Schnapps

Schnapps
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Operation Bottle Beanies!

Schnapps and I are very excited about our latest project, Operation Bottle Beanies!  This has been a dream for quite some time and now it's finally coming to fruition.  Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming, Delaware is partnering with us in a brand new initiative to try to keep people warm this Winter. 

Sure, it's the end of June and temperatures are soaring.  But, before we know it, the cold weather will be back and so many people do not have the proper shelter or clothing to get through those chilly months.  We heard about The Big Knit in the UK - sponsored by Innocent Drinks a few years ago and the concept of Operation Bottle Beanie was born.  No one was willing to partner with me until I spoke to the great people at Fifer's! 

Operation Bottle Beanies is already underway! 

We are collecting tiny hats that will be placed on jars and bottles at Fifer's Farm Store in the Fall. From olive oil bottles up to quart size mason jars and all sizes in between! These hats will be sold for $1 each and 100% of that money will be donated to keep people in Delaware warm this winter.  Yes, it is just for Delaware right now, but Schnapps and I are dreaming big.......we hope that someday it reaches well beyond our tiny state.  

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.  And it's a great summer knitting project, since these tiny beanies aren't too hot to hold on a sweltering day.  

Schnapps has been working on some bottle beanies too and we will try to put together some patterns for those who want them.  However, any type of hat pattern will work.  Wine bottle hat patterns would work or you can use slightly larger needles and a thicker yarn.  Preemie size hat patterns work for quart size jars and any regular hat pattern can be scaled smaller to fit. 




This is a way to use my knitting to make a difference in other ways as well.  I grew up in NYC and frequently saw homeless people with no place to go in the bad weather.  Sometimes I brought in extra blankets or clothes.  Frequently I stopped and got an extra coffee.  It seems to me that a country that has billions of dollars to give to to other countries should never have anyone without a safe place to live.  However, in reality, we have many.  I still struggle with the fact that I am just one person and I can't fix everything.  But, I am hoping that little by little, Schnapps and I will manage to make some positive differences in our community.  Please consider helping, even if you only have time to make one tiny bottle beanie.

Mom and I want to help everyone stay warm this Winter!

Hats can be sent directly to:

DEHH
202 Acorn Forest Drive
Felton, DE 19943

Hats can also be dropped off at any of the library drop off sites for Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  The complete list of those may be found here.  

Patterns in Inspired Hope!

Our new e-book Inspired Hope is now for sale too.  The patterns and the e-book can be found in our Craftsy and Ravelry stores - the links are also on the right hand side of this page.  There is also a "buy now" button for Inspired Hope on the right hand side as well.  100% of the price goes right back into DEHH and KKforK.



 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Introducing Inspired Hope - the e-book!

Schnapps has been hard at work designing hats that were inspired by Spring!  What better time to release the patterns than on the first day of Summer!

This e-book contains 8 patterns.  Six are never before published patterns with information about all yarn weights and sizing changes.  Two are the latest patterns published here, but in PDF form.  The new patterns are also sold separately.  The book is $15, which is only $2.50 for each new pattern.  Individual patterns will sell for $4 each.  The PDFs of the two free patterns posted here will also be sold separately on Craftsy for $1.50 each. 

Many people ask us why we don't start a Go Fund Me page or pay to become a non-profit.  We do this because we love to do it and we are uncomfortable asking people to give us money for nothing in return.  I have a very few, special people who do donate regularly.  The Fabulous Lynn covers the cost of shipping at least 2 big boxes of hats each month.  Some others send a few dollars when they can.  ALL is appreciated.  However, Schnapps and I feel more comfortable offering some patterns for sale instead of starting a fund raising page.  

We hope you enjoy the patterns and are willing to support us.  Schnapps worked long and hard on these patterns and pushed his little paws to create fun, interesting hats.  Just think of all the color combinations that are possible!

"Happy Summer Everyone!"


