for specific location. Ch 1. SC in same st tacking down leg, sc in ch 1 sp, *sc in next dc tacking down leg, sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next dc tacking down leg, sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next 2 sts, [2sc, ch2, 2sc] in corner. sc in each st across to next corner. [2sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in next corner. sc in next 2 sts, sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next st tacking down leg, sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next dc tacking down leg, sc in ch 1 sp, repeat from * around. Ending with a sc in last ch 1 sp. sl st to 1st sc of this round.

Rnds 8 & 9: Ch up 3, DC in each st around, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in each corner. sl st to beginning ch up 3.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Looking for a great project to make using this square? Make the Halloween Table Runner today!
Follow this link to see the pattern!

tablerunner

Heart Will Lead You Home Blanket

A little over a month ago, I began to put this piece together. As I started to place the order of the granny squares, it suddenly made sense to artistically place them in a spiral pattern as if it is a path leading to a destination. After moving each piece around it made sense to have the ‘trail’ end with a big heart. Hence the name, Heart Will Lead You Home Blanket. Little did I know that it was taking me on the path of finding its way to meaning more than just a granny square blanket.

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More than a blanket, it tells a story

Although it starts as a series of squares, sometimes a project becomes more than just that and takes on a life of it’s own. It becomes a piece of art or a purpose. This blanket was that and more for me! Using basic granny square stitches I connected my trail of squares that made up my spiral design. Then, using the same stitch, I completed the body of the blanket in 4 parts. Working inward from each side and up and down in the center, I was able to achieve the look I was hoping for. After that, I needed to frame it and the border had to tie this all together. I stumbled upon this border by Rainbow Knits and I knew that it would be the perfect addition. The border design was the right touch to finishing this off beautifully. Props to the designer for clear and precise instructions for helping me top off this blanket with such lovely detail. And, who doesn’t love hearts!?

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There’s a reason

Earlier this year, I was visiting with Nate’s aunt and uncle, and during the conversation it came up about a community fundraising auction where the money raised would provide fresh water for villages in Uganda. Upon doing some research on this local (their small community of 9,100 people) organization, I found that it was created and run in memory of a young man who lost his life in a car accident at 17 years old. Runjesse.com provides aid to numerous causes throughout their community and the world.

I knew that I had to get involved so I reached out to the organizer who happens to be the mother of the young man who lost his life. I offered to donate my blanket to be auctioned off as part of their upcoming fundraiser in hopes that the money donated can provide fresh water to those in need. She was so gracious and kind. Through research, I saw her own efforts to make this happen in photos of her in the villages in Africa doing great works of providing water to remote areas. Do you realize that 8 Million people in Uganda don’t have access to safe water, and over 4,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation?! It occurred to me that in this small community, one heart, one individual, surrounded by the support of a community and the world, can make a difference and make change locally and abroad. The heart border surrounding the trail leading to one heart at the end seemed so appropriate for this! It all made sense. It was perfectly symbolic. A family, a tiny community, can begin to heal by making such a positive impact out of a heartbreaking and tragic loss.

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For anyone who has been through something life changing, tragic, or negative, taking that experience and turning it into good can be incredibly healing. It may NEVER take away the pain fully, but having purpose can make an enormous amount of difference in dealing with pain. Big or small, we all have the ability to help and support one another and even change the world in a small way.

This project has a larger purpose

As we come to the last few months of our granny squares, each blanket made has or will be donated or shared with someone in need or someone who will benefit from this work that I am doing. In my final blog, at the end of this year, I will provide more information on where each piece will hopefully find it’s way to and will continue until each square is included in a blanket and each blanket finds a home.

As always, thank you for being part of this 365 Day journey. Each stitch we share, each square we create, each project we complete is one step closer to making our world a little warmer place to be…

Much love, Nadia ♥

Below is the final blanket piece and the list of squares used.

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Starting from the top left, working our way to the center:
Number 133
Number 125
Number 66
Number 210
Number 114
Number 163
Number 9
Number 157
Number 122
Number 151
Number 139
Number 148
Number 136
Number 180
Number 143
Number 152
Number 85
Number 63
Number 184
Number 188
Number 206
Number 208
Number 177
Number 135
Number 137
Number 176
Number 159
Number 67
Number 149
Number 141
Number 42

To make the border, follow this link to get the pattern

To see all 365 Days of Granny Squares click here.

Crochet Tutorial: Diamond Block Granny Square

I created this Diamond Block Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

**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:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 2 DC in ring. ch 2, 3DC in ring, ch 2, 3 DC in ring, ch 2, 3 DC in ring, ch 2, sl st to ch up 3.

Rnd 2: In any corner ch 2 sp: Ch 1, FPDC in st to the right of corner (See video tutorial for specific stitch), *HDC in next 3 sts, FPDC around DC after corner, CH 3, FPDC around DC before corner, Repeat from * ending with FPDC and ch 3. sl st to beg. FPDC.

Rnd 3: In any ch 3 corner sp: ch up 1, 2 SC in same sp, *SC in next st, HDC in next st, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next, HDC in next, SC in next, 2 sc in ch 3 sp, repeat from * around. sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: In any ch 2 corner sp: ch 1, 2 SC in same sp, * SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next 2, 2 TR in next, ch 2, 2 TR in next, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next, SC in next, 2 SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. sc.

Rnd 5: Ch up 3, DC in each st around, in ch sps put [2dc, ch 2, 2 dc], sl st to beg ch up 3.

 

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Pastel Overload Granny Square

I created this Pastel Overload Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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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 Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
DTR: Double Treble Crochet (YO Three Times)
FPDTR: Front Post Double Treble

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 6DC in ring. sl st to beg. ch 3.

Rnd 2: In any st: Ch 3, DC in st to the right of ch up 3, DC in st to left of ch up 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, *DC in next free st, DC in prev. st. repeat from * around. Sl st to Ch up 3. (16 DC) If this round is confusing, see video tutorial for visual instructions.

Rnd 3: In any st, ch up 3, DC in next st, ch 3, *dc2tog, ch 3, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st DC.

Rnd 4: In any ch 3 sp: Beg. Cluster, *Ch 5, cluster in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. cluster.

Rnd 5: Work in ch 3 sps from round 3: Ch up 6 (counts as TR + Ch 2), TR in same sp on other side of cluster, *TR in next ch 3 sp, Ch 2, TR in same sp on other side of cluster, repeat from * around, sl st to 4th ch of beg. ch 6.

Rnd 6: In any ch 2 sp: Ch 3 (counts as DC), [3 DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in same sp, * ch 2, 4 DC in next sp, ch 2, [4 DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in next sp, repeat from * around. sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 7: ch up 1. sc in each st, 2 sc in each ch 2 sp, and [2sc, ch 2, 2sc] in each corner.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Classic Man Scarf

It starts with a chill in the air and dew on the grass, the time of the year when we begin to add an extra layer for warmth. Why not do that in style for someone you love? With a touch of old-fashioned elegance and sophisticated elements of Jay Gatsby, The Classic Man Scarf is the perfect accessory for the man in your life. I have a personal bias with this particular model, being that he happens to be the man in MY life! This scarf is very versatile and can be worn in a multitude of ways as shown in these photos. The length provides possibility for many different looks.

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I combined a variety of stitches and textures to create this lovely piece that is sure to please even the most fashion conscious individual. Using the waffle stitch, half double crochet ribbed stitches, and waves, this multi-textured scarf is a perfect design for anyone. My design was made with three colors of soft yarn giving it all the comfort and warmth needed when we can’t get away from the cold weather.

Whether it’s a cool autumn day and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose or there is a Polar Vortex chilling you to the bone, The Classic Man Scarf is the perfect accessory for all those times you need to keep yourself nice and toasty, but still look fantastic doing it!

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No photo shoot is complete without a few fun bloopers! We work hard, but play hard too! Enjoy!

