Crochet Tutorial: Boho Scarf Headband

Crochet Tutorial: Boho Scarf Headband

My Boho Scarf Headband is  an EASY project that is perfect for summer! Whether it is to keep your hair off of your face or out of your eyes for any reason, this cute boho scarf is a little accessory to add to your summer (or all year-round) wardrobe. This design was made with Scrubby Smoothie cotton yarn by Red Heart Yarns, but these can be made with any fiber! It is a versatile design and will be fun to play around with!

 

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

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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 Yarns Scrubby Smoothie in Aqua and Blueberry
Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-This is worked from the top down
-You can make this bigger or smaller if you want since it is a repeat pattern.
-You can use any type of yarn for this project. Gauge is not important.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TC: Treble Crochet
FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
Cluster: YO, Insert hook in st, YO pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook back into st, YO pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook back into st, YO pull through, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 4 loops. Cluster made.

Pattern:
Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a ring

Row 1: Ch 4, (Counts as TC), [4TR, Ch 3, 5 TR] in ring, turn. (10 TR)

Row 2: Ch 3, (counts as DC), 2 DC in same st as ch up 3, DC in each st until you get to the ch 3 sp, 5 DC in ch 3 sp, DC in each of the next sts until you get to the last st, 3 DC in last st, turn. (19 DC)

Row 3: Ch 4, 2 TC in same st as ch up 4, *ch 1, sk next st, TC in next st, repeat from * until you get to the middle st of the 5 dc group in center. (TR, ch 3, TR) in middle st, [TR, ch 1, sk next st] repeat until last st. 3 TR in last st. (16 TR)

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (33 DC)

Row 5: Ch 3, 2 DC in same st as ch up 3, [ch 1, sk next st, cluster st in next st] repeat until you get to the middle st of the 5 dc group in center, ch 1, [TR, ch 3, TR] in center st, [ch 1, sk next st, cluster in next st] repeat until last st, 3 DC in last st. Turn. (You should have 6DC, 16 ch 1 sps, 14 (or 16) clusters, 2TR, and 1 ch 3 sp) If you end up with a few extra stitches it’s okay. Just make sure you have 3 sts in the first and last st on this row.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. (47 DC)

Row 7: Ch 4, 2 TR in same st as ch up 4, [sk next st, TR in next st, TR in skipped st] repeat until you get to the center dc of 5 dc group in center, [TR, ch 3, TR] in middle st, [sk next st, TR in next st, TR in skipped st] repeat until the end, 3 TR in last st. Turn. (52 TR)

Row 8: Repeat Row 2. (61 DC)

Row 9: Repeat Row 3. (38 TR)

Row 10: Repeat Row 4. (75 DC)

Row 11: Repeat Row 5. (6DC, 38 ch 1 sps, 36 clusters, 2TR, 1 ch 3 sp)

Row 12: Repeat Row 6. (91 DC)
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Straps:
FSC 30
SC across LONG edge of Bandana Triangle (See video tutorial for specific location)
FSC 30
Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Enjoy!

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

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Why Nasir Came Early

Why Nasir Came Early

It has been 4 weeks since Nasir was born. He came into this world a true miracle and is perfect in every way. I am overjoyed that he is here, happy, healthy and growing like crazy. His due date was June 30th and throughout my high-risk pregnancy, it was understood that with so many health issues, surgeries, and not having a rectum or anus, the probability for me to deliver him in a traditional birth was going to be out of the question. I was told by not one, two, or three doctors but EVERY doctor on the team, that it would be the safest for me to have him via c-section and to do it a week before his due date. Although this didn’t coincide with my idea of the “ideal birth plan,” I ONLY cared about having a safe and healthy delivery for me and safe birth for him. It doesn’t matter how our babies enter the world, it only  matters that they arrive safely in our arms!

 

High Risk Pregnancy

Throughout my pregnancy, many of you are aware that I had numerous issues not only with my Crohn’s disease but also that I had to cease all my medications that keep my disease in remission. I also had severe Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, I had problems with tearing my adhesions and scar tissue from previous abdominal surgeries, I have a Septate Uterus, I had terrible sciatica, I had anemia, I lacked the nutritional support for myself and Nas because I don’t have my large intestine or parts of my small intestine, and I had a herniated ostomy that prolapsed. Because my anatomy isn’t like most, my intestine pooled to one side of my body and my baby was restricting the digestive flow. I also had the general issues of constant heartburn and swelling like a lot of moms-to-be deal with. I tried to be grateful, thankful, happy, joyful, and appreciative for this miracle; and I was. However, I won’t sugar-coat it, I was freaking miserable in my body. I hurt every single day and probably complained to Nate or my mom incessantly EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. all while keeping a smile on my face and forging ahead because I kept telling myself that if this is the sacrifice I have to make to have him here, then I can do this! It was only temporary. My “this too shall pass” mantra was on repeat every moment of every day. I was miserable. But, just to be clear, I would do it ALL over in a heartbeat for this outcome. Nasir is magical…

 

Things weren’t going well

Over a month before I was to deliver, I was rushed by ambulance from the hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin up to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota because I had a severe infection and could not keep anything in. I needed IV support and to be monitored because they thought our baby would make an appearance MUCH earlier than we thought. I was so scared. I was alone in the ambulance with the lights and sirens going as we rushed down the highway. I knew Nate was somewhere in a car behind me, my mom also, but being alone and not knowing what would happen was terrifying.

Thankfully, the doctors were able to hold off delivering Nas and just treat the infection. I was hospitalized for about a week before going home, but we were advised that due to the complicated nature of my pregnancy, I would be on “bed rest” (which couldn’t actually be bed rest because I have a history of forming blood clots), so I took it really easy. The doctors recommended I move to temporary housing in Rochester to be closer to the hospital, and I was there a few days before things began to decline again. Read more about our Temporary Transition here.

 

We couldn’t wait any longer

Although I was advised to hold off on delivering Nasir for as long as possible to give him the best chance for development, the doctors also understood the gravity of my health situation and knew it would be dangerous to wait too long. Not long after my hospitalization, I was still having problems and was not doing well. I woke up on the Wednesday before he was born feeling terrible. My entire body felt like I had one big bruise covering every inch of my skin. EVERYTHING hurt. The slightest touch hurt, and I was swelling up like a balloon. I called, and the doctors said to meet them up at the hospital. My mom took me in because Nate was at work. After a short examination, the doctors suspected that my infection set off a full body flare of my Crohn’s disease. They couldn’t wait any longer. If they didn’t deliver him soon, I might have gone into labor and could have potentially faced a threatening situation where it would be too late to assemble the ENTIRE team of doctors necessary to bring Nasir into this world and keep me safe in the process. Not only was my disease creating a serious health risk, the baby was breech. There was no time left. It would be way too perilous to wait and risk going into labor and a vaginal delivery. Delivery was scheduled immediately for next morning.

I crumbled under the weight of everything and started to cry.

I wanted more time for him to develop. I was scared for him, what if something went wrong, I was worried about the risks, and the surgery and, and, and….and then I took a deep breath.

I called Nate at work.

“You need to come to Rochester right now. They are going to deliver our baby tomorrow morning…”

“Are you serious? Is this for real?”

“Yes, just please come as soon as you can. I need you…”

I don’t know if Nate could even think after that phone call, if he could even concentrate enough to finish his work for the day, or if he was on autopilot all the way up to Rochester. He made it up there by 10 pm that night and we stayed up nearly all night talking. He kept reassuring me the entire time that everything will be OK.

 

An assembly of sixteen

When Nate and I arrived at the hospital the next day, along with my mom, dad, and my brother, I was ushered into a room immediately. I was a bundle of nervous energy but also ready to meet my baby!!

Shortly after arriving, I was given an IV and little by little the entire assembly of doctors and nurses ushered in team by team to see me. All in all there would be 16 medical staff in the room with us to deliver Nasir. HOLY MACARONI!! 16!!! I was only allowed one other person with me, and of course that was Nate. I was then taken into the OR alone while he was told to get garbed up.

 

 

While I was in the OR, it was freezing. More IVs were placed. There were so many lights, so many machines, so many instruments, and so many people. I started to shake uncontrollably.  I was given an epidural and a spinal, but the placement was giving me issues. They kept telling me to sit still. I couldn’t stop shaking. I hugged a pillow tightly to my front while they put the needles in my spine. It took forever. At one point, I felt a severe pain in my hip. They hit a nerve and my leg involuntarily shot out and kicked without me doing it. Yeah, this wasn’t working. They moved it a little higher in my spine and it was better.

