I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to read my latest blog post regarding my absence from YARNutopia lately and the next chapter we are heading into with our son Nasir. I have been overwhelmed with so many emotions from the outpouring of love and supportive kind words you left on my posts, in my messages, and the texts I received all day.
There is no way for me to individually reply to all of you, but just know I read every word and took it all to heart. I appreciate all the openness you shared from your personal experiences with friends, family members, or even first-hand experiences with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am currently educating myself on all the different types of therapies and discussing with the specialists what they advise in helping Nasir progress. We hope to see some changes in the first month of this new therapy. We are extremely hopeful.
Reading all the comments and messages that flooded in gave me so much encouragement and hope for my little guy. I know he will accomplish great things in his life, and luckily, we can be his advocates for his success.
When you have a channel and reach certain milestones as a YouTuber, you are rewarded in a variety of ways that recognizes that accomplishment. Today, YouTube sent us our first milestone award The Silver Play Button recognizing 100,000 subscribers to our channel!
Although we reached that goal in October 2016, and our channel now has 147,300 subscribers, it still holds immense thrill to receive this award and to know our hard work continues to be appreciated by so many! YARNutopia.com is what it is first and foremost because of EACH of YOU that show up to watch my videos, subscribe and follow me on social media! We hope to continue to provide great content and crochet videos so that we reach each milestone together! Your support means more that you will ever know!
So, thank you for helping us reach this goal. Thank you for sharing my videos and believing in us. It feels like a myriad of emotions all balled up like a ball of yarn! Humbling, thrilling, exhilarating are all the feels going on right now!!
Before closing this blog, special attention has to go to my wonderful parents. There are no words to express how much each of them do behind the scenes. My dad is the best cameraman ever and without those mad skills, we would not be who we are. My mom’s creativity is out of this world! There are no words. I am so grateful for the ongoing support of amazing parents, my brothers, my sister-in-law (and future Matron of Honor), my nephew (who makes the best model ever), my Nate who walked in to the life of a YouTuber no questions asked and embraced what it all entails, and to each one of you that invite me into your home each day, thank you, thank you! This award belongs to all of us! We are looking forward to our next milestone!
A special thanks to YouTube for recognizing our accomplishments with this very cool shadowbox plaque.
I created this Berry Giving Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create an interesting design! I hope you enjoy making your square!
A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this square:
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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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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.
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 6.5 inches (16cm)
-This square is worked from the center outward
YO: Yarn Over
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Beg. Cluster: [YO, Insert hook, YO, pull through] 3 times, YO, pull through all 4 loops.
Cluster: [YO, insert hook, YO, pull through] 4 times, YO, pull through all 5 loops.
2DCcluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO, Pull through] 2 times, YO, pull through 3 loops.
If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, Beg. Cluster, Ch 4, [Cluster into ring, Ch 4] 5 more times, Sl st to beg. cluster. (6 clusters, 6 ch 4 sps)
Rnd 2: In ch 4 sp: Ch 2 [Counts as HDC], 3 HDC in same sp, 4 HDC in each ch 4 sp, sl st to beg ch 2. (24 HDC)
Rnd 3: In a gap between the groupings (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch up 2, DC in same sp (counts as beg. 2DCcluster, Ch 3, 2DCcluster in Previous DC just made, 2DCcluster in same gap between HDC’s, * Ch 4, 2DCcluster in next gap, Ch 3, 2DCcluster in previous cluster just made, 2DCcluster in same gap, repeat from * around, sl st to beg.
Rnd 4: In a ch 4 sp, ch 1, SC in same sp, *DC into each HDC from round 2 working around the ch 4 sp hiding it in the sts, SC in same ch 4 sp, Ch 2, sc in next ch 4 sp, repeat from * around putting clusters in front of ch 2 sps. Sl st to 1st sc.
Rnd 5: In any ch 2 sp behind a cluster: Ch 3 (counts as DC), 3 DC in same sp, *BPDC in each of the next 6 sts, 4 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch 3.
Rnd 6: Ch 4 (counts as TR), TR in next, *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, TR in next 2 sts, Ch 3, TR in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch 4.
Rnd 7: ch up 1, SC in all sts around, [2sc, ch 2, 2 sc] in each corner.
Weave in all ends.
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Usually it’s only my hands that are seen. As we passed over the 100,000 subscribers mark on our YouTube channel, we felt the best way to express our gratitude to those who are watching, sharing, and recommending our videos was to post this small personal video of thanks.
Thank you doesn’t even begin to express all we wish to say to you for the love you have shown us over the past two years. Because of you, we have been able to do something we love. It is hard to believe that a few of years ago, I picked up a hook and a skein of yarn to help me cope with long stays in the hospital and that would lead me on this amazing path, but here we are!!!
I could not have reached this amazing goal without YOU, but my family has been instrumental in making YARNutopia what it is as well and deserve a mention of sincere thanks. My mom is my creative guidance, the person who helps me bounce around ideas, a constant support and best friend. My two older brothers and my sister-in-law are one of the most encouraging teams around! My nephew, who shows up from time to time as a model, is the cutest little guy anyone could ever ask for. And of course, Nate. He is the one who is there to cheer me on when I am frustrated and helps me untangle my yarn when my projects go awry! But the most important Thank you behind the scenes goes out to my Dad! His camera skills are unsurpassed and he does so much work in the studio that no one sees.
In this video, I am onscreen with my Dad, Fuad Azmat – yes, my dad comes out from behind the camera to give a huge shout-out to everyone and to tell you how much it means to us to have you as a part of our YARNutopia community. We love bringing you crochet tutorials and hope to continue to grow for years to come!
Thank you once again YARNutopians, you are the BEST!!