The patterns and the e-book can be found in our Craftsy and Ravelry stores - the links are also on the right hand side of this page.  There is also a "buy now" button for Inspired Hope on the right hand side as well.

Here are the patterns included:

Hope & Love (one view)

Hope & Love (second view)

Daffodil Dreams

At the Lake

Sidewalk Chalk

Creamsicle Swirl

Italian Ice

Promise

Sea & Sand
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!



Monday, June 1, 2015

Introducing Sea & Sand!

We can not believe it is already June!  Do you realize there are less than 30 weeks until Christmas?!  2015 is flying by, but Schnapps is busy knitting all the time.  We had some gifts that had to be made and we just had work done on our home which kept us busy so we were not posting new patterns.  Things are calming down now and we are going through our cotton and cotton blend yarn stash and making new hats!  Schnapps made this one yesterday and it just reminded me of the sea and the sand.





He used 2 strands of Knit Picks CotLin yarn worked as one throughout.  We love that yarn - it's cool and crisp and soft.  There are instructions for how to adjust this pattern for other yarn weights below.  You could certainly knit this in just one color also and other color combinations would look great as well.

Schnapps is working on putting together an e-book with new pattern PDFs soon.  Here are a couple of his other latest hats:



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!
My happy boy! 
Schnapps and I made new house numbers recently and we have been working hard on our flower garden!  We both miss Winter though!  










Sea & Sand


 You will need 120 or so yards of a sport weight yarn and size 10.5 needles.  

Read below for information about 
 changing the sizing.




Abbreviations:
C2R:  next stitch to cable needle, held at back, slip 1 purlwise from LH needle (with yarn at back), then knit 1 from the cable needle
C2L: next stitch to cable needle at front, knit 1 from LH needle, the slip the stitch purwise from the cable needle (yarn at back)
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Holding 2 strands of Color A together, cast on 65 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.


Work Brim Using Color A:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 3 to 3.5 inches long.


Switch to Color B:

Foundation Row:  knit all stitches

Row 1:  *k1, C2R, k2, C2R, k1, C2L, K3*; repeat around
Row 2 and all even rows:  knit all stitches
Row 3:   *k4, C2R, k1, C2L, k2*; repeat around
Row 5:    *k3, C2R, k1, C2L, k2, C2L, k1*; repeat around
Row 7:    *k2, C2R, k3, C2L, k4*; repeat around
Row 9:    knit all stitches

Repeat Pattern Rows 1 - 8 if needed. 

Switch to Color A:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 6.5 to 7 inches long.


Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed

Row 1: *k11,  k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k10, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k9, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k8,  k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:  *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 10: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 12:  *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!

This hat was worked using 2 strands of 3 weight yarn held together as one.  This could easily be changed to one strand of 5-weight yarn.

To use 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 52 stitches.  You might prefer to start your crown decrease at 7.5 to 8  inches and begin with decrease Row 10.

To use 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 78 stitches.  Repeat pattern rows if desired.

To use one strand of 3 weight yarn, use size 5 needles, cast on 104 stitches and repeat pattern rows if desired.

The pattern is worked over 13 stitches. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Introducing A Promise!

Schnapps has been hard at work these days, making hats, shipping hats, starting new initiatives with our local farm and of course, being cute.  Stay tuned for more info about "Operation Bottle Beanies"!  We will be making tiny hats to go on bottles and jars at our local farm in the Fall.  These will be sold for $1 each and ALL the money will go towards keeping people in Delaware warm this winter!  We are trying to find new ways to help those in our community! 

This is Schnapps' latest hat pattern and he wanted to share it with everyone.  It was knit with Louisa Harding's Baby Kashmir, which is very soft and cuddly.  We used size 7 needles, but I think a thicker worsted weight on size 8 needles would work fine as well.  The pattern is a 27 stitch repeat, so you are limited with how you can change this, but we are experimenting a bit and will post any updates to the pattern. 



