Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Introducing You're KNOT Alone!

Schnapps finished this hat and even though it's not using the knot stitch, we really liked the name.  Thank you Laurel for the name suggestion!

Our Finn Hat project is ongoing also and I'm so excited to tell you that Finn Hats have already made it here from Florida, Rhode Island and Virginia!  Can't wait to see how many states end up participating in this wonderful project.  Is YOUR state represented???    

We are collecting hats for Kidshealth.org which is part of the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.  They have produced a video that helps pre-school age children understand what to expect from their cancer treatment.  We are hoping to have a few hundred hats in varying sizes for a launch party at the end of February.  Take a look at the amazing video here.

For more information about this fantastic project, check out the blog post or visit our website

Join us as we make Finn Hats to help little ones understand their cancer treatment!



This latest hat is a incredibly versatile pattern.  You can make the brim ribbed or rolled.  You can do the clusters from the brim all the way to the top or leave the band of stockinette stitch.  Play with it, have fun and enjoy! 

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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.

 The pattern is posted as a PDF on Scribd.com and you can always email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org with any questions or for a PDF of the pattern.
Schnapps knows that NO one should be alone when battling cancer!
 
 
You're KNOT Alone
 
You will need worsted weight yarn, size 9 needles and a cable needle or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.  I used Vanna's Choice, which is a bit thicker than some worsted weight yarns.  If using a thinner worsted weight yarn, you could cast on 80 stitches on size 8 needles.

Abbreviations:
MC:  Make Cluster: slip 3 stitches to cable needle, wrap yarn counterclockwise 6 times, then knit stitches off cable needle
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

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

Work Brim:
Row 1: *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 2 inches in length

Work stockinette for another inch until piece measures 3 inches in length.  For a rolled brim, skip the ribbing and just work stockinette for 3 full inches.

Work Pattern:
Row 1, 2, 4, & 6:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k5, MC*; repeat around
Row 5:  *k1, MC, k4*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 3 - 6 until the piece measures 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:
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

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

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

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48 stitches. 

To knit this using chunky weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 120 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Use dpns if desired.


Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!

Delaware Head Huggers


Kozy Kovers for Kids

Monday, January 21, 2013

Introducing Cables of Comfort!

Thank you Janet for the name for this hat.  You know that I love super bulky yarn, but this hat will look equally as nice, although very different when knit in sport weight yarn too!  I used Lion Brand Hometown USA for this one and the hat is toasty warm!  




If you haven't already joined us on Finn's Hat Project, please do!  We are collecting hats for Kidshealth.org which is part of the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.  They have produced a video that helps pre-school age children understand what to expect from their cancer treatment.  We are hoping to have a few hundred hats in varying sizes for a launch party at the end of February.  Take a look at the amazing video here.

The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   
 
 
 
Schnapps hopes you will join us!
 
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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.

 The pattern is posted as a PDF on Scribd.com and you can always email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org with any questions or for a PDF of the pattern.
 
 
Cables of Comfort
 
You will need size US 13 circular needles and super bulky weight yarn (or another combination listed below) and a cable needle.
 
Abbreviations:

C4B:  slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back of work.  Knit next 2 stitches, then knit stitches from the cable needle

C4F:  slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front of work.  Knit next 2 stitches, then knit stitches from the cable needle 

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together 

p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together

Cast on 54 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Row 1, 2, 4 & 6: *p3, k6*; repeat around
Row 3:  *p3, C4B, k2*; repeat around
Row 5:  * p3, k2, C4F*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 3-6 until the piece measures between 7 and 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *p1, p2tog, k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *p2, k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p2, k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4 : *p2, k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *p2tog, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:  * k2tog*; repeat around

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

The pattern is worked over 9 stitches. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 99 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 63 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 126 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Use dpns if desired.

 
Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!

Delaware Head Huggers


Kozy Kovers for Kids

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Introducing Positive Waves!

It was National Hat Day yesterday and in honor of that Schnapps finished this pattern.  Unfortunately, I didn't get it posted until today, so Happy Belated National Hat Day Everyone!  Thank you Liz for the name for this one.  It's super fast and simple! 

Positive Waves in a solid color

If you haven't already joined us on Finn's Hat Project, please do!  We are collecting hats for Kidshealth.org which is part of the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.  They have produced a video that helps pre-school age children understand what to expect from their cancer treatment.  We are hoping to have a few hundred hats in varying sizes for a launch party at the end of February.  Take a look at the amazing video here.

