Schnapps

Schnapps
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Introducing Hopeful Trails!

Schnapps has been busy knitting things for the craft fair, but his true calling is making hats, so he's been making several in between other items.  Some will be sold, but many will be sent off with the other chemo caps that we ship.  Colder weather is coming, so please, think about making and donating some chemo caps - to us or to your local cancer center - there is a huge need!

I will be posting more patterns for sale soon - patterns are a fund raiser for us - remember that all hats are shipped completely free of charge by me.  The pattern sales are used to help cover postage and supply costs. Please help if you can.  There are links to my Ravely and Craftsy stores as well as a Donate here button to the right as well.  Every little bit truly does help.


We are in need of hats of all colors, sizes and styles.  The requirements are that the hats are new and handmade – no store bought items are accepted.  Hats should be free of pet hair, come from a smoke free environment and if laundered, should be washed with unscented detergents.  Absolutely no scented dryer sheets should be used please.  People undergoing chemotherapy are very sensitive to scented items and we don’t want to make them ill.  These guidelines are universal - and if you donate directly to centers, they do not have the ability to wash the hats, so they may be given away or thrown out so that they don't make the patients sick.

Someone on Facebook had a problem with the request of not using scented dryer sheets and told me that I should be more than happy to wash every single hat that comes in.  Please realize that so far, more than 14,250 chemo caps have gone through my home.  I do not have the time nor the resources to wash each hat.  If they are heavily scented they can not be sent out to people who need them.  I know that everyone wants their hats to be loved and used.  Most people aren't aware of the chemical sensitivities of others, so I just wanted to pass along the info.

 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 is keeping busy!
 
 Hopeful Trails


 You will need 6 weight yarn and size 13 needles or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one.
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one.

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

Work Pattern:

Row 1:  *k3, p1*; repeat around

Row 2:  p1, *k1, p3*; repeat from * to * around.  You will end with p2.

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length.


Decrease Crown:
Row 1: *k2tog, k1, p1 *; repeat around
Row 2: *k1, p2tog*; 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 give this hat along with some hugs, hope and love, to someone!

 
The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 4 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches. 
 



  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Shawl for All

Schnapps and I are working on items for our craft fair in November and we've been sharing photos on Facebook.  Many people are asking for the pattern for this triangle shawl, so I thought it would be easiest to post it here for all to see.

Before we do though, we have the very sad news to share that our friend Jennifer passed away on August 4, 2014.  She was a truly remarkable woman who was so full of happiness and life.  Please send some love to her family, especially her husband and please try to honor her by living a life that is happy and focused on helping others.

Jennifer just turned 30 in March and she just got married on July 6 - fulfilling her last wish.  She lived her life with strength, grace and dignity.  We met through DEHH and only knew each other online........I wish that I had been able to meet her in person.  I am honored that she considered me a friend.

Please take a few moments and read about her - she inspired so many.  http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/08/her_smile_lights_up_a_room_fli.html

If you are able to help her family at all, here is a link to a Fundrazr page.  


   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.  


This is NOT an original pattern - this pattern can be found all over the place.  We're sharing our versions with you, but we did NOT design it.  


Knit using worsted weight yarn and size 17 needles to 70 stitches.

Knit using Moonlight Mohair yarn and size 17 needles to 75 stitches.

Knit using 5-weight yarn and size 19 needles to 60 stitches.

Knit using 5-weight yarn and size 17 needles to 80 stitches.

This pattern is exceptionally versatile.  And extremely simple.  Have fun with it!  This can also be used as a scarf or wrapped around a head.  :)

I used one skein of Lion Brand's Moonlight Mohair and I got 2 shawls out of one skein of Lion Brand's Homespun.  The worsted weight yarn I used wasn't labelled, so I am not sure what it was, but I would guess I had about 200 yards or so. 

Before you knit this, please be sure to read Jennifer's story and help if you can.  Take a moment to find happiness and to send some love to her husband, family and friends.

Cast on 3 stitches.

Row 1:  Knit front and back of first stitch, knit to last stitch, knit front and back of last stitch.

Repeat Row 1, increasing 2 stitches in every row for as long as you like.

Knit one row straight across without increasing. 

Cast off very loosely.  Go up a size in needles for casting off if it helps.


When using 17's, I've been going between 70 and 80.  Using 19's I went to 60 stitches.  Make it smaller or larger - whichever you like.  It's really that simple.