This pattern, due to the even row instructions can be knit both flat or in the round.  We worked it in the round since we don't like to seam.  IF you decide to work it flat, you should add one selvedge stitch on each side to give you an easy seam.  

This is a smaller cap - which was what we were aiming for.  If you want it to be larger, you can add some stitches, in multiples of 3 between each 27 row repeat, so if you wanted to go up a bit in size, instead of casting on 81, which is 27 x 3, you would cast on 90, which is 30 x 3 and so on.  Just purl the extra stitches in all rows.  If you are a newer knitter, stick to the way the pattern is written for at least one go.  Then you will have more of an idea of how the repeats work.    

Schnapps had a great Easter!

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!

A Promise


You will need 110 or so yards of a worsted weight yarn and size 7 knitting needles.  Read above post for information about changing the sizing.

Abbreviations:

LC:  next 3 to cable needle held to front, p1, then k3 from cable needle
RC: next 1 to cable needles held at back, k3, then p1 from cable needle
M1: pick up horizontal strand between last worked stitch and next stitch and purl
s2kp:  slip 2 stitches together, knit next stitch, then pass both slipped stitches over the knit stitch.
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 81 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:

Row 1:  *p2, k1*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 1.5 inches long.


Work Pattern: Repeat from * to * for each row.

*** FOR ALL EVEN ROWS:  Work stitches as they appear - knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.***

Row 1:  *k3, p1, (k1, p2) x6, k1, p1, k3*
Row 3:   *LC, (k1, p2) x6, k1, RC*
Row 5:    *p1, LC, (p2, k1) x5, p2, RC, p1*
Row 7:    *p2, LC, p1, (k1, p2) x4, k1, p1, RC, p2*
Row 9:    *p3, LC, (k1, p2) x4, k1, RC, p3*
Row 11:  *p4, LC, (p2, k1) x3, p2, RC, p4*
Row 13:   *p5, LC, p1, (k1, p2) x2, k1, p1, RC, p5*
Row 15:   *p6, LC, (k1, p2) x2, k1, RC, p6*
Row 17:  *p7, LC, p2, k1, p2, RC, p7*
Row 19:   *p8, LC, p1, k1, p1, RC, p8*
Row 21:   *p9, LC, k1, RC, p9*
Row 23:   *p10, M1, k2, s2kp, k2, M1, p10*
Row 25:   *p11, M1, k1, s2kp, k1, M1, p11*
Row 27:   *p12, M!, s2kp, M1, p12*
Row 28:   purl all stitches

Repeat Row 28 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed

Row 1: *p7, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *p6, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p5, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *p4, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *p3, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *p2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:  *p2tog*; 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!

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Introducing Frothy Hope!

Spring is here, even if it was in the 20's last night in Delaware!  That means it's time to break out some lighter weight yarn and come up with some new designs.  Schnapps came up with this frothy, foamy pattern last week and we wanted to share it.  

This was knit with Caron Simply Soft, but you could use any worsted or sport weight yarn.  Heavier yarns won't really work for this pattern, since it is a 20 row design.  It's an easy pattern to make though, don't let the number of rows intimidate you.
 


 As you can see, Schnapps has added to his super-hero t-shirt collection.  He has Superman and now he has Batman also, so when we go out, we're Batman & Robin.  :)

Please keep spreading the word about Delaware Head Huggers and  Kozy Kovers for Kids and let us know if you know anyone who needs chemo caps! 

I'm Batman!  Mom's Robin - together we are a great team!


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!



Frothy Hope

  
You will need 4- weight yarn and size 7 circular needles or some combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
yo:  yarn over
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together through the back loop
ssk:  slip, slip, knit
k3tog:  knit 3 stitches together as one

Cast on 80 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 1.5 inches long.

Work Bottom:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 3 inches long.

Work Pattern: Repeat from * to * for each row.