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

***You can always contact me 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
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Click here to get the full kit of supplies!**

Caron Simply Soft in Charcoal (250 Yards)
Caron Simply Soft in Black (210 Yards)
Premier Ever Soft Yarn in blue (Less than 50 yards)
Size G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use any type of yarn you want for this project as long as you have about 510 yards of yarn.
-You can use as many colors as you want and you don’t have to make this a masculine scarf if you want to make it in feminine colors, this would be pretty for anybody!
-This scarf measures 66 inches (167 cm) long, but you can continue the repeat and make it bigger if you want.
-The main part (wavy stitch) of this scarf is in multiples of 14+2 so you can make this as big as you want.

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
BLO: Work in the Back Loop Only
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet

Scarf
Main portion (Wavy)
With Charcoal
Ch 184 (Or any multiple of 14 + 2)
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, [SC in next, HDC in next 2, DC in next 2, TR in next 3, DC in next 2, HDC in next 2, SC in next 2], repeat across. SC in last st.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, *SC in next, HDC in next 2, DC in next 2, TR in next 3, DC in next 2, HDC in next 2, SC in next 2, repeat from * across. SC in last st. turn.
Row 3: With Black, Work in the 3rd Loop of each st, ch up 3, DC in each st across. (See video tutorial to see where 3rd loop is)
Row 4: With Charcoal: Sl St in each St across.
Row 5: Ch 4 (counts as TR), *TR in next, DC in next 2, HDC in next 2, SC in next 3, HDC in next 2, DC in next 2, TR in next 3, repeat from * across. End with TR in last st.
Row 6: Repeat Row 5
Row 7: Repeat Row 3 with Black yarn
Row 8: Repeat Row 4
Row 9-16: Repeat Rows 1-8 Once more
Row 17: Repeat Row 1 with Charcoal
Row 18: Repeat Row 2
Round 19: Ch up 3, DC in same st, work down the short side of the scarf, DC 32 sts evenly down the side (see video tutorial for specifics on where to place sts), when you get to the foundation row,

Sides:
Row 1: With Blue: Start in the middle DC in corner. Ch 1, HDC in each st to next corner middle DC (32 sts)

Row 2: CH 1, HDC in each st across.

Rows 3-7: Repeat Row 2

Change Color

Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC across, turn. (32)

Row 9: Ch 3, [DC in next st, FPDC in next, DC in next 2] 10 times, ch 3 turn.

Row 10: DC in next 2 sts, [FPDC in next 2 sts, DC in next st] 9 times, DC in last 2 sts.

Rows 11-20: Repeat Rows 9 and 10

Row 21: DC across. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

“Being a true gentleman never goes out of fashion.” ~Unknown

~Nadia

Did you like this scarf?? Make the Gentleman’s Scarf next!
Gentleman's Scarf

Crochet Tutorial: The Web We Weave Granny Square

I created The Web We Weave Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses quite a few chain stitches to create a look of a spider web! You can make this with the traditional black and white colors or you can get crazy with it and use bright colors or make your square bigger and just increase your chains each round to make your web larger! I hope you enjoy making your square!

This Spinning Spider Granny Square is a great match for The Web We Weave Granny Square! Make them both into a big blanket for a spooky afghan!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this granny square:

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

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

Pattern:

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

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

With Black:
SOLID GRANNY SQUARE:
Ch 4, sl st to beginning to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as DC + Ch 1 Sp), [DC, Ch 1] 7 times into ring. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 4. (8ch sps, 8 DC)

Rnd 2: Sl st into Ch sp, ch up 3, [2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same sp, *3dc in next ch sp, [3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in next ch sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 3-5: Ch up 3, DC in each st around putting [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corners

 

 

WEB:
With white, Attach yarn in center ring (see video tutorial)

Rnd 1: Ch up 5 (counts as DC + Ch 2 sp), [DC, ch 2] 7 times in center ring, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. If this gets confusing, see the video tutorial, it explains it a lot better.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, FPDC around ch up 3, [ch 3, FPDC around next st] 7 times, ch 3, sl st around FPDC

Rnd 3: Ch 1, FPDC around FPDC, [ch 4, FPDC around next st] 7 times, ch 4, sl st around FPDC

Rnd 4: Ch 1, FPDC around FPDC, [ch 5, FPDC around next st] 7 times, ch 5, sl st around FPDC

Rnd 5: Ch 1, FPDC around FPDC, [ch 6, FPDC around next st] 7 times, ch 6, sl st around FPDC

Rnd 6: Ch 1, FPDC around FPDC, [ch 7, FPDC around next st] 7 times, ch 7, sl st around FPDC

Rnd 7: Ch 1, FPDC around FPDC, [ch 8, FPDC around next st] 7 times, ch 8, sl st around FPDC

Rnd 8: Sl st into ch 8 sp, Sc in center st on background square and in next sts until the corner working in the ch sp and in each st (see video tutorial for visual instructions), *In corner, work in the FPDC st and in the corner ch 2 sp and put [sc, ch 2, sc], then work in the next ch 8 sp and in the next 10 sts and put a sc in each st, then sc in the fpdc and in the st behind it on the background square, then work in the next ch 8 sp and in the rest of the sts on the side until you get to the corner and then repeat from * around.

Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Enjoy!!

“O, what a tangled web we weave…” ~Walter Scott

~Nadia

 

Looking for a great project to make using this square? Make the Halloween Table Runner today!
Follow this link to see the pattern!

tablerunner

Crochet Tutorial: Butterfly Effect Granny Square

I created this Butterfly Effect Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create a look of a 3D Butterfly! You can make this with two-toned wings or have the wings be one color! This square turned out to be a little larger (8 1/2 inches) but if you use a smaller hook this square may turn out to be 6 or 7 inches. I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

**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:

**Click here to get the full kit of supplies!!**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Gold
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Amethyst
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Hyacinth
H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 8.5 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
Beg. Popcorn: ch up 3, 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Popcorn: 5 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Beg. TR Popcorn: ch up 4, 6 TR in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Picot: ch 3, sl st in 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.

Ch 4, sl st to beginning to form a ring

Rnd 1: Beg. Popcorn in ring, ch 2, 3DC in ring, ch 2, 3 DC in ring, ch 2, Popcorn in ring, Ch 2, [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] in ring, ch 2, sl st to beg. popcorn.

Rnd 2: Beg. Popcorn in popcorn, ch 2, Dc in ch 2 sp, DC in the next 3 sts, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, dc in next 3 sts, DC in ch 2 sp, ch 2, Popcorn in Popcorn, ch 2, DC in ch 2 sp, DC in next 3 sts, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, DC in next 3 sts, DC in ch 2 sp, Ch 2, sl st to beg. popcorn.

Rnd 3: Beg. Popcorn in popcorn, ch 2, DC in ch 2 sp, DC in next 6 sts [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, DC in next 6 sts, DC in ch 2 sp, ch 2, popcorn in popcorn, ch 2, DC in ch 2 sp, DC in next 6 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC in 6 sts, DC in ch 2 sp, ch 2, sl st to Beg. Popcorn st.

Rnd 4: Beg. TR Popcorn in popcorn st, ch 2, dc in ch 2 sp, dc in next 9 sts [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, dc in next 9 sts, dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, Popcorn in Popcorn, Ch 2, DC in ch 2 sp, DC in 9 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC in next 9 sts, DC in ch 2 sp, Ch 2, sl st to Beg. TR Popcorn.

Rnd 5: Sl st into ch 2 sp after TR Popcorn, Ch 3, DC in same sp, DC in next 12 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC in next 12 sts, 2 DC in ch 2 sp, Ch 2, Popcorn in popcorn, Ch 2, 2 DC in ch 2 sp, DC in next 12 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC in next 12 sts, 2 DC in ch 2 sp, ch 2, sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 6: Ch 3, DC in next 15 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, *DC in 16 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * 2 more times, sl st to ch up 3. (If this round is confusing, see video tutorial)

Rnd 7: Ch up 3, DC in next 17 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner. * DC in next 20 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * 2 more times, DC in last 2 sts, Sl st to ch up 3.

