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"Attack on Titan" Toddler Cosplay

When we first heard about a new anime called “Attack on Titan" last year, we were intrigued because everyone was raving about how great it was.  Ryan and I enjoy watching anime together, so we decided to give this series a try!  We were immediately hooked by the premise of the show, the fast-paced action and the suspense and mystery of it.  Some parts were a little gruesome for me, so I admit that I covered my eyes at times (this is also how I watch "The Walking Dead" haha).  

When we were brainstorming cosplay ideas for our very first time attending Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles, we had a good laugh imagining Myla dressing up as a cute chibi Titan (giant humanoids who terrorize the populace), running around and wreaking havoc.  My brother Corey then made the observation that Myla should actually dress up as a soldier and pretend to fight the adults dressed as Titans since the proportion would be correct!  We thought that would be so adorable, so we set off making an “Attack on Titan” costume for our toddler!

If you are unfamiliar with the series, this is how the soldiers dress with a cropped jacket, belt, straps, boots, harness, and 3D maneuver gear attached to their sides and back to help them swing through the air.  We wanted to dress Myla up as “Mikasa” pictured below, a very strong and skilled soldier who also wears a burgundy scarf.

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We began looking for a toddler trench coat and were ecstatic to find this one at a gently used kids’ clothing store for only $8!  This is what the trench looked like from the front and the back before we heavily modified it!

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We also picked up this white t-shirt from H&M and some white leggings from Old Navy.  From a local fabric store, we purchased some brown canvas material, silver buckles, thin brown straps and faux brown leather.

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And now for the modifications!  We severely cropped the trench by cutting along the black line…

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Ta da!  This is quite the cute cropped trench, is it not?

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We also ended up releasing the ruffled/ruched bottom, reattaching it to make it straight, and cutting off and hemming the sleeve cuffs.  In addition, we removed the pockets from the bottom of the jacket so that we could reattach them to the top part, and we replaced all the buttons with gold buttons.  It’s amazing how changing the buttons can give a jacket a completely new look! 

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Here is the cropped jacket with the gold buttons and pockets sewed onto the front.  We also sewed some velcro backing onto the sides of the arm, the front pocket and to the back.  

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These velcro spots were for the Survey Corps emblems!  Ryan found some high resolution pictures of the embroidered emblem, so we simply adjusted the size, printed them off and glued them onto the velcro.  

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Thus, it was extremely simple to attach these emblems to the jacket since we just had to slap them onto the velcro!  Don’t they look great on the jacket?  You may also note that we modified the lapel of the jacket as we found that it overlapped too much when Myla wore it.

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Next we sewed the straps and small pieces of the faux brown leather onto the white shirt.  We wanted to secure as much as we could in place so that this would seem like a normal shirt to Myla, not a fancy costume that had too many intricate and complicated parts that she might end up refusing to wear.

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We also added some of the brown straps to the leggings and also used the faux brown leather to make the 3D maneuver gear harness.  We designed the harness so that it attached onto the leggings with velcro.

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This is what the leggings with the harness looked like from the front and back!  To make the belt, we sewed the brown canvas material around the faux leather harness and threaded it through the silver buckle.  

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We also sewed on velcro pieces to the sides and back of the harness so that we could attach the 3D maneuver gear later on!

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Making Mikasa’s burgundy scarf was simple as we purchased some material, hemmed the edges and cut some fringe along one side!

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To make the sides of the 3D maneuver gear, Ryan looked around for objects that were the perfect shapes and sizes!  We ended up buying some boxes of “Hawaiian Punch” and using some Fragonard perfume atomizers that I had lying around.  He glued them together, spray painted them silver, and then glued some of the faux brown leather around it.

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For the back part of the 3D maneuver gear, Ryan used the top and bottom part of a glow stick container.  I thought it was hilarious how Ryan found these random objects to make the maneuver gear!

