One of the things I love about my passion for crochet is being able to make beautiful, unique items for my little girl that cannot be purchased in stores and are handcrafted with a lot of love! For Myla’s 1st birthday, she was gifted with a pair of Padraig boots (see here if you’ve never seen them before) from some dear friends: these boots were crocheted with New Zealand wool, lined with sheepskin and had leather soles! Myla wore them for the next couple of months and they were great as they were warm and provided great grip as she learned how to walk around. You can see Myla wearing them in this photo I posted to Instagram below (don’t you love our matching parkas?)! As soon as Ryan and I laid eyes on these Padraigs, we knew we wanted to try and crochet Myla a pair of boots with a leather or suede sole that would be functional for our walking toddler (see my previous baby boots here).
As I was looking up patterns on different sites, I came across “Two Girls Patterns" on Etsy and absolutely fell in love with their designs! Kris and Lorin have so many patterns for cute and modern slippers, boots and hats, and I thought their "Furrylicious/Little Diva Boots" in particular really stood out! These boots are crocheted using the loop stitch which gives a beautiful and unique texture to the boots. I was very excited to get my hands on the pattern, and if you visit their Etsy store, you will see it being sold for $5.50 USD (you get a discount if you buy multiple patterns at the same time, and the pattern is also available for babies, toddlers, and even adults!). I knew it would be a great pattern because their store has rave reviews with everyone saying that their patterns are easy to follow and detailed with clear pictures!
The toddler version includes sizes 4-9 (you get all the sizes when you purchase the pattern), and I opted for a size 4 for Myla. Their pattern very clearly states all the materials needed, instructions on how to work the loop stitch and some notes that are very important to read before starting the project. For example, this boot is made by holding two strands of yarn at the same time! I started by crocheting the sole using a tan colour.
Next, I started crocheting the upper shoe with a white yarn (I used “Patons Canadiana” in “Winter White”).
Then the fun part began: the loop stitches! It was my first time doing the loop stitch, and I LOVED doing it! See this great tutorial and video that Fresh Stitches put together HERE that details how to do the loop stitch.
The loops are formed by wrapping the yarn around your finger! It’s important to draw both strands of the looped yarn through the stitch as just drawing through one strand will not work. For some reason when I began crocheting the loop stitches, I was doing them incorrectly by swinging my hook in the wrong direction- the loops seemed okay at first but as I continued moving on, the loops kept pulling inwards toward the centre of the boot and thus getting smaller. Thankfully, I noticed my mistake, undid my work, examined the instructions carefully again and continued onwards. Once I started doing the loop stitch correctly, they looked great! I need to figure out how to incorporate loop stitches in future projects as the results look so textured and beautiful!
Next, the upper boot is worked up as you add more and more loop stitches! I really love the look of the overlapping and cascading loops!
The boots are designed so that buttons can be sewn on one edge while there are button holes on the opposing and overlapping edge. The buttons give such a cute look to the boots!
Finally, my loop boots were complete! I was so happy with how they turned out, and the pattern was very easy to follow and understand. I love how Kris and Lorin laid out the directions very clearly, and they always offer support for their patterns if you need it and are more than happy to help :) These boots are very well-designed and I really admire designers who can think out patterns such as these (I myself find designing boots and shoes daunting, especially since the shape and sizing is so important!). This pattern is well worth the money, particularly since it includes the pattern for so many sizes…I can keep crocheting boots for Myla until she reaches size 9!
Here are Myla’s boots from the bottom! We let Myla wear them on carpeted surfaces such as our church sanctuary, but she would be slipping and sliding all over the place if we let her wear them on a hardwood or tile floor. Thus, I looked up many tutorials, videos and posts about how to make crocheted slippers non-slip. Moogly has a great post on “7 Great Ways to Make Slippers Non-Slip”- some of these ways include adding fabric paint or silicone sealant. One method that I was particularly interested in was using a rubber spray called “Plastidip” which would apparently make the sole rubbery (see video HERE).
