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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Second Annual Operation Bottle Beanies Kick Off!

Saturday, September 24 is the official kick off of the second annual Operation Bottle Beanies.  We will be at Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming, Delaware for the first Saturday of Fall Fest.  Delaware Head Huggers will have a table where we will be selling bottle beanies and other handmade items, with a full 100% of the price being donated to Code Purple, a non-profit that works to operate shelters in Delaware when the temperatures drop below freezing.

This is such an easy way to help - stop by and purchase something!  That's all you have to do.  
If you live too far away to stop by, help out by making and donating some bottle beanies for others to purchase.  Fifer's will be selling bottle beanies from now until Christmas!

  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!



Check out these adorable bottle beanies that were donated by Kathy, all the way from California!

 Here are a few that Schnapps made this week too!



We're going to share simple instructions on how we made these, but let your imagination run wild!  Creativity is key with these - the cuter, the better! 

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.  
This is a great way to use up that scrap yarn! All yarn types are welcome.
 
 
To make a dog, make the basic bottle beanie pattern below, then embroider a nose and mouth, add some eyes and knit 2 ears. 
Ears:

Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1:  knit all
Row 2:  knit into the front and back of each stitch (4 stitches)
Row 3:  knit all
Repeat Row 3 until the ear is the length you wish
Then K2 together across the row (back to 2 stitches)
Cast off
Make a second ear to match and attach to the beanie


To make a monster, make the basic bottle beanie pattern below, then add an eyeball and an embroidered mouth!

Eyeball:  Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1:  knit all
Row 2:  purl all
Row 3:  knit into the front and back of each stitch (4 stitches)
Row 4:  purl all
Row 5:  knit all
Row 6:  purl all
Row 7:  K2 together across the row (back to 2 stitches
Row 8:  purl all
Row 9:  cast off

Stuff and seam together.....add some black yarn for a pupil and stitch it to your beanie.

Candy Corn:
Using yellow, 6 weight yarn, cast on 16 on size 13 dpns
Knit every row for an inch or two, then switch to orange yarn
Knit one row, then k3, k2tog for one row, then knit every row for another inch, then switch to white yarn
Knit one row,  then k2, k2tog for one row, then knit every row for about an inch, then k2tog for a row.  Leave a 6 inch tail, draw it through the stitches left on the needles, cinch and you're done!

Owl:

Using brown, 5-weight yarn, cast on 16 stitches on size 10.5 dpns and join in the round
Row 1:  knit all
Row 2:  purl all
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your owl is the length you want.  Cast off, seam the top, add some fringe at the corner, embroider a beak and glue on some eyes!

Basic Bottle Beanie:

Using 6 weight yarn and size 13 dpns, cast on 18 stitches, join in the round.
Knit every row until you reach your desired length
Decrease as follows:  k4, k2tog for one row; k3, k2tog for one row; k2, k2tog for one row; k1, k2tog for one row; k2tog for one row
Leave a tail and draw it through the remaining stitches, cinch and secure.


To use different yarn weights, you can either stick with the pattern and just make a smaller bottle beanie or you can adjust to casting on 24 stitches on size 10 dpns for 5 weight yarn and casting on 36 on size 7 dpns for 3 or 4 weight yarn.
 
Have fun and be creative!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Introducing Licorice Twist!

Well, Labor Day Weekend is over and it is time to gear up for the cold weather again.  Football season starts this week and Schnapps is SO excited!  He loves Football Sundays - curling up and knitting the day away....actually, I am just as excited!  Licorice Twist (thanks again Lani for the name!) is the perfect hat to knit on a Football Sunday or on any day.  Using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn this knits up super quickly.  The color combinations are practically endless!  Use just 2 colors if you want too.  I have included directions for other yarn weights, so feel free to try it with the pattern repeated or with a wider brim.......let us see what you create!  



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!

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

Schnapps walking the skateboard ramp at the park!
Operation Bottle Beanies is kicking off it's second year on September 24!  For those of you who don't know about OBB, check out some information here.  We are excited to help the homeless and look forward raising even more money this year!


Licorice Twist


You will need 3 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 45 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:  *k3, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 2 to 2.5 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

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

Set up row Color B:  knit all stitches
Rows 1, 5 & 9:  *2A, 3B*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 8:   *1A, 2A, 2B*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 7:   *2B, 2A, 1B*; repeat around
Rows 4 & 6:   *3B, 2A*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 and 9  if desired until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  Model was made using 6 weight yarn and only one repeat. Pattern will look much different if repeated.  Other instructions for different yarn weights are below.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed Using Color B
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Row 2:   *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *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 share.

