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Thank you so much for all the love and encouragement you’ve shown us since we announced that our family is growing!  We are truly touched by each and every comment we received through the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, and we are so excited that we can share these special moments with you!

This blog has not only been a portofolio of my crochet projects, but also a journal documenting things that I love and what I’ve experienced.  In addition to my crochet projects, I’ve also blogged about my love of food and travel, and also topics such as maternity and nursing fashion since becoming a mom.  I created a special tab in the navigation bar called “OTHER" to help document these blog posts and to organize them a bit better so that they don’t simply get lost in the Archive!  To access ALL my previous posts, click the "ARCHIVE" tab where they are organized chronologically by month and year.  

The new “OTHER" tab has the following sections:

  • Food: I’ve blogged about some of my favourite recipes I’ve found on-line (e.g. the Red Velvet Cake pictured above) as well as some of our own recipes!  My Lychee Frozen Yogurt and Layered Fingered Jello seem to be pretty popular :)
  • Travel: We love visiting new places, and it’s been fun sharing our favourite restaurants and sites from destinations all over the world (e.g. the Black Sand Beach in Maui above).
  • Maternity/Nursing/Family: On my journey to becoming a mom, I’ve adapted my style to accommodate my growing pregnant belly and need to nurse a baby (e.g. nursing tank above)!
  • Cosplay & Craft Tutorials: We love making our own costumes and blogging about other crafting projects we’ve worked on (e.g. our DIY Yarn Storage).
  • Reviews: I’ve enjoyed blogging about shops and products that I love (e.g. Clover Amour Crochet Hooks) and hosting giveaways as well!

Check out this “OTHER" tab in my navigation bar to see some previous posts that you may have missed before!

Round Shell Stitch Cowl

After designing my “Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl" from last week (see HERE), I wanted to try making another version that was worked in the round without a button!  I really love the shell stitch as it gives such a beautiful and elegant look, and it is extremely easy to do since it simply consists of four double crochets and a chain 1 in between!  This pattern works up really quickly and all you need are two skeins of yarn and a 10 mm hook!  In this case, I used “Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" [super bulky weight (6)] in "Spearmint" to make a "Round Shell Stitch Cowl" for a friend!  

Unlike the Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl which is crocheted in rows (turning after each row), this cowl is crocheted in rounds, and thus after doing your initial chains, you must slip stitch to the first chain to form a circle.  Then you work your shell stitches all around!

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Once you complete your last shell stitch of the round, you will approach the first shell stitch that you created at the beginning.  To close the round, you will slip stitch to the top of the initial chain 3 that you crocheted at the very beginning of Round 1.    

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Then you will slip stitch into the next stitch….

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And finally you will do another slip stitch into the Chain 1 space!  This is where you will work your shell stitch!

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You will work your shell stitch into each chain 1 space around so that the shell stitches are stacked ontop of one another, NOT into the space between the shell stitches (which would result in staggered shell stitches).  

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After completing this pattern for 13 rounds and using up two skeins of yarn, your “Round Shell Stitch Cowl” will be complete!  Doesn’t it look gorgeous with its delicate and pretty design?

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This pattern works up really quickly and the result is so beautiful!

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This is the finished spearmint “Round Shell Stitch Cowl" that I made for our friend for a gift exchange!

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Here is the pattern for my “Round Shell Stitch Cowl" (worked in rounds):

Chain 48.  Join with slip stitch to first chain, being careful not to twist the chain.

Round 1: Chain 3 (this counts as first double crochet), dc in same stitch, ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch.  *Skip 3 ch, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch*, repeat from * to end.  Slip stitch to top of initial chain 3 (12 shells [each shell made of total 4 dc and ch 1]).

Round 2-13: Slip stitch into next stitch, then slip stitch into Ch 1 space.  Chain 3, dc in same space, ch 1, 2 dc in same space.  *2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc* in each ch 1 space around.  Slip stitch to top of initial chain 3 (12 shells).

Finish off and weave in ends.

{Dimensions: 15.5” long, 13.5” wide, diameter: 28” around}

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Of course, I had to make one for myself so that I could show you what the finished product looks like when worn!  I really love white as I think it looks so crisp and stunning in the winter (just like my white Pom Pom Beanie!), so I used “Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" in "Fleece" to make my cowl!