However, we really wanted to try using leather/suede for the soles as we loved the luxurious and very functional look of Myla’s Padraigs. And so, we purchased some scrap suede and excitedly began Myla’s Loop Boots, version 2.0! I crocheted a sole using some scrap yarn following the pattern for a size 4.5 boot so that Myla would have a little more room to grow into them. We then traced the sole onto the suede and made tick marks at every stitch with a pen so that we knew where to add holes (e.g. if you have 42 stitches in the last round of the sole, you should have 42 tick marks around the suede!). We then cut out the suede sole and punctured the holes around with a utility knife.
Here is a more detailed picture showing how we measured the suede sole. We knew we had to account for the fact that the stitches crocheted into the suede would pull upwards so we cut the suede sole a little bit bigger than the actual size of the crocheted sole. The inner edge is the actual size of the crocheted sole, and we added 0.5 cm all around for our suede sole. The slits were made close to the inner edge. It was somewhat difficult wiggling my crochet hook into the slits when crocheting around but it was definitely possible and I was so excited to start the upper boot!
We ended up using the same white Patons yarn as we loved how it looked (Sidenote: After multiple wears, Myla’s boots have pilled and fuzzed up a bit. You could experiment with different yarns in case you don’t want them to fuzz up as much!). In the end, I was able to crochet two pairs of loop boots with two skeins of the white yarn! After completing the first round of the upper shoe, this is what we had! We loved how it was looking already :)
You could add some faux fur or fur to the bottom of the boot for some added warmth and comfort! We glued the fur to the suede and then I continued crocheting the upper shoe.
After following the exact same pattern from here on in, these were our finished boots! We decided to go for some pretty gold buttons for this pair! Aren’t they beautiful?
Here is a picture showing the difference between the crocheted yarn sole and the suede sole!
I was incredibly excited to have Myla try them on and walk around our hardwood floor! Much to my delight, she walked around with no problem at all….no slipping or sliding as the suede sole provided her with plenty of grip!
She was pretty happy to wear them too! I love her sweet smile :)
The shaggy, loopy look of the boots are absolutely adorable! She always gets compliments whenever she wears them, and I can’t help but smile when people ask where I bought them and I get to say that I made them :) I never would have imagined that I would be able to crochet my daughter such functional, luxurious, and stylish boots a few years ago, and it’s amazing having her wear something I crocheted for her with so much love!
We used to take monthly family photoshoots up until Myla turned 1, so it was interesting trying to plan this shoot since Myla can walk so well now! Gone are the non-mobile days when she would stay wherever we plopped her down! And so, we did some of our favourite activities, like playing with bubbles!
We also did some reading (love the beautiful “Little Miss Austen” books)!
And some fun puzzles :)
If you’re interested in the beautiful prints that we’re wearing, check out Vonbon, a children’s line based in Vancouver, Canada. They specialize in organic cotton items (e.g. cowls, leggings, blankets, hats, bib bandanas, and headbands) that are all designed and handmade in Canada with gorgeous, sophisticated colour palettes. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with Vonbon’s creator Jen (who started the company with her sister Kristin) and it’s been wonderful getting to know another handmade artisan who is so passionate about her craft and what she does!
[On Myla: Polkadoto shirt: H&M, Gray Antler Leggings & Blush Triangle Infinity Cowl: Vonbon. On me: Cape: Aritzia, Leggings: American Eagle Outfitters, Gray Antler Cowl: Vonbon]
We had to include this hilarious picture of Myla posing by the wall as I was blowing bubbles- she is a born model, haha :) Myla photobombed our last photoshoot for the “Cabled Wrist Warmers" but this time she had the whole stage to herself!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures in making these boots and also learned about some options on how to make your own crocheted slippers or boots non-slip by adding a suede sole! I really enjoyed crocheting them and am so delighted with how they turned out! You can purchase the toddler pattern for these loop boots HERE.
