FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Sweet Dream Romper

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Sweet Dream Romper

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

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

 

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Sweet Dream Romper

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Sweet Dream Romper

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver (Aran)
Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

Attaching the legs:

Making body

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

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

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

Left Back Strap:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Left Front Strap:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Right Front Strap:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Right Back Strap:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Ankle Cuffs

Do the same thing for both legs

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

~Nadia

 

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


Crochet Tutorial: The Bow-tastic Hat

Crochet Tutorial: The Bow-tastic Hat

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

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

 

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

 

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Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Hygge Charm in Shooting Star
Red Heart Yarns With Love Metallic in Teal (or any color you want for your bow!)
Fur Pom for the Top of the Hat
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

Brim of Hat:

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

Ch 21

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

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

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

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

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

Row 32: Repeat Row 26

Row 33: Repeat Row 27

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

Fasten off with long tail for sewing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ear Flaps:

Make 2 in your main color

Ch 5

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

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

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

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (8)

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (8)

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. (10)

Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (10)

Row 8: Repeat Row 2. (12)

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

 

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

Ch 48

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

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

 

Enjoy!

~Nadia

 

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

Why Nasir Came Early

Why Nasir Came Early

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

 

High Risk Pregnancy

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

 

Things weren’t going well

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

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

 

We couldn’t wait any longer

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

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

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

I called Nate at work.

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

“Are you serious? Is this for real?”

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

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

 

An assembly of sixteen

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

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

 

 

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

 

From there, things moved so fast.

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

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

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

 

He’s here!

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

We are a family

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

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

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

This miracle.

This victory.

~Nadia

 

He’s Here: Our Newest YARNutopian

He’s Here: Our Newest YARNutopian

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Temporary Transition

A Temporary Transition

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

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

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

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

What is going on?

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

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

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

What will this mean for YARNutopia?

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

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

(Pictured above is me, feeling better)

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

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

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

Until then, Happy Hooking!

~Nadia

Nursery Sneak Peek!

Nursery Sneak Peek!

Here’s a look at our baby’s nursery!! We’re expecting his arrival in June 2019 and here’s his new room! It’s a work-in-progress, but this is how far we’ve gotten on his “crib” so far!!

We have a lot of decorations from Hobby Lobby as well as Wayfair and Amazon!

The sign “Welcome to my Crib” can be found here from Hobby Lobby

 

The Chevron Basket can be found here from Hobby Lobby

 

The Furry Rug can be found here from Amazon

 

 

The shelf holding the books can be found here from Hobby Lobby


hobby lobby

 

The Cloud Hanging Rack can be found here from Hobby Lobby

 

The Sheep Ottoman can be found here from Target

 

The arrow wall hanging was found at Hobby Lobby, however, I am unable to share a link to that piece.

 

 

The dresser, changing table, and crib came as a set from Wayfair and it can be found here.

A Precious Miracle

A Precious Miracle

Disclaimer: This blog contains sensitive pregnancy photos. I ask everyone to be respectful and any negative comments will be deleted. It took a lot for me to be vulnerable to share these images. With my health history, I wanted to be as transparent and open as possible with this miraculous pregnancy.

 

 

Many of you already have been following my journey and know that my health history has been plagued with illness, numerous surgeries, and plenty of setbacks. I had my colon removed in 2008 because my Crohn’s disease was so progressive. Doctors, worried about the dangerous potential of colon cancer and with fast deterioration of my colon, removed it to save my life. That journey was wrought with so many setbacks and ongoing severe illness. Chemotherapy, biologic treatments, thousands of procedures, multiple ostomies, hospitalizations, and repeated surgery had severely impacted the quality of life I was living in my late teens into my 20s. Most of my dreams were put on hold just to survive.

The one dream I held onto and hoped for was to one day be a mother. Doctors could never give a definitive answer as to whether or not pregnancy could even be possible. It was always a “wait and see” possibility. Without my large intestine or parts of my small intestine, even carrying a baby to term was a huge risk. And, it has been. This miraculous pregnancy has been filled with many issues, illness related problems, and so much worry. Yet, this sweet little boy growing inside me is a fighter. Just like me.

That is why, as we came closer to my due date, I dreamed of having pregnancy photos taken to mark this extraordinary time in our lives.

My colo-rectal surgeon told me last week, despite all the complications, try to enjoy this. “Enjoy being pregnant, Nadia.” She said, “Time goes so fast, we forget these moments. Try to remember how exciting it is to feel him moving…” And it is! This is so true! I have to appreciate everything I am going through to bring him here, and I love him so much that I don’t care how much I have to endure. This is temporary and so worth it.

Next week, I stop the last of my medications needed to keep my disease in remission, so our baby has the best chance and can be his strongest at birth. That part is very unsettling because I don’t know what my body will do without those medications. I am hoping that the last dose will sustain me through the final weeks until delivery and beyond. With that in mind, I decided now was the best time to do these photos. While I felt as good as I can expect to feel, I wanted to capture the power of this moment and the profound feelings of this health and pregnancy journey. I channeled my inner “life-giving goddess” for these powerful images!

I want to thank my mom and dad for their help in bringing my vision to life through these photos, and a huge thank you to Nate for being the most amazing husband and best friend on this journey. I couldn’t have done this without him..obviously..haha!!

“Life reveals her beauty one precious miracle at a time.” ~Flavia

Enjoy the photos.

~Nadia

 

 

 





Crochet Tutorial: Star Ring Rattle Teething Toy

Crochet Tutorial: Star Ring Rattle Teething Toy

I tried a new project that is simple enough for the beginner and fun for the seasoned crocheter! The Star Ring Rattle is perfect for any baby nursery, gift, or layette!

 

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

 

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

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie (I used Royal and Coral in the one I demonstrate on camera)
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Polyfil
Wooden Rings
Rattle Inserts
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
SC3TOG: Single Crochet 3 Stitches Together

Pattern:

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

Star: (MAKE 2)

Ch 2 (or start with magic ring)
Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN.

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

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

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

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

Now you will be making the points of the star, you will be working in rows. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 1: SC in 9 sts, leave the rest unworked, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 2: SC in each of the 9 sts across, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 4: SC in each of the 7 sts across, ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 5: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 6: SC in each of the 5 sts across, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 7: SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 8: SC in each of the 3 sts across, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 9: SC3TOG, ch 1. DO NOT TURN
Continue to Sl st down the side of the point back to Round 5 of the circle

Repeat Rows 1-9 of the point starting in the very next st.