 

From there, things moved so fast.

I was put on a table with my arms spread out wide. I had all the IVs in me, they erected a curtain up in front of me. So many people ushered in and out. The anesthesiologists, the surgery team, the OB-GYN team, the colorectal team, the nurses..SO MANY people! That team of 16 was in full action!

I wanted Nate and asked them to check on him. They said he was outside pacing. I wanted him with me, and it wasn’t much longer and he was able to come back into the OR. As soon as he walked in, they started to open me up. The doctors were wonderful about talking me through every step. I had the best cheerleader by my side. Nate was incredible. The anesthesia team was also very supportive and kept encouraging me softly, cheering for me, kept me comfortable, and just made me feel safe. I get choked up just thinking of these moments–moments I wanted to be fully present to remember.

I started to feel a severe pain in my right shoulder and started to get afraid. I told the doctor and they said they had my uterus out. The uterus is connected to the nerves in the shoulder and the pain I was experiencing was called “referred pain.”

 

He’s here!

It was only moments later when we heard our baby’s tiny cries. Nate started sobbing, I started sobbing. They lifted him over the screen so we could see him. My first thought was how tiny he was. They quickly moved him to the warming table so Nate could trim the cord and the team moved fast to get all the baby stats. Within moments, they brought this tiny naked baby to me and laid him on my chest. I could barely see or breathe I was crying so hard. HE WAS BEAUTIFUL. So precious. My miracle.

 

 

 

It took some time for the surgeons to close me up because they had to clear out scar tissue from former surgeries. They excised my old scar from the time I had the wound vac, and cleaned all of that tissue to make my incision a cleaner closure. It took quite a while, but I wasn’t even paying a moment of attention to that. Instead I was counting toes and fingers, memorizing my little boys face, and through my tears and laughter, I was rejoicing in this miracle.

Read more about Nasir’s arrival and see more photos here.

 

We are a family

As I was wheeled into a recovery room, Nate went to tell my family that our baby arrived. We wanted a few minutes alone to relish our first moments as a family of three. We also had an overflow of emotion that was just indescribable and we wanted to bask in the intimacy of sharing these very personal feelings together.

I remember when they lifted our baby over the screen after we heard his cries. I recall looking at him and instantly knowing that his name in my heart would be Nasir, but I didn’t say anything. To be fair, I wanted to hear Nate’s thoughts about his name. As soon as I asked him what our baby’s name should be, he said Nasir! We both felt it. We both knew. His name is Nasir Nathan.

Nasir is a Pakistani/Arabic name that means “Victorious,” and there is no more appropriate name fitting to this little boy than that. After all I have been through, all the health struggles and trials, I look at him and I know it was all for this moment.

This miracle.

This victory.

~Nadia

 

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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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 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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He’s Here: Our Newest YARNutopian

He’s Here: Our Newest YARNutopian

 

We would like to introduce our new baby boy to our YARNutopia community. There are NO words to express how much we are in love with this precious little peanut and how it feels to be first time parents; so instead of doing that at this time, we ask you to please enjoy these exclusive beautiful photos – many of which are being shared here for the very first time.

He arrived a little earlier than expected, and although nothing about his delivery was easy, in the end, holding him in our arms was so worth it! Oh. MY. Gosh. THE LOVE!

Nate and I are overwhelmed with joy and want to share our happiness with our online family community. As soon as I am feeling better, I will write a little more about this entire experience in detail!

So many people tried to tell us how this would feel. NOTHING compares to the real thing. NOTHING!! WE ARE SO IN LOVE WITH HIM!

Name: Nasir Nathan
Born June 13th, 2019 at 12:15pm
Weight: 6 lbs, 12 oz.
Length:  18.9 inches

Things we observed so far: He has his Daddy’s face and wavy dark hair, but he has Mommy’s nose and dimples. He has long fingers like Mommy but Daddy’s toes lol. As we continue to discover one another, we look forward to finding more of these amazing connections. It is the most profound feeling ever to meet this tiny human, see pieces of ourselves in him, and know that we made him!

The Wood Be Fancy Story

The Wood Be Fancy Story

Many of you have seen my videos on YouTube and commented on the type of crochet hook I am using in a majority of my tutorials. My dad started mass producing these crochet hooks after so many inquiries flooded in. Each hook handle, as demonstrated in this video tutorial, is individually crafted and designed. A great deal of time is spent on every single hook handle.

These special crochet hooks are ergonomically created to fit perfectly into the palm of your hand. I use these in each and every video we film.

I spent much of my early crochet years in the hospital. My mom taught me the basics, and I used crochet as a time pass for those long stays trapped in a hospital bed. I loved watching YouTube just like many of you. I watched the Crochet Crowd, Moogly, and Naztazia and learned more advanced techniques through their tutorials.

I started noticing when using a traditional aluminum crochet hook, my finger and wrist joints would start to pain while holding the thin hook. Most of the pain was in part from being so ill. The disease, and side effects of my medications caused bone deterioration and joint problems. It wasn’t unusual to have swollen hands and rusty joints almost every day. My dad saw my struggle, and when I would tell him it hurt to crochet, we started to brainstorm ways to make things easier.

My dad is not a master craftsman. He didn’t even own many power tools. He didn’t carve or do woodworking, yet, he decided to experiment a little and began to design handles for my crochet hooks.  In fact, his early introduction to the world of wood craft had him on a first name basis with the local Emergency Room doctors from all the mishaps he encountered trying to perfect his design. Eventually, he was able to craft this final design, have less trips to the ER, and rarely ends up with stitches anymore!

Not only are these the most comfortable in my hand, but due to those arthritic effects from long term illness, the joints in my hand and wrist feel better with this handle when I work. These handles make it so much easier to crochet for a duration of time and reduce the stress on my joints.

This blog is in part a plug for the hooks my dad makes because, why not? Besides filming and editing my video tutorials, he works so hard to make each and every one of these crochet hooks as demonstrated in his documentary video. Each individual hook is made exactly like shown. The time and care put in to each one is unsurpassed! Just check out the testimonials on his Etsy Shop to hear what others have to say.

More than a shameless plug for this product, this blog is about a dad who cares so much about his daughter that he found a way to make her passion easier on her. He designed this amazing hook handle so that I don’t hurt any more. He took to learning wood crafting and carving, taught himself how to use all these power tools and even sacrificed his own hands to make mine feel better. Those numerous ER trips to get stitches in his hands are testament to how far he would go to make me happy and pain-free.

With Father’s Day approaching, let’s remember the selfless sacrifices our dads have made. The hard work and dedication they show us and their unending acts of love they provide. I am pretty lucky to have one of the best! Thanks, Daddy for everything!

Love, Nadia

If you would like to try one or more of these hooks, you can visit his shop here.

 

A Temporary Transition

A Temporary Transition

As some of you may have noticed, I have been somewhat MIA on my social media and on my blog for a little bit. I have been posting and have been a little active, just not as much as I usually am. There’s a reason for that.

Last week, I ended up in the hospital. I was having a lot of issues with my body and baby, so I went into the Emergency Room. The doctors here in La Crosse, WI did not feel confident, and the scope of my issues were outside of the range they felt comfortable dealing with. They felt things were emergent to either med-flight or rush me to Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

It was decided that was going to be rushed by ambulance, but Nate could not accompany me on the ride. He came behind and my mom met us up at Mayo Hospital. I was in the hospital for nearly a week with several complications making it impossible for me to manage at home.

It was decided that upon release from the hospital, I could return home short term while a social worker from the hospital would work on a short term relocation plan for me. For these last few weeks before delivery, I will be staying in Rochester near the hospital in an extended stay apartment. This way, I will be close by the hospital in case anything emergent happens again.

What is going on?

In the recent blog where I shared my pregnancy photos, I mentioned that the doctors have taken me off of all my medications that help to keep my Crohn’s disease under control while I work towards remission. Now, off of the medication, my body has started to get weaker. I ended up with an infection and the infection put my body into a full-on flare.

Since I don’t have a large intestine, my small intestine has to learn the job of what its old companion had done. I have to draw my nourishment, vitamins, minerals, fluids, and much more from my small intestine similarly to what the body does with the large intestine. Not only do I rely on that intake, that same intake is what is helping to keep baby healthy. When I got sick last week, the function of the small intestine failed me, and my body was having a difficult time absorbing ANYTHING. This made it difficult to keep food down, my body was severely dehydrated, and some of my blood test numbers were dropping making it difficult to keep my nourishment markers where they needed to be.

