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Inner Peace Blanket

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Inner peace (or peace of mind or inner calmness) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress.”

Finding inner peace is not always easy. Oftentimes, we find ourselves at a crossroads of choices that we need to make to find that path to peacefulness. That is the inspiration for this fourth blanket in our series of charity blankets that I have made using squares from the 365 Days of Granny Squares.

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It has only been a few days since we have completed the year of granny squares project, yet, the squares have piled up in stacks in my craft room over the past 12 months. All of these squares will find their way to those in need. This beautiful blanket I just completed will be sent to Project Linus. You can read about this organization here.

Each square was chosen from our vast collection of squares, and I placed them in a frame with an ‘X’ leading to a center PEACE SIGN square. The name and definition makes this very appropriate to send to this charity organization.

I made rows of double crochet in strips and attached each square, then attached the strips using the single crochet method. I did a simple border using double crochet as well. This blanket was a lot of fun to make!

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I have spent many, many months in the hospital over the past 9 years. Sometimes, spending more days in the year in the hospital than out. One of the most comforting things I brought from home was my homemade blankets. Snuggling up with that warm piece of home in an otherwise clinical, and sometimes miserable environment, can make all the difference to someone who needs every comfort they can find. I hope this blanket can bring that to someone special and provide a tiny bit of peace at a difficult time. So much love goes into my creations when I make them. It’s my way of putting good out into the world one stitch, one granny square, at a time!

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If you are interested in seeing my other projects, check out the links above the video in this blog.

Below is a list of the squares used in this project:
You can click each number and it will take you to its video tutorial

Number 216
Number 86
Number 62
Number 144
Number 221
Number 205
Number 238
Number 243
Number 71
Number 124
Number 255
Number 102
Number 203
Number 119
Number 126
Number 193
Number 187
Number 183
Number 222
Number 26
Number 102
Number 134
Number 236
Number 18
Number 247
Number 153
Number 202
Number 120
Number 199
Number 215
Number 207
Number 132
Number 117
Number 161
Number 108
Number 155
Number 201

To see all 365 Days of Granny Squares click here.

Yay! I did it!

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I DID IT! I CROSSED THE FINISH LINE!

It has been no secret that for the past 8 years, I have been battling severe illness as I continue to fight Crohn’s disease. By the end of 2015, I had spent a good portion of another year hospitalized after having 2 major surgeries. I was determined to go into 2016 with hopes for better health. There was a scary episode at the end of 2015 where I went septic and things were pretty bleak. That experience, and the fact that it brought me too close for comfort to no longer being here on Earth, was what inspired me to take on the challenge of a 365 day project. Yes, I know, nothing like a brush with death to make you want to look forward in life! Seize the day; or, in my case, more than 365 of them!

This was my status on Personal Facebook Account on the very last day of 2015. Thank you for being my stars! I love you all!!

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I wanted to start the new year with a project that would chronicle days I could try to stay out of the hospital. Following surgery in December 2015, I remember late night talks with my mom about challenging myself to work toward a long term goal. This particular challenge had to be something that wasn’t too overwhelming. (Note: a 365 day project, no matter how small it seems at the time, can sometimes get overwhelming) I decided on crocheting a single granny square each day with the help of my dad who would record a video tutorial of each afghan block. Each day that I was able to stay out of the hospital was another day that I would work toward health and wellness. Each square represented a step in this journey. I was able to make it nearly 8 months before I ended up in the hospital again, but even then, I was able to continue filming my tutorials from my hospital room. I remember saying often that nothing could happen to me all year because I HAD TO get that daily square filmed and posted! Not only were people counting on me, I was counting on myself!

And so it commenced, we started filming our first granny square on December 31st, 2015 to launch on January 1st, 2016. YARNutopia’s 365 Days of Granny Squares tutorials were born.

