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Cabled Slouchy Beanie

I love learning new crochet techniques, whether it be “The Invisible Decrease" for amigurumi or how to create a ribbed effect for sweaters.  Last year, I discovered that the beautiful look of cabling could be achieved through crochet (not just through knitting!) when I followed Julee Reeves’ free pattern to make these gorgeous cabled wrist warmers pictured below (I blogged about them HERE).  I vowed that I would apply this new cabling technique I learned for future projects, and in last year’s blog post, I even mentioned that I might try and make a cabled hat!  Here we are today, and I am excited to show you the “Cabled Slouchy Beanie" that I designed! 

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I used Lion Brand’s “Heartland" yarn in "Grand Canyon which is a medium worsted weight (level 4) yarn.  It’s a taupe and grey blend with hints of gold that is incredibly soft with a beautiful sheen to it- so perfect for fall!  I used a 5 mm crochet hook with this yarn to make my cabled beanie.

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I started off by crocheting a ribbed band, similar to the ribbed band of the “Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie”.  I chained 10 and then worked single crochets in the back loops only to create the ribbed effect.  The back loops are the loops that are further away from you as pictured below.

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The ribbed band is starting to build up…

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After 75 rows, my band measured about 21.5” or 54 cm.  You can measure your own head and adjust this number as necessary- keep in mind that this band will stretch over time with repeated wears!

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Next up, I sewed the short ends together to form the ribbed band!  As a warning, this pattern is not for beginners as it is more technical and uses more complicated crochet stitches.  I tried to be as detailed as possible with this next series of photos and with the pattern instructions- they may look and sound complicated, but once you get the hang of it, this project will work up quickly.  Ryan was laughing as he helped me proofread this blog post as he did not understand the next part whatsoever as it was so technical!

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I began working double crochets around the edge of the band to create Round 1 of the cabled body of the beanie.  First I chained 2 and then worked one double crochet in the same stitch.  This is important for the invisible seam we will be creating whenever we join each round!  The chain 2 does not count as a stitch in the final stitch count at the end of each round.

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After working 72 double crochets around the band, this is what I was left with.  If you are adjusting this pattern with your own numbers, you need to make sure that the total number of double crochets you are left with is a multiple of 6 (i.e. add or subtract multiples of 6).  Try to space the double crochets as evenly as possible across the band, but it’s not a big deal if some are a little more bunched or spaced apart if you are trying to attain the right number- it will even out in subsequent rounds.  

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When closing up this round, it is important that you join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet and not the Chain 2 (you just ignore the Ch 2 like it’s not there).

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Next you Chain 2…

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Then you work one back post double crochet around the same double crochet that you slip stitched to when you joined the round.  Then you do another back post double crochet around the next double crochet.

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Then the cabling begins!  You skip the next two double crochets and then work two front post treble crochets around the next two stitches.

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Then you work two front post treble crochets around the previously skipped double crochets.  They will cross over the other 2 fptc’s that you just did, which gives the cabling effect.

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Next you work two back post double crochets around the next two stitches.  You continue alternating with this pattern of doing two back post double crochets and working the cabling around the next four stitches.  This is why you must work with multiples of six (two for the bpdc’s and four for the fptc’s).

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When it is time to close up this round and subsequent rounds, make sure you slip stitch to the top of the first Bpdc, not the Chain 2.

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Round 2 is complete!

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To begin Round 3, we chain 2, then do our two bpdc’s.  These bpdc’s help push these stitches back which makes the cabling stand out even more.

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Next we work two Fpdc’s around the two stitches that are underneath the cable.  Make sure you do not accidentally do them around the wrong stitches (i.e. the ones that cross over) as this will undo your cabling!

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Then you work two Fpdc’s around the two stitches that cross over the cabling.  This step helps solidify or lock your cabling from the previous round into place!

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After continuing with this same pattern, here is what you are left with after completing Round 3.  The cabling is really taking shape!

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In Round 4, you do your 2 bpdc’s as normal and then work 4 Fpdc’s as indicated below.

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Our cabling is now complete!  Each cable is worked over three rounds (Rounds 2-4 in this case) and you keep doing this pattern until you are happy with the height of your hat (the more rounds you work, the longer your hat, and the slouchier it will be)!

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The look of cabling is so gorgeous and luxurious as it has such beautiful texture!