Because I am pregnant, normal options for treatment aren’t always viable because they can affect the baby. There were so many limitations that the doctors could treat me with. It took some time and patience, but we were able to find a way for me to gain some control over my body without causing more stress to me or baby. At least, for now, it was enough to go home and prepare for this upcoming relocation.

What will this mean for YARNutopia?

I am home for a few days. Soon, I will transition to an apartment closer to the hospital in Minnesota. I will stay there temporarily until our baby is born. Nate will be with me on the weekends, and my mom will be coming to stay with me during the weekdays, as I can’t be alone. All my care will continue through Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

(Pictured above is a photo of my mom and me in the hospital last week)

(Pictured above is me, feeling better)

Because of this transition, I won’t be able to be as active or as present on my social media sites. I won’t be checking out completely though! No way! I love my social media! I will, however, be taking a small step back to get things under control with my health and prepare for delivery. There are LOTS of appointments, checkups, and tests to be done in these last few weeks! But don’t worry! I will do what I can, when I can! So, please keep checking the Facebook page, click on the links I share, share photos of your work. I’ll be crocheting to pass some time, and I hope to keep on keeping on. I will be sure to check in as often as I can!!

I will also try to update you as much as possible. Until baby arrives, the most I will be doing is trying to keep as healthy as I can so he can be inside growing and developing. We need him to be the strongest he can be! We are almost to his due date, so we are hoping for a not so bumpy ride to get there! Haha!

In the next few weeks, I am still hopeful to post some new blogs, a few new posts, and whatever I can do, but in the meantime, I will pull from the archives some great classic patterns, some oldies but goodies, and I will share work from my fellow designers! And once baby is here and I am recovered, I will be back better and stronger than ever!

Until then, Happy Hooking!

~Nadia

Special Baby Shower Surprise

Special Baby Shower Surprise

This past Sunday, my Aunt and my Mom organized a baby shower for Nate and me. To say it was amazing is such an understatement! Not only did my family have so much in store for us, there were epic surprises to be showered on us as well.

After opening our gifts from family and friends, my mom made an announcement that there were more gifts. Confused, I wasn’t sure what she meant.

A quick background

I am part of a large online blogger community. In our private group, this blogger community shares ideas and support for one another. Besides my personal family, these ladies feel like family even though we haven’t met in real life. I feel like we know one another despite that we haven’t met. We talk almost daily and check in with one another. We share patterns and advice, we count on each other in our shared desire to grow our craft. We have a sisterhood that transcends the miles and continents.

So, when my mom announced that this incredible group of ladies had conspired to bring their own version of an online baby shower to my family baby shower, I was so overwhelmed with joy and shock! It felt so amazing to find out that together, they reached out to be a part of this special day. They coordinated through Marly Bird to send surprise packages to my mom and my aunt. Each package was a gift for our sweet baby boy.

Both Nate and I could not believe it! We had NO CLUE! Seriously, my mom is the best at keeping secrets because I talk to her a half dozen times a day and NOT ONCE did she even hint there was this in store for us at the shower!! As soon as my Aunt Gail brought this giant box full of gifts I started getting emotional all over again!

Each crochet designer/blogger created something extraordinarily special for this baby. Below, please join me in this video as I open these wonderful gifts. Please understand that in this moment I was so emotional and overwhelmed. Tears flowed freely, my nose was running wild, and I kept repeating how awesome it was and how much in shock this felt!

 

Panda Lovey by Snappy Tots

 

Baby Blanket by Crafting Friends Designs

 

Baby Blanket by The Purple Poncho
(Bibs not pictured)

 

Baby Cardigan by Moogly

 

Baby Sleeper Sack by Heart Hook Home

 

 

Baby Blanket by American Crochet

 

 

Baby Cardigan by My Hobby is Crochet

 

 

Oliver  and Olivia  Baby  Blanket by  Marly  Bird

 

 

Baby  Rattle Toy  by  Goodknit  Kisses

 

 

Knit  Top  Knot  Hat  by  Jessie  at Home

 

 

Baby  Mitts  by  Oombawka  Designs

 

Layette Set from Pattern Paradise

 

 

Teddy Hats, yarn and a handmade card by Fiber Flux

 

All the beautiful cards!

I am in complete awe of these amazing women. Not only are they spectacular designers and creators, but I have the joy of calling each of them my FRIEND! WE are so lucky. I am so lucky. This baby is so lucky and so loved.

From the bottom of my full heart, THANK YOU!! There are no words to describe this feeling. I am so grateful for your gifts of time and creativity. Thank you for your gift of love and friendship. Again, my heart is so full.

 

On a side note. In the last frame of the video I was hugging a teddy bear. Some of you may not know that at the end of March we lost my Grandpa Bob. In January, he was told by his doctors he had about six months to live. He had hopes to live long enough to meet my baby. My grandpa was so supportive and caring through my journey through illness and life, and he wanted to be here to see me through this special time. God had other plans for him. He passed away on March 24th, 2019.

My mom took one of his shirts and sent it in to a designer on Etsy. She made a memory teddy bear out of my grandpa’s shirt. My mom had a photo of my grandpa and me, and in it he wore that same shirt. She gifted both together – the photo in a frame and this sweet bear to put in the nursery. This gift was so special and although my Grandpa won’t be here, a small part of him will always be with us.

~Nadia

FREE Crochet Tutorial: Adult Mens Chunky Slippers

FREE Crochet Tutorial: Adult Mens Chunky Slippers

We all love a comfortable pair of house slippers. The guys in our lives are no exception. With Father’s Day right around the corner, why not make Dad a pair of these fantastic Chunky Boot Slippers. Perfect for putting your feet up and relaxing around the house. Add a leather or vinyl non-skid bottom to make them more versatile and avoid slipping. These chunky boots are squishy soft and would be perfect for anyone!

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

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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 Yarns Sweet Home in Steel
Red Heart Yarns Bunches of Hugs in Sapphire
-K-6.50mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors

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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-The written pattern is for a size 10/10.5 US Men’s Size Shoe. You can adjust the size for measurements.
-This project uses 150 yards of BULKY yarn.
-Sew on patches of leather to the bottom of your slippers to make them non-skid.
-You can also put strips of hot-glue on the bottom of your slippers to make them non-skid
-For larger sizing tips and tricks, see written instructions below or video tutorial.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease

Pattern:

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

Make 2 

Sole:
With your main color (Steel):
Ch 4

Row 1: 2 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, 2 SC in each of the next 2 Chs, Ch 1, Turn. (6)

Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in each st to last st, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 3: Repeat Row 2. (10)

Rows 4-12: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (10)
(FOR LARGER SIZES: Do more rows of single crochets for a longer length before going onto the next row)

Row 13: Repeat Row 2. (12)

Rows 14-20: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (12)
(FOR LARGER SIZES: Do more rows of single crochets for a longer length before going onto the next row)

Row 21: SC2TOG, SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 22: Repeat Row 21. (8)

Row 23: Repeat Row 21. (6)

Row 24: Repeat Row 21. (4)
Do not fasten off, continue to SC around entire Sole.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Assembly step:
With Sapphire blue, Slip Stitch around the last round of of the Sole (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Sides of Slipper:
Attach Steel again, to the BLO of the last round of the sole (See video tutorial for specific location)

Rnd 1: Ch 1, SC in each St around, sl st to first st, ch 1. (I had 50 sts around, but you might have more or less)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. Sl st to first st. Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Top of Foot:
With your main color (Steel)
Ch 7
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 2: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 4 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 5: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (12)

Row 6-14: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (12)
If you need to make less rows if your feet are smaller or more rows to make it longer, you can continue until you are satisfied with the length, then go onto the instructions for dividing the leg opening.

Divide for Leg Opening:
Right Side:
Row 1: SC in 1st 5 sts, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 2-10: SC across, ch 1, turn. (5)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left Side:
Row 1: Sk 2 sts on Row 14 of foot, SC in remaining 5 sts, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 2-10: SC across, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew both backs of legs together, INSIDE OUT. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on how to sew these pieces together)
Weave in all ends.
SINGLE CROCHET around the bottom edge of the “Top part of the foot” (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Using the Single Crochet Method and the Sapphire Blue yarn, Single Crochet the top part of the foot to the bottom part of the foot. Weave in all ends.