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Introducing Tweedy Hope!

Can you believe that it is almost August already?  Schnapps and I are stunned!  We are busy making hats and items to sell at the craft fair in November and time is just flying by.

This is Schnapps' latest hat - made with one of his favorites - Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, but he made sure to include directions for all yarn weights so everyone can use this pattern if they like, no matter what type of yarn you have on hand.  We're building up our supply of warm, toasty hats so that we have lots to ship out come September!  

Hats have been shipping out regularly throughout the summer too.  Unfortunately, there are more and more people every day diagnosed with cancer who need our help.
Please remember to help out your local cancer centers by dropping off some chemo caps for patients and please try to make the world a little bit better, wherever you are.

Schnapps and I are very lucky to have so many who support us.  Just this week we got some incredible yarn donations, lots of hats and some financial donations to help with shipping costs too.  Every single person who purchases or uses our patterns, likes our Facebook page, follows our blog or supports us in any way is greatly appreciated.  Together, we really can 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. 

Plenty of play time too!


Tweedy Hope

You will need 6 weight yarn in one or two colors and size 13 needles or another combination listed below.
Abbreviations:
s1:  slip one stitch purlwise
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one.

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

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 3 inch in length.

Work Pattern:

Using Color A:
Row 1:  *k2, s1*; repeat around
Row 2:   purl all stitches

Using Color B:
Row 3:  * s1, k2*; repeat around
Row 4:  purl all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 - 4, alternating colors until piece is about 6 inches in length, ending on a Row 2.


Work Top Band:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches

Repeat Row 1 only until piece measures 7 - 7.5  inches in length.

Decrease Crown: Switch to dpns 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 give this hat along with some hugs, hope and love, to someone!


If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  
 The pattern is worked over 3 stitches, but use a multiple of 6 to keep the crown decrease the same.    

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 78 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 96 stitches. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Introducing Inclusive Hope!

Well, Schnapps thinks that we need more hats that would be appropriate for men too!  You can always use more feminine colors and make a man's hat for a woman, but you can't always adapt a woman's pattern for a man.  So, Schnapps got out his needles this morning and came up with this.  I think it will work great for men and women and it has a lot of possible variations with color.  You can use a contrasting color for the brim, make the hat all one color or whatever strikes you as what you wish to do.  Have fun with it!



Schnapps and I are busy knitting many things - we've signed up for a craft fair in November and we have two patterns put aside for a new e-book fundraiser.  I am not going back to the non-profit that I worked at last year so I can dedicate more time to Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  However, shipping and supply costs are expensive and I have to try to cover some of the costs.   My husband is extremely supportive and helpful, but costs pile up quickly.  A huge, heartfelt thank you to those of you who donate towards shipping costs regularly.  You have no idea how much you help!  Those of you who would like to donate, may do so by using the donate link on the right.  I can not cash checks made out to Delaware Head Huggers, so please do not send them, as I then have to pay to mail them back to you.  They need to be made out to me personally.


We are still making hats all the time though - even if we're using older patterns sometimes.
These are our 2 new patterns to be published later!



Please remember to help out your local cancer centers by dropping off some chemo caps for patients and please try to make the world a little bit better, wherever you are.
  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 is always hard at work!

Inclusive Hope
You will need 6 weight yarn in one or two colors and size 13 needles or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one.

Using Color A, cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches. 

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is 1 inch in length.

Work Bottom Band:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 2.5 to 3 inches in length.

Using Color B, work  Pattern Band:
**knit all stitches for one row before starting pattern**
Rows 1, 3 & 5:  *p5, k5*; repeat around
Rows 2, 4, 7 & 9:  knit all stitches
Rows 6, 8 and 10:  *k5, p5*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 10 until piece is about 6 inches in length, ending on a Row 5 or 10
Work Top Band:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7 - 7.5  inches in length.

Decrease Crown: Switch to dpns when needed
Row 1: *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *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 give this hat along with some hugs, hope and love, to someone!


If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease. 

You could also knit the brim in Color B for more contrast or knit the entire hat in one color.

The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.  

Using 6-weight yarn and casting on 50 stitches makes a large adult hat.  40 stitches would make a small one. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Introducing Ladders of Love!

Happy Summer Everyone.  Schnapps and I prefer Winter, but we are trying to make the best of the heat and use our time to make lots of pretty knit things!