Repeat this until you have all 5 points made.

On the first star, fasten off.
on the second star, DO NOT fasten off

Assembly step:
SC around both stars attaching them together (See video tutorial for visual instructions).
Before Fully closing the star, be sure to add stuffing and the rattle inside.

Strap:
With another color, Start with long tail before you make your slip knot to start this section.

Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (5)

Rows 2-20: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (5)
When you finish row 20, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly: 

Wrap the strap around the teething ring and sew it together
Sew the other side of the strap to the star. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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

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

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I Know I’m Not Alone

I Know I’m Not Alone

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

I Knew It Wasn’t Going To Be Easy

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

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

 

A Complex Medical History

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

Pre-Partum Depression

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

Crochet IS Therapy

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

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

 

Self-Care

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

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

Share with us:

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

Thank you for letting me share.

Be love, Be light.

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Baby Hiking Sandals

Crochet Tutorial: Baby Hiking Sandals

Summer season is around the corner. Time to start getting that wardrobe ready. Here is a cute little addition for baby’s layette. These baby hikers can be made in any color and added to any outfit for just the right touch!

 

 

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Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make these sandals:

 

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

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Baby Hugs in Bluie and Dolphin
Red Heart Soft in Guacamole
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.
-These booties will fit up to a 6 month old baby.

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

Pattern:

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

Sandal: (MAKE 2)

Inner Sole:
With Bluie:
Chain 10
Rnd 1: 2sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 st. Hdc in next 2. 8Dc in last ch. Working on other side, hdc in next 2, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last stitch where beginning 2 sc are. Don’t join. (26 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in 1st st from last row, 2 sc in next. Sc 7, hdc in next, 2hdc in each of the next 6 stitches, hdc in next, Sc 7, 2 sc in last 2 stitches. Do not join – (36 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Sc10, 2sc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 6, 2 sc in next 2 stitches. Sc 10, 2sc in next. Sc in last 2 stitches. Sl st to next st (42 sts) Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Outer Sole:
Same as Inner sole, but DO NOT fasten off. Go to Assembly Step Next.

Assembly Step:
Slip Stitch Inner and Outer sole together (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Front Toe Strap:
Count 10 sts evenly on the front toe of the sole. Work in BLO of the Inner Sole and the back Loop of the Slip Sts you created when attaching the two pieces (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 1: Attach Yarn to first st, Ch 1, HDC 10 sts evenly across front of toe, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 2: HDC2TOG, HDC in 6 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 3: HDC2TOG, HDC in 4 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 4: HDC2TOG, HDC in 2 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Rows 5-10: HDC across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

Side Straps:
See video tutorial for location on where to put these straps. (Also see photos)
Attach yarn to side (where ankle would be)
Row 1: Ch 1, HDC in 4 sts leaving the rest unworked, Ch 1, turn.
Rows 2-6: HDC across, Ch 1, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Opposite Side Strap:
Do the same exact thing as the first side strap, just on the opposite side.
(See video tutorial for visual location)

Gray Straps:
Strap 1: FSC 11 sts (Start with long tail and fasten off with long tail for sewing)
Strap 2: FSC 15 sts (Start with long tail and fasten off with long tail for sewing)
Strap 3: FSC 22 sts (start with short tail and fasten off with short tail and sew in your ends to hide them)

Assembly Step:
Sew gray straps to sole of sandal (weave Strap 1 and 2 through the front toe piece)
Add Strap 3 and sew the front toe piece and side strap piece down OVER the top of Strap 3.
I show exact locations and visual instructions for this section in the video tutorial.
Add a button to Strap 3.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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

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

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It’s a…. Gender Reveal!!!

It’s a…. Gender Reveal!!!

It didn’t matter – girl or boy – we would still be filled with the same joy!! We are over the moon excited to announce that we are having a….

 

Thank you for sharing in the joy of this experience. We are so happy!!

My mom found the onsie on Etsy, you can see it here.

The tutorial for the baby booties is coming soon!!

~Nate and Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Wiggles & Giggles Baby Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Wiggles & Giggles Baby Blanket

Well, the time has come to start stocking up on a few nice essentials for baby! I made the Wiggles and Giggles Baby Blanket as the first piece in my baby’s layette! This design uses the double crochets to make a zig-zag design that creates beautiful rich texture. It also creates a completely different profile on the other side making this a fantastic reversible blanket and one that is sure to be treasured for years to come!

 

 

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

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns With Love in the color Minty (1300 yards–4 Balls)
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in the color Dusty Gray
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Blanket:
Ch 133 or any multiple of 3+1

Row 1 (RS): DC in 5th ch from hook and next ch, Go back to the chain next to your first stitch, DC in that ch, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), This will be a diagonal stitch over the 2 DC you made, *Sk next ch and DC in next 2 chs, DC in sk’d ch, repeat from * across until 1 ch remains, DC in last ch. Turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (Counts as a DC here and throughout), *Sk next st, DC in next 2 sts, turn work around to see the RS, DC in sk’d st, Turn work back to WS, repeat from * across until 1 st remains, DC in last st, turn.

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, *Sk next st, DC in next 2 sts, DC in sk’d st working in front of the 2 DC’s you just made, repeat from * across until 1 st remains, DC in last st.

Rows 4-54: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for however long you want then go onto the border
(Scroll down to see border instructions)

 

 

Do not fasten off

Border:
Round 1: Looking at RS of your work, SC around with your main color putting 3 SC in corners, sl st to first st.
Fasten off main color and change color

Round 2: Attach new color and SC around putting 3 SC in each corner, Sl st to first SC and Fasten off.

Round 3: Attach main color to any corner SC, Ch 3, [DC, Ch, 2, 2 DC] in same st, Ch 4, Turn work, Sl st in beg. Ch 3 st, Turn Work, Ch 1, 7 DC in ch 4 sp you just created, *DC in next 4 sts on Round 2 of the border, Ch 4, Turn work, Sl st in 1st DC of 4 DC grouping, Turn work, Ch 1, 7 DC in ch 4 sp you just created, repeat from * around putting [2DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in corner and making your wave over the corner. Sl st to first corner when you get back around. Fasten off.
(It was very hard for me to explain Round 3 in writing, so I highly recommend seeing this in the video tutorial provided on YouTube)

Weave in all ends.

