Compare & Contrast: Red Heart Yarns Sweet Home vs. Bernat Blanket Yarn

Compare & Contrast: Red Heart Yarns Sweet Home vs. Bernat Blanket Yarn

As I sit through these weeks of Safer At Home, I decided to sort through some of the yarn I have in my stash. I came across several types of yarn with similar qualities and decided to do a contrast and comparison blog. Below are my observations between Red Heart Yarns Sweet Home and Bernat Blanket Yarn. Please refer to the photos for visual observations throughout.

First let me break down the specifics between the two fibers

Sweet Home

Maker: Red Heart Yarns

  • Content: 100% polyester
  • Ball size: 297 g/10.5 oz, 177 meters/193 yards
  • Care: Machine wash and dry
  • Gauge: 6 – Super Bulky

Retail Price: $10.99USD

Chenile style yarn

Color used in this blog: Dark Denim

Get the yarn here: https://amzn.to/2YhlDBN

 

 

 

Blanket Yarn

Maker: Bernat

  • Economical big ball size
  • Content: 100% polyester
  • Ball Size: 300g / 10.5 oz, 201 meters / 220 yards
  • Care: Machine wash and dry
  • Gauge: 6 Super Bulky
  • Knitting Gauge: 8 sts and 13 rows with a 8 mm (U.S. 11) knitting needle
  • Crochet Gauge: 7 sc and 8 rows with a 8 mm (U.S. L/11) crochet hook
  • Recommended for: Knit and crochet home decor projects

Retail price: $10.99USD

This super cozy, super bulky chenille-style yarn is available in a range of stylish shades to compliment your home decor.

Color used in this blog: Frosted Blue

Get this yarn here: https://bit.ly/2KLV0gs

As you can see in these details, the two are identical in content, similar in ball size, same care instruction, and price. Not much to break down since these particulars are so alike.

I decided to work up an identical short granny square pattern with each and compare and contrast working with each of these skeins.

I started with Sweet Home. It seems a tad lighter and more flimsy in my opinion. It makes a slightly smaller square using the same hook and pattern. There is more flow and movement in the Sweet Home because of that light and flimsy feel.

The density of Bernat Blanket Yarn seems thicker than the Sweet Home yarn and therefore this gives this fiber a somewhat firmer feel. There is less movement in the piece because of the density and firmness.

After washing:

After washing, there was no shrinking in either of the yarns and both kept their shape. The yarn is extremely soft before washing, but after washing, I personally feel like they are fluffier and softer than before! The Bernat Blanket Yarn has become more flexible and free-flowing losing some of the firmness evident pre-wash.  It’s like snuggling a light cloud. I can’t think of better words than soft, light, and fluffy.

 

Last thoughts:

While comparing these two fibers, I consistently felt they rival one another quite closely. The main difference was felt in the work up of these two fibers with Sweet Home more free-flow whereas the Bernat has more firmness. However, upon washing the consistency is nearly identical in both. I feel these two could work together and be very compatible with no blatant difference. One of the best discoveries of finding two compatible fibers is that it increases your color choices and options when creating with either of these skeins.

While working with these, I discovered a love for both and look forward to integrating them into a project in the near future. There is so much to love about a fiber that feels like these two do!

 

The crochet hook I used was a 12mm and I found it on Amazon here.

 

 

 

 

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Large Basket using Chunky Yarn

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Large Basket using Chunky Yarn

Sometimes things don’t go the way we expect and we have to improvise. Which is exactly what I had to do for this beautiful Chunky Basket. This is my latest project for the Funky with Chunky yarn event! Using Bernat Maker Big Yarn I created this very practical, very sturdy basket that is perfect for so much around the house. Great for storage, toys, organization, towels, you name it, one or more of these baskets will come in handy and look stylish, too!! I know for my house, this basket will be great for storing either yarn or Nasir’s toys. With Easter around the corner and the ‘safer at home’ quarantine ordinance in place, this would make a great kids basket. I am sure we will get a lot of use out of this home accessory. Be sure to follow along in today’s video tutorial or written pattern to make your own. Don’t have this yarn? Use tee shirt yarn or any variation of chunky yarn that’s size 5 to create this piece.

This video was not filmed in typical YARNutopia fashion. Because of the latest mandates imposed by the Governor regarding Safer At Home policies. My parents will be unable to travel. Therefore, this was filmed by yours truly. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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

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Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Bernat Maker Big Yarn in Dusk Blue
Size L-8.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can make this as tall as you want. The smaller the hook you use, and the tighter the tension you have, the sturdier your basket will be.

