Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Introducing Step by Step!

Schnapps finished his latest design while he is resting.  We are taking extra good care of him and watching his health issues closely.  He wanted me to be sure to get this pattern up for everyone to share.  Don't be intimidated!  This is super simple..........truly.  Thank you Marcella for the name!  


We used Knit Picks Comfy and Shine sport weight yarn for this......it's what we had in our stash and it is so soft and great to work with.  This pattern is a great stash buster......use as many or as few colors as you'd like.  Instructions for all yarn weights are included.  Experiment and have some fun with it.

Schnapps is taking his medicine and getting LOTS of love.


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!



Step by Step

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together
s1wyib: slip 1 stitch purlwise, holding yarn to the back

Using Color A, cast on 92 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 2 inches in length.

Work Body of Hat:   Using Colors A & B & C  
Row 1:   Color A:  knit all
Rows 2, 3 & 4:  Color B:  *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 5:   Color B:  knit all
Rows 6, 7 & 8:  Color C:    *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 9:  Color C:  knit all 
Rows 10, 11 & 12:  Color B:  *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 13:  Color B:  knit all
Rows 14, 15 & 16:  Color A:    *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 -16 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.  

Crown Decrease:  use dpn’s when needed:  Use the next color in the pattern.
Row 1:   *k3, s1wyib *; repeat around
Row 2:   *k2tog, k1, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k2tog, k1*; repeat around
Row 5:    knit all
Row 6:   *k2tog*; repeat around
Repeat Row 6 if desired.

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.

Pattern can be done in just 2 colors:  
Row 1:  Color A:  knit all
Rows 2, 3 & 4:  Color B:  *k3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 5:  Color B:  knit all
Rows 6, 7 & 8:  k3, s1wyib

Repeat Rows 1-8


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

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

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 104 stitches.   

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gratitude!

It has been months since we have posted.  I was sick for about a month, then my mom fell and broke her hip.  Things were just about getting back to normal when Schnapps became extremely ill.  He collapsed and was rushed to the vet, who thankfully saved his life.  They diagnosed a serious heart condition and we have to watch Schnapps closely and pamper him extra and give him tons of love.

Schnapps 13th birthday was Friday, April 21.  He took ill on Sunday and the emergency vet incorrectly said that he was stable and fine.  He collapsed again during the night and we rushed him to our vet on Monday.  He stayed there all day, getting IV fluids and medication and having tests done.  So far, he is responding to his new medication and doing well.  He is tired and needs lots of rest and we will not leave him alone anywhere.  He means the world to us and he deserves the best care we can give him.  Please send some hugs, hope and love his way.

Schnapps celebrating his 13th birthday!

While we have been snuggling and resting, he has directed a hat pattern to me.  I named it Gratitude because I am so thankful that he is here with me.  This was knit in Cotton Ease, using size 8 needles, but he gave me the instructions for all yarn weights, because he is wonderful.  We hope you enjoy the pattern and that you make some to give to those in need.



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 resting comfortably this week.



GRATITUDE


You will need 4-weight yarn and size US 8 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 


Abbreviations:
s2wyib:  slip 2 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in back
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together 

Cast on 72 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:   *k3, p3*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2 inches in length.

Work Body:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2.5 - 3 inches in length.

Work Pattern: 
Row 1 & 7:  knit all stitches
Rows 2,4,6:  *sl2wyib, p4*; repeat around
Rows 3,5:  *sl2 wyib, k4*; repeat around
Rows 8, 10, 12:  *p3. sl2wyib, p1*; repeat around
Rows 9 & 11:  *k3, sl2 wyib,  k1*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 12 until piece is about 6.5 inches in length.

Work Crown:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until the hat is about 7.5 inches in length.

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.

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

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 66.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 102 stitches.   

The pattern is worked over 6 stitches.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Introducing Viridian Pathways!

Schnapps was busy on this penultimate Football Sunday of the season.  He worked up this hat first last week and then knit a variation of it this weekend.  We want to remind everyone that chemo caps are in desperate need all over the world.  Help out locally by knitting several and bringing them to your local cancer center.  Or, if you don't know where to bring them, send them to us and we'll get them to people who need them.  

The first version was knit using Hometown USA, a 6-weight yarn.  The second version was knit using KnitPicks Brava Bulky, a 5-weight yarn.  Instructions for all yarn weights are below.  

This pattern is simple and versatile - and only 2 rows to remember.  Just knit it as a brim and top it with a stockinette crown and you have an entirely different look.  You could add a stripe or two and use this as a great stash buster as well.




