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Crochet Tutorial: Autumn Nights Cardigan

Crochet Tutorial: Autumn Nights Cardigan

As summer is at it’s peak, it’s hard to imagine that in less than two months the weather will be quite different here in Wisconsin. I love the four seasons, but I am much more of a warm weather girl than one who embraces the cold. For that reason, I try to be prepared for the cold weather by having the warmest wardrobe ready!

Not much will be warmer than the Autumn Nights Chunky Cardi! This lush sweater will blanket you from the cold. It is about as cozy of a sweater that will ever find. The most wonderful part? You can make it yourself!

Using Red Heart Yarn Grande, I was able to design and make this project in less than one day. You can too! Here are my easy to follow instructions for this chunky cardigan along with the video tutorial on how to make one for yourself. Don’t get caught in the cold weather this fall and winter and make yours now!

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

 

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Grande Yarn in Oatmeal, Teal, Apricot, and Chianti 
I used 10 balls of Oatmeal, 3 balls of Chianti, 3 balls of Apricot, and 2 balls of Teal
Size Q-16mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This is worked as 2 panels sewn together then sleeves separate, and sewn to the vest.
-The measurements for the cardigan I demonstrate in the video tutorial are: 72 inch panels (36 inches (92 cm) in length from shoulder to bottom), Sleeves measure 20 inches (50 cm). You can make as many stitches as you need because this pattern goes off measurements and not stitch counts.
-On the front/back panels, To make this shorter, make less stitches on your foundation row.
-On the Front/Back Panels, To make this longer, make more stitches on  your foundation row.
-On the sleeves, to make them longer, make more stitches on your foundation row.
-To make the cuff longer, add more rows on your sleeve cuff.
-I used 828 Yards of yarn in this project
-I used Red Heart Grande Yarn in this project, but if you cannot access this yarn, go to YARNSUB.com and search “Grande” yarn, and click on Red Heart Yarns Grande. It will list all the yarns that are equal to this yarn so you can find a similar weight yarn if you cannot get Grande.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
FLO: Front Loop Only
BLO: Back Loop Only
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

Front and Back Panels:
Make 2
(Measure the length from the front of your knees, up around your shoulder, down to the back of your knees. This will be the length of your Foundation Row)

Row 1: With Oatmeal, Foundation Double Crochet 85 (measures 80 inches) (or however many you need to make the length you need), turn, fasten off and change color.

Row 2: With Chianti, Ch 3, DC across, turn. Fasten off and change color.

Row 3: With Oatmeal, Ch 3, DC across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, work in FLO, DC across. Fasten off and change color. DO NOT TURN.

Row 5: Attach Apricot to the Ch 3 stitch, Ch 3, DC across, turn. Fasten off and change color.

Row 6: With Oatmeal, Ch 3, DC across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3, Work in FLO, DC across. Fasten off and change color. DO NOT TURN.

Row 8: Attach Teal to the Ch 3 stitch, Ch 3, SC across. Fasten off.

To make larger sizes, add more rows repeating Rows 3, 4, and 5.

Assembly Step:
Sew up half the stitches of Row 8 on each piece. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Sleeves:
Make 2
Measure the length from the end of your shoulder to right above your wrist, This will be the length of your foundation row.

Row 1: With Oatmeal, FDC 18 stitches (measures 15 inches) (or however many you need to make the length you need), turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, Work in BLO, DC across. Fasten off and change color.

Row 3: With Chianti, Ch 3, Working in Both loops of the stitches, DC in each st across. Fasten off and change color.

Row 4: With Oatmeal, Ch 3, Working in Both loops of the stitches, DC in each st across, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, Work in FLO, DC across, fasten off and change color.

Row 6: With Apricot, Ch 3, working in Both loops of the stitches, DC in each st across. Fasten off and change color.

Row 7: Repeat Row 4

Row 8: Repeat Row 5

Row 9: With Teal, Ch 3, work in Both loops of the stitches, DC in each st across. Fasten off.

Assembly step:
Sew first and last rows together.

Cuff:
Attach Oatmeal to one end of the sleeve.
Round 1: Ch 1, Evenly crochet 18 SC around. Sl st to first stitch, change color to Teal.

Round 2: Ch 1, [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. Sl st to first stitch, change color back to Oatmeal. (12 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, SC in each st around. Sl st to first stitch, change color back to Teal. (12)

Round 4: Ch 1, SC in each st around. Sl st to first stitch, Change color back to Oatmeal. (12)

Round 5: Repeat Round 3

Round 6: Repeat Round 4

Round 7: Repeat Round 3
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Assembly:
Sew sleeves to Cardigan
SC 3 rows across the outer edge of the cardigan. Oatmeal, then Teal, then back to Oatmeal.
(See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Enjoy!

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

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Crochet Tutorial: Dual Sided Washcloth

Crochet Tutorial: Dual Sided Washcloth

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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 Scrubby Smoothie (Color: Popsicle Brights)
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Cotton (Color: Coral)
-G-4.75mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Simple Baby Socks

Crochet Tutorial: Simple Baby Socks

I just finished the third installment for the Happy Hearts Baby Dress and Vintage Style Baby Bonnet!! I absolutely LOVE creating matching layette sets when designing items for babies!! Enjoy making all three projects and giving them as gifts!

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make these adorable socks:

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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:

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Cotton yarn in Aqua and Loofah
-G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
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 and the Vintage Style Baby Bonnet

Socks:

Top Cuff:

Ch 11,
Row 1: SC in the 2nd Ch from hook and across. Ch 1 turn. (10)
Rows 2-25: Working in BLO, SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Sl st row 25 to row 1 to close cuff, DO NOT fasten off, then go onto the Heel part of the sock.

 

Heel of the Sock: Work in BOTH LOOPS for the rest of this pattern

Round 1: SC in each “row” around + 2 more stitches. (27 sts around), sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off this color and change color.
Row 2: With new color, Ch 1, SC in 14 sts, leave the rest of the sts unworked, Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-6: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (14)
Row 7: SC in 5 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 5 sts, ch 1 turn. (12)
Row 8: SC in each st across. (12)
Row 9: SC in 4 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 4 sts. With wrong side facing you, fold the heel in half, sl st just the first 4 sts of the two layers together. This closes the base of the heel. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off and change back to main color. Go onto the Foot part of the sock.

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Foot part of the sock:
With your main color,
Round 10: SC 32 sts evenly around sock (see video tutorial for specific locations), Sl st to first st, DO NOT turn. (32 sts)
Round 11: Ch 1, SC in first 7 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in 10 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 7 sts, Sl st to first st. (28)
Round 12: Ch 1, SC in first 6 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in 8 sts, [SC2TOG] twice, SC in last 6 sts, sl st to first st. (24)
Rounds 13-20: Ch 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first st. (24)
(You can do more or less rounds to make the foot part longer or shorter depending on the length of the baby foot you are making this for)
When you have the length as long as you need, fasten off and go onto closing the toes.
Round 21: With your second color, Attach yarn to any stitch, Ch 1, [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times, sl st to first st. (18)
Round 22: Ch 1, [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times, sl st to first st. (12)
Round 23: Ch 1, [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off and close the hole by sewing in your ends

Enjoy!!

 

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #23: Foundation Double Crochet

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #23: Foundation Double Crochet

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to Foundation Double Crochet:

 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie Yarn
Crochet Hook

Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)

US Terms
YO = Yarn Over

Step 1: Ch 3, YO, insert hook into 3rd ch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook. First Foundation Half Double Crochet is made.

Step 2: YO, Insert hook at the base of previous stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook. Second Foundation Double Crochet is made.
Repeat the same concept of the second FDC (step 2) for the rest of your row.

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Crochet Tutorial: Pom Poms and Pineapples Poncho

Crochet Tutorial: Pom Poms and Pineapples Poncho

June marks the official start of the summer season here in the northern hemisphere. It is the month when I get geared up to create a lot of fun-in-the-sun crochet patterns that are perfect for this time of year. Here is a pattern to launch that collection of great summer designs!

My Pom Poms and Pineapples Beach Poncho will have you feeling ALL KINDS of SUMMER VIBES! Seriously, this is one of the most delightful fashion pieces I have ever designed!! With a plethora of stitches, this creative piece will make the perfect swimsuit cover-up!! Picture yourself at the pool or sinking your feet in the sandy beach, sporting this adorable cover-up over your fun and sassy swimwear!! This is the picture-perfect piece to wear anytime all season long!

Made with Scrubby Smoothie Cotton by Red Heart Yarns, this project will be a sure-fire hit as you head to the water! Go from sea, sun, and sand by day, pairing this over your swimsuit, and wear it into the evening with a cute summer sundress or tank-top and capris for those summer nights! You can’t go wrong with this fabulous poncho no matter which way you wear it! I LOVE mine and you will too!

This is one pattern you won’t want to miss!!! A fun tip: add a few tacking stitches under the arms to create sleeves and turn this awesome poncho into a cute summer top! Now, go grab your hooks, your fave cotton yarn (here is my latest obsession) and let’s get started! The sooner you begin, the quicker you can head to the beach! See you there! Be sure to post your photos of this wonderful project and hashtag #YARNutopia! I can’t wait to see those beach pictures!

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

 

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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 you will need:

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Cotton yarn in 5 balls of Caribbean, 5 balls of White and 2 balls of Brite Pink
J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This poncho is approximately 30 inches long (76 cm)
-This poncho takes 1830 yards of yarn
-I used 3 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight or DK yarn
-This poncho is worked from the top down
-I would recommend any cotton yarn for this project, but you can use acrylic or wool as well.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
5DC Cluster: 5 Double Crochet Cluster: [YO, Insert hook, YO pull through, YO pull through 2 loops] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on hook. Cluster made.
Shell: [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC]

Pattern:

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

 

Poncho:

Half Circles: Make 2
With White
Row 1: Ch 5, 8 TR in 5th Ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 2: SC in 1st st, [CH 4, SC in next st] 8 times, ch 1, turn. (8 ch sps)

Row 3: 4 HDC in each Ch 4 sp across, turn. (32 sts)

Row 4: (Work in 3rd Loop of HDC sts), Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in same first st as CH up 3 st, DC in next 3 sts, *2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * across, turn. Fasten off white, change color.

Row 5: Attach new color to first st, Ch 3, 2 DC in same st, *Sk 2 sts, 3 DC in next st, repeat from * across, turn. (42 sts)

 

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Row 6: *Ch 4, Sl st in between next DC grouping, repeat from * across, ending with Sl st in last st, ch 1, turn. (14 ch 4 sps)

Row 7: 4 HDC in each ch 4 sp across, turn. (56)
For the first Half Circle, Fasten off.
For the second Half Circle, DO NOT fasten off, continue to go on to working in rounds starting with the next step below. Make sure your work is on the WS (Wrong Side=Back Side)

Round 8: You will now be working in rounds attaching the two half circles. (See video tutorial for visual instructions). (Work in 3rd Loop of HDC sts), Ch 3, DC in same first st as Ch up 3 st, DC in next 6 sts, [2 DC in next st, DC in next 6 sts], to end of row on first half circle, continue working on WS of 2nd half circle, [2DC in next st, DC in next 6 sts] to end of row on 2nd half circle, sl st to beginning ch 3 st. Yay! The neck hole is made! Turn work around & Fasten off this color. Change color.

Round 9: Change color to White & attach yarn to the 3rd st from the beginning stitch. (see video tutorial for specific spot), Ch 3, DC in same st, *Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, 2 DC in next st, repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, sl st to beg, ch 3 st. (64 sts) Do not turn.

