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Crochet Tutorial: The Cozy Colossal Blanket

Days turned into weeks, that turned into months, and I finally finished. My crochet hand and arms had a mega workout, but it was so worth the effort. This beautiful chunky yarn blanket using Red Heart Irresistible Yarn is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever made for the home. Just in time for cold nights and winter winds, it truly is…irresistible.

This blanket is an investment piece. These chunky yarns are not skeins you are going to find in a bargain bin. They can be pricey. This is one of those projects where coupons and sales come in handy!! This is definitely a piece you want to have for your home or for a gift to someone VERY special. Side note–this blanket does shed, and I personally have not felted mine to reduce the shedding, but you can opt to do whatever you feel.

I made my project in stripes, but you can make it in a solid tone. It’s a striking blanket no matter what you decide to do. This afghan is extremely heavy–I would guess about 10-12 pounds, maybe more! This is a very trendy and popular piece that you find in high end home decor. 

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this fabulous blanket:

**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.
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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.
-You will need 760 Yards of yarn for this whole project.
-You can use any type of Bulky or Jumbo yarn to crochet this blanket. I would recommend using 2 or 3 strands of bulky yarn together to crochet the same thickness as my blanket. You can add as many strands of yarn to your likeness to make a super chunky blanket!! Have fun with it!
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Irresistible in Grey
Red Heart Yarns Irresistible in Vintage
Xtreme Wood 9″ Crochet Hook
If that’s out of stock, try this link for a different 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

Pattern:

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


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Pattern:

Work in the BLO
Starting with Grey,
Ch 75 (or any amount for the measurement you want your blanket to be)
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (74 sts)
Row 2: SC across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-35: Repeat Row 2.
You can make your blanket as wide as you want, just repeat the pattern to make more rows.
End with Grey yarn (the same color you started with)
Fasten off, weave in any ends.

Assembly step:
I changed color every 5 rows. See video tutorial for visual instructions on changing color and if you run out of yarn during your project.


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Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Munching Monster Laundry Bag

Crochet Tutorial: Munching Monster Laundry Bag

This Monster has the munchies! My Munching Monster Laundry Bag Hamper is ready to chow down on your child’s dirty laundry. A great way to create a teaching moment and pint-sized responsibilities while having fun doing it! Socks, pajamas, t-shirts, towels, and undies, this monster will gobble them all up! This project uses Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Yarn!

There are a lot of ideas in this one project! Unleash your creativity and turn this project into a body pillow by stuffing it and sewing the mouth closed. You could make it shorter and add straps to the back to make a backpack. Adding a long strap, you could create a cross-body bag. You could put a handle on it and make it a cute Halloween candy sack!

Change the colors and add bows and eyelashes to make this more gender specific. There are so many cute ideas packed into one great pattern!! Have fun!!


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


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***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***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 Stripes in Favorite Stripes
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pumpkin
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Rouge
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Bright Yellow
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
-G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Measure Tape
Buttons
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This project uses less than 611 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this bag are: Length 24 inches long (60cm), 28″ with legs and straps, Width: 13 inches wide (31 cm), 22 inches with arms.


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet


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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.

Bag
With Stripes Yarn
Work in continuous rounds and in the BLO
Ch 51
Rnd 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, put 3 SC in last ch and continue to work on opposite side of foundation chain, SC across, put 2 SC in last st (where first stitch of this round was placed). (102 sts)
Rnd 2-65: SC in each st around.
Rnd 66: SC in 8 sts, Ch 34, Sk 34 sts, SC in the rest of the sts on the round.
Rnd 67: SC in each st and each ch around. (102 sts)
Rnds 68-88: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Assembly: Sew top of bag closed (see video tutorial, I recommend sewing it inside out and then putting it right side out when finished)

Straps:
With Stripes Yarn, Make 2
Ch 11:
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, CH 1, turn. (10)
Row 2: SC in 4 sts, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, SC in last 4 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: SC in each st and each ch across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Rows 4-12: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eyes: With White
Make 2, work in continuous rounds and in 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)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

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

Inner Mouth:
With Black Make 2
Ch 35
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, Ch 1 turn. (34)
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC across until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG. (32)
Rows 3-8: Repeat Row 2 until there are 20 sts left.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Teeth:
Make 8 in White
Ch 5
Row 1: 2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in last 3 chs, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 2: SC in first 4 sts, SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 3: SC across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 4: SC in 4 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 5: SC2TOG, SC in last 3 sts, ch 1, turn. (4)
Continue to SC around entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Lips:
Make 2 in Rouge
Ch 37
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn. (35)
Row 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in same first st, DC in next 3 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last 2 sts. (See video tutorial if you end up with 3 sts at the end of the row.)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew straps, Eyes, Inner Mouth, teeth, lips to the bag. See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Arms:
With Pumpkin, Work in BLO and 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)
Rnds 4-12: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnds 13-17: Sl st in first 9 sts, SC in last 9 sts. (18)
Rnd 18: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Legs:
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnds 5-12: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Embroider “Claws” to the arms and legs, see video tutorial for visual instructions.
Sew arms and legs to the body

Enjoy!!

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

I found a photo of a monster bag on Pinterest by SpoonFlower and was inspired to create it in crochet! Voila! The Munching Monster Laundry Bag came to life!
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Nadia’s Deserted Island Survival Kit

Nadia’s Deserted Island Survival Kit

Someone posed the question to me recently, “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring?”

You may think this would be a no-brainer for me that I would list off my favorite crochet items:

• My favorite H-5.00mm crochet hook
Yarn
• Scissors

Honestly, I would NOT bring any of these things! Why, you ask? Because as crafty as I am, I could carve myself a hook out of a stick. Using some of the island stones, I could sharpen them to use as a cutting and carving devices.


Anddd, I could find plenty of vines or stems to use as substitute fiber. Crochet will be my go-to survival skill that will come in handy for many reasons! I just need to get creative in this situation.This is coming from someone who’s not the biggest fan of the open wilderness and rustic nature adventures. I like the idea of glamping, but we are talking about the “hypothetical,” “in my dreams,” not reality, but “if you can imagine it” scenario. In which case, I would bring

• A pair of gloves, because I literally will touch anything if I’m wearing something on my hands. I need those to touch all the fish and critters, and I can tear out those stems and cut those vines to thatch together.

• A big box of matches so I have a fire to sit by while I scheme and crochet my way off that island

• And my mom (can I say that?) hahaha!

You may ask why not bring Nate?! Well, my mom has a litany of post-apocalyptic survival skills and stays super cool in a crisis. She can also keep me from completely falling apart so, if I am going to survive and hopefully find a way off this imaginary island, my mom would be the one to get me there.

Besides, I need someone on the home front to send out that search party and provide the ultimate romantic ending to my rescue story. You know, the proverbial hot guy at the end of the pier waiting for me to get off the rescue boat and run into his arms? The one who fought through everything to find me? Come on…. This is my deserted island rescue fantasy scene, let me indulge. Don’t worry, Nate definitely has THAT role.

So now I ask you, if you were stranded on a deserted island what THREE things would you bring? What would be your story? Share in the comments!


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Crochet Tutorial: Little Lion Baby Booties

Crochet Tutorial: Little Lion Baby Booties

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

 

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

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

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


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NOTES:

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


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet


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Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

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24 DIY Creative Crochet Costume Ideas

24 DIY Creative Crochet Costume Ideas

Here is a compilation blog for creative ideas to get you started on Halloween (or any time of the year) costumes! In this wide range of projects, you are sure to find something for everyone, infant to adult! Below, click the link or the photo to take you to the corresponding written pattern and/or video tutorial.

The skill levels vary for each project, but most are beginner friendly!! Enjoy!! ~Nadia

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Baby Mermaid Outfit

 

 

Badger Hat

 

 

Beauty and The Beast

 


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Caterpillar Cocoon

 

 

Cat in the Hat

 

 

Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter Costumes

 

 

Destiny Headband


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Elmo Hat

 

 

Frankenstein Hat

 

Gnome Costume

 

 

Gorilla Hat


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Kitty Cat Poncho

 

 

Knight in Shining Armor Hat

Link to the Past Hat

Minion Hat

Ninja Turtle Hat

Pop Art Wig

Power Up Mushroom Hat from Super Mario Bros.



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Scarecrow

Sugar Skull Ski Mask

 

 

Turkey Hat

Where’s Waldo


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Woodland Character Masks

Yoda Hat


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Crochet Tutorial: Destiny Headband

Crochet Tutorial: Destiny Headband

If you are following me on my blog or any social media, you will recall that I released my Link to the Past Phrygian Cap last week as Part One of the Halloween cosplay costume designs that I am creating for Nate and myself.

Today, Part Two of the costume set, is this Destiny Headband. This is a bit of a tedious process using thin thread and crocheting around wire, but the results are worth the efforts! Continue to stay tuned to more great patterns along the way to complete one or both of my costume series!

Not into the costume idea? Make a headband with just leaves! You could also use the leaf applique separately for flowers or anywhere you would need to add a decorative embellishment.


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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this whole headband:

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

Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Size 10 in Peacock
Aunt Lydia’s Metallic Crochet Size 10 in Gold/Gold
1.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Floral Wire
Stitch Markers
Wire Cutters
Needlenose Pliers
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You can buy any of the items in this kit. Buy all or buy one item. Check it out to see the supplies you can get online to make this project!

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 150 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this headband is 25 inches long, but you can make your braid as long as you’d like!
-It is recommended to use Cotton thread for this project.

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
HDC2TOG: Half Double crochet decrease
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
DTR: Double Treble Crochet

Pattern:

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

Make 8 Leaves:
With Metallic Gold:
Ch 18
Rnd 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next 2 chs, TR in next 2 chs, DTR in next 3 chs, TR in next 2 chs, DC in next 2 chs, HDC in next ch, SC in next, Sl st in last ch, Ch 2, Sl st back in the same ch as last Sl st, continue working on opposite side of foundation chain, SC in next st, HDC in next st, DC in next 2 sts, TR in next 2 sts, DTR in next 3 sts, TR in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in next.
Rnd 2: Add wire and continue working around wire and into the sts. Ch up 1, put 2 SC in each st around.
Fasten off, weave in ends. Cut wire and shape leaf.
(See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Center “Hooks”:
Make 2 in Metallic Gold
Ch 25
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next 2 chs, TR in next 2 chs, 2 DTR in each of the next 3 chs, TR in next 2 chs, DC in next 2 chs, HDC in next 10 chs.
For one of the hooks, turn your work around and add the wire, SC around entire piece.
Fasten off, weave in ends, cut wire, shape your piece.
For the other hook, do not turn your work around, just add the wire and SC around entire piece.
Fasten off, weave in ends, cut wire, shape your piece.

V-Shape:
Ch 31
Row 1: Add wire and work along chain and around the wire. HDC in 2nd ch from hook and in next 13 chs, HDC2TOG, HDC in 14 chs.
Fasten off, cut wire, shape piece in a V-Shape.

Jewel in the center:
Use Peacock Blue
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: [2SC in next st, SC in next] 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)
Add wire for your last round
Rnd 7: [2SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)
Fasten off, weave in ends. Cut wire and shape your piece.

Headband piece:
Make 6
Ch 300, fasten off.

Assembly step:
Braid the headband chains and tie knots on each end.
Sew all the pieces to the headband.
See video tutorial for visual guide.
Use photos as a visual guide.
Weave in the rest of your ends and make it look pretty!

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Watermelon Baby Bib

Crochet Tutorial: Watermelon Baby Bib

This darling bib protects a baby’s outfit from spills and spit- up. This simple design can be changed by leaving off the seed embellishments and doing alternate color combinations. In less than two hours you can create a refreshingly new gift idea! Definitely a sweet accessory to catch all the mess this fruit is sure to make!



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


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

 

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

Red Heart Super Saver in Rouge
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in Glowworm
Red Heart Super Saver in Hunter Green
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Button


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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this bib is 11 inches wide and 8.5 inches long but you can make your straps as long as you’d like!
-The typical circumference of a baby neck is between 10 and 11 inches around.
-It is recommended to use Cotton yarn, but I used Polyester.

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

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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.

Bib:

Ch 22
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (21)

Row 2: 2SC in 1st st, SC in each st until last st, 2SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (23)

Row 3-5: Repeat Row 2 (After Row 5, you should have 29 sts)

Rows 6-26: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (29)

At this point, go on to making the straps.

