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How to Crochet: The Sassy Summer Bikini

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This summer heatwave has me and many others longing for the beach! For that reason, I have gotten a lot of requests for a swimsuit crochet video tutorial. Here is my Sassy Summer Bikini hot off the hook!! This full coverage two-piece suit can be made to fit any size!

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This two-piece swimsuit has a nice repeat pattern that is easy to follow for any crocheter. Please read the NOTES section for all the information and follow along with the video tutorial if you get stuck! Enjoy!!

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To learn how to make this bikini, follow this video tutorial:

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

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can 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:
-Willow Yarns Ripples in the color Friendship
-3.00mm crochet hook (or 3.50mm crochet hook) The smaller, the better!!
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors
-Thread
-Sewing Needles
-Lining Fabric

NOTES:
-You can make this bikini any size just by continuing or stopping your increases and making the straps/strings longer or shorter.
To see the measurements, watch the intro of the video tutorial at 7 minutes in to the video.
-You can use any colors you want. I used a cotton blend yarn, Size 4 Medium Yarn but you can use any Double Knitting Yarn or any Aran Yarn as well. I highly recommend using a cotton yarn or cotton blend yarn.
-This bikini took me 2 days to make.
-Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch unless otherwise specified (See video tutorial for explanation)
-TIP: Maybe adding a single crochet around the entire bottom will give it a better shape and more form fitting.

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

Pattern:

Top of Bikini: Make 2
Ch 20

Row 1: DC in 5th ch from hook and across, 3 DC in last ch, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch. Working on opposite side of foundation row, DC in each ch across. Ch 3, turn.  (38 DC)

Row 2: DC in each st across to ch-1 space, [2 DC, ch-1, 2 DC] in ch-1 space, DC in each st to the end of the row. Ch 3, turn.

Rows 3-10: Repeat Row 2 or however many times as you need to get full coverage.

Last row:
After your last row, ch 1, turn, sc in each st until you get to the ch-1 sp. sc in ch-1 sp, ch 101, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across until you get back down to the ch-1 sp. sc in the same ch 1 sp. sc in each st until the end of the row. (see video tutorial to have visual instructions)

Once you have both triangles made, line the inside with your fabric and sew that on. (See video tutorial for visual instructions).

For back strap: Ch 301, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (300 sc) Fasten off, weave in ends. Weave the strand through the bottom of the triangles. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Bottoms: Starts at 49 minutes into video tutorial
Back side:
Ch 16

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and across. ch 3, turn. (14 DC)

Row 2: DC in each st across. Ch 3, turn. (14 DC)

Row 3: DC in first st (same st as ch-3), DC in each st across until the last st, 2 DC in last st. Ch 3, turn. (16 DC)

Row 4-33: Repeat row 3
You can repeat row 3 as many times as you need to, to make the backside as big as you need to have full coverage. I ended when I had 76 DC on row 33.

Row 34-38: DC in each st across. Ch 3, turn. (76 DC)
You can repeat these rows to make your waist as high as you need it to be. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Front side of the Bottoms:

Turn your backside piece upside down so you work on the foundation row. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Attach yarn to beginning,

Row 1: Ch 3, DC in each st across, ch 3, turn. (14 DC)

Row 2-6: DC in each st across. Ch 3, turn. (14 DC)

Row 7: DC in first st (same st as ch-3), DC in each st across until the last st, 2 DC in last st. Ch 3, turn. (16 DC)

Rows 8-23:  Repeat row 7
You can repeat row 7 as many times as you need to, to make the front-side as big as you need to have full coverage. I ended when I had 48 DC on row 23.

Row 24-28: DC in each st across. Ch 3, turn.
You can repeat these rows to make your waist as high as you need it to be. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Before tying the sides, line the inside with your fabric and sew that on. (See video tutorial for visual instructions).

Ties for the side of the bottoms: (Skip ahead in the video tutorial to 1 hour and 10 minutes for this part)
Ch 201 (or as many as you want), sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Fasten off, weave in ends.
See video tutorial for tips/tricks.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

~Nadia

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Turn to Page 38

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My Adult Mermaid Tail Afghan is such a fun project and has become wildly popular in the crochet community! I was contacted by the editor of Craft Ideas Magazine to be a contributor in their summer issue. They recently published my Mermaid Tail Afghan along with links to my blog and social media.

