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My New Craft Room

My New Craft Room

When Nate and I bought our house this past July, one of the bedrooms was in pretty rough shape. It had a behemoth wall cabinet built around a bed that fit into the center. I remember Nate’s dad remarking that it looked like the drawers in a wall at a morgue, and my first thought was this thing had to go!

Behind the bed was exposed wall and mortar. We even discovered a small hole where we could see light from outside! We found little critter poo in the area behind where the previous owner had their bed. I had total heebie-jeebies following that discovery! The first step was to ensure that there were no openings to the outside where critters can enter, so my dad filled the cracks and holes both inside and out. That went a LONG way to giving me peace of mind!

Where to start?

The room was poorly painted in a funky celery green color that was dirtied with age, with patches of the former paint peeking through. Our first inclination was to tear everything out and gut that insanely HUGE cabinet. After careful consideration, we decided to repair everything, repaint the room a soft gray with white accents, and try to work with the massive shelving (that was actually very well constructed). The previous owner had built the cabinet by hand out of solid oak, so the quality and construction was excellent. We all felt it would be a shame to completely destroy it. But what to do??!

The idea of facing this DIY project was a bit daunting, yet, when we started to disassemble and remove the drawers my mom came up with the idea of using this as a yarn storage wall! That had me shifting into 5th gear with an excited, “YES, PLEASE!” So, Nate, myself, my mom, and dad reinvented this wall unit into a yarn storage and turned the bedroom into my new studio/craft-room! It’s a night and day difference, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

 

 

A little hard work never hurt anyone. It can however make me scream.

We started with the carpets. We rented a Rug Doctor and shampooed the carpets several times over. Once the floors dried, my dad removed the remaining drawers and hardware, leaving empty openings in their place. He measured and cut the wood for each “shelf” that needed a bottom. Then, we inserted each shelf into its cubicle and secured them with nails. We had 23 to reconstruct. I left two of the bottom drawers intact for notions, crochet hooks, and other supplies.

We decided then to paint the room. Since this room eventually will be my filming studio, I could only choose from white, cream, or gray paint so the lighting didn’t cast a strange color on my videos. So, I chose the soft gray with white trim. What should have been a simple paint job, was a disaster. One, we had to wash years of grime off the existing walls. Two, it took more than 3 coats of the light gray to cover the green color beneath. Three, I stepped off the ladder and the can of gray paint tipped over spilling and splashing paint EVERYWHERE all over the carpet! I screamed!! What a mess to clean up!! It took two full days to finish painting this small room. I still have a bit of trim to fix, paint, and replace, but overall it looks 100 times better than it did!

The Fun Part

Now the task of filling those compartments of my wall unit was next. My mom and I unpacked boxes upon boxes of yarn and began organizing them into colors. That took hours and hours! I think I went up and down the step ladder a hundred times that day. My legs were burning by the end! But what a difference it made! It transformed from being this massive thing with cold, empty caverns, into a wonderful warm, colorful work of art (haha!). My excitement just grew by leaps and bounds!

My dad and Nate repaired the back wall and constructed the table where I will be filming. They custom built the table for me to work and do my tutorials. They also added lighting fixtures to illuminate my work area. Once that was complete, my mom and I began to add personal touches to the room. The first thing to be hung on the wall was my Silver Play Button I was awarded from YouTube for surpassing 100,000 subscribers. One of the last pieces to be done was changing the ceiling fan into a hanging light fixture. We also accented with a black room darkening curtain so we can eliminate light coming through the window while filming. Soon the room began to truly come to life.

 

 

Finishing touches

Over the course of the past few weeks, I added a big comfy chair and additional artwork to the room. Most of the items are second hand or gifts that add to that personal charm to make this space my own. It is one of the coziest and happiest places in our new home. It is the perfect place for me to spend most of my time!

I am still transitioning between homes as I still live with my parents until our wedding. In 5 months, I will be getting married and will be moving ALL my yarn to our home permanently and those shelves will be full! YARNutopia will have a new home with a new beginning! I am excited to make these changes not just in my personal life, but in the life of our online community! Lots of exciting things to come and I am so happy to share this journey with all of you!