Rnd 10: Sl st into next st & into ch 3 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, DC] in same sp, * [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 3 st. (128 sts)

 

Rnd 11: Sl st to next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, (Ch 1, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch sp) 2 times, ch 1, * [2 DC, ch 4, 2 DC] in next ch sp, (Ch 1, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC in next ch sp) 3 times, ch 1, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 1, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.
Fasten off white, change color to Caribbean

Rnd 12: Attach new color to 1st ch 2 sp after fasten off, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, * Ch 2, [2 DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] n next ch 2 sp, ch 2, 7 DC in next ch 4 sp, Ch 2, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around ending with 7 DC in last ch 4 sp, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. (152 sts)

Rnd 13: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, Sk ch 2 sp, [DC in next DC, Ch 1] 6 times, DC in last DC of grouping, Ch 2, Sk ch 2 sp, [2 DC ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. (152 sts)

Rnd 14: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, DC in same sp, *DC in next 2 sts, 3 DC in ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, 3 DC in next ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 2, Sk next 2 sts & ch 2 sp, [SC in next ch 1 sp, Ch 3] 5 times, SC in next ch 1 sp, Ch 2, Sk ch 2 sp & next 2 sts, 2 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around ending with SC in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp & next 2 sts, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 15: Sl st into next st, Ch 3, DC in next 17 sts, *Sk last st of grouping, Ch 2, [SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 3] 4 times, SC in next Ch 3 sp, Ch 2, Sk ch 2 sp & next DC, DC in next 18 sts, repeat from * around ending with SC in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp & next DC, sl st to beg ch 3 st.

Rnd 16: Sl st into next st, Ch 3, DC in next 15 sts, *Sk last st of grouping, Ch 3, [SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 3] 3 times, SC in next Ch 3 sp, Ch 3, Sk ch 2 sp & next DC, DC in next 16 sts, repeat from * around ending with SC in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk ch 2 sp & next DC, sl st to beg ch 3 st.

Rnd 17: Sl st into next st & into next st, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, * Sk 2 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, Ch 4, Sk 4 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, Sk 2 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts & ch 3 sp, [SC in next ch 3 sp, ch 3] 2 times, SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 3, Sk ch 3 sp & next 2 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around ending with ch 3, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 18: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, * Ch 3, Sk next 4 sts ch 2 sp AND next 2 sts, 9 DC in ch 4 sp, Ch 3, Sk next 2 sts ch 2 sp AND next 4 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, [Ch 3, SC in next ch 3 sp] 2 times, Ch 3, [2 DC, ch 2 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around ending with ch 3, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 19: Sl st into next st & ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, * ch 3, Sk 2 DC & Ch 3 sp, [DC in next DC, Ch 1] 8 times, DC in last DC of grouping, Ch 3, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts & next ch 3 sp, SC in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, Sk ch 3 sp & next 2 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around ending with Ch 3, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 20: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3 [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, * Ch 4, Sk 2 sts ch 3 sp AND next DC, [SC into next ch 1 sp, Ch 3] 7 times, SC in next ch 1 sp, Ch 4, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next SC, Ch 3, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around ending with Ch 3, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

 

Rnd 21: Ch 3, DC in next st, * 2 DC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 4, [SC in next ch 3 sp, ch 3] 6 times, SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 4, 2 DC in next ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, 3 DC in next ch sp, DC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, 3 DC in next ch sp, DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around ending with 3 DC in last ch sp, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 22: Ch 3, DC in next 2 sts, sk next st, *Ch 5, [SC in next ch 3 sp, ch 3] 5 times, SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 5, Sk ch 4 sp & next DC, DC in next 18 sts, repeat from * around ending with DC in last 15 sts, Sl st to 1st Ch 3 st.

Rnd 23: Ch 3, DC in next st, Sk next st, * Ch 5, [SC in next ch 3 sp, ch 3] 4 times, SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 5, sk Ch 5 sp & next DC, DC in next 16 sts, Repeat from * around ending with DC in last 14 sts, sl st to 1st ch 3 st.

Rnd 24: Sl st into previous stitch, Ch 9 (counts as DC & Ch 6 sp), * [SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 3] 3 times, SC in next Ch 3 sp, Ch 6, Sk ch 5 sp & next DC, DC in next 14 sts, Ch 6, repeat from * around ending with DC in last 13 sts, Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 9 st.

Rnd 25: Sl st into previous st, Ch 9, * [SC in next Ch 3 sp, Ch 3] 2 times, SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 6, Sk Ch 6 sp & next DC, DC in next 12 sts, Ch 6, Repeat from * around ending with DC in last 11 sts, Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 9 st.

Rnd 26: Sl st into previous st, Ch 9, * SC in next Ch 3 sp, Ch 3, SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 6, Sk Ch 6 sp & next DC, DC in next 10 sts, Ch 6, Repeat from * around ending with DC in last 9 sts, Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 9 st.

Rnd 27: Sl st into previous st, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, * Ch 7, SC in next ch 3 sp, Ch 7, Sk ch 6 sp & next DC, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, sk 2 sts, 2 DC in next st, Ch 2 2 DC in next st, Sk 2 sts, [2 DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, ending with 2 DC in next st, sk last 2 sts, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 28: Sl st in next st & into ch 2 sp, ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, ch 2, *[2DC, ch 2] 4 times into ch 7 sp, [2 DC, ch 2] 4 times into next ch 7 sp, ([2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, ch 2) 3 times, repeat from * around ending with Ch 2, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st. Fasten off this color and change color for the next round.

Attach white to first ch 2 sp after the fasten off.
Rnd 29: In ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 3, sk ch sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sk last ch 2 sp, Sl st to 1st ch 3 st.

Rnd 30: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 3, Sk ch 3 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sk ch 3 sp, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

 

Rnd 31: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 4, Sk ch 3 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 4, Sk ch 3 sp, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 32: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 2, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 4 sp, ch 2, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 2, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 33: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 2, Sk ch 2 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 2, Sk ch 2 sp, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 34: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 3, Sk ch 2 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.
Fasten off white

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Attach Caribbean to 1st Ch 2 sp after fasten off
Rnd 35: Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 3, Sk Ch 3 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 36: Sl st into next st & into ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *Ch 3, Sk ch 3 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.
Fasten off Caribbean

Attach White to first ch 2 sp after fasten off.
Rnd 37: Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, * Ch 3, Sk ch 3 sp, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st.

Rnd 38: Ch 3, DC in next st, *2 DC in ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, 3 DC in ch 3 sp, DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st.
Fasten off white.

Attach Brite Pink in first st of last round.
Border:
Rnd 39: *Ch 6, 5 DC cluster in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 3, 5 DC cluster in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 3, Sk 4 sts, Sl st in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch.
Fasten off.

Assembly:
Weave in all ends.
Single Crochet Around the neckline with Brite Pink.

Enjoy!!

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #22: Foundation Half-Double Crochet

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #22: Foundation Half-Double Crochet

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

 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC)

US Terms
YO = Yarn Over

Step 1: Ch 2, YO, insert hook into 2nd ch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO pull through all 3 loops on hook. First Foundation Half Double Crochet is made.

Step 2: YO, Insert hook at the base of previous stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Second Foundation Half Double Crochet is made.
Repeat the same concept of the second FHDC (step 2) for the rest of your row.

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Gifts for my Bridesmaids: Wrapped in Jewels

Gifts for my Bridesmaids: Wrapped in Jewels

I have shared the details that I crocheted for my wedding, but I held back one very important project that I made for my bridesmaids. Back in December 2017, I made the Wrapped in Jewels Shawls for each of my girls. Using Red Heart Yarns Ombré Yarn, I chose colors that best suited the color dress each of my bridesmaids would be wearing. I also made a deep red one for myself to match my gown.

I made the shawls early on and gifted one to each of them upon their arrival to the wedding. Nida was traveling from Texas and she would be wearing deep teal for my wedding, Sarah was traveling from Comoros, Africa and she would be in dark navy blue, and Samantha was wearing magenta and although she was here in Wisconsin, she still had a more than three hour drive to join me for our epic wedding weekend. By Thursday before the wedding everyone arrived safely and the festivities began!

My side of the wedding party consisted of both my brothers serving as “men of honor,” my sister-in-law, Samantha, was my matron of honor, Nida and Sarah both bridesmaids and my nephew was our little ring bearer. With everyone together for the first time in over a year, we decided to do a ‘bachelorette’ night and headed out for hibachi and sushi. Before heading out the door, I had gifts to share with everyone to thank them for making the trip and being there for our special day.

Although each “Glad you are here” bag consisted of a few fun items for all, the one thing I was most proud of was the handmade shawls I had made for the girls. I could already imagine how amazing they would look dressed in their gowns and wrapped in the shawls. It was on my “must have” photo list!

It did not disappoint! Here are a few photos of my girls and I on my wedding! These could not have turned out more perfect than this!

This shawl was such a wonderful keepsake from the most special weekend of my life. Each of the girls were in tears and excited to have a matching shawl to wear with the dress. These came in handy that evening when the temps dipped down with the sunset! Rather than lugging around a heavy coat we could wrap up and keep out the chill as we enjoyed the reception on the patio and headed out afterward to continue celebrating!

Now each of the girls has this special memento as a reminder of our wedding.

If you are getting married, or know of someone who would love this shawl, this one is very special and will be a hit with anyone who is on the receiving end of such a fabulous gift! Enjoy!

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #21: Foundation Single Crochet

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #21: Foundation Single Crochet

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to Foundation Single Crochet:

 

 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

US Terms
YO = Yarn Over

Step 1: Ch 2, insert hook into 2nd ch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook. First Foundation Single Crochet is made.

Step 2: Insert hook at the base of previous stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook. Second Foundation Single Crochet is made.
Repeat the same concept of the second FSC (step 2) for the rest of your row.

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Crochet Tutorial: Pommin’ Around Cowl

Crochet Tutorial: Pommin’ Around Cowl

Although winter will officially end next month, Wisconsin weather is very temperamental. We see snow even as late as May. As I plan out my future projects, I decided to add a quick cowl to the mix. This Pommin’ Around Cowl is an easy repeat pattern using Grit Stitch. The pom detail on the one border adds a touch of fun and whimsy to this simple design. Perfect for the beginner to advanced crocheter!

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Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Gold (350 yards of yarn)
-K-6.50mm 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.
-This scarf is 60 inches long without folding. It’s about 30 inches folded in half.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
BLO: Back Loop Only
3DC Cluster: [YO, Insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through 2 loops] 3 times, YO pull through all 4 loops on hook.
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Cowl:

Ch 161 or any odd number
Row 1: 2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, *Sk next ch, 2 SC in next ch, Repeat from * across, ending with 1 SC in last ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, * Sk next st, 2 SC in next st, repeat from * across, ending with 1 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (159 sts)

Rows 3-16: Repeat Row 2
You can repeat Row 2 for however long you want before you go onto the next edge row.

Edge Row:
Row 17: SC in first st, * Ch 6, 3DC cluster in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 3, 3 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in ch where 1st cluster was made, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc in next st. Repeat from * across ending with SC in last st. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew ends together to make infinity scarf style. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Open Heart Cup Cozy

Crochet Tutorial: Open Heart Cup Cozy

Oh, it’s after 8am! Sorry I just had a little *hic-cup* this morning, but here’s today’s pun! Better *latte* than never! So we are halfway through our Valentine’s Day puns! *Cool Beans* you guys! Words can’t *espresso* how much it *beans* to me to share this *creativi-tea* with all of you! I *mug* continue to be motivated and finish out this stretch! Today’s project is an exercise in *simplici-tea*–here’s my Open Heart Cup Cozy. I had a different idea when I started (I frogged it) but I always say “if at first you don’t succeed, *chai, chai* again.” This project is great way to tell teachers, colleagues, and friends how *tea-riffic* they are! Add some special *blends* and give the gift of *tranquili-tea* to someone you care about! Not sure if you want to try this? I say go ahead and *brew* it! The Open Heart Cup Cozy will be on the blog later today. Now I think I might go crochet and listen to some Fleetwood *Mac-chiato*. Ok, too far…😂😂 *Cough-ee* #sorrynotsorry Doing this for y’all is like living la vida *mocha*. Seriously, I’m done now.