Right Strap:
Row 1: SC in 12 sts, leave the rest unworked, ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in the rest of the sts on the row, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 3: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (11)
Rows 4-13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have 6 sts (See video tutorial for visual and audio instructions)
Rows 14-20: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 21: SC in 1st 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, SC in last 2 sts. (button hole made), ch 1, turn.
Row 22: SC in 1st 2 sts, 2 SC in ch 2 sp, SC in last 2 sts. (6)
Fasten off, weave in end

Left Strap:
Sk 5 sts on Row 26 of bib, attach yarn
(Working from inside center of bib to edge)
Row 1: SC in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 2: SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 3: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (11)
Rows 4-13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have 6 sts (See video tutorial for visual and audio instructions)
Rows 14-22: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (6)
Do not fasten off. Continue to SC around entire bib.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Ruffle Edge
Attach Green to one side right where the straps start (next to row 26 of the bib)
Row 1: Ch 1, HDC in each st until the other side, do not go all the way around the bib.
Fasten off green, turn work around.
Row 2: Looking at the back side of your work: (Work in FRONT LOOP ONLY on this row only–See video tutorial for visual instructions) With Darker Green, Attach yarn to the FRONT LOOP ONLY, ch up 3, DC in same st, 2 DC In each st across to the end of the green section, ch up 3, turn.
Row 3: Working in BOTH LOOPS, DC in first st, 2 DC in each st to the end.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Bow:
Ch 25
Rnd 1: SC in 1st st to form a ring, and in each ch around, work in continuous rounds
Rnds 2-6: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with really long tail.
Use the long tail to wrap around the center and make a bow.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Seeds: With Black
Make 5 (or as many as you want)
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 3 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Ch 3, 3 more SC in same ch, sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew bow to bib.
Sew Seeds to bib.

 

Enjoy!!


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Crochet Tutorial: Easy Elephant Baby Booties

Crochet Tutorial: Easy Elephant Baby Booties

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




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

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

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

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


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NOTES:

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


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Link to the Past Stocking Cap

Crochet Tutorial: Link to the Past Stocking Cap

As many of you may recall, each year I design, create, and model an EPIC cosplay costume ensemble for Halloween. If you have been following my blog, you remember 2 years ago my Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter Costumes here or last year, The Beauty and The Beast costumes here.

Each year I try to challenge myself to something new. I began my 2017 costumes over the weekend and will release pieces over the next few months just in time for Halloween. Each video tutorial and written pattern will be FREE, and although many patterns will be related to the costume ensemble, several will be great to create on their own!!

One such piece is this Link to Past Stocking Cap. This unique Phrygian Cap is the first in a series of several videos that will be made to complete our costumes as Link and Zelda!! For those who are on my social media, it didn’t take long for the guesses to come in and easily many of you knew immediately what I was in the process of creating.

This design is very versatile. If you are not a fan of the video game or gaming scene, this can be made in any color as just a stocking hat in time for cooler weather. You can even use two tones by making your reverse single crochet stitches in a complimentary color to the hat. Red and White would make a peppermint swirl, or Red and Green would make a cute holiday hat. Removing the side laces and adding a bell on the end of the conical shape would make a darling elfin hat!

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There are many fun ways to explore broadening this pattern to other great creations! For those of you who are on board to see what I create for Halloween, stay tuned for the next several weeks as I reveal more pieces for this EPIC cosplay creation. Nate and I are very excited to share another great costume with our wonderful YARNutopia community!

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

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

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

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Medium Thyme
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Warm Brown
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 250 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 hat I demonstrate is 23 inches around the circumference of the head. The length is about 20 inches long.


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
RSC: Reverse Single Crochet

Pattern:

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

Hat:
Work in BLO for rounds 1-35 and in continuous rounds
With Medium Thyme
Ch 2
Rnd 1: [3 SC, 3 HDC, 3 DC] in 2nd ch from hook. (9)

Rnds 2-5: Working in BLO from here to Round 35, DC in each st around.

Rnd 6: 2 DC in each st around. (18)

Rnds 7-11: DC in each st around. (18)

Rnd 12: [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 9 times. (27)

Rnds 13-16: DC in each st around. (27)

Rnd 17: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 9 times. (36)

Rnds 18-19: DC in each st around. (36)

Rnd 20: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts] 9 times. (45)

Rnds 21-22: DC in each st around
(If you are making an infant hat, make a few more rounds of 45 sts around and then jump to instructions for the end of round 35 and then rounds 36-40)

Rnd 23: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 4 sts] 9 times. (54)

Rnds 24-25: DC in each st around
(If you are making a toddler hat, make a few more rounds of 54 sts around and then jump to instructions for the end of round 35 and then rounds 36-40)

Rnd 26: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 8 sts] 6 times. (60)
(If you are making a Teen/Small Adult hat, make a few more rounds of 60 sts around and then jump to instructions for the end of round 35 and then rounds 36-40)

Rnd 27: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts] 6 times. (66)

Rnds 28-35: DC in each st around
On Round 35, The last 3 sts should be: HDC, HDC, SC

Rnd 36: Work in BOTH LOOPS FOR ROUNDS 36-40, Sl st in first st, ch up 2 (doesn’t count as anything), FPDC on first st, *BPDC on next, FPDC on next, Repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.

Rnds 27-40: Ch up 2, FPDC on first st, *BPDC on next, FPDC on next, Repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Go back to round 35 working in the last stitch that has a FRONT loop free, Start in that spot.
Reverse Single Crochet in the front loops of every stitch spiraling back to the top of the hat. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Lace Tie:
Braid 9 Strands of yarn in an 18 inch strand and lace it up the side. See video tutorial on how to attach. Use photos as guide for placement.

Enjoy!!

~Nadia

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Crochet Tutorial: Great White Shark Hand Puppet

Crochet Tutorial: Great White Shark Hand Puppet

Queue Jaws Theme Song to set the stage for my “Fin-tastic” Great White Shark Hand Puppet!! I tend to get carried away with “waves” of creativity during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week designing and sharing “jaw-some” things shark related. I decided to “sink my teeth” into a great idea and make this fun puppet creation!


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Get creative with these puppets. Children and adults will love the inventive ways to use these puppets that allow imagination to grow!! They provide hours and hours of fun! Make a pair to create shark mittens! There is definitely something fun about walking about in winter with two sharks on your hands! LOL!!

Please check out the new beginning graphic in the video tutorial designed and developed by my brother Nabeel. He and his wife own and operate NFD Graphics. Please hop over to their Facebook page and show them some love! For all your graphic and video/logo design needs be sure to contact them today!
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To learn how to make this puppet, follow along with this video tutorial:

**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.
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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 and tricks!
-Work in Continuous Rounds
-Use a Stitch Marker to mark your rounds

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

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver in Light Gray
Red Heart Super Saver in Red
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
Crochet Hook Size H-5.00mm
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

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Pattern:

Top Jaw: With Gray
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 6: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnds 7-15: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Bottom Jaw: With White
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 5-12: SC in each st around. (24)
Do not fasten off.

For the next rounds, I HIGHLY recommend watching the video tutorial to learn this part. It can get tricky with changing color back and forth so many times.

Next rounds
Attaching the pieces:
Insert stitch marker
Rnd 1: With White, SC in 6 sts, Attach Gray, SC in gray piece only, in 18 sts, change back to white, SC in last 6 sts
Using the gray strand, sew the seam of the mouth closed. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Rnd 2: SC in first 6 sts, Change to Gray, SC in 18 sts on the gray piece, Change to White, SC in last 6 sts.
Rnds 3-15: Repeat Round 2 for however long you want to make the sleeve part.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.
See video tutorial to learn how to cut and sew in all the ends.

Dorsal fin:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6: SC in each st around.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Red Mouth Insert:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
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: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Pectoral Fins:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 5-6: SC in each st around. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Teeth: Make 2 sets
With White
Ch 33
Row 1: *SC in 2nd Ch from hook, HDC in next, Sk 2 chs, Sl st in next, Ch 3, repeat from * across. Sl st in last ch, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eyes: With black:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook

Assembly:
Sew fins, Mouth, Teeth, and eyes to puppet. See video tutorial for visual guide and use photos for location.

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
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WIP in Hand: To Commit or To Quit?

When we were children, my two older brothers and I were given many opportunities to try out any extracurricular activities we wanted. My parents’ rules were, if we decided to try something new, we couldn’t quit the entire season. We had to stick it out even if we didn’t like it. We NEVER had to go out for it or try it again if we hated it, but once we joined, we had to finish. It was a lesson in not giving up, not quitting, not letting your teammates down, and a whole lot of life lessons bottled up in that one rule. It was good and bad. Good because I found out that I enjoyed being part of the chess club and became the chess club president, but bad when I realized my athleticism consists of how hard it is to dodge a volleyball coming straight for my face. Yeah, that smarts.


My mother is an avid reader. On average she is able to read three books a week. She told me long ago that when she decides to read a book she has a rule; once you commit, finish it. Even if it’s challenging, once you begin, don’t stop until the end. That rule, again.

I am to crochet, what my mother is to books. Crochet is my passion, my delight, my respite and relaxation from the crazy chaos of life, but my threshold for commitment has yet to reach the standard of sticking it out no matter what on each project I begin. I have a half dozen WIPs (Work in Progress) as we speak, maybe more, all unfinished and no definitive plan to finish. I need to re-learn that rule to commit and finish, but my attention span is different with crochet, and it isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is walk away and leave a project alone for a little while…or a long while.


Several years ago, I purchased beautiful wool. I had begun to make lovely granny squares with the intent to put them together for a blanket; this was BEFORE I started the 365 Days of Granny Squares Project. Those early squares are still waiting in a basket to be made into that beautiful throw I always planned to get to.


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I started a butterfly project a month ago, it sits in a bag unfinished because I didn’t like the shape of the thorax and it was frustrating to frog and change it over and over so I tucked it away for an “I will revisit this someday” project.


As I sort through my crochet and craft area, preparing to transfer several things to my new home, I am surprised by how many projects I have stumbled across that I have yet to finish. A partially finished cowl, a graphgan, a cute start to a hat, a baby blanket in its early stages. What in the world was I thinking?! It’s a bit sad really, I have a great beginning but no ending to these lovely pieces that sit in boxes waiting to be brought back to life.

I have resolved to get to work on finishing what I started, to revive that rule. Maybe now is the time that each project can be brought back with the potential that was always there, it just took this time to realize it! The future is bright for those lost works in progress! My work is cut out for me, but a stockpile of great material awaits our YARNutopia community! I see lots of tutorial and pattern potential!

I know I am not alone when I say I have a few projects left unfinished. Are you that “commit and don’t quit” crochet artist? Or are you the one who has your works in progress on hold to revisit someday? Share here on your strategy on tackling your long lost WIPs (Work in Progress)!

~Nadia


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Shark Week Crochet Round-Up

Shark Week Crochet Round-Up

Shark week 2017 starts now! What better way to DIVE in than with a great round-up blog just SWIMMING with some great shark crochet patterns? HOOK yourself a great new project that is sure to make a few JAWS drop! There’s an OCEAN of possibilities for gift giving ideas in this one great place. So FISH out your favorite yarn and get ready for a FIN-tastic week of patterns you can really sink your TEETH into.

Ok, I know, I know, I get carried away with the puns!! I promise I am at the TAIL end of them. Seriously. Last one. Have a great Shark Week everyone!

Click the links or the photo to take you to each pattern.

Adult Shark Blanket
YARNutopia

 

Crochet Shark Amigurumi
One Dog Woof

Hammerhead Shark Free Crochet Pattern
Spin a Yarn Crochet

Shark Bag
YARNutopia

Shark Puppet Scrubby
Red Heart Yarns

Great White Shark Hand Puppet
YARNutopia

Below are some fabulous Shark crochet patterns for sale!

Shaaark Hooded Scarf
Snappy Tots

 

Shark Hat
Snappy Tots

Below there’s BONUS Under Water crochet patterns!

Mermaid Tail Afghan Pattern—3 Sizes
YARNutopia

Fish Amigurumi
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Mermaid Outfit For a Baby
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Crochet Tutorial: How to Crochet a Mandala in an Embroidery Hoop

Crochet Tutorial: How to Crochet a Mandala in an Embroidery Hoop

Over the past couple of years I have collected embroidery hoops and used them for crochet mandala wall art. In today’s blog, I will demonstrate how to make this mandala hoop art for your very own! Start your day with coffee or chai, and crochet!

Lately, I’ve been fascinated making mandala art. I made a mandala for a table covering, and here is my Spring Sun Mandala Vest. It’s no surprise that I made more mandalas in hoops to decorate my wall.

Not all designs on my wall are mine. I used patterns like Sophie’s Universe and some designs from A Creative Being (Marinke Slump) to complete this arrangement. My wall is not complete and there is room to grow! I see more mandala art in our crochet future!

Turn your Mandala into a dreamcatcher!

