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Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie

Whenever I see a picture of a beautiful hat or scarf on-line, I always immediately check to see if the piece is knitted or crocheted.  There have been times when I’ve been disappointed to find out that the free pattern is actually a knit pattern as I have not knitted since I was a little girl.  One day as I was browsing through Facebook, I came across a beautiful ribbed hat that had an almost-knitted look on the Lion Brand Facebook page, and I was delighted to find out that it was actually a free crochet pattern on their site (found HERE)!  When I quickly read through the pattern and saw how the hat was constructed, I knew I absolutely had to give this hat a try! 

I happened to have some worsted weight (4) grey yarn in my stash (Patons Canadiana in “Medium Grey”), so I began right away using my 6 mm crochet hook!  I knew that my head was a bit bigger so I started off with more chains than the pattern called for: I chained 41 for this grey beanie.  This initial length is the height of your hat- keep in mind that you’ll want to make it longer if you plan to fold over your hat to give a nice rim or if you want it to be slouchier.

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I crocheted the first row as normal.  This was my first time crocheting a hat row by row as all the hats I had previously made were crocheted in a circle in rounds!  This is what sets apart the construction of this hat and makes it a lot easier for beginners since working in rounds can be more difficult.

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The ribbed look is achieved by crocheting in the back loops only of each row.  As a reminder, each stitch is comprised of a “v” with two loops: a back loop and a front loop.  The back loops are the ones further away from you and the front loops are the ones closer to you!

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By crocheting in the back loops only, the front loops are left out and are more visible which gives the ribbed effect.

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You continue crocheting in the back loops only until your piece can fit around your head!  Keep in mind that your piece can stretch quite a bit too.  I ended up crocheting 76 rows or until the piece was 17.5” across.

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Here is a close up of the beautiful texture!

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Next, you thread your yarn through the ends of the rows along one of the long edges.

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Then you pull the yarn tightly to gather the edges together until the hole at the top gets smaller and smaller!  After I tightly tied a knot, there was still a tiny hole visible so I sewed it shut completely.

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The last step is to sew the short side of the hat together and you’re done!  It’s so easy, right?

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This grey beanie ended up being 10” tall, and when I tried it on, it was too short to fold up to give a nice rim.  And so, I decided to make another hat, this time a longer one that I could fold up!

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While shopping for yarn at Michaels, Ryan came across this absolutely beautiful yarn by “Loop & Threads" called "Ring Spun”!  It is a bulky (5) yarn that is 55% acrylic and 45% cotton- it does not fuzz at all and is so soft.  I knew this would be the perfect yarn for my second beanie!  I was excited to share this find with you all on Instagram and it was neat to hear that some of you love it too!

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Also using a 6 mm crochet hook, I chained 46 initially for this beanie (keep in mind that this yarn is thicker than the grey yarn) and it ended up being about 13” tall.  I ended up crocheting 60 rows until it measured about 18” across.

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The extra height allowed me to fold up this hat to give a beautiful wide ribbed rim!

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You can see the difference between my grey and white beanies!  The worsted weight vs. bulky and no-rim vs. rim help give them very different looks…

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I really wanted to add a pom pom to my white beanie too!  We had previously made yarn pom poms for our baby shower a year ago (see blog post HERE) so we still had some of our cardboard circles.  At first we made the pom pom on the right but we decided it was too small.  And so, we ended up making bigger cardboard circles (diameter of 4 inches) to make a bigger pom pom!  Watch this video HERE to see how you can make your own yarn pom poms using cardboard circles!

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After attaching our big pom pom, my ribbed beanie was complete!  These pom pom beanies are incredibly popular right now- if you walk into any clothing or accessories store, you will most likely see them being sold in a wide variety of colours!  It’s awesome being able to make your own for a fraction of the cost!

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Here is my completed grey beanie too!  I used less than one skein of yarn for this grey beanie and a little over one skein for the white beanie!

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I was SO excited to try on my beanies as soon as I finished crocheting them!  The white beanie turned out just as I hoped it would!  I love the wide rim and big pom pom- it makes it look so cozy!  I can also wear the beanie “slouchier” by making the rim less wide…

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The grey beanie has a different look- I feel like it’s a bit “edgier”!  I love wearing it too :)

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We thought it would be fun to do an outdoors shoot with these beanies since we normally take all our photos indoors!  After all, these beanies are meant to be worn outside and to keep us warm!  We have been getting quite a bit of snow over the past week, and it was actually relatively warm on the day we did this photoshoot (hovering around 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit).  I thought I would try some shots without my jacket but we quickly discovered that it was NOT a good idea and I quickly put my jacket back on, haha!  I am definitely used to the cold though having grown up in our cold climate!  

