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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!

Easy Chunky Crochet Sweater

I’ve always wanted to try crocheting some sort of clothing piece that I could wear as I’ve previously made a lot of accessories such as cowls and hats.  I dabbled in sweater-making with Myla’s “Arbor Baby Sweater" but up till now, I could not find a crocheted sweater pattern for adults that I absolutely loved.  Furthermore, I didn’t feel confident enough to try making my own design since I had no previous experience working on an adult sweater.  

Much to my delight, I saw a picture of a gorgeous sweater that draped beautifully on-line, and it turned out to be a free crochet pattern on the Lion Brand Yarns website called the “Simple Crochet Shrug" (see HERE).  When I quickly read through the pattern, I was blown away by its simplicity as the construction was simply one massive rectangle folded in half and then seamed along the sides while leaving arm holes- no other attachments were necessary!  It was a very popular pattern as over 600 people had made this project on Ravelry, and I couldn’t wait to give this sweater a try!

Picking out the colour and yarn I wanted for my sweater was tricky, but eventually we decided upon Bernat’s Softee Chunky in “Grey Ragg”.  It is a very soft yarn that does not fuzz up too easily and I absolutely loved the light grey and white variegation that I knew would give my sweater a beautiful look.  It’s a super bulky (level 6) yarn that has a net weight of 100 g/3.5 oz and approximately 99 m/108 yds.  In total, I used five skeins of this yarn.  Each skein regularly costs $4.99 (Canadian) and with the Michael’s 40% off coupon, each skein came out to $2.99, so the cost of materials for this sweater was very affordable.  You can also find this yarn on Amazon HERE for only $2.74!

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I read through almost all the Ravelry entries of this project to see how other people’s sweaters turned out depending on how many chains they started with, what yarn they used and any other modifications they made.  It was a challenge determining the size as some people’s sweaters turned out too long or too short, and it was hard to judge how tall these people were in their photos.  I wanted to make my sweater oversized and long enough to cover my rear, and I actually ended up making my sweater WAYY too big on the first try.  Sweaters stretch a lot and I decided to frog my work and start over so that I could try and make it the perfect size on the second try!  

I chained 76 using my 10 mm crochet hook.  It is VERY important to note that this initial series of chain stitches will be the LENGTH of your sweater, so determining this initial length is key as you will not be able to change it later on (unless you add some edging at the end).  The rows worked later on will be the width of your sweater.  Do keep in mind that your sweater can stretch later on as you pull it downwards too.  For reference, I am about 5’ 6” tall.  

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To achieve the beautiful ribbing of this sweater, you work single crochets in the back loops only.  As a reminder, the back loops are the loops further away from you while the front loops are the ones closer to you when you’re crocheting.

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You crochet row by row in the back loops only, turning your work as you go.  How simple can this pattern be?  It’s the perfect project to work on when you’re watching tv or having a conversation since you don’t need to keep the count and it works up so quickly since you’re using chunky yarn and such a large crochet hook.  Doesn’t the ribbing give such beautiful texture?

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You keep adding rows until you are happy with the width of your sweater.  In the end, I ended up with 56 rows measuring 31”/79 cm across.  Lengthwise, my rectangle was 38.5”/98 cm (remember that this is capable of stretching quite a bit too).

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Next, you fold the rectangle in half.  It is very important that you fold your rectangle in half so that the rows are running vertically!  I noticed that quite a few people on Ravelry were folding their rectangles the wrong way as their rows were running horizontally.  This meant that their resulting sweaters were very wide and short!

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To create the arm holes, you seam up the sides.

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I seamed up 11”/28 cm and left 8”/20 cm for the arm hole on each side.

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This is how you wear the piece- now it’s looking more sweater-like :)  You’ll notice that the the rows now run horizontally in the front but vertically in the back.  When I was working on this piece and periodically measuring it to my body to check for size, it seemed as though it might end up being too short.  However, we learned from our first experience, and we knew that it was capable of stretching a lot later on.  Thus, don’t be too worried if you think your sweater seems it might be a tad short…

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I wanted to add my own modification to this sweater pattern by adding a special ribbed collar.  To do so, I located the midline of the sweater and attached a stitch marker (you can’t see it too well in the picture below, but there is a peach stitch marker where the midline arrow is pointing to).  Next, I wore the sweater and determined where I wanted the collar to start. I placed a green stitch marker 12 rows below the arm seam on either side (this will vary depending on your height and where you want your own collar to start).  In case you’re interested, I have been using my “Clover Lock Ring Markers" a lot for all my recent projects, and none of them have broken on me (buy them HERE)!

