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Monday, February 1, 2016

Introducing the Bulked Up Noggin Nuzzler!

It's February already!  Apparently 2016 is going to fly by just as quickly as 2015 did!  Schnapps has been busy knitting and snuggling.  We got 20 inches of snow last weekend which meant lots of shoveling so poor Schnapps could walk around, but most of that is melted now.

Schnapps made this set for an upcoming Quarter Auction for one of our favorite places - the Kent County Public Library in Delaware.  These are versions of the Noggin Nuzzler hat and the Neck Nuzzler infinity scarf.  He used 2 strands of Wool Ease Chunky throughout and wanted to add the extra pop of the coordinating color.  Since the Noggin Nuzzler is one of our earliest patterns and written for worsted weight yarn only, we figured we would share the new version here.   Scroll through the post for instructions about the infinity scarf too!  Click on the links to go to the original patterns.






The original Noggin Nuzzler looks like this:




The infinity scarf uses the same pattern as the original Neck Nuzzler.  To add the contrasting stripe down the middle, simply change to a new color after a Row 4 and be sure to do a row of knit all stitches before starting the pattern again with the new color.  When you switch back to the original color for the other part of the scarf, be sure to knit one row all around using the original color before going back to the pattern.  This ensures that your purl bumps won't be two colored!


 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 was hiding from the blizzard! 


The Bulked Up Noggin Nuzzler

 
Abbreviations:
K2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one.
You Need:
2 strands of 5-weight, chunky yarn- 2 different colors if you want.
Size 15 circular knitting needles
Cast on 44 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.
Work Brim in Color A:
Row 1:  Knit all stitches
Row 2:  Purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 three more times for a total of 8 rows of garter stitch
Work Pattern in Color B:
Rows 1 & 2:  *K2, P2*; repeat from * to * around row
Rows 3 & 4:  *P2, K2*; repeat from * to * around row
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until the piece measures approximately 7 inches.  You can make it longer if you would like a larger hat.
Decrease Crown - use dpns when needed:
Row 1:  *K2, K2tog*; repeat from * to * to last 12 stitches, K10, K2tog
Row 2:  *K1, K2tog*; repeat from * to * around row
Row 3:   *K2tog*; repeat from * to * around row
Row 4:   *K2tog*; repeat from * to * around row to last stitch, end K1.

Finish:  Cut your working yarn, leaving a tail.  Draw the tail through the stitches remaining on the needle, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in your ends and pass it along to someone who’s noggin needs a nuzzle!
 
If you want to use 6- weight yarn and size 13 needles, cast on 48 stitches.
 
 If you want to use one strand of 5 weight yarn and size 11 needles, cast on 60 stitches.
 
 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Introducing Interwoven Hope!

Schnapps' first new hat pattern of 2016!  We hope your year is off to a wonderful start and that you will find lots of time to help others in the coming months.

This hat was knit using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn and works up very quickly.  I have included directions for other yarn weights as well, for your convenience.
 

Sadly, many people do not seem to read this blog - they just grab free patterns and then send me emails demanding that the blog format be changed, complaining that they can't find the free patterns, only links to my stores, or basically just complaining about life in general.  I try to help those who have legitimate questions, but I do not respond to those who are just looking to cause problems.  The yarn weights that I list are the most common.  I give information about the pattern repeats.....if you want more than that, you will have to do the math yourself.  Experiment a bit - you might be surprised at how easy it is to do.

I completely understanding wanting free patterns.....especially when you are knitting for charity, as so many of you are doing, all the time.  However, I know that many people do not use my patterns for charity.  When a pattern is created, it takes time and effort.  The pattern is knit, written down, typed up and shared.  Thank you is the appropriate response, to any one who shares their creativity with others.  Those small minded, unhappy people who make negative comments are to be pitied, but deleted. 





 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!
 
 
"That was some New Year's party!"

 
 
Interwoven Hope

You will need about 70 yards of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.

 
Abbreviations:

T2L: purl the second stitch, then knit the first, dropping both at the same time.
T2R: knit the second stitch, then purl the first, dropping both at the same time.
C2L: knit into the back of the second stitch, then knit into the back of the first stitch, dropping both at the same time.
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1, 2, 3, 4 & 10:   *k1, p2, k1*; repeat around
Row  5 :   *T2L, T2R*; repeat around
Rows  6 & 8: *p1, k2, p1*; repeat around
Row 7:  *p1, C2L, p1*; repeat around
Row 9:   *T2R, T2L*; repeat around


Repeat Rows 1 and 10 until your work measures about
7.5 to 8  inches in length. 


Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *k1, p2tog, k1*; 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 11 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80.  You may wish to repeat Row 3 of the crown decrease.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.   You may wish to repeat Row 3 of the crown decrease.

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.  Adjust in multiples of 4 to have the crown decrease remain the same.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Introducing Whirls of Hope!