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I love how my pom pom beanie looks paired with my parka!  For those of you who live in colder climates, I wanted to share a wonderful find with you all: fleece leggings!  I adore wearing leggings all year round as they are so comfortable, but sometimes you need that extra warmth in the winter!  I’ve actually worn long johns under my leggings before, but I recently purchased some fleece leggings from Simons on a recent shopping trip!  They are so incredibly warm and comfortable!

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This beanie kept my head very warm- it’s my new favourite hat and I can see myself wearing it A LOT during this winter!

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Here I am wearing my grey beanie!  We actually did this photoshoot in the same exact spot where we did the “Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" photoshoot with my brother and sister two years ago (see HERE).  It was fall then so this trail looks very different now covered in snow!  I can’t believe how far we’ve come since then….two years ago Ryan hadn’t taken up photography yet, so we used the “Hipstamatic” app on the iPhone to take the Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie photos!

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{Parka: Aritzia, Cape: Aritzia, Polkadot dress: Urban Outfitters, Fleece Leggings: Simons, Boots: Steve Madden, Beanies: Me!}

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If you want your beanie to be slouchier, be sure to crochet more chains at the beginning to give the hat more height!  This pattern is very versatile and adaptable as you can use any yarn, make your hat slouchier, chunkier, striped, etc.

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I had been searching for a hat pattern like this for a while, and I am so excited that I found one!  This would make a great project for people who are interested in learning how to crochet as it is so easy to make and the results are beautiful!  

Once again, you can find the free pattern on the Lion Brand website HERE!  When my sister Ashley saw how cute my hat was, she immediately requested one too- I think I will definitely be making more of these in the future….will you?  I’m even thinking of making a matching pom pom beanie for Myla as well!  They would make great Christmas gifts!  If you end up posting your projects on Ravelry, you can find the entry HERE as it is under “Adult’s Easy Crochet Hat" by Lion Brand!  I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and don’t forget to connect with me through my Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram!  Stay warm and happy crocheting :)

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?

Animethon 2013: Totoro Cosplay

It’s been our tradition over the past few years to attend the Animethon in August during the summer!  The first time I went, I was blown away by everyone’s costumes and enthusiasm!  I vowed to dress up the next year but I was pregnant and in my third trimester when August rolled around.  This year we decided it would be fun to do some sort of group costume, especially since it would be Myla’s first time :)  

We love Miyazaki’s classic “My Neighbor Totoro”, and I thought it would be so cute to dress Myla up as the sweet little girl “Mei”!  However, Myla does not like wearing hats (she rips them off right away) and she does not have much hair.  In addition, I knew it would be difficult finding the pieces necessary for Mei’s costume for a baby.  And so, I decided that I would dress up as Mei and Myla would be Totoro!  This is what Mei looks like in case you have not seen the movie!

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I excitedly began searching for the items in my Mei costume!  I needed a hat with red trim, red cherry ball hair accessories, a puffy white shirt, a red dress, yellow flats and a yellow cross-over bag!  I already had a white shirt and floppy straw hat, and I managed to get the rest of the items within one shopping trip!  Here is the breakdown of my outfit:

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I was the most excited to find the perfect red dress which was only $17 at Forever XXI!  The yellow purse was more expensive than I had hoped, but the shape was perfect and I knew that I would wear it in the future and not just for my costume…same with the flats, which turned out to be super comfortable!  My floppy straw hat from Superstore (Joe Fresh) was the wrong shape, but Ryan helped me cut it to make it more Mei-appropriate!  He also glued the edges to prevent it from fraying.  The hat also needed red trim so I crocheted a long red strip!

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I wanted to dress up as closely to Mei as possible, so we couldn’t forget the cute cherry balls that she wears in her hair!  We found this set of four ball hair ties at the dollar store- unfortunately there was no red, but I knew an easy solution: crochet around it with red yarn!

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I started off with the magic circle and crocheted round by round, measuring the piece to the ball as I continued.  The finished piece looked cylindrical, but it stretched snugly around the ball!

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When I was close to finishing I decreased around the end.

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Here are all the completed cherry balls!

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And here are the crocheted pieces of my costume: the red strip on my hat (which was not visible in the sneak peek so that was tricky!) and the cherry balls!

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For those of you who do not know what Totoro looks like, here is a picture!  His signature accessories are a leaf on his head and a black umbrella!

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And here is Myla and I cosplaying together as Mei and baby Totoro! There are two other handmade pieces in the picture below!  Ryan made Myla’s leaf headband out of felt last minute as we thought she needed some sort of accessory too.  He also cut and glued some plastic leaves together to make this massive Totoro leaf that was easily visible wherever we went!