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Starting from the green stitch marker on the left side (when you’re looking at the sweater) and crocheting upwards towards the peach marker, I worked some slip stitches, single crochets, half double crochets and then double crochets in Row 1.  This helped to slowly build up the collar and make it taper towards the ends.  I did the exact same pattern back downwards to the other green stitch marker once I reached the midline at the top to make it symmetrical.  I used a smaller 8 mm crochet hook for this collar part to get tighter, smaller stitches compared to those of the body.  I also tried to pick up stitches quite close together so that there were no gaps in the collar.

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Row 1 is complete!

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Next I alternated front post double crochets with back post double crochets in Row 2 to begin creating a ribbed effect.  

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I did the same thing for Rows 3 and 4 to really emphasize the ribbing.

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The ribbed collar is complete!

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You can fold the collar up…

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And the ribbing is on the other side too :)  I think this ribbed collar is a really nice addition, don’t you?  I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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Here is the pattern for the collar that I added in case you’re interested in crocheting one for your sweater too!

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To access the free Lion Brand pattern for their “Simple Crochet Shrug”, click HERE.  They have also written up patterns for the same shrug using different weights of yarn (e.g. worsted, bulky, super bulky), so see a list of them HERE towards the bottom under “Also available in other Lion Brand yarns" to get an idea of what numbers you should use for your particular yarn.

In summary for my own sweater, I chained 76 initially and did 56 rows of single crochets.  I used a 10 mm crochet hook for the body of the sweater and 5 skeins of yarn.  Keep in mind that these numbers will vary for yourself depending on how long and wide you want your sweater to be (and depending on your height), what hook size and yarn you use (worsted, bulky, super bulky) and how tightly you crochet (smaller, tighter stitches will result in your sweater stretching less while loose stitches will result in more stretching).

Collar Pattern:

- Tag upper midline with stitch marker.

- Tag sides with stitch markers indicating where you want your collar to begin and end (12 rows below arm seam for mine).

{Sl st = slip stitch, Sc = single crochet, Hdc = half double crochet, Fpdc = front post double crochet, Bpdc = back post double crochet (learn how to do Fpdc’s HERE and Bpdc’s HERE)}

Using 8 mm hook,

R1: Sl st 2, Sc 2, Hdc 2, Dc 57 (or however many it takes for you to reach stitch marker at upper midline- space your stitches close together so that there are no gaps). Dc at stitch marker.  Repeat exact same pattern down the other way to your stitch marker: Dc 57, Hdc 2, Sc 2, Sl st 2.  Slip stitch to next stitch, turn. 

R2: Sl st 2, Sc 2, Hdc 2, alternate fpdc and bpdc around (i.e. start with fpdc, bpdc, fpdc, bpdc, etc) until 6 stitches left.  Hdc 2, sc 2, sl st 2. Slip stitch to next stitch, turn.

R3: Same as R2 but alternate bpdc with fpdc (i.e. start with bpdc, fpdc, bpdc, fpdc, etc) to ensure that ribbing is building up.

R4: Same as R2.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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I was incredibly excited to try on my new sweater and we took advantage of the last days of summer weather to do a photoshoot before the snow comes!  This sweater is so versatile as it looks cute over a dress, and I can see myself wearing this in the winter with leggings and tall boots too!

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I’ll be able to wear this as my pregnant belly continues to grow as I enter my third trimester soon- oversized cardigans and sweaters are a must as winter and sweater weather rolls around!  I practically lived in my nursing tank tops with blazers and cardigans over top when I was nursing Myla (see my Maternity Fashion HERE and my Nursing Fashion HERE), so I know I’ll be wearing this sweater a lot post partum, especially since we’re having a winter baby.

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I’m really happy with how the sizing of the sweater turned out as the length is not too long or too short.  The ginormous sweater I made on my first try (I chained 100 and did 68 rows) made me look like I was being engulfed in a blanket as it extended down towards my calves!  