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Large Basket using Chunky Yarn

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Large Basket using Chunky Yarn

Sometimes things don’t go the way we expect and we have to improvise. Which is exactly what I had to do for this beautiful Chunky Basket. This is my latest project for the Funky with Chunky yarn event! Using Bernat Maker Big Yarn I created this very practical, very sturdy basket that is perfect for so much around the house. Great for storage, toys, organization, towels, you name it, one or more of these baskets will come in handy and look stylish, too!! I know for my house, this basket will be great for storing either yarn or Nasir’s toys. With Easter around the corner and the ‘safer at home’ quarantine ordinance in place, this would make a great kids basket. I am sure we will get a lot of use out of this home accessory. Be sure to follow along in today’s video tutorial or written pattern to make your own. Don’t have this yarn? Use tee shirt yarn or any variation of chunky yarn that’s size 5 to create this piece.

This video was not filmed in typical YARNutopia fashion. Because of the latest mandates imposed by the Governor regarding Safer At Home policies. My parents will be unable to travel. Therefore, this was filmed by yours truly. Enjoy!

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
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**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Bernat Maker Big Yarn in Dusk Blue
Size L-8.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can make this as tall as you want. The smaller the hook you use, and the tighter the tension you have, the sturdier your basket will be.

 

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
HDC: Half Double Crochet
ESC: Extended Single Crochet (Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through ONE loop, YO, Pull through 2 loops, stitch made)

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial that is linked above in this blog post to have visual instructions.

Basket:

Work in continuous Rounds for the base

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 8 ESC into 2nd Ch from hook. (8)

Rnd 2: 2 ESC in each st around. (16)

Rnd 3: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next st] 8 times. (24)

Rnd 4: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 2 sts] 8 times. (32)

Rnd 5: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 3 sts] 8 times. (40)

Rnd 6: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 4 sts] 8 times. (48)

Rnd 7: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 5 sts] 8 times. (56)

Rnd 8: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 6 sts] 8 times. (64)

Rnd 9: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 7 sts] 8 times. (72)

Rnd 10: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 8 sts] 8 times. (80)

Rnd 11: [2 ESC in next st, ESC in next 9 sts] 8 times. (88)

Rnd 12: Work in BLO for this round only. Sl st into next st, Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), DC in the BLO of every st around, sl st to first st. (88)

Rnds 13-21: Ch 2, DC in each st around working in both loops, Sl st to first st. (88)

Rnd 22: Mark your stitches to make handles (see video tutorial for visual instructions), Ch 2, DC in first st, Ch 8, Sk 8 sts, DC in next 35 sts, Ch 8, Sk 8 sts, DC in the rest of the sts around, sl st to first st.

Rnd 23: Ch 2, DC in all sts and all chs around, sl st to first st.

Fasten off, Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Yarnspirations

 

12 Days of Christmas: Bow & Bauble Door Hanging – Photo Tutorial

12 Days of Christmas: Bow & Bauble Door Hanging – Photo Tutorial

The Bow and Bauble Door Hanging is the best way to greet your guests on this 11th Day of Christmas! I created a crochet bow, then I paired the bow with some simple yet colorful ornaments and some shimmering ribbon. I love the final result!!

 

Here is a list of supplies I used:

Chic Sheep Yarn in Linen

Crochet Hook Size H-5.00mm

Thick Silver Ribbon

Thin Silver Ribbon

Ornament Baubles

Fabric Glue

Yarn Needle

 

I first made this piece. Pattern below image.

 

First I chained 120, Then I worked a DC in the very first chain to create a ring and I just worked in continuous rounds putting a DC in each chain around, and then continuing to put a DC in each stitch around without slip stitching to the beginning or anything. I worked in a swirl! Then after Round 12, I fastened off with a long tail.

 

 

I used that long tail and cinched the center of the bow down like this.

 

 

Then I took the ribbon and fabric glue and attached it in the center of the bow.

 

 

After that, I tied on the baubles and my bow was complete!!!

 

 

I did this project in an afternoon. It was sooooo easy!!

12 Days of Christmas: Buffalo Plaid Coasters – FREE Written Crochet Pattern

12 Days of Christmas: Buffalo Plaid Coasters – FREE Written Crochet Pattern
‘Tis the season for warm fires, hot cocoa with cookies, and friends to share it all with! Holiday entertaining is made even more festive with these black and red checked coasters! The plaid design is perfect for bringing a splash of bright color to protect and decorate the table top. Have you always wanted to try out how to crochet plaid? Well here is your chance to learn how in this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial and pattern. Now, if you will excuse me, there are a couple of mouthwatering cookies that need to find their way into my tummy! Enjoy all the drinks and goodies all year long with this great project!

 

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in the colors Charcoal, Berry Red, Cherry Red
-F-3.75mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Work over the top of your unworked yarn so you can trail it up to the next row. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

 

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

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial that is linked above in this blog post to have visual instructions.

