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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d do a round-up of special Valentine crocheted projects that you could make for your loved ones or for yourself to celebrate ♥  The free patterns are available for all of these projects (click through the links to access them)!
Row 1: Valentine Teddy by me (my second ever original design!), Hearts by Little Birdie Secrets (I LOVE using these hearts to embellish cards- see here and here), Valentine Popsicles by Jennygurumi (her first original design!)
Row 2: Lovebirds by Lion Brand (a cute set that you can personalize with your own special colours, a hat, or maybe initials), Amigurumi Hearts by Roxycraft (perfect if you want a 3-D heart instead of the 2-D ones above), Sweetheart Bunny by me (my Valentine project from last year!)
Row 3: Heart Box of Chocolates by Red Heart (How amazing is this?  These chocolates will last forever…and are calorie-free ;D), Valentine Envelopes by Lion Brand (such a cute way to send a special letter or photo), Chocolate Truffle Scarf by Twinkie Chan (super kawaii for chocolate lovers to wear proudly!)
Hope these give you some ideas of how you can add some crocheted touches to your Valentine’s Day!  They’re a fun take on your traditional chocolate, flowers, and stuffies that are typically gifted for the occasion! Much love to you all ♥

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d do a round-up of special Valentine crocheted projects that you could make for your loved ones or for yourself to celebrate ♥  The free patterns are available for all of these projects (click through the links to access them)!

Row 1: Valentine Teddy by me (my second ever original design!), Hearts by Little Birdie Secrets (I LOVE using these hearts to embellish cards- see here and here), Valentine Popsicles by Jennygurumi (her first original design!)

Row 2: Lovebirds by Lion Brand (a cute set that you can personalize with your own special colours, a hat, or maybe initials), Amigurumi Hearts by Roxycraft (perfect if you want a 3-D heart instead of the 2-D ones above), Sweetheart Bunny by me (my Valentine project from last year!)

Row 3: Heart Box of Chocolates by Red Heart (How amazing is this?  These chocolates will last forever…and are calorie-free ;D), Valentine Envelopes by Lion Brand (such a cute way to send a special letter or photo), Chocolate Truffle Scarf by Twinkie Chan (super kawaii for chocolate lovers to wear proudly!)

Hope these give you some ideas of how you can add some crocheted touches to your Valentine’s Day!  They’re a fun take on your traditional chocolate, flowers, and stuffies that are typically gifted for the occasion! Much love to you all 

Pattern: Snake

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It’s the Year of the Snake this year!  Crochet this cute, friendly snake complete with fangs, a slithery tongue and scaled body to celebrate!  Snakes typically have a bad rap as sinister villains, but this little guy is determined to break the stereotype :)

Materials:

  • green yarn (I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease Yarn in ‘Lime’)
  • 2.00 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • fiberfill
  • beige felt (for scaled body), red felt (for tongue), white felt (for fangs)
  • 12 mm safety eyes
  • black embroidery floss (for nose), tan embroidery floss (for scaled body)
  • glue gun

Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds). 

***PLEASE follow along with my blog post HERE to read about the background story of this Snake and to see more step-by-step photos!!!***

HEAD

[We are working from the bottom of the head to the top of the head in order to get a flat base.]

Using green yarn, 

Chain 5

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 3.  3 sc in next sc (which is the first ch).  Turn and Sc 3.  3 sc in next sc (this is the fifth chain).   [We are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (12 sts)

R2: Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 1. (14 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times (21 sts)

R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times (28 sts)

R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times (35 sts)

R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times (42 sts)

R7-13: Sc 42

Position safety eyes and embroider nose on short side of oval.  Nose is embroidered by making two “L” shapes.  

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R14: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R15: Sc 36

R16: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R17: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

Cut oval shape out of cardboard and place on bottom of head.  Begin stuffing head.

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R18: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R19*Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times (12 sts)

Stuff head firmly.

R20*Dec 1*, rep 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.

