Schnapps

Schnapps
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Introducing Hope Squared!

This is the latest hat by Schnapps.  As he was working on it, we noticed that it could be reversible.  Then we thought that it would look cute with the brim rolled also.  So, this extremely simple 2 row pattern that only uses knit and purl stitches makes one hat that can be worn four different ways!


Remember, the Finn Hat Project is an ongoing project that we do along with our regular chemo caps!  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.  Take a look at the amazing video here.
The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   
   
So far we have collected 277 Finn Hats from all over the country! Join us please!


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. 


Hope Squared




Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k2, p1, k1*; repeat across
Row 2:  *k3, p1*; repeat across

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is 6.5 to 7 inches in length for a hat without a brim. Repeat until 7.5 to 8 inches in length for a longer cap or to wear with a brim.
Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k2tog, p1, k1*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog, k1, p1*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; repeat to last stitch, k1
Row 4:  *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 could use a little extra hope and some flexibility today!

 


The pattern is worked over 4 stitches. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 68 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 92 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 4 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 116 stitches. 

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

 Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

All are welcome to join us in some way!  
If you know anyone who needs chemo caps, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will send some out to anywhere in the USA.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Introducing Downy Hug!

Schnapps' latest hat!  I let Paul name it this time!  This is knit using a fairly heavy 4-weight yarn and size 10 needles, but other yarn weights would work just as well. 

Schnapps used Lion Brand Organic Cotton and it was so very soft and fluffy feeling!  Just one skein was needed for the blue cap.  The maroon cap was knit using Sublime luxurious woolly merino and again, just one ball was needed.  It too is super soft! 







More and more people are joining us on Facebook and here and I just wanted to let everyone know that I accept hats of all colors, styles and sizes.  There is a head for every hat!  The only real requirements are that the hats be handmade and labeled in some way if they contain wool.  That is so I can tag them as containing wool for those with animal fiber allergies.  If you are sending hats in, please include your name and email address or mailing address if you would rather so I can let you know when the hats get here.  All the hats that come in are photographed and put on our Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.  If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org

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. 

"I think this color looks good on me!"
   
Downy Hug

You will need 85 - 100 yards of heavy worsted weight yarn and size US 10 circular needles and dpns or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.  

Abbreviations:
skpsso:  slip one stitch, knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and  off your needle
yo:  yarn over
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 70 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Stockinette Stitch
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3 to 3.5 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  *skpsso, yo*; repeat across
Row 3:  knit all stitches
Row 4:  *yo, k2tog*; repeat across
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 6 to 6.5 inches in length. 
Work Stockinette Stitch
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length

Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k8, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:  *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:  *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:  *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:  *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 and to someone who could use an extra soft hug!

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches.  To keep the crown decrease the same adjust in multiples of 10. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 100 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10 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. 

 Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!


All are welcome to join us in some way!  
If you know anyone who needs chemo caps, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will send some out to anywhere in the USA.



Friday, March 22, 2013

Schnapps Withdrew from the Contest!

THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Schnapps in the contest that has been running the past few weeks.  Unfortunately, it was brought to my attention that many people were cheating and using browser add-ons and proxies to give themselves hundreds of votes in short periods of time.  This was not done for Schnapps, but we do not want to be affiliated with anything fraudulent.

I did contact the Facebook page which was running the contest (I Love Funny Dogs) and the company that licenses the software for the contest (Woobox).  Each tried to blame the other and told me that there was nothing that could be done to stop the fraud. 

A friend of mine showed me how easy it actually was to cheat - IF you had hours of time and nothing better to do with your life!  I was appalled at how simple it was and how lax the companies are about it.  I could have decided to cheat too, but that's not the way I do things.  I couldn't keep asking people to vote honestly, knowing that we would never win since others were cheating.  I asked at that time to be withdrawn from the contest, since I do not want to be associated with cheating or fraud in any way.  Schnapps is our mascot.  We're all about good things and honesty.......not sneaking around to win dog treats and an iPad.  Somethings are just not worth it!