The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:  

One of the Finn Hats!

Schnapps loves children and hats!  This is his kind of project!
Positive Waves was knit using super bulky yarn, but the pattern has instructions for other yarn weights too.  Schnapps thought that doing the pattern band in a contrasting color might look nice too, so we tried that as well.  Knit whichever one you like!

 If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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.

 The pattern is posted as a PDF on Scribd.com and you can always email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org with any questions or for a PDF of the pattern.

Positive Waves in 2 colors

Positive Waves


You will need:  Size US 13 circular needles and super bulky or 6-weight yarn or a combination of yarn and needles listed below.

 Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together
Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 4 inches in length

Work Band Pattern:  change color here if desired
***if working a contrasting band pattern, knit one row of stitches before beginning pattern***

Row 1: *k2tog, but leave on LH needle and knit the first stitch again, dropping both stitches together, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k1, k2tog, but leave on LH needle and knit the first stitch again, dropping both stitches together*; repeat around
Row 4:  knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is about 6 inches in length

Work Crown:  if using a contrasting color for the band, switch back to the main color here.
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7.5  inches in length.

Decrease Crown:
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 give this hat to someone who needs some positive thoughts!
The pattern is worked over 3 stitches, but to keep the crown decrease the same, adjust in multiples of 6. 

To knit this using 5 -weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 66 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 120 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Use dpns if you like.


Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!

Delaware Head Huggers


Kozy Kovers for Kids
 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Introducing Finn's Hat!

I'm excited to announce a new project for Delaware Head Huggers.  We are collecting hats for Kidshealth.org which is part of the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware.  They have produced a video that helps pre-school age children understand what to expect from their cancer treatment.  We are hoping to have a few hundred hats in varying sizes for a launch party at the end of February.  We WILL be collecting Finn Hats after that date.  This is an ongoing project!

The pattern can be found as a PDF on the Delaware Head Huggers website:  just click on the tab that says Finn's Hat Download and it will open a tab to download the pattern.   For those who don't want to download the PDF, the pattern is typed out on the website in the tab that says Finn's Hat Pattern.  There are instructions for knitting in the round, knitting flat, loom knitting and 2 crochet patterns!  EVERYONE can help!

I have also put the pattern page on Scribd.com.

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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.

An excerpt of the video can be found here

  We're asking everyone who can to knit a hat (or 2 or 3 or as many as possible!) that matches Finn's hat in the video.  These hats will be given to the children, their siblings, parents, friends, classmates and anyone who wants to show some support for someone undergoing cancer treatment.  Please consider making some for us.
 

We want these hats to look as similar to Finn’s as possible, so please keep to the same colors and use the attached patterns only.  We have included patterns for knitting in the round, flat knitting and loom knitting.  The pattern is simple enough for novice knitters. There is also a crochet pattern!

You can watch an excerpt of the video here:  http://youtu.be/gmPzgtSC6i0

All hats should be sent to Delaware Head Huggers.  A list of drop off sites throughout the state of Delaware can be found here:  http://www.delawareheadhuggers.org/page8.php

Hats can also be mailed directly to Delaware Head Huggers, 202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943.  Please include your name, address and email address so we can let you know that your hats arrived safely!

We are collecting hats of all sizes, since these will be given to siblings and adult family members and friends as well as to the young children starting treatment.

Please consider helping us make the difficult journey of cancer treatment a little less scary for these little ones.

Please feel free to send any questions to:  robin@delawareheadhuggers.org
Children are sick and scared?  That worries Schnapps!  He hopes you will help!
 

The hat is basically a denim blue color with 2 green stripes.  The greens are more of an aqua and sea foam than a Kelly green.  I’ve checked some brands and have some options here.   Any yarn in this color combination is acceptable, but please choose SOFT feeling yarn!