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BODY 

Using green yarn,

Chain 9

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 7.  3 sc in next sc (which is the first ch).  Turn and Sc 7.  3 sc in next sc (this is the 9th chain).   [We are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (20 sts)

R2: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 4 times (24 sts)

R3-R11: Sc 24

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Stuff body firmly.  Attach body to head, aligning back of body to back of head so that body is leaning back slightly.

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TAIL

Overall, we will be crocheting the wide part of the tail (in the shape of an oval) by picking up stitches from the back of the body and then crocheting towards the tip.  See this video HERE  to learn how to pick up stitches.  The tail should appear like a continuation of the body and be placed approximately where the faded oval is:

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We will be crocheting the bottom “U” shape of the tail first:

Using green yarn,

R1: Hold Snake’s head and body so that the back is facing towards you.  Starting from bottom right side, pick up a stitch.  Chain 1.  Pick up 7 more stitches along bottom row.  Ensure that Snake will stand by himself at this point. (8 sts)

***I picked up the first stitch between Rounds 3 and 4 of the body.  Choose an appropriate first stitch so that the 8 sts of Row 1 are centered along the back of the body.

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R2: Sl stitch to one stitch above and slightly left.  Turn and sc 8. (8 sts)

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R3: Sl stitch to one stitch above and slightly right.  Turn and sc 8.  (8 sts).

R4: Sl stitch to one stitch above and slightly right.  Turn and sc 8.  (8 sts). 

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R5: Sl stitch to one stitch above and slightly left.  Turn and sc 8.  Sc 1 above (left side of oval).  Sc 4 by picking up stitches along top of oval.  Sc 1 down (right side of oval).  (14 sts)

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R6-7: Sc 14 (14 sts)

Stuff tail lightly.

R8: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 2 times (12 sts)

R9: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 3 times (9 sts)

R10: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 3 times (6 sts)

R11: Sc 6 (6 sts)

R12: *Dec 1*, rep 3 times (3 sts)

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Adding details:

- Cut out below shape from beige felt.  Drape it across Snake`s body and tail to make sure it is the correct length.  Sew felt piece onto body.  Add lines of tan embroidery floss down the felt piece for the scaled body.

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- To make the fangs, pinch a corner of white felt together.  Add a drop of glue from a glue gun to hold the sides together.  Snip the corner off.   Make 2 fangs.

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Cut out a long narrow piece of red felt and snip a “v” at the tip for the tongue.  Glue two white fangs and red tongue in place.

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Have a very Happy Chinese New Year, and have fun making this friendly little snake :)  He would make a perfect gift for expectant mothers whose babies will be born in the Year of the Snake, or for friends who were born in the Year of the Snake as well!  Once again, please check out my full blog post HERE to read about how this little Snake came to be and to see more pics of him!  Post your finished Snake pics on my Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram or e-mail them to me (all_about_ami@hotmail.com) so we can all enjoy them :)

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This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (February 2013). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.

Snake

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Can you believe it’s almost been one whole year since we released an original amigurumi pattern/design (Snuggles the Penguin)?  Thank you for being so patient with us, particularly since this blog is called “All About Ami [gurumi]” yet we haven’t made many in recent months.  Being pregnant for most of last year meant that I crocheted mostly baby-related items, and I had almost no time to crochet during the first couple of months after Myla’s birth!  I wondered what our next original amigurumi project would be and was a little nervous about it since we hadn’t embarked on our typical process (sketch, figuring out shapes, writing up pattern) in a very long time!

Once again, Ryan was the great encourager as he said we HAD to make something for Chinese New Year since it was our tradition.  The Chinese New Year Doll was our very first original design and last year Ryan was the one who encouraged us to make a Chinese New Year Dragon even though it seemed challenging.  Who knew that Dragon would become our most popular amigurumi!  