Row 1:  *k1, p4, yo, k1, yo, p4*
Row 2:  *yo, k3, yo, p4, k1, p4*
Row 3:   *k1, p4, yo, k5, yo, p4*
Row 4:   *yo, k7, yo, p4, k1, p4*
Row 5:    *k1, p4, yo, k9, yo, p4*
Row 6:  *k2tog, k7, k2togtbl, p4, k1, p4*
Row 7:  *k1, p4, ssk, k5, k2tog, p4*
Row 8:   *k2tog, k3, k2togtbl, p4, k1, p4*
Row 9:   *k1, p4, ssk, k1, k2tog, p4*
Row 10:  *k3tog, p4, k1, p4*
Row 11:  *yo, k1, yo, p4, k1, p4*
Row 12:  *k1, p4, yo, k3, yo, p4*
Row 13:   *yo, k5, yo, p4, k1, p4*
Row 14:   *k1, p4, yo, k7, yo, p4*
Row 15:   *yo, k9, yo, p4, k1, p4*
Row 16:   *k1, p4, k2tog, k7, k2togtbl, p4*
Row 17:  *ssk, k5, k2tog, p4, k1, p4*
Row 18:   *k1, p4, k2tog, k3, k2togtbl, p4*
Row 19:   *ssk, k1, k2tog, p4, k1, p4*
Row 20:   *k1, p4, k3tog, p4*

Top of Hat:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 6.5 to 7 inches.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k7 k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k4 k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 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 give it to someone special!

 
 The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.   As written, the pattern makes an adult size hat.  Because of the 20 row repeat, this pattern won’t work for super bulky or chunky weight yarn.

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

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10 stitches for individual sizes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Introducing Sloping Roads!

Well, Schnapps has been playing around with cables and coming up with some new designs.  This is one of them and several people asked for the pattern, so he kindly wanted to share.  This is knit using super bulky, 6-weight yarn, but we included info about changing the weight as well. 

Please remember that even though Spring is coming and warmer weather will be here, chemo caps are still needed.  Unfortunately, chemo caps are in demand year round and now is a great time for yarn sales for heavier weight yarn too.  The super warm hats like these I hold onto until the early Fall when they ship out to our regular centers.  So, please, keep those hats coming!


I've been asked a few times about whether or not I put any of my own money into the charities and what I do with monetary donations. First of all THANK YOU to everyone who has donated financially. Your help is very much appreciated and I promise is put to good use. Just to explain a bit about how Schnapps and I run Kozy Kovers for Kids and Delaware Head Huggers, here are photos of the tags placed on each and every blanket (over 1,670) and chemo cap (over 16,500). 



We purchase, hole punch and tag every item so that the recipient knows it is a gift and knows how to get in touch with me if they need more. Blanket tags have contact info on the back. (All Head Hugger organizations in the USA are supposed to do this) Hats are shipped to individuals and centers throughout the USA. A typical box of about 50 hats ships for anywhere from $12 - $30 depending on where it is going - the further away, the higher the cost. A box to an individual can ship for anywhere from $5 to $15 again, depending on location. We make MANY hats and blankets and we buy lots of yarn so we can do that. We also pay for both websites, shipping supplies, paper for letters, printer ink, envelopes, labels, etc. It all adds up to a substantial amount of money every year, but I promise, most of it is our own money.

We make a small amount of money from pattern sales.  Our patterns have been downloaded literally millions of times, but most are free.  We do this so that everyone can help those in need in their own communities too!

Schnapps got a Spring Hair Cut!
 
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!


Sloping Roads
 

 You will need 6 weight yarn and size 13 circular needles or some combination listed below.
 