 

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart With Love Metallic in Red
Red Heart Super Saver in White

G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Polyfil
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Cup Cozy

Ch 34 or any even number
Rnd 1: SC in 1st ch to form a ring, *Ch 1, Sk 1 ch, SC in next ch, repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: * SC in ch 1 sp, Ch 1 Sk st, repeat from * around.
Rnds 3-14: Repeat Round 2
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Heart:
With With Love Metallic in Fuchsia
Ch 24, sl st to first ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 1, HDC in same ch, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next ch, HDC in next, SC in next 4 chs, 2HDC in next ch, 2 DC in each of the next 3 chs, 2HDC in next ch, SC3TOG, 2 HDC in next ch, 2 DC in next 3 chs, 2 HDC in next ch, SC in next 4 chs, Sl st to first HDC
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew heart to cup cozy

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Bacon and Eggs Amigurumi

Crochet Tutorial: Bacon and Eggs Amigurumi

Today, I am feeling *sunny-side up* as I launch my punny Valentine series! I have been pretty *egg-cited* and looking forward to making these for you! In the next 14 days, you might see *eggs-traordinarily* bad puns, but rest assured these are only temporary. I am *bacon* out these puns only once a year. So bear with me!! I have been *scrambling* my brain for weeks *bacon* myself crazy preparing for this! I think I have come up with *eggs-actly* what I was hoping for. I just wish I am able to *crack* you all up a few times with my humor! I’m not *yolking* I really hope you enjoy these! That would be *EGGS-ellent*!

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

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Super Saver in White
Red Heart Super Saver in Gold
Red Heart Super Saver in Redwood
Red Heart Super Saver in Buff
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Polyfil
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Bacon:  Make 2
When changing colors, be sure to trail the unused color along under your stitches. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
With Redwood
Ch 25
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (24)
Row 2: SC in each st across, change color to Buff at the end of this row, ch 1, turn. (24)
Row 3: SC in each st across, change color to Redwood at the end of this row, ch 1, turn. (24)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Repeat Row 3
Row 6: SC in each st across.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Egg:
Yolk:
With Gold, work in continuous rounds and in the BLO
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)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

White:
With white, work in continuous rounds and in the BLO
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)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6:  [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnd 7:  [2 SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

 Assembly step:
Stuff and sew yolk to white of the egg. See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Enjoy!!

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Wedding Plans: 8 Weeks Left

Wedding Plans: 8 Weeks Left

There are eight weeks left before our wedding, and this week the invitations were sent! I will be waiting for the RSVPs to come in and will be busy crocheting the color coded “meal flowers” immediately.
My colors are all jewel tones – an amethyst purple, dark sapphire blue, and an emerald/teal green and of course gold. Each flower indicates a coordinating meal and will be attached to each escort card.


Our reception will be a plated dinner and our selections are the following:

Chicken Option:
(Nadia’s Favorite Food)
Chicken (Murgh) Makhani
A Pakistani dish consisting of a spiced curry mixture of cream, tomato, and butter,
blended together with full flavored roasted boneless chicken pieces served with Basmati rice.

Beef/Seafood Option:
(Nate’s Favorite Food)
Steak/Salmon
6 oz. center cut sirloin steak with king salmon, paired with house whipped Yukon gold potatoes and fresh garlic hericot vert

Vegetarian Option:
(Combined Favorite)
Classic Pesto Linguini
Linguini in light pesto cream with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, onions, and shaved parmesan served with garlic toast

For all kids, we will be serving signature Mac & Cheese.

Before planning a wedding, one never realizes the details that go into coordinating such an event!

Since we are having a Pakistani/Irish fusion wedding held on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, there are fun details from both of our cultures being incorporated into our special day.

My Mehndi is being held a day before our wedding and this event is a fun day for the ladies.  The Henna Ceremony, or the Rasm-e-henna ceremony, typically takes place one or two days prior to the main wedding day. Mehndi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. The henna is symbolically placed on the bride’s hands and feet by a professional mehndi artist. The designs are very intricate. Often hidden within the mehndi pattern the name or initials of the groom are applied. In Pakistan, the Mehndi is often one of the most important pre-wedding ceremonies. This ritual is supposed to bring good luck and longevity to the bride’s married life.


The wedding day will all be held at the same place with our ceremony being held in one part of the venue and reception and dinner in the banquet room.

The Walima (Groom’s Reception) is a meal that is held the day after the wedding. It is a feast of traditional Pakistani foods. It is at this ceremony that the bride and groom are formally and publicly showcased as a married couple.

Thankfully we are able to do much of the wedding DIY ourselves. My mom and I have been on the go for the past week, (well since I got engaged, but more so in the past week!) and we have been able to check a lot off the to-do list. We are definitely do-ers and planners! Nate has been sooo incredibly helpful as well, and of course, my dad weighs in to share ideas about the Pakistani parts of our wedding.

We met with our amazing DJ and planned out the music for the best dance party!

I may have mentioned in an earlier blog post that I plan to make all my flowers myself. I have been working on all the flowers for the bouquets, boutonnières, corsages, and centerpieces.


We started to put together an arrangement this past weekend to come up with how to incorporate the crochet flowers into our centerpieces. This was just a rough start, but we are loving how they look against the Lemon Leaf greenery. I have gotten a good start on the flowers and have about 150-175 left to crochet aside from those tiny meal flowers which I will know more when those RSVPs come in.


I crocheted my girls the Wrapped In Jewels Shawl which I will be gifting to them at our Rehearsal dinner. I shared those with you at the end of last year, and I was able to cross that off my list. I also have the Henna Inspired Mandalas that I crocheted and hope to somehow incorporate those into the weekend but not sure where.

Details, details, details!! I love the creative parts of the planning, but the logistics are giving me a touch of worry trying to keep everything straight and organized. So far, it is all coming together very well. My excitement is growing by the day! More updates to come!! Thank you for joining me on this journey!!

~Nadia

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Crochet Tutorial: Warm and Fuzzy Headband

Crochet Tutorial: Warm and Fuzzy Headband

The Warm and Fuzzy Headband is just what I needed following a fresh Wisconsin snowfall!! So I made one up and had to share this fantastic pattern with you!! This couture headband is just what you need to top off your snow day wardrobe! I added a fuzzy pom to complete this design which is patterned after snowflakes and a big fluffy snowball!!

The Pom is snapped on using heavy duty snaps so you can interchange poms of different colors to match your outfit! See how this piece is made in my step by step video tutorial and pattern below!

I found a few other accessories from fantastic designers to help complete a winter ensemble to create a wonderful matching set!!

Check out these fabulous mittens designed by BHooked Crochet
Check out this fabulous cowl designed by Melissa Leapman for Red Heart Yarns

Pair my Warm and Fuzzy headband with any one of these items and you have a fun winter ensemble that definitely has that WOW factor that keeps you warm and in fashion at the same time!

 

 

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Gray Heather and White
H-5.00mm crochet hook
Fur Poms
Snaps for buttons
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measure tape

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Use any worsted weight/aran yarn to make this headband
-Trail the yarn under the stitches for the rounds using both colors. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

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

Pattern:

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

With Gray
Ch 73 or any multiple of 4+1
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, sl st to first SC. (72)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, SC in first 3 sts with Gray, *change color to white, SC in next st, Change color to gray, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, ending with SC with white in the last st, sl st to first stitch with gray yarn.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, Extended SC in each st around working into each stitch between the vertical lines (See video tutorial), Sl st to first SC.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, SC in first st with gray, *change color to white, SC in next st, change color to gray, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, ending with SC with gray in the last 2 sts, sl st to first st with gray yarn.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, Extended SC in each st around working into each stitch between the vertical lines (See video tutorial), Sl st to first SC.

Rnds 6-13: Repeat Rnds 2-5 two more times.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first st.
Fasten off

Assembly:
Sew snaps on poms and on headband, weave in all ends.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!
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Letterboard Inspiration

Letterboard Inspiration

Remember when I made my wish list blog? I had listed some nice additions that I was hoping to put in my craft room in my new home once my room was finished. Well, one of those items happened to find its way under our Christmas tree this year. My brother, Nabeel, bought me my very first (and much wanted) letterboard! Obviously, I squealed with childish delight because this truly was something I was hoping to get!

My creative energy is on high alert to find inspirational quotes to post each week to keep me motivated and share with all of you! I decided to try to post a photo twice a week; something fun written on my brand new board.

I am off to a great start and I hope to continue with this mini project throughout the year. This blog is where I plan to keep track of these fun shots and hopefully you will come back for inspiration from time to time to see the new ones added!

Have a fun crochet, crafty, creative quote to share? Feel free to post it in the comments!

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My mantra includes counting stitches

 

On today’s agenda…

I’ll let you in on a little secret…
#amirite

Oh geez…. A cat-free zone means nothing to these two renegades! #mutiny #troublemakers

Heading on a road trip with some of my favorite people! We are driving across a few states to attend a wedding of one of my really good friends! Definitely packing some car ride crochet projects! What are your travel essentials?

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Relevant.

On a scale from 1-10 I hit an 11 on the frustration scale working on my latest project. So much so that I CUT my yarn! You read that right. I CUT IT!! First time ever doing that. Share with me how far you will go to untangle your knots. Will you EVER cut your yarn?

Ha! I’m Baaaaaack!!

Things are getting crazy over here! My hook and I are on fire tonight! Who’s with me?
Crochet Party on Friday Night!
Who: You
Where: The most comfy spot in your house
When: Tonight!
RSVP: let me know what’s hot on your hooks tonight! Comment to this post!

Who’s with me??!

Tough choices! I’ve been so busy, I’m not sure what I need most! I’m thinking yarn. Like the luxurious fiber shown! Find it here!

Put it on the calendar!!

 

Yarn balls, people! Yeesh!

Can’t argue with the facts!

 

You bet! ‘Nuff said!


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What are your plans in the New Year? A project you plan to finish? A goal you want to acheive? A resolution? Complete something on your ‘to do’ list? Or just see what happens in 2018? Share here! No matter how you approach this #newbeginning, may it be a fantastic year ahead!!

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Nadia’s Wonderfully Warm Mittens

Crochet Tutorial: Nadia’s Wonderfully Warm Mittens

I am making the best out of these frigid temps this week as I finish yet another weather inspired pattern. With temperature well below zero and brutal wind chills, it is no wonder that my mind is always thinking of ways to stay as snug and cozy as I possibly can! Nadia’s Wonderfully Warm Mittens are my latest creation to come off my hook!

These cozy mitts are fantastic and definitely doing their job keeping my digits nice and toasty! Frigid air, don’t care, I got me a pair! Ok, that was silly, but these mittens are not! Using Red Heart Evermore Chunky Yarn, this pair works up fast and easy! I have noted how to make these a bit bigger if you want more room! Handmade mittens are inspired by days gone by when most of the winter worn items were homespun yet these will always stand the test of time. My Wonderfully Warm Mittens are functional and very stylish today and for generations to come! Make yourself a pair! These also make a great gift!

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Evermore in Emerald Isle (2 skeins–170 yards of yarn)
K-6.50mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stitch Marker

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Use any chunky yarn to make these mittens
-For bigger sizes, see written pattern and view the video tutorial for tips
-These mittens measure 10.5 inches (26 cm) long and 3.5 inches wide (9 cm)

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
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet

Pattern: Make 2

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

Mitten:
Work in continuous rounds
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)

For bigger sizes the next round is: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24), now go onto instructions for round 4.

Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (18)
Sl st to next st.

Rnd 5: Ch up 2 (does not count as anything), DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (18)

Rnd 6: Ch up 1 (does not count as anything), FPDC on first st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around ending with BPDC, sl st to first FPDC. (18)

Rnds 7-11: Repeat Round 6

For bigger sizes, continue to repeat Round 6 until you hit the thumb and your piece is long enough, then go onto the next round.

Rnd 12: Ch 1, SC in each st around, do not slip stitch to first st, continue to work in continuous rounds. (18)

Rnd 13: Creating Thumbhole: Ch 3, Sk first 3 sts, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (15)

Rnd 14: SC in each ch of the ch 3 sp, SC in each st around. (18)

Rnd 15: [SC2TOG, SC in next 7 sts] 2 times. (16)

If you made larger size and have 24 sts on round 14, then Rnd 15 instructions will be as follows: [SC2TOG, SC in next 10 sts] 2 times. (22)

Rnd 16-17: SC in each st around. (16)

Rnd 18: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 7 sts] 2 times. (18)

If you made larger size and have 22 sts on round 17, then Rnd 18 instructions will be as follows: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 10 sts] 2 times. (24)

Rnd 19: Sl st in next st, Ch up 2 (does not count as anything), DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (18)

Rnd 20: Ch up 1 (does not count as anything), FPDC on first st, *FPDC on next st, BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnds 21-23: Repeat Rnd 20.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Thumb:
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: Put 6 (or 7, or 8) SC in 2nd ch from hook

Rnds 2-8: SC in each st around.

Continue making more rounds if your thumb is not long enough.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew thumb to glove with everything inside out.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!
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Crochet Tutorial: Wrapped in Jewels Shawl

Crochet Tutorial: Wrapped in Jewels Shawl

My wedding is in March 2018!! I chose regal jewel tone colors for my bridesmaids. Each one of my girls will be gifted my Wrapped In Jewels Shawl accented with pearlized beads and created in their coordinate colors! This beautiful ombre shawl uses Red Heart Super Saver Ombre to create this elegant and striking gradient color. Getting married in Wisconsin in March means those temps are still going to be a bit chilly! My girls standing by my side will be wrapped in a warm hug on my wedding day and beyond. This is a great gift for anyone.

Grab your hooks and this beautiful ombre yarn and get yours started today! Don’t have this yarn? This lovely shawl would look amazing in any color. Imagine ivory as another bridal alternative or match your bridesmaids in a different tone. This is one piece you cannot go wrong with!

 

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

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Ombre Yarn in 2 balls (900 yards of yarn) of Anemone (I made 3 other shawls using the colors: Purple, Deep Teal, and True Blue)
Size I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Sewing Needles
Transparent Thread
Darice Beads
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors


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NOTES:
-This is worked from the top down
-The measurements are: approx. 50 inches across and about 34 inches long. You can make this bigger or smaller if you want since it is a repeat pattern.
-You can use any type of yarn for this project. Gauge is not important.
-I used approximately 900 yards of yarn for this project. (2 skeins of the Ombre yarn)
-If you want to make this shawl larger, you would do Rows 1-46 and then repeat Rows 26-46 and then go onto row 47-50 for the border.

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
FPSC: Front Post Single Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet

Pattern:

Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as DC), [4DC, ch 2, 5 DC] in ring, ch 1, turn. (10 sts)

Row 2: 2 DC in 1st st, [SK next st, DC in next, DC in Sk’d st working around DC] 2 times, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, [SK next st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st working around DC] 2 times, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (16 sts)

Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, FPSC in each st until ch 2 sp, [2SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, FPSC in each st until last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (22 sts)

Row 4: 2 DC in first st, *SK next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working around DC,** repeat from * until ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to ** until last st, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (28 sts)

Row 5: *SK next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working around DC,** repeat from * until ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to **, ch 1, turn. (32 sts)

Row 6: 2 SC in 1st st, BPSC on each st until ch 2 sp, [2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, BPSC in each st until last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (36 sts)

Row 7: Repeat Row 4. (44 sts)

Row 8: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in each st until ch 2 sp, [2SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, SC in each st until last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (50 sts)

Row 9: 1 DC in each st across putting [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, turn. (54 sts)

Row 10: Ch 3, Star stitch 13 times, skip next st, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp (see video tutorial on how to start this stitch), Star stitch 13 times, HDC in last st, ch 2, turn. (30 sts)

Row 11: SC in first st, 2 SC in each “eye” of each 13 star stitches, SC in next 2 sts, [2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in each “eye” of each 13 star stitches, turn. (60 sts)

Row 12: Ch 3, Star stitch 15 times, skip next st, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp (see video tutorial on how to start this stitch), Star stitch 14 times, HDC in last st, ch 1, turn. (34 sts)

Row 13: 2 SC in 1st st, 2 SC in each “eye” of each 14 star stitches, SC in next 2 sts, [2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in each “eye” of each 15 star stitches, ch 1, turn. (68 sts)

Row 14: 2 DC in first st, DC in each st across putting [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, DC in each st to last st, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (74 sts)

Row 15:  2 SC in 1st st, FPSC on each st until ch 2 sp, [2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, FPSC in each st until last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (80 sts)

Row 16: 2 DC in 1st st, [Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st] until ch 2 sp, Ch 1, [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, [Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st] until last 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (46 sts)

Row 17: 2 DC in first 2 sts,  [Ch 1, Skip ch sp, DC in next st] until ch 2 sp, Ch 1, [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, [Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st] until last 2 sts, ch 1, 2 DC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (52 sts)

Row 18: 2 DC in 1st st, Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st, Ch 1, Sk next DC and Ch 1 sp, DC in next st, [Ch 1, Skip ch sp, DC in next st] until ch 2 sp, ch 1, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, [Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st] until last 4 sts, ch 1, sk ch sp and 4th from last st, DC in next, Ch 1, sk 1, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (52 sts)

Row 19:  2 DC in first 2 sts,  [Ch 1, Skip ch sp, DC in next st] until ch 2 sp, Ch 1, [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, [Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st] until last 2 sts, ch 1, 2 DC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (58 sts)

Row 20: 2 DC in 1st st, Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st, Ch 1, Sk next DC and Ch 1 sp, DC in next st, [Ch 1, Skip ch sp, DC in next st] until ch 2 sp, ch 1, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, [Ch 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st] until last 4 sts, ch 1, sk ch sp and 4th from last st, DC in next, Ch 1, sk 1, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (58 sts)

Row 21: 2 DC in first st, DC in each ch 1 sp and in each DC st until ch 2 sp, [2 DC ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, DC in each ch 1 sp and in each DC st until last st, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (116 sts)

Row 22: 2 SC in 1st st, BPSC on each st until ch 2 sp, [2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, BPSC in each st until last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (122 sts)

Row 23: 2 DC in first st, *SK next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working around DC,** repeat from * until ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to ** until last st, 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn. (128 sts)

Row 24: *SK next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working around DC,** repeat from * until ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to **, ch 1, turn. (132 sts)

Row 25: *SK next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working around DC,** repeat from * until ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to **, ch 1, turn. (136 sts)

Row 26: *SK next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working around DC,** repeat from * until ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to **, ch 1, turn. (140 sts)

Row 27: *SK next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working around DC,** repeat from * until ch 2 sp, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, repeat from * to **, ch 1, turn. (144 sts)

Row 28: 2 SC in 1st st, BPSC on each st until ch 2 sp, [2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, BPSC in each st until last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (150 sts)

Row 29: Repeat Row 10 (See video tutorial to start this row). (78 sts)

Row 30: Repeat Row 11. (156 sts)

Row 31: Repeat Row 12. (82 sts)

Row 32: Repeat Row 13. (164 sts)

Row 33: Repeat Row 14. (170 sts)

Row 34: Repeat Row 22. (176 sts)

Row 35: Repeat Row 16. (94 sts)

Row 36: Repeat Row 17. (100 sts)

Row 37: Repeat Row 18. (100 sts)

Row 38: Repeat Row 19. (106 sts)

Row 39: Repeat Row 20. (106 sts)

Row 40: Repeat Row 21. (212 sts)

Row 41: Repeat Row 3. (218 sts)

Row 42: Repeat Row 23. (224 sts)

Row 43: Repeat Row 24. (228 sts)

Row 44: Repeat Row 25. (232 sts)

Row 45: Repeat Row 26. (236 sts)

Row 46: Repeat Row 27. (240 sts)

Row 47: 2 DC in first st, 1 DC in each st across putting [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp and 2 DC in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 48: Repeat Row 47, continue to DC on long edge of shawl as well to clean up the edge. (See video tutorial for visual instructions) sl st to first DC.
Note: I did SC along the edge closer to the center rows because there was a curve so I tried to straighten out this long edge of the shawl. (I show how I did this in the video tutorial)

Border:
Rnd 49: Ch 1, HDC in 1st st, [CH 1, sk 1 st, HDC in next] until ch 2 sp, [2 HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC] in ch 2 sp, [CH 1, sk 1 st, HDC in next] until end, continue to HDC across the long edge, sl st to first HDC.

Rnd 50: Sl st in first Ch 1 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, *[3DC, Picot, 3DC] in next ch 1 sp, SC in next 2 ch 1 sps,** repeat from * until point ch 2 sp, (see video tutorial if you only have 1 space to SC into instead of 2 sps before the point)  SC in ch sp before the point, [3 DC, Picot, 3 DC] in point ch sp, SC in next ch sp,repeat from * to ** until end.
(See video tutorial if this is a little confusing)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly:
Sew beads into shawl using transparent thread and beads.
See video tutorial for visual instructions on sewing beads to shawl.

Enjoy!

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

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

My Top 10 Crochet Patterns of 2017

My Top 10 Crochet Patterns of 2017

My top ten pattern blogs of 2017 are compiled here in one place! Maybe you have made one or maybe you have made them all, or maybe there are some on your “to do list.” Whatever the case, these great projects are sure to be great hits for gifts or for yourself!

Some of these patterns have consistently been popular for many years. Some have just gained popularity this year. These great crochet pieces have all gained a lot of attention and continue to do so to this day! Let’s see what 2018 brings our way! I am looking forward to new projects that will be just as popular or even more so in the year to come! Here is to 2018 and many more crochet masterpieces! I am excited to crochet with you in the NEW YEAR! ~Nadia

1. Adult Mermaid Tail Afghan

369,014 blog views

 

2. 365 Days of Granny Squares

164,731 blog views

 

3. Knee High Socks

99,681 blog views

 

4. Adult Shark Blanket

56,811 blog views

 

5. Spring Sun Mandala Vest

53,658 blog views

 

6. The Gentleman’s Scarf

52,609 blog views

 

7. The G. G. Cardigan

48,283 blog views

 

8. Cheshire Cat Hoodie

46,765 blog views

 

9. Flamingo Feet Baby Booties

32,703 blog views

 

Granny Square Cardigan

28,621 blog views

 

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12 Days of Christmas: Reindeer Ornament

12 Days of Christmas: Reindeer Ornament

This Reindeer Ornament is our fifth pattern in the 12 Days of Christmas Ornament collection! This is such a cute little crocheted gift to adorn your tree or use it instead of a bow on a package for anyone on your gift giving list!