Ankle:
With your main color (Steel):
Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch and across, Ch 1, Turn. (5)
Rows 2-23: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew to top hole of shoe, and sew up the back seam (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

With Sapphire Blue, SC evenly around ankle, Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Make another one to complete the pair!

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



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FREE Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hues Sampler Baby Blanket

FREE Crochet Tutorial: Happy Hues Sampler Baby Blanket

Last week, we took a tour of my new nursery that my mom and I set up. (see it here!!) It was so much fun to see the colors come to life, the artwork get hung, and the crib readied for baby’s arrival.

Today, I am introducing the Happy Hues Sampler Baby Blanket. This luxurious blanket was made in the hues of my nursery. Yours can be made in any combo of color or why not use this project for a great stash buster!? You will love this project so much!

I have provided you instructions on how to expand the size of this blanket to fit any size bed. Whether it be all colorful or just a combination of tones that fit the decor of a specific room, this blanket will make the perfect addition to any home or nursery. Join me and get started today!

 

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

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

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

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

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
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Pattern:

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

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in all different colors (Denim, Charcoal, Dusty Grey, White, Country Blue)
I used 1 ball of each with an extra ball of yarn for the border. (6 skeins total–2,000 yards of yarn)
Size I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-You can make this blanket any size. Use the Afghan Size Guide in this Blog Post
-The measurements for my blanket came out to be approximately 45 inches X 50 Inches
-You can make this blanket any size by making your beginning chain an even number.
-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.
-This blanket took me approximately 3 days to complete.
-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, but if you are not changing color as often as I do in the video tutorial, you can carry your yarn up the rows on the sides because when we make our border, we cover the sides anyway.
-Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch unless otherwise specified (See video tutorial for explanation, especially when working treble crochet rows)
-If you do not have the same exact stitch count as me (if you are off by a few stitches, do not worry about it, it is OK, the border will hide any imperfections on the edges)

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
PS: Puff Stitch: *YO, insert hook into st, YO, pull through, repeat from * until you have 7 loops on your hook. YO pull through all 7 loops.

Pattern:

Change color every row.

With Charcoal Ch 132
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, turn. (130)

Row 2: With White, Ch 3 (counts as stitch here and throughout), Sk 1 st, *DC in next st, DC in sk’d st working behind the DC you just made, Sk next st, repeat from * across ending with DC in last st, turn. (130)

Row 3: With Denim, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, repeat from * across ending with SC in last st, turn. (44 SC, 43 Ch 2 sps)

Row 4: With Dusty Gray, In first SC st, Ch up 3 (counts as st), put 3 DC in each Ch 2 sp across, (if you have 129 sts, add one more stitch at the end) turn. (130 sts)

Row 5: With Country Blue, Attach yarn to first st, Ch 1, SC in same st, *TR in next st, SC in next st, repeat from * across ending with SC in last st, turn. (130 sts)

Row 6: With White, Ch 1, HDC in each st across, Turn. (130 sts)

Row 7: With Charcoal, Ch 1, HDC in 1st st, Puff st in next st, *Ch 1, Puff st in next st, repeat from * across ending with HDC in last st, turn. (66 sts)

Row 8: With Country Blue, Attach yarn to first st, Ch 3 (counts as st), DC in same st, DC in each Ch 1 sp across ending with 2 DC in last st, turn. (130 sts)

Row 9: Repeat Row 2 with color Dusty Grey

Row 10: repeat Row 3 with color Denim

Row 11: repeat Row 4 with Charcoal

Row 12: repeat Row 5 with White (Be sure this round you are looking at the BACK side of your work)

Row 13: repeat Row 6 with Denim

Row 14: repeat Row 7 with Dusty Grey

Row 15: repeat Row 8 with Country Blue

Repeat Rows 2-15 with the same color sequence

End on row 78
or make this blanket as long as you want!


BORDER:
Rnd 1: SC around entire blanket putting 3 sc in each corner. Sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 DC in same st, *sk 2 sts, 3 DC in next st, repeat from * around putting [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] in corners, sl st to first st when finished with this round.
Rnd 3: sl st in next 2 sts and into gap between groupings, Ch 3, [2DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in same gap, *SC in next gap between groupings, [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] in next gap between groupings, repeat from * around putting [3DC, ch 2, 3DC] in corners, sl st to first st when finished with this round.

That border is amazing and can be put on any blanket!!

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

 

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Like this blanket? Try the Dream Time Mosaic Baby Quilt!

Nursery Sneak Peek!

Nursery Sneak Peek!

Here’s a look at our baby’s nursery!! We’re expecting his arrival in June 2019 and here’s his new room! It’s a work-in-progress, but this is how far we’ve gotten on his “crib” so far!!

We have a lot of decorations from Hobby Lobby as well as Wayfair and Amazon!

The sign “Welcome to my Crib” can be found here from Hobby Lobby

 

The Chevron Basket can be found here from Hobby Lobby

 

The Furry Rug can be found here from Amazon

 

 

The shelf holding the books can be found here from Hobby Lobby


hobby lobby

 

The Cloud Hanging Rack can be found here from Hobby Lobby

 

The Sheep Ottoman can be found here from Target

 

The arrow wall hanging was found at Hobby Lobby, however, I am unable to share a link to that piece.

 

 

The dresser, changing table, and crib came as a set from Wayfair and it can be found here.

Crochet Tutorial: Sand-n-Sea Beach Tunic

Crochet Tutorial: Sand-n-Sea Beach Tunic

Head to the beach with this boho-inspired swimsuit cover-up! Not heading to the beach? Why not wear this Sand-n-Sea Beach Tunic over a tank top with Jean cut-offs or over your favorite sundress! Really you can NOT go wrong with this top! Next time you head to the water, you will want to have this stylish cover-up as part of you beach wardrobe.

The chains and fringe give this fabulous piece a free flowing look that is perfect for the warm summer!!

 

 

Also check out my Sassy Summer Bikini!! You can make the entire ensemble – bikini and coverup using Willow Yarns! Now rush over to their website and fill up those online shopping carts with these perfect summer fibers!

The yarn used for the bikini is called Ripples and you can find it here. I used the color Friendship in the one pictured below.

 

My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos when I move away.
Support YARNutopia today so we can continue to bring you clear, quality crochet tutorials even after I move into my new home!
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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this tunic:

 

**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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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:
Willow Yarns Rise in the color Seafoam. (I used 1,400 yards of yarn–3 balls)
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.
-This tunic measures 32 inches wide and 23 inches long. See video tutorial to learn how to make this larger.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
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.

Tunic:
Front Panel and Back Panel: (These instructions are for ONE panel, make 2 exactly the same–See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Ch 142 or any multiple of 20 + 2
Row 1: DC in 3rd Ch from hook and next 19 chs, *Ch 20, Sk 20 chs, DC in next 20 chs, repeat from * across ending with DC in last 20 chs, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: DC in first 20 sts, *Ch 20, Sk ch 20 sp, DC in next 20 sts, repeat from * across, ending with DC in last 20 sts, Ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-50: Repeat Row 2 (you can go beyond Row 50 if you want to make yours longer)

Assembly Step:
Make 2 of these panels exactly the same way. Once the front panel and back panel are made, sew the shoulders and up the sides leaving space for arm-holes (see video tutorial for specific instructions on how to sew this closed)
Add fringe to the sides and around the arm holes. Weave in loose 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 Willow Yarns

Tips to Help Manage Your Time

Tips to Help Manage Your Time

Life is busy and there is never enough time in the day for most of us. Between jobs, family, appointments, and obligations, most of us are left with less and less time in a day for enjoyment. Crochet projects get started and set aside forgotten. Oftentimes, we take on a project in hopes to complete it by a specific deadline – a wedding, birthday, or holiday. It is in this time of hustle and bustle, a little time management can go a long way! Let me show you how!

Here are some of my tips to help maximize the time you have and make the day as productive as possible.

Set your goals. Now let’s plan a way to support and reach those goals!

  • Prioritize your day/week/month: When we begin a project, most of us have more than just the project deadline ahead of us. Know what time frame you are working with and determine the other activities you need to juggle simultaneously with these projects. Getting a planner is a great way to keep yourself organized. Several apps can be useful or I use a planner like this one here. One glance at the week ahead can give me an idea of how I can plan out my projects around other things I am juggling in life. Work and work related activities, appointments, family activities, and plans with friends-it is all right there in my planner!