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Did you know that cabling could be achieved through crochet?  Once you get the hang of the pattern and how to work the different stitches, this project goes by quickly!

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Using 1 skein of yarn, I was able to go up to Round 19 which resulted in 6 cables.  My hat measured 10” or 25.5 cm including the band.  You could technically finish here if you want to only use one skein of yarn as I know sometimes it’s a hassle to buy another skein, especially if you are going to be using only a part of it.  However, I bought another skein since I wanted my beanie to be slightly longer and I wanted to add a pom pom too…

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I added another 3 rounds to make 7 cables in total, and my hat now measured 11.25” or 29 cm long.  You can keep going if you want your hat to be even slouchier!

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To seam up the top of the hat, I threaded yarn along the last round and pulled tightly to gather it together (similar to how I seamed up my “Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie”).

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After tightly pulling, I was left with a small hole, so I simply sewed it shut. 

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As an alternative, you could also seam up the beanie by pinching the edges and single crocheting them together in a star formation (see video HERE).  I completely forgot about this method until I was re-reading my old “Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" post!

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Here is a close-up of the invisible seam!  It blends in so nicely and you would not notice it was there unless you were looking for it!

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I wanted to add a pom pom to this cabled slouchy beanie, and I was excited to put my new Clover Pom Pom maker to use (see my review and step-by-step tutorial on how to use it HERE).  I used the larger size to make the pom pom for my beanie!

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After attaching the pom pom, my “Cabled Slouchy Beanie" was complete!  Isn’t it beautiful?

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Here is the free pattern for my “Cabled Slouchy Beanie" (adult size)!  

Be warned that it looks complicated but once you get the hang of the technique and repetition, it goes by quickly.  Hopefully the step-by-step pictures above will help make the technical pattern easier to understand as well.  With that being said, this is not a beginner’s project as some crochet experience under your belt would greatly help!

Materials:

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 10

R1: In back loops only, Sc 1 in second chain from hook and in each chain across (9 sc).

R2-75: Chain 1, turn.  In back loops only, Sc 1 in second chain from hook and in each chain across (9 sc).

My ribbed band measured 21.5” or 54 cm.  Adjust this number based on your own head 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 71 dc as evenly as possible around edge of band.  Join with sl st to first dc (72 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.  (12 cables around with 12 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.  (12 cables around with 12 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 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 NoteIf 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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Slouchy beanies have such a cool, effortless look, and they are the perfect fall and winter accessory!

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We enjoyed capturing the beautiful colours of fall with this photoshoot!  I’ve entered my third trimester now and I practically live in leggings and sweaters :)

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

I actually also crocheted a “Toddler Cabled Slouchy Beanie" for Myla!  This pattern is really simple to adjust for different sizes as you simply make the ribbed band your desired length and then work the cabled body!

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I adore matching with Myla, and she always loves being able to wear the same thing that I’m wearing too.  Our pom poms look so cute from behind!

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I will be sharing the pattern I used to make Myla’s “Toddler Cabled Slouchy Beanie" shortly!

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You can really see the gorgeous cabling in this photo below.  I love how you can make this beanie as slouchy as you want by simply adding more cables and rounds!

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There’s something about the beautiful and rich colours of fall and hearing the leaves crunch below you that makes this time of year very special.  Myla and I had fun examining the leaves together!

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We also had fun throwing the leaves too!  I love her expression with her furrowed brows!

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I am so glad I was able to design a cabled hat as that was something I had always wanted to do ever since making my “Cabled Wrist Warmers" and learning this new technique last year!  Crocheting is such a fun learning process as you try out new patterns, learn new techniques, and apply them to future projects.  I feel so thankful to have this blog where I can document these experiences and projects and share them with you all.  I know that many of you have been learning right alongside with me the whole time as we all grow together and cheer each other on :)  We are constantly encouraged by your support and kind words and have so much fun sharing our projects and patterns with you!

Enjoy learning this new technique and have fun making your own “Cabled Slouchy Beanies”!  The “Toddler Cabled Slouchy Beanie" will be posted in a couple of days so you can make matching beanies for your mini-me’s :)  I also actually worked up a "Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie" using super bulky (level 6) yarn, and I will share the pattern with you as well in the coming weeks!  Follow me on Facebook, Twitter (@AllAboutAmi) & Instagram (@AllAboutAmi) to get all my updates!  Enjoy this beautiful fall season 

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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)!