We still have to add some finishing touches. I will be keep you updated on more changes to come as well as posting about the day we film our first tutorial in my NEW studio!! Thank you for joining me and sharing this adventure!

Let me know stories of your own home DIY projects! Have you remodeled a room? Share in the comments section!

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Crochet Tutorial: Star Stitches and Stripes Chunky Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Star Stitches and Stripes Chunky Blanket

Chunky blankets are all the rave lately. Perfect for any decor, be it the bedroom, living room, or cozy sitting area, my Star Stitches and Stripes Chunky Blanket will be the ultimate room accessory. A bold statement that is not only striking in any room of your home but also functional.

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Follow along with this video tutorial to make this blanket:

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

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.
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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need 966 Yards of yarn for this whole project.
-You can use any type of Worsted Weight, Aran, or Bulky yarn to crochet this blanket
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

**View the full kit of supplies you will need for this project here!!**

Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Grande in Oatmeal (9 balls)
Red Heart Yarns Grande in Teal (12 balls)
Stitch Marker
-N-12.00mm Crochet Hook (Find cool hooks I usually use in my video tutorials here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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

Pattern:

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


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Pattern:

Ch 75 or any multiple of 2 +1

Row 1: In the Second Ch from hook, pull up a loop in each of next 5 chs, YO and pull through the 6 loops on hook, ch 1. *Pull a loop through the “eye” formed by the Ch 1 just made, pull a loop through back of last loop of star st, pull a loop through same ch where last loop of star st was made, pull a loop through each of next 2 chs, YO and pull through the 6 loops on hook, ch 1. Repeat from * to the end of the row, HDC in the last ch, Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: SC in HDC, SC in “eye” of next star, 2 SC in the “eye” of each star stitch across, ending with SC in top of the turning Ch, Ch 2, Turn.

Row 3: Pull a loop through front strand of 2nd Ch from hook, pull a loop through back strand of same Ch, Pull a loop through each of the next 3 Sts, YO and pull through the 6 loops on the hook, Ch 1. *Pull a loop through the “eye” formed by the Ch 1 just made, pull a loop through back of last loop of star st, pull a loop through same St where the last loop of star st was made, pull a loop through each of next 2 Sts, YO and pull through the 6 loops on hook, ch 1, repeat from * to end of the row, HDC in last turning Ch. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 4-70: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ending with a repeat of Row 2 (Single Crochet Row)

Assembly step:
I changed color every 10 rows. See video tutorial for visual instructions on changing color and if you run out of yarn during your project.


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Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: The Panda Clutch Purse

Crochet Tutorial: The Panda Clutch Purse

I don’t have sisters but a group of best girlfriends who are my “sistys.” These ladies and I have made the panda our honorary group mascot. I’m not sure how that came about, but it has now become our thing. This Panda Clutch Purse design is dedicated to my sistys who are all over the globe from Comoros Africa, to Virginia, to Germany, to Wisconsin. I have been thinking about them and missing them so much lately. I am inspired everyday by these special ladies that are out changing the world. To my Panda, Panda, Panda crew, this one’s for you!

For those of you who are fans of pandas and all things related to pandas, this is a great project!
Did you know that pandas are a symbol of peace? In writing this blog, I looked up a few fun facts and came across this interesting blog if you want to learn more! 

Check out this funny clip of me as a panda in a tree! Thanks to Snapchat! LOL

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Panda Bag:

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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.


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

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Light Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Green
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Buttons

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

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 bag is 10 inches wide and 7 inches deep, but you can make this as big as you want.


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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
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Bag:
Ch 31
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (30)
Row 2-70: SC in each St across, ch 1, turn. (30)
Row 71: SC in 13 sts, Ch 3, sk 4 sts, SC in last 13 sts.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly Step:
Fold rectangle in 3 and sew up the two sides. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Sew button on bag.