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The finished 3D maneuver gear, all spray painted beautifully and ready to be attached onto Myla’s costume!

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During the week leading up to our trip, Ryan and I worked relentlessly on this costume, staying up till the wee hours of the night.  One of our worries was that Myla would refuse to wear it at the Anime Expo and all our hard work would be to no avail!  20-month-olds can be unpredictable, and we weren’t sure how she would handle the crowds or the heat.  Thus, we decided to try and take some pictures at home before we left and to make sure that the costume fit.  We were so incredibly excited when we put all the costume components on her as it looked so good, and she loved wearing it!

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We hoped that she would be just as happy to wear it in Los Angeles!  

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Thankfully, Myla had fun wearing her costume for a little while at Anime Expo!  I held her hand the entire time, and she enjoyed walking around the lobby- just look at that darling smile :)

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It was amazing seeing her wear the costume that we had spent so much time on, from the jacket and the maneuver gear to the shirt and the leggings.   In case you’re wondering, we purchased these cute little brown boots at the same gently used kids’ clothing store for only $4! 

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We happened to see someone dressed as a Titan walking around the lobby, so we asked if she would take a picture with Myla!  Ryan was actually thinking of dressing up as a Titan, but all the costumes we saw on-line were expensive and I feared that Myla would be traumatized seeing her Dad as a Titan.  Thankfully Myla was not scared of this Titan, and she was a very nice lady :)

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Myla was very popular as everyone who saw her would squeal with excitement when they saw our tiny toddler Mikasa!  You can see some adults wearing the same costume as her in the picture below on the left side.

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Myla got a little hungry so she started munching on a croissant as she happily posed for people…

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After about half an hour, Myla was done wearing her costume as she started taking off her jacket.  She couldn’t sit comfortably in her stroller or be carried by us with her maneuver gear and harness, so we changed her back into a comfy dress and continued to explore the rest of Anime Expo that day!

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If cosplay and anime is new to you, check out this music video that “The Cosplay Scene” made showcasing Anime Expo 2014.  You can see some really intense costumes that people spend the whole year working on, and you can also see our little Myla Mikasa appear in it for two seconds (0:14-0:15)! 

Thanks for all your lovely feedback and excitement about this costume!  Ryan and I had a lot of fun working on it together, and I’m so glad that I could put my sewing machine to use after it was in hibernation for almost two years (it took me a while to learn how to thread and use the machine again!).  The entire costume was inexpensive to make, and we were so proud of our finished accomplishment since we tailor-made each component just for Myla!  We hope you enjoyed seeing the making of this costume and that it inspires you to get crafty and try making some costumes for yourself or for your little ones!  To read more about our whole Anime Expo experience, what we bought, and who we cosplayed as on the other days (Mei & Totoro, Misty & Togepi), check out the full blog post I wrote up HERE!  Happy crafting and cosplaying!

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

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

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

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

Pattern: the Fluff Bears

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These little fluff bears are warm, fuzzy, and oh so sweet!  Coco and Mochi are made of a special novelty yarn called eyelash yarn that is more difficult to work with than your typical acrylic or cotton yarn, so embark on this project if you are up for a challenge!  Even though the individual stitches are difficult to see when working with eyelash yarn, this also means that it is more forgiving since it is harder to see mistakes!

These teddies would make wonderful gifts this winter, and why not personalize them by having them hold or wear different objects (e.g. guitar, book, hat, ballerina tutu) based on your interests or the interests of the person you are gifting them to! 