This is an exciting turning point for YARNutopia as this is my very first print publication for crochet. As a personal side note, getting this recognition and seeing this in print has filled me with a profound thrill. Knowing that this will be on newsstands across America is pretty epic for me! As I make these steps in my crochet career, this helps validate that I’m doing *something* right. It truly has humbled me to receive such positive feedback for this pattern. I’m very excited to realize this hard work has earned me some merit. I may have squealed something high pitched and danced around my living room when I received the email from the magazine editor asking me to participate in this issue.

This issue will hit newsstands on June 21st, 2016, but I was recently sent the digital copy to share with all my YARNutopians. Browse through the issue and flip to page 38 to see yours truly! Tell me what you think!

Click the Magazine Cover to read the Online Version.
You will see my publication on pages 38 & 39.

 

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For more information about this mermaid tail and to make larger sizes, follow this link or click the photo below.

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~Nadia

Update: It’s on the shelves!! (Date: June 23, 2016)

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My Punny Valentine!

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I am a pun extraordinaire. (It should go on my resumé) I love a good pun, I like throwing down a good pun, and I think puns are fun! It isn’t unusual that when the opportunity presents itself, I jump on it and go a little overboard!

A couple years ago, I started a series of Valentine’s Day puns. I would create a crocheted item and come up with a clever tagline that associates with that item. 2016’s Valentine’s Day is no exception. This blog is 14 days of punny love overload. It’s perfect for the crochet lover and the Valentine in your life! ♥

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I LOVE love! Any time I get the chance to spread a little love, I’m going to be sure to sprinkle that everywhere! I hope you enjoy these creative puns! Be sure to share them with the ones you love! I will be adding a new pun each day until Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check back!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Nate, this blog is dedicated to you. ♥

February 1st, 2016: “Whale” you be my Valentine?
This pattern design is by Stacey Trock. You can access the free pattern here.

Whale you be my Valentine?
February 2nd, 2016: I am “nacho” sure if you are going to like this one. I know you don’t like people “jalapeño” business. However, since I love puns from my head “tomatoes,” I figured this one would be the perfect way to “lettuce” show some more Valentine’s Day love and get more people to “taco” ’bout them. Hopefully, this didn’t go too far and our friendship can continue to go “onion” on… HA!!

Here’s the link to the free Taco Pattern with all the vegetable fixings.

Taco

February 3rd, 2016: In the “pear”suit of happiness, oftentimes we search for one with whom no one can com”pear.” I am no “pear”fessional when it comes to these matters, but it’s a”pear”ent that “pear”fect someone is you! ♥

Here’s the link to the free written pattern for the pear.

Pear

 

February 4th, 2016: I don’t have much “dough,” so this is my humble gift for you. It may sound a little “cheesy.” I might fumble the “delivery,” but no matter how you “slice” it, I only have “pies” for you. There’s no “topping” that! ♥

Here’s the link to the free written pattern for the pizza slice

Pizza

February 5th, 2016: I am trying not to make a “stink,” but it’s time to take the “plunge” “toilet” you know that I love you with all of my “fart.” When I “let it all out” and get “on a roll” I start to get so “flushed” because it “poops” me out thinking about how much energy it takes to “squeeze” out these puns! I hope you do NOT have a “crappy” Friday and are enjoying this silly “potty” talk. ♥

Here is the free written pattern for the Poop

Poop

February 6th, 2015: You might say, ‘you “gato” be “kitten” me right “meow,” Nadia! These puns are becoming so bad, it’s almost “cat”astrophic!’ I’m not “lion” when I say making puns is “paw”some! Sometimes, I laugh so hard, I “puma” pants! HAHA!! My life would be “claw”ful without puns, “fur”real!! But I love you so much, I would move “meow”tains for you, so I’m just going to keep going – but if I go to “fur,” you can say get “meow”ta here!

Click here to view the video tutorial to learn how to make this cat amigurumi.

Meow

February 7th, 2016: Wake the “fudge” up everyone! Today’s pun is going to be easy like “sundae” morning! So, here’s the “scoop.” Today I’m breaking my “cone” of silence to declare that I love you “cherry” much. I feel “waffle” when you’re not around because I know we are “mint” to be together. This “sweet” pun is “sprinkled” with all my love to make sure that you know that my heart “melts” just for you.

