Monday, February 9, 2015

CROCHET PATTERN - Puff Ball Beanie Photo Prop



This fluffy puff ball beanie is a fun, easy, and cuddly photography prop.  
Whip one up in your favorite worsted weight yarn, or try a fun art yarn for a cool effect.
*This hat is a photography prop ONLY.  The long tail and fluffy pom pom are a choking hazard. Responsible Adult Supervision Required.

Materials:  I/9  (5.5 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn:  100 yards Worsted Weight Yarn.  
Sample shown using Red Heart Plush Baby Yarn.

Sizes:
  Newborn and 3 Months

Gauge:  7 DC and 4 rounds = 2”

Stitch Guide:  CH - chain, DC - double crochet, HDC - half double crochet, SC - single crochet, SL ST - slip stitch, ST - stitch

Notes
  1.  The pattern is written for Newborn size with 3-Month size in parentheses.
  2.  The CH-2 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a stitch.
  3.  I did not indicate where to add the stripes.  Change colors to create stripes anywhere you like.

Start with magic ring.
Round 1:  CH 2, 11 (12) DC in ring, join to top of first DC (here and throughout).
Round 2:  CH 2, 2 DC in each DC around, join.  [22 (24) DC]
Round 3:  CH 2, (1 DC in next, 2 DC in next) around, join.  [33 (36) DC]
Round 4:  CH 2, (1 DC in next 2, 2 DC in next) around, join.  [44 (48) DC]
Rounds 5 - 9:  CH 2, DC in each DC around, join.  [44 (48) DC]  
Round 10:  CH 1, SC (HDC) in each DC around, join and fasten off.  [44 SC (48 HDC)]

Tail and Assembly
Use a double strand of yarn.  Leaving a 6” tail, CH 60 (or more), then fasten off leaving a 6” tail.
Use a pom pom maker, cardboard or your fingers to create a large, fluffy pom pom.
Using needle, thread one end of the tail down through the top-center of the hat and secure it to the inside.  Carefully thread the other end of the tail through the center of the pom pom and tie it in a knot to secure.  Put hat on baby & gently place the pom pom into desired position.

Other Suggestions...
  • Work entire hat in one solid color, or try variegated or self-striping yarns.
  • Make a large tassel instead of a pom pom.
  • Embellish hat with buttons, flowers, bows, clips, appliqués, etc.

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 © 2010/2015 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.


Friday, February 6, 2015

CROCHET PATTERN - Perfect DC Beanie




This simple, textured beanie works up quickly & is perfect for everyone in the family!  Work the entire beanie through both loops, and you'll have a perfect DC beanie.  Enjoy!

Materials: I/9 (5.5 mm) hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn: 100-200 yards worsted weight yarn.
Sample shown using Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

Sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, Toddler, Child and Adult

Gauge: 15 DC and 8 Rows = 4”

Difficulty: Very Easy

Stitch Guide:  BL - back loop, CH - chain, DC - double crochet, SC - single crochet, SL ST - slip stitch, ST(S) - stitch(es)

Notes
  • The CH-1 or CH-2 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a stitch. Join the last stitch to the top of the first stitch.
  • The top of the hat is started with a Magic Ring. I highly recommend this technique.
  • The texture of this hat makes it slightly stretchy. If you know you crochet loosely, you may want to use an H hook instead.

0-3 Months (14-15” head circumference)
Start with magic ring…
Round 1: CH 2, 11 DC in loop, join to 1st DC. [11 DC]
Round 2: CH 2, (2 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [22 DC]
Round 3: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [33 DC]
Round 4: CH 2, (1 DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [44 DC]
Round 5-9: CH 2, (DC in next ST, DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [44 DC]
Round 10: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join. [44 SC]
Round 11: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join & fasten off. [44 SC]


3-6 Months (15-17” head circumference)
Start with magic ring…
Round 1: CH 2, 12 DC in loop, join to 1st DC. [12 DC]
Round 2: CH 2, (2 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [24 DC]
Round 3: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [36 DC]
Round 4: CH 2, (1 DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [48 DC]
Round 5-9: CH 2, (DC in next ST, DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [48 DC]
Round 10: CH 1, HDC in each ST around, join. [48 HDC]
Round 11: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join & fasten off. [48 SC]
*Work additional rounds of SC if needed for larger babies.