 

Enjoy!!

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

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

The Cat’s Out of the (YARN) Bag!

The Cat’s Out of the (YARN) Bag!

It’s no secret that my battle with my health has been mostly an uphill one. Numerous surgeries have taken their toll on my body for the past ten years as I continue my fight. My Crohn’s disease has to be considered in every facet of my existence. My life, daily decisions, activity, diet, my body, and my future are ruled by this illness and how it will affect my daily living. After ten years, it is “Normal for Nadia” to be at the mercy of this condition. It just is that way. Like a habit, living with severe Crohn’s disease becomes part of my routine.

Doctor appointments, daily meds, regular testing, procedures, and so many details have worked their way into the fiber of my ordinary existence. Even getting married in March was overshadowed by the very real possibility that I may end up sick or in the hospital on our wedding day. It’s just the reality of living with chronic illness. Fortunately, adrenaline was my friend on March 17, 2018 and it helped carry my aching body through the day without incident! Our wedding was the most glorious day ever. Sure, I paid for it afterwards, but I would do all of that 1,000 times over just to relive that beautiful day!

Hardcore family planning

Nate and I always knew we wanted a family, we also knew that it would not be an easy path to having one. Several months after getting married, we sought help from my doctors to find out if I can safely support a pregnancy since I have such a challenging health history. I underwent a series of tests, some incredibly invasive (dignity be damned). A team of specialists were assembled to oversee my care if we were able to get pregnant. According to all these insane tests, there was no reason, despite my health battle, that I couldn’t get pregnant. We were so relieved! We were aware it would be very risky; the warnings from the medical staff came across loud and clear, but we have confidence in the high-risk team overseeing my care. They were very realistic but also reassuring. I was facing my 28th birthday, and although we weren’t aggressively trying, we weren’t being careful either. So, in early November–two days after my birthday–with symptoms that screamed that I might be pregnant, I went to the store and bought a half dozen pregnancy tests.

My internal dialogue was: “I just spent a small fortune on something I  am going to pee on. Who cares!??? I need answers!”

It all comes down to a (+) sign

It was a Friday afternoon, November 9th. My friend Sarah was coming to town for a visit, and I was planning on picking her up at the bus station in a few minutes. I only had a small window to privately check out my pregnancy suspicions. So like millions of women before me, I peed on the stick and nervously waited through the minutes that could change everything. I was pacing, nervous and fidgety. How do you distract yourself for those moments without constantly checking if you have your answer? If “a watched pot never boils,” does frantically fanning a pee stick prolong the results?! Because that 5 minutes felt like a flippin’ lifetime!

The test read (+) and I freaked out! I  called my mom on Skype immediately, and I was hyperventilating and crying and couldn’t get out what I needed to say. I completely freaked her out because she thought something tragic had happened. I couldn’t speak, and my dramatic reaction had her thinking the worst. I was able to show her the pregnancy test and get her expert opinion on what it was saying. (Like I didn’t already know, right?!) Were these tests saying what I thought they were saying?  Of course they were, but I needed Dr. Mom!!! She talked me through it and asked me what Nate said about it…

Oh. My. Gosh. Nate!!! I had yet to tell Nate! How did I not think of that?

She suggested that maybe I should have called him first! Oh my goodness, absolutely! I was a bit of a frantic mess. Where’s my coat?! I’m wearing it. Where are my keys?! In my hand! I had only a few minutes because Sarah’s bus was about to arrive!  I jumped in the car and decided to stop at his work! Woops! Was that a stop sign? Just kidding! I am grateful I didn’t receive a citation on the way to tell my husband!

We are having a baby… What do we do now?

Nate came out to the car and I had the test stick in a Ziploc bag. I told him I have to tell him something and without asking, he just said, “You’re pregnant.” I cried, I laughed, and I shoved the pee stick in the Ziploc at him and told him to look at it. We were so happy! He said he had a strong feeling. He knew. What emotions! So high, but then reality started to sink in like “What are we going to do now”? Even though we didn’t know what direction to take at that exact moment, we would figure it out together. We called my mom again from the car in the parking lot at Nate’s work. After talking to her, we knew I had to see my doctors first. We had to keep this quiet for a while. By all calculations, I was only about six to seven weeks along. Things were so precarious with my health and we wanted to make sure the pregnancy was viable and baby was healthy. We also needed to be sure I was fully healthy enough to actually support a pregnancy. On a scale from one to ten our emotions were off the chart. What ARE we going to do now?! GAHHH! WE ARE HAVING A BABYYYY!!

Game Face and A No Colon Surprise Party

Nate went back to work, and I had to pick up Sarah. How was I going to keep a straight face? How do I keep this from my best friend? Although I was busting to tell her to the point I was getting twitchy, I knew I couldn’t. I am the WORST at keeping a secret, God knows, and it was stressful to not blurt it out! I put on my best game face and decided to get it out of my mind (yeah, right!) and enjoy the weekend. Little did I know that the reason Sarah was really coming to visit was because my mom, Nate, Sarah and Nida were planning a surprise party to celebrate my birthday tied into a No Colon, Still Rollin’ – 10 years later party! WHAT IS HAPPENING!??? Saturday afternoon my entire family and all my friends surprised me and I couldn’t say a word to any of them! I ate three poop emoji cupcakes just from the stress of it all. Only Nate and my parents knew, and I couldn’t talk to them with everyone around! Again, ALL THE EMOTIONS!!!

Thank goodness for poop emoji cupcakes. That’s all I’m sayin’.

Well, it’s true! We’re pregnant.

I scheduled my first appointment and we had our first ultrasound. I knew going into this that it wouldn’t be easy. Nausea, heartburn, extreme fatigue, restless legs, extremely sensitive boobs that have grown 10 times their size, body pains off the charts, visits to the ER to check scary symptoms caused by adhesions from past surgical scar tissue, phantom sharp pains in my non-existent anus, my ostomy is shifting to the side as my tummy begins to grow, the scars on my tummy are being stretched, back pain, sciatic pain, vivid dreams and nightmares, itchiness, sleeplessness, aversion to certain foods, no appetite to ravishing hunger, even more profound vitamin deficiency (particularly folic acid and magnesium), chronic asthma symptoms to the point I need my rescue inhaler constantly and now a nebulizer, and more issues are plaguing me night and day, and I’m only past my first trimester!

But, it’s all worth it.