The Facebook page finally, after I contacted them several times, got back to me, telling me that they know there is cheating going on, but they don't know what to do about it.  They asked why I wanted to be withdrawn, since if they got rid of the cheaters, Schnapps would be in first place.  That's not why I reported the fraud and I certainly don't want us to be a part of something that allows cheating.  I am not able to stop someone else from cheating for Schnapps (although I know that none of you would - it's just the principle of it) and so I stuck to my decision to take him out.  At this point, even a win would feel tainted to me.

I do hope you all understand my point of view on this.  I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience I caused.  I know that many of you went out of your way to vote for him and I hope you know that we both appreciate the time you took.  He'll keep creating patterns to share to show his gratitude also!

I bought him a special bag of treats yesterday to make up for his not being able to win.  In my book, he's #1 all the way and he knows that.  Those who cheat to win aren't really winning at all.  Schnapps is a true winner to me.  AND he can knit!!!

So hugs and tail wags from us.  Thank you again, so much for all your support!

Schnapps and his heart shaped tongue will not take part in anything fraudulent!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Introducing Flirty Sherbert!


 Well, Spring Fever must officially be here, even though we had snow flurries today.  Schnapps made this ruffled hat and even modeled it!  Thank you to Ann for suggesting that Sherbert be part of the name and Elissa for suggesting Flirty be part too!! 



It's too frilly for me to wear, but Schnapps was a good sport and tried it on!

I used worsted weight yarn and size 8 straight needles and size 9 circulars for this, but you could certainly use all one size needle.  The pattern has various combinations of needles and yarn weight for adult and child sizes.  The most important thing with this pattern is to start your ruffles with four times the number of stitches you will need for your hat.

The ruffles are knit on straight needles and then joined in the round.  If you wanted to continue to knit this hat flat, you could just knit stockinette by knitting the even rows and purling the odd rows instead of joining in the round.  

The color possibilities are endless!  I used a pink for Ruffle 2 and a novelty yarn for Ruffle 1 and then a lavender for the body.  You could do this all in one color or use any combination of one, two or three colors.  Have fun with it and experiment.  I have included the instructions for other yarn weights too.  Remember you MUST start your ruffles with four times the number of stitches that you need for your hat.  It's important!

 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.


Flirty Sherbert


You will need 3 size 8 straight needles for the ruffles and a size 9 circular needle for the hat body and worsted weight yarn in 3 colors.

Abbreviations: 
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:   knit 2 stitches together as one


Make Ruffles:  You need 3 size 8 straight needles

Ruffle 1: 
Cast on 280 stitches
Row 1:  *k2, then pass the first stitch over the second and off the right hand needle*; repeat across
Row 2:  *p2tog*; repeat across
Row 3:  knit all stitches
Row 4:  purl all stitches
Set Needle Aside

Ruffle 2: 
work the same as Ruffle 1, but repeat Rows 3 and 4 three times for a total of 10 rows.

Join Ruffles:  Place Ruffle 1 over Ruffle 2 and use your size 9 circular needles to join the 2 rows of stitches that are on the 2 needles together. 

Place a marker and taking care not to twist stitches, join in the round.

Work Hat:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 to 7.5  inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns when needed

Row 1: *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:  *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9: *k2tog*; repeat around

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

Stitch the sides of the ruffles together.

Weave in ends and enjoy!

The pattern is worked over any number of  stitches. Use a multiple of 10 to maintain the crown decrease. 

RUFFLES:  You must start with four times the number of stitches you need for your hat.  So for 70 stitches, I began with 280.  If you need 80 stitches, begin with 320.  60 stitches, begin with 240.  90 stitches, begin with 360.  Adjust accordingly, but always start with four times the number of stitches you want for your hat.

I used size 9 needles to get an airy look for the body of the hat.  You could easily use size 8 needles throughout.  Just start with 80 stitches

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 50 stitches.  Ruffles would start with 200 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 6 inches. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Ruffles would start with 240 stitches

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Begin crown decreases between 6.5 and 7 inches, depending on desired length of finished hat.  Ruffles would start with 240 stitches.  Always adjust in multiples of 10, being sure to adjust number of cast on stitches for the ruffles too.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 130 stitches. Begin crown decrease at 7.5 to 8 inches.   Ruffles would start with 520 stitches.

All are welcome to join us in some way!  
If you know anyone who needs chemo caps, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will send some out to anywhere in the USA.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Introducing Vines of Hope!

