Schnapps

Schnapps
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Introducing Tranquil Waves

Happy Giving Tuesday!  Schnapps insisted that we get this up today as a gift to everyone.  Please use this pattern to make a difference for someone.  And for your own enjoyment, of course!

This hat was knit using 3 colors of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, but instructions are below for other yarn weights as well.  Schnapps took 3 new skeins of yarn and created 3 hats using the same color combinations.  This pattern would be great for using up your yarn stash too.........and you could always use more colors than just three - play around with different combinations and see what results.

I think this pattern is a great unisex pattern.......and remember, many men undergo chemotherapy and get cold heads too.  Hats are shipping out again this week and more are needed always.  Help our your local cancer center if you can and drop off a few hats you make this holiday season.


Here are the other 2 hats Schnapps made with the remainder of these 3 skeins:



If you are have not purchased any patterns or any fundraiser items recently, please consider making a donation using the link on right side of this page to help us pay for postage and supply costs.   We are getting ready to ship out LOTS of hats to cancer centers for the Fall.  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org

Kisses to everyone!

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!
 
  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org
Tranquil Waves
You will need 3 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 
Abbreviations:
swyib:  slip stitches with yarn held in back of work
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures about 1.5 to 2 inches in length, ending with a Row 1.

Work Body of Hat:

Switch to Color B

Row 1:  *s3wyib, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:  *k1, s1wyib, k2*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:  knit all stitches

Switch to Color C and work Rows 1-4 again

Switch to Color A and work Rows 1-4 again

Continue changing colors and working Rows 1-4 until your work measures about 6.5 to 7 inches in length, ending with a Row 4.  End on a repeat using Color A for continuity or any color for a different look.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed.  Use last color used for body of hat.


Row 1:     knit all stitches
Row 2:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *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 share.


If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.  

Use 2 strands of 4- or 5-weight yarn or 3 strands of 3-weight yarn held together as one strand and work pattern as written if you want to use other yarn weights and have the hat look like the model

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches, but the crown decrease is worked over 8.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Introducing Ribbon Candy!

The wonderful people at Lion Brand Yarn sent us some Hometown USA to make more chemo caps with and Schnapps picked out 2 skeins and sat down last football Sunday to make a hat.  Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we wanted to make sure we shared this pattern now, so you can knit one or two or three up over the long holiday weekend.  Be sure to donate one to brighten someone's day!



Ribbon Candy is eye catching in these bright colors, but I think it would look equally as nice in more muted tones too.  Experiment with colors and see what you come up with.  Send us some pictures of your creations please.  You could even make the brim a completely different color and add even more contrast.

As always, we have included instructions for other yarn weights.  I think all yarn weights could work equally as well for this pattern.........although giving extremely different looks.

The always cheerful hat designer!

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!
 
  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org

Ribbon Candy



 You will need 2 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color B, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color B
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures 2 to 2.5 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat:
Rows 1, 2, 5, 6, 9& 10:  Color A:  knit all
Row 3:   Color B:  *k3, slip 1 purlwise with yarn at back)*; repeat around
Row 4:  Color B:   *p3, slip 1 knitwise with yarn at back*; repeat around
Row 7:  Color B:   *k1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn at back, k2*; repeat around
Row 8:  Color B:   *p1, , slip 1 knitwise with yarn at back, p2*; repeat around
Rows 3 and 10  if desired until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed Using Color A
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Row 2:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 6:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k1, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 8:   *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 share.


 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches.   


Use 2 strands of 4- or 5-weight yarn or 3 strands of 3-weight yarn held together as one strand and work pattern as written if you want to use other yarn weights and have the hat look like the model

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.

  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

One Day! Two Skeins! Two Hats! Introducing Zephyrean & Twinkling!

It's November already!  We're not sure how that happened exactly, but now we are right in the midst of prime chemo cap season.  So, Schnapps has been busy knitting and designing.  Recently, we picked up some of our favorite Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in a few different colors.  Schnapps chose 2 to work with this Football Sunday and these 2 hats were created.  We even have some yarn left over to use for a stripe or some trim on other hats!  Thank you AGAIN Lani for the name ideas!

We love working with super bulky, 6-weight yarn, but we have included instructions for other yarn weights as well, so you can put your stash to good use this year.  And remember, you can always hold 2 strands of thinner yarn together as one and work the pattern as written.  There are tons of color possibilities here.........experiment and have fun with it.  Be creative, but remember to be kind and donate at least one to your local cancer center, homeless shelter, VA hospital or send it to us and we will get it to someone who needs it.

Both patterns are on this page.......keep scrolling down to get all the details!


Zephyrean
Twinkling  






























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!
 
  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org
 
Schnapps does his best thinking in the fresh air! 
 
Zephyrean
You will need 2 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
S1:  slip one stitch, as if to purl, but with yarn to back of work
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your work measures 1.5 to  2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat Still Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3 to 3.5 inches in length.

Work Contrasting Band of Hat Using Color B:
Row 1:  *S1, k1, pass slipped stitch over the knit stitch, but instead of dropping it, knit into the back of the stitch*
Row 2:   *k2tog, then, without dropping stitches, knit into the first stitch again*
Repeat Rows 1 & 2  until piece is about 5 to 5.5 inches in length.

Work Body of Hat Still Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 6 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
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 share.
 
 
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.  

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches. 

Feel free to use just 1 color or make the brim using Color B instead of Color A or use 3 colors and make the brim a different color.  


Twinkling
You will need 2 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below.
Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1: *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about 2 to 2.5 inches in length.

Begin Body of Hat Still Using Color A
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about 3 inches in length

Work Body of Hat Using Colors A & B:
All stitches are knit stitches.  Letters refer to which color to use.

Rows 1 & 5 & 9:  *3A, 1B, 3A, 1B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 8:   *2A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 3A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 7:   *1A, 2B, 1A, 2B, 3A, 1B, 2A*; repeat around
Rows 4 & 6:   *3B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 9  until piece is about 6 inches in length. 

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed Using Color A
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length, then work rest of crown decrease

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 share.
 

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 84. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 96 stitches.  

The pattern is worked over 12 stitches. 

Use a different color for the brim if you like to add even more contrast!