Rnd 8: Sc in each st around putting [2sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in corners.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Wings: (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Right wing:
Attach yarn with long tail for sewing later
Sl st around a DC in a popcorn st from round 3 toward the bottom of the butterfly body.
Row 1: Ch 4, sl st in both popcorn sts from round 1, ch 6, sl st in popcorn below the head. ch 1 turn.
Row 2: [5DC, TR, Picot, TR, 9 DC] in ch 6 sp, sl st in next 2 sl sts, [6 HDC, 2 DC, 3 HDC] In ch 4 sp, sl st in ch 4 sp, ch 1 turn.
Row 3: HDC in 11 sts, Sl st in next 2 sl sts, DC in 9 sts, [DC, Picot, DC] in picot, DC in next 6 sts and sl st in last st also. Fasten off with long tail.
Sew wing down flat. Weave in all ends.

Left wing:
Attach yarn with long tail for sewing later
Row 1: Sl st in popcorn st below the head. Ch 6, sl st in both popcorn sts from round 1, ch 4, sl t in popcorn st from round 3, ch 1 turn.
Row 2: [3HDC, 2 DC, 6HDC] in ch 4 sp, sl st in next 2 sl sts, [9DC, TR, Picot, TR, 5 DC] in ch 6 sp, sl st in ch 6  sp, ch 1 turn.
Row 3: DC in 6 sts, [DC, Picot, DC] in Picot, DC in 9 sts, sl st in next 2 sl sts, HDC in 11 sts, sl st in last st also. Fasten off with long tail.
Sew wing down flat. Weave in all ends.

Feelers/Antennae
With long tail, make slip knot
Ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st around Beg. TR Popcorn Stitch, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, fasten off with long tail. Sew feelers down flat.

Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Snail’s Pace Granny Square

I created this Snail’s Pace Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create a snail in a square! It’s for times in your life when you feel like you’re moving at a snail’s pace, but hey, at least you’re moving forward! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

**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:

**Get the full kit of supplies for this project here**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Buff
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Warm Brown
Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Light Green
H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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
B3: Bullion 3 (wrap yarn 3 times)
B4: Bullion 4 (wrap yarn 4 times)
LDC: Long Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

With color A, Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 1, 3 sc in ring, pull up loop and drop,  with color B, 3 sc in ring  (work in a continuous round)

Rnd 2: 2 HDC in next st, 2 B3 in next, 2 B3 in next, 1 B3 in next st, pull up loop and drop, Go back to color A, ch 1, [sc in next st, 2sc in next st] 5 times,  2sc in next 2 sts

Rnd 3: Put color B loop on hook, 2 B4 in next 14 sts, fasten off color B, pick up loop from color A, 1 HDC in next 21 sts, ch 4, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch,  hdc around hdc post of previous stitch, HDC in the next 7 sts, LDC in next 4 sts from previous round, Ch 3, sl st into next st, ch 6, DC4TOG over Chain, sl st to the ch 3 that you sl st’d to the spiral. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Start in 2nd st to the right of the tail: CH 3, DC in same st, DC in next st, DC in the HDC that’s worked around the post (See video tutorial), [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, DC in next 7 sts, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, DC in next st, HDC in next st, SC in next st, CH 1, DC in next st after the head, DC in next 3 sts, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, DC in next 7 sts, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, DC in last 3 sts.

Rnd 5: Ch up 3, DC in each st around, [2 DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corners

Rnd 6: Repeat round 5
Fasten off.

Antennae:

Ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch 8, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, fasten off with long tail. sew to square, (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: In the Garden Granny Square

I created this In the Garden Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting floral design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
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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 Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
DTR: Double Treble Crochet (YO Three Times)
FPDTR: Front Post Double Treble

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 1, 12 sc in ring. sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 2: In any st: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 2, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 1 st, sc in next st, repeat from * around. sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 3: In a corner ch 2 sp (see video tutorial for specific location): *Ch 3, 3DC in same sp, ch 3, sl st in same sp, 2sc in next ch 2 sp, sl into next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch of beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 4: Sl st around the beg. ch up 3 from prev. round: Ch 1, 3 sc around beg. ch 3. *HDC in next 3 sts, 3sc around next ch 3, ch 2, 3 sc around next ch up 3, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 5: In any 1st sc of 2sc grouping from round 3: *Ch 4, sl st in next sc, ch 5, sl st in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch of beg. ch 4.

Rnd 6: In ch 4 sp on side: Ch 1, *[SC, HDC, DC, Picot, DC, HDC, SC] in ch 4 sp, [3sc, ch 2, sc] in ch 5 sp, repeat from * around. sl st to 1st sc of this round. Fasten off.

Rnd 7: In corner ch 2 sp: Ch 4, [TR, ch 2, 2 TR] in same corner sp, *Sk 1 st, TR in next, Ch 1, SC in picot, Ch 1, SK next 4 sts, TR in next, SK 1 st, [2TR, ch 2, 2 TR] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 4.

Rnd 8: In any corner: Ch 1, *sc in corner, FPDTR around middle DC of petal from round 3, ch 2, FPDTR around middle DC of petal again, SC in same corner on round 7, sc in next 3 sts, sc in ch 1 sp, DTR in skipped st from round 1, sc in ch 1 sp and in next 3 sts, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. sc.

Rnd 9: In any corner: Ch 3 (counts as DC) [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *DC in each st on side, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: In Full Bloom Granny Square

I created this In Full Bloom Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches including crocodile stitches to create an interesting floral design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

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

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 Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
Crocodile Stitch: 5 FPDC up the post, ch 2, 5 FPDC down the next post

Pattern:

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

 

Rnd 1: Ch 5, sl st to 5th ch from hook, [ch 4, sl st in same ch] 3 times. (4 ch sps)

Rnd 2: In any ch sp: Ch 1, sc 6 times in each ch sp. sl st to 1st sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 3: in any 2nd sc from 6sc grouping: ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. (8 ch 2 sps)

Rnd 4: In ch sp on the side (see video tutorial for specific location): *[Ch 1, 3DC, sl st, 3DC, sl st, 3DC, sl st] in ch sp, sl st in next ch sp, SC in same ch sp, sl st into next ch sp, repeat from * around sl st to beg ch sp and sl st to 1st sc.

 

Rnd 5: In any sc: Ch 7 (counts as DC + Ch 4 sp), *SC in middle petal, ch 4, DC in next sc, ch 4, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 7. (8ch 4 sps)

Rnd 6: In any ch 4 sp: Ch up 3, 5 DC in same sp, *6 DC in next sp, ch 3, 6 DC in next sp, Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, sl st to beg ch 3. Fasten off.

**Rnd 7 starts making the crocodile stitches. See video tutorial for visual instructions for this next part.**

Rnd 7: Starting at the bottom of a DC before a ch 3 sp: *Crocodile Stitch, ch 1, sk 3 sts, Crocodile Stitch, ch 1, sk 3 sts, Crocodile Stitch, SC in DC from Round 5, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 8: Working on sts from Round 6: DC in each st putting [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corners

Rnd 9: In any corner: Ch 1, *[3sc, ch 2, 3sc] in corner, sc in next st, sc in next st pinning down crocodile st from round 7, sc in next 5 sts, sc in next pinning down crocodile st, sc in next 6 sts, sc in next pinning down crocodile st, sc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. sc.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Wrinkled Rose Granny Square

I created this Wrinkled Rose Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting 3-D design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

WrinkledRose

 

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

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

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

Pattern:

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

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
FPSC: Front Post Single Crochet
X-Stitch: Sk 1 st, DC in next st, Ch 2, DC in sk’d st

Pattern:

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

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), TR in ring, DC in ring, Ch 2, [DC, TR, DC, Ch 2] 3 times, sl st to beg.