Here is a color resource and information about Mandalas for guidance when creating yours.

“RED for strength, high energy and passion
PINK for love, intuition and the feminine
ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition
YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness
GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring
BLUE for emotional healding, inner peace and meditation
PURPLE for all things spiritual
WHITE for spiritual focus
BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality”

Please check out the new beginning graphic in the video tutorial designed and developed by my brother Nabeel. He and his wife own and operate NFD Graphics. Please hop over to their Facebook page and show them some love! For all your graphic and video/logo design needs be sure to contact them today!
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Follow along with this video tutorial to make this mandala:

**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
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.
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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-This is a scrap yarn project
-This is for a 10 Inch Embroidery Hoop

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

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver in Berry
Red Heart Super Saver Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver in Flamingo
Red Heart Super Saver in Dark Orchid
Red Heart Super Saver in Jade
Red Heart Super Saver in Pool
Red Heart Super Saver in Gold
Crochet Hook Size H-5.00mm
Embroidery Hoop (10”)
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
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
DTR: Double Treble Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
BPTR: Back Post Treble Crochet
ETR: Extended Treble Crochet

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Pattern:

Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 15 DC in Ring, sl st to first ch up 3. (16 sts)
Rnd 2: In any st, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 3, Sk 1 st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Ch 3 sps)
Rnd 3: Sl st into Ch 3 sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, DC, TR, DC, HDC, SC] in each ch 3 sp, sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach Yarn to Back Post of any TR, BPHDC around every stitch around, Sl st to first BPHDC.
Rnd 5: In Any Stitch: BLO, Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in each st around working in BLO, sl st to beg ch up 3.  Fasten off.
Rnd 6: Start in the Stitch to the left of the stitch that’s worked into the stitch of the TR of round 3, Work a FPDC around the stitch, BPDC around the next st, [FPDC around the next st, BPDC around the next st] 2 more times, *ETR in TR from Rnd 3, [FPDC around next st, BPDC around next st] 3 times, repeat from * around. Sl st to first FPDC. Fasten off
Rnd 7: Starting in an ETR, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 8, SC in next st, Repeat from * around. (8 Ch 8 sps)
Rnd 8: Sl st into Ch 8 Sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, DC, HDC, TR, DTR, TR, HDC, DC, HDC, SC] in each ch 8 sp around, sl st to first SC. Fasten off.
Rnd 9:  Attach to a BACK POST of any DTR, *BPSC around DTR, BPHDC around next st, BPDC around next 3 sts, BPTR around next 2 sts, BPDC around next 3 sts, BPHDC around next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first BPSC,
You can either fasten off or continue to crochet around the embroidery hoop and the mandala.
See video tutorial for visual instructions

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
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Crochet Tutorial: Flamingo Feet Baby Booties

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 200 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for these booties are 5 inches (13 cm) long and will fit a 6 month old baby. (find other sole measurements here)
-Use a basic Slipper or Bootie pattern in any size and then follow along with the crocodile stitch sides and the head/neck of this pattern to make these in any size. I do not have stitch counts for larger sizes in this pattern.
-I found a great pattern by HodgePodge Crochet for adult sizes on the slipper! Find it here! Then follow along with the Feather Sides and Embellishments of my pattern for the bird design!


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease

Pattern:

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

Slippers: Make 2 of everything

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Row 7-10: Repeat Rows 3-6

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BONUS!!!!

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

Sole: With White
Repeat the same Sole as the Flamingo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weave in any extra ends.

Enjoy!!

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


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Crochet Tutorial: Star Stitches and Stripes Chunky Blanket

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

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Please check out the new beginning graphic designed and developed by my brother Nabeel. He and his wife own and operate NFD Graphics. Please hop over to their Facebook page and show them some love! For all your graphic and video/logo design needs be sure to contact them today!
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Follow along with this video tutorial to make this blanket:

**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.
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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need 966 Yards of yarn for this whole project.
-You can use any type of Worsted Weight, Aran, or Bulky yarn to crochet this blanket
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

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

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

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

Pattern:

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Pattern:

Ch 75 or any multiple of 2 +1

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

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

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

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

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


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Yarn Pop Bag Review

Recently YarnPop.com shared with me a couple of their product yarn bags. In exchange for the bags, I was to use them and share my opinion on how I like them. I have been carrying them around town for the past few weeks with all my projects giving them a good breaking in. I have come to one major conclusion..I love them! Here is my product review.

The small Double Decade Bag is a small bag with double grommet openings on the front where yarn can be threaded through. This convenient feature allows a crocheter or knitter the ease of working on a project while keeping your yarn skeins stored away. This small bag is perfect for little projects. The nice thing is this size bag is easily stored in larger bags for on the go such as a diaper bag, suitcase, large handbag etc. This allows you to omit carrying multiple bags or stuffing your yarn supplies in a bag for which it is not intended. These tiny bags keep everything in one easy-to-use place.

The second bag in this review is the Totable Zoom Zoom Bag. For myself, this bag has all the features I love in a yarn bag. The durable construction of this canvas bag allows you to hold everything needed to take your projects on the go! Multiple pockets on the inside keep three skeins of yarn separated and organized for your multi-skein projects. This bag has three grommet holes to keep those skeins organized as you work on your projects. Your Work-in-Progress can be brought back into the large part of the bag and stored. These Made in The USA bags are not only sturdy, but their pattern designs are a great statement with bold color and patterns. There is a soft cotton lining on the inside and this bag has so much room for all your crochet and knit supplies.

Take these bags anywhere with their portable features. The Totable Zoom Zoom has a fantastic adjustable shoulder strap that can be changed as a shoulder bag to a tote. No matter where you go, you are sure to make a statement with these great bags. Personally, I have received several comments and compliments on mine everywhere I go!

For all my YARNutopians who are interested in checking these bags out further, Yarn Pop has an exclusive offer for you! If you are interested in these great products. Go to their website and at checkout, use discount code NADIA25 to receive your 25% off your purchase. This is a great discount for anyone wanting to give these a try and save a few dollars doing so. They have international shipping available as well as several payment options.


I love a good yarn bag as I am rarely without a project in hand, these YarnPop bags are an awesome accessory to anyone who, like me, takes their crochet EVERYWHERE!

~Nadia

Woven in My DNA

I am often asked, “How did you learn to crochet”? My go to answer has always been the same, my mom gave me a skein of yarn and a hook during one of my hospital stays and from there, with her help and the help of other YouTube and internet crochet artists, I learned to hone my skills. If I wanted to dig deeper into this question, I would say that maybe, just maybe, this fine art of crochet is part of my early genetics and ancestry!

A family history lesson

When I was young, I had a class assignment to write about my genealogy. I remember at that time, my paternal grandparents were visiting us in the United States from Lahore, Pakistan. I recall sitting with my grandfather as he shared with me the tales of our family members and generations before me. He had instilled in me a deep appreciation for our rich family heritage and we often conversed about our family lineage and how steeped in history our family roots ran. He shared things like in his village of Jalalpur Jattan, which is now in Pakistan (before the split of Pakistan and India), my great-grandfather Dr. Imam Ud Din (Born in the 1870s) came from a long line of weavers and tapestry artists; their skills were sought after by all the villagers and beyond.

 

They made textiles, tapestry, and blankets made from weaving wool called thussas. Several other family members were also gifted in this craft. To this day, our village and family are recognized for their legendary skill.  Along with my paternal great grandparents, many other family members were also very skilled in sewing, crochet, and knitting. These fiber art talents were passed on from generation to generation.

Here is a photo of my Great Grandparents:

This is another vintage photo of one of my family members as she works on a beautiful tapestry piece:

This is my Great Aunt who was known for her exceptional quilting skills:

My dad has mentioned often how wonderfully gifted his sisters are in these areas as well. I even found photos of my great grandfather weaving together the ropes on an outdoor lounge bed called a charpai. He even took time out of his busy life as a doctor to participate in this activity.

Coupled with the fact that my paternal side of our family was so gifted, on my maternal side of the family, my great grandmother Rose also had an incredible talent for crochet which is carried over through my mom and Aunt Gail, it was easy to deduce that I possibly inherited a wee bit of their skills. It is fun to imagine that I could be the bearer of these gifts and hope to continue to pass these talents on, not only here in this global arena, but to my own children someday. I am thankful to be a part of such talent on both my paternal and maternal sides of my family!

Centuries old

I have read that crochet has been around since the early 16th century and some proclaim even earlier. This had me thinking of the earliest history of crochet and how many generations ago these skills were truly used for survival. I found an interesting blog on the Crochet Guild of America Website giving insight into the history of this craft.

We have all learned from someone or somewhere. Whether this art-form was passed on to us from generations that came before us, or if we learned from the latest technology provided to us from online crochet artists or teachers, it continues to survive and thrive. I have deep respect for those who came before us that created such remarkable pieces of crochet artistry without the help of YouTube or Ravelry yet. I thank my lucky stars for having those resources today! It is truly remarkable that after all these years, decades, and centuries that the love for crochet is never-ending! Knowing my personal history, I believe these skills have been woven into my DNA.

Where did your love of crochet come from? Who was your first teacher? Share in the comments section!!

~Nadia

Getting into the Crochet Zone: My Crochet Playlist

Getting into the Crochet Zone: My Crochet Playlist

Crochet is probably the most relaxing and meditative tasks I participate in on a daily basis. As an online blogger and YouTuber, it is part of my routine to design, create, film, and teach crochet. In order to truly find my zone and get a project complete, several factors have to align for my crochet day to be as productive as possible.

Quiet please, I’m counting!

It is no secret that concentration is a must as we crochet and create. Counting our stitches can be made more difficult if we are surrounded by distractions. I have come to a point where I am pretty good at multi-tasking, so even if there is a flurry of activity around me, I am still able to focus and count. One of the main factors that helps put me in my “zone” is music.

Having some type of background noise has been very conducive to my productivity. I notice that it has become almost more difficult to have complete silence while I create versus having some type of music or noise going on. Oftentimes, even as I travel, I carry my device with earbuds so I can have music on the go. This is an integral part of my creative process.

Music for every mood

The following is my crochet playlist for any mood that suits me.

If it’s a rainy or lazy day, and there is no pressure to finish a project my favorite artists to listen to are:
1. Billie Holiday (I’ll Be Seeing You and God Bless the Child are two of my faves!)
2. Whitney Houston (I Have Nothing and I Will Always Love You are two of my faves!)
3. Frank Ocean (The Entire Channel Orange album and Solo on the Blond Album are my favorites!)

If it is a day packed full of work and the pressure is on to finish my projects, my favorite artists to listen to are:
1. Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk and That’s What I Like are my faves right now)
2. Drake (Fake Love, One Dance, Hotline Bling, and Work with Rihanna are my faves)
3. Beyonce (Run the World, Formation, Flawless, and Baby Boy are just a few of my favorites, but she’s the best!)
4. Jason Derulo (Whatcha Say, Trumpets, Ridin’ Solo, and In my Head are some fast tunes)

 

Songs for crocheting in the car: #RoadTrip
1. Juicy by Biggie Smalls
2. Coffee by Miguel
3. And I am Telling You by Jennifer Holliday
4. Can’t Believe It by T-Pain
5. Words I Never Said by Lupe Fiasco
6. Have you Ever Seen the Rain by CCR

When I am filming video tutorials and go off camera to complete a section of the pattern before filming again, I turn music on and my go-to artists are:
1. Kendrick Lamar
2. Adele
3. Rihanna
4. The Weeknd
5. Amy Winehouse
6. Mike Posner
7. G-Eazy
8. Michael Jackson

Everyone is different

Everyone has a different taste in music style, or may enjoy a different background noise; others may prefer to work in peaceful silence. Whatever the case, it is all about making our environment as enjoyable as we can to do what we love!

Share how you enjoy your time crocheting. What makes you the most productive as you create? Do you have favorite music that puts you right into your “zone”? Share songs so I can add more to my playlist!!

Crochet Tutorial: New Beginnings Afghan Block

Crochet Tutorial: New Beginnings Afghan Block

I am a big fan of doing DIY projects and re-purposing or reusing items and breathing new life into something old making it new again. I found this ratty avocado green velvet and tweed ottoman at a garage sale for $1.00. Most people would consider this a piece of junk but to me, I saw so much potential! I brought it home and got to work at designing something that I could cover it with.

Nate and I are in the process of buying a house, and soon we will be moving in and making it a home. Although I plan to live with my parents until our wedding, I will be back and forth between our cities busy getting our home prepared for the two of us to spend our future! I decided to use this ottoman for my first DIY project for our new home.

To make it a perfect square in height and width, I needed to add feet. I glued and then screwed four blocks of wood to the bottom of this piece.

