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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Trio of Headbands!

It's almost Halloween!  Schnapps loves to sit outside and see all the kids in their costumes.  To us, Halloween is always the 'kick-off' to the holidays......it seems like Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas is already less than 2 months away.

If you follow us, you know that we are trying to help the homeless this year too.  We made some headbands to donate and Schnapps wanted to share the patterns with you.  Really, they are just short hats without the crown decreases, but here are three different ones that can be made in any yarn, any color and made either cinched or not depending on your preference.  

We hope you like these.  They are perfect to use with those partial skeins that are left over from other projects.  Feel free to use the patterns to make gifts for this holiday season, but please be sure to make a few to donate to those in need also.


Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 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 in his thermal pj's!

A TRIO OF HEADBANDS 
You will need between 25 to 40 yards of 6 weight yarn on size 13 needles.  Other yarn weights are explained below.
Braided Hope Headband

Braided Hope Headband:

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

Work Pattern:

Rows 1, 2 & 4: *p2, k2*; repeat around
Row 3: *p2, k2tog but do not drop stitches off  LH needle, knit the 1st stitch again, then drop both*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until the piece measures  between 3 and 4 inches or longer is you wish.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise.

Karmic Kuddles Headband

Karmic Kuddles Headband:

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

Work Pattern:

Row 1: *k1, s1pw, k1, yo, pass slipped stitch over the k1 and the yo, k1*; repeat around

Row 2: knit all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until the piece measures  3 to 4 inches in length.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise. 


Inspiration Headband

Inspiration Headband

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

Work Pattern:

Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:  *p1, k1*; repeat around


Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until the piece is 3 to 4 inches in length.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise.
 
 All headbands can be left plain or cinched.  To cinch, simply take a few yards of yarn and wind it tightly around a small section of the headband.  Secure tightly and weave in ends.

You can make the headbands wider for extra warmth.  Simply knit more rows.

All headbands are knit using multiples of 4.  If you want to make the band smaller, decrease the number of cast on stitches by increments of 4.  If you want to make the band larger, increase the number of cast on stitches by increments of 4.

To use 4- weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches.

To use 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

To use 3-weight yarn, use size 6 needles and cast on 96 stitches.




 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Introducing Hyperbola!

The weather is finally starting to be a bit cooler here in Delaware.....not cool enough for us yet, but at least not so hot.  Schnapps came up with this hat in this fabulous shade of blue during a Football Sunday.  It's made with 6-weight, super bulky yarn, but there are instructions for all yarn weights too.

 It's the last week to get a chance to win!  Raffle tickets can be purchased online - just email robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and let me know you are interested.  Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  Payment can be made via PayPal.  The drawing will be on October 17, 2015 or a few days later depending on if we are waiting for people to pay.  We don't want anyone to miss out.  You choose which of the items below you want your tickets to go towards.


Operation Bottle Beanies is going strong.......it's growing slowly, but we are happy that it's taking off!  New businesses may be added soon too!  Remember, we need LOTS of tiny hats!  We need themed hats for Fall and Winter such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.  We need farm themed hats like bee hives, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.  We need adorable hats of any theme or type!  Sizes vary since there are many different items sold in the store; apple butter, local honey,  jams, oils, pickles and so many other yummy things.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.


Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 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!
 
 

 
 
 
Hyperbola
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.
Abbreviations:
CB4:  move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back.  Knit 2 from left needle, then knit 2 from cable needle.

CF4: move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front.  Knit 2 from left needle, then knit 2 from cable needle.

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 for 1.5 to  2 inches

Work Pattern:
Foundation Row:  purl all stitches
Row 1: k4, CB4, CF4, k4, purl to end
Rows 2, 4 & 6:  k16, purl to end
Row 3:  k2, CB4, k4, CF4, k2, purl to end
Row 5:  CB4, k8, CF4, purl to end

Repeat Rows 1 - 6 until piece measures 7.5 to 8  inches in length. 

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *p2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *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 give it to someone special who may find themselves wandering a curvy path these days!
 
 
 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 16 stitches.    I prefer the look of the one design, but you can repeat the design if you wish.  The way the pattern is written, you can repeat it 3 times.
  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Introducing the Neck Nuzzler Infinity Scarf!

Schnapps loves the Noggin Nuzzler hat and the Body Nuzzler blanket square, so he decided to put that pattern to use and create the Neck Nuzzler Infinity Scarf!  This scarf works up very quickly and used just one skein of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.  He just knit until he had just enough for the bind off!  

The Neck Nuzzler is knit in the round, eliminating the need for any seams.  This can easily be made into a mobius infinity scarf too by just twisting your stitches before joining in the round.

He liked this so much that he's raffling it off to a lucky winner.  Raffle tickets can be purchased online - just email robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and let me know you are interested.  Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  Payment can be made via PayPal.  The drawing will be on October 10, 2015 or a few days later depending on if we are waiting for people to pay.  We don't want anyone to miss out.

The Neck Nuzzler Infinity Scarf
 
 
We also started a new email newsletter.  About once a week we will be sending out updates about Delaware Head Huggers, Kozy Kovers for Kids and Schnapps!  Any new free patterns posted here will be delivered in PDF form to any subscribers in the issue after it is posted here.  So, the Neck Nuzzler will be in the next issue of the newsletter, which will come out next week.  You can easily sign up in the box above.  I am the only one who gets the information and it will only be used for the newsletter.
 
He's keeping an eye on everyone!
 
 
Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 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!
 

 



The Neck Nuzzler
You will need 106 yards or more of 6-weight yarn and size US 15 circular needles (24 or 36 inches in length)

 
Cast on 128 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Rows 1 & 2:  *k2, p2*, repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:  *p2, k2*, repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece measures 4.5 to 5 inches in width.  End with a Row 2 or a Row 4.

If you are using one skein of yarn, just be sure to leave enough to bind off your stitches.

Bind Off all stitches knitwise.  Weave in your ends.
 

This pattern is in multiples of 4, so feel free to make it longer by casting on extra stitches in multiples of four.

 The scarf is about 60 inches in length.  Feel free to shorten it by casting on fewer stitches, again, decreasing in multiples of four.

To make it a mobius infinity scarf, twist your stitches before you join in the round.