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This cowl feels very luxurious and warm!  

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The elegant shell stitches help give this cowl such great texture and design :)

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I hoped you enjoyed reading about this other option on how to crochet a Shell Stitch Cowl!  If you haven’t already checked out my “Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl" post, read all about it and see plenty of pics HERE!  Which style do you prefer?  

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Thank you for already sharing your “Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl” pics with me- you all are so quick at making my designs, and I really appreciate your enthusiasm and warm response!  Keep sending me your pics on my Facebook page, Twitter (@AllAboutAmi), and Instagram (@AllAboutAmi, #AllAboutAmi)!  Can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner!!!  Many blessings to you and your loved ones! 

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

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

Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl

My mom recently celebrated her birthday, and I wanted to crochet her a buttoned cowl as a part of her gift!  It is so special crocheting items for loved ones, knowing that they will wear them and always think of you when they do :)  You might recall that I crocheted a Puff Stitch Scarf for my mom two years ago as well!  Scarves and cowls have been a must recently during our cold Canadian winters as the temperatures have been dipping extremely low and any exposed skin could result in frostbite!

I had just recently crocheted my favourite baby hat, the “Shell Stitch Beanie" for a newborn when it occurred to me that using the shell stitch would be a great idea for a cowl!  I LOVE doing the shell stitch, and the result is always beautiful.  Thus, I excitedly began and crocheted a series of chain stitches, estimating how long I wanted my mom’s cowl to be.  Then I started doing the shell stitch across!

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I wanted this cowl to be folded around the neck and secured with a button, so instead of crocheting in a circle in rounds, I crocheted it row by row, turning at the end of each row.  

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It is important to note when following the pattern that each shell stitch is worked in the Chain 1 space from the previous row below, NOT the space between the shell stitches.

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This results in a beautiful pattern in which the shell stitches are stacked upon one another rather than being staggered across the rows.  

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The edges also have a pretty scalloped design!

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For this particular cowl I crocheted 6 rows of these shell stitches.  I then sewed on a very special button that we picked up from the Halifax Farmer’s Market!

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I also crocheted a cowl for a friend in this beautiful green colour and added a brown button from the same Farmer’s Market!  I love “Loops & Threads Cozy Wool" as it is so incredibly soft.  My mom’s cowl is in "Pewter" and the green one is called "Spearmint”.  I used one ball of yarn for each!

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I snapped a quick photo of the spearmint cowl before it went off to its new owner!

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This is my mom’s finished cowl!

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Here is the pattern that I made for this cowl:

Buttoned Chunky Shell Stitch Cowl (worked in rows)

Using a 10 mm crochet hook,

Chain 48

Row 1: In fourth chain from hook, dc (initial chains count as first dc), ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch.  *Skip 3 ch, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch* repeat from * to end (12 shells [each shell made of total 4 dc and ch 1])

Rows 2-6: Chain 3, turn.  *2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc* in first chain 1 space.  *2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc* in each ch 1 space till end (12 shells).

Finish off and weave in ends.  Attach button towards left side of cowl (see pics above).  Be sure to wear the cowl with the scallopped edges facing upwards!

[Finished cowl is 7” in height and 29” in width, using one skein of “Loops & Threads Cozy Wool”]

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Here is my beautiful mom wearing her new buttoned cowl!  She loved it as soon as she opened it!  She particularly likes how soft the yarn is and how she can put the button through any hole of this cowl.  It’s also easy to wear since you don’t have to pull the cowl over your head which can result in staticky hair!

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I wanted to make a REALLY chunky buttoned shell stitch cowl for myself using some interesting yarn that Ryan found called “Patons Cobbles" at Michaels!  The way that the yarn was segmented into little chunks looked really neat and we were curious how it would look in a crocheted piece.  We bought a beautiful brown colour called "Moon Rock" (pictured below) and a gorgeous yellow colour called "Mustard Seed”.  

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I decided to use the “Mustard Seed" colour for my cowl since I wanted to use this big, beautiful wooden button that we picked up in a cute little craft boutique in Paris two years ago.  I think it’s so neat when we buy buttons on our travels as each button reminds me of our special adventures.  I love being able to use them in my crocheted pieces, and I had been waiting a long time to use this amazing find :)  The brown button contrasts so nicely against the mustard cowl!