Beginning and Near Endings

This project began as a very personal goal, I had a small following on my Facebook page and YouTube channel, and wasn’t sure if this would even be something that would catch on. Would I just be on my own for a year making squares? Honestly, I had zero idea of how this would turn out, and because of that, I failed to foresee a few issues that arose during the process. For the most part, it went quite well right out of the gate. I was keeping up the pace, squares upon squares, one a day with no problem. Until…I had a problem.

In my zeal to get started, I failed to garner the proper permission to film some of the squares that had free patterns available online. I was contacted by some of the designers that I filmed their squares without their OK. They had a totally valid position, and for the most part, handled professionally and successfully. It was my own misunderstanding to not consider going through proper channels, and it resulted in a few squares being removed from the early part of the project. This helped to change my course. I went through the correct procedures moving forward. It forced me to push myself even further to design my own squares. A total of 33 of my own designs were part of this project. It taught me extremely valuable lessons in the process. That can be humbling to go through.

Sometimes, it takes finding yourself in an uncomfortable position to really push yourself to get more creative. I remember considering giving up. That was until one particular keyboard warrior wrote to me with a few intense, nasty, and unnecessary insults to really push me right back up again. To anyone I hurt in this process, my sincerest apologies. For anyone who tried to come at me to hurt me or get me to quit, thanks for everything. It was because of what you did that made me want to finish. That was a turning point. Moving forward things were otherwise very successful and positive.

A Debt of Gratitude

There is no way a project this lofty could have been accomplished solely on my own. As mentioned earlier, I was able to garner permission from a wide array of incredible designers that allowed me the opportunity to use one or many of their patterns in my project. There is a list at the end of this blog linking every designer that contributed their designs. PLEASE, I implore you all to visit their websites, blogs, Ravelry stores, and Facebook pages. “Like” and “Follow” these amazing, creative people. There would be no 365 Days of Granny Squares without their help. I wish I could gather everyone who helped me on this daily endeavor and give these ladies and gentlemen a standing ovation! I owe each of them a debt of deep genuine gratitude. I learned so much from every square. I am literally in tears writing this part of the blog because it is difficult to put into words what this entire process meant to me. I can look at certain squares and remember what they represent in this journey. There is a square on the day I had to have another biopsy. There are squares that represent health victories and squares that represent some rough patches. 2016 brought so many highlights, and there is a square that reflects many of those amazing personal moments. Although this started out as my own journey, it became so much more than I could have ever imagined. These granny squares truly became my journal written in yarn.

The hunt for squares

The process of finding squares for my year long quest was somewhat of a challenge to search online for free patterns from designers. If their written patterns were easy to follow and understand, I would contact them to ask permission to use their design. As I said, were numerous amazing designers that lent their patterns. Up until the very end I was receiving requests and replies to use patterns, but the year ran out of days! Their patterns are an incredible tool for those who are participating in the 365 Days of Granny Squares project. Having the accompanying written instructions to assist with the tutorial has helped tremendously for people wanting to learn how to read patterns, as well as those who prefer that over a video tutorial. At the bottom of the 365 Days of Granny Squares blog, I listed the designers’ links to their written patterns. In my video tutorials, I mention the designer and pattern name for that particular square, and I share a link to the written pattern in the description of each video tutorial on YouTube. I also share a link to their written pattern on social media when I share the square of the day every morning. All of these things help followers network with so many in our crochet community.

Yarn for days!

When taking on a project of this magnitude, planning ahead was a necessity. Thankfully I had scrap yarn to get things started which saved me from having to purchase a bunch of yarn for this monumental project. This ENTIRE task was accomplished using ALL scrap yarns that I have collected in my stash over time. I began the project using Red Heart Yarns in Super Saver and kept that constant through the entire year. There was no waste when using yarn scraps, and it keeps everything consistent by using the same fiber and brand for each square. I tried keeping the supplies for this project as modest as possible.

You can’t plan for everything!