When we excitedly looked up what zodiac animal the year 2013 was, we found out it was the Year of the Snake.  There were other amigurumi snakes out there (your typical long, slithery snakes), but we wanted to try to make a cute chibi version that looked different.  Making a cute snake was another great challenge as snakes seem to be typically sinister villains in popular culture!  Thinking of snakes conjured up images of Voldemort and Slytherin, Orochimaru from Naruto, Kaa from the Jungle Book and Snake Jafar!  We knew we had our work cut out for us…  We looked up different images of snakes and Ryan came up with this initial rough sketch:

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We wanted our snake to have really big eyes, so we even stuck the 12 mm safety eyes in the sketch so we knew approximately how big the head and body needed to be!

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After putting Myla to bed, we began working on our Snake in the evenings!  I started off with the head, crocheting around a series of chain stiches to get an oval shape.  Typically I crochet my amigurumi heads from top to bottom, but we worked from bottom to top to get a very flat base with a domed top.

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We placed the eyes on the short side of the oval…

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To get a very flat base, Ryan cut an oval shape out of cardboard and placed it on the bottom of the head before stuffing it!

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Here is the finished snake head all closed up after the eyes have been positioned, nose has been embroidered (two “L” shapes), cardboard has been placed and head has been stuffed!

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Next up was the body!  Once again, I crocheted around a series of chain stitches to get an oval shape.  As I was working on it, Ryan said it reminded him of the sock cell phone cozies I made a while ago!

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We then stuffed the little body and attached it to the head so that the body was aligned with the back of the head (not in the middle).  We wanted the head to be leaning back a bit and not standing straight up at a 90 degree angle.

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Once the body and head were attached together, it was time for the tail! This proved to be the most frustrating/challenging part as we had to redo it multiple times to get the correct shape and placement.  We wanted the tail to be approximately where the faded oval is in this pic:

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Instead of opting to crochet a separate tail and then attach it later, I decided to use the technique of picking up stitches from the body and then crocheting outwards for a more seamless transition so that it appeared that the tail was a continuation of the body.  I learned this technique from FullMetalPiglet when I made Luigi.  If you’ve never picked up stitches before, you can watch this video here.  

With the Snake’s back facing towards me, I started picking up stitches from the right side and went along the row towards the left.  I checked to make sure that Snake could sit by himself at this point just with this row of stitches.

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I then crocheted back along the new row, slip stitching along the sides (more detailed instructions will be in the pattern post).  As you can see, the oval is forming.  

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I did this a couple more times to get a solid base so that Snake would be leaning back with this tail…

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Then I could finally complete the oval by picking up stitches along the sides and top.  From there, I continued crocheting around the oval, decreasing along the way to form a pointed tip.

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Here are some different views of the tail protruding from the body!  Snake is kind of looking like a little green worm here!

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And here are some close-up’s of the tail so you can see the exact shape and approximately where I picked up stitches…

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Next up was the detailing!  Ryan cut out the shape below out of beige felt and draped it across Snake’s body and tail to make sure it was the correct length.

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Then he sewed this beige felt piece onto Snake’s body and tail.  After that, Ryan added lines of tan embroidery floss to the beige felt for the scaled body, reminiscent of little Dragon’s scaled body!

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To make the fangs, Ryan pinched a corner of white felt together.  He used the glue gun to add a drop of glue to hold the sides together and then snipped the corner off.

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He also cut out a long narrow piece of red felt and snipped a “v” at the tip for the tongue.  Ryan then glued the two white fangs and red tongue in place!

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After all the detailing was complete, here was our finished product!  May I present to you…*drumroll please*….our Chinese New Year Snake!

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We showed little Snakey to Myla, rocking him back and forth making fiss fiss noises ;)  Myla was definitely intrigued about who this little guy was!  We also thought it was neat that the stitches kind of look like scales!