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Isn’t the texture of this cowl absolutely stunning?  I love the unique look that the “Patons Cobbles” gives!

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When worn under a coat, the cowl gives a very beautiful collared effect!  It also helps keep my neck very warm too :)  What a great way to be warm and stylish at the same time!  It certainly is a statement piece that can help spice up any outfit!  With the recent frigid temperatures, we dared not take any outside photos for this shoot- thank goodness we managed to snap some snowy photos when the temperature was still manageable with the Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie a couple weeks ago!

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For this cowl, I used a 10 mm crochet hook and chained 56 initially, resulting in 14 shells.  Using two skeins of this yarn allowed me to do 5 rows.  This cowl was 7” in height and 40” across.

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{Dress: Urban Outfitters, Sweater: Roxy, Jacket: Zara, Bracelet: Mikaylove, Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl: Me!}

I crocheted another buttoned cowl for a friend using “Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn" in "Raspberry" (the same yarn I used for my "Long Double Crochet Cowl" from last year).  We chose a beautiful gold button to contrast against the pink yarn.  For this cowl I also chained 56 in the beginning, resulting in 14 shells.  With one skein of yarn I could make 7 rows (dimensions: 8.5" in height, 32" across).

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I crocheted a matching toddler cowl for my friend’s daughter too!  For this cowl I used an 8 mm crochet hook and chained 48 initially, resulting in 12 shells and 4 rows (dimensions: 4.5” in height, 24” across).  I found a smaller gold button to match with her mom’s too!

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Of course I had to make Myla a toddler cowl too!  Here we have three generations wearing the “Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowls" that I crocheted, each in varying sizes!  Don’t we all look so cozy and warm?

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I hope you enjoyed reading about all the “Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowls" that I crocheted!  Once you know how the basic pattern works, you can easily adapt this pattern to make your cowls various sizes and lengths (add or decrease 4 chains at the beginning to increase or decrease number of shell stitches).  This pattern is so versatile as using different yarns and different buttons helps give the cowls different looks, and they can be quite the statement piece!  These cowls also work up very quickly which is usually the case when working with chunky yarn and a large crochet hook!  The shell stitches give such an elegant, pretty, and romantic look to the cowls, wouldn’t you agree?

I also designed a “Round Shell Stitch Cowl" that is worked in rounds instead of rows and does not include a button.  See the step-by-step tutorial and free pattern HERE!

For some more cowl options, be sure to check out my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl" and "Long Double Crochet Cowl" from last year too!

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WIll you be making any of these cowls?  What yarn are you going to use?  They would make lovely Christmas gifts!  Let me know what you think about them in the comments below, and don’t forget to show me your finished pieces on my Facebook pageTwitter and Instagram (@AllAboutAmi, #AllAboutAmi)!  Happy crocheting and stay warm, everyone ❤

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

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

Welcome to Canada, the Winter Wonderland :)
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie

Welcome to Canada, the Winter Wonderland :)

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie

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 Mesh Bag

A year ago as I was browsing through the beautiful images of Craftgawker, I came across a gorgeous crocheted ombre bag by Maize Hutton HERE.  She had made some modifications to a free “Knit-O-Matic” grocery bag by Haley Waxberg (free pattern can be found on Ravelry HERE) and I was super excited to make my very own when I was pregnant!  It’s taken me a year to blog about it, but better late than never, right?

I had A LOT of fun working on this bag pattern as it was unlike anything I had previously crocheted.  Working in the chain spaces round by round went by very quickly, and keeping track of the beginning of each round was a must!

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This pattern called for DK/Light (3) cotton yarn, so I opted to use my favourite Patons Grace mercerized cotton (which is actually a Sport/Fine (2) yarn) in grey.  This is the same yarn that I used to make Dragon, the Teddy Ornaments and my Ruffled Crochet Bib Necklace.  If it isn’t evident enough, I really like this yarn :)  I still used a 4 mm crochet hook as stated in the pattern.