Kris and Lorin of “Two Girls Patterns" have partnered with me to offer a GIVEAWAY [now CLOSED- congrats “Pinkrebunny”!]! One of my readers will win a FREE pattern from their lovely shop! There are two ways to enter: please visit their Etsy store HERE and browse through their patterns. Then, leave a comment below on my blog and/or on my Facebook page here (must be a follower of “All About Ami”) stating which pattern you would most like to win! I’d love to hear what you think about our boots too and if you’ve tried making your crocheted footwear non-slip! This contest is open worldwide and will close on Sunday, January 26th at 8 PM, MST. If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering. Also, in case anyone is interested, Kris and Lorin allow people to sell their finished products made from their patterns as long as credit for the original design is given to them in the listing! If you are interested in purchasing completed loop boots for your own child or as gifts, you can check Etsy as I’ve seen them being sold there! Thank you for reading, and happy browsing and crocheting!
Remember those grey infant button boots I crocheted more than a year ago when I was pregnant? Well I am one proud Mama because our little sweetheart Myla can wear (and walk!) in them now! I still remember crocheting them and wondering what our baby would be like, and they seemed sooo big at the time (especially compared to the gold baby boots I had just finished)!
Doesn’t Myla look super cute and stylish in them? It’s so special being able to make these items for Myla and I am SO GLAD I crocheted bigger items for her to grow into as well since I knew how busy I would probably be after she arrived! Check out my step-by-step blog post for these boots HERE and the free pattern HERE!
This past weekend our little girl turned one! It still amazes me how quickly time has passed by. Those first few weeks were quite rough as I slowly recovered from labour and my body adapted to the sleepless nights. However, then within a blink of an eye Myla was smiling, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing and now on the verge of walking! It is truly amazing to see her development and what a miracle life is. It’s hard to imagine our life before Myla now, and she has brightened up each and every day!
I wanted to share some photos from Myla’s first birthday party that we held earlier when Ryan’s relatives were in town! We were so excited to celebrate Myla’s very first birthday, and we wanted to make it special. I searched for 1st birthday party ideas on Pinterest to get some inspiration, and one of the themes that came up was “Cute As A Button”! It’s always nice having a theme for a party so everything is a bit more cohesive as you can cater the decorations and food around it. I thought the button theme was adorable, particularly since we love crafts!
Ryan’s sister Sharon is an expert at making cakes and has plenty of experience making amazing cakes for her own children! We told her our theme and showed her some pictures of cakes we liked, and she spent hours the night before making this beautiful cake! It was a triple layered chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream, and there was even a surprise pink layer! It was both beautiful and delicious!
I helped make some of the fondant buttons! We were going for kind of an ombre effect with the buttons as there were different shades of pink. The grey and white buttons matched beautifully as well.
It was so special that Myla’s very first birthday cake was baked from scratch with so much love by her dear auntie!
Sharon also made these adorable button cookies with her children earlier and even hand carried them on the airplane to bring them safely here! She is an amazing baker!
We decorated this wall so it could be the backdrop of some of our photos! We cut out triangles and strung them along hemp to make our own pennant banners, filled balloons with helium and made these pom poms out of tissue paper (following the same instructions we used to make the ones from our baby shower HERE).
For our party favours, we bought some white chocolate and mint Kit Kat bars and rewrapped them with scrapbook paper. Then we glued a coral button on each bar to help tie them in with the “Cute As A Button” theme!
We held them in the small chunky crocheted basket that I made last year (see blog post HERE). Baskets are so handy to have around the house!
I had seen chalkboard ideas on Pinterest and I asked Ryan if he could make one for Myla! We went to several stores to look for a chalkboard, but we soon found out there was something called chalkboard spray that we didn’t even know existed! And so, we purchased a picture frame that we liked and then simply sprayed the glass with the special chalkboard spray- then voila, we had our own chalkboard! Ryan spent a lot of time figuring out the layout of the words and writing everything in pencil first. Then, he used chalk maker to go over the pencil…he didn’t make a single mistake! He kept it a surprise from me until he was done everything, and I was sooo impressed with how it turned out! Ryan is VERY artistic and has such nice writing….just look at all the different fonts he wrote!
Here is Myla standing proudly beside her board as if to say, “These are all the things I can do”! She is growing so quickly….since we made this board, she actually now has 12 teeth and is 29” tall! I’m sure she’ll be walking very soon as well!