Taking on this mission also meant that I had to plan for all sorts of situations. There was so much concealed when I took on this project that lasted for 365 days. Over the course of the year, we experienced many technical difficulties. We had upload fails, we accidentally released videos in the wrong order, and we mixed up footage. If you can imagine all the possibilities of accidents that could go wrong over an entire year adventure, we probably encountered a majority of them. My dad and I had a very good system worked out, and filming a daily video went fairly smoothly. However, nothing about this was predictable. Filming in the hospital became necessary at one point during this journey. If I was able to keep the squares in order, and not have any breaks, it meant having my dad bring the studio to my hospital room. Again, at this point while feeling so ill, I thought about giving up on this project, but I had gotten so far, so giving up was no longer an option. Sometimes it was necessary to film a few days in advance to bank up some tutorials in case I was unable to be in the studio. Whether I filmed one video a day, or filmed a few in a day to take some time off, I would always add the daily square to the blog, and I posted the new square to my social media sites every single morning when I woke up. Although we had a few mix-ups and personal mishaps, there have been no late granny squares, and I was able to accomplish everything I had hoped for.

To those who participated in the journey

The feedback throughout this process has been unbelievable. Along the way, I was lifted up in ways I cannot put into words. The growing following that came every day to post, discuss, and share their thoughts about the day’s square was incredible.

I want to take a moment to thank every one of you who were here. Even if I didn’t comment on each post every day, I read and saw it all — every single square, every beautiful color combination, and every kind word you said to me and to each other. How do I say thank you for all that you did for me and for one another? I’m so proud of my YARNutopia community! Thank you for showing up every single day. You may not know this, but it was each of YOU who inspired me each day to show up, work hard, and keep going. Every message and kind word went straight to my heart. This project was a collective effort from all of us. WE DID IT! Myself, my dad, the designers, and YOU the crocheters. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this epic journey. I witnessed something truly remarkable as this year unfolded. It makes me sad to see this project come to an end. I won’t have you here with me every single day for our daily square, but I’m so grateful this brought us together over our mutual love of crochet. I feel like I know all of you as we crocheted together through it all. There are seriously no words. #uglycry

What the future holds

I will be keeping the 365 Days of Granny Squares page up for a while and may replace a few squares here or there at some point. This one year commitment to a project of this magnitude was satisfactory to achieve. Many have asked me to do another year, but I think one year was sufficient to prove to myself that I could do this. I am happy and have no regrets looking back. I learned invaluable things about our crochet community, about myself, about commitment, about the power of positive thinking, about having a passion to pursue a goal, and about how yarn can tie so many across our globe together. I was happy to be the one to share this experience with all of you who came every day or just stopped by for a few favorite squares. This isn’t the end of what I am capable of doing. I look forward to new challenges in 2017 including some fun monthly projects! The work to do this project took a lot of effort not only on my part but also for my dad. We both look forward to a bit of rest and relaxation before we get back in the studio. There is much more to come from us in the future! So stay tuned!

To my Daddy

First and foremost, I could not have done this project without my supportive family, and of course, Nate! I cannot finish this blog without a huge mention of what role my dad played in this yearlong endeavor. Where do I start when it comes to thanking him? How does one encapsulate the gratitude I feel for someone who was with me at every single moment of every single project? He stood tirelessly by my side and filmed 365 squares (plus our bonus square). There he was, right by my side, ready to go each day until the very end! I don’t think anyone could understand what a colossal task this project was other than my daddy. His exemplary video and editing skills made every square come to life on the screen. He was the one who worked tirelessly through the year, late into the nights making our videos, making edits, taking out the bloopers (yes, one day, we will have a blooper reel), corrected me, helped me, supported me, challenged me, encouraged me, energized me, untangled yarn for me, laughed with me, and by indirect means, learned crochet along side me! He never gave up. He never complained. His dedication and commitment to this project cannot go unnoticed. Thank you, Daddy. Your patience and sense of humor made doing this monumental project so much more fun than I could have ever imagined. I love you so much! SHOUT OUT TO MY AMAZING DADDY!

