Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Introducing Sunflower Spark!

Summer is almost over!  Schnapps and I are excited for Fall to get here with cooler temperatures so we can do more fun things outdoors.  We grew sunflowers this year and loved them so much that Schnapps worked a pattern around them.  We hope you like it.


This was knit using KnitPicks CotLin and Comfy yarns, which are 3-weight.  We included directions for other yarn weights as well.  The hat will look much different in a 6-weight yarn, but we think it will still be cute.  Let us know how your version turns out.  You could also knit this in many different color combinations...................there are lots of variations of sunflowers and this pattern will make a colorful, fun hat no matter which 4 colors you choose.

Now is the time to ramp up our heavier weight hats because the colder weather brings an increased demand for chemo caps everywhere.  We will be shipping out hundreds of hats over the next couple of weeks to try to help.  Please knit some for your local center or donate some to us and we will get them to those in need.  If you wish to donate to help us ship hats out to where they are needed, please use the Donate button on the right hand side.  Or purchase some of Schnapps patterns or 
e-books......all proceeds go right back into shipping and supply costs.  

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

Our sunflowers were huge!  The leaves were bigger than Schnapps


Sunflower Spark


Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together


Using Color A, cast on 108 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 2.5 to 3 inches in length.

Work Body of Hat:   Using Colors A & B :  all stitches are knit stitches.
Row 1:  *2B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around
Row 2:  *1A, 1B, 2A, 2B*; repeat around
Row 3:  *3A, 3B*; repeat around
Row 4:  knit all stitches in Color B
Repeat Row 4 until your work measures 5 - 5.5 inches in length.


Work Crown:  Using Colors C & D:  all stitches are knit.
Rows 1 & 2:   *1C, 1D*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:   *1D, 1C*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 -4  until piece is about 7.5 - 8 inches in length.  

Crown Decrease:  use dpn’s when needed:  Colors C & D
Row 1:   *k2togC, k2tog,D, 1C, 1D, 1C, 1D, 1C, 1D, 1C, 1D*; repeat around
Row 2:   *1C, 1D*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2togD, k2togC, 1D, 1C, 1D, 1C, 1D, 1C *; repeat around
Row 4:   *k2togC, k2togD*; repeat around
Row 5:    *1C, 1D*; repeat around
Row 6:   *k2togD, k2togC*; repeat around
Row 7:    *1D, 1C*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.


If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.  


If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 72 stitches.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96.  


The pattern is worked over 6 stitches, but adjust in multiples of 12 for the crown decrease to stay the same.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Quadratic Hope & Creativity by Schnapps!

Schnapps is keeping busy, staying cool, taking his medicine and feeling good!



A new e-book is ready! "Creativity by Schnapps"is the only place to find Quadratic Hope.



There are 8 other PDFs included.....all shown in the collage photo.



The e-book is only $5 - which is a great bargain, if we do say so ourselves. All patterns include information for using all yarn weights and how to adjust the size.  Please support us! 

Schnapps is feeling well and we want to celebrate that.....so from now until midnight on July 16, if you purchase "Creativity by Schnapps" for $5 and use Coupon Code "We Love Schnapps" you will get 25% off all other pattern purchases from our store. 

This works at Ravelry only: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/robin-celli-designs 

You can also find this e-book and many other patterns on Craftsy:https://www.craftsy.com/profile/robin-celli-designs

or just purchase a copy from the link on the right.


If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Introducing Pink subLime!

It is super hot right now in Delaware and Schnapps and I are hiding in the air conditioned house just waiting for it to break so we can go outside and garden.  He knit up this cute hat and wanted to share the pattern with everyone.  Thank you Corinne for the name suggestion!  I usually keep the colors out of the name, but couldn't resist this adorable name.

This was knit using KnitPicks Comfy sport yarn, which is super soft and lovely to work with.  We included instructions for other yarn weights, but using a bulky or super bulky with this pattern will probably mean only one repeat of the design will fit on a hat.  Try it - you might love it!  Try all sorts of color combinations too.  This could work equally as well for a man in more neutral colors.  You could do team colors, school colors............so many possibilities!


The pattern is worked over 18 stitches, which means the brim pattern might have to be adjusted depending on how many stitches you cast on.  Work a knit/purl ribbing of some sort.....just check your math before you start if you have changed the cast on number to avoid any headaches later.  So, if your cast on number is divisible by 4, do K2, P2.  Divisible by 3, do K2, P1.  And so on. 

Schnapps is doing well on his medication, but he does hate the heat!

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

This is our 250th pattern.  We will be putting some patterns into an e-book for sale as a fundraiser soon.  If you wish to donate to Delaware Head Huggers to help us ship hats across the country, you can always use the "Donate" button on the right side of this page.


