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Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie

Two weeks ago I blogged about the “Cabled Slouchy Beanies" that I designed and crocheted for Myla and I.  Thank you so much for all the warm feedback you’ve given me about that pattern, and I’m delighted to hear that you found my step-by-step tutorial easy to follow and understand!  Cabling in crochet really isn’t that difficult once you get the hang of it, and I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed learning this new technique and making cabled beanies of your own!

Before crocheting those beanies using worsted weight yarn, I actually started off by crocheting a “Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie" using super bulky yarn!  I had always wanted to make a super chunky beanie, and I wanted to try the cabling technique I had learned from my “Cabled Wrist Warmers" with this hat.  I loved this gorgeous mustard yellow yarn called "Goldenrod" in "Loops & Threads Cozy Wool”.  I needed about 2 skeins of this yarn to make this beanie (including the pom pom with some yarn left over).

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This beanie is constructed the exact same way as the “Cabled Slouchy Beanie”!  Of course, the numbers are very different since you are using super bulky yarn (level 6) versus worsted weight yarn (level 4).  You start off by crocheting the ribbed band!  I used a 10 mm hook with this project, and I must warn you that my beanie ended up stretching A LOT!  Thus, I would recommend trying to adjust for this by either making your ribbed band smaller than you think it should be or perhaps using a smaller crochet hook (maybe an 8 or 9 mm).

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You then work double crochets around the edge of the band, and then begin your cabling in the subsequent rounds.  Please refer to the very detailed step-by-step pictures and instructions I wrote up regarding cabling HERE in my “Cabled Slouchy Beanie" post!  The technique is exactly the same!

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I ended up doing 4 sets of chunky cables!  Don’t the cables look so plump and textured?  I was curious what more delicate cables would look like after making this beanie, which is why I made the other beanies with worsted weight yarn for Myla and I!

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After closing up the top of the beanie…

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I then used my “Clover Pom Pom Maker" to make a super fluffy yellow pom pom using the super bulky yarn!  You can read my review about this awesome pom pom maker tool HERE :)

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After attaching the pom pom, this was my finished “Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie”!  Doesn’t it look so warm and soft?

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Here is the free pattern for my “Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie”!

This is not a beginner’s project as some previous crochet experience would help!  PLEASE refer to the step-by-step pictures found HERE in order to make this technical pattern easier to understand!

Materials:

  • 10 mm crochet hook (or 8-9 mm hook- see important note below)
  • Super bulky yarn, level 6 (I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in “Goldenrod”, 2 skeins)
  • Optional: yarn needle to seam up beanie; Clover Pom Pom Maker

Special stitches:

  • Front Post Treble Crochet (Fptc)Yarn Over (YO) twice, insert hook from front to back around post of stitch indicated. YO and pull up a loop, [YO and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times.
  • Back Post Double Crochet (Bpdc): YO, insert hook behind post of stitch (insert hook from back to front of stitch), YO, pull up a loop, YO, (pull through 2 loops) twice.
  • Front Post Double Crochet (Fpdc): YO, insert hook behind post of stitch (insert hook from front to back of stitch), YO, pull up a loop, YO, (pull through 2 loops) twice. 

Ribbed Band:

Chain 6

R1: In back loops only, Sc 1 in second chain from hook and in each chain across (5 sc).

R2-30: Chain 1, turn.  In back loops only, Sc 1 in second chain from hook and in each chain across (5 sc).

My ribbed band measured 18” or 45 cm.  Adjust this number based on your own head size.  Keep in mind that this band is capable of stretching a lot since we are working with super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook.  Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew short ends together to form ribbed band.  

Cabled Body:

***In each round, the Ch 2 does not count as a stitch.  When joining at the end of each round, join to the stitch indicated (NOT the Ch 2) to make an invisible seam.

Join yarn with sl st at any point around edge of band.

Round 1: Chain 2, work one double crochet in same st as Chain 2.  Work 29 dc as evenly as possible around edge of band.  Join with sl st to first dc (30 dc).  [If adapting the pattern, make sure your final number of dc’s is a multiple of 6.]  