Here is the free written pattern for an ice cream cone

Ice Cream

February 8th, 2016: I’m not “squidding” when I say I love a good joke, so here goes: How many tickles does it take to make an “octopus” laugh? Ten-tickles! HAHAHA!!! Get it? “Tentacles!” I’m not “fishing” for a compliment, but whaddya “ink” of my sense of humor? All day long, Valentine, you “octopi” my thoughts. I’m such a “sucker” for you, I am “sea”rious about your love, and I’m totally “hooked.” Even right now, I want you in my “arms” so we can “cuttle.”

Click here to learn some fun facts about octopuses!

Click here to learn how to make the heart amigurumi

Click here to view the video tutorial to view the video tutorial to learn how to make this octopus amigurumi

Octopus


February 9th, 2016
: This is an “eggs”pression of my love. I’m not sure if I have a “talon”t for “bird” puns because it can be a “bird”en to keep coming up with so many ideas. So, I’m just going to “wing” it. For our special Valentine’s Day, will you meet me for coffee at the “Nest”café? I promise it won’t be “hawk”ward and no “fowl” play. Instead, I will give you the red carpet “tweet”ment. It might get “emu”tional “wren” this special day occurs, because I can guarantee it will be “egg”cellent! It might get a little lovey “dove”y, but I’m sure you will have a very “pheasant” time, and it will “fly” by! Phew! This “bird” pun turned out so well, I might just have to “Tweet” it!

Click here for the written pattern of a bird

Bird

February 10th, 2016: I’m “tilling” you like it is. I’m ready to drop some mad “beets!” Let’s “dew” it!
I’ll love you “till” my heart stops “beet”ing.
Like a “moss,” this bears re”peat”ing.
I “mud”dled through life before you,
always “garden” my heart like “weed”o.
The latest “dirt” can “tend” to annoy,
but Imma sayin’ you’re the “root” of my joy.
I hope this “plants” a “seed” in your heart,
to know I “dig” you and hate to be apart.
“Lettuce” “turnip” the volume on our love,
I’m having so much fun,
because every day I’m “shoveling…” (“shoveling”) out these puns!

Click here to view the written pattern for the beet.

Drop a Beet

February 11th, 2016: Today is “Thor”sday. It’s been “tough” being apart all week. I “myth” you very much. I’ve been “helmet” on coming up with great puns, but of “Norse” the time has come to keep it “Loki” and let you know I am really “Viking” everything about our relation”ship!”

Click here to view the video tutorial for the Viking Hat with Beard

Viking


February 12th, 2016
: I don’t want to burst your “bubble,” but in the “pecking” order of puns, this one isn’t quite fitting the “bill.” I have been up since the “quack” of dawn trying to think of a “soap”er duper idea for this Valentine’s post. All of them just sound “Daffy.” I won’t “duck” my responsibility because inside every determined heart, “soap rings” eternal, and all these puns are a way to “shower” you with my love! “Lather” is always the best medicine, so I’m going with this series of love notes and hope they go over “swimmingly.” “Waddle” I do if you don’t like it? I guess I’ll find out when you get “foam” sweet “foam.”

Click here for the written pattern of the duck amigurumi

Rubber Ducky

 

February 13th, 2016: In the words of Iggy Azalea, “First things first, ‘Amaryllis.'” So I will begin this pun by saying that everyone can tell that our love has truly “blossomed.” It has taken off on the “wings” of love. I know I have really “pollen” for you because whenever I think of you, I get “butterflies” in my stomach. I really hope this Valentine’s Day is “fly” filled with “butterfly” kisses and “ladybug” hugs. You always make me feel like I’m wrapped in a “cocoon” of your love. I “larva” you so much!! Oops-a-“daisy,” that last pun may have “flown” too far.

Click here for the free butterfly pattern

Butterfly

 

February 14th, 2016: Nate loves a good horror movie, I love crochet and “Poe”try, and we both love to love. I hope I’ve captured the essence of that in this last Valentine pun.