Schnapps is keeping busy!  This is his latest hat.  Thank you Deonne for the name suggestion!


This was knit using one skein of Vanna's Colors, but any 5-weight yarn would work also.  The pattern has instructions for all yarn weights too.  Use whatever you have in your stash and make a chemo cap for someone today!  This is an easy pattern that works up quickly.

 Remember, it's not too late to join the Finn Hat Project!  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.  Take a look at the amazing video here.
The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   
  So far we have collected 269 Finn Hats from all over the country! 

Schnapps, hard at work on his latest creation!





 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.


 Vines of Hope


You will need 80 - 100 yards of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles or another combination of needles and yarn listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together through the back loop

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

skpsso:  slip one stitch, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and drop

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

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat across
Row 2:  *k2togtbl then k2tog the same 2 stitches, p2*; repeat across
Row 3:  *k1, yo, k1, p2*; repeat across
Row 4:   *skpsso, k1, p2*; repeat across

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 6.5 to 7 inches in length. .
Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k2, p2 *; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog, p2*; repeat around
Row 3: *k1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *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 could use a little extra hope today!


The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.  To keep the crown decrease the same adjust in multiples of 8 . 

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 120 stitches. 

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

 Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!




All are welcome to join us in some way!  If you know anyone who needs chemo caps, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will send some out to anywhere in the USA.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Introducing Chained Hearts!


This is Schnapps' latest creation.  Thank you Marcia for the name idea!




This was knit using Hometown USA, well less than one skein of the blue and just what was left over from a previous hat of the orange.  The pattern has instructions for all yarn weights as well as information for adjusting the size.

 Remember, it's not too late to join the Finn Hat Project!  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.  Take a look at the amazing video here.
The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   
  So far we have collected 269 Finn Hats from all over the country! 





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. 



Chained Hearts
You will need 70 - 80 yards of super-bulky weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some combination listed below. 

Abbreviations:
k1b:  knit one in the stitch below the next stitch
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 52 stitches, using color  place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Stockinette Stitch
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3.5 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Using Color B:  Row 1:  *k1b, k1*; repeat across
                           Row 2:   purl all stitches
Using Color A:  Row 3:  *k1, k1b*; repeat across
                           Row 4:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 6 to 6.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 3.

Work Stockinette Stitch
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 to 7.5  inches in length

Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k2, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k2tog*; repeat to last stitch, k1

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 and some hugs, hope and love to someone!


The pattern is worked over 2 stitches.  To keep the crown decrease the same adjust in multiples of 4 or (8) . 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 68 (72) stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 92 (96) stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 (64) stitches.  Adjust in increments of 3 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 116 (120) stitches. 

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

 Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

If you use a multiple of 8, you can work the crown decrease as follows:

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      


All are welcome to join us in some way!  If you know anyone who needs chemo caps, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will send some out to anywhere in the USA.








Thursday, March 14, 2013

Introducing Ripples of Kindness!

Schnapps' latest hat is finished and ready to share.  Thank you Annie for the name!  This was knit using 2 strands of sport weight yarn held together as one, but the pattern has instructions for other yarn weights as well.  I used Louisa Harding's Kashmir Baby which is so soft and silky!  Knit it with whatever yarn you have in your stash at the moment!



We're keeping busy here tagging hats and blankets and collecting Finn Hats too.  It's not too late to join the Finn Hat Project!  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.  
Take a look at the amazing video here.
The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   
  So far we have collected 250 Finn Hats from all over the country! 




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. 





Ripples of Kindness

You will need 200 - 260 yards of sport weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles and dpns.  Or use some other combination of yarn and needles listed below.  

Abbreviations:
yo:  yarn over
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Using 2 strands of sport weight yarn held together as one, cast on 72 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Rows 1 & 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:* ( (k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times)*; repeat across
Row 4:  purl all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until the piece is between 6.5 and 7 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns when needed

Row 1:    *k16, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:    *k15, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3:    *k14, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:    *k13, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:    *k12, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:    *k11, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:    *k10, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:    *k9, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:    *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 10:  *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11:  *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row12:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 13:  *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 14:  *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 15:  *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 16:  *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row17:   *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 could use some kindness!
The pattern is worked over 18 stitches. 

