Thursday, July 31, 2014

Design Wars: Back to School Challenge

It has been a busy summer, but I'm excited to be participating in the Design Wars Back to School Challenge! This challenge kicks off on August 3rd with designer introductions. The week after that, you'll get to see our sneak peeks, and one more week after that will be the final reveals! 
This challenge includes 6 designers that were tasked with creating a brand new pattern within the "back to school" theme. My competition fellow challengers include:

Tricia from Cuddlepie Crochet

Viktoria from CrocheTrend

Crystal from Crystalized Designs

Pam from Sincerely Pam

Sascha from A la Sascha

These ladies are some of my very favorite designers, and I'm honored to be working with them!

A few of the other ladies made really cool introduction videos of themselves.  I really hate being on camera (I roll my eyes a LOT, and I don't know why), so let me tell you a little about me. :)
I'm Danyel, and I'm the owner of Danyel Pink Designs!  I am originally from Chicago, but I now live in Washington state.  I have been crocheting since 2007.  I have 3 kids, and they're the inspiration for many of my designs.  I love cupcakes and anything rainbow-colored.  I have been a part of Design Wars since the very first round, and I have enjoyed it very much!  I have made many new friends, and DW has inspired me to create some of my very best designs!

We were allowed to choose our own yarns for this round. For my "Back to School" design, I chose Caron Simply Soft Party yarn. It is an acrylic, worsted weight yarn plied with a strand of metallic thread to give your crocheted projects a little shimmer. This yarn comes in a nice selection of lovely colors, and it's quite soft! It's perfect for hats, scarves, or any other garments you like to make. Each 3 oz skein contains approximately 164 yards of yarn, and costs around $4.49 each. I like this yarn very much, and I have a skein of every color in my stash!

Watch for the DW Back to School challenge to begin this weekend, and I hope you enjoy it! :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pattern of the Week: Baby Pixie Bonnet

July 27th - 31st
Pattern of the Week

The Baby Pixie Bonnet is a fun and adorable project that knits up quickly, and is a great project for beginner knitters.  This bonnet looks great in solid, variegated, and self-striping yarns.  It's very popular as a photography prop, too!


SIZES: Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months
MATERIALS:  You will need size 8 straight needles, size 8 DPNs, and a small amount of WW yarn to complete this project.




Snag your copy of the Baby Pixie Bonnet knitting pattern for 30% off w/ coupon code PIXIE30 through Thursday.

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Happy Knitting! :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pattern of the Week: Lazy Daisy Slouch

July 20th - 25th
Pattern of the Week
The Lazy Daisy Slouch is a feminine, lightweight hat that’s adorned with a lovely, openwork flower at the crown. This hat is perfect for all seasons!
This slouch is for children/adults with 20-22" heads.
You will need an H hook and 2 colors of worsted weight yarn to complete this hat. I recommend 2 colors of single-ply yarn, such as Red Heart Unforgettable.


The Lazy Daisy Slouch is featured in Issue #4 of Happily Hooked Magazine!

Snag your copy of the Lazy Daisy Slouch crochet pattern for 30% off w/ coupon code LAZY30 through Friday.
 Click HERE to purchase on Ravelry! 

Thank you & Happy Crocheting!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CROCHET PATTERN - Little Maiden Bonnet


www.kamieophotography.com

The Little Maiden Bonnet is simple to make, and looks super cute on little girls!  Since the bonnet has long braids, please use under adult supervision on small babies.

Sizes:  0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months

Supplies:  I (5.5mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn:  2-3 oz of your favorite worsted weight yarn.  Sample shown using Vanna's Choice.

Stitch Guide:  ch - chain, hdc - half double crochet, sc - single crochet, sc2tog, single crochet 2 together, st(s) - stitch(es)

Gauge:  13 hdc and 10 rows = 4"

Note:  The ch-1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a st.

Here we go...