Scrimmage Stitches is now for sale as well!  This e-book is a compilation of 15 hat patterns designed for Delaware Head Huggers. Along with 3 never before published patterns, there are 12 patterns found on the blog, Knitting with Schnapps. Patterns vary in complexity, so there is something for everyone. All patterns include information for knitting them in super-bulky, chunky, worsted and sport weight yarn. 100% of all sales go into supporting Delaware Head Huggers and helping to pay for shipping and supply costs.   The book can be purchased at our Ravelry and Craftsy stores or by using the link on the right hand side of this page.

Scrimmage Stitches patterns!
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!
 

 


Viridian Pathways
 
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 
 
 
Abbreviations:
C3:  knit the 3rd stitch on the left hand needle, but don’t drop, then knit the first and second stitch and drop all.
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k3, p2*; repeat around
Row 2:   *C3, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 2  until piece is anywhere from 7.0 to 7.5 inches in length.  End with a Row 1.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   *C3, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:    *k1, k2tog, p1*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2tog, p1*; repeat around
Row 4:    *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:  (optional)    *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 you prefer, use the pattern for just the brim of the hat, working it as long as you like, then switching to stockinette for the top of the hat.  **

 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 65.  

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches.   
The pattern is worked over 5 stitches.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Introducing Helicoid!

It snowed this weekend in Delaware and once we finished shoveling, we all curled up inside with cocoa to watch football.  Schnapps was extra busy knitting this weekend and he came up with a couple of new patterns.  The first one is Helicoid.  This was a big hit on our Facebook page.......Schnapps hopes you like it too.

Schnapps thinks this might be his new favorite pattern.....there are so many color combinations......next time he is planning on doing the brim in a contrasting color too and using 3 different colors.  This pattern is a great stash buster too.  A bonus?  It's super simple - just stockinette in alternating colors to make the spirals.  Of course, he included instructions for all yarn weights because we know every stash has different yarn!



This version was knit using Knit Picks Brava bulky, which is a terrific yarn.....soft and cuddly and machine washable with no wool to aggravate anyone's allergies or delicate skin.  

This version was knit with Lion Brand Hometown USA, another washable, non-wool yarn that we love to use for chemo caps.


 Scrimmage Stitches is now for sale as well!  This e-book is a compilation of 15 hat patterns designed for Delaware Head Huggers. Along with 3 never before published patterns, there are 12 patterns found on the blog, Knitting with Schnapps. Patterns vary in complexity, so there is something for everyone. All patterns include information for knitting them in super-bulky, chunky, worsted and sport weight yarn. 100% of all sales go into supporting Delaware Head Huggers and helping to pay for shipping and supply costs.   The book can be purchased at our Ravelry and Craftsy stores or by using the link on the right hand side of this page.

Scrimmage Stitches patterns!
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!
 
Even though the deck is cleared of snow for him, he manages to find some flakes to stick to his face!

 Helicoid
 You will need 2 colors of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 

Abbreviations:
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:   knit all stitches
Row 2:    purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures 1.5 to  2 inches in length, ending with a Row 1.

Work Body of Hat:   Using Colors A & B
All stitches are knit stitches. 
Row 1:   *2a, 2b*; repeat around
Row 2:   *1a, 2b, 1a*; repeat
Row 3:   *2b, 2a*; repeat around
Row 4:   *1b, 2a, 1b*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 -4 until piece is about 6 to 6.5 inches in length. 

Work Crown:  Using Only Color A
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 inches in length.

Crown Decrease:  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 88.

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

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

Feel free to use a third color and make the brim a contrast to the body.

Experiment and enjoy!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Introducing Reticulated Hope!

2017 is here and I just know great things will happen!  

We ended 2016 with a grand total of 22,297 chemo caps (3,110 in 2016) and 2,287 blankets for foster children and kids in crisis (272 in 2016).  When Schnapps and I started this back in 2010 we never dreamed that it would grow so much.  Thank you to everyone who helps and to all of you who use our patterns to help your local communities.  We hope that we can all challenge and inspire each other to keep creating comforting, beautiful things to spread some happiness.

Schnapps played around with some 6-weight yarn this weekend during football and came up with this pattern.  Amazing how a different yarn gives the same pattern an entirely different look, isn't it?  You could do the brim one color and the crown another too.  Remember, be creative and experiment........worst that happens is you rip out something and start over........most times you come up with something wonderful!

Very simple and super quick to knit, especially in super bulky yarn, the pattern includes info for other yarn weights as always.  



 Scrimmage Stitches is now for sale as well!  This e-book is a compilation of 15 hat patterns designed for Delaware Head Huggers. Along with 3 never before published patterns, there are 12 patterns found on the blog, Knitting with Schnapps. Patterns vary in complexity, so there is something for everyone. All patterns include information for knitting them in super-bulky, chunky, worsted and sport weight yarn. 100% of all sales go into supporting Delaware Head Huggers and helping to pay for shipping and supply costs.   The book can be purchased at our Ravelry and Craftsy stores or by using the link on the right hand side of this page.

