Wednesday, December 11, 2013

10 EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Our Elf, Ted, is a pretty simple guy... he doesn't make much mess, or get into much trouble.  Don't get me wrong... I love looking at the creative, elaborate things other people's elves do, but we just don't have time for that!  So, here are Ted's first 10 "hiding spots" for your viewing pleasure.  Maybe it'll give your elf some ideas for the future.

We couldn't find the "Elf on the Shelf" book, so I emailed Santa... and Santa told Ted it was OK to come anyway.  We did finally find the book & my 7-year-old read it to us.

Ted helped hang one last ornament.

Ted loves candy!  Especially Candy Cane Kisses!

Ted was feeling shy... he hid way up on the top of the kitchen cabinets.

Hanging out by the phone.  Maybe waiting for a phone call?  Or maybe he's going to call Santa to tell him if you've been naughty?

Ted loves giraffes!  (HUG)

All elves love to play with toys!

A marshmallow martini... the kids ate them the next day.

Ted is a little conceited... but we don't mind.

The cinnamon pine cones are irresistible!

Merry Christmas!  
(If you love Ted's hat & scarf, the free crochet pattern is available in the previous blog entry!)
❤ Danyel (and Ted the Elf)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CROCHET PATTERN - Ted the Elf's Hat and Scarf

Yep, we have an elf.  His name is Ted.  The kids really look forward to figuring out where he's hiding each day, and I really enjoy my time off while he's here.  What do I mean?  Well, when Ted's here, the kids tattle to HIM... I hear "I'm telling TED!  He's going to tell Santa you're being naughty!"  I just sit back and laugh.

Anyway... this is Ted's 3rd year here, and somewhere along his travels between our house and the North Pole, Ted lost his red elf hat.  So last year, I made him a new one (and a matching scarf), and I set him on the mantle with a crochet hook to make it look like he had made it himself.  But it was pretty ugly... so THIS year I made him a new and improved set, and it's MUCH cuter!  Enjoy!

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

Yarn: Approximately 5 yards of Worsted Weight yarn. Sample shown using Caron Simply Soft Party.

Size: “Elf on the Shelf” size

Gauge: 4 HDC and 3 rounds = 1”

Difficulty: Easy

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

  • The CH-1 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a ST.  Join to the top of the first ST made.
  • If you want to omit the earflaps, just work 1 round of SC after Round 5 and fasten off.

Start with Magic Ring.
Round 1:  CH 1, 9 HDC in ring, join.  [9 HDC]
Round 2:  CH 1, 2 HDC in each ST around, join.  [18 HDC]
Round 3-5:  CH 1, 1 HDC in each ST around, join.  [18 HDC]  Do not fasten off.  Continue to 1st Ear Flap.

Ear Flaps
1st ear flap:  CH 1, SC in next 3 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining 2 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining ST.  Fasten off.
2nd ear flap:  Rejoin yarn with a SC 7 STS to the left of the first flap.  SC in next 2 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining 2 STS.  CH 1, turn, SK 1st ST, SC in remaining ST.  Fasten off.

Rejoin yarn at back seam.  SC evenly around edge of hat and both ear flaps, working (SC, CH 5, SC in 2nd CH and remaining 3 CHS, SC into same ST) at the tip of each earflap.  Join to 1st SC and fasten off.

CH 41.  SL ST in 2nd CH from hook and each CH across.  Fasten off.  Slip knot some fringe to each end (optional).

Other Suggestions
Add a pom pom, buttons, sequins, or other bling to your hat and scarf to make them unique!  Try fuzzy, variegated or self-striping yarns, too!

 © 2013 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, October 6, 2013


The Delaney Hat is a fun & funky spiral-topped beanie that's perfect for the whole family. It can be customized in lots of ways, and is as fun to crochet as it is to wear!
I hope you enjoy this EASY and FREE crochet pattern! :)

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

Yarn:  2 colors of Worsted Weight Yarn, approximately 75-100 yards each

Sizes:  0-3 Months (14-15”), 3-6 Months (15-17”), 6-12 Months (17-19”), Toddler (18-20”), Child (19-21”), Adult (21-23”)

Gauge: 7 HDC and 4 Rows = 2”

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

  • Pattern is written for 0-3 months with 3-6 months, 6-12 months, toddler, child and adult sizes in parentheses. 
  • Count your STS as you go along to make sure you do the HDC and SC in the correct places. 
  • Don’t fasten off at each color change. Carry the yarn along loosely.