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Here are all of our Chinese New Year amigurumi so far :)  First we made Chinese New Year Doll carrying a little bunny for the Year of the Rabbit in 2011.   Last year we made Dragon for 2012 and of course this year we have Snake for 2013!  I know Dragon was a popular gift for many expectant moms in 2012 as they were all having Dragon Babies….including us as Myla is a Dragon Baby!  If you know any expectant moms, if you are expecting a baby in 2013, or maybe you yourself are a snake or who have friends who are snakes, our little amigurumi Snake could be a popular gift :)  After all, the Year of the Snake won’t come around for another 12 years!

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Haha, we just had to pose our tiny bunny with Snake!  

Lil Bunny: “You’re a friendly snake, right?…Riiiight?…*shudder*”

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We are very pleased with how this little guy turned out!  We tried our best to create a cute, friendly chibi snake that went against the stereotype ;)  It felt good to go about the whole amigurumi designing process again after such a long time, and we hope you enjoyed reading about it!

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We wish you a Happy Chinese New Year (officially on February 10th this year)!  Does anyone have any special plans to celebrate?  We will be having hot pot and eating yummy rice cake (or lian gao, one of my fave desserts)!  Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful Year of the Snake!

***The FREE pattern for this amigurumi Snake and more detailed instructions and photos can be found HERE***

Two years ago on this day, I wrote my very first blog post!  I still remember how excited I was to finally start a blog and share my brand new hobby with the world :)  I never in my wildest dreams imagined how far we would come in this amigurumi-making and blogging journey!  We feel so blessed and thankful to God that we can share our passion and creativity with you all through “All About Ami”.  Thank you to all our readers who have been with us since the very beginning and to those who have recently found out about our work, in large part due to Pinterest, Craftgawker and Ravelry!  It is always such a joy reading your thoughtful, encouraging comments and even getting ideas of what to do on our travels (e.g. Paris & Tokyo)!
I spent the vast majority of this past year pregnant, so my crochet blog took somewhat of a turn with many baby-related projects!  “All About Ami" has been such a wonderful way for us to chronicle where we are on our life journey, from being a newly married couple, to expecting a baby, and now as new parents!  Thanks for coming along this journey with us and uplifting us in your prayers, thoughts and messages!  God has blessed us with such a precious gift in baby Myla this past year and we are so thankful to be given the opportunity to be parents.  She is growing up so quickly before our eyes as she is almost 3 months old!!!
253 posts, 3700 Facebook fans, 599 Twitter followers, 633 Instagram followers and 5649 Tumblr followers later, here we are.  I’ve blogged about 15 original amigurumi designs and on my Facebook page I asked which ones you thought were my most popular!  Many of you guessed correctly: the ones pictured above are my most popular amigurumi, namely Dragon, the Spring Bunnies & the Teddy Ornaments!  Which one of our designs is your favourite?  Surprisingly, our most popular blog post is not an amigurumi!  Can anyone guess which crochet project garnered the most views? 
Thanks again for all your support, and we pray that “All About Ami" will continue to inspire you to take up a new hobby, try out new projects and go beyond what you think you can do!  Let’s continue to use our God-given talents and passions to love and connect with others!  We hope that we can continue to bring smiles to your faces and help bring some positivity and love into your lives, especially on those days when you need it most!  God bless :) 
~ Stephanie, Ryan & Myla

Two years ago on this day, I wrote my very first blog post!  I still remember how excited I was to finally start a blog and share my brand new hobby with the world :)  I never in my wildest dreams imagined how far we would come in this amigurumi-making and blogging journey!  We feel so blessed and thankful to God that we can share our passion and creativity with you all through “All About Ami”.  Thank you to all our readers who have been with us since the very beginning and to those who have recently found out about our work, in large part due to Pinterest, Craftgawker and Ravelry!  It is always such a joy reading your thoughtful, encouraging comments and even getting ideas of what to do on our travels (e.g. Paris & Tokyo)!

I spent the vast majority of this past year pregnant, so my crochet blog took somewhat of a turn with many baby-related projects!  “All About Ami" has been such a wonderful way for us to chronicle where we are on our life journey, from being a newly married couple, to expecting a baby, and now as new parents!  Thanks for coming along this journey with us and uplifting us in your prayers, thoughts and messages!  God has blessed us with such a precious gift in baby Myla this past year and we are so thankful to be given the opportunity to be parents.  She is growing up so quickly before our eyes as she is almost 3 months old!!!

