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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!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Introducing Urban Night!

Schnapps latest hat is ready to be shared with everyone.  He's been busy making bottle beanies and scarves for Code Purple and taking care of shipping out LOTS of hats!  Seven giant boxes of hats shipped out in the past couple of weeks and a few huge bags of hats were dropped off also.  There is still a huge need for more though, so keep them coming to us or to your local cancer centers!
 
 

Thank you Lani for the name again......we would put you on the payroll as official hat namer, but we don't get paid, so we don't have a payroll.  You are greatly appreciated though!

This was knit using our favorite Hometown USA, but as always, there are instructions for different yarn weights listed below.  There are a ton of color possibilities for this pattern......that would suit men and women.  It's a great way for using up the leftover yarn from making other hats for us.....and we're pretty sure you have some left over yarn too.  Have fun and experiment with different colors.  Send us some photos of your choices so we can see all the creativity out there!  

Come on everyone!  Help make a difference!!!


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
 
 
Urban Night

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 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.

Work Body of Hat Still Using Color A
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about 3 to 3.5 inches in length

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

Row 1:  *3B, 3C*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 4:   *1C, 1B, 2C, 1B, 1C*; repeat around
Row 3:   *3C, 3B*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about 6 to 6.5 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.  

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 6 stitches.  
 

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!

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 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!

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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.