Materials:

  • Eyelash yarn: (1) for Mochi: white bulky (5) yarn [I used Patons Allure in “Diamond”]; (2) for Coco: beige medium (4) yarn [I used Loops & Threads Luxurious Fur in “Lynx”]
  • Beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton yarn [I used Patons Grace in “Natural”]
  • Embroidery floss: brown for Mochi’s nose, light pink for Coco’s nose, deep pink for Mochi’s yarn ball and Coco’s scarf
  • 2.00 mm and 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfill
  • 9 mm safety eyes
  • Beige felt for noses
  • Glue gun
  • Wire (for crochet hook) and scrapbook flower

Important Notes:

  • I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  Feel free to follow along with my blog post HERE to see step-by-step photos.
  • I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook when working with the eyelash yarn and a 2.00 mm crochet hook when working with the lightweight yarn and embroidery floss (for Coco’s scarf).
  • When working with the eyelash yarn, be sure that the “wrong side" is facing outwards as it is fluffier than the "right side" (read about "The Right Side of Amigurumi" HERE).

MOCHI [male bear made of bulky yarn]

HEAD

Using white bulky (5) yarn,

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

Place safety eyes and begin stuffing head.

R8: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R9: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  Cut circle out of beige felt and embroider nose using brown embroidery floss.  Glue onto head.

BODY

Using white bulky (5) yarn,

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

R2-4: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Stuff firmly.  Sew open end together.  Sew body to head.

EARS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 3 sc in magic ring. (3 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (6 sts)

R3: Sc 6 (6 sts)

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

ARMS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-7: Sc 4. (4 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to body.

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-5: Sc 4. (4 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to body.

Mochi’s Details: 

  • Using embroidery floss, tie several knots to form base of yarn ball.  Continue wrapping embroidery floss around base of knots, adding glue from glue gun periodically to help floss stay in place.  Once desired size is achieved, cut off.
  • Shape wire to form crochet hook (I used wire that is used to hang our ornaments to our Christmas tree).

COCO [female bear made of medium yarn]

HEAD

Using beige medium (4) yarn,

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: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

R5-6: Sc 24

R7: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R8-12: Sc 18

Place safety eyes and begin stuffing head.

R13: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R14: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  Cut circle out of beige felt and embroider nose using pink embroidery floss.  Glue onto head.

BODY

Using beige medium (4) yarn,

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

R2-9: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Stuff firmly.  Sew open end together.  Sew body to head.

EARS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (8 sts)

R3-4: Sc 8 (8 sts)

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

ARMS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-7: Sc 4. (4 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to body.

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-5: Sc 4. (4 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to body.

Coco’s Scarf 

Using deep pink embroidery floss,

Chain 31

R1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across (30 sc)

R2-3: Ch 1.  Turn.  Sc in second chain from hook and in each st across. (30 sts)

Fasten off.  Add fringe to edges of scarf (see photos here or video here).  Trim fringe to desired length.  Tie scarf around Coco.  Place flower or other object on Coco’s hand for her to hold :)

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Now your sweet teddies are complete and ready to be snuggled :)  I would love to see your finished fluff bears!  You can e-mail your pics to me at all_about_ami@hotmail.com, upload them to my Facebook page, Tweet me, or tag me on Instagram (@AllAboutAmi).  

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This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (November 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.

The Fluff Bears: Coco & Mochi

Two years ago Ryan and I came across some white eyelash yarn while shopping at Michaels, and we decided to pick it up along with some other yarn since we thought it would be so cute to make a fluffy bear!  I’m embarrassed to admit that this white eyelash yarn remained in a Michaels bag on a shelf in my desk as months and months went by.  I continued to work on other projects and once in a while Ryan would say, “Hey, weren’t we going to work on that bear with that special yarn we bought a while ago?”  It wasn’t until this past summer that we decided to finally pull out this yarn and use it to make an amigurumi!

This was my very first time working with eyelash yarn which is a type of novelty yarn that “appears as a thread base with several long strands spaced at even intervals that jut out at an angle from the main strand” (according to Wikipedia).  The particular brand that we had purchased two years ago was “Patons Allure" in "Diamond" and more recently we purchased "Loops & Threads Luxurious Fur" in "Lynx" to make a second bear!  It’s interesting because both eyelash yarns are made of 100% nylon whereas previous yarns I’ve worked with are typically cotton or acrylic.