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Here is our group costume together!  Ryan, my brother Corey and Myla are all Totoro’s!  At first we were going to make their Totoro t-shirts by adding felt to grey t-shirts, but we ended up buying them from a site called “Redbubble”- they have some great designs.  You can find Myla’s Totoro onesie here and the adult t-shirt here.  Be warned that if you order from Canada it can take quite a while for delivery though- I had ordered these pieces a month in advance and was worried they were not going to make it in time!  They took about 3 weeks to come in!

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Myla loved looking up at the big leaf!  Isn’t she a cute baby Totoro?

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Our Totoro family photo while taking a break for lunch!  You can see my cherry ball hair accessories well here too :)

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It was neat seeing everyone’s costumes and how much effort they put into them!  

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Master Chief was standing in front of us in line as we were registering. Myla was very intrigued by his costume.

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Walking around the vendor’s hall we came across some Naruto cosplayers.  I looove Naruto although I am quite behind in the anime- the storylines and characters are so amazing!

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Legend of Zelda cosplayers!  ”Ocarina of Time” is still my favourite video game, and Link will always be dear to my heart :)

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Ryan and I are also watching “Attack on Titan” as we heard so many good things about it.  It’s always special seeing people dress up from an anime that you recognize or are currently watching!  The maneuver gear looks so cool and the Titan looks pretty scary o_0

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Here we are lining up to see the cosplay contest!  There was so much for Myla to look at!

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Myla was getting tired so we took her to a quieter location for some peace.  She ended up taking a nap in her stroller during the actual contest!

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Everyone loved Myla’s costume and it was cute seeing people recognize who we were when they looked first at Myla or at me.  We had a fun time and we can’t wait for next year!  Our dream is to go to Comic-Con in San Diego one year or the Anime Expo in Los Angeles :)  It would be awesome participating in something like our Animethon but on a bigger scale!  Have any of you ever been?  What is your favourite anime? 

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Hope you enjoyed reading about our Animethon experience and how we put together our costumes and added some touches of crochet!  And thank you to our friend Herman who came with us to the Animethon and took some of the photos in this blog post (the ones with Ryan!) :D


Here is our little sweetheart Myla wearing her Shell Stitch Beanie, the first baby item I ever crocheted!  Doesn’t she look simply adorable wearing it?  We are so blessed and thankful that we have this playful cutie to make us laugh and smile every single day!  This beanie is one of my favourite hats, and I love the beautiful open design and the pretty two-tiered flower with the wooden button!  Betsy of “The Dainty Daisy" offers sizing from 0-3 months all the way up to child size (3-10 years).  You can access the free pattern HERE!

Here is our little sweetheart Myla wearing her Shell Stitch Beanie, the first baby item I ever crocheted!  Doesn’t she look simply adorable wearing it?  We are so blessed and thankful that we have this playful cutie to make us laugh and smile every single day!  This beanie is one of my favourite hats, and I love the beautiful open design and the pretty two-tiered flower with the wooden button!  Betsy of “The Dainty Daisy" offers sizing from 0-3 months all the way up to child size (3-10 years).  You can access the free pattern HERE!

Baby Panda Outfit

As you know, when I was pregnant I went on a crochet spree, trying to crochet as many cute items for our baby as I possibly could!  I knew we would be doing a newborn photoshoot, so I tried to crochet some special props for it (including this cute stork pouch).  While looking up crochet ideas for newborn shoots, I came across this adorable turtle outfit as well as this sweet ladybug outfit.  I wanted to make Myla a little outfit too, so we decided to go with a panda bear!

I had already made some owl hats using Sarah’s pattern on “Repeat Crafter Me”- I loved how the seam was hidden and how she had hat patterns for newborns all the way to adults!  And so, I followed her newborn pattern to make my panda hat.  I used Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in “Bakery Boxy White" to crochet the hat and some black yarn for the braided tails.

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Next, I crocheted the ears using black yarn and Ryan cut these oval shapes out of black felt for the eyes. 

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We sewed the black ovals onto the white hat and then sewed these black buttons onto the black ovals.  Ryan then stitched on this sweet little nose consisting of an upside down triangle and an upside down “Y” (see my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE for detailed instructions).

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Here are some more views of the face…

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I think this panda has such an adorable, tender face :)

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Then it was time to attach the ears…

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We looked for these specific buttons that had a smooth surface on one side and could be attached with little loops on the other side.  Typical buttons with holes in the center could work too but we wanted to go for this smooth look as they kind of look like amigurumi safety eyes!  We ended up buying these buttons in both black and white from Fabricland as we wanted to see how both would look for our panda hat!