Rnd 2: In any ch 2 sp: Ch 1, sc in same sp, *3DC in next st, FPSC around TR, 3DC in next st, [SC, CH 2, SC] in corner, repeat from * around ending with sc, ch 2 in beg. corner, sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 3: In any FPSC:  Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in same st, *2TC in each of the next 3 sts, TC in next st, SK ch sp, TC in net st, TC in previous st again (X-made), TC in same st after ch sp, (see video tutorial for visual instructions), 2 TC in each of the next 3 sts, [2DC, CH 2, 2DC] in FPSC, repeat from * around ending with 2 DC, ch 2, sl st to beg. Fasten off.

Work behind work for Round 4.

Rnd 4: In any Skipped ch 2 sp from Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as DC), [DC ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 5, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg.

Rnd 5: In Corner, Ch 3 (counts as DC), Make an X-Stitch tacking down the Treble-X from the Petal on the Flower (see video tutorial for visual instructions), DC in same ch sp from round 4’s corner, DC in next 2 sts, *6 DC in ch sp, DC in corner, X-Stitch tacking down the Treble-X from the petal on the flower, DC in same corner, DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg.

Rnd 6: Ch 3, FPDC on next st, [DC, ch 2, DC] in corner, FPDC around next st, DC in 6 st, TR in ch 2 sp of flower petals (round 3), working between the DC’s from prev. round, DC in next 6 sts, FPDC on next st, Repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rnd 7: DC in each st around putting [DC, ch 2, DC] in corners. Sl st to beginning, Fasten off.

 

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Cornershop Granny Square

I created this Cornershop Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create a look with popping corners! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat

Cornershop

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

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

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

Pattern:

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

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

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 (YO twice)
Beg. Popcorn: ch up 3, 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Popcorn: 5 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Cluster: YO, insert hook, YO pull through, YO pull through 2, YO, insert hook, YO pull through, YO pull through 2, YO, insert hook, YO pull through, YO pull through 2, YO pull through all 4 loops on hook. Cluster made.

Pattern:

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

Ch 8, sl st to beginning to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as DC + Ch 1 sp), [Popcorn, ch 1, popcorn, ch 1, dc, ch 1] 4 times in ring. ending with a popcorn. sl st to 3rd ch of ch up 3. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rnd 2: In any ch 1 sp between popcorn sts, ch 5 (counts as DC + ch 2 sps), DC in same sp, *ch 2, FPDC around DC from rnd 1, ch 2, [DC, ch 2, DC] in ch 1 sp between popcorns, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5.

Rnd 3: In corner, Ch up 4, *[Cluster, ch 1] 2 times in next sp, [Cluster, ch 1] 2 times in next sp, [DC, ch 2, DC] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 4: In corner, ch up 4, *Popcorn in ch 1 sp, ch 1, DC in next st, DC in ch 1 sp, DC in cluster, DC in ch 1 sp, DC in cluster, DC in ch 1 sp, DC in cluster, Ch 1, Popcorn in next ch 1 sp, Ch 1, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next corner, Ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 4.

Rnd 5: In any corner, ch up 3, [1DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner, *2DC in next ch sp before popcorn, sk popcorn st, DC in next 7 sts, Sk popcorn st, 2 DC in ch 1 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3.

 

Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Enjoy!!

Island in the Sea Blanket

As we continue our journey through the 365 Days of Granny Squares, we have accumulated 210 squares as of today! If you are like me, your storage containers are busting full and are in need of projects to be made! I began this Island in the Sea Blanket as my second project in my series of blankets that I plan to make using these granny squares.

I named this piece because of the unique square from day 75. I went on to finishing the square as per the written pattern by Aurora. It turned out larger than any of the squares in our collection. I had to find a use and decided this was the perfect way to showcase this beautiful granny! I surrounded it with double crochet rows of various shades of cool tones to create an island oasis in a sea of blue.

This blanket utilizes 5 other large squares that we have made this year as well as 14 of our smaller squares. I have listed each square I used in this project below with links to their video tutorials.

This is just my idea to use these squares in a bigger project, but you can get as creative as you want to make a blanket or other projects where these can come in handy!

As we embarked on this project, I have witnessed an incredible amount of creativity that has come from others participating in these daily squares. I’m so happy to see everyone Hashtagging #365DaysofGrannySquares and #YARNutopia. I am watching everyone’s posts and progress! *Double Tap*

The purpose of this project was to teach a variety of stitches and expand our crochet knowledge in granny squares that exist. I have seen an array of beautiful blankets, pillow covers, jackets, and many other pieces of art springing forth from this creativity from everyone participating. Each square is a small piece of art that was meant for a bigger purpose.

This is the original layout of my blanket:
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Here is a closeup to show that I made a double crochet border around each square and then sewed them together:
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Here I am working on the blanket, finishing up the sewing!
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Here is my finished blanket draped over the sofa:13553281_1153400918055498_521965263_n
Step By Step:
-I crocheted a double crochet border around each granny square (I would recommend 1 round of a border for each square, but if it doesn’t line up, you can add 2 rounds on the smaller squares to make them the right size)
-Then, I sewed the large squares together in a row
-I started crocheting my rows of blue using double crochet. I worked in the Back Loops Only to make a ribbed look (that’s optional) Then I made 5 rows of each color. (You can change color as often as you want)
-Once I had 5 sections done, I sewed my giant square to the center of my work.
-I started crocheting on the right side of the large square, making rows and stopping once I hit that square, then turned my work and continued on my way to make the rows until that side lined up with the large square. Then I fastened that side off.
-I attached my yarn to the left side and did the same thing, working rows of double crochet until that was the same height as the center square. Once both sides were surrounding the square, I sewed up the left and right side of the square to the double crochet rows.
-Once that was all done, I continued to crochet along just like I was on the opposite end of the blanket above the large island square. (5 rows of each color, changing colors 5 times)
-Then, I sewed the small squares together and then sewed them to the last row of the blanket.
-Once my blanket was all put together, I crocheted a simple double crochet border around the entire piece.
-I had a lot of ends to weave in, but it was all worth it!

I used an H-5.00mm crochet hook to make this blanket
I used all Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

Row of Large Squares:
Number 156
Number 146
Number 127
Number 167
Number 113

Center Square:
I went on to making my square bigger, using THIS PATTERN.
Number 75

Smaller Squares:
Number 178
Number 166
Number 27
Number 111
Number 70
Number 160
Number 164
Number 121
Number 138
Number 175
Number 104
Number 115
Number 150
Number 49

Crochet Tutorial: Be the Light Granny Square

I created this design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It combines popcorn stitches (my favorite!), and a few other crochet stitches to create a look that reminds me of a lantern. It inspired me to name it “Be the Light.” I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

BetheLight

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

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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 Yarn in as many colors as you want. I just used scrap yarn.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension.
-The finished square measures 8 inches (approx. 20 cm)

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
EDC: Extended Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Popcorn: 5dc in same st, remove hook from loop, put hook in 1st dc of grouping, put loop back on hook, pull through, tight. Popcorn made.
Beg. Popcorn: 4dc in same st as ch up 3, remove hook from loop, put hook in ch up 3, put loop back on hook, pull through, tight, Beg. Popcorn made.

Pattern:

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

Start with Magic Ring or ch 6 and sl st to beginning to form ring.

Rnd 1: Beg. Popcorn, *ch 1, Popcorn, repeat from * until there are 8 popcorn sts, ch 1, sl st to beg. popcorn st. (8 popcorn sts, 8 ch 1 sps)

Rnd 2: In Ch 1 sp, ch 1, 2 sc in each ch sp around. sl st to beginning. (16 sc)

Rnd 3: ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. sl st to beginning. (32 sc)

Rnd 4: ch 3, beg. popcorn in same st, ch 2, *sk next st, popcorn in next st, ch 2, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. popcorn. (16 popcorn sts, 16 ch 2 sps)

Rnd 5: In any ch 2 sp, ch 1, *SC in same sp, EDC in sk’d st from rnd 3, SC in same sp, repeat from * in each ch sp around, sl st to beginning. (48 sts)

Rnd 6: In any 1st sc of grouping, ch 3, dc in same st, * ch 2, 2dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in 6 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around ending with hdc in last 2 sts, sl st to beginning. (56 sts)

Rnd 7: In ch 2 corner sp, ch 1, [sc, ch 2, sc] in same sp, * sc in next 6 sts, [sc, hdc, dc, sc, dc] in next st, ch 3, [dc, sc, dc, hdc, sc] in next st, sc in next 6 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beginning.

