2020 Mystery Crochet-Along

2020 Mystery Crochet-Along

**To see the written instructions for each part, scroll down to the Schedule Section Below.**

This is my first ever Crochet Along that I will be hosting with another blogger and good friend of mine, Nicki from Nicki’s Homemade Crafts! We are keeping it a complete secret until the end, so we are calling this a Mystery Crochet Along to make things interesting.  This entire CAL is free and will be broken up into 5 PARTS throughout 2 weeks with a special *GIVEAWAY* at the end.

This is sponsored by WeCrochet.

The Mystery CAL Hosts

This Mystery CAL is hosted by me, Nadia from YARNutopia and my friend Nicki from Nicki’s Homemade Crafts. When Nicki asked me to join her in doing this M-CAL, I wasn’t going to turn down this amazing opportunity to work with such an incredible crochet designer! Nicki has helped me in so many ways throughout my crochet blogging journey, and I am honored to be part of this collaboration with her.

 

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How this will work:

You can follow both Nicki and myself on social media or sign up for our newsletters and of course join our Facebook groups. (All linked above) The Mystery CAL will be in 5 separate parts: 2 parts for me, 2 for Nicki, and 1 part that we both reveal at the end. The last part of the Mystery CAL will be similar, but not the same. We both start out with the same crochet pattern, but we will be finishing it differently. That way, we make it more fun and it provides you with *options* on how to finish it yourself. Who doesn’t love options?! Amirite?!

 

All the parts for this Mystery Crochet Along will have written instructions as well as an accompanying video tutorial to guide you through every step of the way. Here’s an example

For Part 1, you will go to Nicki’s website to see the written pattern and video tutorial. (I’ll share her link here so you don’t get lost).

Then, for Part 2, you will come here to my website to get the written pattern and video tutorial.

For part 3, you will go back to Nicki’s website for the instructions,

On part 4 you will come back to my website to get the information

And for part 5, the final one, you will get to choose between Nicki’s final option or mine-You will be able to view both and make your own choice based on what you like!

While you work on each part of the crochet pattern, we encourage you to share your progress pictures in our Facebook Groups using the hashtag #MCALNN

You have until 9/24/20 to finish the pattern, post the image of the final product using the hashtag #MCALNN to qualify for the GIVEAWAY!

 

How to qualify for the GIVEAWAY:

You can enter or take your time with the pattern and not enter–you still get a fabulous crocheted creation that you made in the end!

But here is how you qualify to be entered in the Giveaway:

  1. Join both Nicki’s and my newsletter (Find the Sign-up for Nicki’s Newsletter here)
    Sign up for my newsletter here
  2. Follow us on Facebook and SUBSCRIBE to both of our Youtube channels (Links are above)
  3. Post the image of your final product in our Facebook groups when you are finished (Before 9/24/2020)
  4. Use the hashtag #MCALNN when you post to our Facebook groups (you can post in both groups or just one group – you will still qualify for the giveaway)
  5. Post into our group with the image and hashtag no later than 9/24/20, midnight PT

Both Nicki and I will pick a winner to each win a product from WeCrochet with a $50 value. The Giveaway Winner announcement will take place on my Facebook page on 9/25/20 at 12pm, PT (3pm, ET).

 

The prizes you have a chance to win:

1. A Yarn Swift – Birch

2. The Hook Nook Designer Project Bag

 

 

 

Here are all the materials you will need for this Mystery Crochet Along:

(Click on the links below to get your supplies online)

4 different colors of worsted weight (Size 4 medium) yarn

I used WeCrochet’s Brava yarn with these colors (go to Nicki’s Page to see which colors and amounts of yarn she is using in her project)

-1 skein of Caution for Part 1
-1 skein of Marina for part 2
-2 Skeins of Asphalt Heather for Part 3
-2 skeins of Fairytale for Part 4 and 5
-4.0mm hook (Get the crochet hook I used here)
Scissors
Measuring Tape
Tapestry Needle

Special Notes:

There are a few materials I can’t reveal just yet, as that would reveal the mystery right away

These materials are not essential at the beginning of the pattern

I will reveal them in part 5

To follow this M-CAL, you will need general and beginner-friendly knowledge of basic crochet stitches. Video tutorials will be provided for every part

GAUGE is NOT important, BUT measurements will be! PLEASE MEASURE!

 

When will this Mystery Crochet Along Happen?

The Mystery Crochet Along will be in 5 separate parts. You will likely not know *what* it will be until you see Part 5 of the CAL. We want to make sure you all have your materials you will need for the Mystery Crochet Along, we will give you all a week to collect your materials.

Then we will get started.

**See the schedule below for each part.**

We hope to have many people attend this Mystery Crochet Along!! It will be a complete mystery, although, we won’t tell you what it is to keep it fun and interesting. But, it will also be super exciting as we see you all working on it and get to tell the big reveal at the end!

 

Be sure to share this post with your crochet friends so they all can join in all the fun!!

This MCAL has STARTED!!! See each part below!

 

 

Mystery Crochet Along Pattern Parts:

Part 1:

Find PART 1 on Nicki’s Website HERE and her video tutorial HERE.

Be sure to follow Nicki’s YOUTUBE Channel and all of her other social media pages (Links are above for that)!

Also, SHARE your 6 TRIANGLES for PART 1 to our Facebook Groups (Both Nicki’s and Nadia’s) and use the hashtag #MCALNN for us to see and celebrate you!

 

Part 2:

Now available below – by Nadia

Make 6 Triangles

Use a color that you have ONE skein of

I picked Marina

Each triangle has the dimensions 7.5 (long side) x 5.5 (both short sides)  (if stretched it could also be 6 inches). Try to make sure your measurements match that.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet

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

Triangle:
Make 6 Total Triangles in the same color (I used Marina for all 6 of my Triangles for Part 2)

Start with a Magic Ring (or Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form a ring)

Row 1: Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] into Ring, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 2: SC in first SC, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in ch 2 sp, Ch 1, SC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 3: SC in first st, Ch 1, SC in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in Ch 2 sp, Ch 1, SC in next Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, SC in last st, Ch 1, Turn.

Row 4: SC in first st, *Ch 1, SC in next ch sp, repeat from * until Ch 2 sp, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in ch 2 sp, **Ch 1, SC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from ** until last st, Ch 1, and SC in last St. Ch 1, Turn.

