Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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Pattern:

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

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

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Block your square if needed.

Enjoy!!


 

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

 

 

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How to Crochet Tutorial: Patchouli Poncho

How to Crochet Tutorial: Patchouli Poncho

There are a variety of fiber textures that I used to create this eclectic boho-inspired poncho! I decided to create this free-flowing Patchouli Poncho that just begs you to get outdoors on a beautiful day and feel the sunshine pour down upon you! I used my Sublime Light Granny Square from the 365 Days of Granny Squares for the border design, and it was just the right touch for this avant-garde piece! This project is coming to you just in time for the holidays! Get ready to make one for yourself or for someone you love!

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

Watch this video tutorial for the granny square used in this poncho pattern:

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Colorscapes in the color Rome
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in the color Gold
Red Heart Yarns With Love in the color Mango
Red Heart Yarns Italian Story Ombra in the color Mare
Red Heart Yarns Hygge in the following colors: Forest, Teal, Latte, Ivy, Almond, Ink, Aloe, Rust, Pearl, Sterling, Plum Candy, Indigo
J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This poncho is approximately 40 inches long
-This poncho takes approximately 1800 yards of yarn
-I used many different types of yarn and colors but you can use less or more if you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight or DK yarn
-This poncho is worked from the top down
-I would recommend any type of yarn for this project.

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

Pattern:

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

 

Poncho:

Granny Squares:
Make the Sublime Light Granny Square
You can find the crochet pattern and video tutorial here.

 

Everything you need to knit, crochet, spin and weave at Craftsy.com

Poncho:

With Colorscapes in the color Rome,
Ch 114 or any even number that will wrap around your neck loosely
Row 1: SC in 4th ch from hook, *Ch 1, Sk 1 Ch, SC in next ch, repeat from * across ending with SC in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of Row 1, turn.

Rows 3- 35: Repeat Row 2

Row 36: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * until you have 16 SC sts, leave the rest of the row unworked. Turn.

Rows 37-80: Repeat Row 2 on this shorter section. (This is creating the “over one shoulder” side)
After Row 80, fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Fold the piece as shown in the video tutorial here and continue to work on the opposite end of the foundation row working down the piece.

 

Attach Italian Story Ombra Yarn in the color Mare

Once your piece is folded and sewn together like a poncho, then Attach new yarn to the first stitch of your foundation row

Row 1 of New color: (if this gets confusing please watch the video tutorial at minute 22 into the video): Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn. (continuing the Moss Stitch)

Rows 2-10: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.
After Row 10, fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 11-12: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 13-14: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 15-16: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 17-18: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 19-20: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row1, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 21-22: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 23-24: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 25-26: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 27-28: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

After Row 28, fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Work on the side that has been unworked this whole time. (See video tutorial at time 31 minutes)

Row 1: Attach Italian Story Ombra in the color Mare to the corner, continue the moss stitch across which is Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Rows 2-14:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.
After Row 14, fasten off

The next step you need to do is mark 28 stitches in from Row 14 of the last section you crocheted on both sides of the poncho. (See video tutorial at minute 36 if this is confusing)

Attach Colorscapes Yarn to the ch sp after the stitch marker

Row 1:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row until you get to the stitch marker on the opposite side. Leave the rest of the stitches unworked. Turn.

Rows 2-14:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

After Row 14, Fasten off.

 

You will now work along the edge of the Colorscapes section you just crocheted.
If you need assistance in the video tutorial, this part is explained at 41 minutes into the video.
Attach Italian Story Ombra
Rows 1-10:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.
Fasten off after Row 10

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 11-12: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 13-14: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 15-16: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 17-18: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 19-20: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row1, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 21-22: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 23-24: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 25-26: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 27-28: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

After Row 28, fasten off and weave in ends.

**Assembly Step: Sew this little flap to the poncho and do the same thing for the opposite side of the poncho.**

Yarn Bowl

Make your 14 Granny Squares and sew them to the border of your poncho. See video tutorial at 55 minutes in the video for visual instructions on sewing the granny squares together and to the poncho.

Neck of poncho:
Work in continuous rounds, attach Colorscape yarn to the back of the poncho along the neckline, Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around
Round 2-10: Repeat the previous round.
Fasten off after round 10.
Weave in ends.

Assembly:
Weave in all ends.
Add fringe to the bottom of the poncho, add a long drawstring braid to the neck of your poncho.

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

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

Crochet Tutorial: Dual Sided Washcloth

Crochet Tutorial: Dual Sided Washcloth

My Dual Sided Washcloth is a great multipurpose solution for all your cleaning needs. From cleaning to scrubbing, this versatile project will be useful for everything in between!

Using these two yarns by Red Heart Yarns, I created a unique product that is not only a handy cleaning solution, it also makes great gift ideas for wedding showers, office parties, giveaways and many other activities.