 
 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60.  Work brim for 3.5 inches, then work pattern once.  Repeat Row 1 of crown decrease until piece is 8 inches in length, then continue with pattern

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90.  Work brim for 4 inches, then work pattern once.  Repeat Row 1 of crown decrease until piece is 8 inches in length, then continue with pattern.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches.   Work brim for 5 inches, then work pattern once.  Repeat Row 1 of crown decrease until piece is 8 inches in length, then continue with pattern.

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 5 stitches.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Introducing Pumpkin Spice!

Fall is coming!  Schnapps is sure of it!  Football starts soon and this morning there was finally a slight cool breeze instead of just heat and humidity.  It's time to get moving on all sorts of projects:  hats, blankets, bottle beanies, items for Code Purple, ladybug hats!  We should all be very busy for quite some time.

Schnapps latest hat, Pumpkin Spice (thanks Lani for the name!) is made with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn.......just a small amount of one color and about half a skein of a second color.  It can be worked in any color combination you like and could easily work in just one color too.  It's a great way to use up those odds and ends that you have left after a project.  Instructions are included for all yarn weights too so you can use what you have in your stash.



and it's reversible!





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!

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
 
Schnapps is exhausted after knitting this hat!
 
 
Pumpkin Spice



You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles.

Abbreviations:
ptbl:  purl through the back loop
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 B:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   *ptbl, k2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Row 2:   *ptbl, 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 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 102 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 3 stitches.

Feel free to use just 1 color.

Experiment and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Introducing Love Under Wraps

Schnapps was looking through our yarn stash and found these 2 colors of Lion Brand Organic Cotton.  He decided to see how they worked together and Love Under Wraps (thanks Lani, for the name!) was created.  We hope you like it.  

This pattern has a ton of potential for various color combinations.  This yarn has a bit of texture to it, which looks lovely (we think) but we think it will also look great in a smoother fiber.  It is deceptively simple.....you're just slipping a couple of stitches each row to create the effect.  Have fun with it and make some happiness to give to others!





Some of you may have noticed that negative comments are being deleted.  If you don't like the format of this blog or you think that the colors don't work together, please don't bother to post a comment about it.  If you have a genuine question, feel free.  I answer those that I am able, although I can not give individual knitting lessons via blog comments.  The world has enough horror and hatred and darkness.........this page is for spreading some happiness to those who need it most.  You are not obligated to be here, nor are you obligated to use any of my free patterns.

"It's so hot, I can only be out for a few minutes!  In the shade!

 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!

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

 


 Love Under Wraps

You will need 5-weight yarn and size US 10 circular needles.

Abbreviations:

s2: slip 2 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in back
s2wyif: slip 2 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in front
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 66 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 2 to 2.5 inches in length. 

Work Pattern Band of Hat

Color B  
Rows 1 & 2:  *k4, s2*  repeat around

Color A
Row 3:  *k4, s2*; repeat around
Row 4:  *p4, s2wyif*; repeat around

Color B  
Rows 5 & 6:  *k1, s2, k3*  repeat around

Color A
Row 7:  *k1, s2, k3*; repeat around
Row 8:  *p1, s2wyif, p3*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 , ending on a Row 4 or 8 when your piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length. 

Work Top of Hat Using Color A: use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Rows 2 and all even rows:   purl all stitches
Row 3:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   * k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   * k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11:   *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 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48. 

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 102 stitches.  

The pattern is worked over a multiple of 6 stitches. 


Experiment with many colors and enjoy!
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Introducing the Smooth Sailing Scarf! It works with any yarn!

Schnapps made me a light-weight cotton and line blend scarf to help cover my neck when I'm out in the sun.  This is such a simple scarf......and can easily be made with any type of yarn.  The lacy design gives it some texture and interest, but it's just all garter stitch, similar to the Shawl for All, which was his inspiration.  Once you cast on, there is no counting, no worrying about which row you are on, absolutely no problems at all.  Smooth sailing from cast on to cast off!


You could make one of these to match the Beach Day hat.  You'll be protected, face and neck from the sun.  You could also make this in a super bulky yarn and have a cute winter accessory.  Or use lace weight yarn and make a delicate scarf to dress up any outfit.  Your choice of needle will be what makes this scarf light and airy, no matter what yarn you use.

