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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

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?

Crochet Corner: Scarecrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

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

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

Scarecrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now with his arms attached…

And now with his hat and pink cheeks…

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

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

Here he is from various angles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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