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The vertical ribbing looks beautiful from behind.  This sweater is so incredibly luxurious and romantic…

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This sweater does tend to bunch around the bum area a bit due to its construction, but it’s not a big deal…

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Popping up my ribbed collar!  If you don’t want to add this special collar or you think it might be too difficult, you could always simply crochet more rows when working on your big rectangle to increase its width.  The piece will naturally fold to give a collar if it’s wide enough.  

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You could also add some buttons to this sweater if you wanted some closure!  I myself love how it hangs and drapes naturally when I wear it. Another modification you could try is adding sleeves by crocheting around the armholes too!

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[Dress: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Steve Madden; Purse: Coach; Sweater: Me :D; Bracelet: Mikaylove; Necklace: Mahina; Watch: Michael Kors]

I know people tend to whip out their crochet hooks as temperatures drop and fall and winter begin, so this is the perfect project to work on!  Sweater weather will soon be upon us, and it is actually currently snowing where I live as I write this post (ahh, the fleeting days of summer).  This sweater is so incredibly simple to crochet and the results are gorgeous, like something you would see in a high end fashion boutique.  It’s a great beginner’s project, and it’s such an amazing feeling being able to wear something you created with your own two hands from scratch (I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they discover that I made my crocheted pieces)!  Let me know what you think of this sweater in the comments below, if you’ll be trying out this design, and if you’ve come across any other sweater patterns that you’ve loved.  If you do end up making your own sweater, I think it’d be really helpful to leave a comment below letting us know what yarn you used and how many chains and rows you ended up going with too :)

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Here are some of my previous winter crochet projects in case you’re interested in crocheting some hats and cowls while you’re at it!  From left to right and top to bottom we have the Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie, Knotted Headband, Puff Stitch Cowl, Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl, Long Double Crochet Cowl, and Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie.  The “Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie" has a similar construction to this sweater and is a great beginner’s project!  Don’t forget to keep up with me on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as I’m putting the final touches on a lot of new designs and projects.  I’ve been on a crocheting frenzy as I try and bring to life all the designs swirling in my mind before Baby #2 comes and life gets extremely busy!  Enjoy making your own beautiful sweaters and let me know how it goes!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & step-by-step tutorial: Easy Chunky Crochet Sweater

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & step-by-step tutorial: Easy Chunky Crochet Sweater

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & free pattern: Round Shell Stitch Cowl

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & free pattern: Round Shell Stitch Cowl

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?

Do you have any super bulky yarn from previous projects that you would like to use up?  I had a quite a bit left over from making chunky cowls for myself and for my friends this winter.  After looking through the Ravelry database, I came across this adorable baby hat pattern by Catherine Wiggins.  These super bulky newborn hats work up extremely quickly with only 8 rows and a 10 mm crochet hook.  I love the addition of the ribbons to finish off these hats- the ribbon bows give a very sophisticated and polished look!  Get the free pattern HERE!  You may recognize these yarns since I used the pink yarn to make my “Long Double Crochet Cowl" and the beige yarn to make my "Chunky Double Crochet Cowl”!   
And for all you nursing mamas and mamas-to-be, don’t forget to enter my $30 Momzelle giveaway (closing February 28) and access the discount codes for Momzelle nursing clothing and beautiful nursing scarves called CoverBoos in my blog post HERE!

Do you have any super bulky yarn from previous projects that you would like to use up?  I had a quite a bit left over from making chunky cowls for myself and for my friends this winter.  After looking through the Ravelry database, I came across this adorable baby hat pattern by Catherine Wiggins.  These super bulky newborn hats work up extremely quickly with only 8 rows and a 10 mm crochet hook.  I love the addition of the ribbons to finish off these hats- the ribbon bows give a very sophisticated and polished look!  Get the free pattern HERE!  You may recognize these yarns since I used the pink yarn to make my “Long Double Crochet Cowl" and the beige yarn to make my "Chunky Double Crochet Cowl!   