Then, I covered the entire piece in quilt batting to give it some cushion as well as making the entire piece consistent in color hiding all the hideous green.

Once finished, I designed The New Beginnings Afghan Block and replicated and sewed together 5 squares for this slipcover. I named it New Beginnings because that is symbolic of this time in our life…

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials:

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Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Warm Brown
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Buff
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Frosty Green
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Coffee
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Flamingo
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Gold
Red Heart Super saver Yarn in Redwood
Measuring Tape
G-4.25mm 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 14 inches.
-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
TR: Treble Crochet (YO twice)
Beg. Popcorn: ch up 3, 3 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Popcorn: 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
FPDTR2TOG: Front Post Double Treble 2 Stitches Together
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPTR: Back Post Treble Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet

Pattern:

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Start with Warm Brown:
Ch 4, sl st to beginning to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), 15 DC in ring, sl st to ch up 3. (16 sts)

Rnd 2: With Frosty Green, In any st, Ch up 3, Beg. Popcorn in same st, ch 2, * sk next st, Popcorn st in the next st, Ch 2, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. Popcorn st. (8 popcorn sts, 8 ch 2 sps)

Rnd 3: With Warm Brown, In any ch 2 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *EDC in Sk’d st from Rnd 1, SC in same ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Sk popcorn st, SC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. (16 SC, 8 EDC)

Rnd 4: With Redwood, In any ch 1 sp, Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, * SC in next EDC, 5 DC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch up 3. (8 shells, 8 SC)

Rnd 5: With Buff, BPSC around any SC, *BPSC around next 2 sts, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPSC around next sc, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. (32 BPDC, 8 BPSC, 8 CH 2 sps)

Rnd 6: With Coffee, In 1st BPDC after a V-Stitch, Ch up 3, DC in next 4 sts, * Ch 2, Sk [DC, Ch2, DC], DC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3. (40 DC, 8 Ch 2 sps)

Rnd 7: With Gold, In ch 2 sp from Rnd 5 (Work in front of Ch 2 sps from round 6), Ch up 3, [2DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in same ch 2 sp, *BPDC on next 5 sts on round 6, [3DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in next ch 2 sp of Rnd 5, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch up 3. (88 sts, 8 ch 2 sps)

Rnd 8: With Buff, Start in ch 2 sp from Round 6. Ch up 3, 3 DC in same sp, *FPTR around next DC from Round 5, sk 1st BPDC, DC in next st, [DC, TR, Ch 2, TR, DC] in next st, DC in next st, Sk next BPDC, FPTR around DC from Round 5, 4 DC in next ch 2 sp from round 6, repeat from * around. Sl st to Ch up 3. (80 DCs, 16 FPTR)
If that round is confusing, please see video tutorial for visual instructions.

Rnd 9: With Flamingo, In any ch 2 sp: Ch up 1, *3 SC in ch 2 sp, BPSC on next st, BPHDC on next st, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPTR on next 4 sts, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPHDC on next st, BPSC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first sc. (120 sts)

Rnd 10: With Warm Brown, Start in 1st SC of a 3 sc grouping in a ch 2 sp, Ch up 1, SC in 1st 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, *SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st SC. (120 sts)

Rnd 11: With Buff, Working in BLO, Start in a 1st SC of a 3 SC grouping (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch up 1, SC in 9 sts, *FPDTR2TOG on FPTR from Round 8 and next FPTR from Round 8, SC in next 15 sts, repeat from * around, end with SC in last 6 sts, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 12: With Redwood, work in both loops, start in any st, Ch up 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 13: With Frosty Green, Start in 8th St from FPDTR2TOG st, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, *DC in next 8 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, SC in next 7 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, DC in next 8 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 14: With Coffee, In any ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, *BPDC on next 10 sts, BPHDC on next 4 sts, BPSC on next 7 sts, BPHDC on next 4 sts, BPDC on next 10 sts, 5 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 15: With Gold, Start in Middle DC of corner, Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *DC in each st until middle DC of next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in middle DC, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3.

Rnd 16: With Buff, start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 17: With Flamingo: start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.

Rnd 18: With Coffee: start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

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Crochet Tutorial: Roly Poly Panda Quilt

Crochet Tutorial: Roly Poly Panda Quilt

Searching for inspiration on a new project practically fell into my lap recently! I ran across a wall hanging/quilt project that popped up on my news feed on Facebook of a Fabric Panda Blanket. I was fixated on it and took a screenshot with the idea that I could somehow replicate it using all crochet. The cute peeking pandas pop right out on this blanket and add a touch of whimsy!!

The shape in the quilting world that was used for the original pieces was called the clam-shell. Seeing that replicating the clam-shell shape was going to be a bit of a challenge in crochet that I didn’t want to take on, I decided to create this project using all full circles and half circles.

Picking out my color palette was my second challenge as the template that I was working off of used many shades of printed fabric. How would I achieve a look similar without it looking too busy? I decided to stick with solids on all the shapes however; a variegated yarn might add some fun texture to this piece. Really anything goes!

After counting out all the pieces needed and arranging the color palette, it was a simple repeat project from there. Just crochet 49 full circles and 22 half circles. I made my original circles approximately six inches across, but feel free to make them larger for a more sizable piece. You can also use the same size circles, just multiply to make it larger if you are going for a bigger blanket. Like I said earlier, anything goes!

Below, find the video tutorial and written pattern for your convenience. I love how this turned out and it can be a darling accent hung on a wall in a nursery or child’s room or used as the quilt it was intended. Also, with a few minor adjustments and a little handy artistry, you could add a stalk of bamboo or change these pandas to emojis, puppies, kitties, silly monsters, or any other fun and whimsical character! Let your imagination run wild! Have fun and be sure to share your work here on Facebook when your project is complete!


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Follow along with this video tutorial to make this panda quilt:

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need 1100 Yards of yarn for this whole project.
-My blanket is 32 inches (82 cm) by 37 inches (94 cm)
-You can use any type of Worsted Weight, Aran, or Bulky yarn to crochet this blanket
-Scroll down to see Materials Section for Color Numbers and See written pattern for how many of each Circle and Half Circle you will need.
-My suggestion would be to not use a dark tone behind the panda ears. As you can see, the ears don’t show up really well in front of the Soft Navy yarn. A brighter color may have been better in that location.
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

Here is the pattern I gained inspiration for this project.

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Materials:
Color Number 1: Red Heart With Love Jadeite
Color Number 2: Red Heart Super Saver Delft Blue
Color Number 3: Red Heart Super Saver Carrot
Color Number 4: Red Heart Super Saver Charcoal
Color Number 5: Red Heart Super Saver Frosty Green
Color Number 6: Red Heart Super Saver White (Pandas!)
Color Number 7: Red Heart Super Saver Medium Thyme
Color Number 8: Red Heart Super Saver Pool
Color Number 9: Red Heart Super Saver Soft Navy
Color Number 10: Red Heart Super Saver Gold
Color Number 11: Red Heart Super Saver Flamingo
Color Number 12: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Polo Stripe
Color Number 13: (Main Color) Red Heart Super Saver Turqua
Color Number 14: Red Heart Super Saver Black
Stitch Marker
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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

Pattern:

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


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Pattern:

Color Number 1: Red Heart With Love Jadeite
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 2: Red Heart Super Saver Delft Blue
Make 2 Full Circles and 2 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 3: Red Heart Super Saver Carrot
Make 2 Full Circles and 2 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 4: Red Heart Super Saver Charcoal
Make 2 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 5: Red Heart Super Saver Frosty Green
Make 2 Full Circles and 2 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 6: Red Heart Super Saver White (Pandas!)
Make 7 Full Circles in this color

Color Number 7: Red Heart Super Saver Medium Thyme
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 8: Red Heart Super Saver Pool
Make 3 Full Circles in this color

Color Number 9: Red Heart Super Saver Soft Navy
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 10: Red Heart Super Saver Gold
Make 3 Full Circles in this color

Color Number 11: Red Heart Super Saver Flamingo
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 12: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Polo Stripe
Make 2 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 13: (Main Color) Red Heart Super Saver Turqua
Make 14 Full Circles and 10 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 14: Red Heart Super Saver Black
Use black for panda accessories

Full Circles:
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 10 DC in 3rd Ch from hook, sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (10)
Rnd 2: 2 DC in each st around, sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (20)
Rnd 3: [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 10 times, Sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (30)
Rnd 4: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 10 times, Sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (40)
Rnd 5: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts] 10 times, Sl st to first DC. (50)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Half Circles:
Ch 3
Row 1: 5 DC in 3rd Ch from hook, ch2, turn. (5)
Row 2: 2 DC in each st across, ch 2, turn. (10)
Row 3: [2DC in next st, DC in next st] 5 times, ch 2, turn. (15)
Row 4: [2DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 5 times, ch 2, turn. (20)
Row 5: [2DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts] 5 times. (25)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew all your pieces together starting from the top down. Use the photo below as a layout guide. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Panda Features:
Ears: Make 14
With Black 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 3-4: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eye Patches: Make 14
With Black
Ch 4
Row 1: 2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next ch, 2 SC in last ch, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 2: SC across, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 3: HDC in first 2 sts, Sl st in next st, HDC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: SC in first 2 sts, sk sl st, SC in last 2 sts and continue to SC around entire piece.
See video tutorial for visual instructions on last row.

White part of eyes:
You can embroider a lot of the eyes, but the white part is:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)

Assembly step:
Sew panda ears and eyes to white panda circles
Embroider nose and mouth on each one.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.


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Border:
Using Black: SC around entire blanket putting 3 SC in corners.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

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

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

Choices and Consequences

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

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

Things Take Time

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

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

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

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


Onward and Upward

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

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

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

 

Crochet Tutorial: Spike the T-Rex Dinosaur Amigurumi

I often receive requests to do specific tutorials. My to-do list is always growing. Once in a while I get a suggestion that makes me stop everything and move that special request to the very top of my list. I was asked a short time ago to design and film a dinosaur for a little boy battling cancer. Since my videos have easy to follow instructions, a YARNutopia follower wanted to make one of their own to gift it to this special young man.

Spike the T-Rex Dinosaur is my latest amigurumi design that I hope is just the right creation to bring a smile to a sweet boy’s face and know that he has this fierce cuddly buddy to help him through a very tough time! Sending lots of love and good vibes out into the universe to all!
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this dinosaur:

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

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

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pool
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black
G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Polyfil

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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this dinosaur is 12 inches tall and 12 inches from front to back of tail
-Work in continuous rounds and in the Back Loop Only unless specified

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


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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.

Head: With Spring Green, Work in BLO and 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)
Rnds 7-9: SC in each st around. (36)
Rnd 10: [2SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 3 times, SC in last 18 sts. (39)
Rnd 11: [2SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts] 3 times, SC in last 18 sts. (42)
Rnd 12:  [2SC in next st, SC in next 7 sts] 2 times, 2 SC in next st, Sl st in last 25 sts. (45)
Rnd 13: SC in 20 sts, Sl st in 25 sts. (45)
Rnd 14: Repeat Round 13
Rnds 15-18: SC in each st around. (45)
Rnd 19: SC in 32 sts, SC2TOG, SC in 11 sts. (44)
Rnd 20: SC in 20 sts, [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (38)
Rnd 21: SC in 20 sts, [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (32)
Rnd 22: SC in 20 sts, SC2TOG, SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG. (30)
Rnd 23-24: SC in each st around.
Rnd 25: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Stuff the head
Rnd 26: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 27: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff the head one last time.
Rnd 28: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
SC 1st and 4th St together to close hole. Fasten off, weave in end.

Body: With Spring Green, work in BLO and 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: [2SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)
Rnd 8: [2SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts] 6 times. (48)
Rnd 9-20: SC in each st around. (48)
Rnd 21: SC2TOG, SC in the rest of the sts around. (47)
Rnd 22-26: Repeat Round 21 (You will be decreasing 1 st each round, so Round 22: 46 sts, Round 23: 45 sts, Round 24: 44 sts, Round 25: 43 sts, Round 26: 42 sts)
Rnd 27: [SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnd 28: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 29: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 30: SC in each st around. (24)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew body to head

Tail: With Spring Green, Work in BLO and continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: 2SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts around.
Rnds 4-20: Repeat Round 3 until you have 24 sts. (Round 4: 8 sts, Round 5: 9 sts, Round 6: 10 sts and so on)
Rnd 21-22: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 23: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Stuff tail and sew it to body.

Spikes: Make 3 in Pool, Work in BLO and continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: 2SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6: SC in each st around. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew spikes to top head.

