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2013 Most Popular Blog Posts

Today is the last day of 2013 and out of curiosity, I checked my Google Stats to see which were my most popular blog posts this past year!  I thought I would share the top 5 with you all in case some of you are new to my blog or are curious too!

5) Amigurumi for Beginners

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4) Dragon

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3) Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

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2) Knotted Headband

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1) Despicable Me Minion

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We had over 1 million visits and over 2.5 million pageviews in the year 2013!  Thank you for reading and supporting my blog from around the world, and we look forward to 2014!  What designs and patterns are you looking forward to in the new year?  Let me know in the comments below!  HAPPY NEW YEAR, my fellow crafty and amigurumi friends!

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?

Here is a matching mommy & baby “Knotted Headband" set I made as a gift!  You can get the free pattern for the adult version HERE.  For the newborn version, I followed the same basic pattern but chained 45 in the beginning (increase this number for older babies with bigger heads) and made 3 rows of double crochets.  For the knot, I chained 7 and made 4 rows of double crochets. 
If you’ve always wanted to make my Knotted Headband, now is a great opportunity as it is the March Crochet-Along project on “The Curious Pug”!  You can participate by visiting Alycia’s blog HERE to link up your finished projects and see how everyone else’s turns out!  Can’t wait to check back and see all the finished Knotted Headbands at the end of March too!

Here is a matching mommy & babyKnotted Headband" set I made as a gift!  You can get the free pattern for the adult version HERE.  For the newborn version, I followed the same basic pattern but chained 45 in the beginning (increase this number for older babies with bigger heads) and made 3 rows of double crochets.  For the knot, I chained 7 and made 4 rows of double crochets. 

If you’ve always wanted to make my Knotted Headband, now is a great opportunity as it is the March Crochet-Along project on “The Curious Pug”!  You can participate by visiting Alycia’s blog HERE to link up your finished projects and see how everyone else’s turns out!  Can’t wait to check back and see all the finished Knotted Headbands at the end of March too!

Knotted Headband

Back in October, I was perusing Facebook when I noticed a picture that my fashionable friend Erika posted of herself wearing a crocheted earwarmer/headband.  She is studying overseas in the UK, and she told me that she purchased this headband from Topshop for 10 British pounds, or about $15.  I thought her headband was so cute and chic, and I immediately wanted to try making one, especially since hers was crocheted and looked so simple to make! 

I had seen some other knitted and crocheted headbands on-line through Craftgawker and on Etsy, and they were definitely very popular as stores such as Aldo and Urban Outfitters were also selling them.  Below is my friend Erika wearing her Topshop earwarmer, and below her is a similar headband I found from ASOS.  This earwarmer/headband is also commonly referred to as a turband (knotted look of turban + headband), and knitted/crocheted turbands as well as silk/fabric turbands have been spotted on many celebrities as part of the boho chic trend.

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What I loved about these headbands in particular were the horizontal rows vs. the vertical rows.  Working with horizontal rows can be more challenging off the get-go as you need to start with the appropriate length (you don’t want your headband to be too big or too small!).  When working with vertical rows, you keep crocheting row upon row until you get your desired length.  Both have different looks, but I decided to go with the horizontal rows to make my Topshop and ASOS-inspired knotted headband!

I started off by crocheting a series of 70 chain stitches.  To tell you the truth, I actually started off crocheting too many chain stitches and my headband turned out too long!  I had to undo my work as I wanted my headband to stretch a bit, and not be too oversized!

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I used double crochets for more height, and it appeared that the Topshop headband also consisted of double crochets.

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Once I finished six rows of double crochets, I was done the headband portion!  This is a very quick project :)

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Next I folded the crocheted piece in half and sewed the ends together…

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I wanted my headband to be very ruched (pinched edges) around the knot just like the Topshop earwarmer, so I pinched the middle rows of my headband together (approximately Rows 2-5) and then sewed them together.  I pinched the middle rows where the edges of the headband were sewn together as I wanted this seam to be concealed later on.

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This is what my crocheted headband looked like from the front with the ruching.

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Next up, I created the narrow strip that serves as the knot!  Once again, I worked with horizontal rows to make it consistent with the rest of the headband.

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Once I was finished making the strip, I wrapped it around the ruched part where the ends came together.

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I sewed the edges of the knot together and hid the loose ends within the knot.  You can’t see any more seams with this clean finish!