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I followed this pattern to make a matching diaper cover!  It’s a great pattern as it consists of double crochets and the flaps on the sides can be attached onto the black button at various points, depending on how big your baby is, making it adjustable!  We used this diaper cover in Myla’s birth announcement HERE and I hinted how it was part of a special animal set that I had crocheted.  Haha, five months later we’re finally revealing that it’s a panda set!

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I made a black pom-pom using this tutorial HERE and added it to the diaper cover.  I did not secure it with a knot (I just tied the loose ends into a bow) so that the this pom-pom tail was easily removable.

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Here is our finished Panda set: an adorable panda earflap hat with a diaper cover!

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Here it is again with the diaper cover flipped so that you can see the cute black pom-pom tail!

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I was incredibly excited to see Myla wear this little outfit!  The hat was actually a little small for her, but the diaper cover fit well.  It’s hard knowing how big to make your hats since you never know how big your baby’s head will be!  We tried to get a cute sleeping shot but our little girl woke up, haha…  And so, we made the most of it by taking some shots while she was awake!  Doesn’t she look so adorable with her little tail and hat and her expression?  You can see her neck was already quite strong as she could lift her head up at less than a week old!  Myla was probably thinking, “Mom and Dad….how dare you disturb my slumber?  And why am I dressed like a panda?  Where are my clothes?!?

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We tried again another day, but this time with just the hat, making it easier…here you can see the face of the panda better!  Doesn’t Myla look so sweet?

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We made a bigger panda hat for our friends who were expecting a baby boy, this time using the white eyes!  You can see how using the black or white buttons gives the hat a different look :)

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Here are the patterns for the small and big panda hats:

Materials:

  • Black and white yarn
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Black felt
  • Black or white buttons (for eyes and diaper cover)
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Yarn needle

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Using white yarn, follow Sarah’s pattern to crochet the earflap hat with black braided tails.  Follow the newborn pattern HERE for the smaller panda hat and the 3-6 month pattern for the bigger panda hat HERE.  I know many of you are interested in making this panda hat in an ADULT size too!  Sarah offers these earflap hats from toddler to child to adult sizes as well, so check them out HERE!

EARS (make 2)

Smaller hat:

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3-6: Sc 12

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of white hat.

Bigger hat:

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R4-7: Sc 18

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of white hat.

*** To make bigger ears, try increasing by intervals of 6 [e.g. R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)].  If you need help figuring out how to keep increasing by 6, follow the pattern for Sweetheart Bunny’s head HERE

Adding details:

- Cut oval shapes out of black felt.  Sew onto white hat.

- Sew buttons towards top part of black ovals.

- Embroider nose (upside down triangle and upside down “Y”) with black embroidery floss (refer to my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE).

DIAPER COVER WITH TAIL

Using white yarn, follow this pattern HERE to crochet the diaper cover using a black button for closure.

Make a pom pom with black yarn following this tutorial HERE and add to the diaper cover.

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Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me is the queen of cute hats, and she offers so many free patterns!  Check them all out HERE.  If you like my baby panda set, here are some other sets that Sarah has made, including this Mickey & Minnie Mouse set!  Some of you guessed that I was making a bunny set since Spring officially started this week- you can check out Sarah’s Bunny set here!

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I’m so glad we have Myla’s newborn photos to look back upon as time is flying by so quickly.  Myla turned 5 months old this week!  Here I am with our sweet, precious little strawberry :)

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Hope you like this little baby panda set we made!  They’d make a great gift for a baby boy or a baby girl, and you could even adapt this set to make different animals, like a koala bear too!  Who is going to try making an adult panda hat?  I’d love to see your pics!  Connect with me through e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AllAboutAmi).  If you absolutely love pandas, you could also try making our amigurumi Panda since his face looks very similar to this hat :)  You can get the free pattern HERE.  Happy crocheting, everyone!

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Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Baby Panda Hat & Diaper Cover

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Baby Panda Hat & Diaper Cover

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!

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!

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!

Here is another baby hat that I really love!  This is the “Cluster Hat" by "Alli Crafts" made for newborns.  It reminds me of the "Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" I made last year with the beautiful texture and staggered rows.  Sizing is available for premies, newborns and 6 month olds on her blog for free :)  Isn’t this little hat so dainty and pretty?

Here is another baby hat that I really love!  This is the “Cluster Hat" by "Alli Crafts" made for newborns.  It reminds me of the "Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" I made last year with the beautiful texture and staggered rows.  Sizing is available for premies, newborns and 6 month olds on her blog for free :)  Isn’t this little hat so dainty and pretty?

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