Coasters (make 4 to make a full set)

With Charcoal Gray
Ch 20
Row 1: DC in 3rd Ch and each Ch across, Ch 2, Turn. (18)

Row 2: With Charcoal, DC in first 3 sts, *Change to Dark Red after 3rd Stitch of Charcoal, DC in next 3 sts, Change to Charcoal after 3rd stitch of Dark Red, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * across, turn. (18)
(Do not fasten off any of your yarns, Work over the top of your unworked yarn to hide it – See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 3: Attach Bright Red after last stitch that you made from previous Row, DC in first 3 sts, *Change to Dark Red after 3rd Stitch of Bright Red, DC in next 3 sts, Change to Bright Red after 3rd stitch of Dark Red, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * across, turn. (18)

Row 4: (Attach Charcoal after last stitch you made from previous row) Repeat Row 2

Row 5: Repeat Row 3

Row 6: Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 3

Row 8: With Charcoal for the whole row, DC in each st across, do not fasten off. Turn.

Round 9: Ch 1, SC in each st across and continue to SC around entire coaster. Put 3 SC in each corner to square it off.
Sl st to first st and then Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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

The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Yarnspirations

 

 

12 Days of Christmas: Rustic Wall Hanging – Photo & Written Tutorial

12 Days of Christmas: Rustic Wall Hanging – Photo & Written Tutorial

Our 7th day of Christmas brings more holiday decor! This rustic wall hanging has elements of crochet and craft mixed with elements of the outdoors. Follow through my step by step instructions and make your own wall hanging today.

 

The Materials I used are as follows:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Gold and Green

Chic Sheep Yarn (Red Heart) in Linen

3 Pinecones (from outside)

A Large Stick from outside

Cinnamon Sticks

Scissors

Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook

 

Step 1: I tied yarn to the stick on each end to make it be able to hang on a hook

Step 2: I crocheted the stars and tree (See pattern below)

Step 3: I used the Linen yarn and tied the pinecones, cinnamon sticks, stars and tree to the wall hanging using the Linen colored yarn.

It was so easy! I finished in an hour!!

 

Patterns:

Star:

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd Ch from hook, sl st to first st. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc each st around, sl st to first st. (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, *hdc in next st, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in next st, hdc in next st, sl st in next st*, repeat from * around, end with Sl st in last st. Sl st to first st to close round. Fasten off, Weave in ends. (5 points made)

 

Tree:

I followed along to this pattern by Carol from Pure Sugar blog. She designed the Country Christmas Crochet Garland and I used the motif for the tree design in the center.

 

When I put everything together, this is how it looks! It’s so lovely on my wall!

 

 

 

12 Days of Christmas: Rustic Holiday Decoration – Step by Step Photo Tutorial

12 Days of Christmas: Rustic Holiday Decoration – Step by Step Photo Tutorial

If anyone is looking for a rustic holiday decoration, I have just the thing for you! I did these easy jute covered balloon balls and they turned out so awesome. Below you can see my step by step process from start to finish. This idea has me thinking in all kinds of creative directions using string art to decorate for the holidays. I may have to make more! In the meantime check out my picture tutorial and follow along today.

 

First I gathered all the supplies I needed. (See photo above)
Water Balloons, Scissors, Paint brush, Mod Podge, and Jute.
I also used rubber gloves and a tupperware container that are not pictured.

 

I blew up the balloons to be mini balls, and then I added the Mod Podge to the tupperware container.

 

I proceeded to dunk the jute into the mod podge and then wrap it around the balloon using my rubber gloves for protection.

 

 

I wrapped about 20 times.

 

 

Then I used the paint brush to reinforce the mod podge to the jute.

 

I let it dry for 24 hours.

 

 

Once it was all dry, I popped the balloon and removed it from the middle of the ball.

 

 

 

The jute stayed in place!! Woohoo!! I then used a tweezer to get any extra mod podge out of the gaps and make the ball look cleaner.

 

 

 

I added an ornament hook to the ball and hung it on my tree!

 

 

12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Festive Wreath

12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Festive Wreath

On the LAST of our 12 Days of Christmas project I present to you this lovely wreath! Using a simple leaf design, dress up a door wreath for the holiday or ANY time of the year! This lovely home decor accent is the perfect way to greet your guests this holiday season! Happy, Happy Holidays EVERYONE! May you find plenty of projects to keep your hooks busy in the days ahead! Love and warm fiber hugs to all!

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make the leaves:

 

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn
Floral Wire
Wire cutters and Pliers
Wreath
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a larger hook to make this larger.
-Work in the BLO of this whole pattern

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

Pattern:

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

Leaf

Make as many as you’d like!

Ch 13
Rnd 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next ch, HDC in next ch, DC in next ch, TR in next 4 chs, DC in next ch, HDC in next ch, SC in next ch, Sl st in last ch, Continue working on opposite side of the foundation ch, Ch 1, Sl st back into the last ch, SC in next st, HDC in next st, DC in next st, TR in next 4 sts, DC in next st, HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sl st in last st. Do not fasten off.