 Abbreviations:
C5R:  slip next 2 stitches on cable needle and hold at back, k3 from LH needled,  then p2 from the cable needle
T5R:  slip next 2 stitches on cable needle and hold at back, k3 from LH needle, then p1, k1 from the cable needle
C3L: slip next stitch onto cable needle and hold at front, p2 from LH needle, then k1 from the cable needle.
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 44 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 for about 2 inches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2:  *k1, p1, k3, p7, k3, p7*; repeat around
Row 3:  *C5R, p5, T5R, p7*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k3, p7, k3, p1, k1, p7*; repeat around
Row 5:  *p8, C5R, p1, C3L, p5*; repeat around
Row 6:  *p8, k3, p5, k1, p5*; repeat around
Row 7:  *p6, C5R, p5, C3L, p3*; repeat around
Row 8: *p6, k3, p9, k1, p3*; repeat around
Row 9:  *p4, C5R, p9, C3L, p1*; repeat around
Row 10:  *p4, k3, p13, k1, p1*; repeat around
Row 11:   k1, *p1, C5R, p13, C3L*; repeat around, using first stitch from NEXT round to complete pattern row
Row 12:  *(k1), p7, k3, p7, k3, p1*; repeat around
** Remember, the FIRST k1 of Row 12 is already completed from previous round, **
Repeat Rows 3-12 as needed.  One repeat shown here for 6 weight yarn.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   purl all stitches
Row 2: *p2 p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *p2tog*; 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!
 
 
 This pattern is worked over 22 stitches.

To knit this hat using 5-weight yarn and size 10 needles, cast on 66 stitches and work pattern as written.  You might want to make the brim a little longer or purl a few more rows for the crown decrease.

To knit using 4 weight yarn and size 7 needles, cast on 88 stitches and work pattern as written.  You could probably repeat the pattern two times for a total of three here.  Or you might want to make the brim a little longer or purl a few more rows for the crown decrease.

To knit using 3 weight yarn and size 5 needles, cast on 110 stitches and work pattern for at least 3 to 4 repeats.  You might also want to make the brim a little longer or purl a few more rows for the crown decrease.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Introducing Whirligig!

Thank you Eileen for the name!  This pattern will look VERY different if worked in a thinner yarn, but I have included some modifications in case you want to try it.



I can't quite believe that it's the end of February already.  Or that this is Schnapps' first pattern of the year.  My Mom had a life threatening allergic reaction to her medication back on January 5th.  She was in ICU for a few days and, although she is home now, is still having some cardiac issues.  So, Schnapps and I have not been home much - we have been over helping Mom and Dad.  Please send some love Mom's way!  :)   

But, we did start a new project - Red Hats for Heart!  We collected baby and adult hats for the babies, parents and staff of A.I. duPont Hospital for Children's Cardiac Care Unit.  This will be an annual project for Delaware Head Huggers from now on. 

Many people tell me that they can't knit, crochet or sew, but want to help us.  You can always donate materials to someone you know who can make hats or blankets.  You can purchase patterns from Schnapps - from Ravelry or Craftsy.  Both links are on this page.  100% of pattern sales go right back into the charities.  You can donate postage costs by using the Donate button on this page.  You can help by simply spreading the word that we are here.  The more who know about us, the more we can help.

 
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!

Whirligig


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

Abbreviations:
T2L:  slip next stitch on cable needle and hold at front, purl next stitch, then knit the stitch on the cable needle
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Brim: 
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 for 2.5 to 3 inches.  (see info below for different yarn weights)

Work Pattern:
Rows 1, 2, 13 & 14: purl all stitches
Rows 3, 4 & 10:  *p1, k1, p1*  ; repeat around
Rows 5 & 11:  *p1, T2L* ; repeat around
Rows 6 & 12:   *p2, k1*; repeat around
Row 7:  p2, T2L, *p1, T2L*; repeat from * to * around using the first stitch of the next round to complete the pattern.
Row 8:  beginning with the second stitch, since you used the first to complete the previous round, *p2, k1*; repeat from * to * around
Row 9:  *T2L, p1*; repeat around

Work Crown: 
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 for 1 inch  (see info below for different yarn weights)

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *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 give it to someone special who needs a warm hug!