R2: Chain 2, Bpdc around first dc from previous round (same dc you joined to from Round 1).  Bpdc around next st.  Work cabling: {Skip next two dc, 2 Fptc around next 2 dc.  Fptc around first skipped dc and next dc}.  *2 bpdc in next two st.  Work cabling: Sk next 2 st, 2 Fptc around next 2 st.  Fptc around first skipped st and next st.*, rep 4 times.  Join with sl st to first Bpdc.  (5 cables around with 5 sets of Bpdc’s between)

R3: Chain 2, Bpdc around first Bpdc from previous round.  Bpdc around next st.  Fpdc 4.  *Bpdc 2, Fpdc 4*, rep 4 times .  Join with sl st to first Bpdc.  (5 cables around with 5 sets of Bpdc’s between)

R4: Repeat Round 3.

With rounds 2-4, one set of cables is complete!  Keep repeating Rounds 2-4 until desired length.  

R5-7: same as Round 2-4

R8-10: same as Round 2-4

R11-13: same as Rounds 2-4

I completed 4 sets of cables with my beanie measuring 11.25” or 29 cm (including ribbed band).  Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Weave yarn through ends of last round, pull tightly and sew hole shut.  Alternatively, seam up beanie using this method HERE.

Optional: Add pom pom (I used my “Clover Pom Pom Maker”).  Attach pom pom to beanie and you are DONE!

****IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Because of the chunkiness of this yarn and the large 10 mm crochet hook used, my beanie ended up stretching A LOT!  Please keep this in mind as you may want to make this beanie smaller so that it has room to stretch later on.  You could do this by making your ribbed band shorter or by using a smaller crochet hook (8 or 9 mm)!
  • Adding the pom pom to this hat makes it somewhat back heavy as this hat tends to slide off my head (this is probably also due to the fact that it has stretched quite a bit).  You could omit the pom pom, make it less slouchy (by doing fewer rounds) or also make the ribbed band wider (i.e. chain more than 6 in the beginning).  I have a larger-than-average head, so if this hat ended up being too big for me, it might be too big for you.  It actually fits Ryan comfortably now!  Please adapt this pattern as you see fit!

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This beanie is very warm, and I love the chunky look of it!  As you can see in the picture below, this beanie does stretch quite a bit, particularly in the back double crochet part between the cables….

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Cuddling with my little cutie!  I really adore this golden yellow colour- it’s so perfect for fall and will add a nice pop of colour to my winter wardrobe :)

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[Striped Tunic: Urban Outfitters, Jacket: Aritzia, Boots: Steve Madden; Chunky Cabled Beanie: Me :D; Belt: Aldo Accessories; Gold Leather Bracelet Cuff: Mahina; Watch: Michael Kors]

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Here are my Cabled Beanies altogether :)  Using the worsted weight yarn definitely has a more delicate look as you can see the cables better.  The chunky super bulky yarn gives a lot of texture and a puffier look, and it works up extremely quickly since you are working with such a large crochet hook and chunk yarn!  I love how this pattern can be easily adapted for different yarns and for different head sizes!  Check out this helpful chart HERE to reference hat circumference and hat height measurements for different age groups.  Once again, my “Cabled Slouchy Beanie" for adults using worsted weight yarn can be found HERE while the toddler version can be found HERE!

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I hope you enjoyed this series of blog posts about cabling!  I really enjoyed learning this technique and introducing it to you all, and I hope you have fun making your own beanies using all different types of yarn for yourself, your friends and your family :)  Stay tuned for some cowls and scarves coming your way- what better way to keep warm this fall and winter than in your own handmade and crocheted creations?

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & free pattern: Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & free pattern: Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie

Toddler Cabled Slouchy Beanie

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Here is the free pattern for the “Toddler Cabled Slouchy Beanie" that I made for my daughter Myla to match the adult one that I made for myself!