It's been a while since we posted a new hat pattern - we've been busy making a baby blanket and some washcloths for friends and moving George, our giant fish into a new tank, getting the pool opened and all sorts of things.

Finally, though a new pattern is here.  Schnapps and I let Paul name it and it's called Ladders of Love.  We hope you like it.  This was knit using Hometown USA, which is 6-weight, but there are instructions for all yarn weights included.

Please remember to help out your local cancer centers by dropping off some chemo caps for patients and please try to make the world a little bit better, wherever you are.

  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 says, "Thanks for all you do!"



Ladders of Love
 

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


Abbreviations:
s1:    slip one stitch, purlwise holding yarn as if to purl
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one.
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one.

Cast on 45 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k1, s1, k1, p2*; repeat around

Row 2:  *k3, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length.


Decrease Crown:
Row 1: *k1, k2tog, p2 *; repeat around
Row 2: *k2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog, p1*; repeat around
Row 4:  *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 give this hat along with some hugs, hope and love, to someone!


The pattern is worked over 5 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 5 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 105 stitches. 


If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Introducing Knotty and Nice!


This is Schnapps’ latest hat pattern.  He did a pattern with 3 variations recently too that we might share as well.  He’s been busy!


He didn't rest until it was finished!    





Three variations of one pattern.

We have several close, personal friends who are fighting cancer right now and ask that you keep Judi, Jennifer, Rich and George in your thoughts along with all the others who are battling too.  This is an evil disease that needs a cure and we hope that one is found soon.


Lately several people seem to have forgotten that we give our patterns freely, but they are OUR patterns.  Truly, I do not appreciate getting emails and messages telling me that you don’t approve of the name I chose for a hat or telling me how I should be handling things.  If you don’t like the name, don’t knit the hat.  If you think you could better run an organization, please start one.  There is a HUGE need for chemo caps throughout the world.  Take some initiative and make a difference.  But, please keep your negative opinions to yourself.  I devote hours and hours every week to these two charities…..I do not have time to respond to or worry about those who will be critical no matter what I do.  I am sure you understand and Schnapps and I thank you!

 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 on Memorial Day!
 Knotty and Nice

You will need 5 -weight yarn and size US 10 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 60 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 3 to 4 inches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 - 4:  knit all stitches
Row 5:  *[k1, p1] twice in next stitch, k5*; repeat around
Row 6:  *slip 3, k1, then pass the 3 slipped, one at a time, over the knit stitch, k5*; repeat around
Rows 7 - 10 :  knit all stitches
Row 11:  *k3, [k1, p1} twice in next stitch, k2*; repeat around
Row 12:  *k3, slip 3, k1, then pass the 3 slipped, one at a time, over the knit stitch, k2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 12 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 6 or 12.

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 give it to someone special who needs a warm hug!
 
 
The pattern is worked over 6 stitches.  

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

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 108 stitches.  



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Introducing Holey Roller!

This is Schnapps latest pattern.  Thank you Barb for the name!  It's got a rolled brim and eyelets and her name choice made me laugh and Schnapps approved!

This hat was knit using Lion Brand Baby's First, a cotton blend, 5-weight yarn that is very soft and cool.  It works up quickly too.

I'd like to ask you all to please keep my very close friend Judi in your thoughts - she was just diagnosed with breast cancer and will be starting treatment this month.  I've been busy trying to make some hats for her and get some other things together to send her as she starts this battle.  Many people who I care about are also currently going through treatment or dealing with cancer in some way.  Please keep Jen in MI, Rich in DE, George in MD and all others who are fighting or are the loved ones of the fighters in your thoughts.  

Schnapps is knitting as fast as his paws can go.  Remember that all cancer centers still need caps even in the warm weather............both for cosmetic reasons and because chemo tends to make people feel the cold more.  Local centers will be grateful for all hats and I am still collecting all weight hats and I am putting aside the warmest ones to have on hand to ship out come the Fall when so many need really warm hats.  So, please, don't stop making and donating chemo caps just because the weather has turned warmer.

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.  We love to hear from everyone!
 
Schnapps enjoying a chilled cloth on an exceptionally warm Spring day!

Holey Roller
 You will need 5 -weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
yo:  yarn over

Cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 3 to 4 inches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k2, k2tog, yo*; repeat around
Rows 4, 5 & 6:  knit all stitches
Row 7:  *k2tog, yo, k2*; repeat to end
Row 8:  knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 8  until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 4 or 8.