Pair this with bath and spa products and you can give a gift that’s not only special for being handmade, but also very thoughtful. Who doesn’t want products that can induce relaxation?

Make sure you check out today’s video and pattern to try this fun and easy project now!

 

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

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie (Color: Popsicle Brights)
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Cotton (Color: Coral)
-G-4.75mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Side 1:
Using Scrubby Cotton Yarn:
Row 1: Ch 26, DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn. (24 sts)
OR
Row 1: FDC 24 sts, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in each st across, turn. (24)
Rows 3-14: Repeat Row 2
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Go onto making side 2

Side 2:
With Scrubby Smoothie Yarn
Row 1: Ch 26, DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn. (24 sts)
OR
Row 1: FDC 24 sts, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in next st, *FPDC on next 2 sts, DC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 3: Ch up 3, DC in first 3 sts, *FPDC on next, DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last 4 sts. Turn.
Rows 4-14: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending with a repeat of Row 2.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew Side 1 and Side 2 together using the whip stitch and the pieces inside out, when the edge is almost closed, put the right side out and sew up the rest of the washcloth.

Homemade Soap Recipe:
To make the soap I showed in the video tutorial, follow the instructions below.
First layer of soap: Melt Double Butter soap base in a measuring cup, add a few drops of  Red and Yellow liquid coloring to the soap base to make an orange swirl, then Pour it into Silicone Mold.
Spray with rubbing alcohol right away to remove any bubbles forming on top.
Leave to dry for about 2 hours. Before adding the second layer of soap, spray with alcohol to help with bonding.
Second layer of soap: Melt the Glycerin Soap Base and add more Red and Yellow liquid coloring, pour a thin layer over the top of the Double Butter Soap Base.
Let dry for 2 hours. Remove from silicone mold.
Cut into soap bars.
Enjoy!!

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

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

Crochet Tutorial: Tic Tac Toe Game and Tote

Crochet Tutorial: Tic Tac Toe Game and Tote

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Super Saver in Royal, Rouge, Aran, Green, Carrot, Yellow, Aruba Sea, Gray Heather, Baby Pink

G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Polyfil
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

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

 

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

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

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

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

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

 

Here is the individual Granny square design up close.

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

Below are two of my work in progress photos

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

 

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:

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

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

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

Crochet Tutorial: Love & Sunshine Baby Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Love & Sunshine Baby Blanket

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

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

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

 

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Pattern:

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

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

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(WS) Rnd 31: Repeat Round 3

 

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

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

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

Weave in all ends.

 

Enjoy!!

This post contains affiliate links, which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase. That means if you click on any link and buy from the linked websites, I will receive a small percentage of the value of your order. The amount you pay is not changed. Thank you for all your support in clicking the links in my blog!! You all are so amazing!! ~Nadia

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

 

My New Blocking Station Product Review

My New Blocking Station Product Review

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

~Nadia

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A Personal Debate: Mainstays Basic Yarn vs. Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

A Personal Debate: Mainstays Basic Yarn vs. Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

Recently, I was informed that Wal-Mart stores have started selling their own brand of fiber called Mainstays Basic Yarn. At the time I was notified of this new brand on the shelves, I was eager to check it out for myself. Unfortunately, I live in a somewhat rural community and the skeins had not made their way to my local Wal-Mart quite yet.

A short time later, I was able to get my hands on a skein of the Mainstays yarn and decided to do a comparison between Red Heart Super Saver and this new brand by Wal-Mart! This blog is entirely my own opinion, based on my personal observations debating two similar products.

Less money, less quality?

First observation, once I was able to find the product in the store, was the price. A skein of Red Heart Super Saver is $2.88 and the price of the Mainstays Basic Yarn is $1.97, so the obvious difference is the financial aspect. You are saving $0.91 per skein on the basic colors with the Mainstays brand. For those looking at the economic factor, this is a no-brainer. The Mainstays IS obviously less expensive. However, we all know that price is not always reflective of quality, and we all know the saying, “you get what you pay for.” Low prices can mean lower quality products. Keep that in mind when basing your comparison solely on economics – and yes, I do understand the importance of finances as a crafter on a budget, but one must consider other details as well.

Next, the volume of the skeins is equal – Each one weighing 7 oz. However, Red Heart Super Saver has 364 yards and Mainstays Basic Yarn has 397 yards. When we look at another obvious comparison, you get more for your money with Mainstays. I would like to insert a personal observation here: The Mainstays Basic Yarns are definitely a thinner fiber. Although you are getting “more” length in the skein, it actually feels “less.” You can even see when lined side by side, there is a fair amount of difference in how they compare next to one another. Having worked with Red Heart Yarns so frequently, it is hard to explain this, but their fiber has weight and thickness and feels somewhat sturdier versus the Mainstays Basic Yarn, which has a much thinner strand and feels lighter and less substantial. With Red Heart Super Saver, there is ample feel to my piece. The Mainstays yarn has a bit less volume and does not feel as abundant or as sturdy. I hope that makes sense. Both are 100% acrylic.