Eyes:
With Black: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in same st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in next st, 2 DC in next st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in last st, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (12)
Rnd 3: Ch up 2 (Counts as HDC), HDC in same st, 2 HDC in next st, SC in next 4 sts, 2 HDC in next 2 sts, SC in last 4 sts.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

With White: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

With Black: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing
Sew a fleck of white in the pupil

Assembly Step:
Sew eyes together and sew to bag (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Embroider Mouth under button on bag using black yarn

Ears: Make 2
With Black
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: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew Ears to bag

Cheeks:
With Pink: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in same st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in next st, 2 DC in next st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in last st, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (12)

Leaves:
With Green: Make 2
Ch 7
Rnd 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in last, ch 2 (work on opposite side of foundation ch), SC in same st as last st, HDC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in last
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Handle:
FDC 35
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly Step:
Sew leaves behind ear, Sew handle to bag.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

You asked. I answered. I hear you! My Spring Sun Mandala Vest is complete! Yes, this makes me as happy as it will you! This was made with Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombre in the color Cocoa. Can I say I am completely in love with this yarn without making my fiancé jealous? Let’s hope, because I am!

I made this to fit me. I am 5′ 2″ and I generally wear a size Small/Medium. I have given instructions in the Notes Section and in the video tutorial to alter this pattern to make it larger.


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Something you may not know about my work process, is that I design my pieces off camera first, perfect the pattern, fix all the quirks, and get all my mistakes ironed out before filming my final piece in my tutorials. I first designed my Spring Sun Mandala Vest pattern using Caron Cakes in the color Macaron. This was my original prototype for testing the pattern. I filmed the video in the Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombre that I posted above, but if you are interested in seeing how the Cakes work for this piece, this should give you a pretty good idea! No matter what yarn is used, this piece is sure to be a big hit!

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Mandala Vest:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Please check out the new beginning graphic designed and developed by my brother Nabeel. He and his wife own and operate NFD Graphics. Please hop over to their Facebook page and show them some love! For all your graphic and video/logo design needs be sure to contact them today!
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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

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

Materials:

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

Red Heart Super Saver Ombre in the color Cocoa
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Cafe Latte
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Brooch Pin

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

NOTES:

-This project uses 1100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each round and to learn how to make this BIGGER
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-This Mandala is 43 inches across (112 cm), Arm Holes are 18″ around (46cm), and Shoulders across are 15″ (38cm)
-This project took me approximately 20 hours to complete.
-To make this bigger, you can repeat Round 16 when you get to that point, you can also repeat Round 18 when you get to that point, you can repeat Round 26 when you get to that point, you can repeat Round 28 when you get to that point, and you can repeat Round 31 when you get to that point.
-I used 2 full Caron Cakes, but I was unable to finish the last 2 rounds of the pattern, so I would suggest about 3 Caron Cakes to finish the pattern.

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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
DC3TOG: Double Crochet 3 Stitches Together
DC4TOG: Double Crochet 4 Stitches Together
V-Stitch: [Double Crochet, Chain 2, Double Crochet] in indicated space
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet (See video tutorial for visual instructions)


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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.

Mandala Vest:

Start with Magic Ring or Ch 6, Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 2 (Counts as HDC here and throughout), 15 HDC into ring. Sl st to beg ch up 2. (16)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), DC in same st, * CH 2, SK 1 st, 2 DC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg ch up 3. (8 ch 2 sps, 16 sts)

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 2 sp, Ch 2, 2 HDC in same sp, *Ch 3, 3 HDC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 2. (24 HDC, 8 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st into Ch 3 sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in ch 3 sp, * Ch 2, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in next Ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC. (8 petals made)

Rnd 5: Sl st to middle DC of a petal, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 2, V-Stitch in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, SC in middle DC of next petal, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st SC. (8 SC, 16 DC, 24 Ch 2 sps)

Rnd 6: In SC, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Sk ch 2 sp, [4 DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in next V-Stitch, Sk ch 2 sp, SC in next SC, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Ch 2 sps, 64 DC, 8 SC)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, BPSC around 4 sts, *[2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, BPSC around next 9 sts, Repeat from * around, sl st to first BPSC.

