Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Design: Nicole Cowl

The Nicole Cowl is a lacy, lightweight moebius scarf. The scalloped design is worked in 2 contrasting colors, and looks beautiful paired with your favorite sweater or jacket. The pattern includes instructions for making it in single- or double-wrap style.

 You will need 2 colors of sport or worsted weight yarn and an H hook to complete the Nicole Cowl. One size fits most children and adults.

Get your copy of the Nicole Cowl crochet pattern

Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Design Wars 6: The Yarn

Can you believe it's already Design Wars SIX??  Time is flying by!  This cycle of DW brings us 9 amazing challengers & a new yarn selection.  The yarn was chosen by the fans for this round, and at first I have to admit I was a little disappointed.  I was really hoping Red Heart Unforgettable would win, but the fans decided Red Heart With Love was what they liked best.  To be honest, I didn't particularly want to work with "another boring worsted weight yarn"... but after the box arrived, I quickly changed my mind.

Pretty, huh?  I was quickly inspired by the bright colors and knew exactly what I wanted to make.  This yarn worked out VERY well for my design, and I'm VERY happy with the results.  I'm able to purchase RHWL from Walmart and JoAnn stores in my area.  If you haven't tried it yet, it's worth it.  The skeins are generous, and it's a very nice all-purpose yarn that would be perfect for just about any of your knitting and crocheting projects.

Here's the sneak peek of my DW6 design.  I couldn't resist making it rainbow-colored.  Those of you that know me probably weren't surprised at all.  I've made several samples of my design in lots of different color combinations, and I'm excited to share them with you SOON!  Here's a quick intro video I made for DW... I talk a little about myself, the yarn, etc.

The DW6 Final Reveal will be announced Thursday, February 27th (or one day sooner if you're a newsletter subscriber).  You'll then be able to start voting for your favorite designs & you can enter to win an amazing prize back donated by Red Heart Yarns!  For more information about all of this, please visit the Design Wars Facebook Page.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

New Design: Kaleidoscope Scarf

The Kaleidoscope Scarf is a quick and easy project with a fun, "zigzag" texture. It's simple, colorful & reversible. You can crochet the entire scarf using an I hook and just ONE ball (198 yds) of Knit Picks Chroma Worsted! Of course, you can use any yarn you like, but results will vary. This scarf is a fun accessory, and makes a great gift for children or adults!

If you haven't had the pleasure of trying Chroma yarn, you SHOULD. Or if you're like me & you're hoarding several balls of it in your stash, this is the perfect project to use one!

You can download your copy of the Kaleidoscope Scarf crochet pattern from ETSY, CRAFTSY, or RAVELRY for just $2.99!  

Happy Crocheting!  

CROCHET PATTERN - Scalloped Boot Cuffs

Scalloped Boot Cuffs are very popular right now!  I know there are several other patterns similar to this out there already, but I had a hard time finding one that wasn't full of errors, and included sizing for people with fat calves (like me!)  So I wrote up my own version, and I hope you will enjoy it!

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

Yarn:  Approximately 100 yards of Worsted Weight yarn. Sample shown using Yarn Bee Effervesce.

Sizes:  Small (13-14”) and Large (15-16”).  Written as Small (Large).

Gauge:  7 HDC and 5 Rows = 2”

Difficulty:  Easy

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

  1. The CH-1 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a st.
  2. Cuffs are worked in rows, then joined with a seam, and topped off with one round of shells/scallops.
  3. Measure your leg where the boot cuffs will be worn to determine which size you should make.

Instructions (make 2):

CH 16 (18).
Row 1:  HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each CH across, CH 1, turn.  [15 (17) HDC]
Row 2—28 (32):  HDC in BL of each ST across, CH 1, turn.  [15 (17) HDC]
Join cuff end-to-end and SL ST through first and last row to form circle.  Do not fasten off.
Turn cuff right-side-out and CH 1.
Last Round:  Work 5 DC into 1st ridge (SEE PIC), SL ST into next ridge, (5 DC into next ridge, SL ST into next ridge) around, join to the CH-1 and fasten off.  Weave in all ends.

Other Suggestions:
  • Other yarns that will work well:  I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Soft, Vanna’s Choice, Cascade 220
  • Use any “border” for the top of the cuffs that you prefer.  Lots of cute afghan edgings would work well here.
  • You can create child size cuffs by working the Small Cuffs with an H hook.

 © 2014/2015 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.