Pink subLime


Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color B, cast on 90 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color B

Row 1:   *k3, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 2 - 2.5 inches in length.  Note that the brim will change if your stitch count changes.

Work Body of Hat:   Using Colors A & B:  knit all, changing colors as written 

Row 1:   *3a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 2b, 1a*; repeat around

Row 2:   *4a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 4a, 2b*; repeat around

Row 3:   *1b, 4a, 3b, 3a, 2b, 4a, 1b*; repeat around


Row 4:    *2b, 3a, 2b, 4a, 3b, 4a*; repeat around

Row 5:    *1a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 3a*; repeat around

Row 6:    *2a, 3b, 4a, 2b, 3a, 2b, 2a*; repeat around

Row 7:     *2a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 4a, 3b, 1a*; repeat around

Row 8:    *1a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 1a, 2b*; repeat around

Row 9:     *2b, 4a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 3a, 1b*; repeat around

Row 10:   *2b, 3a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 4a, 1b*; repeat around

Row 11:    *1a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 4a, 2b*; repeat around

Row 12:  *2a, 3b, 4a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 1a*; repeat around

Row 13:   *3a, 2b, 3a, 2b, 4a, 3b, 1a*; repeat around

Row 14:    *4a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 1a, 2b*; repeat around

Row 15:     *1b, 4a, 3b, 4a, 2b, 3a, 1b*; repeat around

Row 16:     *2b, 4a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a*; repeat around

Row 17:     *1a, 2b, 4a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 1a, 2b, 3a*; repeat around

Row 18:     *2a, 2b, 4a, 3b, 3a, 2b, 2a*; repeat around 

Repeat Rows 1 -18 until piece is about 8 - 8.5 inches in length.  

Crown Decrease:  use dpn’s when needed:  Color B

Foundation Row:  knit all

Row 1:   *k7, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 2:   *k6, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 3:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 4:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 5:    *k3, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 6:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 7:    *k1, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 8:    *k2tog*; repeat around 

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 54.  Brim pattern should be k2, p1.  There should only be room for one pattern repeat 


If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 72 stitches.  Brim pattern should be k2, p2. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90.  This will make the hat slightly larger than if using 3 weight yarn and size 6 needles.


The pattern is worked over 18 stitches.  The brim will need to be adjusted based on your cast on number of stitches.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Introducing Shades of Pac-man!

It's almost June already, but the temperatures here in Delaware are unseasonably cool still.  But, we know that the heat will be here at some point and we want to have some light weight hats ready to go when it arrives.  We ordered a nice stash of cotton blend yarns from Knit Picks and Schnapps is having fun coming up with new designs in between taking rides around the block in his new stroller.  He can't get too much exercise now, but he does love to be outside and he loves going for rides!



This one reminded several of us of Pac-man..........it is knit using KnitPicks Cot-Lin yarn, a blend of cotton and linen that is crisp and cool and knits up nicely.  Feel free to experiment with all sorts of color combinations and have fun with it.  The pattern is worked over 8 stitches, so adjust your cast on accordingly if you want to change the size.  Suggestions for all yarn weights are included, but realize that if you are using 6-weight yarn you will barely get one pattern repeat done before you need to end your hat.  But, try different things and see how you like them!

Schnapps A/K/A "King of the Road"

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!



Shades of Pac-man


You will need 3-weight yarn in 2 different colors and size US 6 needles

Abbreviations:
s1: slip 1 stitch purlwise, holding yarn to the back 
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together


Using Color B, cast on 96 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color B
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:    purl all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures 2 to 2.5 inches in length.

Work Body of Hat:   Using Colors A & B   
Rows 1 & 2:   Color A: *k4, s1, k3*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:  Color B:  *k3, s1, k1, s1, k1, s1*; repeat around
Rows 5 & 6:  Color A:  *s1, k1, s1, k1, s1, k3*; repeat around
Rows 7 & 8:  Color B:    *k3, s1, k4*; repeat around
Rows 9 & 10:  Color A:  *s1, k7*; repeat around
Rows 11 & 12:  Color B: *k1, s1, k1, s1, k3, s1*; repeat around
Rows 13 & 14:  Color A:  *s1, k3, s1, k1, s1, k1*; repeat around
Rows 15 & 16:  Color B:    *k7, s1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 -16 until piece is about 7.5 to 8 inches in length.  

Crown Decrease:  use dpn’s when needed:  Color B
Row 1:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:    *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:    *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.


If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.  


If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80.  


The pattern is worked over 8 stitches.


Experiment and enjoy!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Introducing Step by Step!