6-12 Months (17-19” head circumference)
Start with magic ring…
Round 1: CH 2, 10 DC in loop, join to 1st DC. [10 DC]
Round 2: CH 2, (2 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [20 DC]
Round 3: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [30 DC]
Round 4: CH 2, (1 DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [40 DC]
Round 5: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 1 DC in BL of next ST, 1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [50 DC]
Round 6-10: CH 2, (DC in next ST, DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [50 DC]
Round 11: CH 1, HDC in each ST around, join. [50 HDC]
Round 12: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join & fasten off. [50 SC]
*Work additional rounds of SC if needed for larger babies.


Toddler (18-20” head circumference)
Start with magic ring…
Round 1: CH 2, 11 DC in loop, join to 1st DC. [11 DC]
Round 2: CH 2, (2 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [22 DC]
Round 3: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [33 DC]
Round 4: CH 2, (1 DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [44 DC]
Round 5: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 1 DC in BL of next ST, 1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [55 DC]
Round 6-12: CH 2, (DC in next ST, DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [55 DC]
Round 13: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join. [55 SC]
Round 14: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join & fasten off. [55 SC]
*Work additional rounds of SC if needed for larger toddlers.


Child (19-21” head circumference)
Start with magic ring…
Round 1: CH 2, 12 DC in loop, join to 1st DC. [12 DC]
Round 2: CH 2, (2 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [24 DC]
Round 3: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [36 DC]
Round 4: CH 2, (1 DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [48 DC]
Round 5: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 1 DC in BL of next ST, 1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [60 DC]
Round 6-13: CH 2, (DC in next ST, DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [60 DC]
Round 14: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join. [60 SC]
Round 15: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join & fasten off. [60 SC]
*Work additional rounds of SC if needed for larger children.


Adult (21-23” head circumference)
Start with magic ring…
Round 1: CH 2, 12 DC in loop, join to 1st DC. [12 DC]
Round 2: CH 2, (2 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [24 DC]
Round 3: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [36 DC]
Round 4: CH 2, (1 DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [48 DC]
Round 5: CH 2, (1 DC in next ST, 1 DC in BL of next ST, 1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [60 DC]
Round 6: CH 2, working every other stitch in the BL, (1 DC in next 14 STS, 2 DC in next ST) around, join. [64 DC]
Round 7-14: CH 2, (DC in next ST, DC in BL of next ST) around, join. [64 DC]
Round 15: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join. [64 SC]
Round 16: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join & fasten off. [64 SC]
*Work additional rounds of SC if needed for larger heads.


Other Suggestions...
  • Crochet a flower to attach to the side of the hat.
  • Work the final SC round in RSC (reverse single crochet).
  • Use a fun variegated or self-striping yarn for a colorful hat.
  • Work entire hat through both loops for a simple, smooth beanie.
  • Add ear flaps for a warm winter hat.
  • Add a pom pom, pins, appliqués, ribbons, or buttons to your hat to make it unique.

* Please add this pattern to your favorites on Ravelry HERE

(This pattern was formerly called the "Lynn Hat" and has been retired from my shop.  If you have purchased this pattern in 2015, contact me via e-mail for a refund.  No refunds for patterns purchased earlier. Sorry.)
 © 2010/2015 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Design Wars Medley Challenge & Yarn Review


I've had the pleasure of participating in the most recent Design Wars Challenge!
We were tasked with creating a new design using the new line of Medley Yarn from Red Heart!  My design is called the Eclectic Scarf, which is an oversized, hooded scarf that's super warm, cozy, and colorful!