I also wanted to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Kay of Mikaylove for gifting Myla’s beautiful dress to her! We were actually on the hunt for a dress for Myla to wear at her party when we received a surprise package from Kay. Along with some beautiful arm candy, we were so touched and delighted to see a birthday card, a little bracelet and this dress for Myla! Kay started Mikaylove around when Myla was born, so she just celebrated 1 year for her shop too! Thank you for being so thoughtful, Kay, and as you can see, the dress fit Myla perfectly! It matched so well with the colours of her party too :)
We have been taking monthly family photos with Myla, so to show her development, we strung many of the photos along some hemp with clothespins! We glued a button on each clothespin too :) She looks sooo different when she was first born! I of course don’t notice the change since I see her everyday, and it’s not until I look at old photos that I realize how much she has grown. I am so thankful for photos that help capture these special moments and help us remember!
Here we are singing happy birthday and about to blow out the candle!
I got kind of sentimental as we were blowing out her candle as it suddenly hit me that this is the smallest and youngest she’ll ever be….our little girl is growing up right before our eyes!
Here is a video from my Instagram showing some of the birthday singing :) I’m glad we can share these special moments with you all!
We are truly blessed to have Myla in our lives and we thank God each and every day for her. ”Myla Brielle" means "Merciful" and "God is my strength”, and we have been seeking and relying on God’s strength and wisdom in learning how to be parents and how to raise her. Thank you for supporting and loving our family, and we hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into her very 1st birthday party and perhaps got some inspiration for your own parties as well! Stay tuned for some new amigurumi projects that I am currently putting the finishing touches on! Much love ♥
A couple months ago I was very close to buying more bibs because Myla was drooling like crazy due to teething (our little sweetie now has four teeth)! Then it suddenly hit me: why don’t I try and crochet some? Hehe, this question now frequently comes up since you can crochet pretty much anything nowadays! I turned to trusty Ravelry to find a great free bib pattern, and I settled upon this “Cutie Bib" by "The Knitless Knitter Crochets" HERE.
It is a very simple pattern, and I love the shape and size of the bib as it provides a lot of coverage. I also like how it has button closure (beware velcro that can latch onto blankets and clothing when doing the laundry!). I used cotton yarn and found a set of beautiful wooden buttons from Michaels to add embellishment in the corners. Love how you can crochet things instead of buying them! They would make great baby shower gifts too :) Once again, find the free pattern HERE.
We are back from our trip to Disney World, and we had an absolutely fabulous time! We used to visit the Disney parks quite frequently when I was younger, and it was very special going with my parents and brother once again, but this time with a new addition to our family: little Myla! I thought I would share some photos from our trip taken by Ryan…
The Magic Kingdom is still my favourite park :) I love strolling down Main Street as Cinderella’s Castle unfolds before you! Myla was surprisingly allowed to go on many rides, particularly in Fantasyland. Her favourite ride was “It’s A Small World”- it was so cute seeing her eyes light up and dart around as she saw all the little colourful dolls representing different countries around the world moving and singing!
I was really excited to dine at “Be Our Guest" in the Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland. Making reservations was really difficult, but I managed to find an opening for an early dinner at 4:45! We dined in the ballroom where Belle and the Beast danced, and it was beautiful! All the detail were amazing, and we got to take pictures with the Beast at the end of our meal :)
Epcot is my second favourite park as I love the different countries represented in the World Showcase, and “The Land" has one of my favourite rides: "Soarin’”! It just so happened that we caught the tail end of the “Flower & Garden Festival” at Epcot, so there were many beautiful topiary displays throughout the park. You can see Mickey and his friends in the pic above!
Another gorgeous display at Epcot!
On our first night at Epcot we dined at the UK’s “Rose & Crown" restaurant which has a spectacular patio view of Epcot’s night time show, "IllumiNations”. It was awesome being able to sit down and enjoy the displays and fireworks as we were finishing up dessert!
The Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom! Love the lushness captured in this pic :) One of my faves in this park is the “Finding Nemo" musical…we were singing some of the songs long after the show ended!