  • Another great tip is to invest in a white board! I have one and write my daily “to do list.” My white board is near my office where I spend most of my time. I see it nearly all day long. When I get busy, it is hard to remember everything I have to do, so seeing it RIGHT in front of me every time I walk past is a great way to keep me on task! Once I complete a task, I erase it. I LOVE seeing those “to-dos” disappear every day!

  • Always plan ahead: Know what is necessary to reach these goals and be sure to have your project supplies available. How many times have you started a project and then ran out of supplies and needed something and now you have to stop working or put your project off until you have what you need. Plan it out, write a list, and shop for supplies, double check.

  • Get rid of things that distract you. Are you drawn in by social media and realize that you just spent 45 minutes with time sunk on Facebook or Instagram? Ummm me neither haha! But for those that get distracted by social media, television, or even the birds on the feeders outside the window, remove those distractions NOW! I am NOT saying permanently, NO-keep your bird feeders filled with birds!! I am saying this; Set a timer for 20 minutes or an hour (or the allotted time you’re planning on working on your project) now, put your phone in the other room, shut off TV if it is a distraction, close the curtains-do what you need to do in order to have that one hour free and clear to work. Sometimes, I only have time to set my timer for 20 minutes and push myself just to concentrate for that 20 minutes, shut my mind off to everything else and get to work! I try to capitalize on those timed sessions! Remember to have your supplies all available before getting started.

 

  • Sometimes you have to just say NO. We all want to be the kind of person that can do it all. However, sometimes that is not possible, and there comes a time that to be the most productive in our own lives we have to say NO to things. Not everything, just the things that bog our schedules down to the point where there is no time for enjoyment. It’s ok-give yourself permission to say NO and tell yourself it is ok!

 

  • Last on our list is TAKE CARE OF YOU!! No matter how much you want to finish a project, no project is worth going bonkers stressing over it! There might not be enough time in a day. It is ok! Look at your week and plan it out in days-Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday projects, or maybe just weekend projects. Whatever you have time for, don’t put extra pressure on yourself that you HAVE to get it done NOW even on a deadline. Pace yourself, plan ahead, and give yourself permission to relax. I promise, with some effective time management, you can accomplish your goals!

 

Now that you have some great tips, you will have much more time to do what you love!

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Star Ring Rattle Teething Toy

Crochet Tutorial: Star Ring Rattle Teething Toy

I tried a new project that is simple enough for the beginner and fun for the seasoned crocheter! The Star Ring Rattle is perfect for any baby nursery, gift, or layette!

 

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
Red Heart Yarns Scrubby Smoothie (I used Royal and Coral in the one I demonstrate on camera)
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Polyfil
Wooden Rings
Rattle Inserts
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
SC3TOG: Single Crochet 3 Stitches Together

Pattern:

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

Star: (MAKE 2)

Ch 2 (or start with magic ring)
Rnd 1: 9 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN.

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around, sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN. (18 sts)

Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 9 times, sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN. (27)

Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 9 times, sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN. (36)

Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 9 times, sl st to first SC, Ch 1, TURN. (45)

Now you will be making the points of the star, you will be working in rows. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 1: SC in 9 sts, leave the rest unworked, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 2: SC in each of the 9 sts across, ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 4: SC in each of the 7 sts across, ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 5: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 6: SC in each of the 5 sts across, ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 7: SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 8: SC in each of the 3 sts across, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 9: SC3TOG, ch 1. DO NOT TURN
Continue to Sl st down the side of the point back to Round 5 of the circle

Repeat Rows 1-9 of the point starting in the very next st.

Repeat this until you have all 5 points made.

On the first star, fasten off.
on the second star, DO NOT fasten off

Assembly step:
SC around both stars attaching them together (See video tutorial for visual instructions).
Before Fully closing the star, be sure to add stuffing and the rattle inside.

Strap:
With another color, Start with long tail before you make your slip knot to start this section.

Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (5)

Rows 2-20: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (5)
When you finish row 20, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly: 

Wrap the strap around the teething ring and sew it together
Sew the other side of the strap to the star. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Fair Isle Knee High Socks

Crochet Tutorial: Fair Isle Knee High Socks

Using the Fair Isle crochet stitch, I created these knee high socks!! This design makes the contrasting color look like mini hearts!! These socks are so incredibly warm and fashionable! I have made socks working from the cuff down to the toes, but this sock is created starting from the toes and working its way up the leg! These fun socks can be made in all sorts of color combinations! Go wild with your imagination! Enjoy this fun pattern!

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

 

 

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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MorpheMe October Collection 2017

Materials you will need:

Red Heart Yarns Amore in Rooibos and Chamomile (2 balls of each  color)
Stitch Marker
Size G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-These socks are worked from the bottom up.
-You can use any worsted weight or double knitting type of yarn. Go to YARNSUB.com and type in Amore and all the substitutions that are equal to this type of yarn will show up.
-These socks measure–Sole: 10 inches (24 cm), Length from Toe to Cuff: 21.5 inches (54 cm), Length of leg part only–cuff to heel: 13.5 inches (35 cm)
-These socks will fit a size 6-9 American Woman’s Shoe Size foot. The video tutorial explains how to make these larger or smaller with very few simple steps. Please watch the entire video tutorial to learn how to do this for other sizes.
-To make these smaller or larger, just make sure your increases are all in a multiple of 4 (I explain this in the video tutorial)
-The CH 2 or CH 1 at the beginning of a round does NOT count as a stitch. Sl st to the beginning stitch of that round to go onto the next round.
-The majority of these socks are worked in continuous rounds. Mark your rounds with a stitch marker for each round so you do not lose your spot.
-Work over the top of your previous color strand when making the fair isle stitching
-If you see any mistakes in the pattern, please leave a comment to this post and I will fix any errors.
-Work INTO the stitch, and NOT at the top of the stitch (video tutorial shows this method)
-SEW IN YOUR LOOSE ENDS AS YOU GO! YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF LATER.

Saving Bundle - Hand Bended Silk Yarn

Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease

 

Socks:

The video tutorial demonstrates the Left Sock Only. Right Sock instructions are written with the left sock pattern below.

Work in continuous rounds throughout this pattern.

Work over the top of your yarn strands when you change color.

Work INTO the stitch, NOT at the top of the stitch (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Both Socks:
Starting with Red
Ch 11

Rnd 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, put 3 SC in last Ch, continue working on opposite side of foundation chain, SC across, put 2 SC in last st. (21 sts)

Rnd 2: SC in 10 sts, 2 SC in next st, SC in 10 sts, 2 SC in last st. (23)

Place stitch markers on each side of the sock, this is where you will put increase stitches.
Rnd 3: SC in each stitch until you get to a marked stitch, put 2 SC in the marked St.

Rnds 4-11: Repeat Round 3 until you have 41 stitches (you will increase each round by 2 stitches)
After Round 11, if you have more or less than 41 stitches, just be sure you have a multiple of 4+1 (example: 40 is a multiple of 4, plus 1 = 41 sts)
If you end up having to do more rounds, it’s ok, just go onto the instructions for round 12 next.

Rnd 12: SC in each st around (change color after last stitch to go onto Round 13) (41 sts)

Rnd 13: Change color to Chamomile, SC in each st around. (41 sts)

From now on, I will refer to Rooibos as “Red” and Chamomile as “White” in this written pattern

Rnd 14: With White, SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts, *Change color, SC with Red, Change color, SC in 3 sts with White, repeat from * around. (40 sts)
At this point, you should have a multiple of 4 stitches around (if you do not have 40 stitches, be sure to have a multiple of 4)

Rnd 15: With White, SC in each st around. (40 sts)

Rnd 16: With White, SC in 1 st, *change color to Red, SC in 1 st, Change color to White, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around ending with SC in last 2 sts with White.

Rnd 17: With White, SC in each st around. (40 sts)

Rnd 18: With White, SC in next 3 sts, *Change color to Red, SC in 1 st, Change color to white, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around ending with one st in Red on the last st.

Rnds 19-43: Repeat Rounds 15-18 as many times as you need to get the length of the top of the foot you need. END ON A REPEAT OF ROW 15 before moving onto the next section. If you do more or less rows, that is ok, FASTEN OFF when you are done with this part and jump to the instructions for the leg part next. You will create the heel hole after you have the length you need in this section.

If any of this is confusing in writing, please view the video tutorial for clear instructions.

 

 

Heel Hole and Leg part:

Mark 20 sts on the TOP side of the sock (see video tutorial to see where top side is)
These instructions start at 56 minutes and 40 seconds into the video tutorial.