Rnd 2: Work in a continuous round. SC in each st around working AROUND the floral wire so the edge of your leaf has the wire inside the stitches.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Cut the wire and hide it behind the leaf.

Assembly:
Glue all the leaves to your wreath.  Be careful with the Hot Glue Gun.

Enjoy!!

 

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

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

How to Crochet Tutorial: Candy Swirl Pillow

How to Crochet Tutorial: Candy Swirl Pillow

Hello Everybody! I just wanted to “lolli-POP” into your news feed to share our next installment of our Halloween Costumes!! I’m a “Sucker” for swirls and vibrant colors! These Candy Swirl Pillows are such a “Sweet Treat” to add to any room of the house!!

See the Lolli-PoPs in the background of our Halloween Costume reveal:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

You can see my past years costumes here:

2015 Costumes

2016 Costumes

2017 Costumes

Each year I try to create costumes more epic than the one’s before. This year will be AWESOME!
As I create a series of patterns, each one released leading up to Halloween, they reveal clues to what Nate and I plan to wear!

 

See the first piece of our Halloween costumes for this year here!

 

 

 

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

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad

Questions? Leave a comment!

You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).

Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver in 3 different colors
Size G-4.25mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle
16 inch Pillow Form
Measuring Tape
Scissors

NOTES:
-This pillow is worked in continuous rounds. Mark your rounds as you go.
-This pillow can be made bigger or smaller by doing more rounds of the repeat or less rounds.
-I used a 16 inch pillow round, but you can stuff it with stuffing or use a smaller pillow insert.

Special Stitches Used in this pattern:
Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch/stitches
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pillow:

Round 1: With Color 1,  [1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC] into the 2nd ch from the hook, pull up a long loop so it doesn’t unravel when you’re working with the next yarn, with color 2, [1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC] into same chain as the first color, pull up a long loop, with color 3, [1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC] into same chain as the first color. (12 sts)

Rnd 2: Begin working with color 1 again. [In the next color, put 2DC in each of the next 4 sts.] repeat for the next 2 colors. (24 sts)

Rnd 3: Continue to change color for each color change section (See video tutorial for visual instructions), [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 12 times. (36 sts)

Rnd 4: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 12 times. (48 sts)

Rnd 5: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 st] 12 times. (60 sts)

Rnd 6: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 4 st] 12 times. (72 sts)

Rnd 7: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 5 st] 12 times. (84 sts)

Rnd 8: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 6 st] 12 times. (96 sts)

Rnd 9: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 7 st] 12 times. (108 sts)

Rnd 10: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 8 st] 12 times. (120 sts)

Rnd 11: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 9 st] 12 times. (132 sts)

Rnd 12: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 10 st] 12 times. (144 sts)

Rnd 13: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 11 st] 12 times. (156 sts)

When you finish Round 13, for each color HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sl st in next 2 sts, fasten off.

On your first circle piece, fasten off with short tails. For your second piece, fasten off 2 colors with short tails and the 3rd color with a long tail for sewing. (See video tutorial for fasten off method instructions)

Assembly:
Sew the 2 pieces together using the whip stitch and inside out, then when you have 1/3 left of your work, flip it right side out and stuff with the pillow. Then sew the rest of the pillow closed. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Fasten off, weave in all ends.  Enjoy!

 

Check out the other pieces for the costume below:

Vertical Stripe Leg Warmers:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

Adult Knicker Pants:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

Steampunk Cardigan:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

 

Green Costume Wig:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Characters

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Crochet Tutorial: Tic Tac Toe Game and Tote

Crochet Tutorial: Tic Tac Toe Game and Tote

Summer is here and the kids are home all day long! What better way to bring in the summer than with great activities that don’t require the TV or any electronic devices.

Do you have a roadtrip planned? How about a day at the beach? Camping anyone? No matter where you go, even if it is just outside to your back yard, this totable Tic-Tac-Toe game board will promise loads of entertainment for all ages. Perfect for around the campfire when you are hanging out with the kids, perfect to pull out at the beach for some fun in the sand, perfect for picnics where you can open this up for some competition across the picnic table. There is nothing like an old fashioned game of Tic-Tac-Toe to bring on a some competitive spirit!

 

This is the perfect solution to long boring “I don’t have anything to do” blues! This game board easily cinches up into a bag or satchel and stores all the game pieces. Open it up and you are ready to play. Make up rules, make competitions, make point goals to claim a winner! First person to get 25 Tic-Tac-Toes takes the prize!! Whatever way you play, it is sure to provide lots of old school fun without relying on modern technology to fill those hours.