All these squares

Throughout this project, I demonstrated how to make each granny square in a video tutorial. Participants are then on their own to decide what to make using their squares. Some have participated from the beginning of the year making each square, and some jumped in on occasion to make a square that stood out. The creativity of what we’re sharing has been fabulous! Projects that have been made and shared on our Facebook page have left me speechless! You are all so talented!

Throughout the year, I have collected the squares and have been using them in blanket projects. From the start, I planned to pay it forward and make blankets for people in need. So far, I have managed to make 3 blankets using a variety of the squares. Each blanket has found its way to a very special home or charity and will continue to do so as I finish using all the squares in this project. This was my way of giving back for a year of healthier and happier days.

Read about my first project I made using the Granny Squares from this year so far.

Read about my second project I made using the Granny Squares from this year so far.

Read about my third project I made using the Granny Squares from this year so far.

Goodbye 2016

Now the year has come to an end. It will be strange not having a square to post tomorrow morning, but at the same time I am thrilled over a successful goal achieved. Today is so bittersweet! Not many can say they crocheted a granny square every day for an entire year and got healthier doing it! That’s a pretty great ending to 2016 and an even better way to start out another great year! Together we came so far! Here’s to a year ahead of more epic crochet days! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Cheers to 2017 being a wonderful year for all!

~Nadia

Find the list of contributing designers here: (AGAIN, please visit their pages, “Like” their work, and “Follow” them on social media!)

Murray Stewart at http://www.madebymurray.co.uk

Amelia Beebe AKA champygirl at http://www.crochetville.com/

Kinga Erdem at http://www.myhobbyiscrochet.com/

https://thegiraffeshat.wordpress.com

Leonie Morgan’s Ravelry Store

Margret Willson’s Ravelry Store

Eline Alcocer at www.pastaandpatchwork.com

Ali Burdon at http://veryberryhandmade.co.uk/

Jackie Tyler at http://www.crochet-knit.com/

Maz Kwok at http://www.beacrafter.com/

Ali Crafts Designs’ Ravelry Store

Vicki Brown at http://www.vickibrowndesigns.com/

http://www.vickibrowndesigns.com/

Joanne Jones’ Ravelry Store

Megan Mills at http://megan.cc/MotifWheel/

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Natasja King from Crochetime.net

Red Heart Design Team

Ruth C. Roy at 365grannies.blogspot.com/

Yuli Nilssen at Yuli Handmade

Beverly A. Qualheim at Bev’s Country Cottage

Nina Leon at Hookers Don’t Bite

Fiona Kelly at Tangled Blossom Design

Pia Thadani at StitchesnScraps.com

Manda Robertson at Raising Robertsons

By Hook

Lois Everett

Laura Avery Home Makers Insanity

Jeni Entwistle at Messy Mama Makes

Sonya Blackstone at Blackstone Designs

Naomi Garcia lanadebaa.blogspot.com/

Sara Palacios

Yarn In Yarn Out Designs

Wieke van Keulen

DROPS design

Vogue Knitting

Josie Calvert Briggs

Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart

Shelley Husband

Elaine Phillips

Christine Harvey

Adaiha Covington

Lucinda Ganderton

Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots

JLyn Spencer

Corinne Bradd

Lynne Samaan

April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Carola Wijma

Claire Hayes

Sandra La Madeleine

Annoo Crochet

Betina Juchem Clemens

Jennifer Ofenstein from Sew Hooked

Patricia Stuart

JudyK

Sandra Åhlberg

The Snail of Happiness

Patricia Stuart

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Carol Bryant

CreativeCrochetWorkshop

Helen Shrimpton

Tamika Joyeux

Amanda Weenk

Shan Sevcik

Jeni Entwistle at Messy Mama Makes

Susan Hinton

Donna Mason-Svara at Smooth Fox

Emily H.