Possible Yarn Combinations


WORSTED WEIGHT YARNS
Caron Simply Soft Eco in DENIM WASH 0025 (Blue)
Caron Simply Soft Eco in SPRIG 0016/ Caron Simply Soft in Sage (Darker Green)
Caron Simply Soft Eco AQUA MIST 0015/ Caron Simply Soft in Soft Green (Lighter Green)


Red Heart Soft in Mid Blue (Blue)
Red Heart Soft in Deep Sea (Darker Green)
Red Heart Soft in Seafoam (Lighter Green)

Ella Rae Rimini in Denim Blue #11 (Blue)
Ella Rae Rimini in Mint Green #5 (Darker Green)
Ella Rae Rimini in Moss Green #8 (Lighter Green)

Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Denim (Blue)
Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Tranquil (Darker Green)
Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Cornflower (Lighter Green)

Bernat Super Value in Medium Navy (Blue)
Bernat Super Value in Mint (Darker Green)
Bernat Super Value in Soft Mint (Lighter Green)

Bernat Satin in Loyal Royal (Blue)
Bernat Satin in Foliage (Darker Green)
Bernat Satin in Soft Fern (Lighter Green)

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby in Little Boy Blue/ Vanna's Choice in Colonial Blue (Blue)
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby in Sweet Pea (Darker Green)
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby in Mint (Lighter Green)

Cascade Cherub Navy (Blue)
Cascade Cherub Jade (Darker Green)
Cascade Cherub Baby Mint (Lighter Green)

CHUNKY WEIGHT YARNS

Willow Yarns Burrow Chunky in Navy (Blue)
Willow Yarns Burrow Chunky in Greenery (Darker Green)  
Willow Yarns Burrow Chunky in Blue Spruce (Lighter Green)

Knit Picks Brava Chunky in Solstice Heather (Blue)
Knit Picks Brava Chunky in Tranquil (Darker Green)
Knit Picks Brava Chunky in Cornflower (Lighter Green)

Berroco Weekend Chunky in Starry Night (Blue)
Berroco Weekend Chunky in Sea Glass (Darker Green)
Berroco Weekend Chunky in Clothesline (Lighter Green)



Please contact robin@delawareheadhuggers.org with any questions.


Finn’s Hat Pattern:



Circular needles:  Using worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles to fit toddler, (child, teen, adult)

Cast on, using blue yarn: 64 (72, 80, 96), place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Knit Brim using blue yarn:

Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1 inch in length

Switch to darker green yarn and knit first stripe:

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2 inches in length

Switch to lighter green yarn and knit second stripe

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3 inches in length

Switch back to blue yarn and knit top of hat

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 5 (6, 6.5, 7) inches in length

Crown Decrease:  switch to dpns when needed

Row 1:  *k6, k2tog* ; repeat around
Row 2 and ALL even rows:  knit all stitches
Row 3:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 13:  *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish:

Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail and draw the tail through the remaining stitches.  Cinch tightly and weave in your ends.  Send this hat to a child who needs it!  J

To use chunky weight yarn, switch to size 10 circular needles and cast on:  48, (56, 64, 72)  Work pattern as written to crown decrease.  Leave out the even number rows for the crown decrease for chunky weight yarn.




To knit on straight needles

Using worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles to fit toddler, (child, teen, adult)

Cast on, using blue yarn: 64 (72, 80, 96)

Knit Brim using blue yarn:

Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Row 2:  *p2, k2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is about 1 inch in length

Switch to darker green yarn and knit first stripe:

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is about 2 inches in length

Switch to lighter green yarn and knit second stripe

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is about 3 inches in length

Switch back to blue yarn and knit top of hat

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stiches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is about 5 (6, 6.5, 7) inches in length

Crown Decrease: 

Row 1:  *k6, k2tog* ; repeat around
Row 2 and ALL even rows:  purl all stitches
Row 3:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 13:  *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish:

Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail and draw the tail through the remaining stitches.  Sew the seam and weave in your ends.  Send this hat to a child who needs it!  J



Loom Knit Pattern

Use 2 strands of yarn held together as one.

E-wrap cast on with blue yarn

Work k2, p2 ribbing for about one inch

Switch to the darker green yarn and e-wrap knit for another inch

Switch to the lighter green and e-wrap knit for another inch

Switch back to the blue and finish the hat

End as usual.

 

Finn’s Hat - Crochet

Using worsted weight yarn and Size 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook to fit Child (Adult)
Top of Hat – begin with blue yarn
Ch 4. Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 6 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 sc.
Cont with established pattern, inc 6 sts on every rnd to 48 (60) sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. [2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 (9) sc] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 54 (66) sts.
Cont in same manner, inc 6 sts on every following alt rnd to 60 (72) sts. Place marker at end of rnd.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until work from marked rnd measures 1 () in.
Fasten off blue yarn and switch to light green yarn.
Next 4 rnds: With light green yarn, Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.  (1 inch).
Fasten off light green and switch to darker green yarn.
Next 4 rnds: With darker green yarn, Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.  (1 inch).
Fasten off.
Brim   - is made separately with blue yarn
Ch 5.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 4 sc at the end of this row.
Next Row: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in each st across.  Repeat this row for a total of 60 (72) rows.  
Stitch long end of Brim to last row of hat.   Stitch short ends of Brim together.