And for all you nursing mamas and mamas-to-be, don’t forget to enter my $30 Momzelle giveaway (closing February 28) and access the discount codes for Momzelle nursing clothing and beautiful nursing scarves called CoverBoos in my blog post HERE!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & free pattern: Long Double Crochet Cowl (an adaptation of my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl”)

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & free pattern: Long Double Crochet Cowl (an adaptation of my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl”)

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!  We had great family and friends time, delicious food and a chance to reflect upon what a wonderful year 2012 was!  We watched some of our favourite holiday movies such as “Home Alone” and “Elf” and got addicted to BBC’s “Sherlock” as we watched both seasons within a couple days!  Is anyone else a big fan?  Can’t wait for Season 3!
Over the holidays I also had a chance to crochet more cowls as quick gifts for my friends and family!  I made some variations to the base pattern for my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl" which you can find HERE. 
The top two cowls are “Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" in "Thunder" and "Golden Rod”.  There was only one skein left of each of these colours so I adapted my pattern slightly.  I chained 52 and managed to get about 10-11 rows at the end.
The bottom two cowls are “Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn" in "Grey Marble" and "Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" in "Stone”.  I purchased two skeins for each cowl.  I chained 55 and crocheted 15 rows for each of these cowls (with yarn left over).
I’m currently working on another variation of this cowl which is not crocheted in the round but rather row by row for a different look.  I’ll be sharing it with you soon!

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!  We had great family and friends time, delicious food and a chance to reflect upon what a wonderful year 2012 was!  We watched some of our favourite holiday movies such as “Home Alone” and “Elf” and got addicted to BBC’s “Sherlock” as we watched both seasons within a couple days!  Is anyone else a big fan?  Can’t wait for Season 3!

Over the holidays I also had a chance to crochet more cowls as quick gifts for my friends and family!  I made some variations to the base pattern for my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl" which you can find HERE

The top two cowls are “Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" in "Thunder" and "Golden Rod”.  There was only one skein left of each of these colours so I adapted my pattern slightly.  I chained 52 and managed to get about 10-11 rows at the end.

The bottom two cowls are “Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn" in "Grey Marble" and "Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" in "Stone”.  I purchased two skeins for each cowl.  I chained 55 and crocheted 15 rows for each of these cowls (with yarn left over).

I’m currently working on another variation of this cowl which is not crocheted in the round but rather row by row for a different look.  I’ll be sharing it with you soon!

Chunky Double Crochet Cowl

Winter officially begins on Friday, but it seems like winter has been in full swing for weeks on end where I live!  Winter is always the perfect time for cozy scarves, hats and mittens, and after blogging about the puff stitch cowl that I made for my sister, I really wanted to make myself a big chunky cowl that would help keep me warm! 

There are many cowls out there using solely double crochets, but instead of using double crochets all throughout, I decided to incorporate some chain 1’s!  This helped the cowl work up more quickly and also give it a looser feel.  I had just finished crocheting many baby hats where I crocheted in the spaces of the previous row, and I loved the look of the staggered rows as well as how quickly the projects went by!

Knowing that I would be extremely busy after having a baby, I completed this cowl about a week before giving birth.  Interestingly enough, I edited and added the instructional text to the step-by-step photos and typed out the pattern the day before I started having contractions!  I’m so glad I prepped this post ahead of time- all we then had to do was take final shots and write the story behind this cowl!

I wanted to look for a soft yarn in a neutral colour so that my cowl would be able to match most of my jackets.  I found this beautiful yarn called “Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" in the colour "Mushroom”!

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Using the biggest crochet hook I own (10 mm), I made a series of chain stitches, trying to judge how big I wanted my cowl to be.  I love crocheting with chunky yarn and a big crochet hook!  It’s such a different feel from crocheting my small amigurumi with a 2 mm hook ;)

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I joined the ends together with a slip stitch to form a circle.  I decided to crochet in rounds rather than rows so I wouldn’t need to stitch the ends together at completion.  Working in rounds also gives this cowl a more continuous look with no clearly visible seam :)

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To bring the round to the appropriate height, you chain 4 and then continue double crocheting and chaining 1 all around.

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Once you’ve repeated this pattern all the way around, slip stitch to the 3rd chain from the Chain 4 that you started with.

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Now you’ve completed the first round!

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Next you slip stitch into the space…

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This gets you into the correct positioning so you’re ready to start Round 2!

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You chain 4 once again to build the appropriate height…

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And then continue on as you did with Round 1, double crocheting in the spaces and chaining 1 in between.  Working in the spaces makes the project go by incredibly quickly!

