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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!  

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P.S.  We have been LOVING all the creative entries to help name our bears (click here to see their sneak peek)!  It’s going to be hard choosing their names!  Stay tuned next week to learn more about them and to make your very own :D

Hey everyone!  Could you please do me a big favour and click on this link HERE to vote for me in the "Made in Blog" Awards?  All you have to do is click the “+1” as no registration is required and you can only vote once!  These special awards are promoting Canadian bloggers and the top ten blogs as voted by the readers will move onto the finale where a jury will choose the winners in each category!  I would really appreciate your support and I thank you in advance!

P.S.  We have been LOVING all the creative entries to help name our bears (click here to see their sneak peek)!  It’s going to be hard choosing their names!  Stay tuned next week to learn more about them and to make your very own :D

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!  

It’s the first Friday of the month, aka BYATWF (“Bring Your Amigurumi to Work Friday”)!  Myla and I had a teddy bear picnic with a special friend :)  This brown teddy was one of the first amigurumi that I made using Ana Paula Rimoli’s pattern (I blogged about him HERE) !  Care to join us?  The food is delicious ;P

It’s the first Friday of the month, aka BYATWF (“Bring Your Amigurumi to Work Friday”)!  Myla and I had a teddy bear picnic with a special friend :)  This brown teddy was one of the first amigurumi that I made using Ana Paula Rimoli’s pattern (I blogged about him HERE) !  Care to join us?  The food is delicious ;P

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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Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend Yarn, Bakery box white

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Stephanie, Ryan & Myla

Summer Fun

I can’t believe it’s the end of August already!  I’ve always loved the summer, from all the wonderful festivals and the long hours of daylight to traveling abroad (in our case, to Tokyo at the beginning of June!).  It’s been a great summer, and I’m thankful I’ve been able to enjoy the summer months in my pregnancy with enough energy.  I thought I’d share some of our adventures with you through these photos!

It’s been a tradition ever since I was young to visit the exhibition whenever it came into town (known as Klondike Days or Capital Ex for us).  Indulging in carnie food is a must, so we ended up trying “The Colossal Onion” (a delicious deep fried onion that looks like a blooming flower!), freshly cut and fried chips, cotton candy, a caramel milk chocolate apple (this has always been one of my favourite treats), and a corn dog.  Don’t worry…we shared all this food among five people!  This would’ve been wayyy too much for just the two of us!

One of the most beloved festivals here is called the ”Heritage Festival" in which 62 pavillions representing over 85 cultures from all over the world are featured to showcase Canada’s multiculturalism.  Each pavillion makes their own specialty dishes and crafts and demonstrates different performances.  This festival always happens during the first weekend of August, and it is always very hot since it takes places in an open park with little cover and shade!  We braved the heat and tried some delicious food items.  One of our favourite items was the "Mango’s Loco" from Guatemala, which is a mango on a stick rolled in lime juice and spices.  Everyone was carrying these, and they were so juicy and ripe!  You can try making your own with this recipe here!

It’s also been fun trying different recipes this summer too!  Last month I blogged about our lychee frozen yogurt recipe.  I decided to try making a pineapple sorbet as all you need to do is puree pineapple, add sugar, churn it and then freeze it!  Sorbets, gelatos, ice creams and frozen yogurts are perfect for summertime :)  We’ve also been eating a lot of fresh fruit, and I had to use up some blueberries before they went bad, so I found this absolutely amazing recipe here for blueberry muffins (they are aptly titled “To Die For Blueberry Muffins”!). The streusel topping is so delicious, and the muffin itself is very moist- I highly recommend checking this recipe out!

One summer day I had a baking date with my foodie friend Lillian who blogs over at “Beyond Umami”.  We made madeleines, which are small French sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape.  It was my first time making them, but Lillian brought all the necessary supplies and gave me baking tips along the way.  Check out my piping skills and the beautiful finished products :)

I love love love Chinese desserts, from sweet tapioca soups and tong yuens to lian gao.  Whenever we go to Chinese bakeries, I always search for “boot jai goh's”, which are chewy Chinese pudding cakes with a delicious almond flavour.  I've been trying to make some of these desserts at home, and I found a recipe for boot jai goh that I really like!  You can find it here.  I’ve been experimenting with different recipes, but this one is the best so far.  Apparently if you’ve followed the recipe correctly, a “belly-button” in the little cake should form…thankfully they appeared in mine!  Don’t they look yummy and nicely-shaped?  I substituted yellow rock sugar instead of typical white sugar which gave them a more authentic taste!  

I’m so glad I got to finally host another give-away this summer too!  It’s always fun with the level of participation and hearing from people all over the world.  Two of these prizes went to the US and one went to Australia!

Another exciting thing that happened this summer was the purchase of our sewing machine!  Home ec was never offered at my school, so learning how to thread the machine and sew was a daunting task for me!  I’m so thankful for sewing blogs, tutorials and youtube videos that made everything a whole lot easier.  There were mishaps along the way, but it was fun trying out all these different stitches.  Our first major project were the curtains for our nursery!  I will show you the results once our nursery is finished, but I’m pretty proud of how the curtains turned out!  I’m such a newbie at sewing and I can’t wait to try more projects!  Do any of you pro sewers have any tips or ideas for good beginner projects?