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 54 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 5 inches.

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

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 108 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 7.5 inches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 72 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 18 stitches for individual sizes.  Begin crown decreases between 6.5 and 7 inches, depending on desired length of finished hat.

To knit this using one strand of sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 126 stitches. Begin crown decrease at 7.5 to 8 inches. 
 

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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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Entire Hat Trilogy!

I thought it might be helpful to have the patterns for all three of the Trilogy Hat designs together in one PDF for you.  Hopefully this works well and there are no problems with access.  Each hat also has a blog post and the patterns are listed individually in those posts. 



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. 








Saturday, March 9, 2013

Introducing Love: Hat 3 in the Trilogy!

This is the hat that began this trilogy.  We started with the edging and couldn't decide about the lace. So, we worked it and found that it might be a bit too much detail for some people.  So, Live and Laugh are patterns worked with just one element of the two from Love.

We hope you like all three hats in this group.  It was fun making them and I think they will work nicely with just about any yarn.  

This model was made with Ella Rae's Classic Heathers in Jade and size 7 needles.  The color is gorgeous and it just seemed to work well with this pattern.  Try whatever yarn you have on hand and see what happens!

Love!
Live!  This pattern is available here.
Laugh!  This pattern is available here.



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 available as a free PDF download on Scribd and in my Craftsy store. 




Love

You will need 160 - 175 yards of worsted weight yarn and size US 7 circular needles and dpns.

Abbreviations:
yo:  yarn over
sk2p:  slip one stitch knitwise, knit the next 2 stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch over.  
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one
ssk:  slip 2 stitches knitwise, one at a time, then knit them together with the left hand needle
work stockinette stitch:  knit all stitches in every row

Cast on 91 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Edging Pattern:  (multiples of 13)
Row 1:  *k1, yo, k4, sk2p, k4, yo, k1*; repeat across
Row 2:   *k2, p9, k2*; repeat across
Row 3:   *k2, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k2*; repeat across
Row 4:   *k3, p7, k3*; repeat across
Row 5:   *k3, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k3*; repeat across
Row 6:   *k4, p5, k4*; repeat across
Row 7:   *k4, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k4*; repeat across
Row 8:   *k5, p3, k5*; repeat across
Row 9:   *k5, yo, sk2p, yo, k5*; repeat across
Row 10:  knit all stitches

Work Stockinette Stitch until piece is about 3 inches long.
For the last row only: (k28, k2tog) 3 times, k1 (88 stitches)

Work Lace Pattern:  (multiples of 8)
Rows 1 & 3:  *yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k1*; repeat across
Row 2, 4, 6 & 8:  knit all stitches
Rows 5 & 7:   *k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p*; repeat across
Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece is about 6 inches in length

Work Stockinette Stitch until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns when needed
Row 1: *k6, ssk*; repeat around
Row 2: *k5, ssk*; repeat around
Row 3: *k4, ssk*; repeat around
Row 4: *k3, ssk*; repeat around
Row 5: *k2, ssk*; repeat around
Row 6: *k1, ssk*; repeat around
Row 7: *ssk*; 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 edging pattern is worked over 13 stitches.  The lace pattern is worked over 8 stitches.  You must decrease the number of stitches evenly in the last row of stockinette before working the lace pattern.

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 52 stitches.  Decrease 4 stitches so you have 48 stitches to begin your lace.  Begin the crown decrease at 4 inches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 65 stitches.  Decrease one stitch to start the lace pattern with 64 stitches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 65 stitches.   Decrease to 64 stitches prior to beginning lace.  Begin crown decreases between 6.5 and 7 inches, depending on desired length of finished hat.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 117 stitches. Decrease 5 stitches to start the lace pattern with 112 stitches.  Begin crown decrease at 7.5 to 8 inches.  

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.
 
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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Introducing Laugh: Hat 2 in a Trilogy!

This hat is the second in the Live, Laugh, Love Trilogy based on the one pattern that we started with.  Again, thank you Elissa for naming them.  The three of these hats will work well as Spring hats made with lighter weight yarn or as warmer caps made with 2 strands of yarn or a heavier weight fiber.  Experiment with different yarns and enjoy!