Do you remember the “Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie" I made last year?  I loved the pattern so much that I ended up making one for my sister Ashley and my brother Corey too!  I started making Corey’s beanie towards the end of last year’s winter, and I actually never ended up finishing it….but with fall approaching, I wanted Corey to be able to wear his beanie as soon as possible, so I finally completed it just recently!

Sometimes it can be hard finding crochet patterns for men, but this “Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Pom Beanie" looks great on guys too!  I followed the exact same pattern that I used for my white beanie HERE to make Corey’s.  I used "Loops & Threads Ring Spun" in Purple.  So if you’ve been wanting to crochet a beanie for your boyfriend/husband/brother/dad, give this pattern a go!  It’s very simple and a great project for beginners!  Doesn’t it look so awesome and stylish on Corey?  Click on each photo to expand them!

2013 Most Popular Blog Posts

Today is the last day of 2013 and out of curiosity, I checked my Google Stats to see which were my most popular blog posts this past year!  I thought I would share the top 5 with you all in case some of you are new to my blog or are curious too!

5) Amigurumi for Beginners

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4) Dragon

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3) Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

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2) Knotted Headband

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1) Despicable Me Minion

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We had over 1 million visits and over 2.5 million pageviews in the year 2013!  Thank you for reading and supporting my blog from around the world, and we look forward to 2014!  What designs and patterns are you looking forward to in the new year?  Let me know in the comments below!  HAPPY NEW YEAR, my fellow crafty and amigurumi friends!

Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie

Whenever I see a picture of a beautiful hat or scarf on-line, I always immediately check to see if the piece is knitted or crocheted.  There have been times when I’ve been disappointed to find out that the free pattern is actually a knit pattern as I have not knitted since I was a little girl.  One day as I was browsing through Facebook, I came across a beautiful ribbed hat that had an almost-knitted look on the Lion Brand Facebook page, and I was delighted to find out that it was actually a free crochet pattern on their site (found HERE)!  When I quickly read through the pattern and saw how the hat was constructed, I knew I absolutely had to give this hat a try! 

I happened to have some worsted weight (4) grey yarn in my stash (Patons Canadiana in “Medium Grey”), so I began right away using my 6 mm crochet hook!  I knew that my head was a bit bigger so I started off with more chains than the pattern called for: I chained 41 for this grey beanie.  This initial length is the height of your hat- keep in mind that you’ll want to make it longer if you plan to fold over your hat to give a nice rim or if you want it to be slouchier.

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I crocheted the first row as normal.  This was my first time crocheting a hat row by row as all the hats I had previously made were crocheted in a circle in rounds!  This is what sets apart the construction of this hat and makes it a lot easier for beginners since working in rounds can be more difficult.

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The ribbed look is achieved by crocheting in the back loops only of each row.  As a reminder, each stitch is comprised of a “v” with two loops: a back loop and a front loop.  The back loops are the ones further away from you and the front loops are the ones closer to you!

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By crocheting in the back loops only, the front loops are left out and are more visible which gives the ribbed effect.

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You continue crocheting in the back loops only until your piece can fit around your head!  Keep in mind that your piece can stretch quite a bit too.  I ended up crocheting 76 rows or until the piece was 17.5” across.

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Here is a close up of the beautiful texture!

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Next, you thread your yarn through the ends of the rows along one of the long edges.

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Then you pull the yarn tightly to gather the edges together until the hole at the top gets smaller and smaller!  After I tightly tied a knot, there was still a tiny hole visible so I sewed it shut completely.

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The last step is to sew the short side of the hat together and you’re done!  It’s so easy, right?

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This grey beanie ended up being 10” tall, and when I tried it on, it was too short to fold up to give a nice rim.  And so, I decided to make another hat, this time a longer one that I could fold up!

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While shopping for yarn at Michaels, Ryan came across this absolutely beautiful yarn by “Loop & Threads" called "Ring Spun”!  It is a bulky (5) yarn that is 55% acrylic and 45% cotton- it does not fuzz at all and is so soft.  I knew this would be the perfect yarn for my second beanie!  I was excited to share this find with you all on Instagram and it was neat to hear that some of you love it too!

