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Crochet Tutorial: Henna Inspired Mandala

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I have a year to plan for a wedding and I have all kinds of ideas to incorporate crochet. One of the first things that came to mind when I viewed our venue was to match the jewel tones of our color scheme with the jewel tones of the hall. I came up with this mandala idea to use as table accents for either our memory table, gift table, or to place underneath our cake. If I get really inspired, I may use these on the dinner tables as center pieces, but that’s a long-shot! I have a lot of ambition, but only a year. This isn’t my only idea to have crochet in our wedding, so many more crochet projects are to come!


This mandala was inspired by the henna design on my hands that I had done for our engagement photos. This photo shows my first trial attempt at creating the pattern before filming the tutorial. I used different colors for both of them, but they are stunning!

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Henna Inspired 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 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!! ***

Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Cobalt Blue (~100 yards)
Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Fuchsia (~100 yards)
Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Kelly Green (~70 yards)
Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Royal Blue (~50 yards)
Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Robins Egg (~50 yards)
Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Plum Perfect (~100 yards)
Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Pagoda (~100 yards)
-H-5.00mm 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 mandala!

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 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 round.
-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 33 inches across (84 cm)

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
TR2TOG: Treble Crochet 2 Together (Decrease)
DTR: Double Treble
Picot: Ch 3, Sl st to 3rd ch from hook

Pattern:

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

Mandala:

With Cobalt Blue
Start with Magic Ring or Ch 4, Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), 11 DC into ring. Sl st to beg ch up 3. Fasten off. (12)

Rnd 2: In any st around, Attach Fuchsia, Ch 1, SC in same st, * CH 3, SK 1 st, SC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st sc. (6 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 3 sp, Ch 1, *[SC, HDC, DC, HDC,TR, HDC, DC, HDC, SC] in ch 3 sp, Sl st in SC, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, Fasten off. (6 petals total)

Rnd 4: Attach Kelly Green to any TR of any petal, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 5, SC in middle TR of next Petal, Repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 5: Sl st in ch 5 sp, Ch up 3, 6 DC in same ch 5 sp, 7 DC in each ch 5 sp around. Sl st to ch up 3. Fasten off. (42 sts)

Rnd 6: Attach Royal Blue in any st. Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 3, Sk next st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, finishing with ch 1, HDC in 1st sc (so you start next round in the center of the ch sp–see video tutorial) (21 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, SC around the HDC from the previous round, *Ch 3, SC in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off. (21 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 8: Attach Cobalt Blue to any ch 3 sp, CH up 1, 3 SC in ch 3 sp, *Ch 1, 3 SC in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 9: Attach Plum Purple to any ch 1 sp, ch up 3, 5 DC in same sp, * Sl st in middle SC of 3 SC grouping, 5 DC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 10: Attach Robins Egg to any middle DC of any shell, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 6, SC in middle DC of next shell, repeat from * around, Sl st to beg sc. (21 ch 6 sps)

Rnd 11: Sl st in ch 6 sp, ch up 1, [SC, HDC, DC, HDC, TR, DTR, TR, HDC, DC, HDC, SC] in each ch 6 sp around. Sl st to beg. sc. Fasten off. (21 petals)

Rnd 12: Attach Pagoda to any DTR of any petal, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 7, SC in DTR of next petal, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. (21 ch 7 sps)

Rnd 13: Sl st in ch 7 sp, Ch up 3, 9 DC in same sp, 10 DC in each ch sp around, sl st to beg. ch 3. Fasten off (210 DC)

Rnd 14: Attach Kelly Green to any gap between the 10 DC grouping (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, SC in same gap, *Ch 6, Sk 5 sts, SC BETWEEN 5th and 6th DC of the grouping, Ch 6, sk 5 sts, DC in the gap between the groupings, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, DC in beg. SC (so you start the next round in the center of the ch sp) (42 Ch 6 sps)

Rnd 15: Ch 1, SC around DC of prev. round. *Ch 6, SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around ending with Ch 3, DC in beg. SC. (42 Ch 6 sps)