Rnd 8: In ch 2 corner sp, ch 4 (counts as TR), [TR, ch 2, 2TR] in same sp, * ch1, sk 1 st, tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, tr in next, ch 1, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 1, sk over 6 sts, tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, [2tr, ch 2, 2tr] in corner. Repeat from * around, sl st to ch 4. (watch video tutorial to learn this round, it’s easier than it seems!

Rnd 9: In corner sp, ch 1, *[2sc, ch 2, 2sc] in corner, sc in each st and ch sp across (19 sts), repeat from * around. sl st to beginning.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

~Nadia Fuad

Free Crochet Pattern: Color Pop Baby Blanket

I wanted to create an unconventional piece for a baby. I have somebody close to me that is having a baby soon and I was inspired to think outside the box with this amazing Color Pop Baby Blanket. Steering away from the “traditional” pastel colors or pinks and blues for gender specifications, I wanted to create something that is gender neutral as the mother and father do not know the baby’s gender.

Using that inspiration and that element of surprise, I wanted to make something that just WOW’s the nursery and the arrival of this new baby. This amazing piece started to form from a small creative idea that I had.

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This bright and colorful blanket combines a variety of stitches to give rich texture with a cheerful *pop* of color in the stripes! I framed the entire piece with a crocheted pom border as well. This border is very reminiscent of the 1970’s trend, but I have added new life to the retro look. It is fabulous!

Not only will this be a great addition to any nursery, but it would serve as a secondary purpose of being a great play throw to have to crawl around on the floor with. There are so many sensory textures.

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In this baby blanket, I used popcorn stitches, granny stitches, double crochets, single crochets, cluster stitches, puff stitches, and treble crochets.  You can even make this blanket bigger to make an afghan or even a full bedspread! Get creative!

You can use any colors you like, so if you know the gender of the baby, you could make this in a variety of hues of one color or make this in one solid color. The possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to see what you create! This was such a fun project!

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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to crochet this blanket:

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

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Pattern:

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

Materials:

**Click here to get the full kit of supplies for this project**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in all different colors
Frosty Green
Lavender
Turqua
Buff
Jade
White
Burgundy
Spring Green
Carrot
Peacock
Size J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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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 47 inches X 45 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 1 month to complete (But I did not work on it continuously)
-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/Ch4 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
LDC2TOG: Long Double Crochet Decrease (Work a Double Crochet Decrease in the previous row, working around chain space)
PC: Popcorn (4 DC in st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st dc of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through stitch. Popcorn made)
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.


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Pattern: Change color every row.

Ch 128
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 3, turn. (127)

Row 2: *PC in next st, ch 1, DC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (64 DC, 63 PC, 63 Ch 1 sps)

Row 3: SC in each dc and in each ch 1 sp. Do NOT sc in the PC’s, ch 3, turn (127)

Row 4: 2DC in same st as ch up3, *ch 1, sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, repeat from * ending with 3 dc in last st, ch 1, turn. (43 groups of dc)

Row 5: sc in same st as ch 1 and in next 2 sts, *LDC2TOG working around ch 1 sp into sts from Row 3, sc in next 2 sts, sk next st, Repeat from * across, ch 4, turn. (see video tutorial for visual instructions) (129 sts)

Row 6: * Sk next st, TR in next st, TR in skipped st (cross stitch made), repeat from * across ending with TR in last st, ch 1, turn. (129 TR)

Row 7: SC across, ch 1, turn. (125 sc–if you end up with 129 sc, that’s okay too!)

Row 8: sc in same st as ch 1, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * turn. (43 sc, 42 ch 2 sps)

Row 9: 3 DC in each ch 2 sp (AKA Granny Stitch), skipping sc’s. ch 3, turn. (126 dc)

Row 10: DC in next st, PS in next st (middle st of Granny Stitch), DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn.

Rows 11-40: repeat rows 1-10 (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 41: Repeat Row 9

Row 42: Repeat Row 8

Row 43: Repeat Row 7

Row 44: repeat row 6

Row 45: Repeat Row 3

Row 46: Repeat Row 4

Row 47: Repeat Row 5

Row 48: Repeat Row 2

Row 49: Repeat Row 1

Row 50: Repeat Row 10

Rows 51-79: Repeat Rows 41-50

Fasten off and start border:

BORDER:
Rnd 1: SC around entire blanket putting 3 sc in each corner. Sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 6, 3DC cluster in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 3, 3 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in ch where 1st cluster was made, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc in next st. (see video tutorial for visual instructions) Sl st to beginning and fasten off!

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

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

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Crochet Tutorial: Nintendo NES Controller Pixel Blanket

486 pixels were stitched over the past few months and each one was made with love. The creation of this pixel blanket was made to be given to Nate in time for his birthday today, March 30th, 2016.

Nate is a video game enthusiast and early on I decided to create something epic for his special day. My idea formulated around a discussion about vintage video games we each played as kids. He loved Zelda, and mentioned the Nintendo NES system as a favorite. Of course, this had me scrambling in my creative way to find the perfect project to bring this favorite retro past-time to life. Behold the creation of the Nintendo NES Controller Pixel Blanket!

Pixel Blanket

I searched the internet for ideas on how to bring my vision to fruition and came across the blog from Repeat Crafter Me who created a Cupcake Pixel Blanket and I went into crazy creative overdrive!!

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I decided to try to graph this project out on paper and found a photo of this controller by just doing a Google Search.  Once the graph was made, it was a series of mathematics calculations to figure out how much each square would equal in a measurement of inches. I wanted the overall size to be about the size of a queen-size bed. The calculations for this blanket equal the equivalent of 54 inches wide x 80 inches long.

Graph Without Buttons/Cord
Once the size was determined, then the calculation of how many pixels of each color would have to be figured out.

Pixel Graph with Buttons and Cord
All these calculations can be found in the pattern below.  Each square has to be individually created based on these initial calculations. It was easiest for me to work color by color. I began with grey, black, red, then lastly white. Once each square was made, I began to lay them out to determine if the vision in my mind was exactly what I pictured. This was the part where I held my breath hoping that I hadn’t made any mistakes in my calculations!  Below you will see the pixels all laid out on the floor.

Pixels laid out on my living room floor
Once the pixels were laid out and my design was satisfactory, the process of sewing these tiny squares was my next major step. Working in rows, I worked my way across first, then down, as shown in the tutorial video. Soon this project began to come together in the perfect work of art I envisioned!

Pixels with Buttons

 I added a few details to enhance this design. Instead of pixels, I crocheted two circles for the buttons on the controller and a crochet chain to emulate a cord coming from underneath the controller going to an invisible console. Once complete, this labor of my love became one of the most amazing creations I have made thus far. It was, by far, the best gift and was received with delight!

Happy Birthday Nate!!

Pixel

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Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this pixel blanket:

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:

**Click here to get the kit of supplies for this project!**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Gray Heather
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Cherry Red
Amount: Black: 760 yards White: 1400 yards Gray: 740 yards Red: <200 yards
Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:

-You can use any yarn brand you want, as long as you stick to the colors White, Black, Gray, and Red to make the pixel photo in the end as long as it’s an 8ply or 10ply yarn (worsted weight/double knitting).
-This took me a very long time to make. I started it in January 2016, but haven’t worked on it consistently, and I finished it on March 26th, 2016.
-You could use a smaller hook to make this smaller.
-This measures 80 inches across and 54 inches tall
-When you attach your squares in the back, they puff up making a 3D look to the pixels. It looks great!
-The Cord is optional, but the circle buttons need to be included to make the Pixel photo complete

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

Pixels:
Make 231 White
Make 5 Red
Make 107 Gray
Make 143 Black
Total Pixels: 486

Time started in video tutorial: 00:10:04

Rnd 1: Chain 3 and make 2 DC in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1 and join to the top of the ch 2, ch 2

Rnd 2: DC in same stitch as your ch 2, DC in next 2 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, chain two and join to the first DC, ch 1

Rnd 3: SC in first 4 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, do not join.
Fasten off and follow video tutorial to learn how to make an invisible join.