This project is a great stash buster for using up that extra yarn. It also would be a nice project to make in cotton for all-weather, all-terrain play. I would also suggest that you can put velcro on the back of the X’s and O’s as well as the squares to provide more stability. Make the O’s in one team color, the X’s in a rival color and make this a sport related rivalry game! The possibilities are endless! There are so many options with this game board!

Get yours started today and watch how much fun this pattern will provide! Follow along with my step by step tutorial and written pattern for year round enjoyment!

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this fun game:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Super Saver in Royal, Rouge, Aran, Green, Carrot, Yellow, Aruba Sea, Gray Heather, Baby Pink

G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Polyfil
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Board:
Ch 62
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook and across, turn. (60)
Row 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in each st across. turn. (60)
Rows 3-31: Repeat Row 2
Be sure your piece is square, if it is not, do more or less rows to make it square.
Continue to SC around entire piece.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Assembly:
Make a very long chain and weave it around the outer edge of the whole board and tie together. (This is the drawstring)
Surface crochet straight lines to make the Tic-Tac-Toe  Lines (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

O’s (Make 5)
Work in continuous rounds and in BLO

Ch 21
Rnd 1: SC in 1st ch to form a ring, SC in each ch around. (21)
Rnd 2: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 7 times. (35)
Rnds 4-6: SC in each st around. (35)
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (21)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew “O” Closed  and stuff with stuffing  (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

 

X’s (Make 5)
Work in Continuous Rounds and in BLO

First and Second Arm of the X:
Make 2 of these pieces:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 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)
For first piece, fasten off. For 2nd Piece, DO NOT fasten off

This next part is Attaching the First and Second Piece (See video tutorial for this part)
Rnd 8: SC around current piece, continue to SC in each st of the other piece. (24 sts)
Rnd 9: SC in each st around. (24)
Sew the hole between the arms closed (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Next part is creating the third arm of the X
Rnd 10: SC in 12 sts, Sk the last 12 sts. (12)
Rnd 11-14: SC in each st around. (12)

Assembly:
Stuff the piece of what you have done so far then continue with round 15

Rnd 15: [SC2TOG] 6 times.
SC 1st and 4th sts together. Fasten off.

Next part is creating the 4th arm of the X
Attach yarn to  the free stitch on round 9
Rnd 10-14: SC in each st around.
Stuff the rest of the X then go onto the last round.
Rnd 15: [SC2TOG] 6 times.
SC 1st and 4th sts together.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Assembly:
Tie a string around the center of the X to cinch it in to create an X letter.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Meet Jade and Fern

Meet Jade and Fern

Transitioning to so many new changes following the wedding, I found myself spending a lot of time alone. I live quite a distance from my parents now, in a new city, and have slowly begun to fully settle in to my new life here.

Working from home, I found that now the planning for the wedding is no longer consuming my days, I am finding a lot of extra time on my hands and hours to fill while Nate is at work all day. I stay busy. I have my YARNutopia blogging and tutorials to keep me quite active, but 10 hours a day I find myself alone. This is something I have been trying to adjust to and it hasn’t been easy.

Living with my parents, there was always a flurry of activity in our house. People coming and going, lots of stuff to do and very high energy made time pass quickly. I was never lonely. Here, my new house is very quiet all day, and it has taken some getting used to.

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Fur-baby First

Nate and I have been considering adding a pet to our household for some time now. Even before the wedding, we really felt a fur-baby would be a welcome addition to our new family. We decided on a kitty cat just to have some companionship for me while Nate is away.

On Saturday, we spontaneously decided to go check out a pet rescue called Chasing Daylight. We went with an open mind and heart. Since we have been planning to adopt a cat or a dog, it wasn’t too surprising to fall in love with a pet right away. Nate has always wanted a cat, I wanted a small dog. We ended up seeing both, cats and dogs yesterday and fell in love with one little kitty right away.

For a pet to be available for adoption, the facility (Chasing Daylight Pet Rescue) has to spay/neuter the animal, give the animal a full check-up and shots. We loved that the facility was very clean and all the animals were very well cared for. They let the cats all run around in an open room together for socialization.


She captured our hearts

We immediately were drawn to a little kitty that was approximately 6-8 months old. She was a stray and had never been previously owned. She was so sweet and such a cuddly little thing. She was fully vaccinated and spayed and ready for adoption.

We filled out an application. They needed full disclosure on info; the obvious- if we have ever been arrested for animal abuse and other important necessary facts. They needed to know who lives in the household and who will be the main care giver. Basically the rundown on making sure we would be good pet parents.

They were so kind to us and we were approved with no problems. We told them we were recently married, and it is just us two living in our home. I work from home and Nate works outside of the home. Someone will always be home and a full-time companion for this little sweetie!

It was set. We could come to pick her up 10am Sunday morning and take her home!