Rows 5-14: Repeat Row 4
when your triangle is big enough, SC along the LONG side of your triangle 24 sts evenly. Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Also, SHARE your 6 TRIANGLES for PART 2 to our Facebook Groups (Both Nicki’s and Nadia’s) and use the hashtag #MCALNN for us to see and celebrate you!

Follow along with this video tutorial for visual instructions on making this triangle for Part 2 of the Mystery Crochet Along:

 

Part 3:

Find PART 3 on Nicki’s Website HERE and her video tutorial HERE.

Make ONE of these rectangles.
Make sure it’s 15 inches wide and 7.5 inches tall when finished.

 

Be sure to follow Nicki’s YOUTUBE Channel and all of her other social media pages (Links are above for that)!

Also, SHARE your 6 TRIANGLES for PART 1, your 6 TRIANGLES for PART 2, AND This Large RECTANGLE to our Facebook Groups (Both Nicki’s and Nadia’s) and use the hashtag #MCALNN for us to see and celebrate you!

 

Part 4: coming 9/21/20 by Nadia

Part 5: coming 9/23/20 by Nicki & Nadia

 

I hope you will enjoy this Mystery CAL. After all the parts are published, I will publish this pattern as a stand-alone – still free – crochet pattern shortly after.

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos even if we don’t live together.
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The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of WeCrochet

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Simply Bright Granny Square

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Simply Bright Granny Square

My Simply Bright Granny Square combines some of the most basic stitches to create this simple but elegant square. A combination of squares would make the perfect afghan, throw, or baby blanket.

Mix it up by doing the opposite colors in each square you make for a more checked look. Any number of color combinations would work up to make a lovely blanket for anyone.

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

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
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Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Brava Worsted by WeCrochet in any color
Size H-5.00mm 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 6 inch square, if you crochet loosely, it will come out to be 6.5inches. You can use a smaller hook if you prefer to have it exactly 6 inches.

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

 

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Simply Bright Granny Square

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Simply Bright Granny Square

My Simply Bright Granny Square combines some of the most basic stitches to create this simple but elegant square. A combination of squares would make the perfect afghan, throw, or baby blanket.

Mix it up by doing the opposite colors in each square you make for a more checked look. Any number of color combinations would work up to make a lovely blanket for anyone.

 

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.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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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
Brava Worsted by WeCrochet in any color
Size H-5.00mm 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 6 inch square, if you crochet loosely, it will come out to be 6.5inches. You can use a smaller hook if you prefer to have it exactly 6 inches.

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 that is linked above in this blog post to have visual instructions.

Square:

With Main Color
Rnd 1: h 2, [SC, Ch 2] 4 times into the 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1, Turn.

Rnd 2: *In Ch 2 sp, put [SC, Ch 2, SC] Ch 1, repeat from * around, finishing with Ch 1, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1, Turn.

Rnd 3: *SC in Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner, Ch 1, Repeat from * around, ending with Ch 1, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1, Turn.

Rnd 4: *[SC, Ch 1] in each Ch sp until you get to the corner, put [SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner, Ch 1, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 1, Sl St to first SC, Ch 1, Turn.

Rnds 5-9: repeat Round 4 (Turn your work after every round)
Fasten off, weave in end.

Attach Accent color to any corner ch 2 sp
Rnd 10: Ch 3 (counts as DC), [DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *[Ch 1, DC in next Ch 1 sp] until next corner, put [2DC, Ch 2, 2DC] in next corner sp, repeat from * around ending with Ch 1, Sl st to beg. ch 3 st. Fasten off accent color, weave in ends. Turn your work.

Rnd 11: Attach Main color in any ch 2 corner sp, Ch 1, *[SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner sp, Ch 1, SC in first DC on the side, [Ch 1, Sk next DC, SC in Ch 1 sp] 9 times, Ch 1, Sk next DC, SC in last DC on side, Ch 1, repeat from * around ending with a sl st to first SC, Ch 1, Turn.

Rnd 12: *[SC, Ch 1] in each Ch sp until you get to the corner, put [SC, Ch 2, SC] in each corner, Ch 1, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 1, Sl St to first SC.

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 WeCrochet

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Wee One Baby Bonnet

FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Wee One Baby Bonnet

My Wee One Bonnet is a mix of moss stitch granny squares and a few other fun stitches that works up nicely in this cute unisex bonnet! I made this one in Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep Yarn in the color VIP but don’t be limited to that! You can make this in every color of the rainbow for all the babies or Wee Ones that you know!

This little bonnet has a bit of a square shape which makes this have a little bit of a vintage appeal. Many of the old school bonnets had a similar shape and this one is a sweet one to resurrect this fun look. One of these would make a lovely addition to any layette.

This bonnet is a year round wear item, but is perfect for fitting under a hood since it has little bulk. It is also nice for springtime to protect ears from a slight breeze or chill in the air. You can’t go wrong with one of these for your little one or for a gift!

 

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

 

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.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
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Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in VIP
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Wee One Baby Bonnet

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Wee One Baby Bonnet

My Wee One Bonnet is a mix of moss stitch granny squares and a few other fun stitches that works up nicely in this cute unisex bonnet! I made this one in Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep Yarn in the color VIP but don’t be limited to that! You can make this in every color of the rainbow for all the babies or Wee Ones that you know!

This little bonnet has a bit of a square shape which makes this have a little bit of a vintage appeal. Many of the old school bonnets had a similar shape and this one is a sweet one to resurrect this fun look. One of these would make a lovely addition to any layette.

This bonnet is a year round wear item, but is perfect for fitting under a hood since it has little bulk. It is also nice for springtime to protect ears from a slight breeze or chill in the air. You can’t go wrong with one of these for your little one or for a gift!

 

 

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.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

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

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
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Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in VIP
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

 

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
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
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.

Granny Square:

Make 2
Ch 2

Rnd 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook, [Ch 2, SC in same ch as first SC] 3 times, Ch 2, Sl st to first SC.

Rnd 2: Sl st into Ch 2 corner sp, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner,*  Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] into next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 3: Sl st into Ch 2 corner sp, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner, *Ch 1, SC in next ch 1 sp, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 4: Sl st into Ch 2 corner sp, Ch 1, [SC Ch 2, SC] in corner, * [Ch 1, SC in next ch 1 sp] repeat until you get to the next corner, [SC, Ch 2, SC] into corners, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC.