***PLEASE follow along with the step-by-step post HERE as I showed how to work the cabling in detail with plenty of photos :)

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Materials:

  • 4 mm crochet hook (I used this to achieve smaller, more delicate cables compared to my adult beanie- you can choose to use either a 4 or 5 mm hook and adjust numbers as necessary)
  • Medium worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Heartland in “Grand Canyon”, 1 skein)
  • Optional: yarn needle to seam up beanie; Clover Pom Pom Maker

Special stitches:

  • Front Post Treble Crochet (Fptc): Yarn Over (YO) twice, insert hook from front to back around post of stitch indicated. YO and pull up a loop, [YO and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times.
  • Back Post Double Crochet (Bpdc): YO, insert hook behind post of stitch (insert hook from back to front of stitch), YO, pull up a loop, YO, (pull through 2 loops) twice.
  • Front Post Double Crochet (Fpdc): YO, insert hook behind post of stitch (insert hook from front to back of stitch), YO, pull up a loop, YO, (pull through 2 loops) twice. 

Ribbed Band:

Chain 7

R1: In back loops only, Sc 1 in second chain from hook and in each chain across (6 sc).

R2-67: Chain 1, turn.  In back loops only, Sc 1 in second chain from hook and in each chain across (6 sc).

My ribbed band measured 16.5” or 40.5 cm.  Adjust this number based on desired size.  Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew short ends together to form ribbed band.  

Cabled Body:

***In each round, the Ch 2 does not count as a stitch.  When joining at the end of each round, join to the stitch indicated (NOT the Ch 2) to make an invisible seam.

Join yarn with sl st at any point around edge of band.

Round 1: Chain 2, work one double crochet in same st as Chain 2.  Work 65 dc as evenly as possible around edge of band.  Join with sl st to first dc (66 dc).  [If adapting the pattern, make sure your final number of dc’s is a multiple of 6.]  

R2: Chain 2, Bpdc around first dc from previous round (same dc you joined to from Round 1).  Bpdc around next st.  Work cabling: {Skip next two dc, 2 Fptc around next 2 dc.  Fptc around first skipped dc and next dc}.  *2 bpdc in next two st.  Work cabling: Sk next 2 st, 2 Fptc around next 2 st.  Fptc around first skipped st and next st.*, rep 11 times.  Join with sl st to first Bpdc.  (11 cables around with 11 sets of Bpdc’s between)

R3: Chain 2, Bpdc around first Bpdc from previous round.  Bpdc around next st.  Fpdc 4.  *Bpdc 2, Fpdc 4*, rep 11 times .  Join with sl st to first Bpdc.  (11 cables around with 11 sets of Bpdc’s between)

R4: Repeat Round 3.

With rounds 2-4, one set of cables is complete!  Keep repeating Rounds 2-4 until desired length.  

R5-7: same as Round 2-4

R8-10: same as Round 2-4

R11-13: same as Rounds 2-4

R14-16: same as Rounds 2-4

R17-19: same as Rounds 2-4

R20-22: same as Rounds 2-4

I completed 7 sets of cables with this beanie measuring 9” or 22 cm (including ribbed band).  Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Weave yarn through ends of last round, pull tightly and sew hole shut.  Alternatively, seam up beanie using this method HERE.

Optional: Add pom pom (I used my “Clover Pom Pom Maker”).  Attach pom pom to beanie and you are DONE!

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If you would like to adapt this pattern for a baby, child, teen, etc., please check out this very helpful post by Anne HERE that contains a chart with head circumference sizes (your ribbed band) as well as general hat height (the number of rounds or length of the beanie)! 

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This toddler version is such a cute accompaniment to my adult “Cabled Slouchy Beanie”!  Don’t forget to check out the step-by-step blog post and free pattern to the adult beanie HERE

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Enjoy matching with your mini-me’s!  These “Cabled Slouchy Beanies" are really perfect for the fall and winter and would make great gifts for mommies, daddies, and their little ones!