Melissa Beth

Celina Lane

Melinda Hobgood

Sadie Cuming

Carola Wijma

Jennifer Lynn Carter

Claire from Crochet Leaf

Amber Schaaf

Cylinda D. Mathews

Crochet- atelier

Julie A Bolduc

Jennifer Tucker

Shannon Thayer

Oombawka Design

Donna Kay Lacey

Cynthia Boylan At SpinnyThingy.Blogspot.Com

Black Sheep Creations

Kris Kelln

Marta Chrzanowska

Melissa Green

Aurora Suominen from MyBlueAngels.Blogspot.com

zelna olivier

Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff

Marie Segares

Joanne Jones

Buttonnose Crochet

Bonnie Pierce

Jen Tyler

Edith E Smith

Maria Summers

BabyLove Brand

Crochet Tutorial: Bows and Bells Napkin Rings

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Our first crochet project in the 12 Days of Christmas, starts with this Bows and Bells Napkin Rings! This project takes a common household item and transforms it to make these lovely tabletop decorations.

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These napkin rings use an every day household item that usually gets tossed in the trash or recycled. This project is a great way to reduce waste and reuse your tissue paper rolls!

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While I was experimenting and playing around with the napkin ring, I noticed a flame-less tea-light candle fit inside the ring perfectly! ((Disclaimer: DO NOT USE OR LIGHT A REAL CANDLE WITH THIS PIECE)) Sitting on the side of a shelf, this looks very festive!

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

**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:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in any color you want. I used Green and Red
-Jingle Bells
-Tissue Paper Insert Roll
-G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-E-3.50mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You do not have to use a cardboard piece on the inside of your napkin ring. You can just sew it closed without anything inside.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
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.

Ring:
Cut pieces of cardboard from the Tissue Rings

With Green:
Ch 9
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn
Rows 2-25: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn (8 sts)
You can continue working more or less rows depending on how big your cardboard ring is.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew crochet piece around cardboard piece.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Bow:
With Red
Ch 20
Round 1: SC in 1st ch and each ch around
Place stitch marker and work the rest of the rounds in continuous rounds
Rounds 2-5: Working in BLO, SC in each st around
Fasten off with really long tail

Bow strand:
Ch 15
HDC in 2nd ch from hook and next 5 chs, HDC3TOG, HDC in last 6 chs
Fasten off.
Weave in ends

 

 

Assembly:
Wrap yarn around bow and bow strand making a cute bow. Sew to napkin ring, sew on bow.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Fabulous Flurries Tree Skirt

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It’s that time of the year as we prepare our home for the holidays. Those personal touches of handmade items mean so much and bring back nostalgic memories of past Christmas holidays. Start your own tradition of passing down this special tree skirt by making your very own today!

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This lovely Fabulous Flurries Tree Skirt is the perfect project to accent your home and tree for generations to come! The snowflake appliqués are a nice touch of winter. You can create your own by adding other appliqués or just leave the skirt free and clear of any embellishments for a more simple touch. Change colors and make it festive as you wish for your home. Enjoy this lovely piece that is sure to be a hit for years!

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this tree skirt:

**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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Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

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

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in any color you want. I used Royal (300 yards)
Red Heart with Love Metallic in White (30 yards)
-Ribbon (5/8 inch wide)
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
-E-3.50mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than a K-6.50mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 28 inches across (72 cm)
-This project is worked from the center outward and then has motifs to sew on to the large piece

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
RSC: Reverse Single Crochet (work single crochets backwards)

Pattern:

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

Tree Skirt:
With Royal:
Ch 29
Row 1: DC in 5th Ch from hook, * Ch 1, DC in next Ch, repeat from * across, turn. (26 sts)

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as DC + Ch 1), skip ch-1 sp, * DC in next st, 2 DC in next Ch sp, DC in next st, Ch 1, skip next sp, repeat from * to last st, dc in 3rd ch of ch4, turn. (50 sts)

Row 3: Ch 4, skip ch sp, * [DC in next 2 sts, ch 1] twice, skip next sp, repeat from * to last st; DC in 3rd ch of ch4, turn. (50 sts)