Circle (Buttons A and B on Controller): Make 2

Time started in video tutorial: 00:22:42

ch 2.
Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)
Round 3: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)
Round 4: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)
Round 5: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)
Round 6: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)
Round 7: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (42)
Round 8: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (48)
Round 9: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (54)
Round 10: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (60)
Round 11: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (66)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Cord: (Optional) With Black.
Time started in video tutorial: 00:43:25
Chain 40 (or an amount that is long enough)
Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.
Fasten off with  long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew your squares together following along with the photos and video tutorial for visual instructions.
Attaching Pixels
Time started in video tutorial: 00:35:25
Then it starts again at 00:46:05

Sew Circles on blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions.
Attaching circles: Time started in video tutorial: 00:58:40

Sew Cord on blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions.
Time started in video tutorial: 1:03:11

Border:
Single crochet around entire blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions. Put 3 sc in each of the 4 corners of the blanket.
Time started in video tutorial: 00:54:18

Enjoy!

“Keep calm and game on.” ~Unknown

~Nadia

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Crochet Tutorial: Mini Square Bunny Lovey

In the third part of all things baby week, I bring you the Mini Square Bunny Lovey! In keeping with the Granny Square theme (See 365 Days of Granny Squares project), I’ve created this cute little lovey to match the shoes, dress, and hat.

Bunny Lovey
Bunny Lovey
Bunny Lovey

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

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

Materials:

**Click here to get the full kit of supplies to make this project!**

Bernat Softee Baby in Pink (Approx. 70 yards)
Herrschners Whisper Soft Yarn in White (Approx. 150 Yards)
Size G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can make the Granny Squares bigger to make this lovey bigger.

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

Mini Granny Square: Make 4
Ch 4
Rnd 1: Work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, work (3 dc in same ch sp, ch 2) 3 times; join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Attach new color in any ch 2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 2 dc in same sp; ch 1, * work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next sp (corner made); ch 1, repeat form * twice more, ending with 3 DC in beginning ch 2 sp where we started. join. Fasten off. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Outer part of granny square:
Row 1: In any corner of the mini granny square, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp; ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, *[3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in corner, ch 1 sp, 3 dc in next corner. Ch 4, turn

Row 2: 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, [3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, dc in last st on row. Ch 3, turn

Row 3: 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, [3dc, ch 1] in each sp until corner, [3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in corner, ch 1 [3dc, ch 1] ending with 3 dc in last sp.

Repeat the same concept of row 2 and row 3 until you make your square big enough. End on an odd row. I ended mine on row 7.

Assembly Step:
Once you have all 4 squares complete and as big as you want them to be, single crochet them together then continue on to the border.

Border of lovey:

Rnd 1: In any corner, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, [3dc, ch 1] in each sp until you get to the intersection where the two squares meet. Dc in the single crochet from the meeting (see video tutorial for visual instructions), then continue working [3dc, ch 1] in each sp. (Corner: 3dc, ch 2, 3dc), work this pattern all the way around.

Rnd 2: In any ch 1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, *7dc in next ch 1 sp, sc in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Bunny:
Head:
ch 2
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each st. (12)
Rnd 3: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (36)
Rnds 7-10: Sc in each st. (36)
Rnd 11: (Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (30)
Rnd 12: (Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (24)
Rnd 13: (Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (18)
Rnd 14: (Sc2tog, sc in next st) 6 times. (12)
Rnd 15: sc2tog 6 times. (6)
Fasten off with long tail
Embroider Eyes and nose using photo as a guide

Ear: Make 2
ch 2
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: Sc 2 in each st. (12)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 5: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)
Rnds 7-10: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 11: [sc2tog, sc in the next 10 sts] 2 times. (22)
Rnds 12-15: SC in each st around. (22)
Rnd 16: [sc2tog, sc in the next 9 sts] 2 times. (20)
Rnds 17-20: SC in each st around. (20)
Rnd 21: [sc2tog, sc in the next 8 sts] 2 times. (18)
Rnd 22-23: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnd 24: [sc2tog, sc in the next 7 sts] 2 times. (16)
Rnds 25-26: SC in each st around. (16)
Rnd 27: [sc2tog, sc in the next 6 sts] 2 times. (14)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly step:
Sew ears to head, use photo for visual guide. Sew head to center of blanket.
Weave in all loose ends.

Enjoy!

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Crochet Tutorial: Adult Shark Blanket

It’s a “fin-tastic” day for YARNutopia as we release the video tutorial and free pattern for the shark tail. A much anticipated blog post for this “Jaw-some” blanket. *Queue JAWS music here*

Shark Tail
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Klik hier voor de vertaling (DUTCH TRANSLATION)

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make the shark blanket that is in the photo:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Thank you, and happy hooking!

Sizing:
The video tutorial is for the size LARGE that will fit anybody that is 5+ feet tall.
Watch the end of the video to get tips on to make yours smaller or bigger.

Materials:

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-Red Heart Super Saver Medium (worsted) weight yarn: (Click links to get yarn)
For the Large size I used approximately 1700 yards of Gray Heather, Small amounts of Black, White, and Cherry Red.
If you cannot get these exact brands of yarn, go to Yarnsub.com to find an equivalent type of yarn.
Size K-6.50mm AND I-5.50mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stuffing (optional)

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
BLO: Back Loop Only
DC: double crochet
Sc: single crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
TC: Treble Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
HDC2TOG: Half-Double Crochet Decrease
SC2TOG:Single Crochet Decrease
Notes:

Watch the video tutorial to make this smaller or bigger. At the end of the video tutorial I give clear instructions on how to make this smaller. Just stop increasing at the point where you feel it has reached the size you are trying to accomplish, then jump to the directions for row 44 and make it however long you want it to be.
-Ch 2 at the beginning of row/round does NOT count as a stitch. (See video tutorial for clear instructions)
-The Blanket part is made using a K-6.50mm size crochet hook, and all the fins and embellishments are made using the I-5.50mm crochet hook.
-For the Tail Fin, Dorsal Fin, and Eyes, work in the BLO

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Size Large Shark Blanket

With K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Ch 3

Rnd 1: DC 10 in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st to beginning dc. ch 2 (10)

Rnds 2-3: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (10)

Rnd 4: DC 2 in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 5-6: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 7: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next st) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnds 8-9: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnd 10: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 2 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnds 11-12: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnd 13: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 3 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 14-15: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 16: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 4 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnds 17-18: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnd 19: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 5 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnds 20-21: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnd 22: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 6 sts) 10 stimes. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

Rnds 23-24: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 25: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 7 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnds 26-27: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnd 28: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 8 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

Rnds 29-30: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 31: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 9 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (110)

Rnds 32-33: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2.

Rnd 34: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 10 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnds 35-36: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnd 37: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 11 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 38-39: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 40: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 12 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnds 41-42: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnd 43: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 13 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (150)

(At this point, if it is NOT as wide as you need it, continue established pattern just increasing the stitches evenly until it is as wide as you need it to be. See video for visual instructions)

We will now be working in rows. If you do not want to work in rows, watch the video tutorial for visual instructions on how to make this a full cocoon style.

You can make this however long you want. I did 30 rows, but you can do less or more depending on how long you want to make your shark.

Row 44-74: DC in each st across. DO NOT sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2, turn. (150)
Fasten off, weave in end.