Rnd 16: Repeat Round 15

Rnd 17: Ch 1, SC around DC of prev. round, *Ch 7, SC in next ch sp, Ch 3, SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. SC. Fasten off. (21 Ch 7 sps, 21 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 18: Attach Robins Egg to any Ch 3 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 1, [5 DC, ch 2, 5 DC] in ch 7 sp, Ch 1, SC in next ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg. sc. Fasten off. (210 SC)

Rnd 19: Attach Fuchsia to any ch 2 sp between the 5 DC groupings, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 2, 7 DC in the next SC, Ch 2, SC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 20: Attach Royal Blue to any ch 2 sp, Ch up 1, *2 SC in Ch 2 sp, SC in SC, 2 SC in Ch 2 sp, SC in each st, repeat around. Sl st to first SC. (152 SC)

Rnd 21: Working in BLO, ch up 1, SC in each st around. (152 sc) Fasten off.

Rnd 22: Attach Plum Perfect to any st, Ch 5 (Counts as DC + Ch 2), DC in same st, *SK 2 Sts, V-Stitch in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beg. ch 5.  Fasten off. (268 DC–134 V-stitches)

Rnd 23: Attach Cobalt Blue to any ch 2 sp, ch up 3, 2 DC in same sp, *Ch 1, 3 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sls t to beg. ch 3. Fasten off. (84 groups of 3 DC–252 DC)

Rnd 24: Attach Kelly Green to any ch 1 sp, Ch up 3, 2 DC in same sp, *Ch 1, 3 DC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, sls t to beg. ch 3. Fasten off. (84 groups of 3 DC–252 DC)

Rnd 25: Attach Fuchsia to any ch 1 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *[4TR, DC, DCT, Picot, DTR, DC, 4TR] in next ch 1 sp, SC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg sc. Fasten off. (42 petals)

Rnd 26: Attach Robins Egg to any picot, ch 1, sc in same picot, *Ch 12, SC in next picot, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st SC. (42 ch 12 sps)

Rnd 27: Ch 1, SC in same st, *[8 SC, ch 3, 8 SC] in ch 12 sp, sc in next sc, Repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. Fasten off. (714 SC)

Rnd 28: Attach Plum Perfect to any Ch 3 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 6, Sk 4 sts, TR2TOG (skipping 7 sts in between this decrease stitch–see video tutorial for visual instructions), Ch 6, SC in next ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 29: Ch up 2 (does not count as anything), DC in first st, *6 DC in ch 6 sp, DC in TR2TOG st, 6 DC in ch 6 sp, DC in SC, repeat from * around, sl st to first DC. Fasten off. (588 DC)

Weave in all ends.

Assembly Step:
Be sure to block this piece flat on a surface. Just pin it down to the shape and spray it with water and let it dry.

Enjoy!!

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Four Piece Mini Square Baby Layette Set

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This is a great ensemble for any newborn to 6 month baby layette. It is an absolute dream to make! This set is such a lovely gift for a baby shower! These pieces can be made any time of year! Make one or make all four pieces below. Click the links or the photos to be redirected to their written patterns and video tutorials. All crochet patterns in this post are FREE!

Mini Square Baby Dress
Mini Square Baby Dress
Mini Square Infant Hat
Baby Hat
Mini Square Baby Shoes
Baby Booties
Mini Square Bunny Lovey
Bunny Lovey

See below how beautiful all four pieces look together!

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Crochet Tutorial: Mouse and Cheese Amigurumi

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This may be my “cheesiest” pun yet. It’s “nacho” fault if these puns get so “stinky” you roll your eyes when I say life is “cheddar” when we’re together. When I am with you, I don’t feel “aged” or “bleu.” I do have to stay “sharp” to keep up these punny lines. Otherwise, it could look “swiss-picious” if I am laughing at these “prov-ALONE.” So, like I said, we are really “gouda” together so please, will you “brie” mine? It would be “mice” if your answer was “YES, cheese!”