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I was able to crochet 9 complete rounds using 1 ball of yarn!  You could definitely stop here if you wanted to use only one ball :)

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I wanted my cowl to be bigger, so I used another half ball of yarn to add 4 more rounds.  In total, my cowl was 13 rounds in height!

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This close-up view of the staggered rounds of double crochet shows the beautiful, chunky texture!

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Here is the official pattern to my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl”!

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Materials:

  • 10 mm crochet hook
  • Super bulky yarn (6)- I used 1.5 skeins for my cowl

Chain 60.  Join with slip stitch to first chain, being careful not to twist the chain.

Round 1: Chain 4 (first 3 chains counts as double crochet), *Skip 1, Dc, Ch 1* around, slip stitch to 3rd chain of initial Chain 4 (30 dc).

Round 2: Slip stitch into Ch 1 space.  Chain 4.  *Dc into next Ch 1 space, Ch1* around, slip stitch to 3rd chain of initial Ch 4 (30 dc). 

Round 3-13: Repeat Round 2

Fasten off and weave in ends.

[IMPORTANT NOTE & UPDATE: I used “Chain 4"  since theoretically the first 3 chains counted as a double crochet and the 4th chain accounted for the "Chain 1".  However, this leaves a slightly larger than normal space at the seam compared to the other chain 1 spaces.  If you would like to make the gap smaller and more inconspicuous, "Chain 3" wherever it says to “Chain 4” in the above pattern and "Slip stitch to 3rd chain of initial Ch 3" to finish off each round.  Thank you to Karen for pointing this out- you can read her blog post about this HERE.]

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I love wearing my super soft Chunky Double Crochet Cowl!  It’s always so special wearing items that you made yourself :)

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[Gold oak leaf wrap ring by CoutuKitsch, Double Wrap Bracelet in Mint Green by Mikaylove]

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You can adjust the look of this chunky cowl by altering the number of initial chains and rounds.  If you want the cowl more fitted around your neck for extra warmth, chain less than 60 stitches.  If you want the cowl to have a fuller look with more folds, add more rounds.  Try adding big buttons for some beautiful detailing too!  Another option is to crochet this cowl row by row (not going around in a circle) and use big buttons for closure- the chain 1 gaps between the double crochets would be perfect button holes!

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I love wearing cowls with my hair up as I feel it helps accentuate the look of the cowl…that plus my hair tends to get “staticky” when it’s down as it rubs against the yarn ;) 

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Here’s a photo from my Instagram (@AllAboutAmi)!

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We took some outdoor shots to show this cowl worn with a winter coat!  It’s such a chic, warm winter accessory :)

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One of the best parts about wearing scarves and cowls is being able to burrow your face for warmth- gotta prevent your nose from falling off when the temperature drops >.<

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[Pink Dip-Back Striped Knit Top: Yesstyle, Jeggings: American Eagle, Green Parka: Aritzia]

Check out my other crocheted projects that will also help keep you warm this winter!  From left to right there is the Puff Stitch Cowl, Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie and the Knotted Headband

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I want to give a big thank you to baby Myla’s Uncle Corey for taking care of her while we took these photos :)  This “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl" is a very quick and easy project, and it would make a great last-minute gift if you’re scrambling to find or make one!  Cowls and infinity scarves are always so popular, and they instantly glam up any winter outfit!  Let me know if you will be making this cowl this winter and send me pictures of your finished products through e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com), Facebook, Twitter (@AllAboutAmi)  or Instagram (@AllAboutAmi)!  I would love to compile a blog post showcasing how you all style your cowls!  Stay warm this winter, everyone :)  Thanks for reading!

[UPDATE #1: Check out this blog post HERE to see these cowls I made in different colours!]

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[UPDATE #2: My “Long Double Crochet Cowl" is a row-by-row adaptation.  See the step-by-step tutorial and free pattern HERE.]

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Mikaylove Giveaway! [CLOSED]

I still very vividly remember back in March 2011 when I received an e-mail from a blog reader named Kay.  I had just started my blog two months prior in January and not very many people knew about my work.  Kay said that she had found my Valentine Teddy pattern and had made her very own!  This was the very first time someone had sent me pictures of their work using my pattern, and I was so incredibly excited.  I had spent hours writing up my patterns (there were only two at the time) and figuring out my designs, so to know that someone was using it somewhere in the world was incredibly special!  You can see Kay’s Valentine Teddy here.