CH 25 (27, 29, 31, 33, 37), turn.

Row 1:  HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each ST across, CH 15, turn.   [24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 36) HDC + 15 CH]

Row 2:  Work 2-3 SC in 2nd CH from hook and in next 13 CH (spiral made).  Change Color, HDC in BL of each HDC across, CH 1, turn.   [24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 36) HDC + spiral]

Row 3:  HDC in BL of each HDC across, CH 15, turn.  [24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 36) HDC + 15 CH]

Row 4:  Work 2-3 SC in 2nd CH from hook and in next 13 CH (spiral made).  Change Color, HDC in BL of each HDC across, CH 1, turn. [24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 36) HDC + spiral]

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 24 (26, 30, 32, 36, 40) rows have been completed, CH 1, turn.

Joining end-to-end, SL ST down entire length of hat through both layers, fasten off leaving a 12” 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 the long tail. SC evenly around edge of cuff if desired. Weave in all ends. Fold up cuff & Enjoy!

Other Suggestions:
  • For wider stripes, change colors every 4 rows instead of 2. 
  • Work the entire hat in a solid, variegated, or self-striping yarn. 
  • Work every 2 rows using a different color. Use up your scraps!

*I'm sorry that this PDF is no longer available on Craftsy.  Feel free to print yourself a copy directly from my blog.*

 © 2009/2013 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, July 28, 2013

2013 Hat Donation

Every year since I began crocheting, I try to donate hats and/or money to charity. Before I even opened CSD, I did a "hats for cancer" challenge where every lady in our online group crocheted 10 hats & sent them.  (This is how I discovered my love for hat-making!)  One year I had a one-for-one sale... for every hat customers purchased, I'd donate one to charity.  Another year, I donated a percentage of my profits.  Usually, I gather up many of the "extra" hats I have in my stash (hats from pattern testing or that are "left over" from craft fairs or RTS sales) and I donate them to a charity.  In the past I have donated to several wonderful charities, including the Susan G Komen Foundation and Halos Of Hope.  
2008 - C models a hat I donated to SGK.
Yesterday, I rounded up 15 of my extra hats and 3 pairs of wrist warmers & I'm mailing them to Hats 4 the Homeless.  They give hats, gloves & scarves to the hundreds of homeless men and women in the NYC area.  I think it's a very generous thing for them to do, especially since it gets so cold there in the northeast in the fall and winter.  
2013 donation pile
If you have extra hats, scarves, blankets, or gloves hanging around in your stash, and if you have the means to make a generous donation to people in need, I highly recommend you box them up & donate them!
Happy Crocheting!
♥♥ Danyel

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Design Wars 4: The Yarn

It's that time again!  Design Wars 4 has begun... new faces, new challenge, new yarn.

For DW4, we chose Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby yarn.  I really like this yarn.  It's soft & lightweight, and has a nice stretch to it.  If you'd like to know a little more about the yarn, including where you can snag some, check out the DW Newsletter #6.

Two weeks ago, the 9 other challengers all started bragging sharing photos of their amazing yarn deliveries.  Liz even took a photo of her UPS man.  This stuff is seriously exciting!  Day after day, I anxiously stalked my front door, but my yarn didn't arrive.  I was really disappointed.  (I know, first world problems.  Boo hoo, I didn't get my free yarn.)  But I had to get started on this project, so I drove like 12 miles to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if they had any left.  I know 12 miles is nothing, but I had to drive through a scary part of town & it took me like 35 minutes to get there... with 2 kids in the car. They had 4 colors left in stock, and they were in bad shape.  I had the cashier tape the labels back onto the tangled skeins.  (I know... Boo hoo... I had to go to the store with my kids & buy my own yarn.  DW is spoiling me! LOL)