Rnd 8: Ch up 3, DC in next 2 sts, *Ch 2, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC in next 3 sts, Ch 3, Sk 3 sts, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3. (48 sts)

Rnd 9: Sl st in each st to get to next ch 2 sp before a SC, Ch 1, 3 SC in ch sp, *SC in next SC, 3 SC in next ch sp, SC in next 3 sts, (Working BEHIND ch sp) DC in next 3 sts sk’d from Previous round, SC in next 3 sts on current round, 3 SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 10: Sl st to middle SC that’s in a SC from prev. round (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, SC in same st, Ch 3, * [3DC, 3TR, 3DC] in ch 3 sp from Rnd 8, Ch 3, Sk 6 sts, SC in next st, Ch 3, Sk 6 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Petals, 8 SC, 16 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 11: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 7 SC in middle TR of Petal, Ch 7, SC in next SC, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC if you are changing color. If you are not changing color, End with Ch 3, TR in first SC of round. (16 ch 7 sps)

Rnd 12: In Ch sp, Ch up 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 7, SC in next Ch sp, repeat from * around, end with Ch 3, TR in first SC. (16 ch 7 sps)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 8, SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC. (16 ch 8 sps)

Rnd 14: Sl st into Ch 8 sp, Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 9 DC in same sp, *10 DC in next ch sp, Repeat from * around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (160 DC)

Rnd 15: Ch 1, FPDC around 1st st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC. (160 sts)

Rnd 16: Ch 1, FPDC around 1st FPDC, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first FPDC. (160 Sts)

Larger Sizes: **Repeat Round 16 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 17.

Rnd 17: Ch 5 (Counts as DC + Ch 2 sp), DC in same st, *Sk 1 st, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. (80 V-stitches)

Rnd 18: Sl st into V-Stitch, Ch 5, DC in same sp, V-Stitch in each V-Stitch around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. (80 V-Stitches)

Rnd 19-20: Repeat Round 18

Larger Sizes: **Repeat Round 18 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 21.

Rnd 21: Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in same sp, *3 DC in next V-Stitch, repeat from * around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (240 sts)

Rnd 22: In gap between 3DC grouping, Ch 1, SC in same gap, Ch 4, Sk 3 sts, SC in next gap, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC. (80 Ch 4 sps)

Rnd 23: Sl st in Ch 4 sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in each ch 4 sp around, sl st to first SC. (80 petals)

Rnd 24: Start in the middle DC of a petal (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 6 (Counts as DC + Ch 3 Sp), DC in middle DC of next petal, *Ch 3, DC in middle DC of next petal, repeat from * around, Sl st to 3rd Ch of beg. ch 6. (80 DC, 80 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 25: in Ch 3 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 5 DC in same ch sp, * 6 DC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (480 sts)

Rnd 26: Ch up 3, DC in each st around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (480 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 26 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 27.

Rnd 27: Making the Armholes: Ch 3, DC in next 9 sts, Ch 2, FDC 25, Sk 20 sts, DC in next 40 sts, Ch 2, FDC 25, Sk 20 sts, DC in the rest of the sts on this round, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (490 sts)

Larger Sizes: **If you need the armholes to be bigger or smaller, just FDC more or less and skip more or less stitches**

Rnd 28: Ch 3, DC in each st around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (490 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 28 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 29.

Rnd 29
: Ch up 3, DC3TOG, *Ch 4, DC4TOG, repeat from * around, Sl st to beg DC3TOG stitch.

Rnd 30: In ch 4 sp: Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, *5 DC in next Ch 4 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3. (610 sts)

Rnds 31- 35: Ch up 3, DC in Each St around, Sl st to beg ch up 3. (610 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 31 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Happy Halloween!

This blog is compiled to show the costumes I made for Nate and myself. You can find them all in one place rather than navigating through my blog to find each individual pattern. Here, I have them all in one spot for your convenience. You can click the links in the paragraphs before the photos or you can simply click the photos to view the video tutorials and written patterns for each individual piece for these costumes.

We start with the Beast Hat. It’s perfect not only for a costume (although, I will warn you, it is very warm, and won’t last long in a crowd of people), but also for cold days! It’s an easily adaptable and versatile pattern by changing colors and embellishments to make any animal-istic creature that you fancy!

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Second, you will find the Beast Gloves here. With some simple modifications, you can take these very scary beast gloves and turn them into an easy pair of hand-warmers, just by omitting the finger portion of the pattern. These were made to enhance the crochet costume. Have fun with it!