So, like all excited pet parents, when we got home last night to prep for our new arrival and we headed straight to the store and purchased EVERYTHING a cat needs. Litter, litter box, cat dishes, cat food, cat toys, mats, more toys, collars, cat crate, treats, shampoo, brush, 2 beds, Cat Tower, more toys, scratching posts, and catnip. You name it, it was in our cart!

To say we were thrilled is an understatement!

When we arrived Sunday morning to pick up our little kitty we went in, we were expecting to just adopt one cat, but when we got there, another cat was super social and was playing with “our” kitty, so we were so moved by their antics, we just could not resist and within a couple of hours we were bringing home two!


The second cat was previously owned, the owners moved to Georgia. She is approximately 1 year old. She has been spayed and up to date on all her distemper, ringworm shots as well.

We packed them in the carrier and off we went home to start this new adventure!

What’s in a name?

First line of business was giving them a name! We waited to get them home and watch over them a bit, but Nate and I were both so transfixed by the color of their eyes. They both have such beautiful green eyes that it soon became evident that those would be the defining factor in finding their forever names.

We decided on Jade for our older cat and Fern for our little kitty.

We are looking forward to this newest adventure in pet parenting and sharing our lives with these two darlings-Jade and Fern.
I know for myself, it will help make my days feel a bit less lonely with these two around, and I will love having some crochet companionship! I can’t wait to share their antics with all of you!

Share a bit about your fur-babies in the comments!

 

UPDATE: 4/5/2019

We have had these kitties for a year now and they have made our life so much better! We really don’t know how we lived without them! They are always putting a smile on our face! Fern is the best snuggle bug and Jade loves on us when she’s hungry. Haha!! They are both so different, but they love each other and you can always find them together! Here are both of their birthday photos when they each turned 2 years old.

Jade’s 2nd birthday was September 7th, 2018

 

Fern’s 2nd birthday was March 26th, 2019

As you can see, they are extremely spoiled and deserve all the delicious treats in the world! We love them so much and we’re so happy they chose us.

~Nadia

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Simple Basket

Crochet Tutorial: Simple Basket

I’m *vine-ally* coming to the last few days of puns! I’ve been a *basket-case* trying to think of great ideas that are *ex-straw-dinary* and fun. I know some of you can’t *container* feelings about what you think. Some think they are *unbe-weave-able*, others think they are pretty *rattan*! I have been a bit *bamboo-zled* over the response! With so much on my *plait* right now, a *wicker* woman might give up and quit these puns. Not me! I would be in a *bushel* of trouble! Doing 14 projects in 14 day isn’t easy, but I am someone who *sticks* with it! These projects and puns are a tradition and this tradition has become *woven* in my heart because these are all for Nate to *reed* and crocheters to enjoy! Once these are over, however, I plan to *braid* around and celebrate that I *willow*-nly have the wedding to *carry* out! Yayyy! Stay tuned for the Mini Basket tutorial! It will be up on the blog later today-just in time for Easter!

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

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Gleam Yarn
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet

Pattern:

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

Work in Continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnd 7: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)
Rnd 8: work in BLO, SC in each st around. (42)
Rnds 9-13: Work in both loops, SC in each st around.
Rnd 14: Ch 7, Sk 3 sts, SC in next 17 sts, Ch 7, Sk 3 sts, SC in last 19 sts.
Sl st into ch 7 sp and fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

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My New Craft Room

My New Craft Room

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

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

Where to start?

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

The Fun Part

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

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

 

 

Finishing touches

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

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

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

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

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Crochet Tutorial: Chunky Basketweave Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Chunky Basketweave Blanket

My Solid Tan Chunky Basketweave Blanket is the next project you must add to your to do list! This supremely soft and comfy blanket will make you want to wrap yourself up and not come out for the rest of the season! Grab a good book, a cup of hot tea, and this cozy blanket and you have all the perfect comforts for a fantastic night in!

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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.
-I used Red Heart Sweet Yarn but you can use any bulky size yarn to make this blanket.
-This blanket measures 70 inches wide and 71 inches long
-This blanket uses 1,780 yards of yarn. (I used a total of 20 skeins of Sweet yarn in this project)
You can get other blanket sizes here (about halfway down the page there’s measurements on different blanket sizes)
-For a baby blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 64 chains
-For a throw blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 80 chains
-For a Queen blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 104 chains
-For a King blanket, my recommendation is to make your foundation chain 144 chains
-Learn more about the basketweave stitch here

Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Sweet in Tan
10mm 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
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Pattern:

 

Chain 104 or any multiple of 8 (see other blanket measurement sizes here)
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and across, turn. (102 sts)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) *FPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts, BPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts, rep from * across, ending with 1 dc in top of turning chain, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) *BPdc around the post of next 4 sts, FPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts, rep from * ending with 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Repeat Row 2
Row 6: Repeat Row 3
Row 7: Repeat Row 2
Row 8: Repeat Row 3
Row 9: Repeat Row 3
Rows 10-71: Repeat rows 2-9 for however long you want to make your blanket
When you are finished with your last row, SC around the entire blanket to clean up the edges and put 3 SC in each corner.
Sl st to first SC, and fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: The Cozy Colossal Blanket

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

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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:

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***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.
-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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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!