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Finn’s Hat

This version is crocheted from Brim to Crown.

Brim
Ch 5 with blue yarn. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 4 sc at the end of this row. Next Row: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in each sc across.  Repeat this row for a total of 60 (72) rows. Brim measures approx 1 inch.
Join ends by lining up first and last row and sl st or sew ends together.
Fasten off.
Hat
Body and crown of hat are worked in the round.  Do not turn work.
Rnd 1: Attach dark green yarn at corner with sl st and Ch 1.  Working in ends of rows along one long side of Brim, evenly sc 60 (72) across edge. Join with sl st to first sc. At the end of this rnd, place marker and move marker up as work progresses. Do not turn work.
Rnd 2 & 3: Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc.  60 (72) sts.
Stripe should measure about 1 inch.  Total length of piece, 2 inches.
Fasten off dark green yarn.
Rnd 4: Attach light green yarn. Ch 1. Sc in each sc across.  Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72) sts
Rnd 5 & 6: sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc.   60 (72) sts
Stripe should measure about 1 inch.  Total length of piece, 3 inches.
Fasten off light green yarn.
Rnd 7: Attach blue yarn. Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72)sts
Rnd 8: Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72) sts
Next Rnd: repeat Rnd 8 until piece measures 4 (5 ½) inches from edge of Brim.
Begin shaping crown:
Next Rnd: Ch 1. * Sc2tog, sc 8.*  Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  54 (66) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1.  Sc in each sc across.  Join with sl st to first sc.  54 (66) sts
The remaining rnds will each decrease by 6 sc.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 7.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  48 (60) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 6.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  42 (54) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 5.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  36 (48) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 4.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  30 (36) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 3.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  24 (30) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 2.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  18 (24) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 1.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc.  12 (18) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. Sc2tog across rnd. Join with sl st to first sc.  6 (12) sts.
For Larger hat, repeat final row for a remaining 6 sts.
Break yarn.  With needle fasten off stitches and cinch closed.  Secure end.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Introducing Chains of Love!

Schnapps finished this hat the other day.  Thanks Barb for the name!  Chains of Love was knit using Michael's Charisma 5-weight yarn, but the pattern includes instructions for other yarn weights as well.



2013 is off to a great start.  We've had lots of beautiful notes coming in telling us just how important these hats are to so many people.  I am stunned, but I already have a waiting list for hats.  There is such a huge need!  Please, take some time this year to make some hats for people undergoing chemotherapy.  Donate locally or send them to us if you don't know where to give them, but let's all do a little bit to warm up those battling cancer this year.

Thank you everyone who has been purchasing patterns too!  100% of that goes right back into Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  It helps pay for supplies and shipping costs so we can keep sending these hats out to those who need them most.  My Raverly and Craftsy stores can be accessed by using the links on the right hand side of this blog. Schnapps and I thank everyone for their help and support!

Schnapps thinking about his next pattern while enjoying some sunshine!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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 pattern is in PDF form here or you can email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will send you a copy.


Chains of Love

You will need 80 - 90 yards of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
Cluster 1:  k2, p2, k2, then slip those 6 stitches to a cable needle and wrap working yarn counterclockwise two times around the stitches, then slip back to right hand needle

Cluster 2:  p2, k2, p2, then slip those 6 stitches to a cable needle and wrap working yarn counterclockwise two times around the stitches, then slip back to right hand needle

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:

Row 1:  knit all stitches

Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2.5 inches in length

Work Band Pattern:
Row 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 8:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Row 3:  *Cluster 1, p2*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k2, Cluster 2*; repeat around

Work Rows 1 - 8 until the piece is about 5.5 to 6 inches in length. 
**The model shows Rows 1 - 8, then a repeat of Rows 1 - 4.  Depending on the yarn weight you use you might wish to repeat more rows. ***


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

Decrease Crown:

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 enjoy!

The pattern is worked over 8 stitches. 

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 128 stitches. 


Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!





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