I made 2 Eclectic Scarves... the adult size scarf was made with the colors "Volcano" and "Stained Glass", and the child size scarf was made with the colors "Energy" and "Eclectic".  My daughter loved the "Eclectic" colorway so much, that I decided to use it as the name of the design.  My favorite shade of this yarn is "Stained Glass"  it's mostly shades of dark blue with pinks, greens, and turquoise mixed in.

Medley yarn is SUPER soft.  I highly recommend it!  You will just love wrapping this scarf around your face... it's so snuggly!  This yarn would also work very well for hats, mittens, cowls, shawls, and pretty much any garment that calls for a colorful, bulky yarn.  Check out what the rest of the DW crew has done with their Medley yarn HERE.

I was able to find Medley yarn at my local Jo-Ann store, but if yours doesn't carry it, you can always buy some from www.redheart.com.  Give it a try!

My Eclectic Scarf will be available in my Ravelry Shop at the end of the Design Wars Challenge.  Head over there & add it to your favorites! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
 :) Danyel


Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Crochet Awards

First, I want to thank you for nominating me for 3 Flamies in 2014.  I didn't win any of them, but the competition was fierce, and I'm super grateful that you even considered me!

Second, The Crochet Awards (aka The Flamies) are coming back in 2015 with some big changes. Rather than yearly, they’re moving to a quarterly schedule where each quarter will highlight a different set of award categories. This way, they will be able to honor more beautiful designs and talented designers.  There will also be a panel of judges that have been hand-selected from around the crochet community to help cultivate the nominations for each category.  Once the nominations are made by the judges, the public will get to vote for their favorites.  How fun!

I am honored to have been asked to join the panel of judges for the first quarter!  I'm looking forward to helping The Crochet Awards move forward in this new direction!  I have to admit though... I'm having a HARD time choosing my favorites.

For more information on The Crochet Awards, or to view the 2014 winners, please visit their Website or Facebook page.

Happy Crocheting! :)



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CROCHET PATTERN - Shelf Elf Pixie Hat & Scarf



This is Ted's 4th season here at our house, and he's arrived with a brand new hat and scarf! He's so stylish! To be honest, Ted lost his traditional red and white cap a couple years ago, and his head gets cold! :)

If you'd like to make a little pixie hat and scarf for your little shelf elf, this pattern works up quickly with just a small amount of yarn. Happy Holidays!

Supplies: G/6 (4.0mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors.

Yarn: Any baby/sport weight (size 3) yarn.  I used a ball from my stash that didn't have a label, but it's definitely sport weight.  I really like the stranded/variegated look.

Stitch Guide: ch - chain, sc - single crochet, dc - double crochet, st(s) - stitches, sl st - slip stitch

Gauge:  5 dc and 3 rows = 1"

HAT

Start with magic ring.
Round 1:  Ch 1 (not a st), 6 dc in ring, join to 1st dc--6 dc.
Round 2:  Ch 1, 2 dc in each dc around, join--12 dc.
Round 3:  Ch 1, (dc in next, 2 dc in next) around, join--18 dc.
Round 4:  Ch 1, (dc in next 2, 2 dc in next) around, join--24 dc.
Round 5:  Ch 1, dc in each dc around, join--24 dc.
Rounds 6-7:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join--24 sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.  Give the tip of the hat a little stretch to make it nice and pointy.
I like the front of my elf's hair to poke out the front of the hat a little.  If you'd like to add one more round of sc to your elf's hat, that would look great, too.

SCARF
Leaving a 4" starting tail, ch 60, then fasten off leaving a 4" ending tail.
Place another slip knot on your hook leaving a 4" starting tail, sl st in each ch across, then fasten off leaving a 4" ending tail.
Cut two 8" pieces of yarn, and thread them through the end of the scarf.  Tie a knot at the spot where the fringe meets the scarf to secure.
Repeat on other end.
Trim ends.

Merry Christmas! :)

Check out Last Year's Hat & Scarf HERE!