We used CotLin yarn from Knit Picks for this model.  It's a 3-weight yarn that is cool and comfy and easy to care for.  This scarf used less than one 123 yard skein.  Depending on what yarn you use and how wide you want to make it, your yardage will change.  Experiment with it and see what you come up with.  Add stripes if you like.... customize it and have fun.

Schnapps reminds everyone to wear sunscreen and wear protective clothing!

 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!


Smooth Sailing Scarf


You will need 3 weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles.  Scarf is knit flat, but the circulars are needed to accommodate the large number of stitches.   

This scarf is about 9 feet long and about 3 inches wide.....which was what we wanted.  If you want a shorter scarf, cast on fewer stitches......I doubt you'd want a longer one, but if you do, cast on more stitches.  Just be sure to use a needle that is several sizes larger than your yarn calls for.

Cast on 227 stitches.

Knit every row until you like the width.

Cast off knit-wise.

That's it! 
 

If you are using different yarn, adjust accordingly.  


For 1-weight  or 2-weight, use size 8 or 9 needles. 

For 4-weight yarn, use size 17 needles. 

For 5-weight yarn, use size 35 needles.

For 6-weight yarn, use size 50 needles.



Cast on depending on how long you want your scarf to be. 

Nothing is exact.........experiment and have fun!













Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Introducing Beach Day!

Summer is in full swing here in Delaware now.  Temperatures this week are supposed to be super hot, so Schnapps and I will be hiding inside and knitting.  He made this sun hat last week and wanted to share it with everyone.
 


The model was knit using 2 strands of Knit Picks CotLin yarn which we love.  It's cool, crisp and so nice to work with.  Plus it's machine washable!  You could easily work this using one strand of 3 weight yarn and smaller needles or using 5 weight yarn.........we have included instructions for those variations as well.

Adding a wire to the brim would make the brim more sturdy.  Just whip stitch it in or crochet it in for the added stability.  Since we are donating this one, we left the wire out so that it is softer for a patient who will receive it.

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!



Beach Day
 You will need 3-weight yarn and size 10.5 circular needles or some other combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using 2 strands of Color A, cast on 100 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Row 1:   *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Rows 2 and all even rows:  knit all stitches
Row 3:   *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:   *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 10:   knit all stitches

Repeat Row 10  until piece is about 4.5 inches in length.

Work Pattern of Hat Using Color B: 
Rows 1, 2, 5 & 6:  knit all stitches
Rows 3 & 4:   *p2, k2*; repeat around
Rows 7 & 8:   *k2, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1-8 until your work measures about 8.0 to 6.5 inches in length.  End with a Row 4 or Row 8.

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 share. 

 You could easily add a wire to the brim by whip stitching it in or crocheting it in.  This would give your brim a more sturdy feel.

Use a cotton or cotton blend yarn.

This would work well with just 1 color too.

Experiment and enjoy!

You could easily use one strand of 5-weight yarn instead of 2 strands of 3 weight yarn.

You could use one strand of 3 weight yarn and size 5 needles and cast on 200 stitches.  Follow the rest of the pattern as written, repeating the last row of the crown decrease as desired.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Introducing Ribbons & Bows!

Schnapps has been busy helping me get blankets ready for Camp Connect, a camp that reunites foster care siblings placed in separate foster home for a week of fun and bonding.  He helped make bracelets for Code Purple to have at the Firefly Music Festival this weekend.  He helped me put together a new fund raiser.  He's been very helpful in dealing with some extremely rude people who have tried to bully us in the past two weeks and he made this hat a while ago and just got around to telling me the pattern.  As always, all yarn weights are listed.  The model was knit using 3 colors of 5-weight, chunky yarn and size 10.5 circular needles.

 
FUNDRAISER INFO!
 
 
All orders need to be paid prior to July 1 either via PayPal (robin@delawareheadhuggers.org) or by personal check made out to Robin Agar.  There is a donate now button on the right side of this blog which you can use if you want.  Please email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org telling me what you are ordering as well as what size and color if you are ordering shirts.  Include your full mailing address please so I have all the information that I need in one email.
If you are sending a check, please include a list of what you are ordering along with your mailing address.  Mail to:  Robin Agar, 202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943.  
I hope that some of you will be able to help.....and enjoy some cute merchandise too!
Two Tone Tote  (19" x 15" x 6"):  $30

Plain Tote  (19" x 15" x 6") :  $27




Long Sleeve Tee:  Black:  $36     White:  $31  Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)

Short Sleeve Tee:  White:  $26   Black:  $32   Gray:  $31 
Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)


Pen Design:  With another item:  $5.  $7 if shipped separately 
 
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!
 