Row 4: Ch 4, skip ch sp, * DC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next sp, DC in next 2 sts, Ch 1, skip next sp, repeat from * to last st, DC in 3rd ch of ch4, turn. (74 sts)

Row 5: Ch 4, skip ch sp, * [DC in next 3 sts, Ch 1] twice, skip next sp, repeat from * to last st, DC in 3rd ch of ch4, turn. (74 sts)

Row 6: Ch 4, sk ch sp, *DC in each st until ch 1 sp, put [dc, ch 1, dc] in ch 1 sp, repeat from * across. do not work any sts in last ch sp, DC in 3rd ch of ch 4, turn. (120 sts)

Row 7: Ch 4, Sk ch sp, * DC in each st until ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk ch 1 sp, repeat from * across.

Row 8-10: Repeat Row 7

Rows 11-15: Repeat rows 6-10

Rows 16-20: Repeat Rows 6-10

Row 21: ch 1, RSC across in each st and each ch 1 sp across. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Smaller Snowflake: Make 4
With E-3.50mm crochet hook and white yarn

Ch 4, Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: *Ch 6, Sl st in the ring, repeat from * 5 times, Sl st to beg. ch of ch 6. (6 ch 6 sps)

Rnd 2: Sl st in ch 6 sp, *Ch 6, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in same ch, ch 3, sl st in same ch, ch 2, sl st in next ch 6 sp, repeat from * around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing, weave in ends.

Bigger Snowflake: Make 3
With E-3.50mm crochet hook and white yarn

Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 SC in ring. Sl st to 1st sc (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch up 1, SC in same st, *Ch 6, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. (6 ch 6 sps)

Rnd 3: In any ch 6 sp: Ch up 1 [SC, HDC, 2DC, Ch 3, 2DC, HDC, SC] in same sp, Sl St in next SC and in next CH sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC of this round.

Rnd 4: Sl st in each st until you get to a DC before a chain 3 sp: Ch 1, SC in same st, ch 3, SC in same st, * [SC, Ch 5, SC] in ch 3 sp, [SC, ch 3, SC] in next DC after Ch 3 sp, Ch 3, [SC, ch 3, SC] in next DC before a Ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beginning sc. Fasten off. (See video tutorial for specific locations)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Weave in all ends.

Assembly:
Sew snowflakes to tree skirt
Make swirls with chains and sew them to the tree skirt. (See video tutorial for chains and visual instructions)

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Berry Giving Granny Square

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I created this Berry Giving Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

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

**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)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
Visit My Ravelry Store and add this to your Favorites!
Follow me on Twitter: @YARNutopia
Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

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

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches (16cm)
-This square is worked from the center outward

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Beg. Cluster:  [YO, Insert hook, YO, pull through] 3 times, YO, pull through all 4 loops.
Cluster: [YO, insert hook, YO, pull through] 4 times, YO, pull through all 5 loops.
2DCcluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through] 2 times, YO, pull through 3 loops.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, Beg. Cluster, Ch 4, [Cluster into ring, Ch 4] 5 more times, Sl st to beg. cluster. (6 clusters, 6 ch 4 sps)

Rnd 2: In ch 4 sp: Ch 2 [Counts as HDC], 3 HDC in same sp, 4 HDC in each ch 4 sp, sl st to beg ch 2. (24 HDC)

Rnd 3: In a gap between the groupings (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch up 2, DC in same sp (counts as beg. 2DCcluster, Ch 3, 2DCcluster in Previous DC just made, 2DCcluster in same gap between HDC’s, * Ch 4, 2DCcluster in next gap, Ch 3, 2DCcluster in previous cluster just made, 2DCcluster in same gap, repeat from * around, sl st to beg.