Especially at that very moment when we saw our baby on the ultrasound.

Suddenly, it all became real. We heard the heartbeat and we laughed and cried.

We called it our “little bean.”

We instantly fell in love.

Our baby is due in June 2019, and our hearts are so full.

What now, doc?

We had our first minor complication. There was a subchorionic hemorrhage (a blood clot) that was found on the ultrasound. The doctor said it happens in implantation, and unless I had excessive bleeding (I was only having some bleeding), not to worry too much about it, and it would be monitored.  I also had to cease a bunch of my medications. In stopping the meds, I risk some complications, but I have been managing things pretty well. One medication I can’t stop is my biologic injection. I am so worried about taking it, but I can’t risk getting sick to the point it would put me and baby in danger. My team has warned me over and over not to stop it.

I have to be truthful, I was contemplating stopping my biologic injection. The grave warnings from all my doctors have me reconsidering as I face having to take it this week. There is no evident risk to baby, but to me, if I stop, it would be very grave. I could become too ill and not be well enough to sustain the pregnancy, putting both of us at risk. Every doctor concurs. I do have to stop taking it at thirty weeks into the pregnancy to best insure that baby comes into this world the strongest and healthiest it can be. I am concerned without the protection of any medication to control my disease, my body won’t cooperate. I am hopeful. I am optimistic. I am scared. I won’t lie, I know what I am facing, and I know it will be worth it, but I also know this isn’t going to be an easy journey. Nothing this wonderful ever is. I have learned this lesson over and over in my life; I am familiar with how this goes. I am familiar with the bargaining process.

Now we are three!

We are now in the planning stage. I am almost 14 weeks pregnant, and have been following all the doctors’ instruction and am closely monitored. I am also chronicling my pregnancy on The Bump Phone App! According to the app, today our baby is about the size of a lemon! I have regular doctor appointments both with my standard team as well as a high-risk OB-GYN in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic. I couldn’t ask for a better crew of docs overseeing our care! They are so thorough. My last appointment with the specialist was two hours! We are in great hands, and we’re hopeful that things will continue to go well. I just pray that I stay healthy and strong for our little sweet pea. My heart is so full and all I want is to provide the best for this tiny baby despite my challenges.

Merry Christmas to Us!

We told Nyle, Nabeel, Samantha and Des over Thanksgiving. We also went to visit Nate’s dad and gave him a special “Grandpa” shirt.

We also told Nate’s brothers that weekend, too.  Other than immediate family and a couple close friends, we decided to wait and reveal our news to everyone else over Christmas! Our family and friends are elated, and some told me they “just had that feeling!”

Today, I wanted to share this with our YARNutopians now that our extended families and close friends received the news. Now, my crochet project list grows! Baby stuff galore! I already have some baby projects on our agenda! What an exciting year of crochet we have ahead of us! I hope to continue with our filming and projects as long as I can and will continue after baby’s arrival! We all have so much to look forward to in the New Year. Not only are we expecting a new addition, but my brother and his wife are also expecting a new baby in January! So many reasons to crochet! Haha! I am excited and filled with joy to share our news with all of you. Cheers to 2019! Thanks for being with us on this crazy and wonderful journey!

“You are so loved, little one.”

~Your Mommy and Daddy

~Nadia and Nate

Crochet Tutorial: Vintage Style Baby Bonnet

Crochet Tutorial: Vintage Style Baby Bonnet

I love to create matching layette sets when designing items for babies. I love the idea of a cute dress with matching accessories. Today, I have the second installment for the Happy Hearts Baby Dress. I designed a Vintage Style Baby Bonnet.

This sweet baby hat has similar ruffle detail as seen on the cap sleeves of the Happy Hearts Baby Dress. Using similar colors with this matching detail, this tiny bonnet is the perfect pairing for this sweet outfit.

With more pieces to come, this is the perfect set to start now and add to as the pieces become available! This will make a wonderful gift!

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this simple bonnet pattern:

 

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Cotton yarn in Aqua and Loofah
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Ribbon
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-I used 2 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for this project

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Puff: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through] 3 times, YO pull through all 7 loops on the hook, Ch 1 to close the st.
Cluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through, YO pull through 2 loops] 3 times, YO pull through all loops on hook.

Pattern:

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

Add this bonnet with the Happy Hearts Baby Dress.

Bonnet:

Ch 4, Sl st to 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, Beg. Cluster in ring, [Ch 2, Cluster in ring] 3 times, Ch 2, Sl st to beg. cluster. (4 clusters)

Rnd 2: Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 (counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 2, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, Sl st to ch 3 st.

Rnd 3: Sl st in sp between DC sts (see video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, Puff st in same sp, *Ch 1, Puff st in Ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Puff st in sp between next 2 DC sts, Repeat from * around, ending with Puff st in last Ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st to 1st puff st.

Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in same st, *2 DC in next ch 1 sp, 2 DC in next puff st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. (64 sts)

Work in rows now

Row 5: Work in between posts, sl st in sp between DC’s, Ch 1, Puff in same sp, * sk 2 sts, Puff in sp between next 2 DC’s, ch 1, repeat from * 24 more times, leave the rest of the sts unworked. Fasten off, change color. (25 puff sts)

Row 6: With new color, attach yarn to last st on row with RIGHT SIDE facing you, Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in same st, Sk ch 1 sps across, put 2 DC in each puff st, Fasten off, change color. (50 sts)

 

Row 7: Turn your work so you are looking at the WRONG SIDE, Sl st in sp between 2 DC grouping, Ch 1, Puff st in same sp, *Ch 1, Puff between next 2 DC grouping, repeat from * across, Fasten off, Turn your work, Change color.

Row 8: Repeat Row 6

Row 9: Repeat Row 7

Row 10: Repeat Row 6

Row 11: Repeat Row 7

Row 12: Repeat Row 6

Round 13: Starting in corner of front of bonnet, SC around entire bonnet with Loofah
Do not fasten off, continue working along the front of the bonnet

Row 14: Ch 1, SC in same st, * Ch 3, Sk 1 st, SC in next st, repeat from * 24 more times. Turn.

Row 15: Sl st into 1st ch 3 sp, Ch 2, *[2HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC] in NEXT ch 3 sp, repeat from * across. Turn.

Row 16: 6 HDC in 1st ch sp, *SC in gap between the HDC st groupings, 6 HDC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in last ch 2 st. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Assembly step:
Weave ribbon across Row 12 of the bonnet.