 
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(Photographed above: Red Heart Super Saver on the Left, Mainstays Yarn on the Right)

 

Soft but Found

The Mainstays definitely has a soft touch, but, like I mentioned earlier, it tends to lack that feeling of volume when you want something thick and warm or heavy such as a nice blanket, a winter hat, or a scarf, but it has decent softness nonetheless.

I found Mainstays Basic Yarns located ONLY in the Wal-Mart stores. Red Heart Yarns are available in, not only Wal-Mart, but several other craft stores, AND conveniently able to be ordered online. This is important for many who love the ease of online shopping or are unable to get to stores or choose not to shop at large retail shops such as Wal-Mart.

Another fact that I find important point to bring up, is that all Mainstays yarn products are made in China whereas the Red Heart Yarns are ALWAYS made in the USA. To many, this is a VERY important detail to consider when purchasing.

Shrinking options

I made two swatches out of both brands of yarn. I washed each swatch and noticed a slight bit of shrinking in the Mainstays yarn. You will need to keep that in mind when using this brand in sizing your projects. You may get more in a skein yet you may need to use more length in certain projects to adjust for shrinkage. I observed that both fibers have the same amount of stretch to them. I also noticed quite a bit of pilling with the Mainstays Basic Yarn with fuzziness as compared to the Red Heart Super Saver swatch. The Red Heart Super Saver block was also softer after one wash.

(Photo was taken after washed)

(Photo was taken after washed)

It took a while, but my local Wal-Mart recently started stocking this Mainstays yarn product on their shelves this past week; I noticed they are offering an assortment of basic solids in a rainbow of colors. The colors run similar to some of the Red Heart Super Saver yarn hues. Red Heart Yarns offers a MUCH larger selection of color, as well as a variety of other types of yarns and products, whereas the Mainstays offer this one type of yarn. Red Heart Super Saver yarn is not dye lotted which keeps color consistent with each skein of yarn you use.  So if you buy a skein of yarn, and 2 months later need the same exact color, you won’t have to worry about it being a different shade. I do not have information if Mainstays yarn does the same thing or not.

I hope this blog helps you as you explore the similarities and differences between these two products. Because of the limitation of the Mainstays yarn, I still find myself preferring the Red Heart Super Saver when choosing an economic and quality yarn product. Have you tried these two products? Leave your thoughts in the comment section!

~Nadia

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Destiny Sampler Baby Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Destiny Sampler Baby Blanket

Here is my latest creation!! The Destiny Sampler Baby Blanket. Using lots of fun crochet stitches, I tried this out for the very first time, some fabulous fiber by Deramores. The softness is absolutely delectable! I fell in love with the feel and flow of using this yarn. It’s always fun to try something new!

You get a whole assortment of fun when you make this piece! This pattern has a mixture of different stitches including Clusters, Puffs, Criss-Cross Stitches, V-Stitches and Shell Stitches!

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

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Pattern:

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

NOTES:
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.
-I used Deramores yarn, but you can use any DK or worsted weight yarn for your project.
-You will need approximately 1250 yards of yarn for this blanket.
-This blanket measures 35 inches wide and 32 inches long.
View this blog (about halfway down the page) for other sizes and measurements of blankets

Materials:
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Deramores Studio Anti-pilling DK Yarn in Frost
Deramores Studio Anti-pilling DK Yarn in Sky
Deramores Studio Anti-pilling DK Yarn in Burnt Orange
Deramores Studio Anti-pilling DK Yarn in Blush
Deramores Studio Anti-pilling DK Yarn in Velvet Blue
Size J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape



Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Cluster: [YO insert hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through 2 loops] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on hook
Puff: [YO, insert hook into space, YO, pull through] 3 times, YO pull through all 7 loops on hook

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

Ch 84 or any even number

Row 1: 2 DC in 4th Ch from hook, *Sk 1 ch, 2 DC in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with 1 DC in last ch, turn. (82 sts)
Row 2: Ch up 3 (Counts as stitch here and throughout), *2 DC between posts of next 2DC grouping, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last stitch.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Row 2
Row 6: Ch up 3, *Cluster in the next st, ch 1, DC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last 2 sts, turn
Row 7: Ch up 3, *Sk 1 DC st, DC in Cluster, DC in sk’d DC st, repeat from * across (making criss-cross stitches), ending with DC in last st, turn.
Row 8: Ch up 3, *Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, Turn.
Rows 9-11: Repeat Row 8
Row 12: Repeat Row 6
Row 13: Ch up 3, 2 DC in each DC across (skip working in the Clusters), Ending with DC in last st, turn.
Rows 14-47: Repeat Rows 2-13
Use photo and video tutorial for visual instructions and color guide.
You can make your piece as long as you want, repeating Rows 2-13, then go onto border.