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I also made a “Chunky Crocheted Slouchy Beanie" for another variation using super bulky (level 6) yarn- you can find the free pattern HERE!  Keep up with all my updates on FacebookTwitter (@AllAboutAmi) & Instagram (@AllAboutAmi)!   Happy cabling!  ❤

Amazon Affiliate Links

Lion Brand Heartland Yarn Grand Canyon 

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Sneak peek of upcoming new design: Cabled Slouchy Beanies (matching mommy and toddler set)!!!

Step-by-step blog post and free patterns coming next week!

I used the pom poms made with my “Clover Pom Pom Maker" for these beanies!  For those who want to get a head start, I used Lion Brand's Heartland yarn in “Grand Canyon" (1 skein for toddler hat, about 1 1/4 skeins for adult hat)!

Crochet Corner: Scarecrow

About one year ago, I made this Scarecrow for CRAFT since they asked if I could design an amigurumi for Halloween.  I can’t believe another year has come and gone, and it’s already October with Halloween fast approaching!  You can read about how we made him and see many step-by-step pictures in this blog post here and get the free pattern HERE.  I thought I would show you some Scarecrows that have been made all around the world and remind you of this pattern in case you would like to make one this month too!

Rima from Syria was a beginner in crochet but that didn’t stop her from tackling amigurumi projects!  Rima excitedly sent me pictures of all her amigurumi creations, including the whole P.J. Teddy Family, a Spring Bunny, a Valentine Teddy and this Scarecrow :)  All of the details look fabulous, from the dainty little daisy to the cute little patch.  The flecks of gold in the green and brown yarn she used give this Scarecrow an interesting texture!

Almudena from Spain made her own Scarecrow and used different colours of yarn for his straw hair to add dimension!  It looks like he’s running towards someone to give them a great big hug :)  Almudena said that she really likes the hat and will use my pattern again to make it for another doll!

Nishant is a 15-year-old avid reader of my blog from India who loves to both knit and crochet amigurumi.  It’s exciting how crafting and crocheting is becoming more popular with younger people, and with males too!  I know the vast majority of my readers are female, so it’s nice to hear that guys are taking an interest in amigurumi and crocheting as well :)  Nishant’s scarecrow looks so friendly with his big eyes and sweet smile!  Great job with the hat too, Nishant!

Tiffany from Texas recently made her own Scarecrow, and he proudly sits ontop of her bookshelf!  She is thinking of names for her little buddy, and one possibility might be “Patch”- I love hearing about the creative names that people give to their amigurumi to really make them their own!  Glad you could make him in time for Halloween, Tiffany :)

Amy of “Creatively Inclined" from the United Kingdom named her Scarecrow "Tim"!  Looks like Tim is getting into some trouble while attempting to crochet himself a friend ;)  Love the creative posing, Amy!

Thank you for showing me pictures of your work, everyone :)  It still boggles my mind that people are reading my blog and following patterns that I’ve written from places as far away as Syria, Spain, India and the United Kingdom!  Everybody’s Scarecrows are very unique and cute, and it’s neat to see how people can interpret the same pattern very differently!  I love seeing your work, so please keep sending me pictures through e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com), twitter or facebook!  If you would like to make your own not-so-scary Scarecrow this fall, check out the step-by-step blog post HERE and the free pattern HERE

Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

Ever since I took up crocheting again, I wanted to make myself a hat.  Crocheting amigurumi is fun and all, but once in a while it’s nice being able to wear something you’ve crocheted rather than having it sit on a shelf :)  Crochet Pattern Central has a great directory of free hat patterns here.  I wanted to find a pattern for a modern, trendy hat, and after looking at countless photos, I found this absolutely beautiful pattern found HERE by Vicki Howell for CARON Yarns.  The “Urban Jungle" is a slouchy beanie that is fairly simple to make because it essentially uses one stitch: the puff stitch!  Once I learned how to do the puff stitch (Vickie demonstrates this in a video here), I became obsessed with it and made several other items using this beautiful stitch.  Puff stitches look gorgeous with their texture and staggered rows.  Since I’m used to making amigurumi with only the single crochet, it was nice learning and using something so different :)