 

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

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in any colors you want. I used Cherry Red, Buff, Warm Brown, and Black
F-3.75mm Crochet Hook
Stuffing
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a larger hook to make this larger.
-This ornament measures approximately 4 inches tall and 4 inches wide

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

Pattern:

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

Nose: With Red
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 HDC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first HDC.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Ears: Make 2 in Buff
Ch 8
Rnd 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next ch, HDC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in last ch, Ch 2, Sl st in same last ch, continue working on opposite side of foundation chain, SC in next st, HDC in next st, DC in next st, HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sl st in last.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Antlers:
Make 2 in Warm Brown
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Large part:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 3 times. (9)
Rnds 3-9: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing
Small part:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnds 2-4: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Head:
With Buff
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Ch 11
Rnd 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, put 3 SC in last ch, continue to work on opposite side of foundation chain, SC in each st across, put 2 SC in last st. Insert Stitch marker to mark your rounds (22)
Rnd 2: 1 SC in each st around
Rnd 3: [SC2TOG, SC in next 9 sts]2 times. (20)
Rnds 4-7: SC in each st around. (20)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG, SC in next 8 sts] 2 times. (18)
Rnds 9-10: SC in each st around. (18)
Before going onto next steps, sew nose, add French Knots for eyes, sew on ears.
Stuff your piece and go onto next round
Rnd 11: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff any extra that will fit.
Rnd 12: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Sew on Antlers

Assembly:
Use the video tutorial to learn how to make this whole piece and how to attach each piece.
Add string/ribbon to make it an ornament
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

 

12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Bulb Ornament

12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Bulb Ornament

This Christmas Bulb Ornament is our fourth pattern in the 12 Days of Christmas Ornament collection! This is such a cute little crocheted gift to adorn your tree or use it instead of a bow on a package for anyone on your gift giving list!

 

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

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:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in any colors you want. I used Light Gray and Cherry Red
F-3.75mm Crochet Hook
Stuffing
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a larger hook to make this larger.
-This ornament measures approximately 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide

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

Pattern:

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

 

 

Light:
With Cherry Red
Work in BLO and continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 3 times. (9)
Rnd 3: SC in each st around. (9)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 3 times. (12)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6-9: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnd 10: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Rnd 11: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 3 times. (9)
Change to Light Gray Yarn
Rnd 12-13: SC in each st around. (9)
Rnd 14: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 3 times. (6)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly:
Add string/ribbon to make it an ornament
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

 

Taking Crochet to Elementary School

Taking Crochet to Elementary School

YARNutopia was invited to share about our love of crochet at High Interest Day sponsored at a local Elementary School. High Interest Day (HID) is a way to expose kids to things they may learn to love. It’s also a way for students to see people who have worked hard and created careers based on their passions. We spent the morning talking about crochet and how my parents and I have made this small idea into a fun and inspiring career, blogging and vlogging YouTube crochet tutorials. It was a morning that flew by because, like it is always said, “time flies when you’re having fun!” And FUN was had by all.

My sister-in-law, Samantha, is a kindergarten teacher, and the school where she teaches hosted this dynamic event. She was part of the committee that organized this interactive day filled with many demonstrations where kids could participate and learn through hands-on activities. From chemistry fun, crochet demonstrations, yoga instruction, learning about snakes, or decorating cookies, each segment offered the opportunity to get the children involved in thinking creatively of ways to make hobbies and activities they love into a possible ‘someday’ career. With so many bloggers making careers on the internet, it was a good fit to participate and teach children how they can develop a craft and turn it into a career. The children were various ages ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade.

The kids were given the chance to participate in three workshops throughout the day. They could pick their top five choices of offered interests, and then they were assigned to attend three of those top choices. In our workshop we had three different 40 minute sessions with approximately 12 children in each group. It was a perfect size to give every child a chance to work with yarn and a crochet hook. They loved getting a feel of how it is to crochet and create with YARN!

 

The classroom I was teaching in offered me access to the internet as well as a document camera, or doc cam, to project my hands on a big screen to help the kids see up close. I started out sharing what I do and how I began crocheting as well as sharing photos of my various projects. The Beauty and the Beast costumes and baby items were big hits with everyone. It was fun to hear the kids shout “You made THAT!!!??” And then following that with “I want to learn how to make stuff like that!”

My dad was hamming it up with the kids when I was sharing how my videos demonstrate the patterns. I used my Watermelon Bib as an example and had a prototype of the bib to show the ‘finished product.’ Of course, being my dad, he has to add his silly antics and get the kids laughing. And laugh they did when they saw a grown man modeling a baby bib!! I was able to play the video while showing the children basics of what I do, how we film, walking step-by-step through a tutorial and skipping to the end, ending up with a great finished product.

Once we covered those basics it was time to get hands on! We provided crochet hooks and yarn balls for each child and I demonstrated using the doc cam on how to make a basic chain. My parents, Samantha, and I were able to go around to each child and help them with this technique. The classroom ran the gamut of emotions once we got started. In each group, there were kids who caught on right away, others not so much, and a couple even ended up near or in tears. It pretty much sounds like all of us when we start out crocheting for the first time, am I right??


Samantha explained there’s a huge emphasis in education right now on helping students develop a “growth mindset.” Learning a new skill is a great way for them to understand that mistakes help them learn and that they need to push past frustration and setbacks if they want to grow. We saw that in our sessions with students who cried or got frustrated. They’re working on developing grit and learning it’s okay if something doesn’t come easily the first time they try. From an educational standpoint, that’s what HID is about. We watched many push through and stick with it to accomplish making a foundation chain. Once they were able to get the hang of it, we fastened off and made the chain into a bracelet. They were pretty excited about this small take-away from the session.

Over half of the students have families who work very hard to meet their basic needs, and these students may not have the opportunities or resources to explore their interests. HID is an opportunity for them to explore possibilities that were presented in these sessions that they may have never considered otherwise. The program was appreciated by all, and it meant a lot to the kids and has lasting impact.
Volunteering and participating in these activities can really take the art and craft of crochet to an entirely new level. The beauty of what we do can reach further than the items we create. It can open up a whole new world.

On this day of Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for this experience to share my passion with so many children that were as eager to learn as I was to teach. In a world that is not always kind, I was given such a gift and watched kids of all ages work together helping one another as they learned to crochet. It is a moment that warmed my heart and will stay with me for a long time to come.

I want to extend a special Thank You to my sister-in-law Samantha, the school, and especially the children for the invitation and welcome I was given as a presenter for HID. I appreciate being provided a platform to explore this opportunity and share my craft with everyone. It means so much to me to get involved in such an important program and share the love of crochet with so many growing minds. I loved it!

~Nadia

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UPDATE:

In November 2017, I presented at High Interest Day and spent the day teaching children how to crochet. The purpose of the event was to provide kids with opportunity to discover something new they may learn to love. All of you know how passionate I am about children and education. If you combine those with crochet, you have my perfect day! After the event, the children wrote “Thank You” letters which I received just after the holidays. Here are a couple I wanted to share. Kids are the COOLEST! This is my LIFE right now and I couldn’t be happier! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Enjoy! ~Nadia

 

Written in the letter above states:
Dear Ms. Deane
Thank you for coming to Kozy to be a High Interest Day presenter. It was very thoughtful of you to give up time out of your busy schedule to share your knowledge with us. Learning new things helps us with our growth mindset, believing that we can learn new things if we put effort into them.

I enjoyed your presentation on “yarnioutopia.” (sic) I learned how to make a bracelet with yarn. With this information I plan to keep practicing.

Thanks again for presenting at Kozy, I hope you come back next year to teach kids that you can use yarn in different ways, keep up with your youtube videos.
Sincerely, Camila

Written in the letter above states:
Dear nadia (sorry if I spellt it rong) (sic)
I loved learning how to crocet. Im so glad you took time out of your schedul to visit us here at Kozy.

I love love loved your presention on crocet. I leard how to make a bracelet out of yarn. Now I plan to use this information to make a blanket
I hope you come back next year!
Sincerely
Kaylee


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Crochet Tutorial: Razzle Dazzle Chunky Hat

Crochet Tutorial: Razzle Dazzle Chunky Hat

When Extra Chunky Hats are all the rave, but cost an arm and a leg, we pull out our hooks and we make our very own! I’m introducing the Razzle Dazzle Chunky Hat!! Make it in a single strand (the hat with the pink pom) OR for an EXTRA chunky look make it with two strands of chunky yarn (the hat with the green pom). Whatever way you choose, you are going to raise your temp to extra warm with this fun, colorful hat!!

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

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!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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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 definitely 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.
Shop Red Heart, America's Favorite Yarn

NOTES

-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need approximately 110 yards of yarn for this hat and will fit an ADULT.
-This hat measures 22 inches around the head and 11 inches long.
-You can use one or two strands of yarn in this project.
-Make your slip stitches loose so you can work in them in the next row. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
View this blog (about halfway down the page) for other sizes so you can make other sizes of this design!

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Collage Yarn in Circus
Size 12mm Crochet Hook
Faux Fur Pom Poms
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
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
3rd Loop of the HDC is explained in the video tutorial

Pattern:

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

Pattern:
You can use 1 strand of yarn or 2 strands of yarn for this part:
Ch 16 (or any amount that is the height of the hat) See hat heights here!
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs, HDC in the rest of the chs across, ch 1, turn. (15 sts)
Row 2: (WORKING IN THE 3rd LOOP of the HDC sts) HDC in each st until 3 sts remain, sl st in last 3 sts, See video tutorial for visual instructions, ch 1, turn. (15)
Row 3: SC in the 1st 3 sts, (WORKING IN THE 3rd LOOP of the HDC sts) HDC in the rest of the sts on the row, ch 1, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for however long you need to make your piece. (I ended on row 24), you need to end on a repeat of row 3 before you fasten off.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew up back seam and cinch top closed.
Weave in ends.

Brim:
Attach ONE STRAND of yarn to the brim of the hat
Rnd 1: Ch up 1, SC evenly around the brim (I SC’d 24 sts around), Sl st to first SC.
Rnd 2: CH up 3 (counts as DC), DC in each st around, Sl st to ch up 3 st.
Rnd 3: Ch up 2 (does not count as anything), FPDC on Ch up 3 st from previous rnd, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC. Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Assembly:
Sew in all loose ends, and attach large pom to add on top! (Get the pom I used here!)

Enjoy!!


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


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Crochet Tutorial: Two-Toned Cable Boot Cuffs

Crochet Tutorial: Two-Toned Cable Boot Cuffs

I love making patterns that are two-for-one special deals. My Two-Toned Cable Boot Cuffs make the perfect combination of two fun fashion accessories in one fabulous pattern!! Wear one way to match your outfit today and flip them over to match a different outfit you are wearing tomorrow! You can’t beat that! There are tips in the video tutorial for making these in any size! They make great stocking stuffers!!

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to make these boot cuffs:

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!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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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:
Red Heart Soft Yarn in Rose Blush
Red Heart Soft Yarn in Berry
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors

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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.
-The written pattern is for a calf size that measures 12 inches around. You can chain any multiple of 6 to fit around your own leg.
-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn total.

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
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Make 2 

With Color 1 (Rose Blush)
Ch 36 or any multiple of 6 that wraps around your calf
Sl st to first ch to form a large ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as first DC), DC in next ch and each ch around, sl st to ch up 3. (36)
Rnd 2: Ch up 3, DC in next st, *SK 2 sts, FPDC on next 2 sts, FPDC on Skipped Sts, DC in next 2 sts, Repeat from * around, end with FPDC on skipped sts, sl st to ch up 3. (36)
Rnd 3: Ch up 3, DC in next st, *FPDC on next 4 sts, DC in next 2 sts, Repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3. (36)
Rnds 4-13: Repeat Rnds 2-3
Rnd 14: Ch up 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first st. (36) Change color after this round.
Rnd 15: With Color 2 (Berry), Ch up 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first st.
Rnd 16: Ch up 3, DC in next st and each st around, sl st to ch up 3. (36)
Rnds 17-28: Repeat Rnds 2-3
Rnd 29: Ch up 1, SC in each st around, Sl st to first st.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Flip your work around and work this last round along your foundation row
SC in each ch of your foundation row. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Winter Chic Slippers

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Chic Slippers

I love to be warm and cozy during the cold winter months. I love chunky blankets, over-sized sweaters and soft, comfy slippers. My Winter Chic Slippers are one way to keep toasty while you curl up on the couch with your crochet or a good book on these longer nights. Thick and warm, made with Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep Yarn in beautiful fall colors, these slippers are great to add to your winter wardrobe. Make these in any combination of colors!! With the holidays right around the corner, red, green, and white slippers would be perfect for kids on Christmas morning! In my video tutorial, I explain how to make these in all different sizes! 