0-3 Months (13-15" head circ.)
Ch 37.
Row 1:  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. -- 36 hdc
Row 2-5:  Hdc in each hdc across, ch 1, turn.
Row 6:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 34 sts
Row 7-9:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 10:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 32 sts
Row 11-13:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 14:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 30 sts
Row 15-16:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Next, fold piece in half and slip st through both sides (forming back seam) then fasten off and turn right-side-out. -- 15 slip st
With right side facing, join yarn with a sc near back seam. Sc around entire bonnet, working 1 sc in each st around, and 3 sc in each of the 2 front corners. Work 1 additional round of trim if desired.

3-6 Months (15-17" head circ.)
Ch 43.
Row 1:  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. -- 42 hdc
Row 2-5:  Hdc in each hdc across, ch 1, turn.
Row 6:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 40 sts
Row 7-10:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 11:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 38 sts
Row 12-15:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 16:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 36 sts
Row 17-18:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Next, fold piece in half and slip st through both sides (forming back seam) then fasten off and turn right-side-out. -- 18 slip st
With right side facing, join yarn with a sc near back seam. Sc around entire bonnet, working 1 sc in each st around, and 3 sc in each of the 2 front corners. Work 1 additional round of trim if desired.

6-12 Months (17-19" head circ.)
Ch 47.
Row 1:  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. -- 46 hdc
Row 2-5:  Hdc in each hdc across, ch 1, turn.
Row 6:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 44 sts
Row 7-10:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 11:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 42 sts
Row 12-14:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 15:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. -- 40 sts
Row 16-18:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 19:  Sc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, CH 1, turn. -- 38 sts
Row 20-21:  Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Next, fold piece in half and SL ST through both sides (forming back seam) then fasten off and turn right-side-out. -- 19 slip st
With right side facing, join yarn with a sc near back seam. Sc around entire bonnet, working 1 sc in each st around, and 3 sc in each of the 2 front corners. Work 1 additional round of trim if desired.

Braids (optional):  Cut six (or nine) 24" lengths of yarn. Using crochet hook, thread the bunch through one of the front corner stitches. Separate into 3 equal strands & braid. Knot the end and trim the yarn. Repeat for other corner.

You could tie ribbons to the corners instead of making braids.  You could also embellish your Little Maiden Bonnet with a cute crocheted flower.


(This pattern was formerly called the "Gracie Bonnet" and has been retired from my shop.  If you have purchased this pattern in May or June 2014, contact me via e-mail for a refund.  No refunds for patterns purchased earlier. Sorry.)

 © 2012-2014 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.

Pattern of the Week: Golf Visor

July 13th-18th - Pattern of the Week
The Golf Visor is a quick and easy project! It’s a perfect summer accessory for boys & girls.  The brim holds its shape well, and will help keep the sun out of your little one's eyes.  Make one in a soft cotton yarn to help absorb sweat.  It’s also adorable as a photography prop!
SIZES: 0-3 mo, 3-6 mo, 6-12 mo, toddler, and child
MATERIALS: H hook, I hook, WW yarn, needle, scissors


Snag your copy of the Golf Visor crochet pattern for $2 off w/ coupon code GOLF2 through Friday.
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Thank you & Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

CROCHET PATTERN - Lacy Lattice Scarf


The stitching on this scarf reminds me of a fancy garden trellis.  The Lacy Lattice Scarf can be worked up in any length/width, and looks great in solid or variegated yarns.  The lacy, openwork design makes it perfect for all seasons.  It works up quickly, and only uses about 200 yards of yarn.  Great gift idea!







Yarn:  Approximately 200 yards of your favorite worsted weight yarn.
The yarn in the main photo is a variegated, hand-dyed superwash merino from Yarn Baby LLC.  The yarn in the stitch sample below is Lion Brand Heartland.

Supplies:  I (5.5mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors.

Stitch Guide:  ch(s) - chain(s), sc - single crochet, hdc - half double crochet, dc - double crochet, st(s) - stitches

Gauge:  Not critical to this project.  

Here we go...