Eyes: Make 2 With White, Work in Both Loops and in continuous Rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

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

Assembly step:
Sew black pupil to white of eye, sew to dinosaur head.
Embroider nose, using video tutorial for visual instructions

Eyelids: With Spring Green, Make 2
Row 1: Ch 2, 3 SC in 2nd ch from hook, Ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: 2 SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 4: SC in each st across. (9)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew eyelids right above eyes.

Arms: Make 2 with Pool, working in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnds 3-7: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Lightly stuff arms and sew to front of dinosaur

Legs: Make 2 with Pool working in BLO and 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)
Rnds 4-10: SC in each st around. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Lightly Stuff Legs and sew to body, using photos as a visual guide.
Weave in the rest of your ends.

Enjoy!!
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Crochet Tutorial: Geometric Arrow Coasters

Crochet Tutorial: Geometric Arrow Coasters

Need a creative yet quick and easy gift idea for Father’s Day? These Geometric Arrow Coasters are just the project for you!! Whip this set up in an afternoon. Perfectly paired with a great mug or any beverage glasses, these coasters are a nice way to show Dad how much you care. An accent for the home and a great way help protect the tabletop.

These coasters can be made for anyone, anytime! Make these for your own home or as a gift for anyone!! Change colors to match decor. They really are a nice touch to a dinner party or table setting!


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Follow along with this video tutorial to make these coasters:

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

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

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Buff
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Soft Navy
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Carrot
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Redwood
G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors


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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 40 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for these coasters are 4 inches
-Use this awesome guide to learn Graph Pattern Designs
-This pattern does not have a graph available. I just have the written instructions
-I recommend to drop the yarn in the back and not trail it under your stitches when changing color, you won’t see it under your stitches then. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

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


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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.

Coaster:

Ch 2
Row 1: With Blue, SC in 2nd Ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (1)

Row 2: With Blue, 3SC in 1st st, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 3: With Blue, 2SC in 1st st, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 4: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in next st, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 5: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, 3 SC in next st, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 6: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, 2 SC in next st, SC in next st, 2 SC in next st, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 7: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in next 5 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 8: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Carrot, SC in next st, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 9: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Carrot, 3 SC in next st, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (11)

Row 10: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Carrot, 2 SC in next st, SC in next st, 2 SC in next st, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (13)

Row 11: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Carrot, SC in next 5 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (13)

Row 12: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Carrot, 2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 st, 2 SC in next st, Change to Redwood, SC in 2 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (15)
Continue to SC Down Side of Triangle Shape with Blue, and up the other side of the Triangle. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

With Buff Working down the side of the triangle
Row 1: SC in 13 sts, Ch 1, turn. (13)
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 3-4 Repeat Row 2 until you have 7 sts left. Pull up loop and work the other side of the triangle with a new ball of yarn.

Other side of triangle:
Row 1: SC in 13 sts, Ch 1, turn. (13)
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 3-4 Repeat Row 2 until you have 7 sts left.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Go back to other side and Continue to SC around entire coaster. Use Surface Crochet to outline each Triangular shape. (See video tutorial on how to do that)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Enjoy!!
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Crochet Tutorial: The Blue Whale Baby Bib

Crochet Tutorial: The Blue Whale Baby Bib

Save those cute outfits and protect the front of your baby’s clothing with The Blue Whale Baby Bib! This cotton bib uses a graphing technique to create this fun aquatic themed infant accessory! This would be cute in any combination of pastel colors! Makes a great gift for boys and girls!!

Whether you create this for your own little one or for someone special, this is perfect for baby showers, celebration of birth, or just to fill a need when you have a newborn. This bib will be a great addition to any layette!


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

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

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% Cotton Yarn in Blueberry
Lily Sugar and Cream 100% Cotton Yarn in Baby Ombre
H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Button

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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 120 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this bib is 9 inches wide and 8 inches long but you can make your straps as long as you’d like!
-The typical circumference of a baby neck is between 10 and 11 inches around.
-Use this awesome guide to learn Graph Pattern Designs
-This pattern does not have a graph available. I just have the written instructions
-I recommend to drop the yarn in the back and not trail it under your stitches when changing color, you won’t see it under your stitches then. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

 

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
TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern:

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

Bib:

Start with Blue
Ch 22
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (21)

Row 2: 2SC in 1st st, SC in each st until last st, 2SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (23)

Row 3-5: Repeat Row 2 (After Row 5, you should have 29 sts)

Rows 6-11: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (29)

Row 12: With Blue, continue to SC in 23 sts, Change to White, SC in 3 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 3 sts, Ch 1, turn.

Row 13: With Blue, SC in 4 sts, Change to White, SC in 5 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 19 sts, Change to White, SC in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 14: With White, SC in 1st st, Change to Blue, SC in 19 sts, Change to White, SC in 6 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 3 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 15: With Blue, SC in 3 sts, Change to White, SC in 7 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 18 sts, Change to White, SC in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 16: With White, SC in 1st st, Change to Blue, SC in 18 sts, Change to White, SC in 7 sts, Change to Blue, SC in last 3 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 17: With Blue, SC in 4 sts, Change to White, SC in 7 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 17 sts, Change to White, SC in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 18: With White, SC in 2 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 16 sts, Change to White, SC in 5 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 6 sts, Ch 1, turn.

Row 19: With Blue, SC in 7 sts, Change to White, SC in 5 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 15 sts, Change to White, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 20: With White, SC in 3 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 14 sts, Change to White, SC in 4 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 8 sts, Ch 1, turn.

Row 21: With Blue, SC in 8 sts, Change to White, SC in 5 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 12 sts, Change to White, SC in last 4 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 22: With White, SC in 5 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 10 sts, Change to White, SC in 5 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 9 sts, Ch 1, turn.

Row 23: With Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to White, SC in 2 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 5 sts, Change to White, SC in 6 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 8 sts, Change to White, SC in last 6 sts ch 1, turn.

Row 24: With White, SC in 7 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 6 sts, Change to White, SC in 7 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 5 sts, Change to White, SC in last 4 sts, Ch 1, turn.

Row 25: With White, SC in 6 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 3 sts, Change to White, SC in last 20 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 26: With White, SC in 20 sts, Change to Blue, SC in 2 sts, Change to White, SC in last 7 sts, ch 1, turn.

Rows 27-32: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (29)
You can continue SC Rows until your bib is as long as you need it to be. End on an Even Numbered row.

At this point, go on to making the straps.

Right Strap:
Row 1: SC in 12 sts, leave the rest unworked, ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in the rest of the sts on the row, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 3: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (11)
Rows 4-13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have 6 sts (See video tutorial for visual and audio instructions)
Rows 14-19: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 20: SC in 2 sts, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, SC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (Button hole made)
Row 21: SC in each st and each ch across.
Fasten off, weave in end

Left Strap:
Sk 5 sts on Row 32 of bib, attach yarn
(Working from inside center of bib to edge)
Row 1: SC in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 2: SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 3: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (11)
Rows 4-13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have 6 sts (See video tutorial for visual and audio instructions)
Rows 14-20: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (6)
Do not fasten off

Continue to SC around entire piece, change color where blue portion starts and then pick back up with white. (SEE VIDEO TUTORIAL TO SEE WHERE TO START AND STOP COLOR CHANGES)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Tail fin:
Ch 22
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next 2 Chs, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in next 3 chs, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next 2 chs, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, [Sl st, ch 2, Sl st] in last ch, working on opposite side of foundation ch: SC in next st, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next 2 sts, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in next 3 sts, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next 2 sts, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in last, ch 2, sl st to first sl st. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew tail fin to bib using photos as a visual guide.
Sew button on Strap opposite to button hole.

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

Splashes:
Small Splash:
Ch 2, 3 SC in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, 3 more SC in same ch, sl st to first SC, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Larger Splash:
Make 2
Ch 2, 3 HDC in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, 3 more HDC in same ch, sl st to first HDC, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew eye and splashes to the bib.
Weave in all your ends.

Enjoy!!

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My Contribution to an Eco-Friendly Fashion Show!

For those of you following my blog posts, I had showcased back in early May, a blog about a recycled halter top that I created using plastic bags. The item was created for an eco-friendly fashion show: Catwalk for Water held on May 7, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. This environmentally friendly fashion show featured “creative and inspiring hair, makeup, and fashion created by area artists. This event was sponsored by Indira Aveda Salon Spa in Chicago. All proceeds benefit their Earth Month Partner – Alliance for the Great Lakes.”


I was contacted earlier this year by a friend who was the driving force behind this Chicago event. She asked me if I could create a piece using plastic bags, and together we collaborated on a vision. Using her guidelines, I created this fun piece that used 70 recycled plastic grocery bags that I cut into “plarn” and crocheted into this wild halter top.


I sent the piece to Chicago for it to be added to an ensemble created by my friend Tracey, owner of Indira Salon and Spa, and used in her vision for this outfit. All items used were recycled, re-used, re-purposed pieces that were put together to make amazing fashion statements.


Many incredible creations were part of the show and it was a lot of fun to be a small part of such a great event even from a distance. The photos from the event show a lot of amazing talent! What a great event for such a fabulous cause that inspires change for our planet and environment besides providing enormous inspiration for creating environmentally fashion.


The ensemble created for the event included my eco-friendly plarn halter top, vintage sunglasses from Fiore in Green Bay, WI, a handmade up-cycle necktie skirt, braided rags to riches Coachella inspired hair both done by Tracey herself. Her entire vision came together perfectly and was worn by a remarkable model who flawlessly showcased all of these items together! She SLAYED! This attire won Best Interpretation of the Theme: Coachella-Art and Music Festival! What an awesome win!


I want to say a special thanks to Tracey and Indira for asking me to take part in this project. It was a great experience to create a piece for this event and expand my talent in such an imaginative way. It was a lot of fun! I hope to do more events like this in the future!


Photos from event were provided with permission by Tracey (Indira Salon and Spa, Chicago Illinois)

Crochet Tutorial: Caterpillar Lovey

Crochet Tutorial: Caterpillar Lovey

I’m going to “bug” you a little bit to tell you this blog is “crawling” with something new for your crochet hook! This cuddly Caterpillar Lovey project will provide an infant comfort and security! This silly, lovable little guy makes me smile every time I look at him and it’s sure to be a big hit with the lil’ ones!

Make it in as many colors as you’d like!! The possibilities are endless!!

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

**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.


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

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Jade
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Bright Yellow
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Orange
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Glowworm
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Delft Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Buff
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Polyfil

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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 200 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this Lovey is 18 inches but you can make yours as big as you’d like!


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Lovey:
Ch 4
Rnd 1: 2 DC in 4th Ch from hook, [Ch 2, 3 DC in same CH] 3 times, ch 1, SC in beg. ch 3, Ch 2, Turn.
Rnd 2: DC in same corner sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around put 2 DC around SC from previous round to finish off beg. corner. Ch 1, SC in Ch 2, Ch 2, Turn.
Round 3-15: Repeat Round 2 Change colors after Round 13
See video tutorial for visual instructions
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Eyes:
With White
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing
Embroider Black Dots for the pupils

Antennae: Make 2
With Yellow
Ch 2
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Rnd 4-8: SC in each st around. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Head:
With Glow Worm
Ch 2
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 5-6: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 7: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 8: SC in each st around. (30)
Rnd 9: [2SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnds 10-11: SC in each st around. (36)
Assembly Step:
Sew on the antennae and the eyes
Continue crocheting the head
Rnd 12: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 13: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 14: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Stuff Head
Rnd 15: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Rnd 16: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Feet: Make 6
With Jade
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Body Circles:
Make 1 in Buff (4 Rounds)
Make 1 in Pumpkin (4 Rounds)
Make 1 in Spring Green (3 Rounds)
Make 1 in Yellow (2 Rounds)
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st SC, ch 1. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around, Sl st to 1st SC, ch 1. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times, sl st to 1st SC, ch 1. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times, Sl st to 1st SC. (24)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly Step:
Sew Body to Lovey and all the body pieces as well. Use the photos as a guide to sew on your pieces.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: The Panda Clutch Purse

Crochet Tutorial: The Panda Clutch Purse

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

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

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

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


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**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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http://www.nfdgraphics.com

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

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

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

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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 200 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this bag is 10 inches wide and 7 inches deep, but you can make this as big as you want.


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ears: Make 2
With Black
Ch 2
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 5-6: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew Ears to bag

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

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

Handle:
FDC 35
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

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

Enjoy!!

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

 


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Crochet Tutorial: Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap

Crochet Tutorial: Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap

My Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap is the latest piece hot off my hook! Using Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Stripes in Polo Stripe, I was able to create this rich and vibrant shawl, perfect for staving off the chill on those cool summer evenings.