Rnds 5-10: Repeat Round 4

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Center ribbing:

Work in BLO to make the ribbing look

Ch 17

Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn. (16)

Row 2: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn.

Rows 3-40: repeat Row 2

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:

Sew the center ribbing piece to the granny squares. See the video tutorial for specific visual instructions. See photos for visual instructions as well.

Bottom Cuff:

Attach Yarn to bottom corner of bonnet (see video tutorial for specific location)

Row 1: Ch 2, DC across the bottom of the bonnet, Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as stitch), DC in first st, FPDC on next, BPDC on next, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last st, Turn.

Rows 3-4: Repeat Row 2
Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Ties/Straps

Attach yarn to bottom corner of bonnet (do this for both straps)

Ch 51, SC in 2nd Ch and each ch across until you get back to the bonnet. Sl st to bonnet. 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: Corner to Corner (C2C) Holiday Hot Pad – FREE Crochet Video Tutorial

12 Days of Christmas: Corner to Corner (C2C) Holiday Hot Pad – FREE Crochet Video Tutorial

Next up in the 12 Days of Christmas project, I have this Corner to Corner Holiday Hotpad. This is the time of year when we gather with friends and family in our homes or in our community. We share our table and time. A beautiful way to dress up the table is to make these lovely potholders to protect the tabletop from the hot food. Disclaimer The Corner to Corner stitch has some small openings in the stitch. This is ONLY for protecting your table and NOT for using to grab hot dishes from the oven. These are made from cotton and would also work as washcloths. Any way you wish to use these, they make a wonderful gift.

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


 

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.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

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

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

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn in the colors Country Red, Indigo, Jute, Emerald
-G-4.25mm crochet hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can do as many rows of the increase part of this pattern as you want to make it as long/wide as you want.

 

 

Changing Gauge to Adjust Size

Changing Gauge to Adjust Size

I am often asked if one of my patterns can be resized. I know that it can become frustrating to see a pattern you love and yet, not be able to make it in the size you need. I do try to make most patterns in a variety of sizes to accommodate all, but sometimes, the pattern I design is size specific. I don’t have a variation or the stitch counts to make it in other sizes. Today’s blog is JUST A GUIDELINE to show you how changing your hook size can make a pattern slightly smaller or bigger JUST by changing this one detail.

Experimenting!

I decided to do a quick trial experiment because, not only do I love to crochet, I love to get answers to longstanding questions. The question posed to me quite often is: Can I make this pattern bigger or smaller?

If I don’t have the pattern adapted to various sizes, I have offered the suggestion to try different hook sizes.
Here I give you a better visual on how much changing the hook size does increase or decrease the size of your piece.

In this experiment, I took six different hooks:
1. D-3.25mm crochet hook
2. F-3.75mm crochet hook
3. G-4.25mm crochet hook
4. H-5.00mm crochet hook
5. J-6.00mm crochet hook
6. K-6.50mm crochet hook

I then crocheted THE EXACT SAME granny square using each different hook. (See this pattern here for the granny square pattern)

I used Red Heart With Love yarn in color Jadeite (worsted weight) Size 4 Medium (equal to DK or Aran yarn).

Once I completed each square, I placed all together using a US quarter coin as a point of reference to show proportion.
Each square increased somewhat in size but also, notice the stitching is not as tight as you increase the size.

The difference in size from the first square using a D-3.25mm hook to the last square using the K-6.50mm hook is a difference of 3 inches (~8cm)

Visuals Help!

If you are like me, it is so much easier to have a visual to be able to put into perspective how much change happens just by changing your hook. It helps so much to see it right in front of your eyes rather than trying to picture it in your mind how much difference this will make.

This trick may not work for ALL patterns but for some, this adjustment will be very handy in making something just a bit smaller or larger.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t allow for HUGE variations in size but just enough for some to get the desired result if you want to go a bit up or down on a specific pattern.

Also, remember, the larger you go, the looser and open the stitches will appear.

Share with us your experience if YOU have tried resizing by changing your hook gauge. Let us know how that helped you make a pattern smaller or larger. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Below are photos of each square by itself using the quarter as a point of reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

Crochet Tutorial: Where Love Grows Afghan Block

This afghan block is part of the Wedding Blanket CAL that Marly Bird is hosting on her website!! See more details about it here!

My contribution to this crochet-along is the “Where Love Grows Afghan Block.” It has a floral design to it and it is very fitting to a wedding theme of love and growing together in your relationship.

On the Red Heart team we have a wonderful leader of the Joy Creators, named Ally. Ally got married in May and we wanted to do something very special for her. I got the Joy Creators together and we each made a square to put together to make a wedding blanket for Ally and her husband.

 

 

Below is a photo of the whole blanket put together! All the crochet designers that were part of this crochet along had our afghan blocks sewn together to make this patchwork quilt into a beautiful wedding gift!

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this afghan block:

 

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in the colors VIP, Suede, and Linen
Size I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can make many of these into a blanket of any size. Use the Afghan Size Guide in this Blog Post
-The measurement for my square came out to be 12 inches
-You can use any colors you want. I used a Worsted Weight, Size 4 Medium Yarn but you can use any Double Knitting Yarn or any Aran Yarn as well.
-You do not have to change color so often, but sewing in those pesky ends is a nightmare. Be sure to sew them in as you go.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK/Sk’d: Skip/Skipped
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Cluster: [YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through 2 loops on your hook] 3 times, YO pull through all 4 loops on your hook
Beg. Cluster: [YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through 2 loops on your hook] 2 times, YO pull through all 3 loops on your hook
LHDC: Long Half Double Crochet
LDC: Long Double Crochet

Pattern:

With Suede,
Start with a Magic Ring or Ch 4 and Sl st to first Ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), 7 DC into ring, Sl st to first Ch 3 st. (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, Beginning Cluster in same st, *Ch 2, Cluster in next st, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 2, Sl st to first cluster. Fasten off, change color to VIP. (8 cluster sts)

Rnd 3: With VIP, Attach yarn to any Ch 2 sp, Ch 1, * 3 SC in Ch 2 sp, SC in cluster st, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, Fasten off and change color to Linen. (32 sc sts)

Rnd 4: With Linen, Work in BLO, Attach yarn to any SC, Ch 4 (Counts as DC + Ch 1 sp), *DC in next st, Ch 1, repeat from * around, ending with ch 1, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. Fasten off. (32 sts)