Ribbons & Bows
You will need 5-weight yarn and size 10.5 circular needles or some other combination listed below.
  
Abbreviations:

s5: slip 5 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in front
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 60 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about 3 inches in length. 

Work Pattern Band of Hat

**  Knit one row in Color B to set up pattern. **
Color B  
Rows 1, 3 & 5:  *s5, k5*  repeat around
Rows 2 & 4:    knit all stitches

Color C
Row 6:   *k2, insert R needle under the 3 strands and knit the next stitch, k7*; repeat around
Rows 7, 9 & 11:   *k5, s5*; repeat around 
Rows 8 & 10:   knit all stitches

Color B
Row 12:   *k7, insert R needle under the 3 strands and knit the next stitch, k2*; repeat around
Repeat as desired ending on a Row 5 or 11.  Work Row 6 or 12 with Color A to work top of hat.  Model was knit repeating Rows 1-5 in Color B and working Row 6 in Color A.

Work Top of Hat Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   *k8, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2:   *k7, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k5, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 6:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   * k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   * k2, 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 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 50. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80. 

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

The pattern is worked over a multiple of 10 stitches.  Adjust by multiples of 10 to keep the crown decrease the same.


Experiment with many colors and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Fundraiser!

With postage rates escalating and SO many hats needing to get to those who need them, Schnapps and I are once again hosting a fund raiser.   We are selling shirts and totes and pens and all proceeds will go directly towards shipping and supply costs.  Remember that 100% of pattern sales also goes right back into helping others.



We will be placing the first order on July 1, so all orders have to be in to us by June 30th for the first round.  It should take a couple of weeks for the items to be delivered to me and then they will immediately be shipped out to you.  We looked into opening a Zazzle store, but the prices that would need to be charged were ridiculous.  So, we are once again doing it this way.  Please realize that we are paying for these items to be made and delivered.....only a couple of dollars of each item is actual profit from this.

Below are the items you can order.  All prices include shipping costs, unless otherwise noted.  If you have any questions at all, please email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org.

All orders need to be paid prior to July 1 either via PayPal (robin@delawareheadhuggers.org) or by personal check made out to Robin Agar.  There is a donate now button on the right side of this blog which you can use if you want.  Please email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org telling me what you are ordering as well as what size and color if you are ordering shirts.  Include your full mailing address please so I have all the information that I need in one email.

If you are sending a check, please include a list of what you are ordering along with your mailing address.  Mail to:  Robin Agar, 202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943.  

I hope that some of you will be able to help.....and enjoy some cute merchandise too!

Two Tone Tote  (19" x 15" x 6"):  $30

Plain Tote  (19" x 15" x 6") :  $27




Long Sleeve Tee:  Black:  $36     White:  $31  Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)

Short Sleeve Tee:  White:  $26   Black:  $32   Gray:  $31 
Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)


Pen Design:  With another item:  $5.  $7 if shipped separately

  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!





Monday, May 23, 2016

Introducing Pebbles on the Path!

Schnapps has been busy in this rainy, cool weather we have been having here in Delaware.  We are gearing up for some hot weather this week and those of you who know us know that Schnapps and I are not fans of the heat.  So, we're stocked up on yarn and ready to stay out of the sun.  I think our plants will be delighted to get some sunshine and warmth though.



We're trying to use up partial skeins of yarn that we have lying around, so Schnapps has been doing more color work these days.  This model was knit with Knit Picks Brava bulky, but we included information for all yarn weights.  Use whatever you have in your stash and make some chemo caps for those who need them.


  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 hopes you like his latest creation!



All new patterns!

PDF's included!
Remember that Nature's Inspirations e-book is now for sale.  Please purchase some patterns to help support Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  There have been hundreds of thousands of downloads of our free patterns, which is wonderful!  Hopefully many are being made for those who need them.  Shipping costs are high and every dollar donated goes directly towards covering shipping and supply costs.  We put together e-books on occasion so that you can help out while still getting something for your money.
There are six never before published original patterns and nine Knitting with Schnapps patterns that are included in PDF form for free.  All patterns include instructions for different yarn weights and how to adjust for size.
The e-book is just $10, which we think is a good deal.   You can purchase it from the link on the right or from our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  Check out our other e-books as well.  We have several!