There are a variety of ways you can wear this, a neck scarf is one of them!

This Jewel-Tone Lotus Wrap is perfect for cooler nights, chilly mornings, and anytime you need to be wrapped up!

This wrap took me about 2 work days to complete. This wrap makes a fabulous gift and would be lovely for bridesmaids in a bridal party! It’s a fast project that you can make for anyone on your gift giving list!


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

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

Please check out the new beginning graphic designed and developed by my brother Nabeel. He and his wife own and operate NFD Graphics. Please hop over to their Facebook page and show them some love! For all your graphic and video/logo design needs be sure to contact them today!
www.nfdgraphics.com

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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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.
Shop Red Heart, America's Favorite Yarn

Materials:

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

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Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Polo Stripe (600 yards)
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

NOTES:

-This project uses approximately 600 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 piece
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-The finished piece measures 53 inches long and 16 inches wide.
-Watch the video tutorial for visual instructions on how to attach the motifs.


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Puff: [YO, Insert hook, YO, Pull through] 4 times. YO, pull through all 9 loops on the hook.

Pattern:

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

Motif Number 1:

Ch 4, Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 SC in ring, Sl st to 1st SC. (8)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, Puff in same st, Ch 1, *Puff in next st, Ch 1, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st Puff St. (8 puffs)

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 1 sp, *Ch 4, Sl st into next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st into 1st ch of beg. ch 4. (8 ch 4 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st into ch 4 sp, ch 1, [SC, HDC, DC, ch 2, DC, HDC, SC] in each ch sp around, sl st to first SC. (8 petals made)

Rnd 5: Sl st into each st until you get into the ch 2 sp (point of a petal), Ch 1, SC in same ch sp, *CH 6, SC in next Ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Ch 6 sps)

Rnd 6: Sl st into ch 6 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), [2DC, TR, Ch 2, TR, 3 DC] in same sp, [3DC, TR, Ch 2, TR, 3 DC] in each ch 6 sp. Sl st to beginning ch up 3.

Rnd 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Motif Number 2:

Repeat Rounds 1-6 of Motif Number 1
Round 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove hook, Insert Hook into Ch 6 sp of piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Motif Number 3:

Repeat Rounds 1-6 of Motif Number 1
Round 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove hook, Insert Hook into Ch 6 sp of piece #2, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #2, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #2, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #2, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Motif Number 4:
Repeat Rounds 1-6 of Motif Number 1
Round 7: Sl st in each st until you get into the Ch 2 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove hook, Insert Hook into Ch 6 sp of piece #3, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #3, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #3, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #3, put loop back on hook, ch 3, Remove hook again, Insert it into the Ch 6 sp of Piece Number 1, Pull it through with the yarn on the hook, (see video tutorial for visual instructions), DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove hook, insert hook into ch 3 sp of piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, DC2TOG, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Sk 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 3 sp of Piece #1, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Remove Hook, Insert hook into ch 6 sp of Piece #1, put loop back on hook, ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 6, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Sk 2 sts, SC in next ch 2 sp, Ch 3, sk 2 sts, DC2TOG, Ch 3, DC2TOG, Ch 3, Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Assembly Step:
Using the video tutorial for visual instructions, Repeat Motif 3 and 4 attaching as you go.

Border: 
Round 1: Starting in a ch 6 corner sp: Ch up 3, [3DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in same sp, 3 DC in each ch 3 sp around and put [4DC, ch 2, 4DC] in each corner, Sl st to 1st Ch up 3.
Round 2: CH up 3, DC in each st around, putting [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in each corner, Sl st to 1st Ch up 3.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Enjoy!!

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

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YARNutopia 30 Day Photo Challenge

YARNutopia 30 Day Photo Challenge

On June 1st, 2017, YARNutopia will launch the summer season by beginning a 30 Day Photo Challenge and invite all crochet, knit, and yarn lovers to join in on this fun and exciting one month photography adventure.

On each day in June, you will find a daily topic that you, the audience, can use for inspiration. Be creative, think outside the box, there is no right or wrong answer!

Simply, take a photo pertaining to the daily topic and post it on Facebook in the comments section after I post my Photo of the Day, and then share your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #YARNutopia30DayChallenge.

You can participate on your own personal photo journey and share privately with your own friends and family or use our Facebook page or go to Instagram to post your photos and see what others are sharing as well!

This blog provides 30 inspirational guidelines as shown in our info-graphic. I will be posting my very own Photo of the Day to also help inspire you! This activity is a fun way to share our love of that yarn life in a new creative outlet!

This is NOT a competition so there’s NO PRESSURE to finish or participate. There’s NO PRIZE (other than the memories you’re going to make in this month of creativity!) There is NO OBLIGATION. Join in for one day or the entire month! This is purely for enjoyment and entertainment! There are NO RULES other than the *obvious* and it goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, inappropriate content will NOT be acknowledged and will be deleted. I am sure we won’t need to worry about that because this community is THE BEST.

This is just a way for our community to have a month of craft/yarn filled fun and share this fun in another creative way, through PHOTOS! One photo, each day, for 30 days of JUNE!

***Share this blog, join along, share your photos, hashtag #YARNutopia30DayChallenge and lets challenge ourselves to get even more creative than we already are!***

So, to Recap:
• Bookmark this page (or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see the daily photo).
• Check YARNutopia.com each day in June or follow along on our social media accounts from June 1st to 30th for the daily topic.
• Complete the daily challenge (feel free to join in for a day, a few days, or the entire month) following our topic inspiration take a photo that is inspired by that day’s topic (we hope each day brings fun, happiness, and creativity to your day! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!).
• Post pictures of the day for everyone to see using the hashtag #YARNutopia30DayChallenge

This 30 Day Photo Challenge is starting on June 1st, 2017. The theme of this 30 Day Challenge is all related to the yarn and crochet life. The topics cover a variety of inspirational

30 Day Challenge List

Day 1: Favorite Yarn

Post a photo your favorite skein of yarn, or your favorite yarn used in a project. Share the name of your favorite yarn!

Without a doubt, Red Heart Treasures has always been my favorite. Just looking at this photo makes me happy! Imagine how bummed I was to learn this is no longer available, but I have been on a search for a similar replacement. In the meantime, my last few skeins are waiting for the perfect project!!

Day 2: Can’t Live Without

A tool, yarn, or item you use or need every day.

This is my Crochet Survival Kit! How can we limit to just one thing? If I had to, it would be my H-5.00mm crochet hook, but in an ideal situation I would grab these essentials! What is your “Can’t Live Without” item? What would be in your “Crochet Survival Kit?”

Day 3: My Stash

Where you store and keep your yarn stash.

In truth, I have yarn stashed all over my house, but this honeycomb shelf unit is where most of my yarn has found a color-coded home. Haha! My rainbow collection!

Day 4: In My Bag

Take a photo of what is in your bag right now.

Presently, my bag is full of wedding preparation supplies including my wedding planner, my patterns notebook, and Aunt Lydia’s Thread for the flowers I am crocheting for my bouquets (future video tutorial) Oh, and my headphones!

Day 5: Current Project/WIP

Show a recent project or current work in progress.

My crochet flowers for my wedding are what’s on my hook at the moment. I have a little more than 9 months to crochet all the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpiece flowers. And YES, I plan on doing some video tutorials along the way. My bridal palette is jewel tones. All the flowers are a reflection of those colors! I’m excited to share this part of my journey with you!

Day 6: The First Letter of Your First Name

Photograph something related to your craft that starts with the first letter of **your** first name. In my case, something starting with the letter N for Nadia.

For me, it’s the letter N. Here are my pattern NOTES full of my stitch NUMBERS!! The latter N was hard to find words related to crochet! Anyone else have luck with the first letter of YOUR name??

Day 7: In the Home

Show something in your home associated with crochet/knit: an afghan over a chair, a blanket on a bed, your yarn pile next to a chair or anything that shows your work at home. The possibilities are endless!

This is my studio space. Here is where all the crochet magic happens. If I’m not curled up crocheting on my couch, this is where you will find me in my home.

Day 8: In the Moment

Take a photo of a moment in your day that crochet is involved. Examples: Crocheting or knitting outside, having coffee while enjoying your craft, your pet tangled in yarn, just a moment captured.

Selfie time!!!! This is me right now working on a new project! Hello from Wisconsin!

Day 9: Something Old

An older item you made, or an antique piece passed on from generations, something you’ve had for years.

I found a stack of vintage crochet books at a thrift sale for 25 cents each. I seriously squealed with delight, did a happy dance, and grabbed an entire stack! It felt like I discovered gold! #crochetgold

Day 10: Something New

A new item you just bought or inherited, a new tool, new yarn, anything brand new you want to share.

This delightful Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombré yarn is just waiting for me to sink my hook into it! I’m loving this new yarn! #yarnpyramid

Day 11: Favorite Hook/Needles

A photo of your go-to hook or needle, a favorite hook or set of needles that you find yourself always reaching for.

My favorite crochet hook is this great ergonomic hook made by the Etsy Shop WoodBeFancy. I have arthritic hands, and it helps to have a thick handle to grip. It relieves my hand stress. This gives me longer crocheting times and less stiffness when I take a break and uncurl my fingers. Find the same hook here.

Day 12: Variegated

Variegated yarn that you love, a piece made from variegated yarn, anything that is associated that has gradual or sharp color changes.

Variegated meaning: Having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; variety.

A while ago, I purchased this Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn in the color Winery, and while driving home, I saw the sky just before sunset. The changes in the colorway of this beautiful yarn had the same streaks of color variation as the sky! I thought it was pretty remarkable, so I took this side by side shot.

Day 13: Wearable

Something wearable you made, want to make, someone has made for you. If you share someone else’s pattern or photo, be sure to credit the designer!

I’m having a lazy start to my Tuesday morning. Feet up, chai in my mug, yarn on my hook, and my Tutti Frutti Crochet Slippers keeping me comfy. Follow this link to find these slippers on my blog.

Day 14: Amigurumi

A stuffed amigurumi toy you made, want to make or someone has made for you. If you share someone else’s pattern or photo, be sure to credit the designer!

Summer is here in the USA and Shenanigans wastes no time to find his way to the pool! This old photo is a perfect reminder to kick back and seize the day! #carpediem Many have asked about this sheep amigurumi. You can find the written pattern here designed by Harugurumi.

Day 15: Favorite Color

Your favorite color of yarn, or a crocheted/knit item made in your favorite color.

Green. Need I say more? I just love the variations in this color. It’s very refreshing!

Day 16: My Happy Place

Somewhere you love to crochet or knit. Examples: In the car on a long ride, in a favorite chair or bed, on your porch, in your backyard, at a park. Anywhere you love to zone out and enjoy your craft.

My Happy Place is being surrounded by Yarn! Yesterday I stopped by the warehouse sale at Herrschners Retail Store for some deals, and I was overcome by delight!! I want ALL THE YARN! Not much can make me this giddy, but the words Yarn and Sale combined in one fantastic place can pretty much guarantee to make me happy!!

Day 17: Scraps

Share a picture of your scrap yarn. What do you do with your scraps? Where do your scraps end up? Share scraps that turn up in unexpected places.

Found all over the house. On tables, on the floor, in the car, and even embedded in my cheek when I doze off working on a project. Where do you keep/find your scraps?

Day 18: Hands

Share a photo of your hands involved in your craft, holding your hook or project.

Happiness is handmade. Our hands create the things we once thought impossible by bringing our yarn and hook together.

Day 19: Texture

Share a close-up photo of stitches and their texture. Zoom in and show a neat close-up of a project, a fun stitch, anything showcasing different texture.

I love playing with yarn to create the richest textures. I love the look of this Woven Stitch pattern. It begs you to reach out and touch it! This is a close-up photo of the Woven Dreams Baby Blanket. Find the full photo here

Day 20: Black and White

Anything you want to share related to our craft in black and white.

Candid Crochet Moment. A typical rainy day. You will find me in pajamas curled up on the couch, hook in hand, working on my next new thing. This is my world. #reallife #candidcrochetmoments

Day 21: Stitches

Show your project and name the stitches you are working on.

Here’s an array of stitches on a past project. Using an eclectic mix of colors and a blend of crochet artistry, you can create this fantastic project! The stitches include Single Crochet (SC), Half Double Crochet (HDC), Double Crochet (DC), and Criss-Cross stitches! Like what you see? Find the free written pattern and video tutorial here.

Day 22: Motivates Me

What gets you motivated? Music? a TV show? A sunny day? comfy clothes? a cup of coffee or tea? a day off? crochet with a friend? Showcase your motivation in a creative photo!

I love Pinterest! I love all the ideas and inspiration I can find all in one place! This website is filled with motivation!