Rnd 5: With Linen, Attach yarn to any FRONT LOOP of any st on Round 3 that was not worked into, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), RSC in each st around. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: In any ch sp of Round 4, Attach Suede. Ch 5 (Counts as DC + Ch 2 sp), *DC in next Ch sp, Ch 2, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 2, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. Fasten off, change color to Linen. (32 sts)

Rnd 7: With Linen, Attach to any Ch 2 sp, Ch 1, 2 HDC in each Ch 2 sp around, Sl st to first HDC. Fasten off, change color to VIP. (64 sts)

Rnd 8: With VIP, Attach to any st, Ch 1, SC in first 4 sts, * Ch 5, Sk 4 sts, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 5, Sl st to 1st SC, do NOT fasten off. (8 Ch 5 sps created)

Rnd 9: Continue using VIP color, Sl st into next st and IN BETWEEN the 2 sts of the 4 SC grouping (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, SC in same spot, *[3DC, 3TR, 3DC] in next ch 5 sp, SC between 2 middle SC of next 4 SC grouping, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. Fasten off, change color to Linen. (If your work is curling at this point do not worry, it will flatten out in the next few rounds) (8 petals made)

Rnd 10: With Linen, Attach to any FIRST DC of a petal, work in BLO for this round, Ch 1, HDC in first 4 sts, *[HDC, Ch 2,  HDC] in next st, HDC in next 4 sts, Long HDC in same spot as SC from previous round, HDC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending with LHDC in last st, sl st to first HDC. Fasten off, change color to Suede. (96 sts)

Rnd 11: With Suede, Attach to any LHDC, Work in THIRD LOOP of each st in this round, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), Ch 4 (Counts as TR), [2TR, Ch 2, 3 TR] in same st, * Sk 3 sts, SC in next 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, SC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next st, TR in LHDC st, DC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 2 sts, SC in ch 2 sp, SC in next 2 sts, Sk 3 sts, [3TR, Ch 2, 3 TR] in LHDC st, repeat from * around, sl st to first Ch 4 st. do NOT fasten off. (92 sts around)

Rnd 12: Continue using Suede color, work in BOTH LOOPS of sts, In same st as join, Ch 3, DC in next 2 sts, * [2DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in corner ch 2 sp, DC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 17 sts, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beginning ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color to VIP. (108 sts)

Rnd 13: With VIP, Attach yarn to any corner ch 2 sp, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, * Ch 1, Sk 1 st, DC in next st, repeat from * until next corner, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color to Suede.

Rnd 14: With Suede, Attach yarn to any corner ch 2 sp, Ch 1, *[SC, Ch 2, SC] in corner, SC in next 2 sts, [LDC in Sk st from previous round, SC in next st on Rnd 13] 14 times, LDC in Sk’d st from Previous Round, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. Fasten off, change color to Linen.

Rnd 15: With Linen, attach yarn in any corner ch 2 sp, Ch 1, 3 SC in same corner sp, SC in each st around putting 3 SC in corner ch 2 sps, sl st to first SC, do NOT fasten off. (144 sts)

Rnd 16: Continue using Linen, Ch 1, SC in each st round putting 3 SC in middle SC of corners, sl st to first SC, do NOT fasten off. (152 sts)

Rnd 17: Repeat Round 16 (You can opt out of doing this round if your square is 12 inches after Round 16)

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Block your square if needed.

Enjoy!!


 

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

 

 

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12 Days of Christmas: Paw Print Ornament

12 Days of Christmas: Paw Print Ornament

Represent the pets this Christmas with this sweet Paw Print Ornament! Make one today and have a “PAWSOME” holiday!!

 

Watch 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:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Buff and Aruba Sea
Polyfil
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a larger hook to make this larger.

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

Paw

Using Buff, Make 2
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 9 DC in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to first DC.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as anything), 2 DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (18)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 DC in next st, DC in next] 9 times, sl st to first DC. (27)
Rnd 4: *Sk 1 st, [DC, 5 TR, DC] in next st, Sk 1 st, SC in next st, repeat from * until you have 4 toes, then, after 4th toe is made, Sk 1 st, [SC in 3 sts, 2 SC in next] 3 times. Do not sl st to beginning, continue to work in continuous round.
Rnd 5: [SC in next, 2 SC in next, HDC in next, 2 HDC in next, HDC in next, 2 SC in next, SC in next, sl st in next] 4 times, after 4th toe then [SC in next 5 sts, 2 SC in next st] 3 times.
Fasten off your first one with a long tail for sewing. Fasten off your second one with a short tail.

Inner Paw Pad
With Aruba Sea
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 15 DC in 3rd Ch from hook, sl st to first DC.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, DC in same st, TR in next, 2 TR in next st, TR in next st, DC in next st, 2 DC in next st, DC in next st, 3 TR in next st, DC in next st, 2 DC in next st, DC in next st, TR in next, 2 TR in next, TR in next, DC in last, Ch 3, sl st to center. Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Toe pads: Make 4 in Aruba Sea
Ch 2
Rnd 1: [3SC, 4HDC, 3 SC] in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to first st.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew the paw toe pads and inner foot pad to the paw, then sew the front and back paw together and stuff it. Add a loop to the top for an ornament! Weave in all ends!

Enjoy!!

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

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

How to Crochet Tutorial: Patchouli Poncho

How to Crochet Tutorial: Patchouli Poncho

There are a variety of fiber textures that I used to create this eclectic boho-inspired poncho! I decided to create this free-flowing Patchouli Poncho that just begs you to get outdoors on a beautiful day and feel the sunshine pour down upon you! I used my Sublime Light Granny Square from the 365 Days of Granny Squares for the border design, and it was just the right touch for this avant-garde piece! This project is coming to you just in time for the holidays! Get ready to make one for yourself or for someone you love!

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

Watch this video tutorial for the granny square used in this poncho pattern:

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

Materials you will need:

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Colorscapes in the color Rome
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in the color Gold
Red Heart Yarns With Love in the color Mango
Red Heart Yarns Italian Story Ombra in the color Mare
Red Heart Yarns Hygge in the following colors: Forest, Teal, Latte, Ivy, Almond, Ink, Aloe, Rust, Pearl, Sterling, Plum Candy, Indigo
J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make this smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger
-This poncho is approximately 40 inches long
-This poncho takes approximately 1800 yards of yarn
-I used many different types of yarn and colors but you can use less or more if you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight or DK yarn
-This poncho is worked from the top down
-I would recommend any type of yarn for this project.