Right Foot:
Heel Hole and Leg:

Rnd 1: Start in a stitch that is up 1 and over to the left 1 of a red stitch from the previous round (see video tutorial for specific location) In that stitch, attach your yarn and do the fair isle stitching (also known as: the established pattern) across 20 sts, end with a white stitch, Chain 18 loosely with White, skip 20 sts, continue to work in continuous rounds and go onto round 2 next.

Rnd 2: With White, SC in each st and each ch around. (38 sts)

Rnd 3: With White, SC in next 3 sts, *Change color to Red, SC in 1 st, Change color to white, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around ending with one st in Red on the last st. (if this does not line up with your fair isle stitches, just do the fair isle design as established, just keep note of what you started this round with and ended with because you will be repeating this round in the future)

Rnd 4: With White, SC in each st around.

Rnd 5: Fair Isle Stitches: With White, SC in 1 st, *change color to Red, SC in 1 st, Change color to White, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around ending with SC in last 2 sts with White.

Rnd 6: With White, SC in each st around AND put an EXTRA stitch in the last st. (increase made) (39 sts)

Rnds 7-10: repeat Rounds 3-6 one time.

Rnd 11: With White, SC in next 3 sts, *Change color to Red, SC in 1 st, Change color to white, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around.

Rnd 12: With White, SC in each st around AND put an EXTRA stitch in the last st. (increase made) (39 sts)

Rnd 13: With White, SC in 1 st, *change color to Red, SC in 1 st, Change color to White, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around.

Rnd 14: With White, SC in each st around AND put an EXTRA stitch in the last st. (increase made) (39 sts)

Since the increase is made, the ends of your rounds will turn out differently each time. Start your rounds EXACTLY THE SAME as instructed. See video tutorial for explanation.

Rnds 15-35: Repeat Rounds 11-14 for however long you need to so this part fits around your calf of your leg. I had 52 sts at the end of Round 35. You will need to end on a repeat of Round 11 before going onto the next round.
If you need to repeat this part more or less, just be sure your stitch count is a multiple of 4.

Rnd 36: With White, SC in each st and each ch around.  (do not increase any more)

Rnd 37: Repeat Round 11

Rnd 38: With White, SC in each st and each ch around.

Rnd 39: Repeat Round 13

 

Left Foot
Heel Hole and Leg:

Rnd 1: Start in a stitch that is up 1 and over to the left 1 of a red stitch from the previous round (see video tutorial for specific location) In that stitch, attach your yarn and SC in that stitch, Chain 18 loosely, Sk 20 sts, SC in NEXT st working the fair isle stitches on the rest of the sts on this round.

Rnd 2: With White, SC in each st and each ch around. (38 sts)

Rnd 3: With White, SC in first 2 sts, *Change color to Red, SC in next st, Change color to White, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around.
(When doing Round 3, you MAY have to add another stitch in somewhere to make the fair isle stitches line up correctly, if you do not, that’s ok, but if you do, that is also ok–nobody will notice, just use your judgement on if your fair isle stitches are lining up)

Rnd 4: With White, SC in each st and each ch around.

Rnd 5: With White, SC in first 4 sts, *Change color to Red, SC in next st, Change color to White, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around. (38 sts)

Rnd 6: With White, SC in each st around AND put an EXTRA stitch in the last st. (increase made) (39 sts)

Rnds 7-10: repeat Rounds 3-6 one time.

Rnd 11: With White, SC in first 2 sts, *Change color to Red, SC in next st, Change color to White, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around.

Rnd 12: With White, SC in each st around AND put an EXTRA stitch in the last st. (increase made) (40 sts)

Rnd 13: With White, SC in first 4 sts, *Change color to Red, SC in next st, Change color to White, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around.

Rnd 14: With White, SC in each st around AND put an EXTRA stitch in the last st. (increase made) (41 sts)

Rnds 15-35: Repeat Rounds 11-14 for however long you need to so this part fits around your calf of your leg. I had 52 sts at the end of Round 35. You will need to end on a repeat of Round 11 before going onto the next round.
If you need to repeat this part more or less, just be sure your stitch count is a multiple of 4.

Rnd 36: With White, SC in each st and each ch around.  (do not increase any more)

Rnd 37: Repeat Round 11

Rnd 38: With White, SC in each st and each ch around.

Rnd 39: Repeat Round 13

BOTH SOCKS:

Rounds 40-86: Repeat Rounds 36-39 on the sock you are working on. End on a repeat of round 36 or 38 (plain SC with White Row)
You can continue this repeat until you want to make the cuff–For shorter legs, end earlier, for longer legs, continue the repeat.
Fasten off after you are done with the length and ready to make the cuff.

Next, go onto making the cuff.

Cuff:
Both Socks:
Attach Red to any stitch on back of sock.

Work in the top of the stitches on this part, not IN the stitch like you were for the fair isle design.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as anything), DC in same st and each st around, sl st to first DC.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, FPDC on first St, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.
Rnds 3-4: Repeat Round 2
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Heel:

Both Socks
With Red
Attach yarn on bottom sole side in center (see video tutorial for specific location)
Rnd 1: Ch 1, SC 38 sts evenly around the Heel Hole, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, SC in first 7 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in 14 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in last 7 sts, sl st to first st. (34 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first st. (34)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, SC in first 6 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in 12 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in last 6 sts, sl st to first st. (30 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, SC in first 5 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in 10 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in last 5 sts, sl st to first st. (26 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, SC in first 4 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in last 4 sts, sl st to first st. (22 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, SC in first 3 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in 6 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in last 3 sts, sl st to first st. (18 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, SC in first 2 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in 4 sts, SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, SC in last 2 sts, sl st to first st. (14 sts)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly Step:
Turn sock inside out, Sew heel hole closed. Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

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I Know I’m Not Alone

I Know I’m Not Alone

I am typically pretty upbeat and positive by nature. I have had to overcome a lot in the past decade, and I have spent some of that time feeling situational depression due to battling illness, surgery, dealing with body issues from having so many scars and a permanent ileostomy.  When I found out I was able to get pregnant, and subsequently carry this baby, I was over the moon! Depression wasn’t even on my radar at that time.

I Knew It Wasn’t Going To Be Easy

I am extremely high risk. I have a team of doctors and specialists across three hospitals that will be involved in bringing this baby into the world safely. Of course, I am a bit nervous, but I also have great faith and trust in this team to do everything to help bring this baby boy into the world, keeping us both healthy and happy.

Here’s where I struggle. I am supposed to be happy. I AM happy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to feel baby move and happy to know I will hold him in just a few short months. However, what is happening to my body is bringing me so low. I am just not feeling overall happy, and I didn’t expect that.

 

A Complex Medical History

Without delving too deep into the graphic details, I’ve had 14 surgeries which have left my entire abdomen full of scars. I have numerous scars running up and down, diagonally, and across my torso. Drain scars, former ostomy scars- just scars, scars, scars! Following one surgery, I had a serious infection so my abdomen had to be re-opened, and I was put on a wound vac to help heal by secondary intention. That process left my tummy full of puckered and thick scar tissue. All this scar tissue causes adhesions. As my abdomen stretches, the scar tissue is stretching and tearing both on the surface and internally. It has been challenging to deal with. This, along with changes in my ostomy with my intestine prolapsing outside my body, has left me feeling depressed over all these reminders that my body isn’t quite the same as others.

Pre-Partum Depression

This pre-partum situational depression has hit me hard. I am struggling with my body and disease and with my hormones running amok. I have found myself in tears quite a bit lately. I am not writing to complain, NO, but to confront what is happening to me and to share this with others who may struggle with these same feelings during pregnancy or at any time. I know that this is supposed to be the most blessed and happy time of my life, so why am I feeling so blue? I don’t have the answer.

Crochet IS Therapy

During this time, my comfort and refuge is found in my craft. I am so grateful for a loving and supportive husband and the support of a fantastic family, but when I am alone, I find solace in the stitches and the repetitive nature of crochet to help distract and focus my mind on something other than these feelings and the pain from my scars.

Lately, I have been working on so many crochet projects for not only my little guy, but also for my sister-in-law who had a baby girl in January. My niece is the perfect model! These projects, alongside my work here at YARNutopia, has given me a deepened purpose, and these goals have helped me focus on more than the issues I am dealing with.