As these punny posts come to the end, I’ve got to “hand” it to you, you’ve definitely got “heart.” I hope you didn’t think they were “tachy.” I’ve tried to “organ”ize them so they always make sense. People might think that I’m so crazy about you that “aorta” be locked up, but you have the “key to my heart.” Sometimes I wondered if “antibody” was out there who understood me, and there you were. You “muscle”d your way into my “life.” In the “pulmonary” start of our relationship, I might have told you “A-fib” or two about how I felt. I didn’t need a “ventricle”oquist to speak for me. I was truly “pumped” about meeting you! “O,” I’m “positive” I won’t ever “bypass” telling you how I feel again. I sug”chest” we always express how we feel. I hope I don’t ever “skip a beat” when it comes to loving you. I promise to “pace” myself and not take our love in “vein.” ♥ Nadia

Click here for the video tutorial

Heart

“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” ~William Shakespeare

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~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: Adult Shark Blanket

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It’s a “fin-tastic” day for YARNutopia as we release the video tutorial and free pattern for the shark tail. A much anticipated blog post for this “Jaw-some” blanket. *Queue JAWS music here*

Shark Tail
Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

Klik hier voor de vertaling (DUTCH TRANSLATION)

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make the shark blanket that is in the photo:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Thank you, and happy hooking!

Sizing:
The video tutorial is for the size LARGE that will fit anybody that is 5+ feet tall.
Watch the end of the video to get tips on to make yours smaller or bigger.

Materials:

**Click this link to get the full supply kit!!**

-Red Heart Super Saver Medium (worsted) weight yarn: (Click links to get yarn)
For the Large size I used approximately 1700 yards of Gray Heather, Small amounts of Black, White, and Cherry Red.
If you cannot get these exact brands of yarn, go to Yarnsub.com to find an equivalent type of yarn.
Size K-6.50mm AND I-5.50mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stuffing (optional)

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
BLO: Back Loop Only
DC: double crochet
Sc: single crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
TC: Treble Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
HDC2TOG: Half-Double Crochet Decrease
SC2TOG:Single Crochet Decrease
Notes:

Watch the video tutorial to make this smaller or bigger. At the end of the video tutorial I give clear instructions on how to make this smaller. Just stop increasing at the point where you feel it has reached the size you are trying to accomplish, then jump to the directions for row 44 and make it however long you want it to be.
-Ch 2 at the beginning of row/round does NOT count as a stitch. (See video tutorial for clear instructions)
-The Blanket part is made using a K-6.50mm size crochet hook, and all the fins and embellishments are made using the I-5.50mm crochet hook.
-For the Tail Fin, Dorsal Fin, and Eyes, work in the BLO

Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

Size Large Shark Blanket

With K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Ch 3

Rnd 1: DC 10 in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st to beginning dc. ch 2 (10)

Rnds 2-3: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (10)

Rnd 4: DC 2 in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 5-6: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 7: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next st) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnds 8-9: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnd 10: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 2 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnds 11-12: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnd 13: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 3 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 14-15: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 16: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 4 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnds 17-18: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnd 19: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 5 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnds 20-21: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnd 22: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 6 sts) 10 stimes. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

Rnds 23-24: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 25: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 7 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnds 26-27: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnd 28: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 8 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

Rnds 29-30: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 31: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 9 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (110)

Rnds 32-33: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2.

Rnd 34: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 10 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnds 35-36: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnd 37: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 11 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 38-39: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 40: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 12 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnds 41-42: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnd 43: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 13 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (150)

(At this point, if it is NOT as wide as you need it, continue established pattern just increasing the stitches evenly until it is as wide as you need it to be. See video for visual instructions)

We will now be working in rows. If you do not want to work in rows, watch the video tutorial for visual instructions on how to make this a full cocoon style.

You can make this however long you want. I did 30 rows, but you can do less or more depending on how long you want to make your shark.

Row 44-74: DC in each st across. DO NOT sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2, turn. (150)
Fasten off, weave in end.

