Sunday, April 24, 2016

KNITTING PATTERN - Maria Cowl

Slouchy cowls are stretchy, comfortable & warm... and SUPER easy to make. Pick out your favorite yarn, sit down with a good movie & whip one up for yourself!

Yarn:  Approximately 200 yards of Worsted Weight yarn.  Modeled sample shown using JoAnn Sensations Tropics.

Materials:  Size 11 (8.0 mm) 16” circular needles, stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors

Sizes:  To fit Child (Adult); 10 (12)” tall x 19 (22)” circumference

Gauge:  13 STS and 16 rounds = 4”

Difficulty:  Beginner

Stitch Guide:  CO - cast on, K - knit, P - purl, ST(S) - stitch(es)

Notes:
  1. If you don’t feel comfortable with your purling skills, feel free to knit the whole thing. 
  2. If you want your cowl longer/shorter, knit more/fewer rounds. If you want it a bit tighter, use smaller needles. 


Instructions:

CO 60 (70).

Round 1:  (K4, P1) around. (Place stitch marker to mark beginning of round.)

Rounds 2—40 (50):
 (K4, P1) around.
(Child cowl should measure about 10” & Adult cowl should measure about 12”.)

Bind off in pattern stitch. 
Weave in ends.

Other Suggestions:
  • (recommended) Crochet around edge of cowl to give it a nice finished edging, and to prevent curling. 
  • Use self-striping or variegated yarns for a fun, colorful cowl. 
  • Sew flowers or buttons, pin brooches, or add ribbons to your cowl to make it unique. 
  • Try different Knit/Purl combinations for different textures. (e.g. K5, P5 or K3, P2)






Sunday, April 17, 2016

5 Crochet Patterns for Sun Hats





Summer is right around the corner!
Sun hats are a must-have accessory for summer!
Click the links to view each pattern.  Enjoy!

#1.  Elegant Hat (free) by Kim Guzman for Yarnspirations
This simple hat will look gorgeous in any solid color!

#2.  Lady Mary Sun Hat by Danyel Pink Designs
My sun hat has a great brim that can be styled in several different ways!

#3.  Sun Hat (free) by Salena Baca Crochet
This cozy, cotton hat is perfect for boys or girls of all ages!

#4.  Josephine's Floppy Sun Hat (free) by The Lavender Chair
This hat looks fabulous in any combination of colors!

#5.  Endless Waves Sun Hat by Crystalized Designs
This fun chevron hat also includes instructions for a newsboy cap!

Happy Crocheting!
❤ Danyel

Friday, January 15, 2016

CROCHET PATTERN - Winter Bloom Afghan Square

This lacy, scalloped square reminded me of a large flower beginning to bloom.  It was designed specifically for Moogly's 2016 CAL
When you make one, please share your lovely work on my Facebook page!  Enjoy!

Yarn:  3 colors of worsted weight yarn.
Sample shown using Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in #109 Colonial Blue (A), #125 Taupe (B) and #123 Beige (C).

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

Size:  12” afghan square

Gauge:  7 hdc and 4 rows = 2”

Difficulty:  Easy

Stitch Guide:  BL - back loop, ch - chain, hdc - half double crochet, dc - double crochet, sc - single crochet, sl st - slip stitch, st(s) - stitch(es)

Note:  A ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc.

Instructions:

With color A, make magic ring.
Round 1:  Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1 now and throughout), [dc, ch 1] in ring 7 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4 — 8 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces.

Round 2:  Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off A — 4 sc, 4 3-dc groups, 8 ch-1 spaces.

Round 3:  With color B, join yarn in 2nd dc of any 3-dc group, ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice; repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4 — 16 ch-1 spaces, 24 dc.

Round 4:  Sl st into corner ch-1 space, ch 3, 4 dc in same space, sl st in next ch-1 space, *5 dc in next ch-1 space, sl st in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off B — 8 sl st, 8 5-dc groups.

Round 5:  With color C, join yarn with a sc in BL of 3rd dc of any corner 5-dc group, ch 1, sc in BL of same st, *sc in BL of next 2 dc, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 5 dc, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 2 dc**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in BL of next dc; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, sl st to 1st sc; fasten off C — 44 sc, 8 hdc, 4 ch-1 spaces.

Round 6:  With color A, join yarn in any corner ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same space, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1, sc in 3rd sc, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1, sc in 3rd sc, ch 1, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 1; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3 — 4 sc, 40 dc, 20 ch-1 spaces.

Round 7:  Sl st in next dc and into corner ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 space, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice, sc in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off A — 8 sc, 40 dc, 32 ch-spaces.



Round 8:  With color B, join yarn in any corner ch-2 space, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3 — 16 sc, 56 dc, 16 ch-1 spaces.