Day 23: Where I Stand

When you sit down to crochet, what does your crochet “spot” look like? Take a photo of where you stand and what your point of view is.

This is my point of view. I’m in the studio right now. Staring down at our next new project. This one has me going “in circles!”

Day 24: Lines

Share a photo of anything that has lines. Lines at the craft store, the yarn aisle and shelves of yarn lined up, lines in a crochet/knit pattern.

Yarn Lines! Everything about this photo makes me happy! The shelves and shelves of yarn LINED up so neatly in rows have me feeling like a kid in a candy store the moment this sight greets my eyes ANDDD that line on my face turns into a big bright smile!!

Day 25: Make it Bright

Bright colored fibers, bright colored project, bright colored yarn bag, a bright sunny day to crochet or knit, a bright idea!

Nothing is brighter than the sun! This is part of a great pattern I found on Ravelry. I hope this brings a ray of sunshine to your day and brightens it right up!

Day 26: Words to Live By

A funny meme, a great quote, a piece of advice from someone,a graphic tee-shirt or yarn bag, a sale sign at the yarn shop

This passage has helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life.

Day 27: Soft

A soft item, yarn, a plushie, a stuffed toy, a baby, a pet, anything soft and cuddly.

Fresh soft, warm blankets straight from the dryer are the bed of choice for our pup Reub today. I guess that afghan will get another washing after Reuben’s nap.

Day 28: Pastel

Soft pastel yarn, a pastel project, crochet at sunset with pastel sky, anything pastel!

I discovered this morning that I don’t have a lot of pastel yarn in my stash. I did have these 2 past projects that I’ve used pastel Soft Essentials yarn in Minty, Jungle Stripes, Purple Reign and Sugar Plum.

Find the written pattern and video tutorial for the Woven Dreams Baby Blanket here.
Find the written pattern and video tutorial for the Patchwork Medley Baby Blanket here.

Day 29: My Wish List

Showcase the item you WISH you had. Find a photo of it and share it. Examples: A dream craft room, a book, a hook, a bag, a ball of yarn.

My Wish List is to have a dream craft room. Nate and I are buying a house soon! I will have my own space to create my wish come true! I have a blank canvas to design the perfect work space. Here are a few photos that inspire me!

Day 30: Love Is…

Share something that that describes how much you LOVE your craft.

Love is…
doing what you love, with who you love, using tools you love, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Thank you for sharing in this 30 Day Challenge. I enjoyed all the participation across social media! Thank you for all the love and support you always show. Being able to do this brings so much joy to my heart!

We Did It!

We Did It!

When you have a channel and reach certain milestones as a YouTuber, you are rewarded in a variety of ways that recognizes that accomplishment. Today, YouTube sent us our first milestone award The Silver Play Button recognizing 100,000 subscribers to our channel!

Although we reached that goal in October 2016, and our channel now has 147,300 subscribers, it still holds immense thrill to receive this award and to know our hard work continues to be appreciated by so many! YARNutopia.com is what it is first and foremost because of EACH of YOU that show up to watch my videos, subscribe and follow me on social media! We hope to continue to provide great content and crochet videos so that we reach each milestone together! Your support means more that you will ever know!


So, thank you for helping us reach this goal. Thank you for sharing my videos and believing in us. It feels like a myriad of emotions all balled up like a ball of yarn! Humbling, thrilling, exhilarating are all the feels going on right now!!

Before closing this blog, special attention has to go to my wonderful parents. There are no words to express how much each of them do behind the scenes. My dad is the best cameraman ever and without those mad skills, we would not be who we are. My mom’s creativity is out of this world! There are no words. I am so grateful for the ongoing support of amazing parents, my brothers, my sister-in-law (and future Matron of Honor), my nephew (who makes the best model ever), my Nate who walked in to the life of a YouTuber no questions asked and embraced what it all entails, and to each one of you that invite me into your home each day, thank you, thank you! This award belongs to all of us! We are looking forward to our next milestone!

A special thanks to YouTube for recognizing our accomplishments with this very cool shadowbox plaque.

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Butterfly Scrubby Washcloth

Crochet Tutorial: Butterfly Scrubby Washcloth

Ooooh I just tried out the new Scrubby Cotton Yarn by Red Heart Yarns and made these fun Butterfly Scrubby Washcloths. This yarn provides a unique texture that makes it perfect for household and bath! What a fun and easy gift this would make all-year-round for anyone on your gift giving list! Make a set Scrubby Butterflies and pair them with nice soaps for a fun homemade gift that comes right from the hands and heart!

The texture appears to be abrasive, but it has a soft feel. The fibers provide a bit of exfoliating characteristics but it becomes softer when wet! You will enjoy this yarn for your household needs. You may find this yarn poses a couple challenges in the video tutorial, and it was a bit of an issue showcasing the stitches. Hopefully you can follow along and make these great washcloths today!

Sew two of these washcloths together and keep an opening at the bottom to create a unique wash mitt. So many creative ideas are provided by one great product! If you are going for the ultimate crafting project, not only can you make these washcloths, but you can try making your very own soap or soap products to go with this homemade gift theme!

Not a fan of scrubby yarn? Try this pattern using 100% cotton for fun washcloths without the texture! No matter what type of yarn you choose, these cloths are sure to be a big hit!

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

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***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

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Pattern:

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

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

Get Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Cotton in all kinds of colors here!

Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Cotton in Denim
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Cotton in Jade
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Cotton in Lavender
-I-5.50mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

NOTES:

-This project uses approximately 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each piece
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-This cloth is 10 inches at the widest point and 7 inches at the tallest point
-Use 2 strands of yarn at the same time in this project!!


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Beg. Popcorn: Ch up 3, 3 DC in same sp, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st ch up 3 of grouping, place loop back on hook and pull through. (see video tutorial for specific instructions)
Popcorn: 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st of grouping, place loop back on hook and pull through. (see video tutorial for specific instructions)

Pattern:

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

Butterfly: With 2 Strands of yarn at the same time

Piece Number 1:
**Make 2**
With Jade:
Ch 10
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next, DC in next 5 chs, HDC in next ch, 3 SC in last ch, working on opposite side of foundation ch, HDC in next st, HDC in next 5 sts, HDC in next, 2 SC in last st, Sl st to 1st SC, turn. (20 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in middle SC of 3SC grouping, [TR in next st, SC in next st] 5 times, TR in next st, 2SC in middle SC of point, [TR in next st, SC in next st] 5 times. Sl st to 1st SC. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as DC), DC in next st, 2 DC in each TR, 1 DC in each SC around. Put 2 DC in each SC of the point, Sl st to ch up 3. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Piece Number 2:
**Make 2**
With Denim:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, sl st to 1st SC (Sl st counts as a stitch). (7)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, Beg. Popcorn in same st, ch 2, *Popcorn in next, ch 2, Repeat from * around working last popcorn in Sl st from last round. (See video tutorial for visual instructions) (7 popcorn sts made)

Row 3: Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, 3 DC in same sp, 4 DC in each Ch 2 sp around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (28 DC)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Piece Number 3:
With Lavender:
**Make 1**
Ch 16
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next, DC in next 5 chs, SC in next, DC in next 5 chs, HDC in next ch, SC in next ch, (Make loop next), Ch 4, Sl st back into the base of last SC made, Turn work, 5 SC in loop, Sl st to last SC made. Fasten off, Weave in all ends, closing any gaps. (See video tutorial)

Assembly Step:
Using the video tutorial for visual instructions, Sew all the pieces together to look like a butterfly. Weave in all ends

Enjoy!!

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

Like this cloth? Try making the Butterfly Effect Granny Square here!


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Broken Roads Point the Way

Broken Roads Point the Way

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

hospitalclinic

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

nateandnadia


Support goes a long way

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

mom3

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

Planting the seeds to grow a dream

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

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

daddy

Challenges ahead

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

Structure and Discipline

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

studio

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

 

Nothing Can Stop Us

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

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


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

Oh song lyrics, you give me the feels!

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

~Nadia

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

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

When I arrived in this world, I am told, I was born with a paralyzed side of my face and the inability to open my left eye. From early photos, I always was the one with the very strange expressions and an odd look on my face. My mom always told me how beautiful I am and said it didn’t matter that my eye wouldn’t open, and God made me that way so everyone would think I am giving them a *wink* and fall in love with me. That is how my mom is. She sees the bright side in things. She is looking for the good in every situation–the silver lining–no matter how difficult life could be, she taught my brothers and me the same. Imperfections and differences make you beautiful, and that same thought applies to each piece I make by adding some “imperfect” characteristic.

We never had much, but we always had enough, and we always appreciated everything my parents were able to give us and make happen for us. I was given a strong work ethic, and that is why I do what I do by pouring my heart into each stitch of every piece I create. I could easily be doing any job and the same ethic would apply because it has been instilled in us by a mother that insisted we do the work. We learned how to cook, clean, pick up after ourselves and do laundry from a young age so we could appreciate how hard it is and never take people or things for granted; to have pride in doing and completing a job right from the beginning so we didn’t have to do it again and again.

My mom has walked with me through my journey with Crohn’s disease, and with each step, she has promised that I will never be alone as long as she can draw breath. She is responsible for my love of crochet when she handed me my first crochet hook and ball of yarn and taught me this craft. Little did she know how much this would mold my life and become a lifeline and a form of therapy for long hospital stays. To have the support and love is a gift I shall always cherish. But more than that, I realize I will never be lonely with her by my side, to look for the good and positive no matter what the situation, never feel sorry for myself, and that I always have a forever friend.


My mom is not like other moms. She and I have been through so much in this life. Whenever my brothers and I have troubles or burdens, it’s easier to bring them to my mom and she takes them away and makes everything better. My mom has been by my side at every hospital stay, every doctor visit, every medical test, even when doctors couldn’t help me, she helped me get through it all. I will never be able to thank my mom enough for all that she has done, is doing, and will do for me.

My mom is my best friend.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for her.

My mom never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, or be who I wanted to be.
She has taught me to have appreciation in everything I have and never take anything for granted. She has taught me how to love unconditionally, and she inspires me every day to make a difference in this world, even if it’s to help few or many. She is my biggest fan, and she is the closest thing to Superwoman anybody could ever be.
Please join me in wishing her and all the other moms (and dads or role models who fill those shoes) a fantastic day! It’s a thankless job sometimes, and you deserve more than one day of recognition.

Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Materials:

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

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

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

NOTES:

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

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


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Pattern:

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

Mandala Vest:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rnd 19-20: Repeat Round 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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

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Crochet Tutorial: Feline Rested Sleep Mask

Crochet Tutorial: Feline Rested Sleep Mask

For any mother who needs a day of rest and relaxation this coming Mother’s Day, this is the “purrrrfect” gift!! My Feline Rested Sleep Mask is a very simple, yet novelty item to make in time to give to mom on her special day! Pamper her or anyone who just “kneads” sleep right “meow”!!! This is such a “PAW-some” project!!


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

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

Red Heart Super Saver in Perfect Pink
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
Elastic
Felt
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!

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
SC3TOG: Single Crochet 3 Stitches Together

Pattern:

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

Mask

Ch 5
Row 1: 2SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next 2 chs, 2 SC in last ch, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 2: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 3: 2SC in 1st st, SC in next 4 sts, 2SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 4: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 5: 2SC in 1st st, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (10)
Rows 6-10: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 11: SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 12: SC2TOG, SC in 7 sts, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 13: SC in 6 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 14: SC2TOG, SC in 5 sts, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 15: SC in 5 sts, 2SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 16: 2SC in 1st st, SC in 6 sts, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 17: SC in 7 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 18: 2SC in 1st st, SC in 8 sts, ch 1, turn. (10)
Rows 19-23: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 24: SC2TOG, SC in 6 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 25: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 26: SC2TOG, SC in 4 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 27: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 28: SC2TOG, SC in 2 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Continue to SC around entire piece.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Ears: With Black Make 2
Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch and across. ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in next, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 3: SC across, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 4: SC3TOG.
Continue to SC around entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Nose
Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, 2 SC in next 2 Chs, SC in last 2 chs, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 2: SC in 1st 3 sts, 2 SC in next 2 sts, SC in last 3 sts continue to SC around piece. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on where to stop)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eyes:
Make 2
Ch 11, Fasten off, Sew to Mask

Assembly Step:
Embroider Whiskers, Mouth, and Nose on Mask, see video tutorial for visual instructions.
Attach Elastic and Felt on back of Mask. Add felt inside ears.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Whale-y Awesome Baby Booties

Crochet Tutorial: Whale-y Awesome Baby Booties

Whale, Whale, Whale, what do we have here??!