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

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

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

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

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver 
-E-3.50mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors
-Stuffing

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

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet 2 Together
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Triangle Part:
Make 2
With Yellow:
Ch 14
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (13)
Row 2: SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (13)
Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in next 9 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 4: SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 5: SC2TOG, SC in next 7 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 6: SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 7: SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 8: SC in each st across. Ch 1, Turn. (7)
Row 9: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 10: SC in each st across. Ch 1, Turn. (5)
Row 11: SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 12: SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 13: SC3TOG. (1)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Rectangle Side
Make 3
With Yellow
Ch 11
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 2-15: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Circles:
Small: Make 6
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Sl st to beginning. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Medium: Make 4
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Sl st to next st. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Large: Make 1
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 st] 6 times. (18)
Sl st to next st. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Mouse head:
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 st] 2 times. (6)
Rnd 4: 2 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)
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Assembly step:
Embroider eyes and nose, stuff head, and go onto rnd 8
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG] 6 Times. (6)
Rnd 9: SC next and 4th st together. Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Ears:
Make 2:
With pink,
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off
With Gray, Attach yarn to any stitch
Rnd 2: 2SC in each st around. Sl st to beginning. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Weave in all ends and sew to mouse head.

Assembly:
Sew all pieces together. Watch video tutorial for visual instructions. (Stuff cheese, sew on “holes,” sew mouse to cheese”

Enjoy!!

Crochet Tutorial: Woven Dreams Baby Blanket

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This “Woven Dreams Baby Blanket” is my latest design using the newest addition of Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials in Jungle Stripes and Minty. This fabulous fiber has a thick plush texture and works up beautifully to create this stunning piece!

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This yarn is so soft and plush. It’s perfect for making baby blankets. You can continue this pattern to make this blanket larger. I pieced this blanket together with 7 inch squares using front-post and back-post stitches to create a woven look which is a little different than the well-known basket weave stitch. I made a checkerboard design using alternating yarns. I bordered this blanket with a criss-cross stitch.

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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how 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 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:
Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials in Minty (4 skeins)
Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials Stripes in Jungle Stripes (4 skeins)
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need 964 Yards of yarn for this whole project. (4 skeins of each color)
-My blanket is 36 inches (92 cm)
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

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

Pattern:

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

MAKE 5 squares in Minty and 4 squares in Jungle Stripes

Square:

Ch 23 (or any multiple of 3 +2)
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across (21 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2 (Does NOT count as a stitch here and throughout) FPDC on first 3 sts, *BPDC on next 3 sts, FPDC on next 3 sts, repeat from * across, ending with FPDC, turn. (21 sts)
Rows 3-14: Repeat Row 2
Single crochet around the entire square (See video tutorial for specific locations to put stitches)
Fasten off.

Assembly Step:
Sew all 9 pieces together (See video tutorial for visual instructions on how to sew your squares together)

Border:

Start in a corner (middle sc)
Round 1: SC in each st around putting 3 sc in middle sc’s of the corners, Sl st to beg. sc.
Round 2: Starting in a middle SC of a corner, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, *Sk next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st, repeat from * until middle sc of next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, repeat around.
IF your stitches do not line up, see video tutorial for a little tip (*wink wink*)
Round 3: In any corner ch sp: Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *[sk next st, DC in next st, DC in sk’d st] across until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3.
Round 4-10: Repeat round 3 changing color every 3 rounds.
Continue working rounds until your blanket is as large as you want it to be.
Reverse single crochet around the entire piece to clean up edge. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Enjoy!!

A Treasured Heirloom

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I received this incredible gift this past weekend from my mom’s cousin, Janez. This blanket was crocheted by my maternal great-grandmother, Rose. I never knew my great-grandmother, so to have a piece of her work knowing we share this bond and love of crochet, leaves me humbled and speechless. Here is a photo of my great-grandmother, Rose in her later years.

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There are no words to describe how much this means to me. Thank you, thank you, Janez. I love this so much!

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I was told several times how my great-grandmother loved to crochet. Many conversations with my mom revolved around the fact that I must have inherited some of my talents from her. Until I received this gift, did it really hit me that I actually did share this with her. Even though I never knew her, it gave me chills to know that part of her lives on in me.

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Having never known her, this gift opened up a discussion about my great grandmother on things I never knew. My mom and her cousin shared photos with me. I was able to see her wedding photos and photos of her youth.

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I heard she had crocheted her entire life. That was something she truly enjoyed. Everyone received homemade gifts from her for Christmas and other holidays.