Round 9:  Sl st in next 2 dc and into corner ch-2 space, ch 3, 6 dc in same space, [sl st in next sc, 5 dc in next ch-1 space] 3 times, sl st in next sc, *7 dc in next corner ch-2 space, [sl st in next sc, 5 dc in next ch-1 space] 3 times, sl st in next sc; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off B — 16 sl st, 12 5-dc groups, 4 7-dc groups.

Round 10:  With color C, join yarn with a sc in BL of 4th dc of any corner 7-dc group, ch 2, sc in BL of same st, sc in BL of next 3 dc, [hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 5 dc] 3 times, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 3 dc, *sc in BL of next dc, ch 2, sc in BL of same st, sc in BL of next 3 dc, [hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 5 dc] 3 times, hdc in next sl st, sc in BL of next 3 dc; repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc; fasten off C — 92 sc, 16 hdc, 4 ch-2 spaces.

Round 11:  With color A, join yarn in any corner ch-2 space, ch 4 (counts as hdc, ch-2), hdc in same space, hdc in next 4 sc, [dc in next hdc, hdc in next 5 sc] 3 times, dc in next hdc, hdc in next 4 sc, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in corner ch-2 space, hdc in next 4 sc, [dc in next hdc, hdc in next 5 sc] 3 times, dc in next hdc, hdc in next 4 sc; repeat from * around, sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch-4 — 100 hdc, 16 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces.

Round 12:  Sl st into corner ch-2 space, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch-2), dc in same space, dc in next 29 sts, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-2 space, dc in next 29 sts; repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-5; fasten off A — 124 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces.

Finishing
Weave in all ends.
Block to 12” square.

CLICK HERE to download a French version of this pattern!  Thank you, Veronica! :)







Saturday, January 2, 2016

CROCHET PATTERN - Amy Cowl

This moebius cowl was designed for a good friend. She  lives in a place that doesn’t get cold often, so I wanted to create something soft and light for her.  This elegant cowl is a quick and easy project.

Materials:  J/10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn:  200 yards of light worsted yarn. 
Sample shown using Knit Picks “Preciosa” in Tortuga.

Finished Size:  7” wide x 22” long (looped)

Gauge:  8 DC and 4 rows = 2” (If your gauge is bigger, that’s fine!)

Difficulty:  Easy

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

Special Stitches
Shell = 5 DC in designated stitch or space
V-ST (v stitch) = (DC, CH 3, DC) in designated stitch

Notes
  1. This cowl is made with a half twist (moebius).  Please make sure to read the first 2 rounds carefully.
  2. To make your scarf longer or shorter, increase or decrease the starting chain in multiples of 5.
  3. A CH-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a DC.


Instructions:

CH 159, loosely.
Careful not to twist starting chain, join to 1st CH to form a ring.
Round 1:  CH 1, SC in same ST, *CH 4, skip next 4 CHS, SC in next CH; repeat from * until you get back to the 1st ST.  DO NOT JOIN HERE.  Flip piece toward you & work next SC on the opposite side of the starting chain. (The SC sts will line up.  SEE PICS.)  Continue the [CH 4, skip next 4 CHS, SC in next CH] around to last 4 STS, CH 4, join to 1st SC with a SL ST — 64 CH-4 spaces.


Round 2:  CH 1, Shell in each CH-4 space all the way around, join with SL ST to the CH-1 — 64 Shells.
* Technically, you are working around the cowl twice per round. You have completed the round when you crochet around both sides of the cowl & return to the starting CH-1.  After Round 2, it will look like you have completed 4 rounds.  At the end, it will look like you have completed 12 rounds.
Round 3:  SL ST in next 3 DC, CH 6 (counts as DC + CH-3), DC in same ST, *V-ST in 3rd DC of next Shell; repeat from * around, join to 3rd CH of beginning CH-6 — 64 V-ST.
Round 4:  SL ST into CH-3 space, CH 3, 4 DC in same space, Shell in CH-3 space of each V-ST around, join — 64 Shells.
Round 5:  SL ST in next 2 DC, CH 6 (counts as DC + CH-3), DC in same ST, V-ST in 3rd DC of each Shell around, join — 64 V-ST.
Round 6:  SL ST into CH-3 space, CH 3, 4 DC in same space, Shell in CH-3 space of each V-ST around, join — 64 Shells.
Fasten off, weave in ends.  Wear scarf single- or double-looped around your neck.  Enjoy!  