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I had read some Ravelry comments stating that the bag had turned out smaller than they had expected.  Thus, I made some modifications to the original pattern since I wanted my bag to be larger (and also because I was using a thinner yarn).  The bag was starting to look like a giant flower!  I was a little nervous that this project was not looking very bag-like at this point since it was so large and flat…

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…but it did start looking like a bag as I progressed further thankfully!

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Instead of making my bag a uniform colour like the bags I had originally seen, I decided that I wanted to make the last rounds and straps a contrasting colour!

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I decided to use pink since I absolutely LOVE pink and grey together :) 

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Isn’t it a beautiful combo?

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I decided to modify the edging by making it thicker and a bit more decorative with some spacing in between the stitches :)

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Here is a close-up!

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I also made the straps a bit wider!

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Finally, the bag was finished!  The pattern recommends placing 3 or 4 big cans of food in the bag to help stretch it out.  This bag can stretch a lot, so if your finished product seems smaller than you had hoped, have no fear!  It will get larger :)

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These are the modifications I made to the original pattern:

  • I repeated the “Increase Round” with 36 spaces an additional four times (i.e. in total it was repeated 12 times)
  • I added another Increase Round as follows: *{[Ch5, make 1 sc] twice into same ch5 space, [ch5, make 1 sc into next ch5 space]}; repeat from * to end of round (54 spaces).  *(Ch5, make 1 sc into next ch5 space); repeat from * to end of round (54 spaces). Repeat this round 2 more times.
  • I followed the decrease rounds as stated, except I had 54 spaces instead of 36 spaces.  I also followed the “*make 1 sc into next sc, make 2 sc into next ch2 space; repeat from * to end of round” as written (resulting in more than 108 sc- I didn’t count how many single crochets I ended up having).  This was my last round of grey.
  • For the decorative pink edging I did 2 rounds of single crochets, 1 round consisting of *Dc 1, Sk 1, Ch 1* around, and then 2 more rounds of single crochets (5 rounds in total).
  • Instead of chaining 38 for the handles, I chained 60.  I also made four rows of single crochets to make the handles thicker.

Here I am with my beautiful crochet mesh bag!  Isn’t it gorgeous?

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I love the overall look of the mesh and how you can see the contents of the bag.  It gives such a light, airy and modern feel!

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You can always add charms, lace, beads or anything you want to glam up your bag!  You could also add your own lining (like this beautiful sequin lining here) if you don’t want your bag to stretch as much or if you don’t want your bag to be as open.  I attached my cute amigurumi teddy keychain to my bag here :)

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What a great way to carry your yarn when yarn shopping!  Obviously this bag would not be so great for holding your hooks though…

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Part of what makes this bag so special is how portable it is!  Look how small it becomes when you scrunch it all up :)  It takes up such little space in your regular bag or in your car and can be pulled out whenever you need it.  It’s perfect for grocery shopping or when visiting a farmer’s market!  Thanks to those of you who tried to guess what this was based on the picture below- we loved reading all of your guesses, from scarves, bath scrubbies to sea anemones!

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This would be such a great summer bag to bring to the beach too!  Throw on a pair of shades, your favourite flip flops and your newly crocheted bag and you’re ready to go!  The bag could hold your swimsuit and sunscreen too, and you wouldn’t have to worry about sand getting stuck in it ;)

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Find the free pattern for this beautiful bag on Ravelry HERE!  Who else is going to give this bag a try?  I love sharing the crochet projects I have made on my blog, and I thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support of my work! 

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: It’s a Crochet Mesh Bag!  
Thanks for guessing, everyone :)  Full blog post with step-by-step pictures coming soon!  

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: It’s a Crochet Mesh Bag!  

Thanks for guessing, everyone :)  Full blog post with step-by-step pictures coming soon!  

I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share other areas of my life on this blog besides crocheting, such as our travel adventures and my pregnancy and nursing style!  To find out a little bit more about my style and life as a new mama, check out my feature as a “Style Mom" on Natalie Zee Drieu’s “Coquette Maman" HERE!  Thanks for the lovely feature, Natalie :)

I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share other areas of my life on this blog besides crocheting, such as our travel adventures and my pregnancy and nursing style!  To find out a little bit more about my style and life as a new mama, check out my feature as a “Style Mom" on Natalie Zee Drieu’s “Coquette Maman" HERE!  Thanks for the lovely feature, Natalie :)

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