Pebbles on the Path
You will need about 40 yards of each color and size 10.5 circular needles or some combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
s1: slip one stitch purlwise, with yarn in back as if to knit
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 64 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 inches in length. 

Work Pattern Band of Hat

**  Knit one row in Color B to set up pattern. **

Color B   Row 1:   purl all stitches
Color C   Row 2:  *sl, k1*; repeat around
Color C       Row 3:   *s1, p1*; repeat around
Color B  Row 4:   *knit all stitches 
Color B  Row 5:   *purl all stitches
Color C  Row 6:   *k1, s1*; repeat around
Color C  Row 7:    *p1, s1*; repeat around
Color B  Row 8:    knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1-8 until your work measures about 6.0 to 6.5 inches in length.

Work Top of Hat Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 7.5 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 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80. 

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

The pattern is worked over an even number of stitches.  Adjust by multiples of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same.


Experiment with many colors and enjoy!
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Introducing Springtime Stripes! Stash Buster Extraordinaire!

Pollen, warm weather and wind are here in Delaware these days.  Schnapps has been busy gardening and cleaning and shipping out hats.  He managed to knit this hat in between working on other things though and thinks it's a great way to use up some left over yarn.  He designed this using just three shades, but you could easily swap out every stripe for a different color.  Imagine all the different color combinations that are possible!  We hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun personalizing it with your color choices.

This was knit using Knit Picks Comfy sport yarn, a wonderfully cool and soft cotton blend yarn that is perfect for the warmer weather.  Instructions are included for all yarn weights too so you really can use up your stash.





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Springtime Stripes
You will need about 120 yards of sport weight yarn and size US 6 circular needles or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
S1wyif:  slip one stitch purl-wise, holding yarn in front, as if to purl

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 92 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim: 
Row 1: *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 inches long

Work Pattern: 
Using Color B: 
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches

Using Color C:
Rows 3 & 5:  knit all
Row 4:  *p1, s1wyif*; repeat around
Row 6:   *s1wyif, p1; repeat around

Using Color B
Row 7:  knit all stitches
Row 8:  purl all stitches
Using Color A:
Rows  9 & 11:  knit all
Row 10:  *p1, s1wyif*; repeat around
Row 12:   *s1wyif, p1; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 12 throughout until piece is 6 to 6.5 inches long.  End with a Row 8.


Work Crown Using Just Color A:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 7 to 7.5 inches long.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k1, k2tog; repeat around
Row 4:   knit all stitches
Row 5:  *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   knit all stitches
Row 7:  *k2tog*; repeat around, end with k1

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and think about other color combinations!

To use 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48 stitches. 

To use 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

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

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but use a multiple of 4 to keep the brim and crown decrease the same. 

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Introducing Dandelion Twist! Schnapps' 225th pattern!

Well, Spring has sprung, but we are still having snow flurries and very cold temperatures here in Delaware, so it's been a good time to snuggle up and knit some hats.  This is Schnapps latest and he had been sitting out on the lawn, admiring the dandelions when he was inspired.  Thanks to Pat for suggesting to top it in the off white color to make it more dandelion-like.  



This would also look great in just 2 colors or in the solid color of your choice.  Have fun with color and play around with different combinations.  Neutrals will give it a completely different look while school colors or sport team colors would also be great.  Instructions are included for all yarn weights, so this could easily be made for every season.

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Dandelion Twist
 
Use 3 colors of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles.

 Abbreviations:
ktbl:  knit through the back loop
C2B:  knit second stitch through the back loop, but don’t drop, then knit first stitch and drop both at the same time
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 60 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 about  2 inches in length. 

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

Work Pattern of Hat Using Color B: 
Rows 1, 2, 5 & 6:  ktbl all stitches
Row 3:   *C2B, P2*; repeat around
Row 4:   *K2, P2*; repeat around

Row 7:    *P2, C2B*; repeat around
Row 8:    *P2, K2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1-8 until your work measures about 6.0 to 6.5 inches in length.

Work Top of Hat Using Color C:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 7.5 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
Row 4:   * k2tog*; repeat around, ending with a k1

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 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80.

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

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.