253 posts, 3700 Facebook fans, 599 Twitter followers, 633 Instagram followers and 5649 Tumblr followers later, here we are.  I’ve blogged about 15 original amigurumi designs and on my Facebook page I asked which ones you thought were my most popular!  Many of you guessed correctly: the ones pictured above are my most popular amigurumi, namely Dragon, the Spring Bunnies & the Teddy Ornaments!  Which one of our designs is your favourite?  Surprisingly, our most popular blog post is not an amigurumi!  Can anyone guess which crochet project garnered the most views? 

Thanks again for all your support, and we pray that “All About Ami" will continue to inspire you to take up a new hobby, try out new projects and go beyond what you think you can do!  Let’s continue to use our God-given talents and passions to love and connect with others!  We hope that we can continue to bring smiles to your faces and help bring some positivity and love into your lives, especially on those days when you need it most!  God bless :) 

~ Stephanie, Ryan & Myla

Long Double Crochet Cowl

Over the Christmas break, a friend came to visit us and she was wearing a gorgeous long cowl that she wrapped around her neck twice.  It looked incredibly warm and comfy and it was quite the statement piece.  Ryan and I thought it would be neat to adapt my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl" pattern that I had just posted HERE to make one similar to hers!  Rather than working in rounds and joining the ends at the completion of each round, I decided to crochet this long cowl row by row and then join the ends at the very end.  Since I chose a neutral colour for my first cowl, I wanted a fun, bright colour for my next one.  I used “Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn" in a beautiful shade called "Raspberrry" since pink is my favourite colour!

To begin, I chained 27…

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Then in the third chain from the hook, I started double crocheting and skipping 1 until the end of the row.

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Next I chained 2, turned, and then double crocheted in the spaces of the previous row with chain 1’s in between (for those relatively new to crochet, please refer to this video HERE that differentiates between crocheting in the chain space vs. the chain itself).  The last double crochet was worked in the space between the initial chains and the first double crochet.

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As pictured below, each row consists of 14 double crochets (initial chain 2 always counts as 1 dc) and 13 spaces.  Thus, you can still get the look of the staggered double crochets as in my original cowl while working row-by-row (this is similar to the staggered look of my “Puff Stitch Scarf”).

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I continued this pattern row after row until my desired length.  Because I wanted this cowl to be very long so that I could wrap it twice, my finished cowl had 63 rows!

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2.5 skeins later after I completed my last row, I whip stitched the ends together.

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Here is the official pattern for my “Long Double Crochet Cowl”:

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Materials:

  • 10 mm crochet hook
  • Super bulky yarn (6)- I used 2.5 skeins for my cowl

Chain 27 

Row 1: In third chain from hook, double crochet (initial chains count as 1 dc).  *Sk 1, Ch 1, dc* until end (14 dc). 

Row 2: Chain 2, turn (initial chain 2 counts as 1 dc).  *Dc in each ch 1 space, ch 1* until end (14 dc).  Last dc is worked in space between dc and chain 2 from previous row.  [Refer to this video HERE to differentiate between crocheting in the chain space vs. the chain itself.]

Round 3-63 (or desired length): Repeat Row 2

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Whip stitch ends of cowl together.  When folded in half, my cowl was 86 cm or 34” in length which allowed me to wear the cowl looped twice comfortably.  For those interested, my cowl was also 28 cm or 11” wide.

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Here is my finished “Long Double Crochet Cowl”!  As you can see, it is very long indeed!

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You could always wear it long like this…

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But I prefer to wear it looped twice!  This cowl will definitely help keep you warm for the rest of the winter.  It is so snuggly and comfy!