Schnapps finished his latest design while he is resting.  We are taking extra good care of him and watching his health issues closely.  He wanted me to be sure to get this pattern up for everyone to share.  Don't be intimidated!  This is super simple..........truly.  Thank you Marcella for the name!  


We used Knit Picks Comfy and Shine sport weight yarn for this......it's what we had in our stash and it is so soft and great to work with.  This pattern is a great stash buster......use as many or as few colors as you'd like.  Instructions for all yarn weights are included.  Experiment and have some fun with it.

Schnapps is taking his medicine and getting LOTS of love.


If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!



Step by Step

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together
s1wyib: slip 1 stitch purlwise, holding yarn to the back

Using Color A, cast on 92 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:    purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures 2 inches in length.

Work Body of Hat:   Using Colors A & B & C  
Row 1:   Color A:  knit all
Rows 2, 3 & 4:  Color B:  *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 5:   Color B:  knit all
Rows 6, 7 & 8:  Color C:    *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 9:  Color C:  knit all 
Rows 10, 11 & 12:  Color B:  *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 13:  Color B:  knit all
Rows 14, 15 & 16:  Color A:    *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 -16 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.  

Crown Decrease:  use dpn’s when needed:  Use the next color in the pattern.
Row 1:   *k3, s1wyib *; repeat around
Row 2:   *k2tog, k1, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k2tog, k1*; repeat around
Row 5:    knit all
Row 6:   *k2tog*; repeat around
Repeat Row 6 if desired.

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

Pattern can be done in just 2 colors:  
Row 1:  Color A:  knit all
Rows 2, 3 & 4:  Color B:  *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 5:  Color B:  knit all
Rows 6, 7 & 8:  k3, s1wyib

Repeat Rows 1-8


If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.  

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.   

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gratitude!

It has been months since we have posted.  I was sick for about a month, then my mom fell and broke her hip.  Things were just about getting back to normal when Schnapps became extremely ill.  He collapsed and was rushed to the vet, who thankfully saved his life.  They diagnosed a serious heart condition and we have to watch Schnapps closely and pamper him extra and give him tons of love.

Schnapps 13th birthday was Friday, April 21.  He took ill on Sunday and the emergency vet incorrectly said that he was stable and fine.  He collapsed again during the night and we rushed him to our vet on Monday.  He stayed there all day, getting IV fluids and medication and having tests done.  So far, he is responding to his new medication and doing well.  He is tired and needs lots of rest and we will not leave him alone anywhere.  He means the world to us and he deserves the best care we can give him.  Please send some hugs, hope and love his way.

Schnapps celebrating his 13th birthday!

While we have been snuggling and resting, he has directed a hat pattern to me.  I named it Gratitude because I am so thankful that he is here with me.  This was knit in Cotton Ease, using size 8 needles, but he gave me the instructions for all yarn weights, because he is wonderful.  We hope you enjoy the pattern and that you make some to give to those in need.



If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

Schnapps resting comfortably this week.



GRATITUDE


You will need 4-weight yarn and size US 8 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 


Abbreviations:
s2wyib:  slip 2 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in back
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together 

Cast on 72 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:   *k3, p3*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2 inches in length.

Work Body:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2.5 - 3 inches in length.

Work Pattern: 
Row 1 & 7:  knit all stitches
Rows 2,4,6:  *sl2wyib, p4*; repeat around
Rows 3,5:  *sl2 wyib, k4*; repeat around
Rows 8, 10, 12:  *p3. sl2wyib, p1*; repeat around
Rows 9 & 11:  *k3, sl2 wyib,  k1*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 12 until piece is about 6.5 inches in length.

Work Crown:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until the hat is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:    *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3:    *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:   *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 66.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 102 stitches.   

The pattern is worked over 6 stitches.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Introducing Viridian Pathways!

Schnapps was busy on this penultimate Football Sunday of the season.  He worked up this hat first last week and then knit a variation of it this weekend.  We want to remind everyone that chemo caps are in desperate need all over the world.  Help out locally by knitting several and bringing them to your local cancer center.  Or, if you don't know where to bring them, send them to us and we'll get them to people who need them.  

The first version was knit using Hometown USA, a 6-weight yarn.  The second version was knit using KnitPicks Brava Bulky, a 5-weight yarn.  Instructions for all yarn weights are below.  

This pattern is simple and versatile - and only 2 rows to remember.  Just knit it as a brim and top it with a stockinette crown and you have an entirely different look.  You could add a stripe or two and use this as a great stash buster as well.




Scrimmage Stitches is now for sale as well!  This e-book is a compilation of 15 hat patterns designed for Delaware Head Huggers. Along with 3 never before published patterns, there are 12 patterns found on the blog, Knitting with Schnapps. Patterns vary in complexity, so there is something for everyone. All patterns include information for knitting them in super-bulky, chunky, worsted and sport weight yarn. 100% of all sales go into supporting Delaware Head Huggers and helping to pay for shipping and supply costs.   The book can be purchased at our Ravelry and Craftsy stores or by using the link on the right hand side of this page.