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Also using a 6 mm crochet hook, I chained 46 initially for this beanie (keep in mind that this yarn is thicker than the grey yarn) and it ended up being about 13” tall.  I ended up crocheting 60 rows until it measured about 18” across.

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The extra height allowed me to fold up this hat to give a beautiful wide ribbed rim!

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You can see the difference between my grey and white beanies!  The worsted weight vs. bulky and no-rim vs. rim help give them very different looks…

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I really wanted to add a pom pom to my white beanie too!  We had previously made yarn pom poms for our baby shower a year ago (see blog post HERE) so we still had some of our cardboard circles.  At first we made the pom pom on the right but we decided it was too small.  And so, we ended up making bigger cardboard circles (diameter of 4 inches) to make a bigger pom pom!  Watch this video HERE to see how you can make your own yarn pom poms using cardboard circles!

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After attaching our big pom pom, my ribbed beanie was complete!  These pom pom beanies are incredibly popular right now- if you walk into any clothing or accessories store, you will most likely see them being sold in a wide variety of colours!  It’s awesome being able to make your own for a fraction of the cost!

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Here is my completed grey beanie too!  I used less than one skein of yarn for this grey beanie and a little over one skein for the white beanie!

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I was SO excited to try on my beanies as soon as I finished crocheting them!  The white beanie turned out just as I hoped it would!  I love the wide rim and big pom pom- it makes it look so cozy!  I can also wear the beanie “slouchier” by making the rim less wide…

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The grey beanie has a different look- I feel like it’s a bit “edgier”!  I love wearing it too :)

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We thought it would be fun to do an outdoors shoot with these beanies since we normally take all our photos indoors!  After all, these beanies are meant to be worn outside and to keep us warm!  We have been getting quite a bit of snow over the past week, and it was actually relatively warm on the day we did this photoshoot (hovering around 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit).  I thought I would try some shots without my jacket but we quickly discovered that it was NOT a good idea and I quickly put my jacket back on, haha!  I am definitely used to the cold though having grown up in our cold climate!  

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I love how my pom pom beanie looks paired with my parka!  For those of you who live in colder climates, I wanted to share a wonderful find with you all: fleece leggings!  I adore wearing leggings all year round as they are so comfortable, but sometimes you need that extra warmth in the winter!  I’ve actually worn long johns under my leggings before, but I recently purchased some fleece leggings from Simons on a recent shopping trip!  They are so incredibly warm and comfortable!

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This beanie kept my head very warm- it’s my new favourite hat and I can see myself wearing it A LOT during this winter!

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Here I am wearing my grey beanie!  We actually did this photoshoot in the same exact spot where we did the “Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" photoshoot with my brother and sister two years ago (see HERE).  It was fall then so this trail looks very different now covered in snow!  I can’t believe how far we’ve come since then….two years ago Ryan hadn’t taken up photography yet, so we used the “Hipstamatic” app on the iPhone to take the Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie photos!

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{Parka: Aritzia, Cape: Aritzia, Polkadot dress: Urban Outfitters, Fleece Leggings: Simons, Boots: Steve Madden, Beanies: Me!}

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If you want your beanie to be slouchier, be sure to crochet more chains at the beginning to give the hat more height!  This pattern is very versatile and adaptable as you can use any yarn, make your hat slouchier, chunkier, striped, etc.

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I had been searching for a hat pattern like this for a while, and I am so excited that I found one!  This would make a great project for people who are interested in learning how to crochet as it is so easy to make and the results are beautiful!  

Once again, you can find the free pattern on the Lion Brand website HERE!  When my sister Ashley saw how cute my hat was, she immediately requested one too- I think I will definitely be making more of these in the future….will you?  I’m even thinking of making a matching pom pom beanie for Myla as well!  They would make great Christmas gifts!  If you end up posting your projects on Ravelry, you can find the entry HERE as it is under “Adult’s Easy Crochet Hat" by Lion Brand!  I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and don’t forget to connect with me through my Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram!  Stay warm and happy crocheting :)

[Update: I ended up making a purple “Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie" for my brother Corey using the exact same pattern I used for my white beanie!  These beanies look great on guys too!  

Check out more photos of Corey’s beanie HERE!]