Gum Line:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
Attach Red yarn
Row 75: HDC in each st across. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Teeth:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
With White
Attach to one end
*Ch 6, Sl St in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TC in next, Sk 3 sts on red gum line, Sl St in next st on row 75. Repeat from * across. (see video tutorial if this part is a little confusing)

 

Tail Fin
Make 2 with I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
With 2 strands of yarn in Gray,
Work in the BLO

Row 1: Chain 52, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (50dc)

Row 2: DC2TOG twice, DC in each stitch across, ch 2, Turn (48dc)

Row 3:  DC in each stitch until the last 4 sts, DC2TOG twice, ch 2, turn (46dc)

Row 4-11: repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have 30 sts

Row 12: 2 DC in first 2 sts, DC across, ch 2, turn (32dc)

Row 13: DC in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2 DC in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (34)

Row 14-21: Repeat rows 12 & 13 until you have 50 sts.
Do not fasten off, continue to sc around entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew both tails together to make it extra thick, Stuff tail if you would like. Cinch around top to make it smaller, then sew it around rnd 10 of the body. (see video tutorial for this part)

Pectoral Fins
(Make 2) with I-5.50mm crochet hook
With 2 strands of yarn in gray,

Row 1: Ch 17, HDC in 3rd ch from hook and across. Ch 2, turn. (15)

Row 2-6: HDC in each st across, ch 2 turn. (15)

Row 7: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 11 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (13)

Row 8: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (13)

Row 9: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 9 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (11)

Row 10: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (11)

Row 11: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 7 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 12: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 13: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 5 sts, HDC2TOG, Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 14: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 15: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 3 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (5)

Row 16: HDC in each st across. Ch 1 turn

Continue to SC around entire fin, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Sew both fins to blanket (See video for visual instructions)

Dorsal Fin:
This fin is worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm crochet hook

With 2 strands of yarn in gray
Work in BLO

Ch 2
Rnd 1: SC 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2-3: Sc in each st (6)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 3 times. (9)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st. (9)

Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 3 times. (12)

Rnds 7-8: Sc in each st (12)

Rnd 9: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 10: Sc in each st. (18)

Rnd 11: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Rnd 12: Sc in each st. (24)

Rnd 13: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)

Rnd 14: Sc in each st. (30)

Rnd 15: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (36)

Rnds 16-19: Sc in each st. (36)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Stuffing is optional, sew to body of shark.
(See video for sewing instructions)

Eyes: Make 2
The eyes are worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm Crochet Hook in Black

Work in the BLO

Ch 2
Rnd 1:Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each st. (12)

Rnd 3: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Add white yarn detail in eye (see video for visual instructions)
Sew to body.

Gills: Make 4 (or as many as you want)
FDC 20
OR Ch 22, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.

Fasten off with long tail. Sew to body behind eyes.

Finishing:
Sew Eyes to row 13 of gray color from mouth
Sew Pectoral Fins to line 26 of gray color from mouth
Sew Dorsal Fin to line 30 of gray color from mouth.
See video tutorial for these specific placements.
Sew in all loose ends.
Enjoy being eaten by a shark!!

Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

 

***You can always contact me 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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Crochet Tutorial: Mermaid Tail Afghan Pattern—3 Sizes (Small: Child, Medium: Teen, Large: Adult)

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MermaidAfghan
Several weeks ago, a few of my friends contacted me showing me a photo they found online of a mermaid blanket. Not all mermaid blankets were exactly the same, so I did my own research and used variations of different stitches and patterns I found on the internet, I created my own mermaid afghan. Since I borrowed stitches from several different patterns (including this pattern by Mad Hooker), I combined them to make my own in this exclusive FREE pattern that I have written. Below you will find the instructions to make 3 different sizes (Small, Medium, Large). You can use any combination of colors to create the scale look. This is an easy to follow pattern, and I highly recommend watching the video tutorial to follow along if you get stuck. Enjoy and Happy Hookin’! ~Nadia
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Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Thank you, and happy hooking!

Sizing: 
Size Small will fit a child that is 4 feet-5 feet tall.
The Medium will fit anybody that is 5 feet to 6 feet tall (this is the one I filmed), and
the Large fits anybody over 6 feet tall.
The Width for each is the same so it can fit larger or skinnier people. It measures approximately 50 inches wide. 