It's the very end of 2015.  Schnapps wanted to end the year with a hat pattern for everyone.  He actually created 2 new hats this weekend...his little paws were busy.  He has many plans for lots of new patterns in the new year too. 

Whirls of Hope is free here and Twisted Joy is for sale in our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  Both are knit with super bulky yarn, but have instructions for other yarn weights too.  

Whirls of Hope

Twisted Joy


Thank you to all who have supported and helped us this past year.  Each and every hat, blanket, bottle beanie, dollar donated and kind word truly is appreciated and truly makes a difference.  

We wanted to share some interesting facts with you as the year comes to a close.  We are hoping that 2016 brings happiness, health and kindness to everyone and that it allows us to help more people than ever before.   Join us as we try to make the world a little bit better.


Did you know?

2016 will mark the 7th year that Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids have been in existence.  Let’s all work together to make it the best year yet!

2015 was the year we collected the most blankets so far, with 399 coming in.  Can we pass 400 next year?


2010, our first year, still holds the record for chemo caps with 3,520.  In 2015, we received 3,424 chemo caps, but we also participated in tiny preemie items for Bayhealth and in Operation Bottle Beanies.  Let’s break all records in 2016!

Operation Bottle Beanies raised $480 in its first year so far.  We will be doing this again next year too.

If you want to help Delaware Head Huggers with shipping and supply costs, you can do so directly via PayPal to robin@delawareheadhuggers.org

 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 had a great Christmas!



Whirls of Hope

You will need about 70 yards of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.

 Abbreviations:

C2F: knit the second stitch, without dropping the first stitch, then knit the first and drop both from the left hand needle.

C2B: knit the second stitch through the back loop, without dropping the first stitch, then knit the first and drop both from the left hand needle.

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 48 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:

Row 1 : *C2F, C2B, k4*; repeat around
Rows 2, 4, 6 & 8:  knit all stitches
Row 3:   *C2B, C2F, k4*; repeat around
Row 5:   *k4, C2F, C2B*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k4, C2B, C2F*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece measures 7.5 to 8  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 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.



If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 72.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 88.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches.

The pattern is worked over 8 stitches.   

Friday, December 18, 2015

Introducing For a Bibliophile!

It's a week until Christmas and we're just about ready.  Presents are wrapped, the house is decorated and next week we'll be baking up a storm.  We needed a small gift for a friend who loves to read.......so Schnapps came up with this bookmark.  It's knit using KnitPicks Shine Sport yarn and size 5 needles, but you could use any yarn and needles really.......it will just change the size of the finished item.  Since many of our friends are looking for last minute gift ideas too, we thought we'd share.

I wouldn't use 5 or 6 weight yarn because it would be too large and thick, but that's just my opinion.  This one is about 11 inches long and about 2 inches wide.  It's super simple and a fast knit.  While you are at it, make an extra one for your local librarian............I'm sure they would love 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!



For a Bibliophile



This used just a small amount of 3 weight yarn and size 5 needles.

Abbreviations:

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
yo:  yarn over
skpsso:  slip 1 stitch, knit the next, then pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch
sl:  slip 1 stitch
psso:  pass slipped stitch over

Cast on 53 stitches

Work Edge

Knit every stitch for 2 rows

**Every row will start and end with 2 knit stitches.  These stitches are NOT included in the pattern.  Place markers to remind yourself to knit those stitches for an even, flat edge.**

Row 1:  k4, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skpsso, k7*; repeat from * to * to last 9; k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skpsso, k4

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10: purl all

Row 3:  k3, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, skpsso, k5*; repeat from * to *  to last 10; k2tog, yo, k3, yo, skpsso, k3

Row 5:  k2, *k2tog, yo, k5, yo, skpsso, k3* repeat from * to *  to last 11, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, skpsso, k2

Row 7:  k1, *k2tog, yo, k7, yo, skpsso, k1*; repeat from * to * to end

Row 9:  k2tog, yo, k0, *yo, sl, k2tog, psso, yo, k9* repeat from * to *  to last 2, yo, skpsso 

Work Edge Again

Knit every stitch for2 rows

Finish: Bind off all stitches knit wise. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Introducing A Textured Path and A Break in the Clouds!

It's December!  It's almost Christmas!  There is so much to be done that Schnapps and I are going full speed just about all day, every day.  Those of you who subscribe to the newsletter got the pattern for Textured Path a couple of weeks ago.  We just realized that we never shared it with everyone, so it's going up today.




We are also putting a new cowl pattern, A Break in the Clouds, up for sale.  You can purchase it directly here.  It is just $4 and all the proceeds go to Delaware Head Huggers!  It will be available in our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  Directions include information for different yarn weights as well as instructions for modifying the size.  The model was knit using one skein of Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick......just about 106 yards and an hour or so and you have a great gift!