We went to some fabric stories to look for patterns for our nursery, and look at this awesome sale on buttons we found- 2 bags for $1!  I picked up these green and fuscia pink buttons to use on baby hats and future projects :)

At a friend’s birthday tea party this summer, everyone made their own fascinators!  There were shoulder pads (for the base), flowers, lace, ribbon, tulle and plenty of materials available, and I thought it was such a great idea.  Everyone’s fascinators looked so unique and beautiful, and group photos were cute with these lovely pieces adorning everyone’s hair!  Here is the one I made!  It just so happened this lace matched perfectly with my crocheted top :)

I love Broadway musicals, and I was disappointed when we were unable to get tickets to see Mary Poppins the last time we were in New York.  I was very excited when I heard they were touring across Canada and making a stop here!  The magical effects and tap dancing were wonderful, and I loved the choreography and performance of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”!

Ryan is a big anime fan, and we’ve been watching plenty of anime shows and movies since getting married.  One of the events we were greatly looking forward to attending this summer was the “Animethon”, and we went with my brother (another big anime fan)!  I love seeing all the cosplaying and although we didn’t cosplay (I’m sure one day we will!), I wore my Hello Kitty glasses from Tokyo and ”Nerdy but Cute” Hello Kitty shirt!  We watched some anime, browsed Artist Alley (so many talented anime artists!), watched the cosplay contest and some of a Smash Bros tournament and shopped around the Vendor Hall.  While in the Vendor Hall, I got to try out the “Necomimi”, a set of battery-powered cat ears that supposedly react to brainwaves, making the ears wiggle.  It was fun trying them out, but I couldn’t control them very well…plus they were a hefty price!

Trying to get into the spirit of all things cute and kawaii, this is the bag I carried around the Animethon: my popsicle/ice cream/dessert bag adorned with some Totoro keychains I got from the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, buttons courtesy of Oborocharms and my cotton candy amigurumi teddy from last year’s giveaway.  I also picked up this absolutely adorable pink dumpling from the Vendor Hall of Animethon- wouldn’t this make a cute amigurumi?  I’ll have to keep this in mind for a future project…   

The other purchase I made were these kawaii buttons!  Food looks so much cuter when they have faces :D  I thought these all would make great ideas for future amigurumi too!  Animethon was lots of fun, and one day we hope to go to Comic-Con in San Diego….it is definitely on our must-do list!!!

Thanks for joining me as I recounted my highlights of the summer!  It’s a great way for me to journal and chronicle what we did over these past few months.  I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant now, so our due date is fast approaching!  We had our prenatal classes during the last weekend of August, and they were very informative as they taught us everything from breathing and relaxation exercises to swaddling and bathing baby.  September is absolutely going to fly by (we will be having a baby shower too- so excited for that!) and then October will be right around the corner.  I am very thankful for all of you who have been reading my blog and expressing your support and encouragement throughout the months!  I hope you had a great summer too, and let’s look forward to the fall with new adventures ahead!

Crochet Corner: Graduation Teddy

I can’t believe it’s been a year since my brother graduated from high school already!  Our family had a great time attending his commencement and grad, and he’s had a wonderful first year of university.  I made him this little ”Graduation Teddy" to help him commemorate this special time in his life, complete with a diploma, mortarboard and tassel matching his school colours.  Since graduation season is upon us once again, some others have used my free pattern to make sweet Graduation Teddies for their friends too!

Makayla of Illinois made this teddy for her cousin who is graduating!  I love the purple she used, and she did an absolutely fantastic job with the diploma, mortarboard, and yellow and red tassel. I’m sure her cousin loved this special, personalized gift!  What a cutie!

Emily was new to crochet, so she watched some videos and learned how to read crochet patterns as she attempted her own Graduation Teddy.  She did a wonderful job, particularly since this is her first amigurumi project!  I love the light, airy colours she chose, and I think she did a superb job stitching the nose.  Emily wanted to include the year on her hat, so she used glue!  Way to go, Emily :)

Nicollette of Louisiana found my pattern and made this bright orange Graduation Teddy for her sister-in-law!  I love how everyone uses such different colours for their teddies :)  She stitched on the year as well!

Maria of Indiana made this Graduation Teddy in a similar blue colour that I used!  He looks very dashing with his white and blue tassel!  She also did a fabulous job stitching “2012” on the hat as it is very bold and thick- the year really stands out!

Mandy made this Graduation Teddy using a yarn called “Oatmeal”- she decided to name her teddy “Oatmeal” too!  What a cute name :)  He has a lot of texture with this variegated yarn, and he looks very proud to be graduating!

Mandy had a great idea of also making a Graduation Cupcake Bear!  She said that this project went by really fast, and she added polly pellets to the cupcake liner to give it some weight.  This is such a great idea as not having to crochet the body and limbs and attach them together will save a lot of time!  And as Mandy says, there are so many fun and fabulous cupcake liners out there to really make this project unique!

Fadilah of Rojak made this bright green Graduation Teddy and even added a little bit of felt to the neck as his graduation robe!  That’s such a cute idea :)

Fadilah didn’t make just one teddy!  Her friend asked her to make one for her boyfriend, so she made this purple one for him and a green teddy keychain for her!  I love how Fadilah wrapped up the purple teddy so beautifully and even had the teddy holding a lovely bouquet of flowers!  I’m sure her friends were very touched when they received these special gifts.

Since Fadilah had many friends graduating, she made many Graduation Teddy keychains in a vast array of colours!  Similar to Mandy’s idea, this is a great way to save time when you have a lot of gifts to make.  It must’ve been fun handing out these special bears to her friends with their adorable sideways graduation caps :)

I love seeing how other people’s creations turn out using my patterns as well as how they modify them.  If you have a special grad in your life, do check out my free Graduation Teddy pattern as well as the step-by-step photos to personalize a special teddy for them!  Thanks for sharing your pictures and stories with me, everyone!  Congrats to all the new grads of 2012!

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