Ch 18 for a skinny scarf (~4.5" wide).  Ch 22 for a standard scarf (~6.0" wide).
Or ch any multiple of 4 + 2.

Row 1:  Work (sc, hdc, dc) in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 2, skip next 3 chs, (sc, hdc, dc) in next; repeat from * across to last 4 chs, skip 3 ch, dc in last ch, ch 1, turn.

Row 2:  Work (sc, hdc, dc) in 1st dc, ch 2, skip (dc, hdc, sc, and ch-2 space), (sc, hdc, dc) in next dc, * ch 2, skip (hdc, sc, and ch-2 space), (sc, hdc, dc) in next dc; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, skip hdc, dc in last sc, ch 1, turn.


Repeat Row 2 until scarf reaches desired length.  At end of last row, do not ch 1 or turn.  Fasten off & weave in ends.  Add tassels to the ends if desired.


Happy Crocheting! :)

 © 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.

Friday, July 11, 2014

CROCHET PATTERN - Cluster Snowflakes


It's HOT here in the PNW right now, so I'm looking forward to wearing hoodies and sweaters again!  I've also been thinking about snowflakes... although it doesn't snow much here.  I've designed 2 snowflakes; a 5-point star snowflake and a more traditional 6-point one.  Both have a nice bobble texture, and are perfect for embellishing hats and scarves.  You could also use crochet thread, and starch them to make ornaments!

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

Yarn:  I used Red Heart Shimmer in White.  You can use any yarn/hook you like.

Stitch Guide:  ch - chain, sc - single crochet, dc - double crochet, st(s) - stitches, sl st - slip stitch
Double crochet 4 together (dc4tog) - [Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 4 times, yarn over, draw through all 5 loops on hook.

Gauge:  Not critical to this project.  Snowflakes are about 3.5-4" wide.

Here we go...

Written as 5-point snowflake with 6-point snowflake instructions in brackets:  5-pt [6-pt]

Make magic ring.

Round 1:  Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1), (dc, ch 1) 9[11] times in ring, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. — 10[12] dc and 10[12] ch-1 spaces

Round 2:  Ch 1, sc in same space as join, * ch 1, dc4tog in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in next dc, ch 6, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, ** sc in next dc; repeat from * 5[6] times, ending last repeat at **, join with sl st to 1st sc.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. — 5[6] clusters and 5[6] peaks

Sew snowflake to headbands, hats, scarves, or anything you like!  You can also block and starch them, and hang them on your Christmas tree with a hook.


 © 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.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pattern of the Week: Cotton Candy Cardigan (Adult Sizes)

July 5th - 10th
PATTERN OF THE WEEK!

The Cotton Candy Cardigan is my newest release!  It's a great ladies’ garment, perfect for the warmer months. You can make the body and sleeves of the cardigan as long or short as you like. Pattern includes color-coded instructions and photographs to guide you. This cardigan works up quickly, and is a great project for experienced beginners.
SIZES: XSmall (30-32” chest), Small (33-35” chest), Medium (36-38” chest), Large (39-41” chest) and XLarge (42-44” chest)
MATERIALS: I and J hook, 400-600 yards of WW yarn (I prefer "I Love This Cotton"), needle, scissors

Snag your copy of the Cotton Candy Cardigan crochet pattern for 30% off w/ coupon code CANDY30 through Friday.
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You can also get BOTH copies (child and adult sizes)
of the Cotton Candy Cardigan for just $7.49 anytime!
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Thank you & Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Pattern Giveaway

Just for fun... One lucky winner will win 5 patterns of choice from my shop AND a one-year subscription to Happily Hooked Magazine!
There are 4 easy-peasy ways to enter via the Rafflecopter app below.
Giveaway ends on 7/5.  The winner will be drawn & notified on 7/6.



THANK YOU to +HappilyHooked Magazine for sponsoring this little giveaway!  You should definitely check out their website!  Issue #4 will be coming out in the middle of this month!


Thank you & Good Luck!