 

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

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials You will need:
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Suede (3 skeins)
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Linen (1 skein)
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Sunset (1 skein)
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors

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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.
-The written pattern is for a size 7.5/8 US Women’s Size Shoe. You can adjust the size for measurements.
-Use 2 strands of yarn at the same time throughout the whole pattern.
-This project uses 860 yards of yarn total.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
5DC Cluster: [YO, Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on the hook. Cluster made.

Pattern:

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

Make 2 

**USE 2 STRANDS OF YARN FOR THIS WHOLE PROJECT**
With your main color (Suede):
Ch 36 or any even number that measures the length around your calf

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and across, turn. (35)
(WS) Row 2: Ch up 3 (counts as first DC), 5DC Cluster in very next st, Ch 1, sk 1, *5 DC cluster in next st, Ch 1, sk 1, Repeat from * across, end with DC in last st, fasten off with long tail for sewing and change color. Turn.
(RS) Row 3: Attach color 2 (Sunset) yarn in last DC from previous row, Ch up 1, SC in same st, 2 SC in each ch 1 sp  across, ending with 1 SC between last cluster and last st, and SC in last st, turn (35)
Row 4: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 5: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 6: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Row 7: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 3
Row 8: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 2
Row 9: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 3
Row 10: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 11: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 12: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Row 13: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 3
Row 14: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 2
Row 15: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 3
Row 16: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 17: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 18: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Fasten off.

Assembly step:
Sew the sides together INSIDE OUT so you have a seam up the back (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Flip Right side OUT and go on to making the top cuff.


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Top cuff:
Attach your main color yarn (Suede) on the back by the seam on the last stitch of the last row on the leg piece.
Rnd 1: Ch up 1, SC in same st, 2 SC in each ch 1 sp  around, ending with 1 SC between last cluster and last st, and SC in last st, sl st to first SC. (35)
Rnd 2: Ch up 2 (does not count as anything), DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (35)
Rnd 3: CH up 2 (does not count as anything), *FPDC on next st, BPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.
Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 3
You can continue repeating round 3 if you want your cuff to be longer.
If you are happy with this height, fasten off, weave in ends.
Set this piece aside and go on to making the sole.


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Sole:
With Main color (Suede):
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 (Suede)
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. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on how to sew these pieces together)
Weave in all ends.
Turn Right Side Out when you are done sewing the pieces together.

Ankle:
SC 35 sts evenly around ankle, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew Cuff to foot ankle part INSIDE OUT. See end of video tutorial for visual instructions.
Weave in all ends.
Make another one to complete the pair!

Enjoy!!

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My New Blocking Station Product Review

My New Blocking Station Product Review

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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~Nadia

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Public Speaking for a Media Summit

Public Speaking for a Media Summit

On Sunday November 5th, 2017, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2017 Collegiate Media Summit hosted by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. This summit highlights professionals across the media industry. I was invited to speak via Skype to the attendees on how I became a blogger and teacher on YouTube. Although quite nervous, I found it to be a very good experience and was thrilled to take part.

I’ve got friends in HIGH places

My friend, Dr. Dennis Frohlich, assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communications at Bloomsburg University, approached me some time ago to be a part of the summit. Some of you may remember if you followed my earlier blog posts that Dennis and I actually began blogging and video logging about inflammatory bowel diseases many years ago after meeting online. Early in my diagnosis, I started blogging and making videos discussing my journey through Crohn’s disease. During that same time, Dennis also started a channel on YouTube to talk about his journey through ulcerative colitis. We corresponded over our similar journey through illness. Together we decided to combine our channels and work together. In 2009 we began the United Colon Vlog. Our vlog (video log) provided education and awareness about inflammatory bowel diseases and it solidified a lifelong friendship.

The birth of YARNutopia

Those early days of vlogging helped lay the foundation for me to segue into starting YARNutopia. We decided to dissolve the UCVlog after five years of pioneering to bring a spotlight to IBD. Dennis was on to bigger and better things as he worked toward graduate school, eventually earning his doctorate. I continued to struggle significantly with my illness. After SIX attempts of trying college and having to withdraw for medical reasons, I resigned myself to the realization this won’t work out for me. During a particularly dark moment, my mom gave me a ball of yarn and a crochet hook and the rest is history. YARNutopia was born!

Exciting, but nothing goes off without a hitch

My appearance in this Media Summit was to discuss how I have made my career on YouTube. The summit was bringing professionals together who have made their careers through some media platform. It was such a privilege to be included among so many esteemed professionals. It is one of those surreal moments when you have to pinch yourself to tell if it is real life. How am I part of this?! It was pretty exciting!

Unfortunately, I woke up on Sunday morning with a terribly sore throat and was hoarse. The night before, I attended a family wedding, and I was already feeling under the weather. Adrenaline carried me through the wedding and subsequent party afterward, but everything came crashing down by Sunday. Three Ricola throat lozenges, honey laced tea, and a salt water gargle allowed me to have some semblance of a voice and would have to do as I addressed a room full of participants and students.

I prepared an outline for discussion with the help of my mom. As prepared as I felt, nerves started to settle in. Dennis prepped me ahead of time and in our preparations, he let me know that it will seem as though I am talking to him for the most part. Although there were students present, Dennis let me know he would guide the presentation and that put me a little bit at ease.

One Hour. A lot to cover

The presentation was approximately an hour long. In that time, we covered how I began my YouTube channel with my dad, how my mom and I handle all the creative design, blog, marketing, and social media, what it took to gain followers, and producing revenue through advertising and affiliates. We touched briefly on the highs and lows of being a blogger and YouTuber. I also offered tips and tricks on ways those looking to get into blogging or posting on YouTube can navigate the process. Soon the hour flew by and we opened a discussion up to questions and answers from the students.

Several questions were asked and it made me think on my toes. I am not the best at that, and I also had a bit of difficulty hearing the students. In retrospect, I could have been a little more prepared for that part of the presentation, but I was very satisfied with the outcome.

Closing thoughts

After the presentation was over, I felt pretty exhilarated. I did it! This was a great event to practice public speaking and a wonderful learning experience for me. I realized there is room for growth, and I definitely can make some improvements if I have the opportunity for more speaking engagements in the future. I learned several things in this seminar, and it also has me thinking of new avenues to explore for YARNutopia.


I want to say a special Thank You to my good friend Dr. Dennis Frohlich and all the students and attendees of this media summit. It was a fantastic experience. I appreciate the invitation and opportunity to talk about YARNutopia and for them to provide the platform to do so. It was truly wonderful!

~Nadia

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Happy Halloween from Link and Zelda!

Happy Halloween from Link and Zelda!

Now that Halloween is here, I have compiled all the patterns in one place! Each piece to the costumes are here for you to create.

Each photo is listed with the link to the coinciding blog.

Follow all the patterns to make your own Link and Zelda by clicking the photos or the links above the photos!

If you choose to not make the costumes, you will still find a collection of great patterns below to modify for personal use.

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Link to the Past Hat

The Link to the Past Hat is a great stocking cap for cold weather, holidays, or cosplay costumes. Follow this link to make your hat.

 

 

Elf Ears

Elfin Ears are a must in the Link and Zelda Costume! They can also work for many other fun costume ideas!! This fun and easy pattern is the perfect detail to give your outfits a fantasy look!!

 

 

Chain Link Tunic

The Chain Link Tunic is the lining under Link’s main Pullover. This tunic is not only a great detail in this costume, you can modify this to be a swimsuit cover-up or as a mesh top over a dress. Lots of versatility with this piece!

 

 

Fingerless Gloves

Link’s Fingerless Gloves were made from my Harry Potter gloves you can find here. By changing the colors and adding a few more rows, they worked perfectly for this costume! Change them up to match your winter gear and make your own!

 

 

Link to the Past Pullover Vest

Link to the Past Pullover Vest is the green shirt Link wears over the Chain Link Tunic. This is the main part of the costume for your Link Character. Don’t need a costume? Use this pattern and make it into a Baha Hoodie, Vest, or Poncho!

 

Aside from these patterns I created to complete the Link costume, there were additional pieces I created or used to finish the entire ensemble.

 

For Link, I found the perfect wig on Amazon and you can find it here. It worked out perfectly and honestly transformed Nate into Link (or Justin Bieber depending on who you ask! LOL!!)

 

For the sashes, I just chained an amount that was long enough to fit around Nate, then I double crocheted across, chained up 3, and double crocheted across for a second row. Then I fastened off and sewed it together. I did this for both the belt and the shoulder sash.

 

I just had Nate pick up the grey turtleneck and khaki pants at a thrift store. For less than $10.00 it was his contribution to this costume. Now he has a shirt for work and a pair of khaki pants he can wear again! It’s a win/win!!

 


For the leg warmers I modified this boot cuff pattern and made them longer. See the video tutorial for these boot cuffs to make the leg warmers longer.

 

The boots were an old pair we had on hand.

 

I did pin the Elf Ears on the hat with safety pins and used pins to also secure the sash in place.

 

I used cardboard, grey acrylic craft paint, and felt for the sword.


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Destiny Headband

Zelda’s Head piece can be found here. This can be used for any princess outfit and can be modified as a crown or even a fashion piece. Change the colors and make it your own!

The Fairy Tunic

The Fairy Tunic was the last piece I made. Unfortunately, I made this slightly larger than I needed, but it worked perfectly to fit over my Zelda “dress” that I found at a thrift store. Since I dress modestly, I also wore a long sleeve white shirt, so having made it a tad bigger worked in my favor since I had to wear it over everything.

 

 

Princess Shoulder Armor

The Princess Shoulder Armour can be found in this blog. I crocheted around wire in this tutorial and it is a great demonstration on how easy it is to make your crochet pieces mold-able allowing you to shape your design. One tip: beware of tiny wire poking out. Watch those ends or you might get poked with a wire! OUCH!

 

 

Elf Ears

Once again, The Elf Ears are a must in the Link and Zelda Costume! They can also work for many other fun costume ideas!! This fun and easy pattern is the perfect detail to give your outfits a fantasy look!!

 

 

Princess Costume Gloves

Princess Costume Gloves are another fun detail to complete this costume. I add detail to give some fun authenticity, but these can be modified for any costume or make them for your personal use by changing the color and adding other embellishments!

Aside from these patterns I created to complete the Zelda costume, there were additional pieces I created or used to finish the entire ensemble.

 

I wrapped my hair in white yarn strands. As I studied the Zelda character, I found in most sketches, she had two lengths of hair wrapped in the front. I emulated this as best as I could as I typically cover my hair. This was the best way to accomplish that.

 

Zelda’s skirt was a second hand wedding dress I found at the thrift store for $8.99. It had some jewel design on the bodice so I tried to work it to my advantage. I used grey acrylic craft paint to draw a similar design along the bottom of the dress which I found in most of the cosplay drawings I studied while trying to create this costume.

I wore a white long sleeve shirt underneath my dress and top as a personal choice. Most costumes I studied, had NO sleeves, but it works both ways.