Recently, a catalog arrived in my mailbox with a unique selection of gift items for all ages. In typical fashion, I often find myself thinking about how to make similar items using crochet.

I fell in love with these darling booties that were similarly made out of fabric and set out to create a crochet pair designed only using yarn!

We all derive inspiration from various sources, but it isn’t always possible to recreate each design substituting yarn as fiber of choice but thankfully, this adorable pair of booties turned out to be quite the exception!

I hope you enjoy making your very own for a special infant. I give tips for increasing the sizing for any age in the video tutorial.



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

**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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Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern
:

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

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

Red Heart Super Saver in Pool
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
Red Heart Super Saver in Light Blue
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 200 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for these booties are 5 inches (13 cm) long and will fit a 3-6 month old baby. (find other sole measurements here)

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease

Pattern:

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

Sole: Make 2
Chain 10
Rnd 1: 2 SC into 2nd ch from hook. SC in next 5 chs, HDC in next 2 sts, 8 DC in last ch, Working on other side of foundation, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 5 sts, 2 SC in last stitch where beginning 2 SC are. Don’t join. (26 sts)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in 1st st, 2 SC in next. SC 7, HDC in next, 2 HDC in each of the next 6 stitches, HDC in next, SC 7, 2 SC in last 2 sts. Do not join (36 sts)

Rnd 3: SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in next, SC in next 10 sts, 2 SC in next 2 stitches, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in next 2 sts. SC in next 10 sts, 2SC in next st. SC in last 2 sts. Sl st in next st. Turn. (42 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn, Sl St in each st around. Fasten off. (42 sts)

Top of shoe: Make 2
Ch 2
Row 1: 2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (2)
Row 2-3: SC across, ch 1, turn. (2)
Row 4: 2 SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Rows 5-6: SC across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 7: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 8: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 4 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 9: SC across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 10: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (10)
Rows 11-34: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 35: SC2TOG, SC in next 6 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 36: SC across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 37: SC2TOG, SC in 4 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 38: SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Rows 39-40: SC across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 41: [SC2TOG] 2 times, ch 1, turn. (2)
Rows 42-43: SC across, ch 1, turn. (2)
Fasten off with super long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew Top of Bootie to Sole. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Eyes:
With White: Make 4
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 8HDC in 2nd ch from hook
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
With Black: Make 4
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6SC in 2nd ch from hook
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew black part to white part and sew to booties
Add white embellishments along sides of booties

Mouth: Make 2
Ch 21
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next 2 chs, HDC in next 2 chs, DC in next 10 chs, HDC in next 2 chs, SC in next 2 chs, Sl st in last ch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Assembly Step:
Sew Mouth to Booties using the blue yarn. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Tail fin: Make 2
Ch 26
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in next 9 chs, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in last. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew Tail to booties. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Enjoy!!

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Eco-Friendly Plarn Top

Eco-Friendly Plarn Top

Eco-friendly: Not harmful to the environment.

For the past few days I worked on creating a crop-top for an Eco-friendly fashion show. Made solely out of plastic bags, I recycled 70 of them in a variety of colors into plastic yarn aka Plarn. Using plastic to create *plarn* for use on mats, bags, or other items of use, helps prevent plastic bags from finding their way into the landfills. Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose. (as per several internet sources)

I used 3 handmade natural wooden buttons that were made out of a fallen tree branch. The design on the back is an earth mandala. I added soft felt liners in the bust area to conceal and prevent discomfort from the plastic as it will be worn by the model without anything underneath. I have not made a video tutorial for this piece, but I have provided the free written pattern. Recycled plastic clothing may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed creating this unique piece for a great cause!





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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:

Large Plastic Grocery Bags

Felt for Bust

Original Tacky Glue

-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I use)

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Fiskars 5 Inch Titanium Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 2000 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-There is NO video tutorial for this project.
-If the instructions are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this top are: Length from shoulder to bottom: 18 inches, Shoulders across: 15 inches, Waist: 34 inches, Bust 36 inches.

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

Pattern:

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

Front:
Make 2
Ch 38
Row 1: HDC in 3rd ch from hook and across, put [3DC, ch 1, 3DC] in last ch, work on opposite side of foundation HDC across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as st), HDC in each st, put [2DC, ch 1, 2 DC] in ch 1 sp, HDC in the rest of the sts, turn.
Rows 3-5: Repeat row 2 (until your piece is as big as you need it to be to cover chest)

Outer edge: Attach plarn to bottom right corner of your piece. Ch up 3 (counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, DC in 20 sts, HDC in 16 sts, SC in 10 sts (or the rest of the sts until ch 1 sp), [2SC, ch 1, 2SC] in ch 1 sp, SC in 10 sts, HDC in 16 sts, DC in last 20 sts (or opposite of other side), [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC along the bottom side of the piece, sl st to beg. Fasten off.

Center Front:
On one panel, start in the bottom left corner of the panel, Ch up 1, 2 SC in same sp, SC in next 10 sts, HDC in next 8 sts, DC in next 6 sts, TR in next 4 sts.  Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

On the other panel, start in the bottom right corner of the panel, ch up 1, 2 SC in same sp, SC in next 10 sts, HDC in next 8 sts, DC in next 6 sts, TR in next 4 sts, Fasten off.
Sew both front pieces together.

 Sides:
On each panel:
Row 1: Attach yarn to Bottom corner ch 2 sp, ch up 3 (counts as st), DC in same sp, DC in next 30 sts, turn.
Row 2-4: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing on one side. and short tail on the other side. Weave in the end of the short tail.

Back:
Ch 6, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as st), 11 DC in ring, sl st to ch up 3. (12)
Rnd 2: Ch up 3, DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, sl st to ch up 3. (24)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 3, SC in next, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (24)
Rnd 4: In any ch 3 sp, Ch up 3, DC in same sp, *ch 1, 2 DC in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first ch up 3.
Rnd 5: Ch up 1, HDC in same st, HDC in each st and each ch 1 sp around, sl st to first HDC.
Rnd 6: In any st: Ch up 3 (counts as st), DC in same st, *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in 3 sts, SC in 6 sts, HDC in 3 sts, DC in 2, 2 DC in next, ch 2, 2 DC in next, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3. (square made–20 sts on each side)
Rnd 7: In ch 2 sp: Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *DC in each st across, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg ch up 3.
Rnd 8-10: Repeat Round 7
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left side:
Row 1: In ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, DC across side, Turn
Rows 2-4: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with weave in ends.

Right Side:
Row 1: In ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, DC across side, Turn
Rows 2-5: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with weave in ends.
Sew buttons to row 5 of the Right Side.

Assembly Step:
Sew pieces together using photos as a guide.
Straps:
FDC until your piece is 15 inches (36 Foundation DC) Fasten off with long tail.
Sew straps to piece.
Add felt in the bust area by gluing it in.

Enjoy!!

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Earth Day: Using Plarn to Make a Market Bag

Earth Day: Using Plarn to Make a Market Bag

“Plarn is short for “plastic yarn.” Plarn is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then strung together into a single long strand. You can use plarn instead of regular yarn to crochet sturdy, reusable tote bags, purses, doormats, and more.” ~Plastic Bag Crafts

We all collect bags from various shopping centers. If you don’t have an option for paper bags at your local stores or if you don’t carry-in your personal market bags, you end up stock-piling a collection of plastic bags that can one day end up in our landfills. BOOOO!! We don’t want that!!! So, what do we do with this accumulation? Well, I’ve got a solution! I did an experiment to make my own reusable market bag recycling about 35 plastic bags.

Once you determine what you plan to make, and you have accumulated a significant amount of plastic, the biggest “chore” of this entire project is cutting the strips to make the plarn. In this case, I use the term “chore” lightly. This literally takes little to no time, but I find it to be the one thing most people complain about.


I followed the instructions in this link to make my plarn. This information is very helpful in helping you create the amount of plarn needed for your project!

Once my plarn was cut, I rolled each bag up into a ball of plarn! I used a variety of Target bags and some gray grocery bags. I used a J-6.00mm crochet hook and a single crochet method to make this bag.

These are very easy to make and end up being very durable! There are various tutorials online to show you how to make your own! Then, you’re all set to use your new bag the next time you go to the market! I gave this one to my sister-in-law and she uses it ever summer at the farmers market! Use this idea on a smaller scale to make your own lunch bag or for other creative ideas using plarn! Enjoy!!


Have you tried this technique before? Share what you’ve made with plarn in the comments section!!
~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: 3 in 1 Boho Style Wrap

Crochet Tutorial: 3 in 1 Boho Style Wrap

Summer is coming! Today’s style inspiration is the unique look of Boho Chic. Some fashion trends come and go, but a few styles will always be fashionable. Boho-style is just one of those fashions that are so versatile that will always be a trend for everyone!

Awaken your free spirit and bring that vibe to life! With Bohemian influences, my bohostyle chic 3 in 1 Wrap is all about adding that natural element to your wardrobe, and giving you that confidence to just feel free!

Wrap it in your hair or around your head for that beautiful Bohemian look, wrap it around your neck for a perfect summer accent, or use it as a sash around your waist to accentuate that flowing summer dress! The earth tones, cotton fibre, and floral embellished tassels make this a wardrobe win in so many ways! Bring out your inner flowerchild with this awesome accessory!







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

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Pattern
:

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

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

Cotton Yarn in 6 or 7 different colors of your choice.
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 200 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this wrap are 46 inches (117cm) long and 4 inches wide

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

Pattern:

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

 

Flower: Make as many as you want in various colors
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 5 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (5)
Rnd 2: *Ch 3, sl st into next st, repeat from * around, ending with sl st in first ch 3 sp. (5 ch sps)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, [SC, HDC, DC, HDC, SC] in each ch sp around. Sl st to first sc.
Fasten of with long tail for sewing.

Wrap:
Row 1: Ch 4, DC in 4th Ch from hook. Turn. (2)
Row 2: Ch up 3 (Counts as st), DC in next st, turn. (2)
Row 3: Ch up 3, DC in next st, DC in same st as ch up 3 (X-stitch made), DC in last st again. Turn. (4)
Row 4: Ch up 3, Sk 1, DC in next, DC in sk’d st, DC in last st, turn. (4)
Row 5: Ch up 3, DC in same st as Ch up 3, Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st, 2 DC in last st, turn. (6)
Row 6: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 2 times, DC in last st, turn. (6)
Row 7: Ch up 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 2 times, 2 DC in last st, turn. (8)
Row 8: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 3 times, DC in last st, turn. (8)
Row 9: Ch up 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 3 times, 2 DC in last st, turn. (10)
Row 10: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 4 times, DC in last st, turn. (10)
Row 11: Ch up 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 4 times, 2 DC in last st, turn. (12)
Row 12: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 5 times, DC in last st, turn. (12)
Row 13: Ch up 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 5 times, 2 DC in last st, turn. (14)
Row 14: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 6 times, DC in last st, turn. (14)
Row 15: Ch up 3, DC in same st as ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 6 times, 2 DC in last st, turn. (16)
Row 16-60: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 7 times, DC in last st, turn. (16)
Row 61: Ch 1 (does not count as anything), DC2TOG, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in Sk’d st] 6 times, DC2TOG, turn. (14)
Row 62: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 6 times, DC in last st, turn. (14)
Row 63: Ch 1, DC2TOG, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 5 times, DC2TOG, turn. (12)
Row 64: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 5 times, DC in last st, turn. (12)
Row 65: Ch 1, DC2TOG, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 4 times, DC2TOG, turn. (10)
Row 66: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 4 times, DC in last st, turn. (10)
Row 67: Ch 1, DC2TOG, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 3 times, DC2TOG, turn. (8)
Row 68: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 3 times, DC in last st, turn. (8)
Row 69: Ch 1, DC2TOG, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 2 times, DC2TOG, turn. (6)
Row 70: Ch up 3, [Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st] 2 times, DC in last st, turn. (6)
Row 71: Ch 1, DC2TOG, Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st, DC2TOG, turn. (4)
Row 72: Ch up 3, Sk 1 st, DC in next, DC in sk’d st, DC in last st, turn. (4)
Row 73: Ch 1, [DC2TOG] 2 times, turn. (2)
Row 74: Ch up 3, DC in next st. (2)
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Edging: I used green.
Attach yarn to point, [SC, ch 4, SC] in point, *Ch 4, sk 1 row, SC around post of next row (see video tutorial for visual instructions), repeat from * around putting [SC, ch 4, SC] in the opposite point. Sl st to first SC.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Assembly Step:
Make Tassels and flowers and then add them to the ends of the scarf (See video tutorial for visual instructions). Fray out the yarn and assemble the flowers accordingly. (I put 3 flowers on each tassel)

Enjoy!!

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