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

Pattern:

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

 

Poncho:

Granny Squares:
Make the Sublime Light Granny Square
You can find the crochet pattern and video tutorial here.

 

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Poncho:

With Colorscapes in the color Rome,
Ch 114 or any even number that will wrap around your neck loosely
Row 1: SC in 4th ch from hook, *Ch 1, Sk 1 Ch, SC in next ch, repeat from * across ending with SC in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of Row 1, turn.

Rows 3- 35: Repeat Row 2

Row 36: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * until you have 16 SC sts, leave the rest of the row unworked. Turn.

Rows 37-80: Repeat Row 2 on this shorter section. (This is creating the “over one shoulder” side)
After Row 80, fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Fold the piece as shown in the video tutorial here and continue to work on the opposite end of the foundation row working down the piece.

 

Attach Italian Story Ombra Yarn in the color Mare

Once your piece is folded and sewn together like a poncho, then Attach new yarn to the first stitch of your foundation row

Row 1 of New color: (if this gets confusing please watch the video tutorial at minute 22 into the video): Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn. (continuing the Moss Stitch)

Rows 2-10: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.
After Row 10, fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 11-12: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 13-14: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 15-16: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 17-18: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 19-20: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row1, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 21-22: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 23-24: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 25-26: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 27-28: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

After Row 28, fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Work on the side that has been unworked this whole time. (See video tutorial at time 31 minutes)

Row 1: Attach Italian Story Ombra in the color Mare to the corner, continue the moss stitch across which is Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Rows 2-14:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.
After Row 14, fasten off

The next step you need to do is mark 28 stitches in from Row 14 of the last section you crocheted on both sides of the poncho. (See video tutorial at minute 36 if this is confusing)

Attach Colorscapes Yarn to the ch sp after the stitch marker

Row 1:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row until you get to the stitch marker on the opposite side. Leave the rest of the stitches unworked. Turn.

Rows 2-14:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

After Row 14, Fasten off.

 

You will now work along the edge of the Colorscapes section you just crocheted.
If you need assistance in the video tutorial, this part is explained at 41 minutes into the video.
Attach Italian Story Ombra
Rows 1-10:  Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.
Fasten off after Row 10

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 11-12: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 13-14: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 15-16: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 17-18: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 19-20: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row1, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 21-22: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 23-24: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change Color to Super Saver in the color Gold

Rows 25-26: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

Change color to With Love in the color Mango

Rows 27-28: Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, ending with SC in the ch sp at the start of previous row, turn.

After Row 28, fasten off and weave in ends.

**Assembly Step: Sew this little flap to the poncho and do the same thing for the opposite side of the poncho.**

Yarn Bowl

Make your 14 Granny Squares and sew them to the border of your poncho. See video tutorial at 55 minutes in the video for visual instructions on sewing the granny squares together and to the poncho.

Neck of poncho:
Work in continuous rounds, attach Colorscape yarn to the back of the poncho along the neckline, Ch 2, SC in the next Ch 1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around
Round 2-10: Repeat the previous round.
Fasten off after round 10.
Weave in ends.

Assembly:
Weave in all ends.
Add fringe to the bottom of the poncho, add a long drawstring braid to the neck of your poncho.

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

Video Tutorial: Make Your Mark Bookmark

Video Tutorial: Make Your Mark Bookmark

My second installment of this series is the Make Your Mark Bookmark! This EASY BEGINNER project is THE perfect gift for the book lover in your life! Paired with a great novel, this handmade addition will make gift giving more special! I have the first Ribbon Bookmark installment here.

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this simple 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 Scrubby Smoothie in any color
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Mini Squares: Make 5
Ch 4
Sl st to first ch to form ring
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [3 DC into Ring, Ch 2] 4 times. Sl st to first DC, fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly: Sew all 5 squares together (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Border Round 1: Attach yarn to corner ch 2 sp, Ch 1, **3 SC in corner, SC in next 3 sts, 3 SC in next corner, SC in next 3 sts, *SC in ch sp, Ch 1,  SC in next Ch sp, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * until next corner, repeat from **  around, ending with SC in last 3 sts, Sl st to first st. Fasten off.

Border Round 2: Attach yarn to middle SC of any corner of a short side, Ch 1, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in same st, SC in next 3 sts, Picot, SC in next 2 sts, [SC, Ch 2, SC] in next corner st, SC in each st and each ch sp to next corner, [SC, ch 2, SC] in next corner, SC in each st to next corner, [SC, ch 2, SC] in next corner, SC in each st to next corner. Close round and fasten off.

Assembly:
Make a tassel and attach to the picot (See video tutorial on how to make a fancy tassel!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Butterfly Lovey

Crochet Tutorial: Butterfly Lovey

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They cannot see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can…”

Today’s project is this darling Butterfly Lovey. I love the three dimensional look of this piece. You can get as creative as you like with this project! I can imagine the variety of vivid hues one can use to make this sweet lovey for a child or adult.

This could be a great scrap yarn project. Make one or more and attach them for a unique 3D blanket or throw by piecing these squares together. Match a nursery or bedroom for your child.

Butterflies bring out something in all of us. Maybe since they are often beyond our grasp. We love to watch them flutter through the air on the lightness of their wings upon which we can send out wishes out into the world.

 


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

 

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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 (Any colors, but I used: Delft Blue, Royal, Black, White, Carrot, Redwood, Gold)
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Polyfil
Scissors


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NOTES:

-This lovey is approximately 18 inches wide/long
-Use a bigger hook to make this bigger, and a smaller hook to make it smaller
-This lovey has a lot of pieces to sew together, a good yarn needle is essential to use during this project

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

Pattern:

Lovey Squares: Make 4
With Orange
Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring (or start with Magic Ring)
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), 12 DC in ring, sl st to first st. (12)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 DC in each st around, sl st to first st. (24)
Fasten off orange and change color.
Rnd 3: Attach new color to any st, Ch up 2, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around ending with HDC in last st, sl st to first st.
You will be working in Rows now:
R0w 4: Sl st into next st and into ch 2 sp. TURN, 2 DC in CH 2 sp, DC in each st to next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner, DC in each st to next corner, 2 DC in corner, leave rest of the sts unworked. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 2 (does not count as st), DC in each st to corner, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC in rest of sts on the row, turn.
Rows 6-13: Repeat Row 5, do not fasten off.
Continue to SC down the side, put 3 SC in corner, and work SCs down the next side. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew all 4 squares together (See video tutorial to see how to sew the squares together)
Border:
With White: SC around entire lovey. Fasten off.
With Black: SC around entire lovey. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Wings: Make 8
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch and next 2 chs, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 3: SC in 1st 3 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the row, Ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 5: SC in each st to last st, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 6: Repeat Row 4. (8)
Row 7: Repeat Row 5. (9)
Row 8: Repeat Row 4. (10)
Row 9: Repeat Row 5. (11)
Row 10: Repeat Row 4. (12)
Rows 11-15: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 16: SC2TOG, SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 17: SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 18: SC2TOG, SC in the next 7 sts, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 19: SC in 6 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 20: SC2TOG, SC in 5 sts, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 21: SC2TOG, SC in 2 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 22: [SC2TOG] twice. (2)
Fasten off.
Before attaching the wings together, make the mini circles and embroider the veins

Mini Circles: Make 8
With first color:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, Sl st to first st, fasten off.
Rnd 2: Attach black to any stitch, 2 SC in each st around, sl st to first st. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew mini circles in place and embroider the veins with black yarn. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on this part)
After the circles and veins are on the wings, Attach the wings together by Single Crocheting around the wings and stuff them. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing. (See video tutorial for this part too), I know it’s a lot of sewing.

Body:
With Black Yarn
Work in Continuous Rounds and in the BLO
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 4 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (4)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts on the round. (5)
Rnds 3-9: Repeat Rnd 2 until you have 12 sts.
Rnd 10: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 11: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 12-13: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 14: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 15: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff your piece and continue with the next round.
Rnd 16: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 17: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 18-19: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 20: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 21: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff your piece and continue with the next round.
Rnd 22: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 23: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 24-25: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 26: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 27: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Embroider eyes to body (Optional)
Stuff your piece and continue with the next round.
Rnd 28: [SC2TOG] 6 times.
SC 1st and 4th sts together.
Fasten off weave in ends.

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

Assembly:
Sew wings to body, sew antenna to body, sew body to lovey in the center.
Weave in all ends.

 

Enjoy!

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

Crochet Tutorial: Dual Sided Washcloth

Crochet Tutorial: Dual Sided Washcloth

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Pattern:

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

Materials you will need:
Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie (Color: Popsicle Brights)
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Cotton (Color: Coral)
-G-4.75mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

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

Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

Crochet Tutorial: Colorful Visions Afghan

If you have ever looked through a changing kaleidoscope, you are aware that by a slight shift, the designs change giving you colorful visions with each turn. That inspired my Colorful Visions Afghan!

This colorful throw is bursting with 7 different hues of the magnificent Marly Bird Chic Sheep Yarn and combined to take your breath away! The photos do not do this piece justice! Once you begin, you will see how incredible this work of fiber art really is!

I changed a small detail in the four corner squares to add a bit of subtle creative flare but it is creator’s choice to make this change or not. Were you able to spot this small detail?

Working with Chic Sheep Yarn through Red Heart Yarns has turned me on to this remarkable fiber. The colors pop, the yarn is luxuriously soft, and most of all, it is a JOY to work with! Here is my step by step instructional video and written pattern to help you make yours today!!

 

Here is the individual Granny square design up close.

Just like the kaleidoscope design, my colorful visions afghan will provide any space with that vivid pop of color and change your room from drab to fab! One small change can make a great big impact! Start yours today!

Below are two of my work in progress photos

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

 

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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
Marly Bird Chic Sheep Yarn in the following colors: Mai Tai, Green Tea, Dragon Fruit, VIP, Linen, Sangria, Stiletto (I used 4 balls of each color and a little more black) This blanket takes 5,300 yards of yarn.
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This blanket is 50 inches wide and 76 inches long but you can make less or more squares to make it as big as you want!
-This blanket takes 5,300 yards of yarn
-I used 7 colors but you can use as many colors as you want
-I used a size 4 medium yarn, you can use any worsted weight, DK, or Aran yarn for this project
-This blanket uses twenty 12 inch squares
-I made this blanket with 4 squares across and 5 squares down

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
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
FPTR: Front Post Treble Crochet
LDC: Long Double Crochet
TR2TOG: Treble Crochet 2 Together (Decrease)
DC2TOG: Double Crochet 2 Together (Decrease)
Cluster Stitch: [YO, Insert Hook, YO pull through, YO pull through 2 loops on hook] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on hook. Cluster made.
Puff Stitch: [YO, insert hook, YO pull through] 4 times, YO pull through all 9 loops on hook. Puff made. Ch 1 to close puff.

Pattern:

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

Blanket:
Make 20 of these squares
Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 SC in ring, sl st to first SC. (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch up 3 (Counts as st), DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, Sl st to beg ch up 3 st, fasten off, change color. (16 sts)

Rnd 3: In any st around, Attach new color, *Ch 3, Sk 1 st, sl st in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first ch of beg ch 3. (8 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st into a ch 3 sp, ch up 3 (Counts as st), [4DC, TR, 5 DC] in same ch sp, *SC in next ch 3 sp, [5 DC, TR, 5 DC] in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, ending with SC in last Ch 3 sp, sl st to beginning ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color. (48 sts)

Rnd 5: In any TR around, attach new color, Ch up 1, *3 SC in TR st, BPSC on next 5 sts, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in next st, BPSC on next 5 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 6: In any middle SC of a corner, attach new color, Ch up 4 (counts as TR), 10 TR in same st, *sk 6 sts, BPSC on next 7 sts, Sk 6 sts, 11 TR in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 4 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 7: Working in BLO, in any middle TR of the 11 TR grouping, attach new color, Ch 3 (counts as st), [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sk 4 sts, 2 TR in each of the next 5 sts, SK 4 sts, SC in next st, HDC in next st, [2 DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first ch up 3 st, fasten off, change color.