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Here is my finished knotted headband!  I actually used the same taupe yarn that I used to make my brother’s slouchy beanie for my headband…

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I also made my sister a knotted headband using the same mustard colour yarn I used for my own slouchy beanie.  It’s nice being able to use up that yarn that’s been lying around!

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Here is the very simple pattern I made up for this Knotted Headband, perfect for beginners:

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Materials:

Headband:

Chain 70, or until 20”/50 cm long [keep in mind that head sizes vary, so please check your piece along the way to make sure it will fit your own head]

R1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across (68 dc) [my piece now measured 18”/46 cm across]

R2-6: Chain 2.  Turn.  Dc in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across (68 dc)

My piece was 3.4”/8.6 cm wide after six rows.  Fold the crocheted piece in half and sew the edges together.  To emphasize the ruching, pinch the middle rows of the headband  (approximately Rows 2-5) and sew them together (about 3”/7.6 cm across).  Be sure to pinch the middle rows where the ends of the headband were sewn together to conceal the seam.

Knot:

Chain 10

R1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across (8 dc)

R2-8: Chain 2.  Turn.  Dc in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across (8 dc)

My piece was 4.6”/11.7 cm long after eight rows.  Wrap this crocheted strip around the pinched portion of the headband.  Sew the ends together and hide any loose ends in the knot.

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Here are some ideas of how you can make your own variations of this Knotted Headband:

  • use thicker, chunkier yarn
  • make the knot bigger
  • add more rows to give more height
  • do back post double crochets or work in the front or back loops only to make the headband appear ribbed
  • instead of double crochets, try using different stitches such as half double crochets, puff stitches, triple crochets, etc.
  • use different colours for different rows or for the knot
  • try making vertical rows (start off with width of headband and continue crocheting the length; see what this looks by checking out the ribbed band of my Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie here)
  • make a longer, thinner knot and wrap it around the band twice (as in the ASOS headband)
  • add a flower

I was so excited to wear my new crocheted Topshop and ASOS-inspired Knotted Headband!

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I think this Knotted Headband looks great worn with your hair both up and down, so I took my sister Ashley with me so we could model our headbands!

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These headbands make great statements in your winter outfits!

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When worn with your hair up, I personally think it looks great with some extra poof or volume at the crown!

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It was a brisk day when we shot these photos, but we had some good laughs and fun posing in the snow!  Our purses below were both great finds from our recent travels.  We picked up this bag for Ashley from a cute little boutique in Montmartre, Paris called “Anoki”.  I found this gorgeous Deux Lux bag from a fun store called “Alice in Hulaland" in the hippie surfer town of Paia in Maui.  I love these souvenirs since they remind us of our recent adventures!

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[On Ashley, Scarf: Next, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Boots: Sterling, Purse: Anoki.  On me, Parka: Aritzia, Cowl Sweater: Costa Blanca; Jeans: Rock and Republic; Boots: Aldo, Purse: Deux Lux]

If you’re interested in this knotted headband/turban look, Kaley of “Let’s Make It Up" has a great video tutorial on "How to Tie and Style a Turban" using bandanas and scarves here, and she also shows you how to style your hair around it.  She has some really great hair tutorials on her channel!

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Be sure to check out my earlier posts about the Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanies and the Puff Stitch Scarf if you want to try and crochet more items that you can wear!

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I wanted to post these crocheted Knotted Headbands earlier, but things got so busy with the Teddy Ornaments, the Dragon for Chinese New Year, and the Sweetheart Bunny for Valentine’s Day, along with all our recent travels.  It’s probably warmed up in many places by now and clothings companies have definitely started rolling out their Spring collections, but here’s a fashionable way to stay warm and look chic during this last month of winter before Spring officially comes!  I’m sure I’ll be revisiting this pattern in the fall and whipping up a few more of these in different colours since they’re so easy to make!  Is it still pretty cold where you live?  Will you be trying out this knotted headband?  It’s a great project for beginners or for people who have been wanting to learn how to crochet!  I’d love to see your pics on my facebook page or twitter!  Happy crocheting :)

[UPDATE: Farah of “The Frilly Pages" has made a knitted version of my Knotted Headband!  To see her step-by-step blog post and free pattern, click HERE!]

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Knotted Headband

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Knotted Headband

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