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 give it to someone special who needs a warm hug!
 
 
 The pattern is worked over 4 stitches, but use a multiple of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same. 

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

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Introducing Celebration!

This hat is named Celebration in honor of Schnapps' 10th birthday today!  He had a nice walk in the park this morning and he'll get lots of snuggles and love all day and his presents tonight!  He wanted to give something to everyone else though, so here is his latest pattern.

Happy 10th Birthday to my best friend and our creative mascot Schnapps!



This is a very simple pattern alternating stockinette and twisted stockinette for some texture.  It's also a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn like Schnapps did here.   This is all Lion Brand Hometown USA left over from other hats!


Or you can make it in just 2 colors to coordinate with a favorite team or school or just 2 favorite colors like this one.  The possibilities are endless and there are directions for all yarn weights below.  This one was knit with 2 colors of Charisma.


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.  We love to hear from everyone!

Celebration


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

Abbreviations:
ktbl:  knit through the back loop
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 - 2 inches in length or as long as you wish.

Work Twisted Stockinette Pattern:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  ktbl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 2  for an inch or however wide you wish the stripe to be.  End on a Row 2.



Work Stockinette Stripe:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 for an inch or however wide you wish the stripe to be.

Alternate Twisted Stockinette and Stockinette as frequently as you wish.  Use as many or as few colors as you like.

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 give it to someone to celebrate their friendship!

 The pattern is worked over any number stitches, but use a multiple of 6 to keep the crown decrease the same. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 66 stitches.

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 78 stitches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 66 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 108 stitches. 


 
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Introducing Hopeful Treads!

Schnapps and I have been busy lately, but things are calming down and we hope to get back to designing many new things.  He made this hat yesterday and everyone in our Facebook group really seemed to like it, so we're sharing the pattern now.  This color just said "SPRING!" to me, but it would work well in any color.  And this is a pattern that works equally as well for men or women.



This was knit using KnitPicks Brava Bulky yarn, which is super soft and great to work with.  It's also easy care - machine wash and dry.  The pattern has info for all yarn weights though.

 Schnapps got a much needed hair cut this past weekend and it was just in time.  The warmer weather seems to have arrived and we're getting to spend more time outdoors - playing ball, taking long walks and knitting too.

We hope to start a new book of never before seen patterns too that will be used as a fundraiser.  We'll keep you posted about that.


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.  We love to hear from everyone!


 Hopeful Treads


You will need 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2  until piece is about 1 inch

Work Pattern:
Row 1 and all odd rows:  knit all stitches
Rows 2 & 4:  *k4, p4*; repeat around
Rows 6 & 8:  k2, *p4, k4*; repeat to end (last repeat will end with k2 instead of k4)
Rows 10 & 12:  *p4, k4*; repeat around
Rows 14 & 16:  p2, *k4, p4*; repeat to end (last repeat will end with p2 instead of p4)
Repeat Rows 1 - 16  until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 8.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *p4, k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *p2tog, p2, k1*; repeat around
Row 5: *k2tog, k2*; repeat around
Row 6: *k2tog, k1*; 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 give it to someone special who needs a warm hug!

 The pattern is worked over 8 stitches. 

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

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches.  


 











Thursday, March 27, 2014

Just Some Ramblings.......

In August I took a 10-hour a week job to help us cover the costs of shipping and supplies and just to give us some extra money.  I have worked at least 15 – 20 hours just about every single week, while only getting paid for 10 and donated hundreds of dollars of my own money through craft and office supply purchases.  Just me being me, I guess.

This week I was told that I am one of only 3 people at our campus that needs to start using a time clock to verify that I am working my needed number of hours.  I took offense at the implication that I was not honest (those of you who know me are aware of my integrity, I hope) and also at the fact that there is money for brand new time clocks, but not for a safe and secure door on our building.  (I’m not against time clocks, if everyone has to use them) I explained my feelings politely to the Executive Director, while stating that I would follow the directive since I am an employee.  I also informed her that I would no longer do any volunteer work or make any further donations because I do not volunteer for organizations that do not trust me or when I disagree with the way they spend donations.  I was told that she “used” to admire me as a person and that I was very disappointing. 

Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m comfortable without her admiration, especially since she doesn’t know me as a person at all.  I know that I do a lot of good for a lot of people.  But, it did make me think about how so many non-profits receive donations that are supposed to help with the mission of the agency and yet so much of that money is wasted on bureaucratic nonsense.  I’ve frequently said that I prefer to support grass roots groups that are doing good for others rather than a bureaucratic non-profit that spends donated money on paying the people at the top to make irresponsible decisions about how to handle the money. 

Non-profits have boards that are frequently out of touch with the actual workings of the organization.  No one should be a board member just to have something new on his resume. I know that even those organizations that do a great deal of good spend a lot of money on non-essential things.

I can honestly say that 100% of all donations and pattern costs are used to get hats and blankets to those who really need them.  I don’t get paid, I don’t pay to advertise and I certainly know that we are following our ‘mission’, simplistic though it may be. 

I recently said that something was going to have to give for me to keep up with everything……  I tried to not let the charities suffer while doing ‘extra volunteer’ work at my job.  My family hasn’t been affected too much (I hope) – I still cook dinner every night, do the laundry, clean, etc.  But I have been affected by the constant need to do more for every group. 

So, as difficult as it is for me to consciously pull back and force myself to only do a set amount every week, that is what I am working on.  I do not get paid for the summer at this job, so I am going to spend the next 9 or 10 weeks focusing on doing my job and everything I can do for the girls in only 10 hours.  Then I will have the summer to regroup.  I have realized that I can’t do everything for every organization that might have a good mission – almost every non-profit has a great mission statement.  I need to focus on putting my time and efforts into supporting those that are run in a way that lines up with what I think is right. 

I’m going to continue to put a ton of hugs, hope and love into DEHH and KKforK and supporting those special causes that come to my attention.  I am going to consciously put more time into taking long walks with Schnapps, trying out new recipes for my family, maybe getting Christmas presents worked on before December and basically just enjoying the life I am lucky enough to have.

Thank you to each of you who help make DEHH and KKforK successful.  I will always admire and appreciate you!  <3

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cuddles and Caps and the Braided Hope Scarf!

Schnapps and I have put out a new e-book Cuddles and Caps.  This e-book contains 15 hat patterns from this blog as well as the Braided Hope Scarf pattern.  The book is priced at $3.00 and as always 100% of the price goes to DEHH or to help others.

The book can be purchased by using the link to the right of this page or from my Craftsy or Ravelry stores, also found in links to the right.

From 3/19 to 3/24 all pattern sales will be donated to help Jennifer.  March 24 is her 30th birthday and she is fiercely battling cancer and could use our help.  Please read her story here.

If you can't donate, please send good thoughts and love her way.  

Below are all the patterns found in Cuddle and Caps! 


 Many of you requested the Braided Hope Scarf pattern! 


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.  We love to hear from everyone!

Thank you all for helping us make a difference, one hat at a time!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Introducing Bursts of Hope!

I am still running behind on posting things!  It's just been busy lately, but this is one of Schnapps' latest hats. Thank you Marcia for the name! 



This pattern is a great way to use up leftover yarn from other hats.  I was able to knit a whole hat using the white yarn and still had enough to make this hat as well!  Experiment with your favorite colors and have fun with this pattern.

Please remember our Finn Hat Project too!  We've collected 652 Finn Hats so far, but so many more are needed.  We are collecting hats for Kidshealth.org which is part of the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.  They have produced a video that helps pre-school age children understand what to expect from their cancer treatment.  We are hoping to have a few hundred hats in varying sizes for a launch party at the end of February.  Take a look at the amazing video here.
 
The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   


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.  We love to hear from everyone!

Schnapps sends tail wags to all, especially those kids who need Finn Hats!




Bursts of Hope

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

Abbreviations:
yo: yarn over
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Using Color A, Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *using Color A, k2, using Color B, k2*; repeat around
Row 2:  *using Color A yo, k2, pass yo over both knit stitches, using Color B, yo, k2, pass yo over both knit stitches*; repeat around
Row 3:  *using Color B; k2, using Color A; k2*; repeat around
Row 4:  *using Color B,  yo, k2, pass yo over both knit stitches, using Color A, yo, k2, pass yo over both knit stitches*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about 6 inches in length.

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

Using Color A, 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 give it to someone special who could use a burst of hope!



 The pattern is worked over 4 stitches, but use a multiple of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches.