Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Introducing Knotty and Nice!


This is Schnapps’ latest hat pattern.  He did a pattern with 3 variations recently too that we might share as well.  He’s been busy!


He didn't rest until it was finished!    





Three variations of one pattern.

We have several close, personal friends who are fighting cancer right now and ask that you keep Judi, Jennifer, Rich and George in your thoughts along with all the others who are battling too.  This is an evil disease that needs a cure and we hope that one is found soon.


Lately several people seem to have forgotten that we give our patterns freely, but they are OUR patterns.  Truly, I do not appreciate getting emails and messages telling me that you don’t approve of the name I chose for a hat or telling me how I should be handling things.  If you don’t like the name, don’t knit the hat.  If you think you could better run an organization, please start one.  There is a HUGE need for chemo caps throughout the world.  Take some initiative and make a difference.  But, please keep your negative opinions to yourself.  I devote hours and hours every week to these two charities…..I do not have time to respond to or worry about those who will be critical no matter what I do.  I am sure you understand and Schnapps and I thank you!

 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.  

Schnapps on Memorial Day!
 Knotty and Nice

You will need 5 -weight yarn and size US 10 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 60 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 3 to 4 inches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 - 4:  knit all stitches
Row 5:  *[k1, p1] twice in next stitch, k5*; repeat around
Row 6:  *slip 3, k1, then pass the 3 slipped, one at a time, over the knit stitch, k5*; repeat around
Rows 7 - 10 :  knit all stitches
Row 11:  *k3, [k1, p1} twice in next stitch, k2*; repeat around
Row 12:  *k3, slip 3, k1, then pass the 3 slipped, one at a time, over the knit stitch, k2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 12 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 6 or 12.

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 special who needs a warm hug!
 
 
The pattern is worked over 6 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 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 108 stitches.  



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Introducing Holey Roller!

This is Schnapps latest pattern.  Thank you Barb for the name!  It's got a rolled brim and eyelets and her name choice made me laugh and Schnapps approved!

This hat was knit using Lion Brand Baby's First, a cotton blend, 5-weight yarn that is very soft and cool.  It works up quickly too.

I'd like to ask you all to please keep my very close friend Judi in your thoughts - she was just diagnosed with breast cancer and will be starting treatment this month.  I've been busy trying to make some hats for her and get some other things together to send her as she starts this battle.  Many people who I care about are also currently going through treatment or dealing with cancer in some way.  Please keep Jen in MI, Rich in DE, George in MD and all others who are fighting or are the loved ones of the fighters in your thoughts.  

Schnapps is knitting as fast as his paws can go.  Remember that all cancer centers still need caps even in the warm weather............both for cosmetic reasons and because chemo tends to make people feel the cold more.  Local centers will be grateful for all hats and I am still collecting all weight hats and I am putting aside the warmest ones to have on hand to ship out come the Fall when so many need really warm hats.  So, please, don't stop making and donating chemo caps just because the weather has turned warmer.

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 enjoying a chilled cloth on an exceptionally warm Spring day!

Holey Roller
 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
yo:  yarn over

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 3 to 4 inches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k2, k2tog, yo*; repeat around
Rows 4, 5 & 6:  knit all stitches
Row 7:  *k2tog, yo, k2*; repeat to end
Row 8:  knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 8  until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 4 or 8.

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
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 4 stitches, but use a multiple of 8 to 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 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.