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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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

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:

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

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

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

NOTES:
-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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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!

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

Pattern:

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


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Pattern:

Ch 75 or any multiple of 2 +1

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

forsale

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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Crochet Tutorial: Let’s Bake a Cake Apron

Crochet Tutorial: Let’s Bake a Cake Apron

This is the Let’s Bake a Cake Apron! During this time of year, lots of homes are busy with the hustle and bustle of the season! This great smock is made with the amazing Red Heart Yarns in Strata, and works up beautifully to provide you the best cover-up around when you are hard at work baking!

apron

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

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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

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

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

Materials:

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

Red Heart Yarns Strata in Teal
Red Heart Yarns Strata in White
Red Heart Yarns Strata in Red
(400 yards total of yarn)
K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This is a repeat pattern
-The one I made is 22 inches long. The straps provide versatility to make it longer or shorter
-We are making all the pieces separate and sewing them together
-To make these bigger, chain as many as you need for each section
-Make more or less rows to make this shorter or longer.

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
Shell: 3 DC in same stitch

Pattern:

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

Straps: Make 2 in White
Ch 5
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (4 sts)
Row 2-60: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn (4 sts)
Fasten off, Weave in all ends.


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Top:
Chain any amount or
Ch 27
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and across, turn. (25 sts)
Row 2-14: Ch 3 (counts as DC),  DC across, turn. (25 sts)
SC around entire piece.
Fasten off with LONG TAIL for sewing.
With White:
Attach yarn to top right, ch 1, sc in same st, * Shell in next, sc in next, repeat from * across. Fasten off weave in ends.


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Sash:
Ch 9
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (8 sts)
Row 2-130: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn (8 sts)
Fasten off, Weave in all ends.

Bottom:
Ch 52
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and across, turn. (50 sts)
Row 2-15: Ch 3 (counts as DC),  DC across, turn. (50 sts)
SC around entire piece.
Fasten off with LONG TAIL for sewing.
With White:
Attach yarn to top right, ch 1, sc in same st, * Shell in next, sc in next, repeat from * across. Fasten off weave in ends.

Pockets: Make 2
Ch 13
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (12 sts)
Row 2-16: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn (12 sts)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing
With White:
Attach yarn to top right, ch 1, sc in same st, * Shell in next, sc in next, repeat from * across. Fasten off weave in ends.

Assembly:
Sew all pieces together. See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Enjoy!!

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

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Crochet Tutorial: On the Fringe Cushion

Crochet Tutorial: On the Fringe Cushion

Today we have the On the Fringe Cushion pattern! This great piece of home decor has a boho-inspired look and can be made in any color for your home. The slip-stitches give a look of knit, and it is accented with a bobble fringe. Get your hooks ready ladies and gents, this is a pillow cover you don’t want to miss out on making!

onthefringe

You can use any size pillow you want and make this easy pattern that really dresses up your holiday decor this season! Use different colors and have this pillow for all year round!

onthefringe2

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

**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!

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
There will be an added expense of more travel and hopefully this won’t deter our ability to provide consistent videos on a weekly basis.

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
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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 for the whole kit of supplies!!**

Red Heart with Love in Holly Berry (10 Yards)
Red Heart With Love in Evergreen (10 Yards)
Red Heart Yarns with Love Metallic in White (350 Yards)
12mm crochet hook for Main part of pillow
I-5.5mm Crochet Hook for the outline reverse single crochets and for the puffs
Yarn Needle
Scissors
14 inch Pillow Form

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can also chain more or less for the size pillow you are making.
-Make your slip stitches extra loose to help with the next row and inserting your hook
-Slip Stitches are very short, so you will need to make your piece more of a rectangle piece instead of a square so it doesn’t stretch and look weird on the pillow form.
-The pillow I used was 14 inches but you can use any size pillow you want, just measure your panels to be the size of the pillow form you use.

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
Cluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times, YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Pattern:

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

With White and 12mm crochet hook: Make 2 Panels
Ch 31 or any amount that will cover the pillow you are working over.
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook VERY LOOSELY and Sl st in each ch across. (30 sl sts)
Rows 2-75: ch 1, turn, sl st in each st across. (30 sl sts)
You can end this part early or keep going to make this as big as you need it to be to cover your pillow
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Fringe: Make as many as you want. (I made 3)
Row 1: FSC 48 or any multiple of 6
Row 2: *Ch 6, 3DC cluster in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 3, 3 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in ch where 1st cluster was made, ch 3, sk 5 sts, sl st in next st, repeat from * across. (8 bobble fringes)

Assembly:
Reverse single crochet attaching the 2 panels of your pillow, stuff pillow form inside before completely closing it.
Attach fringe in a cool design, either a zig zag or scoops or straight across.