 

Rnd 8: Working in both loops, in any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, DC in each st around putting [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in each corner, sl st to beg. ch 3 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 9: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 3, 6 DC in same corner sp, * Sk 2 sts, SC in next 4 sts, [FPTR on next 2 TR from Rnd 7, SC in next 2 sts on Rnd 8] 2 times, FPTR on next 2 sts from Rnd 7, SC in next 4 sts on Rnd 8, Sk 2 sts, 7 DC in ch 2 corner sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 10: In any middle DC of a 7 DC grouping, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *[5 DC cluster in next st, ch 1, DC in next st] 2 times, 5 DC cluster in next st, ch 1, DC in next 14 sts, [5 DC cluster in next st, ch 1, DC in next st] 2 times, 5 DC cluster in next st, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 11: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 1, *3 SC in corner, SC in next st, FPDC in corner st on Rnd 9, SC in cluster st, FPDC in next st on Rnd 9, SC in cluster st, FPDC on next st on Rnd 9, SC in next cluster st, FPDC on next st on Rnd 9, SC in next 6 sts, TR2TOG working first half of the stitch around BOTH TRs from 1st grouping on Rnd 9 and the second half of the stitch around BOTH TRs from 3rd grouping on Rnd 9, SC in next 6 sts on Rnd 10, [FPDC on next st on rnd 9, SC in cluster st] 3 times, FPDC on corner st on Rnd 9, SC in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 12: In any middle SC of a corner, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *DC in next 15 sts, FPTR on next 2 TR from Rnd 9, DC in next 14 sts, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in middle sc of the next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 3 st, fasten off, change color.

Rnd 13: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *DC in next st, Ch 1, [Sk 1 st, DC2TOG, Ch 2] 10 times, DC2TOG, Ch 1, sk 1 DC in next st, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch 3 st, fasten off, change color (68 sts)

Rnd 14: In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *DC in next 3 sts, [LDC in sk’d st from prev. Rnd, Puff st in DC2TOG st] 11 times, LDC in sk’d st from prev. Rnd, DC in next 2 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch 3 st, fasten off, change color. (132 sts)

Rnd 15: Work in BLO, In any ch 2 corner sp, attach new color, *3 SC in corner, SC in each st and each ch 1 sp, repeat from * around sl st to 1st SC, fasten off, change color. (188 sts)

Rnd 16: Work in both loops, In any middle SC of a corner, attach new color, Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *[SK 2 sts, V-Stitch in next st] 14 times, Sk 2 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3 st. Fasten off, change color. (136 sts)

Rnd 17: In any corner ch 2 sp, attach new color, ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same corner sp, *[3 DC in next ch 2 sp] 14 times, [2 DC, ch 2, 2DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 3 st, fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly:
I would recommend watching the video tutorial on the attachment method, but you can attach your squares 4 squares across, and 5 squares down. I used the slip stitch method to attach the squares, but you can single crochet them together, you can sew them together using the whip stitch or the mattress stitch.

Border:
For the border, I put 3 SC in the corner ch 2 sps, and I just put 1 SC in each st around. It’s a very simple border.

Enjoy!!

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #19: Puff Stitch

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #19: Puff Stitch

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


 

Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Puff Stitch

US Terms

Stitch:
[Yarn Over, Insert Hook into stitch, Yarn Over, Pull through] 4 times. Yarn Over, pull through all 9 loops on your hook.

OR

[Yarn Over, Insert Hook into stitch, Yarn Over, Pull through] 3 times. Yarn Over, pull through all 7 loops on your hook.

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Love & Sunshine Baby Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Love & Sunshine Baby Blanket

Are you looking for the perfect project for a baby shower gift? Do you have a new grandchild on the way or are you expecting a new baby? This is the perfect project for you! I designed the Love and Sunshine Baby Blanket as the perfect accessory to any nursery.

It’s an easy pattern using a repeat of Front and Back Post Double Crochet. I have added a touch of accent color in the pattern as well as complimenting it with a lovely picot border to give it some additional design features. This treasured piece will be a huge hit! The Bunches of Hugs  yarn by Red Heart Yarns is the perfect fiber to make it feel luxurious and soft as a cloud. Perfect for cuddling your little one!

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

 

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
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Red Heart Yarns Bunches of Hugs in Banana
Red Heart Yarns Dreamy in Grey
-I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-This blanket is 36 inches wide and long but you can continue the repeat to make it as big as you want.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side (Back Side)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
Picot: Ch 3, sl st into 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.

Blanket:
Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring.
(RS) Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC into ring, [Ch 2, 3 DC into ring] 3 times, Ch 2, sl st to beg ch up 3 st, ch 1, do NOT turn.

(RS) Rnd 2: FPDC on first st, *DC in next, FPDC on next, [2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, ending with corner sts, Sl st to first FPDC, ch 1, turn.

(WS) Rnd 3: DC in same st you sl st’d into, [BPDC on next st, DC in next st] until corner, *[2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [DC in next st, BPDC on next st] until corner, repeat from * around, ending with BPDC on last st, Sl st to 1st DC. Ch 1. Do NOT turn.

(WS) Rnd 4: BPDC on same st you sl st’d to, [DC on next st, BPDC on next st] until corner, *[2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [BPDC on next st, DC on next st] until next corner, repeat from * around, ending with DC in last st, Sl st to 1st BPDC, ch 1, turn.

(RS) Rnd 5: DC in same st you sl st’d into, [FPDC on next st, DC in next st] until corner, *[2 DC, Ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [DC in next st, FPDC on next st] until next corner, Repeat from * around, ending with FPDC on last st, sl st to 1st DC, ch 1, do NOT turn.

(RS) Rnd 6: FPDC on same st you sl st’d to, [DC in next st, FPDC on next st] until next corner, *[2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, [FPDC on next st, DC on next st] until next corner, repeat from * around, ending with DC in last st, sl st to 1st FPDC, ch 1, Turn.

Rnds 7-28: [Repeat Rounds 3-6] 5 more times and rounds 3 and 4 another time after that.
If you want your blanket bigger, just repeat rounds 3-6 as many times as you want, but end on a repeat of Round 4 before going onto the next row.

Fasten off Yellow and change color to Grey, attaching yarn where you left off on the last round.

(RS) Rnd 29: With Grey, Repeat Round 5

Fasten off Grey and change color to Yellow, attaching yarn where you left off on the last round.

(RS) Rnd 30: With Yellow, Repeat Round 6

(WS) Rnd 31: Repeat Round 3

 

Fasten off Yellow, Turn your work to the front side and attach Grey where you left off.

Border
(RS) Rnd 32: With Grey, ch up 1, SC in same st, *[Ch 3, Sk 1 st, SC in next st] until corner, SC in last st on side, Ch 3, Sk corner, SC in 1st st on next side, repeat from * around, ending with Ch 3, Sl st to 1st SC. Do NOT turn.

