Schnapps

Schnapps
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Introducing Latte of Love!

Schnapps' latest is ready - just in time for Halloween!  Thank you Lynn for the name.  I usually try to stay away from any name that specifies the color, but this just fit so well.  Of course, the hat would be lovely in any color you choose to use!  This was knit using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, which is a super bulky yarn, but the instructions for all yarn weights are included.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased The Play Book or any of my patterns.  Hats are continuing to ship to wherever they are needed most.  



I can't believe that tomorrow is November 1st already.  This year is flying by.  Christmas gifts need to be made and yet, every time Schnapps gets some yarn, he's making a hat.  There is a huge need this time of year especially for chemo caps of all sorts.  Please be sure to make a few to drop off at your local center or to send to me even as you craft your holiday gifts or make that special something for yourself.  It means the world to so many.

Happy Halloween from Schnapps and me!

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.  We love to hear from everyone!
Latte of Love

You will need 6 weight yarn and size US 13 circulars and dpn's or some other combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
twist:  knit 1 through the back loop of the stitch below, then knit the stitch above  (2 stitches made)

Cast on 49 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 3:   knit all stitches
Row 2:  *k2tog, k2, twist, k2*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k2, twist, k2, k2tog
Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length. 

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k1, 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.  Weave in ends and give it to someone special who needs hugs, hope and a little or a lot of love!

The pattern is worked over 7 stitches.  

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 84 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 63 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 7 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 119 stitches. 

 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Introducing Footprints!

Football Sunday was yesterday and Schnapps was busy.  He made this hat using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn.  Thank you Janie for the name!

He made a couple of plain knit hats this weekend too, using colorful and textured yarn, which he thinks is best used with a plain stitch pattern.  Don't forget to get your copy of "The Play Book" too if you want all the 2013 Football Patterns! 


This is a very busy time of year for Delaware Head Huggers!  Hats are shipping out every week.  So far, we have been able to get hats to everyone who has requested them.  Keep them coming in because the cold weather isn't even here yet.  And remember, if you or someone you know needs hats and live in the USA, let me know and I will gladly send hats.
 

Please also remember that the Finn Hat Project is still ongoing.  So far, we have collected 544 Finn Hats, but we would like to have so many more than that ready for pre-school children who are facing cancer treatment.  All information about this special, heart warming project can be found here.

Children wearing Finn Hats made by us!

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.  We love to hear from everyone!

Schnapps modeling one of his more colorful creations!

I stumbled across ladder yarn this weekend and had fun making a quick necklace too.  




Footprints




 

You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpn's or some other combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
sl2wyif:  hold yarn in front as if to purl and slip 2 stitches knit-wise.
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one


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 2.5 to 3 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k2, sl2wyif*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 4:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *sl2wyif, k2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about 7 to 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

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 it to someone special who needs a warm hug!

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches, but use a multiple of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same.  

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 88 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. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Introducing Kickoff and The Play Book!

Football Season is well under way and Schnapps has been spending time designing patterns that are simple and quick and can be knit in less time than it takes to watch a game.  So far, he's got 12 new patterns this season.  In the Huddle is in the post prior to this one.  Kickoff is posted here free.
Kickoff

The rest of the football hats are in the new e-book "The Play Book".  This e-book features 10 never before published patterns and sells for just $5.  This is our big fundraiser for the year to help cover the shipping and supply costs for Delaware Head Huggers.  

Every pattern in this book contains information for all yarn weights as well as how to adjust the size.  If you can, please purchase this book, help us continue to ship hats all over the country and use the patterns to make a difference locally as well.  

The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page.  The photos below show the patterns included.


Grid Iron

Touchdown


Safety
End Zone

Fair Catch
Line of Scrimmage

Extra Point

Spiral Pass

In the Huddle


Play Action

Onside Kick
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.  We love to hear from everyone!



Kickoff



You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpn's or some other combination of yarn and needles listed below.


Abbreviations:
s1pw:  slip one stitch purlwise (yarn at back)
yo:  yarn over
psso:  pass slipped stitch over knit stitch and yo
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 48 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 about 1.5 to 2 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 7:  purl all stitches
Rows 2, 4 & 6:  *p6, k2*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 5:  *p6, s1pw, k1, yo, psso*; repeat around
Rows 8, 10 & 12:  *p2, k2, p4*; repeat around
Rows 9 & 11:  *p2, s1pw, k1, yo, psso, p4*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 12 until the piece is about 6.5 to 7  inches in length.  End on Row 6 or Row 12.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *p6, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *p5, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p4, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: p3, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *p2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *p2tog*; 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 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 88 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.  

Delaware Head Huggers  
Kozy Kovers for Kids
 
 


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Introducing In the Huddle!

Schnapps is hard at work at our new "Football Hats" e-book, but he wanted to share a pattern with all of you today.  He knit this last night during the first half of Monday Night Football.  It was all finished before half-time even started.  You could easily make the pattern larger for a different look to the hat.  This model with knit using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, but instructions are included for all yarn weights too.

In the Huddle!
So far, Schnapps has 6 football hats ready to go in the new book.  We've shown you 3 already and these are the latest 3:



The new book should be out soon!  Details will be posted here as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter.
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.  We love to hear from everyone!
In The Huddle

You need:  6-weight, super-bulky yarn and size US 13 circulars and dpns or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:

T2B: slip next stitch to a cable needle and hold to the back.  Knit the next stitch, then purl the stitch from the cable needle.

T2F: slip next stitch to a cable needle and hold to the front.  Purl the next stitch, then knit the stitch from the cable needle.

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

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

Work Pattern:

Row 1:  *T2B, T2F*; repeat around
Row 2:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *T2F, T2B*; repeat around
Row 4:   knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is about 2 inches in length or longer if you want a larger patterned brim.

Work Stockinette:

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until the piece is about 6.5 to 7  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 4 stitches.  Work in increments of 8 stitches to keep the crown decrease the same. 

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 88 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.