Enjoy!!

 

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

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

Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hearts Baby Dress

Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hearts Baby Dress

It has been quite a while, but I finally completed my latest infant fashion piece! My Happy Hearts Baby Dress is a lovely one piece cotton frock made with Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie.

This lovely dress has tiny popcorn stitch detail on the skirt creating two stacked hearts. The simple ruffle creates a cap sleeve on the bodice. I added a tiny ribbon accent to complete the piece. Each detail was carefully thought out to create this wonderful project.

Easy enough for all stages of crocheters, this infant attire will be a hit for everyone!! As a crochet artist you will love the simplicity of this design while making it, and the final product is sure to WOW the masses! Andddd, I can guarantee that any little baby will look adorable in this frock

Below is a view of the back of the dress.

 

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

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Cotton yarn in 3 balls of Aqua and 1 ball of Loofah
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This dress is 13 inches wide and 15 inches long but you can make it longer by watching the video tutorial for tips!
-This dress takes 410 yards of yarn
-I used 2 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for this project
-This dress is worked from the top down and the sleeves are added later

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
PC: Popcorn Stitch: 5 DC in same stitch, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st DC of grouping, put loop back on hook, pull through the stitch and pull the yarn tight to make the stitch “fold in half” to make a popping stitch. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Pattern:

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

Dress:
With Aqua
Ch 60, sl st to first ch to form large ring
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in next 6 Chs, *3 DC in next ch, DC in next 14 chs, 3 DC in next ch, repeat from * 2 more times, DC in last 7 chs, sl st to ch 3 st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, FPDC in first 8 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 16 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 8 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (76 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, FPDC in first 9 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 18 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 9 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (84 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, FPDC in first 10 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 20 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 10 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (92 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, FPDC in first 11 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, *FPDC on next 22 sts, 3 FPDC on next st, repeat from * 2 more times, FPDC on last 11 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (100 sts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rnd 6: Ch 1, FPDC on first 13 sts, Ch 8, Sk 24 sts, FPDC on next 26 sts, CH 8, Sk 24 sts, FPDC on last 13 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (54 sts, 2 ch 8 sps)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, FPDC on first 13 sts, DC in each of the next 8 chs, FPDC on the next 26 sts, DC in each of the next 8 chs, FPDC on last 13 sts, sl st to first FPDC. (70 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, FPDC on each st around, sl st to first FPDC. (70 sts)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, [DC & FPDC] on first st, *FPDC on next st, [DC & FPDC] on next st, repeat from * around ending with FPDC on last st, sl st to first FPDC. (102 sts)

Rnds 10-12: Ch 1, FPDC on each st around, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 13: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, BPDC on next 15 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next st, PC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next st, PC in next st, HDC in 3 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 15: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 16: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 7 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 17: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 5 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 18: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 5 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 5 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 19: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 6 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next st, PC in next st, HDC in next 6 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnd 20: Ch 1, FPDC on 53 sts, HDC in next 7 sts, PC in next st, HDC in next 7 sts, FPDC on last 34 sts, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnds 21-28: Repeat Rnds 13-20 once.

Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 13

Rnds 30-31: Ch 1, FPDC on each st around, sl st to first FPDC.
Fasten off and change color.

Rnd 32: With 2nd color, HDC in each st around. Sl st to first HDC.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Scroll down for Sleeves

 

 

 

 

Sleeves:
Attach yarn to last stitch on shoulder. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Row 1: [Ch 3, Sk 1 st, SC in next st] 11 times, turn.

Row 2: Sl st into first Ch 3 sp, Ch 2, ([2HDC, Ch 2, 2HDC] in next Ch 3 sp) 9 times, HDC in last ch 3 sp, turn.

Row 3: *6HDC in next Ch 2 sp, Sk 2 sts, SC in between stitches, Sk 2 sts, repeat from * across ending with 6 HDC in last ch 2 sp, Sl st in ch 2 st at the end of the row.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Repeat the same concept for other sleeve.

Assembly:
Add a ribbon around waist and have the ties in the back.
Weave in all loose ends.

 

 

Enjoy!!

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: Winter Winds Ski Cap

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Winds Ski Cap

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



 

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

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Pattern:



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

NOTES

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

Materials:
Click here to get the full pack of yarn pack included in this project!

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

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

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

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 Deramores

Owl

Crochet Tutorial: Little Lion Baby Booties

Crochet Tutorial: Little Lion Baby Booties

These are another addition to my Exotic Animal Baby Booties Series. I’m not “lion” when I say, you will have people “roaring” with compliments over these Little Lion Booties! Make a pair for your tiny “mane” man or “purr-fect” little princess. Take “pride” in making these as a gift for someone you love!

 

These booties can be adjusted to make teddy bears by removing the mane and the tail, or with some creative ingenuity, you can turn them into other fun zoo animals!! Enjoy!!

Darn Good Yarn: Online Yarn Store | Ethical Yarn

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

Materials:

Red Heart Yarn Soft in Gold
Red Heart Super Saver in Carrot
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
-G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Polyfil
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for these booties are 5 inches (13 cm) long and will fit a 6 month old baby. (find other sole measurements here)
-Use a basic Slipper or Bootie pattern in any size and then follow along with the embellishments of this pattern to make these in any size. I do not have stitch counts for larger sizes in this pattern.
-I found a great pattern by HodgePodge Crochet for adult sizes on the slipper! Find it here! Then follow along with the Embellishments of my pattern for the lion design!


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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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet


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Pattern:

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

Booties: Make 2
With Charcoal
Chain 10
Rnd 1: 2sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 st. Hdc in next 2. 8Dc in last ch. Working on other side, hdc in next 2, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last stitch where beginning 2 sc are. Don’t join. (26 sts)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in 1st st from last row, 2 sc in next. Sc 7, hdc in next, 2hdc in each of the next 6 stitches, hdc in next, Sc 7, 2 sc in last 2 stitches. Do not join – (36 sts)

Rnd 3: Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Sc10, 2sc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 6, 2 sc in next 2 stitches. Sc 10, 2sc in next. Sc in last 2 stitches. Fasten off (42 sts)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rnds 10-12: SC in each st around, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1. (20 sts)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Nose/Mouth
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, sl st to first SC. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), DC in same st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in next, 2 DC in next, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in next, sl st to ch up 3. Ch 1. (12)
Rnd 3: 2 SC in first 2 sts, SC in next 4 sts, 2 SC in next 2 sts, SC in last 4 sts, sl st to first SC.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Embroider nose, mouth, whisker dots on Nose/Mouth Piece. You can add whiskers too if you want! See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Ears: With Gold
Work in continuous rounds and in BLO
Make 2 per bootie
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 2 times. (8)
Rnds 3-4: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eyes: With White
Make 2 per bootie
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Add a little tick of Black in the eye with Black yarn.
Sew ears and eyes to booties.
Weave in any loose ends.