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Next up, by making a very simple chain, I was able to create this embroidery embellishment detail that I sewed onto the costume jacket. I first traced out the design in a chalk pencil, chained the length needed for each scroll design and sewed it on using a yarn needle. I added some lace and just pinned it inside the sleeves and on the collar.

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Lastly, I made these simple foot coverings. These are a very basic flat panel using double crochet with an ankle cuff that wraps around the bottom of the leg. Once complete, I sewed fur through the stitches to give it a paw-like look that can be worn over shoes. (These do not have a written pattern or a video tutorial)

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For the Princess costume, I created the shirt here. This is one of two pieces for the dress ensemble. I added tulle and embellished the outfit with medium sized flower roses that I used in my Floral Dream Crown tutorial.

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The Princess Costume Skirt was the second piece I crocheted for this ensemble. As you will see in the pattern, you can make this as big or as small as you want it to be. This can modified to be made in a variety of princess dresses by changing colors or adding different embellishments.

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Lastly, I added the Enchanted Rose Cape that can be found here as a finishing touch to this princess costume. This cape can also be modified into a poncho or a bridal cape.

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Here are the photos of us together in our costumes! Photos do not lead to any patterns.

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Crochet Tutorial: Enchanted Rose Cape

So many little girls love to play dress up or pretend to be their favorite Disney Princess. I was no exception, and that spirit was something I never grew out of. I love Disney movies and the characters they embody. My Enchanted Rose Cape was inspired by one of my favorites. Fashioned after a scene from Beauty and the Beast, I created this caplet/cape combination piece to add to a costume that I am in the process of creating.

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As I was creating this piece, I saw the potential for so many possibilities that could come out of this one fashion item. Changing the color to ivory, or even a sparkly white yarn, this would make a lovely winter bridal cape. In fact, just changing the color to match something in your wardrobe would make this a perfect piece for a formal cover-up. It could be an everyday poncho/cape in tones of grays or warm browns. This could also be transformed into other costume capes for characters such as Red Riding Hood, Rose Red, or any other fairy-tale or medieval character. The possibilities in color choices are endless, and the ideas know no bounds. Have fun with it!!

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It doesn’t stop there. If you prefer to not include the longer cape, this would make a cute little caplet, or remove the hood and it makes a nice poncho. Adjust the size and you can change the whole look! With this easy repeat pattern and stitch, anything is possible!

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Enjoy this pattern and share your photos on the Facebook page when you finish!!

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Make the full costume by clicking here or clicking this photo below.

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

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Pattern
:

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

Materials:

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3 skeins of Bernat Super Value in Burgundy (1270 yards/1167 meters)
1 skein of Red Heart Boutique Fur (11 yards/10 meters)
K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stitch Markers


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NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension.
-This pattern is in multiples of 3, so you can make this as big or small as you want.
-Just continue the repeat pattern until your piece is as big or as wide as you want it to be to go onto the next step if you feel like I stopped too soon in the video tutorial. This pattern is very versatile and you can make this as big as you want.
-This piece works the poncho first, then the cape, then the hood last.
-The hood is made separately and then sewn onto the cape.
-For measurements and to learn how big mine turned out to be, watch the beginning of the video tutorial.
-This took me about 15 hours to complete from beginning to end.


Special stitches
:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
aka: Also Known As


Pattern:

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

Poncho

Ch 90 (or any multiple of 3). Sl st to 1st ch to form a large ring.


Rnd 1
: ch 1, [sc, ch 2, sc] in same ch, *sk 2 ch’s, [sc, ch 2, sc] in next ch, repeat from * around, ending with sk last 2 chs, sl st to 1st sc of the round, and sl st into ch 2 sp. (30 ch 2 sps)


Rnd 2: 
Ch 3, 2 DC in same sp, put 3 DC in each ch 2 sp around, sl st to beg. ch up 3 and into next st. (90 DC)


Rnd 3
: Ch 1, [sc, ch 2, sc] in same st, *sk 2 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in next st, repeat from * around, ending with sk last st and beg. ch up 3, sl st to 1st sc and sl st into ch sp.


At this point, put a stitch marker at the beginning and halfway point of your work (see video tutorial for visual instructions).