Before getting to the puff stitches, however, I needed to make a ribbed band.  The ribbed look is created by crocheting in only the front loops.  In Vickie’s pattern, she provides instructions on how to make a small/medium hat or a large/extra-large hat (number of stitches required for larger hat in brackets in her pattern).  I went with the large/extra-large instructions because I notice that many hats sold in stores are a tad too tight for me.  That’s one of the benefits of crocheting your own hat!  You get to customize the size PLUS the colour :)  I decided to go with this beautiful mustard colour (Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Mustard) which I thought would contrast with my hair nicely and still be easy to match with given its earthy tone.

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And so, once the strip measured about 22” (56 cm), I sewed the short ends together to form a band.

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Next I worked single crochets around the edge of the band.  Then came the fun part: the puff stitches!  I continued with these puff stitches row after row.

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Aren’t the puff stitches gorgeous?  I love the texture!

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About 16 rows of puff stitches and one and a half balls of yarn later, I was ready to close off the top of the hat!

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You close off the top of the hat by pinching the edges and single crocheting them together in a star formation.  Vickie has a great video demonstrating this here

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Here is my hat all seamed up!  I love the look of the scrunched-up, gathered ends :)

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By now I was itching to try it on…

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So we did a little photoshoot with Ryan as my photographer!  In addition to reading craft blogs, I’m an avid reader of numerous fashion blogs, so I took this opportunity to style some outfits to show off my brand new Urban Jungle slouchy beanie :) 

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I thought this old fence had so much character- I had to pose beside it!

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In case you’re wondering, we used the Hipstamatic app for the iPhone to take these pictures.  I love the vintage feel it gives to photos :)

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I wanted to capture the beautiful fall colours of our surroundings before winter came!  I’m so glad we did because we had our very first snowfall this past weekend.  Doesn’t my hat complement the fall colours beautifully?

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I absolutely love the slouchiness of this hat!  It feels very modern with a touch of grunge…

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(Blazer: Zara, Sweater: American Eagle, Scarf: American Eagle, Jeans: True Religion, Boots: Aldo, Purse: Marc Jacobs, Hat: Stephanie Jessica Lau & Vickie Howell, heh heh).

My sister Ashley liked my hat so much that she wanted one for herself!  We went and chose this purple yarn and I quickly whipped one up just for her :)

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And we did another photoshoot!  We thought it’d be cute modeling it together as Urban Jungle twinsies :)  I love this trail covered with leaves…

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Ryan said we also looked like garden gnomes, haha…

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(On Ashley, Dress: Forever XXI, Sweater: Forever XXI, Boots: Aldo, Purse: Accessorize.  On me, Dress + Belt: Papaya, Sweater: American Eagle, Boots: Aldo, Purse: Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: H&M)

I really think these hats are gorgeous from the back..

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Funny story: my brother Corey came along with us on this photoshoot and hopped in some of the pictures…

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We took a few pics without our hats and told Corey to hold them for us.  We were joking around a bit, saying it’d be funny if Ryan and Corey wore our hats.  Corey ended up putting on Ashley’s hat and looked FANTASTIC in it!  I told him he looked like he stepped out of a Japanese magazine.  He’s totally rocking the Urban Jungle beanie if I do say so myself.  Who knew it’d look so great on guys too?

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So then of course Corey requested I make one for him, so we went back to the yarn store and picked up some of this beautiful taupe yarn. 

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Try making these beautiful hats for yourself or perhaps for a loved one!  I think they’d make wonderful Christmas gifts, don’t you?  And now you know both women AND men can rock these beanies :)  Once again, the free pattern can be found HERE.  Now you have a very stylish way to keep warm, and you can proudly say that you made this hat yourself if anyone asks!

[Update: I’ve made a Puff Stitch Scarf that you can crochet to match with this Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie!  Get the free pattern HERE!]