Enjoy!!

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Sparkle and Puff Holiday Cones

Crochet Tutorial: Sparkle and Puff Holiday Cones

These Sparkle and Puff Holiday Cones are great to put on your crafting Christmas list. These are Styrofoam cones dressed up for the holidays! Made in the fashion of our favorite Kris Kringle, this design can be modified for other holidays or events!

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

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials:

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Red Heart Yarns Holiday in Red/Silver (less than 100 yards)
Scraps of Black yarn (Red Heart Super Saver)
Red Heart Yarns with Love in Pewter
Red Heart Yarns with Love Metallic in White
-G/6-4.25mm crochet hook Get the same Hook as me by clicking here!
Styrofoam Cone from Craft Store
Pom Maker
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stitch Marker

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
HDC: Half Double Crochet
Popcorn: 5DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st dc of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Beg. Popcorn: 4DC in same st as ch up 3, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st ch up 3 of grouping, put loop back on hook and pull through.

Pattern:

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

With Red:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (Place st marker), work in continuous rounds
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Rnds 3-4: sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6-8: sc in each st around. (18)
Rnd 9: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 10-13: sc in each st around. (24)
Rnd 14: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnds 15-17: sc in each st around. (30)
Change to Black
Rnds 18-21: SC in each st around. (30)
Change back to Red
Rnds 22-30: SC in each st around. (30)
Fasten off.
Change to White
Rnd 31: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Popcorn in next st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first sc.
Rnd 32: ch 3, Beg. Popcorn in same st, *SC in next popcorn, Popcorn in next SC, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. popcorn.

Buckle:
With Gray
Ch 16
Rnd 1: SC in 1st ch, 2 more sc in same ch, *SC in next 3 chs, 3 SC in next ch, repeat from * around ch, work in continuous rounds. (24 sts)
Rnd 2: SC in next st, * 3 sc in next st, SC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Make pom and sew to top of cone piece
Sew buckle to piece.
Fit around styrofoam cone.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Winter Snowman Coasters

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Snowman Coasters

These Winter Snowman Coasters will be perfect on any table this holiday! Make this fun holiday accent for your guests. It’s perfect for serving your beverages! Try a new technique of working with cork board to crochet with!

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Some fun suggestions by changing up the color are that you can change the look of the coasters. Going around the coaster with black yarn and putting a beak instead of a carrot nose, you can transform these snowmen into penguins or other varieties of characters. Want to change the shape? Use square coasters or cut squares out of your cork board and work around the squares using the same technique. Also, you can use the same technique on a larger cork and create a single hot pad for your Christmas Tabletop. Have fun with these ideas! They don’t have to be holiday related. You can make a few changes and have them all year round.

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Follow this video tutorial to learn how to make these coasters:

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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**Get the full kit of supplies here**

Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in White
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Orange
Red Heart Yarns With Love in Holly Berry
E-3.50mm Crochet Hook
Cork Board or Cork Coasters (4 inch coasters)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Ribbon for the scarf

NOTES:
-If you want to use a different yarn, go to YarnSub.com and type in Red Heart Super Saver and equivalent yarns will show up
-Finished size is about 5 inches (15 cm)

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
TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern:

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

Coaster

Cut Cork into 4 inch circles
Punch holes around cork coaster measuring 1 inch in between them and a half inch into the coaster (see video tutorial for visual instructions.)

With White:
Row 1: Sl st into one hole, ch 3, sl st into next hole, ch 3, repeat around, sl st to 1st sl st. Ch 1.

Row 2: Sl st into ch 3 sp, Ch 1, 3 SC in ch 3 sp, ch 1, 3 SC in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st 3 sts, sl st into ch sp, ch 4, TR in same sp, 2 TR in next 3 sts, TR in ch sp, ch 4, sl st in same ch 4 sp, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 SC in ch sp, repeat from * for the rest of the round. Sl st to 1st st.

Row 4: Sl st in each st to ch up 4. Sc in each ch of the ch up 4, HDC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 4 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, sc in each of the next 4 ch, sl st in next 3 sts. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Carrot nose: with Orange
Ch 5
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, HDC in last 2 chs, Fasten off, Sew onto head

Eyes: with Black
French Knots for eyes (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Mittens: with Holly Berry Make 2
Ch 5
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, 2 SC in last st, CH 1, turn (5)
Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, sc in next 4 sts, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 3: SC in 1st 3 sts, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook and in same st where last sc was worked. Fasten off.
Sew to coaster.

Assembly:
Sew all the pieces to coaster and tie ribbon around neck.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Bows and Bells Napkin Rings

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

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