 

Self-Care

I know I’m not alone. I know that this is only temporary. I know this is a very small price to pay for bringing my baby into the world. I know I have support and love of an amazing husband, family, and community. I know all these things. I also know it is ok to feel. It is ok to be sad. It is ok to hurt. It is ok to ask for help. It is ok.

After spending a little time yesterday on self-care – I bought myself some springtime flowers to brighten my home, I did some retail therapy and bought myself a few feel-good things, I had my nails done, I took a long walk in the sunshine, a short drive and played my favorite music, and I talked for hours with my mom-I am happy to say that I feel a little better. Today has started off on a good foot and writing this has helped. Also, it has helped to be working on some crochet projects, and I went to brunch with Nate. Each day may present a challenge, but I am thankful be able to face each one in strength and resolve and overcome those challenges!

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Please share your stories of pre-partum or post-partum depression or your struggles with feeling out of control. Share your stories of how crochet has brought you comfort during a time of need.

Thank you for letting me share.

Be love, Be light.

~Nadia

Dance the Night Away

Dance the Night Away

One year ago, and the memories are fresh as if it were yesterday!! I think we can agree that Nate and my dad are pretty good on the dance floor.

See our First Dance here:

See our Father-Daughter Dance here:

(And how cool is the surprise dholi we had enter during the father-daughter dance?! Watch the video to see my surprise reaction. On a scale from 1-10 that was a solid 10 epic surprise)

Crochet Tutorial: Baby Hiking Sandals

Crochet Tutorial: Baby Hiking Sandals

Summer season is around the corner. Time to start getting that wardrobe ready. Here is a cute little addition for baby’s layette. These baby hikers can be made in any color and added to any outfit for just the right touch!

 

 

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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:
Red Heart Yarns Baby Hugs in Bluie and Dolphin
Red Heart Soft in Guacamole
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.
-These booties will fit up to a 6 month old baby.

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

Pattern:

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

Sandal: (MAKE 2)

Inner Sole:
With Bluie:
Chain 10
Rnd 1: 2sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 st. Hdc in next 2. 8Dc in last ch. Working on other side, hdc in next 2, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last stitch where beginning 2 sc are. Don’t join. (26 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in 1st st from last row, 2 sc in next. Sc 7, hdc in next, 2hdc in each of the next 6 stitches, hdc in next, Sc 7, 2 sc in last 2 stitches. Do not join – (36 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Sc10, 2sc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 6, 2 sc in next 2 stitches. Sc 10, 2sc in next. Sc in last 2 stitches. Sl st to next st (42 sts) Fasten off, Weave in ends.

Outer Sole:
Same as Inner sole, but DO NOT fasten off. Go to Assembly Step Next.

Assembly Step:
Slip Stitch Inner and Outer sole together (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Front Toe Strap:
Count 10 sts evenly on the front toe of the sole. Work in BLO of the Inner Sole and the back Loop of the Slip Sts you created when attaching the two pieces (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Row 1: Attach Yarn to first st, Ch 1, HDC 10 sts evenly across front of toe, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 2: HDC2TOG, HDC in 6 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 3: HDC2TOG, HDC in 4 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 4: HDC2TOG, HDC in 2 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Rows 5-10: HDC across, ch 1, turn. (4)
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

Side Straps:
See video tutorial for location on where to put these straps. (Also see photos)
Attach yarn to side (where ankle would be)
Row 1: Ch 1, HDC in 4 sts leaving the rest unworked, Ch 1, turn.
Rows 2-6: HDC across, Ch 1, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Opposite Side Strap:
Do the same exact thing as the first side strap, just on the opposite side.
(See video tutorial for visual location)

Gray Straps:
Strap 1: FSC 11 sts (Start with long tail and fasten off with long tail for sewing)
Strap 2: FSC 15 sts (Start with long tail and fasten off with long tail for sewing)
Strap 3: FSC 22 sts (start with short tail and fasten off with short tail and sew in your ends to hide them)

Assembly Step:
Sew gray straps to sole of sandal (weave Strap 1 and 2 through the front toe piece)
Add Strap 3 and sew the front toe piece and side strap piece down OVER the top of Strap 3.
I show exact locations and visual instructions for this section in the video tutorial.
Add a button to Strap 3.
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

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Crochet Tutorial: Think Spring Cowl

Crochet Tutorial: Think Spring Cowl

Groundhog Day came with the promise of spring, but with the way the Wisconsin weather has been, you would never know! So it is time to think spring with my new Think Spring Cowl! This lightweight beauty was created using this elegant yarn by Willow Yarns. Verbena was the perfect fiber for this piece with it’s variegated colorway and delicate softness. Even as the temperatures begin to warm up, this on-the-go cowl will be perfect into the cool days of early spring!

 

 

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

 

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

Materials you will need:
Willow Yarns Verbena in the color Rose Bush (2 balls–740 yards of yarn)
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.
-This scarf is 54 inches (137 cm) long without folding. It’s about 8 inches (20 cm) wide.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Puff Stitch: [Yarn Over, Insert Hook into space, Yarn Over, Pull through] 4 times. Yarn Over, pull through 8 loops on your hook, Yarn Over, pull through 2 loops on  your hook. Puff made.
V-Stitch: [Double Crochet, Chain 2, Double Crochet] in the same stitch.

Pattern:

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

Cowl:

Ch 46 or any multiple of 6+4
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch and each ch across, turn. (44 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as a stitch), Sk the next 3 sts, V-Stitch in the next st, *Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, V-Stitch in the next st, Repeat from * across, ending with Ch 2, SC in last Ch 3 stitch, turn. (7 V-Stitches made)

Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as DC + Ch 1), *[Puff Stitch, Ch 2, Puff Stitch, Ch 2, Puff Stitch] in next V-Stitch, Ch 1, repeat from * across, ending with Ch 1, DC in 2nd ch of Ch 2 Stitch, turn. (21 Puff stitches made)

Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as DC + Ch 1), * [DC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 1] 2 times, DC in next Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, Repeat from * across ending with Ch 1, DC in 3rd Ch of beginning Ch 4 st, turn. (23 sts)

Row 5: Ch 4, DC in 1st Ch 1 sp, *DC in next DC st, DC in next Ch 1 sp, Repeat from * across ending with DC in 3rd Ch of Ch 4 st, turn. (44 sts)
If your Row 5 has an extra stitch, just be sure to make 44 sts evenly across this row. (see video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rows 6-108: Repeat Rows 2-5 as many times as you want to make this as long as you want. If you are making this into a cowl, end on a repeat of Row 4.

Assembly Step:
Sew ends together to make infinity scarf style. 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

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Crochet Tutorial: Otter Amigurumi

Crochet Tutorial: Otter Amigurumi

Another year of *playful* Punny Valentine’s have come to an end! These have been truly *otter* this world, and I hope they left you like you are *swimming* in love and happiness! I always try to do my best *otter-wise* it defeats the purpose of doing these. No time to get *laid back* over these projects! No way! Especially since I do this to express how I feel about my significant *otter,* Nate! So, if you are so inclined, *paddle* your *tail* over to my blog later this afternoon to find this free pattern just for you!! Happy Valentine’s Day, EVERYONE! Thank you for being *OTTER-LY* amazing. Now I am going back to listening to Adele, you know the song “Hello, from the *otter* side,” yeah, that’s the one! 😉 Ok, now I’m getting *otter* here!

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 Super Saver in Warm Brown and Cafe Latte
Polyfil
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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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 to have visual instructions.

Body
Work in continuous rounds
With Cafe Latte
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnds 7-25: SC in each st around. (36)
Do not fasten off, continue working the first leg.
Rnd 26: SC in 6 sts, SC in the last 6 sts of Rnd 25 (See video tutorial for visual instructions) (12 sts)
Rnds 27-30: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 31: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
SC first and 4th sts together. Fasten off, weave in end.
Go back to Round 25, and skip 6 sts from leg just made.
Attach yarn to next st
Ch 1
Rnd 26: SC in 12 sts. (12)
Work in continuous rounds
Rnds 27-30: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 31: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
SC first and 4th sts together. Fasten off, weave in end.
Second leg made.
Leave the middle hole open until the very end.
Go onto making the embellishments first.

Ears:
Make 2 in Cafe Latte
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 2 times. (8)
Rnds 3-4: SC in each st around. (8)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly: 
Flatten and sew ears to top of main piece, weave in ends.

Arms: 
Make 2
Work in continuous rounds
With Cafe Latte
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnds 3-6: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Stuff arms and sew to each side of main piece. Weave in all ends.