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Look at these gorgeous folds, layers and texture!  It really is quite the statement piece…I think it looks very high fashion :)

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

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If you like this cowl, be sure to check out the step-by-step tutorial and free pattern for my “Chunky Double Crochet Cowl" HERE.  This cowl is worked in rounds and works up very quickly!

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These cowls are fun crochet projects that make great gifts for friends, family, or of course for yourself!  They are so simple to make, and are such great winter accessories.  With so many beautiful yarn colours available, you could make cowls in every shade to match any outfit ;)  Have you already crocheted any cowls this winter?  Will you be trying this new pattern out?  Once again, I would love to see pictures!  You can find me on Facebook, Twitter (@AllAboutAmi), Instagram (@AllAboutAmi) and e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com)!  Let’s stay warm and cozy the rest of the winter with these cowls, everyone :) 

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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Here is our sweet little Myla wearing the owl hat that I crocheted for her!  It&#8217;s so special seeing our baby girl wearing all the items I made especially for her when I was pregnant :)  This hat was actually a tad snug when we put it on her, and it probably doesn&#8217;t fit her anymore&#8230;babies grow so quickly!  Click HERE to see my blog post about the owl hat and click HERE to get the free pattern!

Here is our sweet little Myla wearing the owl hat that I crocheted for her!  It’s so special seeing our baby girl wearing all the items I made especially for her when I was pregnant :)  This hat was actually a tad snug when we put it on her, and it probably doesn’t fit her anymore…babies grow so quickly!  Click HERE to see my blog post about the owl hat and click HERE to get the free pattern!

Do you all remember the stork pouch/hanging cocoon that I blogged about months ago HERE (click on this link to also access the free pattern)?  I was soo excited to finally put it into action for Myla&#8217;s newborn shots!  I initially crocheted the stork pouch thinking it would cover Myla&#8217;s entire body (with just her head poking out), but as you can see, it barely covered half of her!  We have one tall baby on our hands :)  Of course, we did not want to hang the stork pouch since Myla was so big for it, so instead we lay it on our carpet!  Doesn&#8217;t she look so sweet with her pretty flower headband and cute arms?  I will be sharing more photos from Myla&#8217;s newborn photoshoot, each with a different crocheted prop, so stay tuned!

Do you all remember the stork pouch/hanging cocoon that I blogged about months ago HERE (click on this link to also access the free pattern)?  I was soo excited to finally put it into action for Myla’s newborn shots!  I initially crocheted the stork pouch thinking it would cover Myla’s entire body (with just her head poking out), but as you can see, it barely covered half of her!  We have one tall baby on our hands :)  Of course, we did not want to hang the stork pouch since Myla was so big for it, so instead we lay it on our carpet!  Doesn’t she look so sweet with her pretty flower headband and cute arms?  I will be sharing more photos from Myla’s newborn photoshoot, each with a different crocheted prop, so stay tuned!

With the fall season and chillier weather upon us (it’s currently snowing where I live!), many people are whipping out their crochet hooks and knitting needles to work on hats, scarves and sweaters!  Last winter, I made and designed a “Puff Stitch Scarf" for my mom since puff stitches create such beautiful texture.  My sister Ashley wanted one too so I made her this blue Puff Stitch Cowl!  We quickly snapped some photos before giving it to her (click on each pic to enlarge it)…

To see how to start this scarf and to access the free pattern, click HERE.  After crocheting 93 rows of puff stitches, this scarf measured 60” or 152 cm, using up two skeins of yarn (and so, this scarf ended up being 2/3rds the length of my mom’s).  I sewed the ends together to create a cowl or circle scarf as per my sister’s request!  Try experimenting with thicker yarn or using even more skeins of yarn to give a chunkier, more layered look!  Once again, to find the free pattern for this scarf and to see plenty of step-by-step photos, click HERE.

Be sure to also check out my “Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" (a matching hat that goes with this scarf) and my "Knotted Headband" to help keep you warm during these chillier months.  I’ve been crocheting some new hats, headbands and cowls, and I can’t wait to share them with you in the upcoming months!

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