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As you can see, eyelash yarn is very fuzzy!  The white yarn had a more scraggly look to it…

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The beige yarn was less scraggly and actually had a beautiful shimmer to it!  It’s neat how various eyelash yarns have different looks to them which help give the resulting amigurumi different looks too!

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I was unaware of this at the time of purchasing the yarns, but they were of different thicknesses.  And so, I ended up not being able to use the same pattern when making both bears because of this.  As shown in the picture below, the white yarn ontop was bulky (5) while the beige yarn underneath was medium (4).  

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I started off making the white bear and since the white yarn was bulky, the whole pattern worked up very quickly!  I began by working on his head…

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When working with fluffy yarn, it is important to leave the “wrong side" of amigurumi on the outside as it is actually fluffier than the "right side" (read about "The RIght Side of Amigurumi" in my blog post HERE).

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I must also warn you that working with eyelash yarn is not for the faint of heart or for beginners as it is extremely difficult/nearly impossible to see the individual stitches.  Using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round is imperative!  I used a bobby pin before purchasing actual stitch markers as you can see in this picture below.  If the next round was supposed to have 12 stitches, I knew that directly across from the bobby pin I should be at around 6 stitches and so a quarter of the way around the circle I should have about 3 stitches.  This is how I estimated where to stick my crochet hook round by round :)  Working with this yarn is also very forgiving, so even if you miss a stitch here or there or make a couple of mistakes along the way, it will not be visible!

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When I was about to close up the ball we added our safety eyes!  He looked so cute, and kind of reminded me of a soot sprite from Totoro!

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Ryan then embroidered this sweet little nose on felt and glued it onto his face.  I love how different noses can give amigurumi various expressions and character.  Ryan always does a great job with the noses, and here he is showing off his handiwork!

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I crocheted these tiny ears and then sewed them onto the teddy’s head!

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Next came the fluffy body!

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For the limbs and the ears I used a lightweight (3) mercerized cotton (“Patons Grace”).  This type of yarn contrasts nicely against the fluffy eyelash yarn and really helps the limbs and ears stand out!  The arms are actually longer than the legs which gives a really cute look!

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We knew we wanted to have this teddy hold something and we brainstormed different ideas….  I thought it would be SO cute if he was a crocheting bear so we quickly made some accessories for him with items we already had around the house!  For the crochet hook we used some wire that we use to hang our Christmas ornaments onto our tree- Ryan cut and shaped the tip to make it look like a hook!  And for the yarn, we used embroidery floss: Ryan tied many knots to form the base and then wrapped the embroidery floss around the knots while adding glue from a glue gun along the way so the floss would remain in place.  To give you some perspective on how tiny his accessories are, this next photo shows a comparison of the yarn and hook with a Canadian penny:

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Once we placed the yarn and hook into the teddy’s hands he was all finished, and I absolutely fell in love with him!  I love his sweet face and how fluffy he is, and of course I adore how he’s doing my favourite hobby…crocheting!  I decided to name him “Mochi" with the help of "artsysketchpaper" on Instagram!  Mochi is one of my favourite foods and it is chewy and fluffy….I thought it would be the perfect name for this little cutie!

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Here is a side view of Mochi!  

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As soon as we finished Mochi we knew we wanted to crochet him a little companion.  Ryan came up with the idea of having a second female bear wearing a scarf using the same embroidery floss that Mochi was holding!  Mochi would express his love by crocheting a scarf for his sweetie!  And so, I quickly whipped up a second bear using the beige medium (4) yarn and adapted my pattern along the way.  We gave her a pink nose and had her hold a flower for Mochi so that she could give him a gift too (the flower is from one of those scrapbook accessory kits)!