So I got started on my design using what I had.  I assumed my delivery from RHY would be lost forever.  One of the other designers FINISHED her design & I began to panic a little.  Then 8 days after everyone else got their yarn... TA DA... mine finally arrived!  The box looked like it had been kicked more than a soccer ball, but thankfully RHY bubble-wrapped my yarn & it was safe and sound.  (Why do they bubble-wrap yarn?  I don't know either.)  I opened that box & I could hear the angels sing.  OK, I'm being a little dramatic, but I was seriously excited.  The colors are bright and beautiful, and the skeins are so soft and squishy!!
And that's that.  I'm working hard on my design for DW4, and I know you're going to love it.  I love it so much, I'm going to keep one for myself!  Stop by the Design Wars Facebook page... "meet" the designers for this round, make sure you sign up for the newsletter, get ready for the sneak peeks, and enter the giveaway!  You could win patterns from 10 of the best crochet pattern designers around!  (I'm not saying that because I'm biased... I really mean it!)
We couldn't do DW without our fans.  Thank YOU for your support!
♥♥ Danyel

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Mountain Hat Design Contest

My Mountain is a site for hats and gear for the outdoors & active lifestyles.  They're currently hosting a hat design contest on the My Mountain Facebook Page.  Knitters & Crocheters interested in participating in the challenge can choose from a variety of Schachenmayr yarns & are then tasked with creating a fun, unique hat.  All the details, yarn choices & contact information can be found on their FB page.

I chose Schachenmayr "Bravo Big" yarn, and was given 2 skeins in jade and natural.  Bravo Big is a nice yarn!  It's super bulky (size 6) but it's quite plush & has nice stitch definition.  I played around with a few different ideas, but in the end I decided that something simple with a nice stitch to help show off the yarns texture and beautiful colors would be the best route.  I topped it off with a nice fluffy pom pom & am very happy with the results.

My husband graciously modeled the hat for me.  Doesn't he look handsome?  :)  I decided to call it the "Rainier Hat"... for no reason other than we live in the PNW & Mt. Rainier is beautiful!  Almost makes me want to go skiing... almost.  LOL
The design contest ends August 30th.  If you're looking for a challenge, stop by My Mountain's FB page for all the contest details... including info on the awesome prizes you could win!

Happy Crocheting!
♥♥ Danyel

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hilariousness: Father's Day

Never a dull moment here in the Pink house.  These kids crack us up daily, so I'm going to keep sharing their hilariousness with you.  Who doesn't need a good laugh?

So as most of you know, yesterday was Father's Day.  I printed this survey for the kids to fill out.  My 6yo and 4yo took turns answering and filling in the blanks.  I laughed pretty hard about "hot sauce"... but I can see how they'd think that.  Dad puts hot sauce (sriracha) on almost everything!

It may also amuse you to know that when my husband goes to Dick's, my son says, "We're going to Dick's?  The one with the balls?" And we giggle like school-children EVERY time.  (Check out the Dick's logo... it'll make more sense.)

Then yesterday evening rolled around.  My dear husband was relaxing in his recliner & my daughter marches into the living room... and surprises us with this doozy...

4yo says, "Dad, it's Father's Day, right?"
Dad says yes.
4yo continues, "Good.  You can take a nap... (then whispers)... and never wake up."  Then walks away with a smirk.
Creepy much!?  Crazy kid.

For more creepy kid-isms... check out THIS list.

Hope you all enjoyed your dads, granddads & husbands yesterday.  Have a great week!
♥ Danyel

Sunday, June 16, 2013

CROCHET PATTERN - Emersyn's Baby Afghan

A college friend contacted me & inquired about having a lightweight crib blanket made for her daughter.  She told me her baby girl roasts at night & she wanted something light with "breathing holes".
So I took on her challenge & came up with this airy, lightweight afghan.  The whole blanket weighs less than 8 ounces!

There are a million afghan patterns out there, but I wanted something simple & fun to crochet.  

This pattern is just 2 repeating rows, so you can get into a rhythm & whip one up in a couple nights while you watch TV or sit on your deck.

SUPPLIES:  I (5.5 mm) hook, yarn needle, scissors

YARN:  I used Loops & Threads "Snuggly Wuggly" (approx. 525 yds)
Any soft sport, lightweight, or baby yarns will work fine.