Kay started her own blog called “I’m Hooked" and I loved perusing it as she posted adorable pics of her popsicle keychains, mini wallets/pouches, and all the lovely items she made for her baby girl (what a shoe collection!).  What really caught my eye was her cute amigurumi penguin pattern that she had translated HERE.  It was my first time crocheting with two colours at the same time, and I absolutely loved how this cutie turned out!  You can read Penguin’s step-by-step blog post here.  I think this little penguin would make an adorable Christmas ornament, don’t you?

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Kay and I kept in touch, and I am so thankful for her love, support and prayers for our family.  We are now both moms to beautiful baby girls!  She even sent us a package full of goodies for baby Myla- this really brightened up my day and lifted my spirits as the first few weeks coming home from the hospital were challenging at times.  Her thoughtfulness and generosity blew me away! 

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As we were messaging each other, Kay revealed how she had started her blog when she was pregnant and a bit lonesome.  Kay wrote,

"It was your pattern that got people to even look at my page and from there I gained an audience that was interested in my work and most importantly, me. And even though I no longer blog, I will be forever grateful of the amigurumi bear pattern that changed my life.  So, thank you!" 

This brought me to tears, knowing how much of an impact my blog could have on someone.  I’ve received at least a half dozen e-mails from people all stating that they’ve been inspired to start their own blogs after seeing “All About Ami”, and I’m always so overjoyed to hear this.  God has given me this platform to express and share my creativity and love of crochet with others, and I am so happy to hear that it has impacted others in such a positive way!

Even though Kay no longer blogs, she too has found a way to do what she loves and share it with others through her Etsy store called “Mikaylove" that she has just launched.  Mikaylove is derived from her daughter’s name “Mikayla”, and as a stay at home mom, Kay was inspired by her love for her baby girl to create a handcrafted jewelry line that would appeal and be affordable to all audiences.  Kay sent me some of her pieces and I immediately fell in love with their elegant and classy designs.  I liked them so much that I ordered some more for myself and my family! 

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Kay sent me the “Cross Weave Bracelet in Peach" (LOVE this) and the "Double Wrap Bracelet in Maroon" (maroon/burgundy or ‘oxblood’ is such a trendy colour right now for the fall!).

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Kay’s classic designs go well with any outfit and you can definitely dress them up or dress them down!  I looove stacking bracelets to add interest to my outfits….can you ever have enough bracelets?

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I ordered the stunning “Mikaylove Original Design Necklace in Turquoise & Grey" for myself since I love the colour combo and bib necklaces are so popular right now!  Isn’t it gorgeous?

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I also ordered the “Double Wrap Bracelet in Mint Green" since I love this colour.  I think peach and mint green go so well together! 

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The little “Mikaylove” tag of authenticity on each piece is very cute too :)

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I think that all of the Mikaylove pieces are affordable, with prices comparable to those found in retail chain stores, except these pieces are all handmade!  I am all for supporting handmade artisans and moms who are working from home.  Kay has many different pieces available in a vast array of colours (see pic below for more of her designs).  Please check out her store HERE to see her collections!  You can also find Mikaylove on instagram too (@Mikayloveinc). 

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Kay has been generous enough to offer THREE GIVEAWAYS for my readers!  In order to enter, please visit the Mikaylove Etsy store HERE and select your FAVOURITE PIECE.  There are three ways to enter (one winner will receive their selected favourite piece from each of the following groups):

(1) Blog comments: Leave a comment on this blog post, stating your favourite piece (e.g. “I love the Cross Weave Bracelet in Cream”).  One comment per person please.

(2) Facebook: Leave a comment on the Facebook link to this post stating your favourite piece (click HERE to access the “All About Ami” Facebook page).  Like and Share the post (be sure to change the share settings to “Public” so I can see it) for additional entries.

(3) Tumblr: "Like" this post and reply with what your favourite piece is.  Reblog this post for an additional entry (only once please).  Tumblr winner must be a follower of BOTH “All About Ami" and "MIKAYLOVEINC" on tumblr HERE

You may enter all three ways!   If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering.  The contest is open worldwide and will run until Wednesday, December 5 at 9 PM, MST.  Winners will be announced on Friday, December 7.

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