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We decided to name the girl bear “Coco" which is short for coconut since it’s fluffy and continues with the food theme :)  Thank you to Betty, both Emmas, Kim and "disqus_bqN3KZ6mig" (I don’t know why your name didn’t appear, sorry!) through the blog comments and "iamanhera" on Instagram for helping me name her (as you can see, this was a popular name choice)!  Here is a side view of Coco- I love how fluffy she is!

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And here is a pic of Coco and Mochi together!  I really appreciate your help in naming these two…. I could not think of any creative names for them and I am SO GLAD I could draw upon the collective minds of my blog readers!!!  So many of you suggested very cute and meaningful names- I hope you’ll use them for your own bears!  I decided to call these two “The Fluff Bears" as a set!  Who knows…maybe we’ll be adding more bears to the Fluff Family in the future :)

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To give you some more perspective on just how tiny these two are, here’s a picture of me holding them!  They fit nicely in the palm of my hand!

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Aww, Coco and Mochi are so very much in love :)

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[Arrow x Heart Flowy Tank Top by “The Steppie; Necklaces by “Loft 82]

Here is one last picture of the two Fluff Bears Coco and Mochi lounging in my crocheted basket (check out the blog post for the basket HERE).  Aren’t they just adorable?

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Ryan and I wanted to show Coco and Mochi in action so we shot this little stop motion video for you to enjoy!

Prior to making Coco and Mochi, the only fuzzy amigurumi I had made were “Valentine Teddy" and "Fuzzy White Bear”.  The fuzzy look for these two was achieved by using a dog slicker brush to fuzz up the yarn.  Using eyelash yarn gives a very different look as the individual stitches are not visible at all.  This results in a very plush and furry amigurumi that does not even look crocheted!  I really enjoyed working with eyelash yarn and I am excited to work with it again :)  

I think it would be so cute to personalize these teddies by having them hold or wear different objects (e.g. guitar, book, hat, ballerina tutu) based on your own interests or the interests of the person you are gifting them to!  The free pattern for these two teddies can be found HERE!!!  Follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get my updates :)  Thanks for reading the story behind Coco and Mochi and I hope you’re excited to make your very own fluff bears!  

Here is a sneak peek of our newest amigurumi design!  Aren’t they cuties?  They need names though (either individually or as a set)….do you have any ideas?  We’d LOVE to hear your suggestions so please comment below!
The step-by-step blog post and free pattern will be up next week!  

Here is a sneak peek of our newest amigurumi design!  Aren’t they cuties?  They need names though (either individually or as a set)….do you have any ideas?  We’d LOVE to hear your suggestions so please comment below!

The step-by-step blog post and free pattern will be up next week!  

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?

My Nursing Fashion: Momzelle Giveaway [CLOSED] & CoverBoo Couture

Once again, this blog post is somewhat of a departure from what I typically blog about (crochet, baking, travel), similar to when I blogged about “My Maternity Fashion" here.  At first I was hesitant about whether I should blog about this, but I decided that other mamas and mamas-to-be might find it helpful, so I decided to go for it!  I will highlight two Canadian companies that have made items that I’ve loved so far as a new mama :)

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed Myla from the very beginning because of all the health benefits for both Myla and I (not to mention it also burns 500 calories a day!).  I must say that I’ve really been enjoying it for the past 4 months and I’ve found our nursing sessions to be precious bonding time.  After getting the hang of it in the comfort of our home, I was nervous about taking our little newborn out and having to feed her in public settings. 

I knew that wearing certain clothing items and outfits would make nursing in public very cumbersome, and I hadn’t even thought about how my wardrobe would now be somewhat restricted since I was breastfeeding (I thought I was already past the “wardrobe limitation” phase of being pregnant!).  Button-down shirts, v-necks, and tank tops + cardigans were now the way to go as I would scan each item in my closet and assess how easy/difficult it would be to feed Myla in it.  I decided to research what different nursing clothing options were available to facilitate breastfeeding in public. 