Gum Line:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
Attach Red yarn
Row 75: HDC in each st across. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Teeth:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
With White
Attach to one end
*Ch 6, Sl St in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TC in next, Sk 3 sts on red gum line, Sl St in next st on row 75. Repeat from * across. (see video tutorial if this part is a little confusing)

 

Tail Fin
Make 2 with I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
With 2 strands of yarn in Gray,
Work in the BLO

Row 1: Chain 52, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (50dc)

Row 2: DC2TOG twice, DC in each stitch across, ch 2, Turn (48dc)

Row 3:  DC in each stitch until the last 4 sts, DC2TOG twice, ch 2, turn (46dc)

Row 4-11: repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have 30 sts

Row 12: 2 DC in first 2 sts, DC across, ch 2, turn (32dc)

Row 13: DC in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2 DC in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (34)

Row 14-21: Repeat rows 12 & 13 until you have 50 sts.
Do not fasten off, continue to sc around entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew both tails together to make it extra thick, Stuff tail if you would like. Cinch around top to make it smaller, then sew it around rnd 10 of the body. (see video tutorial for this part)

Pectoral Fins
(Make 2) with I-5.50mm crochet hook
With 2 strands of yarn in gray,

Row 1: Ch 17, HDC in 3rd ch from hook and across. Ch 2, turn. (15)

Row 2-6: HDC in each st across, ch 2 turn. (15)

Row 7: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 11 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (13)

Row 8: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (13)

Row 9: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 9 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (11)

Row 10: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (11)

Row 11: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 7 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 12: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 13: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 5 sts, HDC2TOG, Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 14: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 15: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 3 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (5)

Row 16: HDC in each st across. Ch 1 turn

Continue to SC around entire fin, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Sew both fins to blanket (See video for visual instructions)

Dorsal Fin:
This fin is worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm crochet hook

With 2 strands of yarn in gray
Work in BLO

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

Rnd 2-3: Sc in each st (6)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 3 times. (9)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st. (9)

Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 3 times. (12)

Rnds 7-8: Sc in each st (12)

Rnd 9: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 10: Sc in each st. (18)

Rnd 11: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Rnd 12: Sc in each st. (24)

Rnd 13: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)

Rnd 14: Sc in each st. (30)

Rnd 15: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (36)

Rnds 16-19: Sc in each st. (36)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Stuffing is optional, sew to body of shark.
(See video for sewing instructions)

Eyes: Make 2
The eyes are worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm Crochet Hook in Black

Work in the BLO

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

Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each st. (12)

Rnd 3: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Add white yarn detail in eye (see video for visual instructions)
Sew to body.

Gills: Make 4 (or as many as you want)
FDC 20
OR Ch 22, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.

Fasten off with long tail. Sew to body behind eyes.

Finishing:
Sew Eyes to row 13 of gray color from mouth
Sew Pectoral Fins to line 26 of gray color from mouth
Sew Dorsal Fin to line 30 of gray color from mouth.
See video tutorial for these specific placements.
Sew in all loose ends.
Enjoy being eaten by a shark!!

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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

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Crochet Tutorial: Ripple Puff Stitch Baby Blanket

Baby blankets are perfect for cuddling, swaddling, napping, and security. They also make the perfect luxurious handmade gift. This video tutorial is of an heirloom vintage inspired baby blanket using the ripple puff stitch. I found this free written pattern online. I followed the pattern pretty close but I added a border around the entire piece. You can find the free pattern here. 

This generously sized super soft cuddly blanket is perfect for any nursery layette and is sure to be a baby or toddler’s favorite. I used one skein of each color of Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn Iced Mint, White, Baby Pink, and Soft Blue. I’m in awe of how pretty this stitch turned out using these colors!

Ripple Puff Stitch Baby Blanket

Ripple Puff Stitch Baby Blanket

Follow along with this video to learn how to make this lovely baby blanket.

A handmade heirloom blanket is a gift that a child will cherish forever. It can be made in a medley of colors or one solid tone. This is adaptable to any type of yarn and you can go up in hook size as well.

Although the video tutorial shows how to make a baby blanket, you can apply the same technique and continue to expand the size by increasing the amount of chains. This pattern is in multiples of 18 (+2), and I explain in the video how to make it bigger.

This will add and elegant touch to any nursery.

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“Read me a story,
tuck me in tight,
say a sweet prayer,
and kiss me goodnight…”

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Ribbon and Bow Hat

I had a request to make a baby girl hat in red and white, and it had to have a BOW! I LOVE girly things, and I LOVE bows! This was the best combination for a quick and easy project that I could film a tutorial for! Seriously, this project is great for the beginner crocheter, but everybody can enjoy making this adorable hat!

Bowtastic!

I found this free pattern online at Classy Crochet, and I got some inspiration to make this hat. I did not follow the pattern completely, so if you follow along with my video it will be a little different than the written pattern. I used the hat shell pattern completely and it turned out great. However, I modified the bow using my own method. You can watch this video to make your bow bigger or smaller.

This hat would be perfect to give as a gift to any baby girl, for a baby shower gift, or even for your own little one! You can change out the bow and add a flower, you can leave it plain with just a stripe, or you could add your own embellishments!

In this video I demonstrate how to crochet a baby hat that will fit a 9-12 month old baby. If you want to make a smaller hat, use an H-5.00mm hook. If you want it larger, use a J-6.00mm hook.

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Crochet Tutorial: Mermaid Tail Afghan Pattern—3 Sizes (Small: Child, Medium: Teen, Large: Adult)

MermaidAfghan
Several weeks ago, a few of my friends contacted me showing me a photo they found online of a mermaid blanket. Not all mermaid blankets were exactly the same, so I did my own research and used variations of different stitches and patterns I found on the internet, I created my own mermaid afghan. Since I borrowed stitches from several different patterns (including this pattern by Mad Hooker), I combined them to make my own in this exclusive FREE pattern that I have written. Below you will find the instructions to make 3 different sizes (Small, Medium, Large). You can use any combination of colors to create the scale look. This is an easy to follow pattern, and I highly recommend watching the video tutorial to follow along if you get stuck. Enjoy and Happy Hookin’! ~Nadia


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Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Thank you, and happy hooking!

Sizing: 
Size Small will fit a child that is 4 feet-5 feet tall.
The Medium will fit anybody that is 5 feet to 6 feet tall (this is the one I filmed), and
the Large fits anybody over 6 feet tall.
The Width for each is the same so it can fit larger or skinnier people. It measures approximately 50 inches wide. 

View this video to help with making SIZE MEDIUM of this Mermaid Afghan:

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Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Medium (worsted) weight yarn: The skeins of yarn are Approx.364 yds (333 m) per skein. Please keep that in mind when you are purchasing yarn.
Size Small:  2 skeins Macaw, 1 skein Jade, and 1 skein Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
Size Medium: 3 skeins Macaw, 2 skeins Jade, and 2 skeins Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
Size Large: 4 skeins Macaw, 3 skeins Jade, and 3 skeins Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
If you cannot get these exact brands of yarn, go to Yarnsub.com to find an equivalent type of yarn.

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Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
DC: double crochet
Sc: single crochet
Sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together (see Notes for Blanket portion)

Notes:

-When you finish this project, you may sew up the “open” side to make this a full cocoon style. You may also crochet a single crochet around the entire edge to “cover up” the edges where you sew in your ends.
-To sew in your ends, just take a yarn needle and hide all the ends back into your work. (I do not show how to do this in this video, but if you watch any of my other video tutorials, I show how I sew in my ends if you want to do it like me).
-The chain is the same in all sizes, but if you dont want it that wide, chain something that is in groups of 6 +2. So if you chain something that is 114 + 2, you would have 116 chains. I hope that makes sense!
-Ch 3 at beg of rnd counts as dc throughout.
Change color after every row, sew in ends as you go
-sc2tog on “blanket” portion means to go into the middle st of 5dc group, yarn over, go into the middle st of the next 5dc group, yarn over, then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.
-To make the tail fin bigger: Repeat rows 2 and 3 for however big you want it to be (maybe 60 or 70 stitches), then repeat rows 14 and 15 to decrease for the other half. I hope that makes sense!