Tail: 
Work in continuous rounds
With Cafe Latte
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 3 times. (9)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 3 times. (12)
Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnds 6-8: SC in each st around. (18)
Rnd 9: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Rnds 10-14: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 15: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
Rnd 16: SC in each st around. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Flatten tail and sew to the backside of the otter body.

Tummy:
With Warm Brown
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Face:
With Warm Brown
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, Sl st to first SC. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in same st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in next st, 2 DC in next st,  [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in last st, sl st to ch 3 st.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, 2 HDC in first st and next st, HDC in next 4 sts, 2 HDC in next 2 sts, HDC in last 4 sts, sl st to first HDC. (16)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 HDC in first 4 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, 2 HDC in next 4 sts, HDC in last 4 sts, sl st to first HDC. (24)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Embroider eyes, nose and mouth of the face piece. Sew face piece and tummy piece to body of otter.
Weave in all ends.
Once all your pieces are attached to the otter body, stuff the body from the center bottom that was opened.
Sew up the bottom hole (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
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

 

 

 

Crochet Tutorial: Bunch of Grapes Amigurumi

Crochet Tutorial: Bunch of Grapes Amigurumi

I’m “grape-ful” that we are about to wind down another year of puns! Everyone has done a “grape” job with sharing even more puns and projects along the way. I think we all did a whole “bunch” for “raisin” awareness how punny Valentine’s Day can be. I was a bit “crushed” and practically let out a little “wine” when I was struggling with ideas for this segment. Now, I am “raisin” the roof as we near the finish line! I believe this year we kept “raisin” the bar with these “grape” punny ideas! Together we make a “grape” bunch!

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 Super Saver in Dark Orchid, Warm Brown, and Paddy Green or any three colors
Polyfil
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Grape:
With Dark Orchid
Work in continuous rounds.
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnds 3-5: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 6: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
SC first and 4th sts together.
Fasten off.
Make as many grapes as you’d like! I made 9 in my bunch!

Vine:
With Warm Brown
Ch 18
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 7 chs, Ch 6, SC in 2nd Ch from hook and next 4 chs, continue on main foundation chain, SC in the rest of the chs (there should be 9 chs to work in), Fasten off.

Leaf:
With Green
Ch 7
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in last, ch 2, continue to work on the opposite side of the foundation chain, SC in the same ch as your last SC, HDC in next st, DC in next st, HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sl st in last. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew grapes and leaves to vine. See video tutorial for visual instructions
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

 

 

 

Crochet Tutorial: Clam Shell Amigurumi with Pearl Bead

Crochet Tutorial: Clam Shell Amigurumi with Pearl Bead

Today, I am happy as a *clam!* I am about to *open up* to all of you and share with you how much you are all *chowder* this world! When I face a new project or new pun, I think “Nadia, the creative world is your *oyster!*” I am not trying to dispense huge *pearls* of wisdom here. No, it would be a *clam-ity* if I started doing that! Instead I will put my heart and hand *mussels* to better use and make great projects for y’all! And *shucks!* maybe you like a few! I am trying to do as many fun and fashionable projects before my baby arrives. You know, the whole *clam* before the storm idea…anyway, I better *clam* down and get to work! I will just put on some hits by the *Wu-Tang Clam* and get started! Happy Hooking Everyone! I really hope none of you have to *pull apart* your projects today!

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

 

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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 Super Saver in Aran and Aruba Sea or any two colors
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle
Scissors

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

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

Pattern:

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

Shell

Make 2 with Aran
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3:
[2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4
: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5
: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 6
: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 7:
Sl st in next st, Ch 1, HDC in same st and next 7 sts, ch 2, sl st in same st as last HDC st, Sl st loosely in next 6 sts, Sk 1 st, 5 DC in next st, Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, Sk 2 sts, 5 DC in next st, Sk 2 sts, SC in next st, Sk 2 sts, 5 DC in next st, Sk 2 sts, Sl st in last 6 sts.
Fasten off the first one with long tail for sewing. Fasten off second one with short tail and weave that one in.

Assembly:
Surface Crochet lines for dimension on the outside of each shell.
Sew the backside of your clam shells together, wind up a mini ball of yarn to use as a pearl. Set inside the clam.
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

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Crochet Tutorial: Octopus Keychain

Crochet Tutorial: Octopus Keychain

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have more “arms” to crochet? I think it would be “ink-redible,” and I am not “squidding!” I would be well “armed” to take on any project and could “octopi” my time more efficiently! I would “squeeze” a lot more projects into my schedule and would “sea” a boost in productivity! I would be “kraken” down every day! I wouldn’t be a “sucker” and make each day “i-tentacle.” No. I would change it up so I “squidn’t” get bored. That way when Valentine’s Day “floats” by, I can “seas” the day, wrap my “arms” around my sweetie, and have time to “cuttle” with the one who “octopis” my heart.

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

 

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials you will need:
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Red Heart Super Saver in Jade and Aruba Sea or any two colors
-F-3.75mm Crochet Hook

Key Chain Rings
Lobster Claw Swivel Clasps
Stuffing
Yarn Needle
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
FLO: Front Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

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

Top Body part of Octopus

Work in continuous rounds and in the BLO
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 5-7: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 9: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
At this point, embroider a face if you’d like and also stuff your piece before going onto the last round.
Rnd 10: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
SC 1st and 4th sts together
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Assembly:
Attach yarn to a FRONT LOOP of round 8 of your body, Ch 2, 3 DC in each stitch around working in the FLO, sl st to first DC. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Tentacles:
Make 8 or as many as you’d like
Ch 23
Row 1: 2 DC in 4th Ch from hook, 3 DC in next ch and each ch across (your piece will start to spiral)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

 Assembly step:
Sew tentacles to the bottom of the body, Attach the key ring
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Pineapple Jar Cozy

Crochet Tutorial: Pineapple Jar Cozy

I have a *sweet* new project *fresh* off the hook! I just love it *tid-bits!!* This Pineapple Jar Cozy started out to be a *pine* in my neck, and I started to *pine* away for an easier project! I was feeling a bit *crushed,* but in the end, this piece turned out so *pine!* Now that I have finished I can live *pineapple-y* ever after! Put it on your desk! I guarantee others will say “Damn, that’s *pine*” Stay tuned for this pattern! I will *tropic* like it’s hot right on my blog today! Check out the pattern below!!

 

 

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this jar cozy:

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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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:
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Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in Mimosa and Polo
-G-4.25mm Crochet Hook

-Jar or Travel Mug or Container to put this piece on
Yarn Needle
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
FLO: Front 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
FPTR: Front Post Treble Crochet
FPTR2TOG: Front Post Treble Crochet 2 Together

Pattern:

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

Pineapple:
With Mimosa Yellow
Ch 38 or any multiple of 4+2
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, attach to the first SC of the round making a large ring. (38)
You will now be working in rounds for the rest of the pattern

Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. Do not turn.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, FPTR on 2nd SC from Row 1, SC in next 3 sts on Round 2, FPTR2TOG on 2nd St from Row 1 AND 4th St on Row 1, (See video tutorial for visual instructions), *SC in next 3 sts on Round 2, FPTR2TOG on same st as previous FP stitch, and the next 4th stitch, repeat from * around, ending with FPTR where your previous FP stitch is, and as you’re finishing the stitch, attach to the very first FPTR stitch. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, DC in each st around (skip working in the very first FPTR stitch). Sl st to first DC st. (36 sts around)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, SC in first 2 sts, *FPTR2TOG on the FPTR2TOG sts from Round 3 (See video tutorial on how to make them the diagonal look), SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around ending with SC in last st, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 6: Ch 2, DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (36 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, *FPTR2TOG on the FPTR2TOG sts from Round 5, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, ending with SC in last 3 sts, Sl st to first FP stitch.

Rnd 8: Ch 2, DC in each st around, Sl st to first DC. (36 sts)

Rnds 9-12: Repeat Rounds 5-8

Rnds 13-15: Repeat Rounds 5-7.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leaves:
With Polo
Make 3 or 5 leaves
Ch 13
Round 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next 2 chs, DC in next 4 chs, HDC in next 2 chs, SC in next ch, Sl st in last ch, Ch 2, continue to work on the opposite side of your foundation chain, sl st into last ch again, SC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 4 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next st, Sl st in last st. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

 Assembly step:
Sew the leaves to the pineapple. Add a jar or mug and enjoy!!
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

 

 

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