 © 2014 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 NICU Charity Challenge

12 Hats. 12 Days. Are you Ready?

Some babies need help when they are born. They may need extra care because they were born too early, and therefore still need time to be ready to enter the world. These tiniest of babies are often fighters, despite weighing no more than a couple of bananas! Even full-term babies may end up in the NICU, because they have troubles like breathing adequately, staying warm, or regulating their blood sugar.

Whatever the reason for the intervention, NICUs are a huge blessing to these little ones and their families. It’s also a very stressful time for everyone involved. Most mothers envision a day of snuggles and get-to-know-you time on their baby’s birthday, not seeing their baby attached to tubes, wires, monitors, and behind the glass of an isolette. It can be very lonely and very frightening.

Our annual challenge is to each make 12 hats for these sweet NICU patients.

My annual NICU charity challenge goes along with the 12 days of Christmas. Your official challenge is to make 12 preemie hats in 12 days that you will donate to your nearest NICU. The challenge starts today (November 20th) and officially runs through January 6th (the traditional end of the 12 days of Christmas). This gives all participants some extra time to finish up their 12 hats, since we all know the holidays can be crazy-busy. 

TO JOIN:  Enter your name and e-mail in the box on the right side of my blog.  You will receive 1 pattern per day via email.  That's it!

Last year, we had well over 26,000 hats donated to NICUs all over the world. I hope that this year we will be able to increase that effort!

Several incredible designers have each contributed patterns to this challenge that you'll get simply for joining the challenge. These hats are adorable!! You are welcome to use all of the patterns, only one of the patterns, or any combination of repeats (or your own patterns) to make your 12 hats. We ask that you share a photo of your finished hats with us before you drop them off to your local hospital/birthing center/NICU. You can post the photos to Sunset Crochet's Facebook page or you can email them to her.

It's always a good idea to call your local NICU before you actually start stitching. Some NICUs have strict requirements about what fibers they allow. Others are happy with just about anything! If you're unsure, crocheting with cotton is always a pretty safe bet! It's usually best not to use buttons, flowers, or applique for a NICU hat, as they don't like to have the potential choking hazard for a baby. The same is true with the braids on the bottom of ear-flaps. It's better just not to have the risk with these little ones.

Thank you for donating & happy crocheting! :) Danyel

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

I was nominated for the Worldwide Artist Blog hop by Maria from Pattern Paradise!  This Blog Hop has traveled all over the world, and all sorts of creative artisans have answered these 4 questions about themselves and their crafts...

Why do I do what I do?
I have always been "crafty".  I love to paint, sew, knit, and cross stitch... but once I learned to crochet, I fell in love.  When I took up crocheting in 2007, I immediately began making gifts for my friends, and made a stack of hats to donate to chemo centers.  Shortly after that I began designing my own patterns, and I haven't looked back since.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It's really amazing how so many people who do the same craft can create such different works of art!  I don't think my work is super unique, but I strive to create designs that are colorful, textured, interesting, and have a "this is easier than it looks" feel.  I also love to create quick and colorful designs that are perfect for gifting, or for making in bulk for craft fairs or consignment shops.

How does my creative process work?
My creative process varies widely.  Sometimes I'm inspired by something I see in a store, sometimes I'm inspired by a fun stitch, and sometimes I'm inspired by the color or texture of a cool yarn.  I then work up a swatch or sample to see how I like it, then I begin making the item in different sizes.  I always work up one of each size (if there are several sizes included) and I write the pattern as I go.  Then I have the pattern tested, proofed, and edited by a group of reliable pattern testers.  After all that, it's ready to go!

What am I working on now?
I have been knitting a Doctor Who scarf as a gift for a friend.  That, and my job with Happily Hooked Magazine, have kept me quite busy.  I also have a new cowl on my hook, but that won't be ready for a week or two.  I have big plans for some Christmas gifts... guess I should get busy on those, too!

HERE ARE MY NOMINATIONS…….
I’d like to nominate Alessandra from Just Be Happy Crochet and Pam from Sincerely Pam!
Keep a eye on their blogs, they’ll be answering these questions within 2 weeks and announcing who they nominate next!