After you attach the eyes, make the MANE!!
Attach the yarn on one side of the bootie, *ch 8, Sl st in same spot, sl st in next spot, and repeat from * around the face of the lion. (See video and photos for a visual guide)

Tail:
With Gold
Work in continuous rounds and in BLO
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-9: SC in each st around
Fasten off with long tail for sewing
Stuff tail
Crochet loops on round 1 of the tail.
See video tutorial on how to make the loops.
(Attach yarn, *Ch 6, Sl st in same st, Sl st in next st, repeat from * around)

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Easy Elephant Baby Booties

Crochet Tutorial: Easy Elephant Baby Booties

“Pack-aderm” your “trunk” full of “grey” yarn, ladies and gents! Are you up to the “tusk” of making these adorable Easy Elephant Booties? Last I “herd,” the word about the Flamingo Booties was pretty great, so I decided to add another great design to my Exotic Animal Booties Series!! I will continue to use an “elephant” of surprise when introducing these new patterns. So keep watching and sharing my page! Some may find this pair “irrelephant” but hopefully many of you will think these are as “elephantastic” as I do! Thanks a “ton” for all the love! Play around with color for some fun and whimsical elephant designs for the little one in your life




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

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

Red Heart Yarn Soft in Charcoal
Red Heart Super Saver in Gray Heather
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Polyfil
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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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 these booties!

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for these booties are 5 inches (13 cm) long and will fit a 6 month old baby. (find other sole measurements here)
-Use a basic Slipper or Bootie pattern in any size and then follow along with the embellishments of this pattern to make these in any size. I do not have stitch counts for larger sizes in this pattern.
-I found a great pattern by HodgePodge Crochet for adult sizes on the slipper! Find it here! Then follow along with the Embellishments of my pattern for the elephant design!


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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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double 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.

Booties: Make 2
With Charcoal
Chain 10
Rnd 1: 2sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 st. Hdc in next 2. 8Dc in last ch. Working on other side, hdc in next 2, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last stitch where beginning 2 sc are. Don’t join. (26 sts)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in 1st st from last row, 2 sc in next. Sc 7, hdc in next, 2hdc in each of the next 6 stitches, hdc in next, Sc 7, 2 sc in last 2 stitches. Do not join – (36 sts)

Rnd 3: Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Sc10, 2sc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 6, 2 sc in next 2 stitches. Sc 10, 2sc in next. Sc in last 2 stitches. Fasten off (42 sts)

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

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

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

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

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

Rnd 9: Sc 9, hdc2tog 4 times, sc 7 and join. (20 sts)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Nose/Trunk: With Gray Heather
Work in the BLO
Ch 8
Rnd 1: SC in 1st ch and in each ch around (See video tutorial to go around)
Rnds 2-12: SC in each st around
Rnd 13: [SC2TOG] 4 times. (4)
Rnd 14: SC 1st and 3rd sts together. (1)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Pull long strand through trunk to the bottom and pull a little bit inward.
Then sew it to the bootie.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Eye Patch Pieces: With Gray Heather
Make 2 per bootie
Ch 7
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch and across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 2-3: SC across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in 2 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 5: [SC2TOG] twice, ch 1, turn. (2)
Row 6: SC2TOG, turn.
SC around the entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Tusks: With White
Work in continuous Rounds and in BLO
Make 2 per bootie
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (4)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (4)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, sc in next] 2 times. (6)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (4)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 2 times. (8)
Rnd 6: SC in each st around. (8)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Stuff the tusks and sew them to the booties, then sew the eye patch pieces over the tusks on each side of the booties.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Ears: With Gray Heather
Work in continuous rounds and in BLO
Make 2 per bootie
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnds 4-6: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

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

Assembly step:
Add a little tick of white in the eye with white yarn.
Sew ears and eyes to booties.
Weave in any loose ends.

Enjoy!!

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Like these booties? Try the Flamingo Feet Baby Booties here!

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Crochet Tutorial: Flamingo Feet Baby Booties

Crochet Tutorial: Flamingo Feet Baby Booties

I read a quote the other day which said:
Advice from a flamingo
Wade into Life,
Stand out in a crowd,
Spend time with your flock,
Find the right balance
Show your true color,
Keep your beak clean,
And don’t forget to get your feet wet!!

So, with those sentiments, I bring you my Fun Feathered Flamingo Feet Baby Booties! Start out on the right foot, or in this case, the right feet with this great project! Flocks of love were put into making these tiny slippers that pack a big PINK punch!!

These booties are one of the most versatile patterns I have ever designed. Although these slippers were designed for a 6 month old baby, changing hook sizes can increase the size of the pattern for a bit older infant. But I don’t stop there, choose a basic slipper pattern and follow along on the crocodile stitch and add the other embellishments to make your slippers ANY size!! See tips in my Notes section below.

Along with Flamingos, I provide the written instructions to take this pattern from pink to white in these beautiful Sweet Swan Slippers!

I was doing some online shopping when I came across this pair of swan slippers. Here is where I found inspiration to create this lovely pair in crochet!!

Using these guidelines, branch out to make Ducks, Geese, Peacocks, Toucans, Parrots, Cockateils, Pelicans, or any other fun bird! The possibilities are endless! What a fun way to have birds of a different feather, flocking together! Get started here and remember to read the Notes section for these great tips and more!


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

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

Red Heart Super Saver in Flamingo
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Polyfil
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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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 these booties!

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 these booties are 5 inches (13 cm) long and will fit a 6 month old baby. (find other sole measurements here)
-Use a basic Slipper or Bootie pattern in any size and then follow along with the crocodile stitch sides and the head/neck of this pattern to make these in any size. I do not have stitch counts for larger sizes in this pattern.
-I found a great pattern by HodgePodge Crochet for adult sizes on the slipper! Find it here! Then follow along with the Feather Sides and Embellishments of my pattern for the bird design!