Scrimmage Stitches patterns!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!
 

 


Viridian Pathways
 
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 
 
 
Abbreviations:
C3:  knit the 3rd stitch on the left hand needle, but don’t drop, then knit the first and second stitch and drop all.
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k3, p2*; repeat around
Row 2:   *C3, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 2  until piece is anywhere from 7.0 to 7.5 inches in length.  End with a Row 1.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   *C3, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:    *k1, k2tog, p1*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2tog, p1*; repeat around
Row 4:    *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:  (optional)    *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

**  If you prefer, use the pattern for just the brim of the hat, working it as long as you like, then switching to stockinette for the top of the hat.  **

 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 65.  

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches.   
The pattern is worked over 5 stitches.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Introducing Helicoid!

It snowed this weekend in Delaware and once we finished shoveling, we all curled up inside with cocoa to watch football.  Schnapps was extra busy knitting this weekend and he came up with a couple of new patterns.  The first one is Helicoid.  This was a big hit on our Facebook page.......Schnapps hopes you like it too.

Schnapps thinks this might be his new favorite pattern.....there are so many color combinations......next time he is planning on doing the brim in a contrasting color too and using 3 different colors.  This pattern is a great stash buster too.  A bonus?  It's super simple - just stockinette in alternating colors to make the spirals.  Of course, he included instructions for all yarn weights because we know every stash has different yarn!



This version was knit using Knit Picks Brava bulky, which is a terrific yarn.....soft and cuddly and machine washable with no wool to aggravate anyone's allergies or delicate skin.  

This version was knit with Lion Brand Hometown USA, another washable, non-wool yarn that we love to use for chemo caps.


 Scrimmage Stitches is now for sale as well!  This e-book is a compilation of 15 hat patterns designed for Delaware Head Huggers. Along with 3 never before published patterns, there are 12 patterns found on the blog, Knitting with Schnapps. Patterns vary in complexity, so there is something for everyone. All patterns include information for knitting them in super-bulky, chunky, worsted and sport weight yarn. 100% of all sales go into supporting Delaware Head Huggers and helping to pay for shipping and supply costs.   The book can be purchased at our Ravelry and Craftsy stores or by using the link on the right hand side of this page.

Scrimmage Stitches patterns!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!
 
Even though the deck is cleared of snow for him, he manages to find some flakes to stick to his face!

 Helicoid
 You will need 2 colors of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:    purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures 1.5 to  2 inches in length, ending with a Row 1.

Work Body of Hat:   Using Colors A & B
All stitches are knit stitches. 
Row 1:   *2a, 2b*; repeat around
Row 2:   *1a, 2b, 1a*; repeat
Row 3:   *2b, 2a*; repeat around
Row 4:   *1b, 2a, 1b*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 -4 until piece is about 6 to 6.5 inches in length. 

Work Crown:  Using Only Color A
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 inches in length.

Crown Decrease:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 4:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:   *k2, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 6:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.


 If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches,  but the crown decrease is worked over 8 stitches.

Feel free to use a third color and make the brim a contrast to the body.

Experiment and enjoy!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Introducing Reticulated Hope!

2017 is here and I just know great things will happen!  

We ended 2016 with a grand total of 22,297 chemo caps (3,110 in 2016) and 2,287 blankets for foster children and kids in crisis (272 in 2016).  When Schnapps and I started this back in 2010 we never dreamed that it would grow so much.  Thank you to everyone who helps and to all of you who use our patterns to help your local communities.  We hope that we can all challenge and inspire each other to keep creating comforting, beautiful things to spread some happiness.

Schnapps played around with some 6-weight yarn this weekend during football and came up with this pattern.  Amazing how a different yarn gives the same pattern an entirely different look, isn't it?  You could do the brim one color and the crown another too.  Remember, be creative and experiment........worst that happens is you rip out something and start over........most times you come up with something wonderful!

Very simple and super quick to knit, especially in super bulky yarn, the pattern includes info for other yarn weights as always.  



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Missing the excitement of the holidays.....but ready for some snuggle time!


 
Reticulated Hope

  You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 
 
Abbreviations:
s1:  slip one stitch
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Rows 1 & 2:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *s1 knitwise, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:   *s1 purlwise with yarn in back, p1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is anywhere from 3 to 6.5 inches in length, depending on what you like best.

Work Crown:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until the hat is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:    *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:    *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:    *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.
 
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.  

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but vary in multiples of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same.