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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Introducing Verdant Hope!

It has been chilly and snowy in Delaware this week and I am finally getting around to posting Schnapps latest hat........well, he has another new one finished already too, but I'm a bit behind.



So many people are in need of chemo caps, especially in this cold weather.  Please, if you use any of my patterns for any reason, take the time to make a hat (or several!) and donate them to your local cancer treatment center.  If you don't know where to send them, you can always send them to me and Schnapps and we will get them to those who need them most.  Let's all make a difference this year!

Schnapps is doing his part to help others by designing and sharing patterns!

The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  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 and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
 
The Play Book 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.  We love to hear from everyone!
 
Verdant Hope
  
 You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below. 

Abbreviations:
yo: yarn over
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:  *k3, p3*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 to 2 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Row 1: *k3, yo, p3*; repeat around
Row 2:  *k4, p3*; repeat around
Row 3:  *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p3*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k2, k2tog, p3*; repeat around
Row 5:  *k1, yo, k2tog, p3*; repeat around
Row 6:  *k3, p3*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 6 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k1, k2tog, p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *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 pass it along to someone who could use some hope and a hug!

 The pattern is worked over 6 stitches. 

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 7 needles and cast on 78 stitches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 66 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 108 stitches.  




Saturday, January 11, 2014

Introducing Staggered Hope!


Schnapps and I hope that your 2014 is off to a good start.  We've been busy getting things back to normal after the holidays.  I love this time of year when things slow down a bit and life seems to get back on track after the rush of the holiday season.  Schnapps and I both love cold weather and we've been able to get lots of good walks in and lots of knitting time too.
Naps every once in a while are great too!


This is Staggering Hope.  Thank you Susan for helping with the name!!  It is a simple pattern and I think the texture works for men and women.  I recently spoke to a woman who received a couple of hats and she told me that the men are as excited about getting hats as the women - especially in this cold weather - and that they look through the hats for ones that are manly enough.  Certainly, this hat can be worn by a woman also, but I wanted something for the men too.


We kicked off another year of the Finn Hat Project.   Please help us collect more than 600 hats in 2014 for this remarkable program.  


Yarn suggestions, mandatory colors and the patterns can be found here.  
   There are instructions for knitting in the round, knitting flat, loom knitting and 2 crochet patterns!  EVERYONE can help!  Spread the word about this special project and help a young child who is facing cancer treatment.

The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  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 and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
The Play Book 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.  We love to hear from everyone!
Staggered Hope
 You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
ktbl:  knit one stitch through the back loop
k2tbl:  knit two stitches through the back loop
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 through 4:  *p2, ktbl*; repeat around
Rows 5 through 8:  *k2tbl, p1*; repeat around
Rows 9 through 12:  *ktbl, p2*; repeat around,

Repeat Rows 1 - 12  until piece is about  7.5  to 8 inches in length.  End with a Row 8.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *ktbl, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; repeat around

If using lighter weight yarn, you might want to repeat Row 3 of the crown decrease for more rows.


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.

 
The pattern is worked over 3 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

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

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 102 stitches.  




Friday, January 3, 2014

Introducing Swells of Hope!

We spent New Year's Day at my parents home and Schnapps whipped up this hat while we were visiting.  It's a super simple 4 row repeat that creates a cute textured wave or swell.
Today is a snow day for us in Delaware, so we thought we'd get it up for everyone to share.



We are always 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.  This is an ongoing project!  In 2013 we collected 598 Finn Hats and I hope that we can beat that total in 2014!  Please consider making a few ~ this is truly a wonderful cause!

Yarn suggestions, mandatory colors and the patterns can be found here.  
   There are instructions for knitting in the round, knitting flat, loom knitting and 2 crochet patterns!  EVERYONE can help!  Spread the word about this special project and help a young child who is facing cancer treatment.
 
 
The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  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 and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
 
The Play Book 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.  We love to hear from everyone!
 
Schnapps sends tail wags to everyone!  
  
Swells of Hope
You will need size US 13 circular needles and dpns and 6-weight yarn or another combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
s1:  slip one stitch

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  holding yarn in back as if to knit throughout, *s1, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:   holding yarn in front as if to purl throughout, *s1, p1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about  7.5  to 8 inches in length. 
Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *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 hug and some hope.

If using lighter weight yarn you might want to repeat Row 3 of the crown decrease a few more times before ending.
 
The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but use a multiple of 4 so the crown decrease stays the same.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72 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 102 stitches.