This piece is incredible

First off, I am going to guess the age of this blanket is approximately 40 years old. Upon examining it, I could not identify the exact fiber, but I believe that it is an acrylic blend fiber that is very heavy! The workmanship is impeccable and her squares are perfect. She didn’t turn her work and she slip-stitched the squares together to form the blanket. Each square measures 8 inches and overall, the dimensions are 40 inches X 56 inches. Her granny squares are on point!! After 365 Days of creating granny squares, I feel like I’ve come full circle receiving this granny square blanket that is so special!!

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Not only did I spend time learning to read her techniques through her stitches, but knowing that she spent time lovingly constructing this with her own hands was pretty incredible.

It is a treasure that I plan to keep for a lifetime.

Sometimes the smallest gestures mean the most. I can never express how much Janez’s gift means to me. There are no words that relay the magnitude of how special this is.

“The love in our family flows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep.” ~Unknown

~Nadia

Inner Peace Blanket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see all 365 Days of Granny Squares click here.

Yay! I did it!

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I DID IT! I CROSSED THE FINISH LINE!

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

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

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

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

Beginning and Near Endings

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

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

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

A Debt of Gratitude

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

The hunt for squares

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

Yarn for days!

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

You can’t plan for everything!

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

To those who participated in the journey

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

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

What the future holds

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

To my Daddy

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

All these squares

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

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

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

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

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

Goodbye 2016

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

~Nadia

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

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

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

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

https://thegiraffeshat.wordpress.com

Leonie Morgan’s Ravelry Store

Margret Willson’s Ravelry Store

Eline Alcocer at www.pastaandpatchwork.com

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

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

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

Ali Crafts Designs’ Ravelry Store

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

http://www.vickibrowndesigns.com/

Joanne Jones’ Ravelry Store

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

Cyberspnr

Natasja King from Crochetime.net

Red Heart Design Team

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

Yuli Nilssen at Yuli Handmade

Beverly A. Qualheim at Bev’s Country Cottage

Nina Leon at Hookers Don’t Bite

Fiona Kelly at Tangled Blossom Design

Pia Thadani at StitchesnScraps.com

Manda Robertson at Raising Robertsons

By Hook

Lois Everett

Laura Avery Home Makers Insanity

Jeni Entwistle at Messy Mama Makes

Sonya Blackstone at Blackstone Designs

Naomi Garcia lanadebaa.blogspot.com/

Sara Palacios

Yarn In Yarn Out Designs

Wieke van Keulen

DROPS design

Vogue Knitting

Josie Calvert Briggs

Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart

Shelley Husband

Elaine Phillips

Christine Harvey

Adaiha Covington

Lucinda Ganderton

Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots

JLyn Spencer

Corinne Bradd

Lynne Samaan

April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Carola Wijma

Claire Hayes

Sandra La Madeleine

Annoo Crochet

Betina Juchem Clemens

Jennifer Ofenstein from Sew Hooked

Patricia Stuart

JudyK

Sandra Åhlberg

The Snail of Happiness

Patricia Stuart

mille makes

Carol Bryant

CreativeCrochetWorkshop

Helen Shrimpton

Tamika Joyeux

Amanda Weenk

Shan Sevcik

Jeni Entwistle at Messy Mama Makes

Susan Hinton

Donna Mason-Svara at Smooth Fox

Emily H.

Melissa Beth

Celina Lane

Melinda Hobgood

Sadie Cuming

Carola Wijma

Jennifer Lynn Carter

Claire from Crochet Leaf

Amber Schaaf

Cylinda D. Mathews

Crochet- atelier

Julie A Bolduc

Jennifer Tucker

Shannon Thayer

Oombawka Design

Donna Kay Lacey

Cynthia Boylan At SpinnyThingy.Blogspot.Com

Black Sheep Creations

Kris Kelln

Marta Chrzanowska

Melissa Green

Aurora Suominen from MyBlueAngels.Blogspot.com

zelna olivier

Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff

Marie Segares

Joanne Jones

Buttonnose Crochet

Bonnie Pierce

Jen Tyler

Edith E Smith

Maria Summers

BabyLove Brand