 

I used cardboard and felt to create her dress panel that hangs down the front. I attached it to a hanging embellishment – The Destiny Headband. I used safety pins to secure it to the inside of the tunic I wore.

 

I wore grey boots as I noticed that Zelda often wears combat boots in the video game.

Final Thoughts

When Nate and I were deciding on costume ideas, I found this cosplay ensemble to be most challenging project yet. Nate is a gamer; I am not. I struggled to give these costumes authenticity as I was learning as I go. I hope I gave these characters the homage and respect they deserve. I had so much fun in the creative process and getting caught up in learning about this video game added to the thrill. I really hope it makes you as happy as it made us to dress up and wear these wonderful costumes. It was worth every moment to make them. We won BEST IN SHOW in our annual family Halloween costume contest, and we were awarded the Golden Pumpkin! We also won second place in a community costume contest and won a $50 gift certificate! It has been such a fun journey! Thanks for coming along with us!

~Link and Zelda (AKA Nate and Nadia)

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Crochet Tutorial: Fairy Tunic

Crochet Tutorial: Fairy Tunic

My very last installment in the Link and Zelda costumes is The Fairy Tunic. I spent each night well past midnight the week before Halloween, trying to finish and achieve some level of authenticity to these costumes. I made this tunic a bit larger than my frame as it had to fit over the dress I had purchased at a thrift store. It can easily be altered by adding corset ties down the back to help cinch it in a bit.

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

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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:

Red Heart Soft in Berry
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
-K-6.50mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This project uses 640 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 the top I made is said in the intro of the video tutorial
-If you need to make this a different size, make your foundation chain for the back side as wide as your back and each of the front pieces half of the width of your back piece.


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
FLO: Front Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease

Pattern:

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

Back: Working from the top down
Ch 52 or any even number that is as wide as your back (again, see video tutorial for specific measuring)
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn. (50)
Row 2: Ch up 3 (counts as first DC) Work in between the posts of the stitches. (**Do not work in first space**), DC in each space across, DC in last ch up 3 st, turn. (50)
Rows 3-37: Repeat Row 2 (50)
You can make more or less rows to cover your back, the next rows are the decrease to make the point.
Row 38: [DC2TOG] 2x, DC in each space between the sts until 3 sps remain, [DC2TOG] 2x, turn. (46) (see video tutorial for specific location of decreases)
Row 39: Ch up 3 (counts as first DC) Work in between the posts of the stitches. (**Do not work in first space**), DC in each space across, DC in last ch up 3 st, turn.
Row 40: Repeat Row 38. (42)
Row 41: Repeat Row 39. (42)
Row 42: Repeat Row 38. (38)
Row 43: Repeat Row 39. (38)
Row 44: Repeat Row 38. (34)
Row 45: Repeat Row 39. (34)
Row 46: Repeat Row 38. (30)
Row 47: Repeat Row 39. (30)
Row 48: Repeat Row 38. (26)
Row 49: Repeat Row 39. (26)
Row 50: Repeat Row 38. (22)
Row 51: Repeat Row 39. (22)
Row 52: Repeat Row 38. (18)
Row 53: Repeat Row 39. (18)
Row 54: Repeat Row 38. (14)
Row 55:  Repeat Row 39. (14)
Row 56: Repeat Row 38. (10)
Row 57:Repeat Row 39. (10)
Row 58: Repeat Row 38. (6)
Row 59: Repeat Row 39. (6)
Row 60: Ch up 2, DC in next sp, [DC2TOG] 2x.
Row 61: Ch up 2, DC2TOG working in the sps only. (See video tutorial for those last 2 rows for visual instructions)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Front Pieces: Make 2
Ch 4
Row 1: 2 DC in 4th Ch from hook, turn. (3)
Row 2: Ch up 3 (counts as DC), (working between sts) DC in first sp on row, 2 DC in next sp, turn. (4)
Row 3: Ch up 3, DC in first sp on row, 1 DC in each sp between the sts until 1 space remains, put 2 DC in last sp. (5)
Row 4-28: Repeat Row 3
You can continue the increase if you need to. I have 30 sts at the end of row 28. Just make it half of the front of your chest measurement (1/4 of your whole bust measurement) Then go on to row 29 instructions
Row 29-39: Ch up 3 (counts as first DC) Work in between the posts of the stitches. (**Including first space**), DC in each space across, turn.
You can continue to work DC rows for the length you need it to be. When you are done, fasten off with a long tail for sewing.


Assembly steps:
Sew front pieces to back piece.
Sew front center.
SC around bottom of entire piece.

Straps: Make 2
Ch 27 or the measurement of how long you need your straps to be
Row 1: DC in 4th ch and across, turn. (25)
Row 2: Ch up 3, DC across.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew straps to shirt.
Add white yarn detail in the front of your shirt by embroidering it with a yarn needle.


 

Enjoy!!

~Nadia

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

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Crochet Tutorial: Link to the Past Pullover Sweater Vest

Crochet Tutorial: Link to the Past Pullover Sweater Vest
Here is the latest piece of the cosplay costumes I am creating. My Link to the Past pullover vest is Part of Nate’s costume. We will be doing a full reveal on Saturday October 28, 2017. This ensemble has a few more additions until complete but the closer I come to finishing, the more excited I get!

 

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

 

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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:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Medium Thyme
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Warm Brown
-K-6.50mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This project uses less than 1,450 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 the shirt I demonstrate is 25 inches long and 22 inches across (44 inches around)
-If you need to make this a different size, make your foundation chain half the measurement of your chest measurement. (Also see video tutorial for full explanation)


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
FLO: Front Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease

Pattern:

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

Front:
With 2 Strands of Yarn
Ch 61 or any amount that is half of the largest part of your chest (Nate’s chest is 44 inches around, so half of that is 22 inches, that was the length of my foundation chain)

Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch and across, ch 1, turn. (60)
Row 2: Work in BLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (60)
Row 3: Work in FLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (60)
Rows 4-39: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ending with a repeat of Row 3 (back side facing you)
You can repeat this pattern or stop sooner and go onto the shoulder part when the front length is as long as you need it to be.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Do not fasten off, continue to work the Left Shoulder

Shoulders:

Left Shoulder:
Row 1: (Outside of shirt is facing you), Working in BLO, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, HDC in next 22 sts (or to 2 stitches left to halfway point), [HDC2TOG] 2 times, leave the rest of the stitches unworked, Ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 2: Working in FLO, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, HDC in next 18 sts or until there are 4 sts left, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, ch 1, turn. (22)
Row 3: Working in BLO, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, HDC in next 14 sts or until there are 4 sts left, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 4: Working in FLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 5: Working in BLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 6: Repeat Row 4
Row 7: Repeat Row 5
Row 8: Repeat Row 4
Row 9: Repeat Row 5
Row 10: Working in FLO, 2 HDC in 1st and next st, HDC in each st until 2 sts remain, 2 HDC in each of last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (22)
Row 11: Working in BLO, 2 HDC in 1st and next st, HDC in each st until 2 sts remain, 2 HDC in each of last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 12: Repeat Row 10
Row 13: Working in BLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (30)
Fasten off.



Work on Right Shoulder now:
Attach yarn to BLO of Next Free Stitch on Row 39 of the Front of the sweater (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Ch up 1
Row 1: (Outside of shirt is facing you), Working in BLO, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, HDC in next 22 sts (or to 2 stitches left to halfway point), [HDC2TOG] 2 times, leave the rest of the stitches unworked, Ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 2: Working in FLO, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, HDC in next 18 sts or until there are 4 sts left, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, ch 1, turn. (22)
Row 3: Working in BLO, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, HDC in next 14 sts or until there are 4 sts left, [HDC2TOG] 2 times, ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 4: Working in FLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 5: Working in BLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 6: Repeat Row 4
Row 7: Repeat Row 5
Row 8: Repeat Row 4
Row 9: Repeat Row 5
Row 10: Working in FLO, 2 HDC in 1st and next st, HDC in each st until 2 sts remain, 2 HDC in each of last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (22)
Row 11: Working in BLO, 2 HDC in 1st and next st, HDC in each st until 2 sts remain, 2 HDC in each of last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 12: Repeat Row 10
Row 13: Working in BLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (30)
DO NOT fasten off,
Start working on Back


Back
Row 1: Working in FLO, HDC across Right Shoulder, and across Left shoulder in each stitch (see video tutorial for visual instructions), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Working in BLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (60)
Row 3: Working in FLO, HDC across, ch 1, turn. (60)
Rows 4-53: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ending on a repeat of Row 3.
Fasten off.

Assembly step:
Weave in all ends.
Sew sides up
Make 2 braids and lace them up each side
SC around neck hole
HDC 2 rows around sleeves (In the video tutorial, I share how to make longer sleeves)

Enjoy!!

~Nadia

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

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My Crafty Wishlist

My Crafty Wishlist

I spend a lot of time in the yarn aisle whenever I find myself out shopping. I also find myself drawn to beautiful fibers each time I see an attractive item in housewares. Clothing with crochet detail always catches my attention. It has become innate to be enticed to anything related to my passion. So is it any wonder that my wish list grows each time I head out to do some retail therapy??

I have a lot of self-control. I have developed it over the years as a need-based defense mechanism. Without it, I would go completely broke! But, that doesn’t mean I can’t dream, and hope that one day I might splurge (first I have a wedding to pay for so for now, admiring from a distance is ok)!

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I love a good sale! I love shopping the internet for the best deal! Today, I worked some of my research magic to find some great deals on my “Wish List” items!! I am tucking these away here on my blog to revisit. Maybe in some future blog posts, I might actually follow through with a splurge and these items might make an appearance.

Today’s items are things I hope to one day add to my craft room! As you all know, our personal spaces are ever evolving. I can imagine the same will be the case for me as time goes by. One of our YARNutopians made a suggestion following my recent blog post in which I talked about my recent room remodel. That got me thinking of the future and some small touches I can see adding.


I have linked my 5 wish list items below:

This Grey Letter Board!

I have always wanted a letter board. I love motivational quotes and this board makes the idea of changing the quotes daily or weekly a fun decorating idea for my craft room. Inspiration in my personal space is a fun way to keep me motivated and add that personal touch.

 

 

 

This Office Chair!

Presently, in my studio, I sit in a swivel backless stool that offers nothing in the line of back support. In my new studio space that we created in my new house, I have an old dining room chair pulled up to my work station. I would love to have a swivel office chair with some lumbar support while I work. I feel the hours I spend filming and crafting deserves to be spent in a little more comfort than I have been settling for. This is on the top of the list!

 

 

This Cool Wall Stencil!!

I stated earlier that I love fun quotes! I stumbled across some fantastic wall decals and thought a decal on my empty wall would be a great idea to add a little bit of whimsy to an empty wall. I love these! I have seen them used tastefully in decorating!

 

 

 

This Craft Room Lamp

I imagine spending lots of hours in my new craft cave! There is a window for natural light, but as the days get shorter and it becomes dark earlier, I found this nice lamp to brighten up my room while I curl up on the big comfy chair to crochet. Sometimes in dim lighting, especially working with dark yarn, it is hard to see my stitches. Having a lamp like this would be a great tool to cut down on my eye strain and increase my productivity!

 

 

 

 

 

This Craft Supplies Cart!

Currently, when I am filming, I have my supplies piled up on my table off screen. I reach over to grab what I need during filming from the pile I created prior to filming. It is easiest to have my supplies all at hand and within reach, BUT it clutters up my off screen space making me feel overwhelmed by the disorganization. I have always wanted a craft cart but never had the room! In my new studio and craft room, the idea of having a cart to my side (off camera) to organize my supplies needed during filming will make production so much easier and seamless. I can reach over to grab anything I need without the crowding on my work table.

Do you have a ‘wish list’ item you would love to add to your personal crafting/crochet space? If so, what would you add to your list?

