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Crochet Tutorial: Destiny Sampler Baby Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Destiny Sampler Baby Blanket

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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



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

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

Ch 84 or any even number

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

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

Assembly:
Sew in all loose ends.

Enjoy!!



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Broken Roads Point the Way

Broken Roads Point the Way

Yesterday, I had a follow up physical and doctor appointment after having a bit of a health scare last week where I ended up in the ER. After going through a number of tests and scans, it was determined that we will postpone any surgery for now, and I will undergo additional testing and possibly a HIDA scan, for newly discovered issues that are affecting my gall bladder and other organs. Other than that, things were looking pretty “Normal for Nadia” as my doctors like to say! I’ll take that!

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During this appointment, I was telling my doctor about my recent engagement and how Nate proposed on our trip to Europe. She was so genuinely excited for us. She hugged me three times and was overjoyed because she has seen me through so much. She also asked about how the transition will be as I prepare to transfer some of my medical care to a new city. Although it is far down the line, I will need to find a new physician and leave her behind. That’s a very difficult thing for me to do. It began to hit me how many changes are about to take place not only in my health journey, but life and business as well! Oh Boy!

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Support goes a long way

My entire life has been spent with my parents; it is no secret that my Mom is my best friend. Although I did spend a short time away from home attending university, illness/surgeries impeded my ability to continue. After 6 separate attempts at going back to college, I decided to postpone it indefinitely. Illness won that battle. (I am still winning the war) I may consider going back one day, but for now, it was the best decision.

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During those struggling years, my parents encouraged me to start a small Etsy shop and website to showcase my crocheted items. It was also during those times that, while in the hospital, so many nurses, nursing assistants, and doctors asked for help learning how to crochet. I began showing them basic techniques and taught while I was in the hospital. Teaching crochet in that setting helped me SO much. It also gave me a great idea!

Planting the seeds to grow a dream

I will always be grateful to my mom for her insight to give me yarn and a hook so long ago. She pushed me to do something constructive during those long months when I was in isolation or just spending a month hospitalized for whatever health problem I was having that kept me there.

When you are isolated and feel alone, having a skill or hobby to pass the time becomes invaluable. It becomes a lifeline that keeps your mind occupied and stops it from wandering straight into depressing thoughts. Thankfully, I was able to take that time to hone my skills in crochet and develop my craft into such a blooming network and community. It helped to open a platform that I could teach others my craft. My dad helped me start a YouTube channel, and I could reach others with my video tutorials. Having that connection to others quite literally SAVED me. There, an idea born out of a desperate situation, became the seed to grow this dream.

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Challenges ahead

Looking forward to next year (2018), I am excited to be getting married and starting my life with Nate. Out of respect for my Pakistani culture and my personal beliefs, I will not live with Nate before we get married. What has me feeling a bit anxious is how my life will be structured to continue YARNutopia from a distance. I will not only have a new marriage, new doctors, a new home, and a business to balance, but an entire change from everything I know. Moving even a few hours away from home hits me at times that is both exciting and scary. This weekend, while celebrating Mother’s Day, we sat down to discuss this.

Structure and Discipline

Presently, we try to film 2-3 videos a week. Prior to filming, my mom and I design several items that I create off camera. I perfect and refine the pattern and then proceed to head into the studio for filming. It is in the filming process that we decide what videos to keep, what projects will be popular, or what ends up on the cutting room floor. Sometimes only one video will make it to our channel. This process is lengthy and tedious. It requires many hours invested and a lot of trial and error. Our days are planned, structured, scheduled. We each execute our particular tasks and responsibilities. My mom handles a majority as she also takes care of our home on top of everyone in our family as well as running and managing our business.

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Having the structure and discipline of working with parents who have built a photography/videography business from the ground up so many years ago has been priceless. I just hope when I move away into my own home and start my life with Nate, the lessons they taught me will carry over into our life. I have never had the opportunity to work outside the home and this will be a big challenge to maintain this work ethic on my own, which incidentally, I never have had to be alone. Nate’s career has him working 8-12 hours a day. That is another idea that will take some getting used to.

 

Nothing Can Stop Us

Recently, Nate and I have begun to search for our “build a dream” home. We have been scouring the listings for a house that can accommodate our must have list. We sat down and made a checklist of things we want in a forever home.

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My top priority is a place for a craft room/studio (and a dishwasher, but that’s another story!) We have gone through several places that have potential. Let’s see if we are able to find a place where we can create our life and provide me with the ultimate craft room! (That will be a future blog post of its own).


My dad will set us up with an in-home studio, and his plan will be to travel and film at our home. My mom and I plan to design, create, and work remotely via Skype. So many fun and exciting changes to come in the next 300 days as we plan out this move! As much as I look forward to all these changes, leaving my old life behind and starting over feels a bit daunting and overwhelming at times. I’m just eternally grateful for the support of a wonderful man, my parents, and all of YOU, who will continue to accommodate all these changes in order to see YARNutopia through this growth and transition.

Oh song lyrics, you give me the feels!

When I look back and reflect over the past nearly nine years of health challenges and life detours, I never pictured this being the way my life would turn out. I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever meet anyone willing to accept not only the voluminous health issues I came with, but also accept that I would need to manage a job that would fit my abilities and challenges. I could not ask for more in anyone and somehow through God, or destiny, it led me down this path. There is a song lyric that says, “This much I know is true, that God blessed the broken road, that led me straight to you.” No words could ever be truer to describe how I arrived to this place in my life. At times when I faced another health challenge, I always asked “Why!??” maybe this was always the answer.

~Nadia

“What is meant to be will always find a way” ~Trisha Yearwood

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