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.



 © 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.

 © 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