STITCH GUIDE: DC = double crochet, SC = single crochet, ST = stitch, SL ST = slip stitch, V-ST = (DC, CH 1, DC) in same stitch

FINISHED SIZE: My blanket is 25" wide x 34" long. 

GAUGE: Approximately 8 DC and 4 rows = 2"

CH 88. (or any multiple of 3 +4)
Row 1:  V-ST in 5th CH from hook, *skip 2 CH, V-ST in next; repeat from * across to last 2 CHs, DC in last CH.  [28 V-STS]
Row 2:  CH 3 (counts as first DC), turn, work 3 DC in each CH-1 space across, DC in top CH of turning chain.
Row 3:  CH 3, turn, V-ST in 3rd DC (2nd DC of 3-DC group), *skip 2 STS, V-ST in next; repeat from * across to last 2 STS, DC in top CH of turning chain.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until afghan reaches desired length (ending after row 3).
Fasten off OR continue on for border.

You can do any kind of border you like, but this is what I did.
Round 1:  CH 1, turn, SC evenly around, working 2-3 SC in each corner, join with SL ST to 1st SC.
Round 2:  CH 1, SC in next, *CH 3, skip 1 ST, SC in next; repeat from * around, CH 3, join with SL ST to 1st SC.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

A scalloped or picot edging would look very nice on this blanket also.

Happy Crocheting!

♥ Danyel

 © 2013 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.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hilariousness: The Awesome Mom Game

Please make sure you read past the first paragraph, or you're going to think I'm a terrible mother... LOL

Last week, my husband was hanging out on the patio in our backyard while the children played on the swingset.  My oldest son yells over to him, "Dad!  Can you play the game with us like mom does?  The one where she punches us and pulls our legs and grabs us?!" And my daughter throws in, "Yeah, and she spits on us!"

I happened to be walking out the back door at this exact moment & my husband gave me a "WHAT THE F***" look.  I quickly looked around to see if any of the neighbors were out. (My hubby of course knows that I do not abuse our children, but this most certainly needed more clarification.)  So I SHOWED him that I hold the kids ankles and swing them high, then I try to punch (gently, for lack of a better word) their butts as they swing by me, and then I run up and HUG them while they're in mid-air.  And occasionally I'll blow a raspberry on their necks.

They love it.  All smiles & giggles!  They now call it "The Awesome Mom Game"... which really warms my heart.  We've also had a talk about how punching, grabbing & spitting on children is illegal... and if they keep screaming things like that for the whole neighborhood to hear, Mommy's going to jail.

Good times.
♥ Danyel

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What's New at CSD?

Made myself a new logo...  just took the yarn ball thingy from the old logo & fancied it up with some colorful new text & a swirly frame thing.  I'm cool like that.

You may have noticed I've been playing around with the look of my blog.  I've decided I'm really going to put some effort into keeping up with this thing.  The background & stuff like that is just temporary, but I've included some new stuff to help keep you connected!  (1) There are now pages at the top... the most important one being the FREE patterns.  There's a list of all of the free patterns I've created.  No need to scroll through all the blog entries... they're all right there for your browsing convenience.  (2) I've added Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram buttons on the right-hand side.  I'm all over the place.

Now for some really important news... Beginning June 16th, I will be putting my patterns on sale!  One pattern a day for SEVEN WEEKS!  (I have over 50 patterns in my shop now!  Can you believe it?)  So I will be posting a weekly pattern/sale schedule here on my blog so that you can plan when to shop.  Coupon codes will not be required.  I'll just tell you where & when to shop!

PLEASE use the "Follow by Email" box over on the right.  Just enter your e-mail address & you will get an e-mail whenever I post a new blog entry.  This is the only place I'll be posting those sale schedules, so don't miss out!

Have a great weekend!
♥♥  Danyel

Friday, May 17, 2013

Design Wars 3: My Stash

I'm sure you're familiar with Design Wars by now... but if you aren't, it's an exclusive challenge where crochet designers "battle" by creating new designs using the same yarn.  We are currently into the voting portion of DW3... but if you'd like to catch up on what happened during the first 2 rounds, you can read about DW1 and DW2.