This pattern will look quite different if worked in a thinner yarn.  The pattern should be centered in the middle of the hat.  The pattern is in multiples of 3, so adapt accordingly.

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 57.  Work the brim for 3.5  to 4 inches and work the crown until the hat is about 7.5 - 8 inches.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 75.  Work the brim for 4 to 4.5 inches and work the crown until the hat is 8 - 8.5 inches.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 105 stitches.  Work the brim for 4.5 to 5 inches and work the crown until the hat is 8.5 inches.

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Introducing A Toast!

It's the last day of 2014!  Time seems to go faster every year.  Schnapps managed one more new pattern for the year and he wanted to name it "A Toast" since it's New Year's Eve!  It's knit using super bulky yarn, but the instructions include all yarn weights.


I've never been much for New Year's............to me it always seems like every other day.  Every day is a chance to start something wonderful.  A day full of potential.  A day that you can make a difference.  I hope that many of your resolutions include trying to make the world a kinder, more peaceful place.  

2014 was a very good year for us.  We are lucky enough to have had much more good than bad, many more smiles than tears this year.  I hope that 2015 will bring the same.

Delaware Head Huggers collected and distributed 3,399 chemo caps this year, bringing out total since 2010 to 15,763.  Sadly, that is not nearly enough to help everyone.  More hats are needed everywhere!  Donating locally is just as spectacular as sending your hats to us.

Kozy Kovers for Kids collected and distributed 369 blankets to foster care children and kids in crisis, bringing that total to 1,615 blankets since 2010.  Blankets are sadly also very much needed.  Many children are suffering and receiving a blanket helps in a small way.

Many people tell me that they can't knit, crochet or sew, but want to help us.  You can always donate materials to someone you know who can make hats or blankets.  You can purchase patterns from Schnapps - from Ravelry or Craftsy.  Both links are on this page.  100% of pattern sales go right back into the charities.  You can donate postage costs by using the Donate button on this page.  You can help by simply spreading the word that we are here.  The more who know about us, the more we can help.

Schnapps and I, and our whole family, wish you a 2015 full of happiness, health and peace.  

Join us in 2015 and help us 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!


A Toast
 You will need 6 weight yarn and size 13 circular needles or some combination listed below.
Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
S1:  slip 1 stitch, purlwise with yarn in back

Cast on 44 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1: *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2inches.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  *S1, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:  *S1, p1*; repeat around
Rows 5 & 6:  knit all stitches
Row 7:  *k1, s1*; repeat around
Row 8:  *p1, S1*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until hat is about 8 to 8.5 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


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 2 stitches.   Adapt in multiples of 4 to keep the crown decrease the same.

T
o knit this using chunky or 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 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 112 stitches.  
 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Introducing Cable-Riffic!

Schnapps has been very busy helping me get ready for Christmas......wrapping, baking, cooking, decorating and all sorts of things have been going on here.  But, he put his paws down on Sunday and insisted on knitting a hat while watching football.  Cable-Riffic (thank you Teresita for the name!) is a fun hat to knit, but not difficult at all.


This hat is knit using super bulky yarn and if you use a thinner weight, the impact of the cable will not be as evident, so we suggest that you use super bulky yarn or two strands of worsted weight held together.

Schnapps and I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.   So many terrible things are going on in the world right now that it seems more important than ever to focus on doing good and spreading some love through the world.  

Thank you to everyone who has used one of our patterns to pass some love along.

Schnapps loves his pajamas!

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!