Rnd 4
: ch 3, 5 DC in same sp, put 3 DC in each ch sp until you get to the halfway point, put 6 DC in the halfway point ch 2 sp, then put 3DC in each of the ch sps until the end of the round.


Rnds 5-27
: Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your piece is as long as you want it to be. I ended on round 27. You want to end on an ODD round (aka a repeat of round 3)

Rnd 28: Ch 3, 2 DC in same sp, put 3 DC in each ch 2 sp around, sl st to beg. ch up 3 and into next st.


Rnd 29
: Ch 1, [sc, ch 2, sc] in same st, *sk 2 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in next st, repeat from * around, ending with sk last st and beg. ch up 3, sl st to 1st sc and sl st into ch sp.


Rnd 30
: Ch 3, 2 DC in same sp, put 3 DC in each ch 2 sp around, sl st to beg. ch up 3.


Rnd 31
: Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Sl st to beg. sc, fasten off. Weave in ends.

**Put stitch markers where you want to keep the front open for your cape part. See video tutorial to see where to mark your work

**Row 1 of the cape is worked on the inside of the poncho in round 29.

Cape:
Row 1: In a ch sp that is marked, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk to next ch sp, [sc, ch 2, sc] in each ch 2 sp around (see video tutorial to do this round correctly), ch 1 turn

Row 2: Sl st into ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, 2DC in same sp, 3 DC in each ch 2 sp across, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sl st into middle st of 3dc grouping, ch 1, [sc, ch 2, sc] in same st, * sk 2 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc] in next st, repeat from * across skip last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sl st into ch 2 sp, ch 3, 5DC in same sp, 3DC in each ch sp until the last sp, 6 DC in last ch sp, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sl st into 2nd st of 6 dc grouping, ch 1, [sc, ch 2, sc] in same st, sk 2 sts, [sc, ch 2, sc in next st, repeat from * across, sk last st, ch 1 turn.

Row 6: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch 3, 2 DC in same sp, 3 dc in each ch 2 sp across, ch 1, turn.

Rows 7-38: Repeat Rows 3-6 as many times as you want to make your cape as long and wide as you want it to be. (I ended on row 38) Be sure to end on a repeat of row 5.

Rows 39-40: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.


Hood:

The hood is made separately and then sewn onto neck part of poncho. See video tutorial for specifics on how to sew this to the cape.

Ch 92 (or however many chains you began with + 2)

Row 1: (1 SC, CH 2, 1 SC) in 3rd ch from hook, *Sk next 2 ch, (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in next ch, repeat from * across, end with 1 HDC in the last ch, turn.


Row 2
: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), *3 DC in next ch-2 space. Repeat from * across, end with 1 DC in top of turning ch, turn.


Row 3
: Ch 2 (Counts as HDC), * (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in 2nd dc of next 3DC grouping, repeat from * across, end with 1 HDC in top of turning ch, turn.


Rows 4-22
: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your hood is as wide as you want it to be. (End on an even row (aka a repeat of row 2).
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Sew hood to cape and sew up the top of the hood (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Time for Fur!!
Sl st fur around hood, around bottom of poncho, and around the bottom of the cape.
Weave in all your ends, and enjoy your cape!
Enjoy!!

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Sun-Kissed Crop Top

I’m feelin’ Pretty in Pink with this crop top!!

Every once in a while, I’m inspired by a fashionable clothing piece that I see online or in the store, and I’m struck by the possibility that I could make something like that. Has that ever happened to you?

Recently, I ran across a cute shrug on Pinterest that inspired me for this project. Although the item was knit, I felt I could create something similar using crochet. Best intentions often go astray because this project was more challenging than I anticipated when I sat down to design it in the studio.

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Earlier this year, I purchased a beautiful Peruvian Pima Cotton from Wool and the Gang and had a summer clothing piece in mind when I chose this yarn. They had a sale on their Shiny Happy Cotton in Hot Pink, and when I bought it, I thought it would be cute for a summer top or a handbag. It was my textile of choice when creating this crop top. I was not disappointed. It worked up beautifully, even if the direction I started out in wasn’t where I ended up.