Rnd 4: In a ch 4 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, *DC into each HDC from round 2 working around the ch 4 sp hiding it in the sts, SC in same ch 4 sp, Ch 2, sc in next ch 4 sp, repeat from * around putting clusters in front of ch 2 sps. Sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 5: In any ch 2 sp behind a cluster: Ch 3 (counts as DC), 3 DC in same sp, *BPDC in each of the next 6 sts, 4 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch 3.

Rnd 6: Ch 4 (counts as TR), TR in next, *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, TR in next 2 sts, Ch 3, TR in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 4.

Rnd 7: ch up 1, SC in all sts around, [2sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in each corner.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: The Joyful Teapot Cozy

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Holiday entertaining is right around the corner. I personally enjoy tea with friends. Add a special touch to your table setting with The Joyful Teapot Cozy!

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I added the word “Joy” to my teapot, but you can add any word. It’s very simple to chain and sew it onto the cozy. You don’t have to use holly leaves and berries as your embellishments either. Have fun with it and get creative by adding flowers, leaves, or other appliqués to make your teapot cozy personal.

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The Joyful Teapot Cozy makes a lovely gift idea. Wrapped around a vintage teapot and filled with specialty teas, this would go far in making someone’s holiday tea-rrific!

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Now it’s time to pour yourself a cup of hot tea, pull out your hook and get started today!

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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Teapot Cozy:
Information at the beginning of the video, Tutorial actually starts at 9 minutes.

***You can always contact me 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
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
Red Heart Gleam Yarn in Creamy and Patina 
Red Heart Shimmer Yarn in Red
-G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-Sewing Pins/Needles
-Small Button
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:

-This pattern is for a standard 4-cup round, side handle teapot with a lid and a curved spout. You could make it smaller or bigger just making more rows on the sides.

-You can make this cozy with any yarn: Cotton, Acrylic, Polyester

-You can make this using a bigger crochet hook if your tension is tighter

-You do not have to add the appliques, you could just have a plain teapot cozy sans the leaf/word design.

-This teapot Cozy is worked from the top down.

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Puff: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull Through] 2 times. YO, pull through all 5 loops on hook. Puff made.
Picot: Ch 2, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook

Backing of Teapot Cozy

With Gleam Yarn in Creamy,
Ch 12, sl st to 1st ch to form a large ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, SC in each ch around, sl st to 1st SC. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, SC in each st around, sl st to 1st SC. (12 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, [Puff, Ch 1, Puff, Ch 1] in each st around, Sl St to 1st Puff St. (16 puff sts)

Round 4: Working in ch 1 sps: Ch 1, 2 HDC in same Ch 1 Sp, 1 HDC in next Ch 1 sp, *2 HDC in next ch 1 sp, HDC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st HDC. (36 sts)

Round 5: Ch 1, HDC in each st around, sl st to 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 6: Ch 1, [Puff, Ch 2] in each st around, sl st to 1st Puff st. (36 Puff sts)

Round 7: In any ch 2 sp: Ch 2, HDC in each ch 2 sp around, sl st to beg. ch 2. (36 sts)

**You will now be working in rows:

Row 8: Ch 1, [Puff, ch 1] in same st and next 17 sts. Leave the rest unworked. Ch 1, turn. (18 sts)

Row 9: 2 HDC in each Ch 1 sp across. Ch 1, turn. (34 sts)

Rows 10-13: 1 HDC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (34 sts)
(Optional: Continue working these rows until your piece is as tall as you need it to be, then go on to row 14)

Row 14: HDC2TOG, HDC in each st until the last 2 sts, HDC2TOG on the last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (32 sts)

Row 15: HDC2TOG, HDC in each st until the last 2 sts, HDC2TOG on the last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (30 sts)

Row 16: *HDC2TOG, HDC in next 3 sts, repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn. (24 sts)

Row 17: *HDC2TOG, HDC in next 2 sts, repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn. (18 sts)

Row 18: HDC in each st across.
Fasten off with Long tail for this side.
When you make the other side, you can cut your yarn short. (See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Attach your yarn to the unworked st from Round 7.
Repeat Rows 8-18

Crochet a button hole loop after your last row by chaining 6, and sl st back into st. Fasten off.