Scrimmage Stitches patterns!
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!
 
Missing the excitement of the holidays.....but ready for some snuggle time!


 
Reticulated Hope

  You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 
 
Abbreviations:
s1:  slip one stitch
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

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

Work Brim:
Rows 1 & 2:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *s1 knitwise, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:   *s1 purlwise with yarn in back, p1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is anywhere from 3 to 6.5 inches in length, depending on what you like best.

Work Crown:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until the hat 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 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, but vary in multiples of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Introducing Pilasters!

Schnapps wanted to be sure to share one last pattern for 2016 with everyone.  It's hard to believe that there are only a few more days until we ring in 2017.  The years seem to go by more quickly all the time.   We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and we wish for nothing but great things for you in 2017!

Schnapps and I were disappointed this month......Lion Brand Yarn had contacted us in August and told us that they were doing a huge "Yarn Heroes Campaign" and they wanted to feature us in part of it.  Apparently, a person who worked for Lion Brand had been following this blog and had seen all the patterns that Schnapps shares.  They said that they were supporting several charity crafters and were looking to be partners by donating yarn on a regular basis and showcasing our work.  There followed months of answering questions and giving information......then a box of yarn was delivered to help us create more hats.......it was suggested that Schnapps get a "yarn hero" cape.....and then nothing happened. 
I like my cape!

I'm a Yarn Hero, no matter what!
It turns out that Lion Brand changed their minds and massively scaled back the Yarn Hero Campaign, leaving it with just professional bloggers sharing a pattern that can be used for charity crafting.  All the actual charity crafters were not going to be featured and the promise of yarn for the foreseeable future changed to a statement that we should submit an application if we want free yarn.  The original person who contacted us is no longer at Lion Brand.  It's disappointing for us to realize how close a major company was to really making a large difference in the charity crafting world, but not really surprising.  There are so many of you who do so much............but we do it to help others, not for recognition from companies.  

So, Schnapps is busy using the yarn that was originally sent and we are back to purchasing yarn when it's on sale to keep our charity work going.  Pilasters is his latest pattern and it's super simple and fast to knit. 


 Scrimmage Stitches is now for sale as well!  This e-book is a compilation of 15 hat patterns designed for Delaware Head Huggers. Along with 3 never before published patterns, there are 12 patterns found on the blog, Knitting with Schnapps. Patterns vary in complexity, so there is something for everyone. All patterns include information for knitting them in super-bulky, chunky, worsted and sport weight yarn. 100% of all sales go into supporting Delaware Head Huggers and helping to pay for shipping and supply costs.   The book can be purchased at our Ravelry and Craftsy stores or by using the link on the right hand side of this page.

Scrimmage Stitches patterns!
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


 Pilasters

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

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

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

Work Brim:
You are going to purl 3 stitches together, then without dropping them, knit the same 3 stitches together and purl the same 3 stitches together again.  After the second p3tog, you drop the stitches from the LH needle.

Row 1:  * (p3tog, k3tog, p3tog) in the same 3 stitches, k1*
Row 2:   knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 2  until piece is about 4.5 to 5 inches in length.  Feel free to adapt the length as you like, making it longer or shorter.
Work Hat:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until the hat 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
Repeat Row 4 if desired if you use a thinner yarn.

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 80. 

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

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Scrimmage Stitches!

Schnapps has put together the latest Football Sunday e-book. These hats were all made to be knit in a short amount of time - you've got plenty of time to whip up a couple before Christmas! 

Trying to keep up with the high demand for chemo caps means we look for cute, stylish patterns that work up quickly.   These patterns are all fairly simple, but interesting enough to keep you from getting bored.

 This e-book is a compilation of 15 hat patterns designed for Delaware Head Huggers. Along with 3 never before published patterns, there are 12 patterns found on the blog, Knitting with Schnapps. Patterns vary in complexity, so there is something for everyone. All patterns include information for knitting them in super-bulky, chunky, worsted and sport weight yarn. 100% of all sales go into supporting Delaware Head Huggers and helping to pay for shipping and supply costs. Delaware Head Huggers makes, collects and donates chemo caps to people throughout the USA undergoing cancer treatment. More info can be found at www.delawareheadhuggers.org




Here are the never before published patterns!
Illumination

Triple Ripples

Ribbed Tweed

The other patterns in this book are:

Love Under Wraps

Amethyst Array

Dandelion Twist

Pebbles on the Path

Ribbons and Bows

Pumpkin Spice

Licorice Twist

Twinkling

Urban Night

Tranquil Waves

Ribbon Candy

Zephyrean


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