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Lion Brand Yarn 860-158I Vanna’s Choice Yarn, Mustard

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

Scarecrow

I loved making the Spring Bunnies for CRAFT a while back, so when they asked me to design an amigurumi for Halloween, I very happily and excitedly obliged!  The first things that jumped to mind were witches, cats, and pumpkins.  I scoured the web for images to see what had already been done.  As Ryan and I were brainstorming together, we thought of making a scarecrow since we could include more detail and we were seeing a lot of them during this time of year.  After we went out to buy some yarn in fall colours, we excitedly began designing our scarecrow! 

I used gold yarn to crochet a round ball for the head, placed the safety eyes, and embroidered a small smile.

We cut strands of gold and tan yarn for the hair to add dimension.  We knotted the ends of the strands and threaded them through the head.  When we were done threading them, we cut them to our desired length.  Notice how he kind of has side-swept bangs?

I crocheted a ring and ran a running stitch through the inner portion, causing it to frill up.  This ring served as Scarecrow’s collar :)

We used orange yarn for the Scarecrow’s sweater and sewed a tiny green patch of felt to add more detail!

I then crocheted two blue pant legs and two orange sleeves.

Next, I worked on the hat.  I started with a pointy tip and then started expanding.  Then, I started crocheting in the other direction to make it flare out on the bottom.  Notice how the top part of the hat has the “right side" showing while the bottom part is the "wrong side" (see my post on "The Right Side of Amigurumi" here).  This hat could also be used if you were making a witch or maybe a wizard!

I then crocheted little balls for the hands and feet and got ready for assembly!

We draped gold and tan strands of yarn over the hands and feet to serve as the straw.  Next, we glued the hands with the straw into the sleeves, and then the feet with the straw into the pant legs.

I then sewed the pant legs onto the sweater.  To help the sweater keep its shape, we placed a circular piece of cardboard inside to provide a sturdy base (otherwise it might round too much after stuffing).  Then we stuffed the sweater and sewed it onto the collar.

Now with his arms attached…

And now with his hat and pink cheeks…

We had one more finishing touch: a beautiful daisy to adorn his green hat!  We added another yellow circle in the middle to have it pop out more.

Here is the Scarecrow all complete!  He doesn’t look very scary though, does he?  I don’t think he’d be able to scare away any crows…

Here he is from various angles:

Here is a close-up of the fringe or “straw” coming out of his hands:

He’s so cute and friendly!  Here’s a picture to show his relative size:

I wanted to take a picture of him with some fall props :)

We also picked up this scarecrow on sale over the weekend to decorate our house outside.  Don’t they match nicely together?  

This scarecrow would make a great decoration not only for Halloween but for Thanksgiving too!  I’m also a HUGE fan of the musical Wicked.  I saw it for the first time in New York at the Gerschwin Theatre and I absolutely L-O-V-E-D it.  Everything was so magical, from the unforgettable songs to the captivating storyline, the beautiful sets, the costumes, and the vivid characters.  I saw it again when it toured in my hometown.  I pretty much know all the songs by heart and it isn’t uncommon for Ryan and I to burst into song singing “Popular" or "For Good”.  This scarecrow would make a great gift for any “Wicked” or “Wizard of Oz” fan too :D  Get the free pattern on the CRAFT site HERE, and please send me pictures if you end up making him!  Have a Happy Halloween!

Head on over to CRAFT to see this special Scarecrow amigurumi I designed and made just in time for Halloween!  I’ve been seeing a lot of these lately, and now you can make your very own :)  See the step-by-step photos and download the free pattern here!

Head on over to CRAFT to see this special Scarecrow amigurumi I designed and made just in time for Halloween!  I’ve been seeing a lot of these lately, and now you can make your very own :)  See the step-by-step photos and download the free pattern here!

These are the beautiful fall colours I used for a soon-to-be-revealed amigurumi project!  Any guesses what it could be?  Hint: I’ve been seeing a lot of these lately because of this time of year…

These are the beautiful fall colours I used for a soon-to-be-revealed amigurumi project!  Any guesses what it could be?  Hint: I’ve been seeing a lot of these lately because of this time of year…

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