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Crochet Tutorial: Princess Shoulder Armor

Crochet Tutorial: Princess Shoulder Armor

For those who are working with me on this costume, here is the latest addition to my ensemble! My Princess Armor for the shoulders is a powerful detail in the overall costume and will definitely help make this outfit look that much more authentic!

As these pieces come together toward my final creation, it has made me more excited to finish! Slowly but surely, this outfit will come to fruition as I work toward this masterpiece which is sure to WOW!


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

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NOTES

-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-Your foundation chain on any of these pieces can be more or less than what I made, if you need to make this bigger or smaller.
-Note your work may stretch, so you would want to chain a tad less than you actual measurement
-I used Red Heart Soft in the color Wheat for my shoulder piece, but you can use any color and any worsted weight yarn. Check out YARNSUB.com for substitution options
-My shoulder piece measures 20 inches (51 cm) across from outside of the shoulder to the other side.
-See full intro of the video tutorial for ALL the measurements
Make the headband for this costume here


Materials you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Delft Blue
Red Heart Soft Yarn in Wheat
Size G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Craft Floral Wire or you can find Craft Floral Wire here too!
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
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.

Pattern:

Top Shoulder Pieces:
Make 2 in Red Heart Soft in the color Wheat
Ch 21
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (20)
Row 2-45: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (20)
Add wire around edge and SINGLE CROCHET around the entire piece putting 3 SC in each corner.
Fasten off, cut wire, weave in ends, and hide wire. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Assembly Step:
For the Swirls on the shoulder pieces, you can easily chain about 75 and sew on the chain to the shoulder piece. You can embellish your shoulder pieces as much as you want. In the video tutorial I added 2 swirls to each shoulder.

Inner Shoulder Pieces: Make 2 in Red Heart Soft in the color Wheat
Ch 21
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (20)
Row 2-10: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (20)
Row 11: SC2TOG, SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 12: Repeat Row 11. (16)
Row 13: Repeat Row 11. (14)
Row 14: Repeat Row 11. (12)
Row 15: Repeat Row 11. (10)
Row 16: Repeat Row 11. (8)
Row 17: Repeat Row 11. (6)
Do not fasten off. Add wire around edge and SINGLE CROCHET around the entire piece.
Fasten off, cut wire, weave in ends, and hide wire. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)


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Jewel Circles:
Make 3 in Red Heart Super Saver in Delft Blue
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
For the lines on the inner shoulder pieces, you can easily chain about 15 and sew on the chains to the shoulder piece. (See video and photos for visual guide) You can embellish your shoulder pieces as much as you want. In the video tutorial I added 2 lines to each inner shoulder piece.
Sew on blue jewel to center of inner shoulder piece.
Sew Inner shoulder piece to outer Shoulder piece. Round the outer shoulder piece to fit around the inner shoulder piece.
Do the same thing for both shoulders.

Front Center pieces:

Crescent Pieces: Make 2 in Red Heart Soft in the color Wheat
Ch 16
Row 1: SC in the 2nd Ch from the hook and in the next 2 Chs, HDC in next 3 chs, DC in next 3 Chs, HDC in next 3 Chs, SC in last 3 Chs, CH 1, turn.
Row 2: Sl st in first 3 sts, 2 HDC in next 3 sts, 2 DC in next 3 sts, 2 HDC in next 3 sts, Sl st in last 3 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sl st in first 3 sts, HDC in next 18 sts, Sl st in last 3 sts
Do not fasten off. Add wire around edge and SINGLE CROCHET around the entire piece.
Fasten off, cut wire, weave in ends, and hide wire. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Triangle Pieces: Make 2 in Red Heart Soft in the color Wheat
Ch 2
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (1)
Row 2: 3 SC in 1st st, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 3: 2 SC in first st, SC in each st until 1 st remains, put 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 4: SC in each st across. (5)
Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (7)
Row 6: SC in each st across. (7)
Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (9)
Row 8: SC in each st across. (9)
Row 9: Repeat Row 3. (11)
SC around entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Blue Jewel Drops: Make 6 in Red Heart Super Saver in Delft Blue
Ch 2
Rnd 1: [2 SC, 2 HDC, DC, 2HDC, 2 SC, Ch 2, sl st to first SC] in 2nd ch from hook.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Use the video tutorial for visual instructions on how to sew all the front pieces together.
Weave in all your loose ends.
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Half Circle Center piece: Make 1 in Red Heart Soft in the color Wheat
Ch 2
Row 1: 4 HDC in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 2: 2 HDC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 3: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next st] 4 times, ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 4: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts] 4 times, ch 1, turn. (16)
Row 5: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts] 4 times, ch 1, turn. (20)
Row 6: [2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts] 4 times, ch 1, turn. (24)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew the half circle piece BEHIND the crescent pieces. Attach a Blue Circle Jewel to the center of the Half circle as well.
See video tutorial and photos for visual guide. Sew front piece to each shoulder piece.
Then go on to making the back piece.

Back Piece: Make 1 in Red Heart Soft in the color Wheat
Ch 51 (or any amount that measures 2 inches LESS than your back measurement. (See video tutorial for more explanation)
Row 1: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (50)
Row 2: 2 SC in the first st, SC in each st until 1 st remains, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (52)
Row 3: Repeat Row 2. (54)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (56)
Row 5: Repeat Row 2. (58)
Rows 6-8: SC in each st across. (58)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Make a chain for a triangle embellishment for the center of the back. Sew it on just like the swirls on the shoulders.
Attach back piece to each shoulder piece.
Weave in the rest of your ends.

Enjoy!!

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

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

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Crochet Tutorial: Princess Costume Gloves

Crochet Tutorial: Princess Costume Gloves

Pieces of my Halloween costume creation are coming together! I finished the Princess Costume Glove Armlets. These are the next installment into my exciting cosplay ensemble that I will be sharing at the end of this creative journey. If you are interested in making these armlets, scroll down to see the video tutorial and written pattern. Keep in mind, you can change the color for any princess costume or even for personal use! I also give tips on how to adjust the size in the Notes section!

 

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

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NOTES

-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-Your foundation chain should be in multiples of 6 so you can make these as small or large as you want.
-The sleeves I made are 15 inches long but you can make them as long or short as you want.
-The top of my sleeves are 10 inches around, but you can increase the sizes around the top of the sleeves by chaining an amount that is in the multiple of 6 that measures as long as the circumference of your upper arm.

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Light Gray
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Delft Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Aruba Sea
Size G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
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
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.

Pattern:

Sleeve:
With Delft Blue
Ch 36 or any multiple of 6 that will fit around your upper arm, Sl st to first ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 1, SC in each Ch around, Sl st to first SC, Fasten off.
Rnd 2: Attach Aruba Sea to any stitch around, Ch up 3 (Counts as first DC), DC in previous stitch (working behind the ch up 3 st–see video tutorial for visual instructions), *Sk next stitch, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first ch up 3 st, Fasten off.
Rnd 3: Attach Delft Blue to any stitch around, Ch up 1, HDC in each st around, Sl st to first HDC, Fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach White to any stitch around, Ch up 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to first HDC, DO NOT fasten off.
Rnds 5-8: DO NOT chain 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to first HDC
Rnd 9: Sl st in NEXT st, HDC in each st around, Sl st to first HDC
Rnds 10-13: Repeat Rnds 5-8
Rnd 14: Sl st in NEXT st, [HDC2TOG, HDC in next 4 sts] 6 times, sl st to first HDC. (30)
Rnds 15-18: Repeat Rnds 5-8
Rnd 19: Repeat Rnd 9
Rnds 20-23: Repeat Rnds 5-8
Rnd 24: Repeat Rnd 9
Rnds 25-28: Repeat Rnds 5-8
Rnd 29: Sl st in NEXT st, [HDC2TOG, HDC in next 3 sts] 6 times, sl st to first HDC. (24)
Rnd 30: HDC in first 11 sts, DC in next, Ch 2, DC in next st, HDC in last 11 sts, sl st to first HDC. (24)
Rnd 31: HDC in first 12 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, HDC in last 12 sts, sl st to first HDC. (28)
Rnd 32: HDC in first 12 sts, DC in next 2 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in last 12 sts, sl st to first HDC. (32)
Rnd 33: HDC in first 12 sts, DC in next 4 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, DC in next 4 sts, HDC in last 12 sts, sl st to first HDC. (36)
Rnd 34: HDC in first 12 sts, DC in next 6 sts, [2 DC, ch 5, 2 DC] in ch 2 sp, DC in next 6 sts, HDC in last 12 sts, sl st to first HDC. (40)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly Step:
Make a few chains and sew them onto the sleeve as an embroidery design. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
You can opt out of having the design on the sleeves, or you can make it as intricate as you want! Have fun with it!

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

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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: Crochet Around Mache-Skull

Crochet Tutorial: Crochet Around Mache-Skull

Crochet over Paper Mache!! Just in time for Halloween, I demonstrate how to crochet over this skull form made from paper mache. This is the perfect eerie accent for any Halloween party or event. Adding additional accents such as beads, bedazzle, and flowers can take a plain skull to a sugar skull in a few easy steps!

 


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

 

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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
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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:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Aran
Paper Mache Skull (I bought mine at JoAnn Fabrics)
G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-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!!
-Work in continuous rounds

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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease


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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.

With Aran, Work in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 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)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: [2SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnd 7: [2 SC in each of the next 6 sts, SC in next 12 sts] twice. (48)
Rnds 8-16: SC in each st around
Rnd 17: SC in 27 sts, 2 HDC in each of the next 6 sts, SC in next st, 2 HDC in each of the next 6 sts, SC in last 8 sts. (60)
Rnd 18: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 5 times, SC in next 7 sts, [SC2TOG] 6 times, Sk next st, [SC2TOG] 6 times, SC in last 8 sts. (42)
Rnd 19: [SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts] 3 times, SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts, 2 HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 2 sts, 2 HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 2 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts, SC2TOG. (40)
Rnd 20: SC in 21 sts, 2 HDC in next 3 sts, Sk 1 st, SC2TOG, Sk 1 st, 2 HDC in next 3 sts, SC in last 8 or 9 sts. (43)
Rnds 21-22: SC in each st around

Assembly Step:
Take a piece of yarn and tie it to inside of eyes and cinch it to the inside of the skull by tying a very tight knot.
See video tutorial for visual instructions on this part.

Rnd 23: SC in 15 sts, [SC2TOG] 3 times, SC in 15 sts, [SC2TOG] 3 times, SC in last st. (37)
Rnd 24: SC in 15 sts, [SC2TOG] 3 times, SC in 4 sts, [SC2TOG], SC in next 4 sts, [SC2TOG] 3 times. (30)
Rnd 25-26: SC in each st around. (30)

Assembly Step:
Take a piece of yarn and tie it to inside of each cheek and cinch it to the inside of the skull by tying a very tight knot.
See video tutorial for visual instructions on this part.

Rnd 27: SC in 5 sts, HDC in next, DC in next 5 sts, HDC in next st, SC in next 8 sts, HDC in next st, DC in next 6 sts, HDC in next st, SC in last 3 sts. (30)
Rnd 28: SC in 5 sts, HDC in next, DC in next 5 sts, HDC in next st, SC in next 8 sts, HDC in next st, DC in next 6 sts, HDC in next st, SC in last 3 sts. (30)
Rnd 29: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts, [DC2TOG] 4 times, SC in next 3 sts, [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 2 times, SC2TOG, SC in last 2 sts. (22)
Rnd 30: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 7 times, SC in last st. (15)
Rnd 31: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 5 times. (10)
Rnd 32: [SC2TOG] 5 times.
Slip stitch through 1st and 4th sts
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Enjoy!!


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