Happy Crocheting!  :)  Danyel


Saturday, December 19, 2015

CROCHET PATTERN - Coastline Cloth

Yarn:  2 colors of worsted weight kitchen cotton.  Sample shown using Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

Materials:  H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Finished Size:  Approximately 8″ square

Gauge:  Not critical to this project

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Stitch Guide:  A/B – color A/B, ch – chain, sc – single crochet, sl st – slip stitch, st(s) – stitches, tr – treble crochet


Notes
  1. Change colors at the end of each row by completing the last pull-through of last sc with the new color (see pic, page 2).
  2. You will carry your unused yarn by crocheting over it each row (see pic, page 2).
  3. The ch-1 at the beginning/end of a row does not count as a st.
  4. Force the tr sts of each row toward you so that the color A trebles are on one side and color B trebles are on the other.


Instructions:

With A, ch 28.
Row 1:  (Sl st, tr) in 2nd ch from hook, skip next ch, *(sl st, tr) in next, skip next ch; repeat from * across to last ch, sc in last ch, change to B, ch 1, turn — 13 sl st/tr groups and 1 sc.
*After turning, wrap unused color around the right edge of work and stitch the next row over it.  Do this for every row.
Row 2:  With B, (sl st, tr) in sc, skip next tr, *(sl st, tr) in next sl st, skip next tr; repeat from * across to last st, sc in last st, change to A, ch 1, turn.
Row 3:  With A, (sl st, tr) in sc, skip next tr, *(sl st, tr) in next sl st, skip next tr; repeat from * across to last st, sc in last st, change to B, ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-21:  Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Fasten off A and weave in ends.
Round 22:  With B, 2 sc in each sl st across to last st, 3 sc in corner, rotate and work 2 sc in end of each B row across, 3 sc in corner, rotate and work 2 sc in every other st along starting ch, 3 sc in corner, rotate and work 2 sc in end of each B row across, 1 sc in same st as 1st 2-sc group.
Join to 1st sc and fasten off.  
Weave in all ends.






Sunday, December 13, 2015

5 Crochet Patterns for Ornaments





Merry Christmas!

Add some cute and colorful ornaments to your tree this year!
Click the links to view each pattern!  Enjoy!

#1.  Mini Wreath Ornament (free) by Planet June
This 3" ornament is fun to crochet!

#2.  Christmas Reflections Snowflake by Heritage Heartcraft
A gorgeous snowflake will look lovely on your tree or as a gift topper!

#3.  Candy Cane Ornament (free) from Yarnspirations
This classic design is a great project for beginners!

#4.  Stocking Ornament by Little Abbee Patterns
Whip one up for each of your family members!

#5.  Paperclip Ice Skate Ornament (free) by Suzie's Stuff
This little ornament will be treasured for a lifetime!

Happy Crocheting!
 Danyel

Monday, December 7, 2015

CROCHET PATTERN - Ted's Spiral Beanie

This is Ted's 4th year with our family, and his 3rd hat.  This year, Ted brought a note asking me to make him a new hat because it was a cold trip to and from the North Pole.  You can dress up your “Elf on the Shelf” in a cute, little beanie, too!

Materials:  F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn:  2 colors of fingering weight yarn, approximately 10 yds each.  Sample shown using Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Peacock (A) and Chrome (B).

Sizes:  Fits standard Elf on the Shelf dolls

Gauge:  6 HDC and 4 Rows = 1”

Difficulty:  Easy

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

Notes
  1. Count your STS as you go along to make sure you do the HDC and SC stitches in the correct places.
  2. Pattern indicates to work 2-3 SC for the spirals. If you can’t get good spirals with 2 SC in each CH, work 3 instead.
  3. Don’t fasten off at each color change. Carry the yarn along loosely.


With A, ch 12, turn.

Row 1: HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each ST across, ch 8, turn — 11 HDC and 8 CH.

Row 2: Work 2-3 SC in 2nd CH from hook and in next 6 CH (spiral made), HDC in BL of each HDC across, Change Color, CH 1, turn — 11 HDC and SC spiral.

Row 3: HDC in BL of each HDC across, CH 8, turn — 11 HDC and 8 CH.

Row 4: Work 2-3 SC in 2nd CH from hook and in next 6 CH (spiral made), HDC in BL of each HDC across, Change Color, CH 1, turn — 11 HDC and SC spiral.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 16 Rows (8 stripes) have been completed, CH 1, turn.

Join end-to-end, SL ST down entire length of hat through both layers, fasten off leaving a 9” tail. Turn hat right-side-out.

Using tail & yarn needle, weave in and out of the topmost HDC stitches evenly around the top of the hat, then cinch the hat closed so that the spirals form a “bouquet”. Fasten off long tail. SC evenly around edge of cuff to hide color changes.

Weave in all ends. Fold up cuff & Enjoy!

Other Suggestions...
  1. Work the entire hat in a solid, variegated, or self-striping yarn.
  2. Work every 2 rows using a different color. Use up your scraps!
Want this hat in YOUR size?  Check out the Delaney Hat HERE!