The model was knit using just 2 skeins of Louisa Harding's Grace Silk & Wool.  This yarn has such a beautiful texture and sheen to it I thought it was perfect for this pattern.  I used 2 strands held together as one and size 10 needles.  I have included instructions for other yarn weights also, so you can use whatever you have in your stash.

Laugh!
Live!  This pattern is available here.

I hope you like all the hats in this trilogy.  And I hope that you will find some time to make a couple for your local cancer center.  I have heard from so many people recently telling me how important these caps are to them.  So, please, join us in making a difference one hat at a time!  It means more than you would think it would. 

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 available as a free PDF download on Scribd and in my Craftsy store. 



Laugh


 You will need 230 - 260 yards of sport weight yarn and size US 10 circular needles and dpns or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
yo:  yarn over
sk2p:  slip one stitch knitwise, knit the next 2 stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch over.  
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one
work stockinette stitch:  knit all stitches in every row

Using 2 strands of sport weight yarn held together as one, cast on 80 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Stockinette Stitch for 2.5 to 3 inches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 3:  *yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k1*; repeat across
Row 2, 4, 6 & 8:  knit all stitches
Rows 5 & 7:   *k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p*; repeat across
Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece is about 6 inches in length
Work Stockinette Stitch until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns 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 enjoy!



The pattern is worked over 8 stitches. 

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 6 inches.

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

To knit this using one strand of worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 7.5 inches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.  Begin crown decreases between 6.5 and 7 inches, depending on desired length of finished hat.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 128 stitches. Begin crown decrease at 7.5 to 8 inches.  

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



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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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Introducing Live: Hat 1 in a Trilogy!

Sometimes what you start off imagining changes and progresses while you knit and next thing you know you have something totally different.  In this case, Schnapps' one idea has now given three new patterns a start.  The edging was a must, so that's where we began.  Then we thought we could add a lace insert also.  So we did.  And it's pretty, but a little too busy for our taste, so we decided to work the pattern with just the edging and a stockinette body.  

But, since a lot of people like the one with the lace insert, we will add that pattern also.  And we will work another hat with just the lace insert and a stockinette brim.  We'll be busy!  Good thing Schnapps is a fast knitter.  Even if he does take naps in the middle of lace rows!



Thank you Elissa for the idea of naming them Live, Laugh, Love!  

Here is the hat with both brim and insert. 
This is knit using Ella Rae's Classic Heathers.

Here is Live


All three patterns will be posted soon, but we have to work them all out, so please be patient.  We'll start with Live and take it from there.

The model was knit using Elsebeth Lavold's Calm Wool.  I used less than 2 skeins and worked 2 strands held together as one using size 10.5 circular needles and dpns.  I have included adaptations for all other yarn weights, except lace weight and how to adjust for a child size hat.


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 available as a free PDF download on Scribd and in my Craftsy store.




Live

Abbreviations:
yo:  yarn over
sk2p:  slip one stitch knitwise, knit the next 2 stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch over.  
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together as one, cast on 65 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Row 1:  *k1, yo, k4, sk2p, k4, yo, k1*; repeat across
Row 2:   *k2, p9, k2*; repeat across
Row 3:   *k2, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k2*; repeat across
Row 4:   *k3, p7, k3*; repeat across
Row 5:   *k3, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k3*; repeat across
Row 6:   *k4, p5, k4*; repeat across
Row 7:   *k4, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k4*; repeat across
Row 8:   *k5, p3, k5*; repeat across
Row 9:   *k5, yo, sk2p, yo, k5*; repeat across
Row 10:  knit all stitches

Work Stockinette Stitch

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 6 inches.  See below for other yarn weight instructions.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns when needed

Row 1: *k11, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k10, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k9, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 10: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row12: *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!



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The pattern is worked over 13 stitches. 

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 52 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 4 inches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 65 stitches.  Work pattern as written

To knit this using one strand of worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 91 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 7.5 inches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 65 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 13 stitches for individual sizes.  Begin crown decreases between 6.5 and 7 inches, depending on desired length of finished hat.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 117 stitches. Begin crown decrease at 7.5 to 8 inches.  

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



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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Kozy Kovers for Kids