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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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease

Pattern:

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


Slippers: Make 2 of everything

Sole:
Chain 10
Rnd 1: 2sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 st. Hdc in next 2. 8Dc in last ch. Working on other side, hdc in next 2, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last stitch where beginning 2 sc are. Don’t join. (26 sts)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in 1st st from last row, 2 sc in next. Sc 7, hdc in next, 2hdc in each of the next 6 stitches, hdc in next, Sc 7, 2 sc in last 2 stitches. Do not join – (36 sts)

Rnd 3: Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Sc10, 2sc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 6, 2 sc in next 2 stitches. Sc 10, 2sc in next. Sc in last 2 stitches. Fasten off (42 sts)

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

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

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

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

Rnd 8: Sc 9, hdc2tog 6 times. Sc 9. Join and ch 1 (24 sts)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sides Feathers: Make 2 for each slipper
Ch 15
Row 1: 2 DC in 6th Ch from hook, Ch 1, Sk 2 Chs, DC in next, Ch 1, Sk 2 Chs, 2 DC in next, Ch 1, Sk 2 Chs, DC in last ch, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Start working in the 1st pair of DC sts, (skipping the single dc if that was the last st of the previous row) Going around the post of the first dc of the pair as if to work a FPDC, make 5 DC sts *around* the post of the st, working down the length of the post towards the foundation chain, make 5 DC around the post of the next DC st, working from the foundation chain end towards the top (First scale made), Sl St in the next single DC, Make the next crocodile st in the next pair of DC sts, Sl st in last st, Turn.

Row 3: Ch up 3, DC in same sp as Ch up 3, Ch 1, DC in eye of Crocodile St, Ch 1, 2 DC between Crocodile sts of prev. row, Ch 1, DC in eye of next crocodile st, Ch 1, 2 DC in last st, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (Counts as beginning of Crocodile st), continue to Crocodile st around the first pair of DC sts, Sl st in solo DC, Crocodile st on next pair of DC sts, Sl st in next st, Crocodile st, on last pair of DC sts, ch 1.

Row 5: Sl st in eye of crocodile st, Ch up 4 (counts as DC and ch 1 sp), 2 DC between Crocodile sts of prev. row, Ch 1, DC in eye of next crocodile st, Ch 1, 2 DC between Crocodile sts, Ch 1, DC in eye of last Crocodile st.

Row 6: Ch 1, Crocodile St around the next pair of Crocodile Sts, Sl st in Solo DC, Crocodile St on next pair of DC sts, Sl st in last st, turn.

Row 7-10: Repeat Rows 3-6

Note: If you are making larger sizes, repeat the crocodile stitch rows to make your sides longer. (See Notes section above)

Row 11: SC 12 evenly across, ch 1, turn. (12)

Row 12: SC2TOG, SC in each st until there are 2 sts remaining, SC2TOG. (10)

Row 13: SC2TOG, SC in each st until there are 2 sts remaining, SC2TOG. (8)

Row 14: SC2TOG, SC in each st until there are 2 sts remaining, SC2TOG. (6)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew sides to Bootie (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Flamingo Neck/Head:
Ch 12
Rnd 1: SC in 1st Ch (forms a ring), and in each ch around. (12)

Rnd 2-16: SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 17: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 18: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)

Rnds 19-22: SC in each st around. (24)

Rnd 23: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)

Stuff the neck/head
Rnd 24: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)

Stuff your piece one last time.
Rnd 25: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)

SC 1st and 4th Sts together
Fasten off, weave in end.

Beak:
With Black
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)

Rnd 3: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)

Change to White
Rnds 5-6: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew beak to head and embroider eyes making French Knots. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Sew head/Neck to Booties.

 

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Adult Sized Flamingo Slippers:

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

Top of Foot:
With your main color, using 2 strands of yarn at the same time.
Make 2
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assembly Step:
Sew sole to top of foot piece, INSIDE OUT.
Weave in all ends.
Turn Right Side Out when you are done sewing the pieces together.

Ankle:
With 2 strands of yarn, attach to ankle.
Rnd 1: SC 30 sts evenly around ankle, sl st to first SC, Ch 1.
Rnd 2. HDC in each st around. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Feathers:
Using main color and 1 strand of yarn
MAKE 2
Ch 21
Row 1: 2 DC in 6th chain from hook, *Chain 1, Skip 2 chains, DC in next, Chain 1, Skip 2 chains, 2 DC in next chain, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last chain, turn.

Row 2: Chain 1, *5 DC around the next DC, work 5 Front Post DC up the post of 2nd DC, Slip Stitch into the next DC, repeat from * across, ending with Slip stitch in last stitch, turn.

Row 3: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), DC in same spot as chain up 3 stitch, *Chain 1, DC in eye of crocodile stitch, Chain 1, 2 DC in next slip stitch, repeat from * across, ending with 2 DC in last stitch, Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as DC of first crocodile stitch), 4 DC around first DC, work 5 Front Post DC up the post of the 2nd DC, Slip stitch to next DC, *5 DC around next DC, work 5 Front Post DC up the post of the next DC, Slip stitch into the next DC, repeat from * across, ending with 5 Front post DC up the last DC, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, Sl st into eye of Crocodile Stitch, Ch up 4 (counts as DC+Chain 1 space), *2 DC in next Slip Stitch, Chain 1, DC in next Crocodile Stitch, chain 1, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last crocodile Stitch. Turn.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2

If you need to make the feather part a little longer, repeat rows 3, 4, 5 and 2 again if needed.

Sew the feathers to the top of the foot

See this video tutorial to learn the crocodile stitch:

Flamingo Neck/Head:

Beak:
With Black
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)

Rnd 3: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)
Change to White

Rnds 5-6: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with tail for sewing.

Neck and Head:
Start with a long strand for sewing before making your beginning slip knot.
Ch 18
Rnd 1: SC in 1st Ch (forms a ring), and in each ch around. (18)

Rnd 2-16: SC in each st around. (18)

Rnd 17: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 18: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)

Rnds 19-23: SC in each st around. (30)

Rnd 23: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 24: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)

Assembly Step:
Stuff the beak and sew beak to head and embroider eyes (See photo for a visual)
Continue to close the top

Rnd 25: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)

Rnd 26: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)

SC 1st and 4th Sts together
Fasten off, weave in end.

Assembly Step:
Stuff the head and Sew head/Neck to Booties.