Hey everyone!  Cute Outfits Online has put together a very sweet and comprehensive blog post featuring my style and crochet fashion HERE!  When they first contacted me, I was expecting a short blurb about my blog, but I was astounded by the very long post featuring everything from my cowls and headbands to my maternity and nursing fashion…and even a section on baby Myla’s style, hehe!  I could tell that Scarlett, one of the admins of Cute Outfits Online, had scoured my blog and put a lot of effort into the feature, and I was so honoured and flattered by her kind words about my style, projects and blog!
Scarlett recently let me know that they have launched an online shop!  They are offering us a 10% discount off the whole cart (excluding Mary Kay products) using the coupon code “AMI10" which is good until December 31st, 2013!  You can find their shop here!
The collage above shows some of the projects and outfits that are featured!  The free patterns and step-by-step blog posts are available for all of them, and from left to right, top to bottom we have my Chunky Double Crochet Cowl, Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanies, Knotted Headbands and Long Double Crochet Cowl!  With the cooler temperatures and fall approaching, now’s the time to break out your crochet hooks and start working on these cozy pieces!  Which of these have you made?

Hey everyone!  Cute Outfits Online has put together a very sweet and comprehensive blog post featuring my style and crochet fashion HERE!  When they first contacted me, I was expecting a short blurb about my blog, but I was astounded by the very long post featuring everything from my cowls and headbands to my maternity and nursing fashion…and even a section on baby Myla’s style, hehe!  I could tell that Scarlett, one of the admins of Cute Outfits Online, had scoured my blog and put a lot of effort into the feature, and I was so honoured and flattered by her kind words about my style, projects and blog!

Scarlett recently let me know that they have launched an online shop!  They are offering us a 10% discount off the whole cart (excluding Mary Kay products) using the coupon code “AMI10" which is good until December 31st, 2013!  You can find their shop here!

The collage above shows some of the projects and outfits that are featured!  The free patterns and step-by-step blog posts are available for all of them, and from left to right, top to bottom we have my Chunky Double Crochet Cowl, Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanies, Knotted Headbands and Long Double Crochet Cowl!  With the cooler temperatures and fall approaching, now’s the time to break out your crochet hooks and start working on these cozy pieces!  Which of these have you made?


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!

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!

Matching crocheted mommy & baby hats Matching crocheted mommy & baby hats

When I was pregnant, I tried to crochet as many baby-related items as I could since I knew I would be tired and have much less time when baby actually arrived!  I really wanted to make a matching mommy and baby hat set, and when I stumbled upon Brittney Waterhouse’s free pattern for her “In Bloom Cap" on Ravelry HERE, I immediately gave it a try!  Around the same time, I found Alli Crafts’ free pattern for her “Cluster Hat" HERE, so I decided to use the same yarn and make matching hats! 

As you’ll note, the hats are not identical as they use different patterns: the adult hat uses bobble stitches while the baby hat uses clusters.  I found the diagram at the end of the adult pattern very helpful, and Brittney also provides a free pattern for a beret version as an alternative to the cap version (which is the one I made).  It is also important to note that the baby hat might run a bit small as it fits Myla’s 3 month old head even though it’s designed for 6 month olds!  Alli also provides free patterns for this cluster hat in premie and newborn sizes.  I crocheted the baby hat band the same as the adult hat band (single crocheting in back loops only) and added two wooden buttons onto each hat to make them match even more!

I think this set would make a great baby shower gift: that way, both mommy and baby get something chic and cozy to wear….and who doesn’t love matching sets?  We had a lot of fun sporting our matching hats on the weekend as everyone thought they were very cute!  Once again, you can find the adult hat pattern HERE and the baby hat pattern HERE!!!

I’ve been having so much fun whipping up baby hats, and here is one of my favourites!  The "Shell Stitch Beanie" by Betsy of The Dainty Daisy is so beautiful, and the pattern is available for free HERE with sizing for 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-3 years and even 3-10 years!  The one I made in this photo is for 0-3 months, but I am so tempted to make more in each size :)  The shells are so delicate and pretty and the addition of the double-layered flower makes this hat even more sweet!

I’ve been having so much fun whipping up baby hats, and here is one of my favourites!  The "Shell Stitch Beanie" by Betsy of The Dainty Daisy is so beautiful, and the pattern is available for free HERE with sizing for 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-3 years and even 3-10 years!  The one I made in this photo is for 0-3 months, but I am so tempted to make more in each size :)  The shells are so delicate and pretty and the addition of the double-layered flower makes this hat even more sweet!

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 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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