My design took on a life of its own, and in the process, I created this adorable lacy piece that I christened the name “The Sun-Kissed Crop Top” because of it’s openness in its pattern.

This top is perfect for wearing over a sundress, tank top, or it can make any fashion statement that you desire! You can continue to increase the bodice to create a swimsuit cover-up or longer tunic top. Also, please note, the dolman sleeves can be made longer. Below you will find the instructional video with a step-by-step demonstration on how to make your very own! Do you like reading a pattern better?? Scroll down even more to see the written instructions!

I can’t wait to see your designs and color choices! Let’s all get sun-kissed!!

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this crop top:


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Pattern:

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

Materials:

**Get the full kit of supplies here!!**

-Less than 500 yards of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton in Hot Pink (I used approximately 380 yards) If you can’t get that, you can get any cotton. Here is a good cotton yarn!!
K-6.50mm Crochet Hook (you can use any hook you want to make this but keep in mind,  the larger the hook, the looser the stitch)
Stitch Markers (I used extra strands of yarn to mark my stitches)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-This pattern is made working 2 panels and sewing them together and then creating the sleeves.
-The video tutorial demonstrates a size Small/Medium but if you do more chains you can make this bigger. The video tutorial shares how to make this wider.
-To make this longer, just repeat rows 2-5 as many times as you want.
-To make sleeves longer, just repeat the ribbing pattern until you are satisfied with the length.
-Mine measured 41 inches across (106cm) unstretched and 15 inches long (38cm) unstretched.
-Before making this piece, measure your waist, your neck line, and the length you want to make this so you can mark your stitches for sewing your pieces together.
-This took me about 2 days to make, but you could make this in one day if you work on it constantly.
-The beginning chain length is explained below in the pattern.
-You can use any type of cotton or cotton blend yarn to achieve this style.

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
Shell: [3DC, Ch 1, 3DC] in same stitch
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Front and back panel: MAKE 2

Chain 99, 111, 123, 135 (if these chain amounts are not long enough, just add 12 chains to your piece until it measures the length you want it to be. Ex: chain 147, 159, 171)

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 chs, *ch 3, sk 3 chs, dc in next st, ch 3, sk 3 chs, dc in next 5 sts, repeat from * across ending with 3 dc, Turn.

Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc + Ch 2), Sk the first 3 sts, *Shell in the next DC, ch 5, sk 5 dc, repeat from * across, ending with ch 2, dc in last st, Turn.

Row 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), *5 DC in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, dc in center ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, repeat from * across, ending with ch 3, dc in last st, Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 3dc in same st as ch up 3, *ch 5, sk 5 dc, shell in next dc, repeat from * ending with 4dc in last st.

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 DC in same st as ch up 3, *Ch 3, sk 3 sts, DC in center ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, 5 DC in ch 1 sp of shell, repeat from * ending with 3 dc in last st.

Rows 6-13: Repeat rows 2-5 twice (You can repeat rows 2-5 as many times as you want to make this as long as you want, I just did 2 repeats to make it the length you see in the photos)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Once you have your two panels made, sew them together. Watch the video tutorial at 33 minutes and 15 seconds for measurements and how to make it centered so one sleeve isn’t longer than the other.

Once your pieces are sewn together, you can work on the sleeves:

Rnd 1: Attach yarn to under side of sleeve, ch 3, (counts as dc), DC an odd number around (including ch 3 in this count), I DC’d 28 sts so I had a total of 29 DC’s on this round. Sl st to ch 3 to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, DC2TOG all around, sl st to ch up 3 to join. (14 sts and a ch up 3)
Repeat this round if your sleeve isn’t tight enough around your arm. Then go on to rnd 3.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, DC in each st around, sl st to ch up 3 to join.

Rnd 4-8: Ch 3, FPDC in next st, BPDC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to ch up 3 to join.
Repeat this round as many times as you want to make your sleeve as long as you want.
Fasten off when you are satisfied with the length.
Repeat this step for other sleeve.
Weave in all ends.

Next steps are optional:
SC around neck and waist openings. (see video tutorial at 1 hour 4 minutes for visual instructions)

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.” ~Helen Keller

~Nadia

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