View this video to help with making SIZE MEDIUM of this Mermaid Afghan:

 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE OF THIS PATTERN

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF DIGITAL DOWNLOAD–DUTCH TRANSLATION (Meermin-deken)

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Medium (worsted) weight yarn: The skeins of yarn are Approx.364 yds (333 m) per skein. Please keep that in mind when you are purchasing yarn.
Size Small:  2 skeins Macaw, 1 skein Jade, and 1 skein Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
Size Medium: 3 skeins Macaw, 2 skeins Jade, and 2 skeins Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
Size Large: 4 skeins Macaw, 3 skeins Jade, and 3 skeins Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
If you cannot get these exact brands of yarn, go to Yarnsub.com to find an equivalent type of yarn.

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Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
DC: double crochet
Sc: single crochet
Sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together (see Notes for Blanket portion)

 

Notes:

-When you finish this project, you may sew up the “open” side to make this a full cocoon style. You may also crochet a single crochet around the entire edge to “cover up” the edges where you sew in your ends.
-To sew in your ends, just take a yarn needle and hide all the ends back into your work. (I do not show how to do this in this video, but if you watch any of my other video tutorials, I show how I sew in my ends if you want to do it like me).
-The chain is the same in all sizes, but if you dont want it that wide, chain something that is in groups of 6 +2. So if you chain something that is 114 + 2, you would have 116 chains. I hope that makes sense!
-Ch 3 at beg of rnd counts as dc throughout.
Change color after every row, sew in ends as you go
-sc2tog on “blanket” portion means to go into the middle st of 5dc group, yarn over, go into the middle st of the next 5dc group, yarn over, then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.
-To make the tail fin bigger: Repeat rows 2 and 3 for however big you want it to be (maybe 60 or 70 stitches), then repeat rows 14 and 15 to decrease for the other half. I hope that makes sense!

Small

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 sts,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 sts, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 sts, sc in next dc (middle DC), skip 2 sts, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-50: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will need to be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 51.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 51:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 50 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 52: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 51) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 52. (see video to help explain this)
Round 53:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 54: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 55: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 56: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 55) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 56. (see video to help explain this)
Round 57: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 58: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 59: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 60: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

Medium (Demonstrated in Video Tutorial)

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 sts,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 sts, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 sts, sc in next dc (middle DC), skip 2 sts, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-66: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 67.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 67:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 66 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 68: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 67) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 68. (see video to help explain this)
Round 69:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 70: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 71: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 72: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 71) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 72. (see video to help explain this)
Round 73: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 74: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 75: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 76: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

Large

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 dc,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip 2 dc, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-74: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 75.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 75:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 74 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 76: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 75) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 76. (see video to help explain this)
Round 77:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 78: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 79: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 80: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 79) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 80. (see video to help explain this)
Round 81: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 82: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 83: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 84: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

Tail Fin (Same for all sizes)

Row 1: Chain 43, dc in 4th ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (40dc)
Row 2: Dc2tog, dc in each stitch across, ch 2, Turn (39dc)
Row 3:  DC in each stitch until the last 2 sts, dc2tog, ch 2, turn (38)
Row 4-11: repeat row 2 & 3 until you have 30 sts
Row 12: Dc2tog, Dc2tog, dc in each st across, ch 2, turn (28)
Row 13: Dc in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2dc in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (30)
Row 14: 2dc in first st, dc across, ch 2, turn (31)
Row 15: dc across until the last st, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn (32
Rows 16-23: Repeat rows 14 & 15 until you have 40 sts
Row 24: Dc across
Sc around entire tail, put 3 sc in each corner around, once you come back to the beginning do not fasten off, ch 1 and turn so you are working on the flat side of fin (the side edge that is going to be sewed to the tail)
I suggest watching the video to understand this next part.
Row 1: sc2tog across, ch 1 turn
Row 2: sc2tog across, ch 1 turn
Row 3: *sc2tog, sc next, repeat from * across, ch 1 turn
Row 4: *sc2tog, sc in next, repeat from * across,
Fasten off with long tail.
Sew to tail using photo and video provided at the beginning of this pattern for a guide.
 
Finishing:
Sew in all loose ends. Enjoy being a mermaid!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Anchor Appliqué

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In this video I demonstrate how to make an anchor appliqué to put on the baby blanket I made earlier.

This is a great scrap yarn project and can be made in any color. I used Red Heart Designer brand in Red and a J sized hook.

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Under the Sea Mermaid Blanket

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‘Under the sea,’ this is the type of mermaid I would be!

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Mermaid Blanket

 

~Nadia

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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