(RS) Rnd 33: Sl st into 1st ch 3 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *[SC, HDC, DC, Picot, DC, HDC, SC] in next ch 3 sp, Sl st in next ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around, ending with [SC, HDC, DC, Picot, DC, HDC, SC] in last ch 3 sp, sl st to first SC.
Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

 

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Heart Bookmark

Crochet Tutorial: Heart Bookmark

*Read* ’em & weep!

Roses are well *read*
Violets are *heart-y*
It is always *heart-warming*
When you open up to me ❤

This weekend I’m *lit-erally* running out of punny ideas!

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 yarn Soft in Berry
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
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Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Heart:
Ch 4, Sl st to first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 DC in ring, Ch 2, 3 DC into ring, Ch 2, 3 DC into ring, ch 2, 3 DC into ring, Ch 2, sl st to first ch 3. Turn your work.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 DC in corner sp, Ch 2, 3 DC in same corner sp, *ch 1, [3 DC, Ch 2, 3 DC] in next corner, repeat from * 2 more times, ch 1, sl st to first ch 3, Turn your work.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 11 DC in same side ch 1 sp, sk next corner, 12 DC in next side ch 1 sp, SC in next corner sp, SC in next 3 sts, SC in ch 1 sp, SC in next 3 sts, [SC, ch 2, SC] in next corner, SC in next 3 sts, SC in ch 1 sp, SC in next 3 sts, SC in corner sp, Sl st to beg. ch 3.

Rnd 4: Reverse SC in each st around. See video tutorial for visual instructions. (When you get to the spot between the 12 DC groupings, Reverse SC into the corner sp of round 2) The video tutorial explains it clearly.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Assembly:
Cut 6 strands of long yarn, hook it through the top center of the heart and tie a knot.
Braid the strands in 3 groups of 4 strands of yarn. Tie a knot at the bottom and cut the strands even.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Enjoy!!

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My Top 10 Crochet Patterns of 2017

My Top 10 Crochet Patterns of 2017

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

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

1. Adult Mermaid Tail Afghan

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2. 365 Days of Granny Squares

164,731 blog views

 

3. Knee High Socks

99,681 blog views

 

4. Adult Shark Blanket

56,811 blog views

 

5. Spring Sun Mandala Vest

53,658 blog views

 

6. The Gentleman’s Scarf

52,609 blog views

 

7. The G. G. Cardigan

48,283 blog views

 

8. Cheshire Cat Hoodie

46,765 blog views

 

9. Flamingo Feet Baby Booties

32,703 blog views

 

Granny Square Cardigan

28,621 blog views

 

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My New Blocking Station Product Review

My New Blocking Station Product Review

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Also, be sure to use coupon code YARN15 to get a 15% discount on your purchase!!!  The discount code is only available until November 19th, 2017 so place your orders soon!! That is an AWESOME deal! You won’t be disappointed! Now back to making more squares and playing with my new toy!

~Nadia

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #16: Honeycomb Crochet Stitch

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #16: Honeycomb Crochet Stitch

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make the Honeycomb Crochet Stitch:

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Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn
Crochet Hook

 

Honeycomb Crochet Stitch

US Terms

Chain a multiple of 5 + 2

Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from hook across. CH 1, turn.

Row 2: CH 1, SC in each of the first 2 stitches, *CH 5, skip 2 sts, SC in each of the next 3 sts* to the last 4 sts, ending with ch 5, skip 2 stitches, SC in the last 2 sts. CH 1, turn.

Row 3: 1 SC in the first st *5 SC in the CH 5 space, sk next st, SC in the next st, sk the next st* to the last 2 stitches, ending with 1 SC in the last st. CH 6, turn (counts as a treble crochet and ch 2).

Row 4: Sk the first 2 sts, SC in each of the next 3 sts, *ch 5, sk 3 sts, SC in the next 3 sts* until you get to the last 2 stitches, end with ch 2, TR in the last SC, Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: CH 1, 3 SC in the CH 2 space. sk next st, SC in next stitch, sk next stitch, *5 SC in the CH 5 sp, sk next st, SC in next st, sk next st* to the last CH 2 sp, ending with 3 SC in CH space, Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: SC in each of the first 2 stitches. *CH 5, sk 3 sts, SC in each of the next 3 sts* to the last 5 SC. CH 5, sk 3 sts. SC in the last 2 sts.

Repeat Rows 3-5 for however long you want to make your piece.

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Weekend WIP

Weekend WIP

I love receiving parcels in the mailbox! This week was particularly exciting when a close family friend sent clippings from a vintage Women’s Day Magazine dated in the early 1970s. Included in the clippings, and what had her thinking of us, was the vintage crochet patterns she had saved. I love this!

Here I am, as I often do, multitasking on a Saturday! I have a great new project on my hook. I have my wedding planner nearby adding our collected addresses, preparing to send out our Save-the-Dates, I have my rainy day cup of hot chai, and I am perusing these awesome vintage patterns and ads from these 1970s magazines. Some of the articles in these old periodicals have me experiencing quite a few interesting emotions. Things were quite different 40+ years ago, but crochet has remained a strong passion no matter what the decade! Share what’s on your hook and what this weekend has in store for you!

~Nadia

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Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #13: Shell Stitch

Stitch Gallery & Glossary Episode #13: Shell Stitch

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

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Materials Used:
Red Heart Yarns Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn
Crochet Hook

Shell Stitch

US Terms

Chain any multiple of 6+2

Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook, *Sk 2 Chs, 5 DC in next ch, Sk 2 Chs, SC in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with SC in last chain. Turn.
Row 2: Ch up 3, 2 DC in same stitch, *SC in middle DC of next Shell, 5 DC in next SC, repeat from * across, ending with 3 DC in last st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch up 1, SC in same stitch, *5 DC in next SC, SC in middle DC of next Shell, repeat from * across ending with SC in last turning chain.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your piece is long enough.

 

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WIP in Hand: To Commit or To Quit?

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

~Nadia


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Crochet Tutorial: New Beginnings Afghan Block

Crochet Tutorial: New Beginnings Afghan Block

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

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

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

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

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

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Follow along with this video tutorial to make this afghan block:

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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:

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Measuring Tape
G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 14 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet (YO twice)
Beg. Popcorn: ch up 3, 3 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Popcorn: 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
FPDTR2TOG: Front Post Double Treble 2 Stitches Together
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPTR: Back Post Treble Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet

Pattern:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!


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