Assembly step:
Sew front closed around spout of teapot. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Sew button to bottom back of cozy on the opposite side of button hole loop.

Leaf: Make 7

With Patina Gleam Yarn
Ch 9
Round 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next Ch, HDC in next 4 Chs, SC in next, Sl st in next, Ch 2, Sl back in the same ch,
Working on opposite side of foundation chain: SC in next, HDC in next 4, SC in next, Sl st in last. Do not attach.

Round 2: [Sl st in next 2 sts, Picot] 3 times, sl st in ch 2 sp, ch 2, Sl st in same ch 2 sp, [Sl st in next 2 sts, Picot] 3 times. Sl st to beginning. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Berry: Make 9

With Red Shimmer
Ch 2
Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:

I recommend watching the video tutorial to learn how to sew all the pieces to your teapot cozy.
Sew leaves and berries to teapot cozy.
For the word “JOY” just chain an amount and pin it to the cozy and sew it on. You can also embroider the word to the cozy if you wish. Have fun with it!
See video tutorial for visual instructions on all the pieces and where they go.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Fallen Leaves Cup Cozy

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Here is the Fallen Leaves Cup Cozy! One leaf applique doubles as a secret pocket which is perfect for a tea bag, some cash, or a gift card to a coffee shop. Mug cozies make great gifts for family, friends, neighbors, teachers, colleagues and many others on your gift giving list.

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Some suggested gift ideas: Mug or Travel mug + Cup Cozy + Hot Cocoa/Cash/Tea Bags/Specialty Coffee makes the perfect gift for that “hard to buy for” person on your list!

The handmade cup cozy adds a personal touch to an already awesome idea!

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I have added a button to my cup cozy. You can get wooden buttons at the Etsy Shop Wood Be Fancy. You do not have to use a button, you could sew the seam up and have it slide on a travel mug.

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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this cup cozy: The instructions start at 6 Minutes, 50 Seconds.

***You can always contact me 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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Shop Here

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in White, Gold, and Flamingo
-G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:

-This pattern is for a standard sized cup. You could make it smaller or bigger just making more rows on your backing portion.

-You can make this cup cozy with any yarn: Cotton, Acrylic, Polyester

-You can make this using a bigger crochet hook if your tension is tighter

-You do not have to add the appliques, you could just have a plain cup cozy sans the leaf design.

-You can make the backing of your cup cozy bigger by chaining any even number.

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Picot: Ch 2, sl st in same st

Backing of Cup Cozy

Ch 12 or any even number.
Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook, *Sl st in next ch, HDC in next ch, repeat from * across. (11 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, Sl st in 1st st, *HDC in next st, Sl st in next st, repeat from * across. (11 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, HDC in 1st st, *Sl st in next st, HDC in next st, repeat from * across. (11 sts)
Rows 4-28: Repeat rows 2 and 3 ending on a repeat of Row 2.
Fasten off with long tail if you are sewing it closed.
Fasten off with short tail if you are not sewing it closed.
Weave in all ends if you are adding a button.

Leaf: Make 2

Ch 9
Round 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next 2 Chs, HDC in next 2 Chs, DC in next, TR in next, 10 TR in last ch
Working on opposite side of foundation chain: TR in next, DC in next, HDC in next 2, SC in next 2, Sl st in last.

Round 2: [Sl st in next 2 sts, Picot] 5 times, sl st in next 3 sts, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 3 chs, sl st back in the same st on round 1 of the leaf, sl st in next 3 sts, Picot, [sl st in next 2 sts, Picot] 5 times, sl st to beginning, Picot, Fasten off.

Assembly step:

Sew leaves and button to cup cozy. When sewing one leaf, be sure to keep it open as a pocket.
Chain a loop on the edge of the cup cozy for looping around the button.
See video tutorial for visual instructions on all the pieces and where they go.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!