I came across a Canadian company based out of Montreal called “Momzelle" that was founded by a mom named Christine Poirier.  Christine made her own nursing top after having her baby daughter and started Momzelle after all her friends were asking about her tops.  As I browsed the different Momzelle clothing items, the items that stood out to me were the tank tops.  I knew having a nursing tank top would be a good investment since I could layer different pieces ontop of it (cardigans, shirts) in addition to wearing it on its own.  I ended up ordering two black tank tops: the "Original Nursing Tank Top" and the "Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top”.

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I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived shortly in the mail.  They felt like they were very good quality!  These two black tank tops are made out of 94% cotton and 6% spandex.  One of my tank tops was made in Canada while the other was made in Peru.  Momzelle states that all of their nursing clothing is ethically made.

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Both tank tops have these openings for discrete breastfeeding.  It makes breastfeeding a lot easier as you do not have to lift your entire tank top or shirt up to feed- your belly and back remain covered and the baby has easy access for feeding!  If you would like to see photos of some Momzelle tops in action with nursing moms, click here.  For you “Dragon’s Dens" fans out there, Christine was actually featured on the show and got funding for Momzelle- check out the clip here!

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I was excited to try them on right away as it’s always a little scary ordering clothing online as you can never guarantee a perfect fit.  I was so happy that I had chosen the right size as they fit me very well!  Both tank tops were incredibly comfortable and had a sleek look.  This is the “Original Nursing Tank Top”!

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You need to wear a nursing bra with these tops and I love how the thick black straps of the tank tops cover the bra straps.  There are nursing tank tops available on the market that have built-in bras, but in my experience, I found them to either be too low-cut, less supportive or less comfortable.  The flaps are quite discrete, especially since these tank tops are black and when items are worn ontop of them. This is the “Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top”! 

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I am particularly happy with the “Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top" as it can be hard to find tank tops of this length, especially a nursing one!  It’s nice having a tank top that doesn’t ride up with such great coverage (perfect for extra tall mamas too!).  I’ve worn this top so much ever since receiving it in the mail, and it’s stretched a bit since it is 6% spandex.  Overall though, it’s held up well.  I thought I would show you how I styled some of my outfits featuring this long tank top…

Here I paired it with an oversized cardigan, a scarf, and jeggings!

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For a bit of a dressier feel, I paired it with my peach blazer and jeggings.  A simple black tank top is so versatile…

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I absolutely love wearing leggings since they are so comfortable.  I practically lived in leggings while I was pregnant and I wanted to continue wearing them post-partum, particularly since I still could not fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans!  This long tank top works perfectly with leggings, and I am so happy that I don’t have to lift up my long tunics or tops in order to feed Myla.  Here I layered a chambray shirt and long cardigan overtop my long nursing tank top with leggings and a colourful scarf.  This has been a perfect winter outfit on those cold days.  Keeping all the layers open facilitates easy access to the nursing tank top and easy breastfeeding!

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Haha, we happened to go grocery shopping this same day we were taking these shots, so I thought I’d show another typical outfit I’ve worn out and about.  Here is my Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top paired with my high low sweater, jeggings, circle scarf and over-the-knee boots.  I really love the length of this tank!

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Here is a picture of my sweet baby girl Myla and I at a baby shower!  I am wearing the same long tank top paired with leggings and a crocheted sweater ontop.  Both this sweater and the above sweater are light and can be easily lifted away for breastfeeding.  I just love Myla’s big smiles and adorable laugh…melts my heart!

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I wear my “Original Nursing Tank Top" with shorter cardigans, like these two below:

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Did you notice the feathers scarf in the above outfit?  It’s no ordinary scarf….it’s actually a nursing scarf! 

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CoverBoo Couture is a line of nursing scarves from Edmonton, founded by a mom named Maria who wanted to nurse discretely in public.  These scarves are perfect for moms who want more coverage while nursing or for those who have distractible babies!  Just how does this scarf turn into a cover?  Let me show you!