One of the cool things we saw at the Animal Kingdom was this plant lady! At first she was camouflaged as she lay on the wall with her face turning the other way….but then she started to gracefully move and walk away! It was a very neat sight :) We didn’t take too many photos at the fourth park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but I really enjoyed the American Idol Experience (the winner that night sounded just like Beyoncé) and the updated Star Tours ride since Ryan and I are big Star Wars fans too!
Since Myla was born in the Canadian fall/winter, this trip was the first time she was able to wear summer clothes! It was fun bringing out the summer dresses, rompers and hats! Here are some photos of our little cutie each morning before we hit the parks…
I was a little bit worried about how Myla would do on this trip as it was her first long trip out of the country. She did amazingly well, and of course it also helped that my parents and brother were there to help out! We knew that this Disney trip would be very different from all our previous Disney trips since we were traveling with a baby. We took a very relaxed pace as we followed her schedule, stopping to nurse and change her diaper whenever needed and working around her naps. Disney was great as they had Baby Care Centers that were air conditioned places to nurse, change diapers and just rest in each park. Their “Baby Swap”’ program was helpful as we didn’t need to line up twice for rides that Myla wasn’t allowed on (you can read more about this here).
My parents bought Myla this adorable Minnie Mouse dress and we bought her a Minnie Mouse headband to match! It’s cute because the ears are actually adult-sized, but the proportions looked so cute on Myla! She loved wearing those big Minnie ears :) We went around the Magic Kingdom and took some pics on our last day to commemorate her first Disney experience!
Sitting down by Cinderella’s Fountain
Myla was pretty popular around the park as she was getting a lot of smiles and “aww’s” from people….it was cute because many young children came up to her and said hi too! They loved this little Minnie Mouse!
All smiles in front of the castle!
Finally a family pic with Ryan in it!
Of course, Myla’s first Disney experience wouldn’t be complete without meeting Mickey Mouse! She even gave him a big kiss :)
My parents also bought Myla the classic Minnie Mouse Ears hat and got her name embroidered on it! Years ago, my parents bought me a similar hat and had my name embroidered on it….how time flies! There is so much nostalgia and fond memories whenever we visit Disney…
We had to add a little amigurumi in this Disney post! Ryan spotted these knitted Mickey’s in a gift store- how cute are they?
Hope you enjoyed this little recap of some of the things we did on our trip! Myla was a great little traveler, and we are so thankful that we could all travel as a family. I missed crocheting, and I can’t wait to share some more crochet projects with you all in the coming weeks!
Why is Myla dressed as Minnie Mouse you ask? It’s BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!! As you all know, we are huge Disney fans, and I’ve been visiting the Disney parks ever since I was a little girl…I can’t believe that I get to take my own little girl now! There is something so nostalgic and classic about Disney. I love how some rides never change, but there are also new areas and attractions, such as “New Fantasyland”, and we even have dinner reservations at the “Be Our Guest" restaurant in the Beast’s Castle (which were very hard to come by)! Have any of you visited this new area yet?
And so, the blog will be quiet for the next while. I’ll try and post updates about our trip on my Instagram (@AllAboutAmi) and Twitter (@AllAboutAmi)! If any of you have upcoming Disney trips too, you can crochet your own Minnie Mouse Ears with my tutorial HERE! See you later, everyone :)
I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share other areas of my life on this blog besides crocheting, such as our travel adventures and my pregnancy and nursing style! To find out a little bit more about my style and life as a new mama, check out my feature as a “Style Mom" on Natalie Zee Drieu’s “Coquette Maman" HERE! Thanks for the lovely feature, Natalie :)
Here is our little sweetheart Myla wearing her Shell Stitch Beanie, the first baby item I ever crocheted! Doesn’t she look simply adorable wearing it? We are so blessed and thankful that we have this playful cutie to make us laugh and smile every single day! This beanie is one of my favourite hats, and I love the beautiful open design and the pretty two-tiered flower with the wooden button! Betsy of “The Dainty Daisy" offers sizing from 0-3 months all the way up to child size (3-10 years). You can access the free pattern HERE!