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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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Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

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