Anyway... Red Heart Yarns graciously sponsors Design Wars.  They provide the challengers with the yarn for the segment, AND they offer up a fantastic prize pack to one lucky voter each round.  I'm going to talk a little about my yarn for this segment, but if you're interested in hearing more about the prize pack, click HERE.

For DW3, we decided to go with Creme de la Creme yarn.  It's 100% cotton, or what I keep referring to as "kitchen cotton". I had no idea what I was going to make when it was time to "order" our yarn... I kept thinking that I'd only be able to create dishcloths or hot pads.  So, I just asked for a bunch of balls in various colors & decided I'd work with it when it came.  I think I ended up ordering about 20 balls of yarn... but Red Heart sent 45!  (Mainly, this is because they had the yarn wrapped in 3-packs... so when I ordered one ball of red, I got 3.)  Either way, VERY generous!  The Creme de la Creme yarn doesn't have great reviews on some of the websites I looked at, but I'm here to tell you that I AM a fan.  I works up very nicely with a G or H hook, the colors are beautiful, and the stitch definition is great!

My kids helped build this awesome yarn pyramid.  So much fun!

If you'd like to see what the DW3 challengers made with our Creme de la Creme yarn, please visit the Design Wars Fan  While you're there, take a look around & please vote for your favorite design!

If you've ever used Creme de la Creme, leave a comment & let us know how you liked it!  If you made something with it, share a link!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CSD Weekly Wrap Up

I've been neglecting my blog a little. Sorry.
I've been busy working on orders, trying to come up with a design for Design Wars & just living life...

Speaking of Design Wars, I revealed one of my "reject hats" this week.  I didn't feel like this hat was good enough for the contest, but when I posted it on my Facebook page, I got more likes and comments on it than I have in a long time.  I just hope you all like my new item even more!
If you're not familiar with the Design Wars contest, you can learn about the designers & the amazing prize sponsored by Red Heart Yarns by reading more HERE.

 A friend of mine was wearing a slouchy knit cowl & told me that a friend of hers bought it from Forever 21.  She told me she had to return it & asked me if I could make one.  Easy Peasy.  This is my new "Maria Cowl"... you can order one in my shop & the pattern will be available soon!

 I made a hat for a friend's daughter a couple of years ago.  That little girl loved that hat, but as time went on, I really started to hate it (I made it before I got really good at what I do)... so I let her pick out her favorite colors & sent her this replacement.  This is the "Mia Hat", and oldie-but-goodie.  It snowed in Chicago this week & I saw a photo of her wearing it.  Warmed my heart... and her head. :)

I also finally released the Sharyl Headwrap Knitting Pattern this week.  You've seen these headwraps EVERYWHERE, I'm sure.  I've found several similar patterns online, but they were SO hard to read.  I simplified it a little & even novice knitters will have success making one using my pattern.  I'm also available for pattern support (always!).  If you don't knit, I do... you can customize one in my shop, too!

January flew by, so here's to a happy & healthy February!  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

CSD Weekly Wrap Up

It's been a crazy week.  New Year.  Back to School.  Husband came home from deployment.
I crocheted 2 hats & knitted one headwrap.  Wow, what a slacker!
OK, I'm also working on a gift for C's teacher... 
I know, I know... Christmas was like 2 weeks ago.
Right, slacker... I get it.

The Basic Beanie, Sharyl Headwrap & Super Slouch are all available at

Did I really only make 3 things this week?
Maybe I should update my New Year's Resolutions...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


The Jan Hat is an easy, textured beanie that can be made with or without a cuff.  This pattern has been retired from my shop & is now available as a FREE download in my Ravelry store.

Please click HERE to get the free PDF via Ravelry.

 This pattern is free & you can make as many as you want!  Feel free to sell your hats, but please be polite and provide a link to this blog in your listings.  (Pattern by Danyel Pink -  Also, do not copy and paste this pattern on other sites... but please provide a link back to this page, or my Ravelry shop instead.  Happy Crocheting!  :)

(This has been retired from my shop.  If you have purchased this pattern in December 2012, contact me via e-mail for a refund.  No refunds for patterns purchased earlier. Sorry.)

Happy New Year!