ANOTHER BONUS!!!!

**For the Sweet Swan Slippers Follow the Written instructions below**

Sole: With White
Repeat the same Sole as the Flamingo

Sides Feathers: With White
Repeat the same Side Feathers as the Flamingo

Assembly Step:
Sew sides to Bootie (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Beak:
With Orange
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)

Rnd 3: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)

Change to Black
Rnd 5: SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 6: SC in 4 Sts, Ch 2, SC in next 4 sts, Ch 2, SC in last 4 sts. (12)
Fasten off with tail for sewing.

Neck/Head: With White
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2
: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnds 3-8
: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off first piece with long tail.

Second piece
:
Start with a long tail when you make your slip knot
Ch 12
Rnd 1: SC in 1st Ch (forms a ring), and in each ch around. (12)

Rnd 2-10: SC in each st around. (12)
Do not fasten off,

Rnd 11: SC around second piece, and in each st of first piece (to attach them). (24)
You will see a hole in the crick of the neck, you can sew that closed with that long tail you fastened off with from the first piece.

Rnd 12: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Stuff piece

Rnd 13: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff one last time

Rnd 14: [SC2TOG] 6 times.
SC 1st and 4th sts together.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Assembly step:
Sew beak to Face and embroider eyes. (see photo for a visual guide)
Sew neck and back of neck to booties.

Crown: With Gold
Start with a long tail for sewing when you make your Slip Knot
Ch 12
Rnd 1: SC in 1st Ch (forms a ring), and in each ch around. (12)

Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: SC in next st, *Ch 3, SC in same st, Sk next st, SC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first st, Fasten off, weave in end.
Sew crown to top of head.

Weave in any extra ends.

Enjoy!!

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Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

Up until I was 21 years old, I was a true daddy’s girl. Every hardship, illness, and setback my parents were there to help me through everything. As I grew and gained independence, I met a man and was engaged in a semi-arranged match. Initially, after finding approval by both sides of our families we decided to arrange our marriage. Unfortunately, this guy was not as forthright as I had anticipated and after a series of eye-opening events, I ended the engagement. Thankfully these revelations came before marriage, but it didn’t come without a huge price.

During that trying time, my dad and I had a deep falling out, when looking back is a very raw and painful period. The entire situation was a dark and sad chapter. As more and more things came to light about this guy, I wasn’t sure what to believe. I chose to believe him over my dad who had the foresight to know after a few encounters, this person was not who we thought he was, and as the strict Pakistani father that he is, he gave me the ultimatum to end the engagement or I was going to be on my own without his support. I chose the guy, and with that decision, I closed the door on my dad and hurt him probably more than I ever thought possible. But I was a big girl, and I knew better, right? Wrong. I could not have been more wrong.

Choices and Consequences

But the damage from that decision was done and when all the chips fell and the engagement ended (my decision), he went back to teach in Jordan, I stayed in the USA, I was left to pick up the pieces of a terribly embarrassing and heartbreaking time. My parents separated and my mom came back with our family to take care of me in Wisconsin. The stress and anxiety of everything that happened took a toll on me and my illness attacked my body with a vengeance. My dad stayed in Texas dealing with his own obligations coming back and forth to spend time with us several times before deciding to finally stay.

During that year following this episode it was extremely awkward and uncomfortable to face my dad. Gone were those days where I could call him Daddy and be at ease like I always was. He didn’t talk to me the same way, he didn’t act the same way toward me and most of the time I just felt like a complete disappointment even though I know I wasn’t. One act did not define my entire relationship with my dad. But it is difficult to describe what it is like to be a Pakistani daughter to a dad that once looked at you with pride and now all you saw in his eyes was hurt and disappointment. We both had a lot of work to do to repair this relationship, but one thing I have learned from my dad is to not be afraid of doing hard work.

Things Take Time

Even if we struggled in those early days, the love between father and daughter was always strong. Slowly but surely (and with so much encouragement from my mother and brothers and sister-in-law) my dad and I began to repair and recover from this difficult time.

It happened gradually. Mending any relationship doesn’t happen overnight. Pretty soon we started joking again. Anyone who knows my dad, knows he is the master of the lame jokes. He isn’t funny AT ALL, but being not funny makes him so funny. He has this contagious laugh and when he laughs at his own bad jokes, you cannot help but laugh along too. Things became lighter, easier, and soon everything fell into place and we arrived where we needed to be. Now our relationship is stronger and better than ever.

It has been 5 years since that fated time. In 5 years, so many changes have taken place in our lives and my dad and I have been through a lot. Together we built YARNutopia.com. We collaborated to bring our videos to a channel on YouTube. We both share the same work ethic and understanding on what it takes to build a dream into reality. We also have developed a deeper understanding as father and daughter.

Although he is still a very strict, and a traditional Pakistani dad, he has loosened his grip and supports his children’s decisions and choices even if we don’t always see eye to eye. This understanding has led to a better relationship between us. Now that I am facing my future with Nate, I am grateful that this growth and understanding between my dad and me has allowed him to accept and love Nate so much, accept my decisions that are somewhat less than traditional, and support us as much as he has! Growing up between two cultures is a difficult challenge, and unless you have gone through it, most won’t understand. Together my dad and I have been working on finding an easy median. I think we have found that common ground. I am happy to say that all the difficulties of the past are gone and that having gone through it has made us stronger! Yarn really can help stitch together relationships!


Onward and Upward

Today, through all the ups and downs, we have arrived in a better place. With hard work, our loving and supportive family, better respecting one another, and the unending love between a daddy and his baby girl.

On this Father’s Day, there is so much I want to tell my dad. How can I put into words to express what all he means to me? How many times I wish I would have listened, how many times I needed him and he was there no matter what? How much I love him? I don’t think there are words to express that gratitude that exist in any language. Thank you for loving me through all the good and the bad times. Thank you for being as loving and protective as you are. Even if I rebel against it, I realize you only have my best interest at heart. Thank you for encouraging me to build YARNutopia and always being here to make our amazing videos. Thank you for it all. I would not be who I am without you by my side. A simple I love you doesn’t seem to be enough, but I will say it anyway. I love you, Daddy.

So please help join me in wishing my daddy and all the other great dads, step-dads, granddads, moms who fill the role of dads, foster dads, and anyone who is there for a child, Happy Father’s Day!
~Nadia

 

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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Pattern
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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: 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.

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