You can wear the CoverBoo doubled up like I am here, knotted, or as a long circle scarf.  It’s neat because these scarves serve as a fashion accessory in addition to a nursing cover, and it’s very convenient whenever you want to nurse since you are already wearing your cover!  They can be easily stored in your purse too since they are so lighweight. 

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When you’re ready to nurse, you unwrap the scarf…

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So that it’s a single layer like this!

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Then you look for the neck hole…

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And slip your head through it!

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Pull your arm through…

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And you’re ready to nurse your sweet baby!  You get great coverage and baby is less distracted by what’s going on around them :) 

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Check out this video of Maria demonstrating how to use a CoverBoo here and see it in action hereBabyBellyKelli also did a great video review of her CoverBoo here

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These CoverBoos are all designed and manufactured in Canada, and they come in an array of patterns and fabrics.  Their lightweight, airy feel are perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months, and Maria just released her Spring Collection last week!  These nursing scarves look very different than the other nursing covers currently on the market, and they are such a clever and simple design.  They don’t offer a rigid neckline as others do (see here), but you can always lift the opening at the neck hole to peek and make eye contact with your baby!

I love that both of these companies are Canadian and founded by real moms who were making products to help them on their breastfeeding journeys.  I also love scoring good deals, and I managed to purchase all of these products when they were on sale!  Momzelle had a great Black Friday sale (tops up to 40% off with an additional 10% off) and CoverBoo Couture had an amazing Christmas Eve sale (50% off all CoverBoos).  Thus, if you are interested in any of their products, I highly recommend liking their facebook pages so you can get their notifications and keep up-to-date with their products!  You can find the Momzelle Facebook page here and the Coverboo Couture Facebook page here

I approached both companies and told them how I would be writing about my positive experiences using their products.  I asked if they could provide any discounts for my readers in case they were interested in purchasing their products right away!  Both companies replied incredibly promptly and were very generous. 

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Maria of CoverBoo Couture is offering a 15% off discount for readers of “All About Ami” with the coupon code “AMI15”, and it expires on February 28 (Canadian shipping is $5, international shipping is $10, and free local pick-up is available if you live in Edmonton).  Check out the CoverBoo Couture website HERE and see if you want to order any for yourself or for your friends!

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Momzelle is offering a $5 discount for readers of “All About Ami” with the coupon code “AMIGRMI5” (no expiry date) and a $30 gift card as a give-away!  ***To enter, please leave a comment below stating which nursing top you would buy if you won the $30 gift card!***  Check out the Momzelle website HERE.  This giveaway is open worldwide until Thursday, February 28.  I will randomly choose a winner and announce who it is on my facebook page HERE.  For your information, shipping is $5 per order in Canada and the US (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) and is pricier to other countries (see shipping costs here). [NOTE: The giveaway is now CLOSED: Congrats to Sarah Clymer, the winner of the $30 gift card!!!]

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my nursing fashion and how these products have made it a lot easier to breastfeed my baby girl.  I think the nursing tops and nursing cover are a good investment, especially if you consider how long moms breastfeed for and if there are plans on breastfeeding more children in the future.  The tank tops and cover also work well together for those who want a lot of coverage while nursing in public as absolutely nothing is exposed.  They would make great gifts for your friends or family who are expectant or new mamas who are going to nurse (particularly the CoverBoos since they’re one size fits all!).  Thank you to Momzelle and CoverBoo Couture for your great products and for providing us with coupon codes too!  I love how they both made the coupon codes based on “amigurumi" [the Japanese art of knitted/crocheted stuffed animals, which is what my blog is all about in case you’re new here!].  I had fun putting together these outfits and showing you my style and how I’ve adapted my wardrobe in my new role as a nursing mama! 

Please feel free to forward this post to your pregnant or mama friends as well so they can enter the giveaway and access these awesome discount codes too :)  Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear what you think about this post!

~ Stephanie

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 

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 :) 

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