Border:
Rnd 1: Attach (Color Frost) yarn in any corner Ch 1, SC around putting 3 SC in each corner, sl st to first SC, Fasten off. Turn work to back.
Rnd 2: Start in middle SC of 3 SC grouping in a corner. with Blush, Ch up 3 (Counts as st), DC in same st, *Sk 1 st, Cluster in next, ch 1, repeat from * around putting 3 DC in middle SC of 3 SC grouping in corners. Ending with DC in first stitch to have 3 sts total in the first stitch, sl st to first ch up 3. Turn work back to the front side. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Rnd 3: Start in gap to the left of a corner (Right before the cluster), With Blue Velvet, Ch up 3, DC in same sp, *Ch 1, 2 DC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * to next corner, Ch 3, Sk 3 DC grouping,** repeat from * to * 2 more times, ending with Ch 3, Sl st to first ch up 3. Fasten off.
Rnd 4: In any corner, with Burnt Orange, Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner space, *2 DC in each ch 1 sp to next corner, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around. Ending with Sl st to ch up 3.
Rnd 5: Ch up 1, SC in each st around putting [2SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in each corner, sl st to first st.
Rnd 6: Ch up 3, DC in next st, ch 2, Sk 1 st, *[2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, ch 2, sk 1 st, DC in next 2 sts, ch 2, DC in next 2 sts until next corner, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 2, sl st to first ch up 3. Fasten off.
Rnd 7: In any corner, with Sky Blue, Ch up 1, *[Puff, ch 2, Puff] in corner, Ch 1, [Puff, ch 2, Puff, ch 1] in next ch 2 sp until next corner, repeat from * around, ending with ch 1, sl st to first puff. Fasten off.
Rnd 8: Start in any corner, with Blush Pink, Ch 1, 5 SC in each corner, 1 SC in ch 1, sps, 3 SC in ch 2 sps all the way around. (See video tutorial for visual instructions) Sl st to first st, fasten off.
Rnd 9: In middle SC of corner, with Blue Velvet, Ch up 3, 3 DC in same st, *SK 2 sts, SC in next, Sk 1 st, Shell in next, Sk 1 st, SC in next, repeat from* until corner (middle SC of corner) put 7 DC in middle SC of corner, repeat from * around ending with 3 DC in beginning st to finish beginning corner. Sl st to ch up 3. Fasten off.

Assembly:
Sew in all loose ends.

Enjoy!!



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Crochet Tutorial: Boho Pom Hat

Crochet Tutorial: Boho Pom Hat

Yesterday, I released the Boho Tassel Scarf. You can find it here! Every great scarf needs a fun hat to match to complete the set! Here is my Boho Pom Hat to make this super cute look!! This duo will make a FABULOUS gift for the holidays!

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

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NOTES:
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need less than 100 yards of yarn for this hat and will fit an ADULT.
-This hat measures 22 inches around the head and 9 inches long
View this blog (about halfway down the page) for other sizes and crown size so you can make other sizes of this design!

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Dusty Gray
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Flamingo OR Red Heart With Love Papaya
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pumpkin
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Jade
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Aruba Sea
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Royal
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Aran
Size I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Pom Pom Maker
Measuring Tape

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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
Spike Stitch: Insert Hook into stitch from previous row, YO pull through and pull up to height of row you are on, YO pull through 2 loops on hook. Spike made.

Pattern:

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


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Pattern:

Starting with Dusty Gray
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to 1st SC, Ch 1 (9)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around, Change color to Black, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1 (18)
Rnd 3: 2 Spike Sts in each st around (working in sts from Rnd 1) Sl st to first Spike st, ch 1. (18) (See video tutorial for help on spike stitches)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 9 times, change to Dusty Gray, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (27)
Rnd 5: [2 Spike sts in next st, Spike st in next st] 9 times (working in sts from rnd 3), sl st to first spike st, ch 1. (27)
(If your crown of your hat is large enough at this point for a newborn size, you can jump ahead to the instructions fro Rounds 13 and 14)
Rnd 6: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 9 times, change to Black, Sl st to first st, ch 1. (36)
Rnd 7: [2 Spike sts in next st, Spike in next 2 sts] 9 times (working in sts from Rnd 5), sl st to first spike st, ch 1. (36)
(If your crown of your hat is large enough at this point for a Toddler size, you can jump ahead to the instructions fro Rounds 13 and 14)
Rnd 8: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 9 times, change to Dusty Gray, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (45)
Rnd 9: [2 Spike sts in next st, Spike in next 3 sts] 9 times (working in sts from Rnd 7), Sl st to first Spike St, ch 1. (45)
(If your crown of your hat is large enough at this point for a Child/Teen size, you can jump ahead to the instructions fro Rounds 13 and 14)
Rnd 10: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 9 times, change to Black, Sl st to first st, Ch 1. (54)
Rnd 11: Spike Stitch in each st around (working in sts from Rnd 9), sl st to first st, ch 1. (54)
Rnd 12: SC in each st around, Change to Dusty Gray, Sl st to first St, Ch 1. (54)
Rnd 13: Spike Stitch in each st around (working in sts from Rnd 11), Sl st to first st, ch 1. (54)
Rnd 14: SC in each st around, Change to Black, Sl st to first St, Ch 1. (54)
Rnd 15: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 13), Sl st to first st, ch 1. (54)
Rnd 16: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Dusty Gray after this round)
Rnd 17: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 15)
Rnd 18: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Black after this round)
Rnd 19: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 17)
Rnd 20: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Dusty Gray after this round)
Rnd 21: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 19)
Rnd 22: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Black after this round)
Rnd 23: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 21)
Rnd 24: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Dusty Gray after this round)
Rnd 25: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 23)
Rnd 26: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Black after this round)
Rnd 27: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 25)
Rnd 28: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Pumpkin after this round)
Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 27)
Rnd 30: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Flamingo after this round)
Rnd 31: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 29)
Rnd 32: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Aran after this round)
Rnd 33: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 31)
Rnd 34: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Aruba Sea after this round)
Rnd 35: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 33)
Rnd 36: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Jade after this round)
Rnd 37: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 35)
Rnd 38: Repeat Rnd 12 (Change to Royal after this round)
Rnd 39: Repeat Rnd 13 (working in sts from Rnd 37)
Fasten off when your piece is as long as you want.

Assembly:
Sew in all loose ends, and make a large pom to add on top! (See video tutorial to learn how to make a giant multicolored pom)

When you finish this hat, be sure to make the scarf to match!

 

Enjoy!!

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #15: Waffle Stitch

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #15: Waffle Stitch

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

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

 

Waffle Stitch

US Terms

Chain a Multiple of 3+2
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn.
Row 2: Ch up 3, DC in next st, *FPDC on next 2 sts, DC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 3: Ch up 3, DC in first 3 sts, *FPDC on next, DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last 4 sts. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for however long you want your piece to be.

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #2: Half-Double Crochet

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #2: Half-Double Crochet

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

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

Half-Double Crochet (HDC)

US Terms

Row 1: Start with your chain, Yarn over, insert your hook into the 2nd Chain from the hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook, *Yarn over, insert hook into next chain, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook, repeat from * all the way across your chain, chain 1, turn your work.
Row 2: *Yarn over, Insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on your hook, repeat from * all the way across.
Repeat Row 2 for however long you want to make your piece.

 

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Crochet Tutorial: New Beginnings Afghan Block

Crochet Tutorial: New Beginnings Afghan Block

I am a big fan of doing DIY projects and re-purposing or reusing items and breathing new life into something old making it new again. I found this ratty avocado green velvet and tweed ottoman at a garage sale for $1.00. Most people would consider this a piece of junk but to me, I saw so much potential! I brought it home and got to work at designing something that I could cover it with.

Nate and I are in the process of buying a house, and soon we will be moving in and making it a home. Although I plan to live with my parents until our wedding, I will be back and forth between our cities busy getting our home prepared for the two of us to spend our future! I decided to use this ottoman for my first DIY project for our new home.

To make it a perfect square in height and width, I needed to add feet. I glued and then screwed four blocks of wood to the bottom of this piece.

Then, I covered the entire piece in quilt batting to give it some cushion as well as making the entire piece consistent in color hiding all the hideous green.

Once finished, I designed The New Beginnings Afghan Block and replicated and sewed together 5 squares for this slipcover. I named it New Beginnings because that is symbolic of this time in our life…

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Pattern:

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

Materials:

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Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Warm Brown
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Buff
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Frosty Green
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Coffee
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Flamingo
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Gold
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Redwood
Measuring Tape
G-4.25mm 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 14 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, 3 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Popcorn: 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
FPDTR2TOG: Front Post Double Treble 2 Stitches Together
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPTR: Back Post Treble Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet

Pattern:

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Start with Warm Brown:
Ch 4, sl st to beginning to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), 15 DC in ring, sl st to ch up 3. (16 sts)

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

Rnd 3: With Warm Brown, In any ch 2 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *EDC in Sk’d st from Rnd 1, SC in same ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Sk popcorn st, SC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. (16 SC, 8 EDC)

Rnd 4: With Redwood, In any ch 1 sp, Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, * SC in next EDC, 5 DC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch up 3. (8 shells, 8 SC)

Rnd 5: With Buff, BPSC around any SC, *BPSC around next 2 sts, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPSC around next sc, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. (32 BPDC, 8 BPSC, 8 CH 2 sps)

Rnd 6: With Coffee, In 1st BPDC after a V-Stitch, Ch up 3, DC in next 4 sts, * Ch 2, Sk [DC, Ch2, DC], DC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3. (40 DC, 8 Ch 2 sps)

Rnd 7: With Gold, In ch 2 sp from Rnd 5 (Work in front of Ch 2 sps from round 6), Ch up 3, [2DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in same ch 2 sp, *BPDC on next 5 sts on round 6, [3DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in next ch 2 sp of Rnd 5, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch up 3. (88 sts, 8 ch 2 sps)

Rnd 8: With Buff, Start in ch 2 sp from Round 6. Ch up 3, 3 DC in same sp, *FPTR around next DC from Round 5, sk 1st BPDC, DC in next st, [DC, TR, Ch 2, TR, DC] in next st, DC in next st, Sk next BPDC, FPTR around DC from Round 5, 4 DC in next ch 2 sp from round 6, repeat from * around. Sl st to Ch up 3. (80 DCs, 16 FPTR)
If that round is confusing, please see video tutorial for visual instructions.

Rnd 9: With Flamingo, In any ch 2 sp: Ch up 1, *3 SC in ch 2 sp, BPSC on next st, BPHDC on next st, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPTR on next 4 sts, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPHDC on next st, BPSC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first sc. (120 sts)

Rnd 10: With Warm Brown, Start in 1st SC of a 3 sc grouping in a ch 2 sp, Ch up 1, SC in 1st 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, *SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st SC. (120 sts)

Rnd 11: With Buff, Working in BLO, Start in a 1st SC of a 3 SC grouping (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch up 1, SC in 9 sts, *FPDTR2TOG on FPTR from Round 8 and next FPTR from Round 8, SC in next 15 sts, repeat from * around, end with SC in last 6 sts, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 12: With Redwood, work in both loops, start in any st, Ch up 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 13: With Frosty Green, Start in 8th St from FPDTR2TOG st, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, *DC in next 8 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, SC in next 7 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, DC in next 8 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 14: With Coffee, In any ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, *BPDC on next 10 sts, BPHDC on next 4 sts, BPSC on next 7 sts, BPHDC on next 4 sts, BPDC on next 10 sts, 5 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 15: With Gold, Start in Middle DC of corner, Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *DC in each st until middle DC of next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in middle DC, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 16: With Buff, start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 17: With Flamingo: start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 18: With Coffee: start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!


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Crochet Tutorial: Caterpillar Lovey

Crochet Tutorial: Caterpillar Lovey

I’m going to “bug” you a little bit to tell you this blog is “crawling” with something new for your crochet hook! This cuddly Caterpillar Lovey project will provide an infant comfort and security! This silly, lovable little guy makes me smile every time I look at him and it’s sure to be a big hit with the lil’ ones!

Make it in as many colors as you’d like!! The possibilities are endless!!

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

 

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Materials:
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Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Jade
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Bright Yellow
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Orange
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Glowworm
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Delft Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Buff
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Polyfil

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NOTES:

-This project uses less than 200 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this Lovey is 18 inches but you can make yours as big as you’d like!


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Lovey:
Ch 4
Rnd 1: 2 DC in 4th Ch from hook, [Ch 2, 3 DC in same CH] 3 times, ch 1, SC in beg. ch 3, Ch 2, Turn.
Rnd 2: DC in same corner sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around put 2 DC around SC from previous round to finish off beg. corner. Ch 1, SC in Ch 2, Ch 2, Turn.
Round 3-15: Repeat Round 2 Change colors after Round 13
See video tutorial for visual instructions
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Eyes:
With White
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing
Embroider Black Dots for the pupils

Antennae: Make 2
With Yellow
Ch 2
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Rnd 4-8: SC in each st around. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Head:
With Glow Worm
Ch 2
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
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)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 5-6: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 7: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 8: SC in each st around. (30)
Rnd 9: [2SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnds 10-11: SC in each st around. (36)
Assembly Step:
Sew on the antennae and the eyes
Continue crocheting the head
Rnd 12: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 13: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 14: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Stuff Head
Rnd 15: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Rnd 16: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Feet: Make 6
With Jade
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Body Circles:
Make 1 in Buff (4 Rounds)
Make 1 in Pumpkin (4 Rounds)
Make 1 in Spring Green (3 Rounds)
Make 1 in Yellow (2 Rounds)
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st SC, ch 1. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around, Sl st to 1st SC, ch 1. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times, sl st to 1st SC, ch 1. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times, Sl st to 1st SC. (24)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly Step:
Sew Body to Lovey and all the body pieces as well. Use the photos as a guide to sew on your pieces.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap

Crochet Tutorial: Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap

My Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap is the latest piece hot off my hook! Using Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Stripes in Polo Stripe, I was able to create this rich and vibrant shawl, perfect for staving off the chill on those cool summer evenings.

There are a variety of ways you can wear this, a neck scarf is one of them!

This Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap is perfect for cooler nights, chilly mornings, and anytime you need to be wrapped up!

This wrap took me about 2 work days to complete. This wrap makes a fabulous gift and would be lovely for bridesmaids in a bridal party! It’s a fast project that you can make for anyone on your gift giving list!


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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials:

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Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Polo Stripe (600 yards)
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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NOTES:

-This project uses approximately 600 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.
-The finished piece measures 53 inches long and 16 inches wide.
-Watch the video tutorial for visual instructions on how to attach the motifs.


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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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Puff: [YO, Insert hook, YO, Pull through] 4 times. YO, pull through all 9 loops on the hook.

Pattern:

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

Motif Number 1:

Ch 4, Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 SC in ring, Sl st to 1st SC. (8)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, Puff in same st, Ch 1, *Puff in next st, Ch 1, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st Puff St. (8 puffs)

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 1 sp, *Ch 4, Sl st into next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st into 1st ch of beg. ch 4. (8 ch 4 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st into ch 4 sp, ch 1, [SC, HDC, DC, ch 2, DC, HDC, SC] in each ch sp around, sl st to first SC. (8 petals made)

Rnd 5: Sl st into each st until you get into the ch 2 sp (point of a petal), Ch 1, SC in same ch sp, *CH 6, SC in next Ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Ch 6 sps)

Rnd 6: Sl st into ch 6 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), [2DC, TR, Ch 2, TR, 3 DC] in same sp, [3DC, TR, Ch 2, TR, 3 DC] in each ch 6 sp. Sl st to beginning ch up 3.

Rnd 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Motif Number 2:

Repeat Rounds 1-6 of Motif Number 1
Round 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove hook, Insert Hook into Ch 6 sp of piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Motif Number 3:

Repeat Rounds 1-6 of Motif Number 1
Round 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove hook, Insert Hook into Ch 6 sp of piece #2, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #2, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #2, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Motif Number 4:
Repeat Rounds 1-6 of Motif Number 1
Round 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove hook, Insert Hook into Ch 6 sp of piece #3, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #3, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #3, put loop back on hook, ch 3, Remove hook again, Insert it into the Ch 6 sp of Piece Number 1, Pull it through with the yarn on the hook, (see video tutorial for visual instructions), DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Assembly Step:
Using the video tutorial for visual instructions, Repeat Motif 3 and 4 attaching as you go.

Border: 
Round 1: Starting in a ch 6 corner sp: Ch up 3, [3DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in same sp, 3 DC in each ch 3 sp around and put [4DC, ch 2, 4DC] in each corner, Sl st to 1st Ch up 3.
Round 2: CH up 3, DC in each st around, putting [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in each corner, Sl st to 1st Ch up 3.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Enjoy!!

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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!

Without a doubt, Red Heart Treasures has always been my favorite. Just looking at this photo makes me happy! Imagine how bummed I was to learn this is no longer available, but I have been on a search for a similar replacement. In the meantime, my last few skeins are waiting for the perfect project!!

Day 2: Can’t Live Without

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

This is my Crochet Survival Kit! How can we limit to just one thing? If I had to, it would be my H-5.00mm crochet hook, but in an ideal situation I would grab these essentials! What is your “Can’t Live Without” item? What would be in your “Crochet Survival Kit?”

Day 3: My Stash

Where you store and keep your yarn stash.

In truth, I have yarn stashed all over my house, but this honeycomb shelf unit is where most of my yarn has found a color-coded home. Haha! My rainbow collection!

Day 4: In My Bag

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

Presently, my bag is full of wedding preparation supplies including my wedding planner, my patterns notebook, and Aunt Lydia’s Thread for the flowers I am crocheting for my bouquets (future video tutorial) Oh, and my headphones!

Day 5: Current Project/WIP

Show a recent project or current work in progress.

My crochet flowers for my wedding are what’s on my hook at the moment. I have a little more than 9 months to crochet all the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpiece flowers. And YES, I plan on doing some video tutorials along the way. My bridal palette is jewel tones. All the flowers are a reflection of those colors! I’m excited to share this part of my journey with you!

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.

For me, it’s the letter N. Here are my pattern NOTES full of my stitch NUMBERS!! The latter N was hard to find words related to crochet! Anyone else have luck with the first letter of YOUR name??

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!

This is my studio space. Here is where all the crochet magic happens. If I’m not curled up crocheting on my couch, this is where you will find me in my home.

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.

Selfie time!!!! This is me right now working on a new project! Hello from Wisconsin!

Day 9: Something Old

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

I found a stack of vintage crochet books at a thrift sale for 25 cents each. I seriously squealed with delight, did a happy dance, and grabbed an entire stack! It felt like I discovered gold! #crochetgold

Day 10: Something New

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

This delightful Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombré yarn is just waiting for me to sink my hook into it! I’m loving this new yarn! #yarnpyramid

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.

My favorite crochet hook is this great ergonomic hook made by the Etsy Shop WoodBeFancy. I have arthritic hands, and it helps to have a thick handle to grip. It relieves my hand stress. This gives me longer crocheting times and less stiffness when I take a break and uncurl my fingers. Find the same hook here.

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.

Variegated meaning: Having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; variety.

A while ago, I purchased this Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn in the color Winery, and while driving home, I saw the sky just before sunset. The changes in the colorway of this beautiful yarn had the same streaks of color variation as the sky! I thought it was pretty remarkable, so I took this side by side shot.

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!

I’m having a lazy start to my Tuesday morning. Feet up, chai in my mug, yarn on my hook, and my Tutti Frutti Crochet Slippers keeping me comfy. Follow this link to find these slippers on my blog.

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!

Summer is here in the USA and Shenanigans wastes no time to find his way to the pool! This old photo is a perfect reminder to kick back and seize the day! #carpediem Many have asked about this sheep amigurumi. You can find the written pattern here designed by Harugurumi.

Day 15: Favorite Color

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

Green. Need I say more? I just love the variations in this color. It’s very refreshing!

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.

My Happy Place is being surrounded by Yarn! Yesterday I stopped by the warehouse sale at Herrschners Retail Store for some deals, and I was overcome by delight!! I want ALL THE YARN! Not much can make me this giddy, but the words Yarn and Sale combined in one fantastic place can pretty much guarantee to make me happy!!

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.

Found all over the house. On tables, on the floor, in the car, and even embedded in my cheek when I doze off working on a project. Where do you keep/find your scraps?

Day 18: Hands

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

Happiness is handmade. Our hands create the things we once thought impossible by bringing our yarn and hook together.

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.

I love playing with yarn to create the richest textures. I love the look of this Woven Stitch pattern. It begs you to reach out and touch it! This is a close-up photo of the Woven Dreams Baby Blanket. Find the full photo here

Day 20: Black and White

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

Candid Crochet Moment. A typical rainy day. You will find me in pajamas curled up on the couch, hook in hand, working on my next new thing. This is my world. #reallife #candidcrochetmoments

Day 21: Stitches

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

Here’s an array of stitches on a past project. Using an eclectic mix of colors and a blend of crochet artistry, you can create this fantastic project! The stitches include Single Crochet (SC), Half Double Crochet (HDC), Double Crochet (DC), and Criss-Cross stitches! Like what you see? Find the free written pattern and video tutorial here.

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!

I love Pinterest! I love all the ideas and inspiration I can find all in one place! This website is filled with motivation!

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.

This is my point of view. I’m in the studio right now. Staring down at our next new project. This one has me going “in circles!”

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.

Yarn Lines! Everything about this photo makes me happy! The shelves and shelves of yarn LINED up so neatly in rows have me feeling like a kid in a candy store the moment this sight greets my eyes ANDDD that line on my face turns into a big bright smile!!

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!

Nothing is brighter than the sun! This is part of a great pattern I found on Ravelry. I hope this brings a ray of sunshine to your day and brightens it right up!

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

This passage has helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life.

Day 27: Soft

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

Fresh soft, warm blankets straight from the dryer are the bed of choice for our pup Reub today. I guess that afghan will get another washing after Reuben’s nap.

Day 28: Pastel

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

I discovered this morning that I don’t have a lot of pastel yarn in my stash. I did have these 2 past projects that I’ve used pastel Soft Essentials yarn in Minty, Jungle Stripes, Purple Reign and Sugar Plum.

Find the written pattern and video tutorial for the Woven Dreams Baby Blanket here.
Find the written pattern and video tutorial for the Patchwork Medley Baby Blanket here.

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.

My Wish List is to have a dream craft room. Nate and I are buying a house soon! I will have my own space to create my wish come true! I have a blank canvas to design the perfect work space. Here are a few photos that inspire me!

Day 30: Love Is…

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

Love is…
doing what you love, with who you love, using tools you love, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Thank you for sharing in this 30 Day Challenge. I enjoyed all the participation across social media! Thank you for all the love and support you always show. Being able to do this brings so much joy to my heart!

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:

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Materials:

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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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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

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
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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.


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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.”
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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Pattern:

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

Materials:
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

Crochet Tutorial: Harlequin Leg Warmers

Crochet Tutorial: Harlequin Leg Warmers

Expanding my video tutorial library, I continue to explore designing patterns using the Entrelac Stitch. I have these Harlequin Legwarmers for you to try! These are so much fun to wear! Especially with stiletto heels!

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