Cable-Riffic

You will need 6 weight yarn and size 13 circular (16 inch) needles and a cable needle

Abbreviations:

T2B:  slip next stitch on cable needle and hold at back, knit next stitch, then purl the stitch on the cable needle
T2F:  slip next stitch on cable needle and hold at front, purl next stitch, then knit the stitch on the cable needle C6B: slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back, knit 3, then knit 3 from the cable needle.
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 44 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1, 2, 3 & 4:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Row 4:  purl all stitches

The pattern is worked over the first stitches.  All other stitches are purled for every row.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  p4, k8, p4, purl to end
Row 2:  p3, T2B, k6, T2F, p3, purl to end
Row 3:  p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, purl to end
Row 4:  p2, T2B, p1, k6, p1, T2D, p2, purl to end
Row 5:  p2, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p2, purl to end
Row 6:  p1, T2B, p2, C6B, p2, T2F, p1, purl to end
Row 7:  p1, k1, p3, k6, p3, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 8: T2B, p3, k6, p3, T2F, purl to end
Row 9:  k1, p4, k6, p4, k1, purl to end
Row 10:  T2F, p3, k6, p3, T2B, purl to end
Row 11: p1, k1, p3, k6, p3, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 12:  p1, T2F, p2, C6B, P2, T2B, p1, purl to end
Row 13:  p2, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p2, purl to end
Row 14:  p2, T2F, p1, k6, p1, T2B, p2, purl to end
Row 15:  p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, purl to end
Row 16:  p3, T2F, k6, T2B, p3, purl to end
Row 17:  p4, k8, p4, purl to end

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   purl all stitches
Row 2: *p2 p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *p2tog*; 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!

This pattern is worked over the first SIXTEEN stitches of your cast on row.  To adjust the size, you would simply cast on fewer or more stitches.  Stay in multiples of 4 to keep the ribbed brim and crown decrease the same.

This hat fits an average adult head.  To make it smaller, cast on 36 or 40 stitches.  To make it larger cast on 48 or 52 stitches.  Decrease or increase in multiples of 4 to further adapt. 

The first 16 stitches will be used for the panel.  The rest will be purled in every row.

You could place 2 panels on 1 hat easily.  Instead of purling to the end, change that direction to purl 6, then repeat the row instructions.  This will give you 6 stitches between each repeat.

Thinner yarn won’t give the same effect, however, you could use 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together as one and work as written. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Boot Topper Patterns - for sale only!

Schnapps has gotten lots of requests for his boot topper patterns, so I finally helped him type them up today.  We put 4 different patterns in one e-book "Knitting with Schnapps:  Boot Toppers" that is selling for $6.50.  Each pattern has instructions for sport, worsted, chunky and super bulky weight yarn as well as how to adjust the size if needed.

We checked prices for patterns and found that many patterns are $6 or up just for one pattern, so we think this is still a good deal.   Plus, all pattern sales are used to support Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  All support is most appreciated! 

They can be purchased from our Ravelry store
 or from our  Craftsy store or by using the links to the right of the 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!


Schnapp's Mobius Shawl!

Schnapps and I have been looking at some of the new cowls and shawls that are out this year.  We have never watched Outlander, but hear that many great knit designs are seen on that show.  All the patterns we saw called for yarn or needles that we didn't have readily available, so Schnapps spent his Football Sunday making this.  I wasn't sure that I would like it, but it is actually very comfortable and toasty warm and it looks cute too.  Wide enough to cover your shoulders, but not long enough to get in my way while you are knitting! 










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!

Since everyone else seemed to like it also, we figured we would share our pattern with you.  This is easily knit by a beginner.

Schnapps used Homespun Thick and Quick and this used less than one skein.  Using size 19 needles give the finished fabric an airy, flowing feel without sacrificing warmth.

Cast on 27 stitches.

Knit all stitches in every row until your piece is 31 to 31 inches in length.  This is the length that worked well for me.  If you have wider shoulders, just knit a few more rows and make it longer.

Bind off all stitches keeping tension even.

Place bind off and cast on rows together.  Flip one side over to form the twist and seam.

Fluff it out and arrange it - this honestly took me longer than it took Schnapps to knit the whole thing!

Slide it over your shoulders and stay warm.  Or, better yet, give it as a gift to someone special.

See?  Super simple and super quick!

Enjoy!