Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Introducing Celebration!

This hat is named Celebration in honor of Schnapps' 10th birthday today!  He had a nice walk in the park this morning and he'll get lots of snuggles and love all day and his presents tonight!  He wanted to give something to everyone else though, so here is his latest pattern.

Happy 10th Birthday to my best friend and our creative mascot Schnapps!



This is a very simple pattern alternating stockinette and twisted stockinette for some texture.  It's also a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn like Schnapps did here.   This is all Lion Brand Hometown USA left over from other hats!


Or you can make it in just 2 colors to coordinate with a favorite team or school or just 2 favorite colors like this one.  The possibilities are endless and there are directions for all yarn weights below.  This one was knit with 2 colors of Charisma.


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!

Celebration


You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
ktbl:  knit through the back loop
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 1.5 - 2 inches in length or as long as you wish.

Work Twisted Stockinette Pattern:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  ktbl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 2  for an inch or however wide you wish the stripe to be.  End on a Row 2.



Work Stockinette Stripe:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 for an inch or however wide you wish the stripe to be.

Alternate Twisted Stockinette and Stockinette as frequently as you wish.  Use as many or as few colors as you like.

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 give it to someone to celebrate their friendship!

 The pattern is worked over any number stitches, but use a multiple of 6 to keep the crown decrease the same. 

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. 


 
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Introducing Hopeful Treads!

Schnapps and I have been busy lately, but things are calming down and we hope to get back to designing many new things.  He made this hat yesterday and everyone in our Facebook group really seemed to like it, so we're sharing the pattern now.  This color just said "SPRING!" to me, but it would work well in any color.  And this is a pattern that works equally as well for men or women.



This was knit using KnitPicks Brava Bulky yarn, which is super soft and great to work with.  It's also easy care - machine wash and dry.  The pattern has info for all yarn weights though.

 Schnapps got a much needed hair cut this past weekend and it was just in time.  The warmer weather seems to have arrived and we're getting to spend more time outdoors - playing ball, taking long walks and knitting too.

We hope to start a new book of never before seen patterns too that will be used as a fundraiser.  We'll keep you posted about that.


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!


 Hopeful Treads


You will need 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

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

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

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2  until piece is about 1 inch

Work Pattern:
Row 1 and all odd rows:  knit all stitches
Rows 2 & 4:  *k4, p4*; repeat around
Rows 6 & 8:  k2, *p4, k4*; repeat to end (last repeat will end with k2 instead of k4)
Rows 10 & 12:  *p4, k4*; repeat around
Rows 14 & 16:  p2, *k4, p4*; repeat to end (last repeat will end with p2 instead of p4)
Repeat Rows 1 - 16  until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 8.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *p4, k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *p2tog, p2, k1*; repeat around
Row 5: *k2tog, k2*; repeat around
Row 6: *k2tog, k1*; 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 give it to someone special who needs a warm hug!

 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 80 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 112 stitches.