Small

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 sts,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 sts, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 sts, sc in next dc (middle DC), skip 2 sts, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-50: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will need to be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 51.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 51:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 50 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 52: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 51) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 52. (see video to help explain this)
Round 53:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 54: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 55: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 56: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 55) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 56. (see video to help explain this)
Round 57: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 58: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 59: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 60: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

Medium (Demonstrated in Video Tutorial)

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 sts,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 sts, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 sts, sc in next dc (middle DC), skip 2 sts, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-66: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 67.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 67:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 66 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 68: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 67) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 68. (see video to help explain this)
Round 69:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 70: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 71: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 72: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 71) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 72. (see video to help explain this)
Round 73: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 74: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 75: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 76: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

Large

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 dc,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip 2 dc, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-74: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 75.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 75:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 74 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 76: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 75) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 76. (see video to help explain this)
Round 77:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 78: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 79: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 80: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 79) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 80. (see video to help explain this)
Round 81: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 82: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 83: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 84: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

Tail Fin (Same for all sizes)

Row 1: Chain 43, dc in 4th ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (40dc)
Row 2: Dc2tog, dc in each stitch across, ch 2, Turn (39dc)
Row 3:  DC in each stitch until the last 2 sts, dc2tog, ch 2, turn (38)
Row 4-11: repeat row 2 & 3 until you have 30 sts
Row 12: Dc2tog, Dc2tog, dc in each st across, ch 2, turn (28)
Row 13: Dc in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2dc in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (30)
Row 14: 2dc in first st, dc across, ch 2, turn (31)
Row 15: dc across until the last st, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn (32
Rows 16-23: Repeat rows 14 & 15 until you have 40 sts
Row 24: Dc across
Sc around entire tail, put 3 sc in each corner around, once you come back to the beginning do not fasten off, ch 1 and turn so you are working on the flat side of fin (the side edge that is going to be sewed to the tail)
I suggest watching the video to understand this next part.
Row 1: sc2tog across, ch 1 turn
Row 2: sc2tog across, ch 1 turn
Row 3: *sc2tog, sc next, repeat from * across, ch 1 turn
Row 4: *sc2tog, sc in next, repeat from * across,
Fasten off with long tail.
Sew to tail using photo and video provided at the beginning of this pattern for a guide.
 
Finishing:
Sew in all loose ends. Enjoy being a mermaid!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Baby Blanket

This pattern is so easy, there’s no need for a written pattern! Just use 2 stitches: Slip stitch and Half-double crochet! Simple as that! You can make this into a baby blanket, a large blanket, a pillow, a scarf, even a dishcloth! The possibilities are endless! Enjoy the video and Happy Hookin’!

Supplies used: 1 pound skein of Red Heart Designer Yarn in Aran and a 7.0mm hook

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Crochet Tutorial: Basic Baby Booties

In this video I share how to crochet baby shoes embellished with a button. This is not an original pattern, and I give FULL CREDIT to Repeat Crafter Me blogger. I will share HER pattern in the description of this video. Thank you for the free Pattern Stephanie!

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Mystery Afghan Crochet Along

Hello my fellow crafters!

For the past 10 weeks I participated in The Crochet Crowd‘s Mystery Afghan Crochet Along. Each week, Mikey would reveal a new clue in making this beautiful piece. For years I have followed Mikey and admired his ability to bring an entire crochet community together. It has motivated me to do something similar. This crochet along project has had its highs and lows. I am supremely satisfied with the final product, but at times, I was definitely challenged by it.

I struggled with Weeks 4-5, but my favorite was to see the squares as they transformed in Week 3. The highlight of the entire project was making the border. Before that, I felt like it looked like a bag of confetti thrown everywhere, but the border definitely tied it all in to make it a piece that I will definitely cherish or gift. I did have a lot of leftover yarn which I found surprising, but I can always use yarn, so that’s not a bad thing! I would consider doing more of these crochet along projects in the future. I had a lot of fun with this challenge, and each week’s reveal was exciting to see! I would highly recommend trying something like this to any crocheter.

Below are photos of each step that I took. If you click the photo, it will link you to the video tutorial that was provided by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd and Yarnspirations.

Supplies used:
H size hook (5.00mm)

4 skeins of Caron Simply Soft yarn in color A, 2 Skeins of colors B, C, and D.

Scissors and a Yarn Needle
Week One

 

Week Two

 

Week Three

 

Weeks Four and Five

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Week 6 and 7

Weeks 8 & 9

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FINISHED!

Week 10

 

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Under the Sea Mermaid Blanket

‘Under the sea,’ this is the type of mermaid I would be!

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Mermaid Blanket

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Baby Blanket using a Shell Stitch

In this video I share how to make a wavy baby blanket using the shell stitch (5dc in same stitch). Watch this video to learn how you can make one too!
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Questions? Email: nadiafdeane@yahoo.com put “Shell Stitch Baby Blanket” in subject line
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Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Sensations Rainbow Classics in light pink (1-one pound Skein Approx. 615 Yards)
Red Heart With Love in White (2-half pound skeins–Approx. 365 Yards Each Skein)
Size K hook—6.50MM (you may use a J-6.00mm hook for a tighter stitch)
Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
YO: Yarn over
Sl st: slip stitch
DC: double crochet
Sk: skip
St: Stich
Sc: single crochet
Shell: 5 dc in same st
Notes:
-This baby blanket will be 36 inchees x 40 inches
-Ch 3 at the beginning of rows counts as a stitch.
Pattern:
With Pink
Ch 110 (Or chain any amount in groups of 6 until you get the width you like)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with a sc. Ch 3, turn,
Row 2: 2dc in first st (same spot where you chained up 3), *sk 2 sts, sc in next st (middle dc of group of 5 dc from prev. row), sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st (sc from prev. row), repeat from * across. Ending with 3 dc in last st, change color to white in last st. ch 1 with new color, turn (See video for guidance)
Row 3: sc in first st, *sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from *across. Ending with sc. Ch 3, turn
Rows 4-68: Repeat rows 2 and 3 for the rest of the pattern. Make sure you change color every 2 rows if you are copying my exact pattern. (You will end your work on a row 2 repeat)
Do not fasten off if you are using the same color as the last row for the border. If you are using a different color for the border, fasten off.
Border: (I highly recommend watching the video to learn this portion)
Round 1 of border:
Connect yarn in corner if you fastened off.
Working along the side of the blanket:
Ch 3, 2dc in same space, ch 1, *work 3 dc around dc row along edge, ch 1, repeat from * when you come to the corner, put [3dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in the starting chain in the corner. Ch 1 turn your work to look at the bottom side of your blanket
Along the bottom edge of your blanket:
*3dc in st where 5 dc group is in, ch 1, repeat from * across. In corner, put [3dc ch 2, 3dc] in the last ch in corner, ch 1, turn your work to look at the side of the blanket.
Working up the side of the blanket:
*work 3 dc around dc row along edge, ch 1, repeat from *. When you come to the corner, put [3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in the last ch 3 (or “double crochet”) of row, ch 1 turn your work to look at the top side of your blanket
Working on top side of the blanket:
Work *3 dc in sc from prev row, ch 1, 3 dc in middle dc of shell, ch 1, repeat from *when you come to the corner, put 3 dc in same st as the first 3dc group, ch 2, sl st to first ch up 3.
Round 2 of border:
Turn work to look at the WS of work.
Ch 1, sc in corner sp, ch 5, sc in same corner sp, **[ch 3, sc in next ch 1 sp] repeat across until you hit the next corner. sc in corner sp, ch 5, sc in same corner sp, Repeat from ** all the way around. Ending with ch 3, sl st to beginning sc.
Round 3 of border:
Sl st into ch 5 sp, ch 3, dc 6 in same corner sp, *sc into sc from prev. row, Shell in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around. When you hit the corners, put 7 dc instead of 5.  Ending the round with sc and sl st to first ch 3 of the round.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

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