Close up of the stitch detail.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving - we are thankful always for your help and support.  As of November 23, we have collected and distributed 18,835 chemo caps and 1,969 blankets.  Operation Bottle Beanies is still running and we collected many items for Code Purple as well.  We did a project for Bayhealth making tiny preemie items and in February we will again be participating in Red Hats for Heart Month with A.I. duPont Children's Hospital.  It takes many, many hands and hearts to make all these projects successful and we thank each of you who help in any way.


 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!
 
Textured Path

You will need about 70 yards of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.
 
 Abbreviations:

k1bbk: knit through the back of the stitch below, then knit the stitch above.

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 49 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 1:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for 2  to 2.5 inches

Work Pattern:

Rows 1 & 3:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  *k2tog, k2, k1bbk,k2* ; repeat around
Row 4:   *k2, k1bbk, k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece measures 7.5 to 8  inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
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 give it to someone special!
 
 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 70.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 84.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches.

The pattern is worked over 7 stitches.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Trio of Headbands!

It's almost Halloween!  Schnapps loves to sit outside and see all the kids in their costumes.  To us, Halloween is always the 'kick-off' to the holidays......it seems like Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas is already less than 2 months away.

If you follow us, you know that we are trying to help the homeless this year too.  We made some headbands to donate and Schnapps wanted to share the patterns with you.  Really, they are just short hats without the crown decreases, but here are three different ones that can be made in any yarn, any color and made either cinched or not depending on your preference.  

We hope you like these.  They are perfect to use with those partial skeins that are left over from other projects.  Feel free to use the patterns to make gifts for this holiday season, but please be sure to make a few to donate to those in need also.


Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 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 in his thermal pj's!

A TRIO OF HEADBANDS 
You will need between 25 to 40 yards of 6 weight yarn on size 13 needles.  Other yarn weights are explained below.
Braided Hope Headband

Braided Hope Headband:

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

Work Pattern:

Rows 1, 2 & 4: *p2, k2*; repeat around
Row 3: *p2, k2tog but do not drop stitches off  LH needle, knit the 1st stitch again, then drop both*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until the piece measures  between 3 and 4 inches or longer is you wish.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise.

Karmic Kuddles Headband

Karmic Kuddles Headband:

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

Work Pattern:

Row 1: *k1, s1pw, k1, yo, pass slipped stitch over the k1 and the yo, k1*; repeat around

Row 2: knit all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until the piece measures  3 to 4 inches in length.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise. 


Inspiration Headband

Inspiration Headband

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

Work Pattern:

Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:  *p1, k1*; repeat around


Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until the piece is 3 to 4 inches in length.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise.
 
 All headbands can be left plain or cinched.  To cinch, simply take a few yards of yarn and wind it tightly around a small section of the headband.  Secure tightly and weave in ends.

You can make the headbands wider for extra warmth.  Simply knit more rows.

All headbands are knit using multiples of 4.  If you want to make the band smaller, decrease the number of cast on stitches by increments of 4.  If you want to make the band larger, increase the number of cast on stitches by increments of 4.

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

To use 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

To use 3-weight yarn, use size 6 needles and cast on 96 stitches.




 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Introducing Hyperbola!

The weather is finally starting to be a bit cooler here in Delaware.....not cool enough for us yet, but at least not so hot.  Schnapps came up with this hat in this fabulous shade of blue during a Football Sunday.  It's made with 6-weight, super bulky yarn, but there are instructions for all yarn weights too.

 It's the last week to get a chance to win!  Raffle tickets can be purchased online - just email robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and let me know you are interested.  Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  Payment can be made via PayPal.  The drawing will be on October 17, 2015 or a few days later depending on if we are waiting for people to pay.  We don't want anyone to miss out.  You choose which of the items below you want your tickets to go towards.


Operation Bottle Beanies is going strong.......it's growing slowly, but we are happy that it's taking off!  New businesses may be added soon too!  Remember, 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.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.


Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 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!
 
 

 
 
 
Hyperbola
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.
Abbreviations:
CB4:  move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back.  Knit 2 from left needle, then knit 2 from cable needle.

CF4: move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front.  Knit 2 from left needle, then knit 2 from cable needle.

p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Brim: 
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 for 1.5 to  2 inches

Work Pattern:
Foundation Row:  purl all stitches
Row 1: k4, CB4, CF4, k4, purl to end
Rows 2, 4 & 6:  k16, purl to end
Row 3:  k2, CB4, k4, CF4, k2, purl to end
Row 5:  CB4, k8, CF4, purl to end

Repeat Rows 1 - 6 until piece measures 7.5 to 8  inches in length. 

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *p2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *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 may find themselves wandering a curvy path these days!
 
 
 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 16 stitches.    I prefer the look of the one design, but you can repeat the design if you wish.  The way the pattern is written, you can repeat it 3 times.
  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Introducing the Neck Nuzzler Infinity Scarf!

Schnapps loves the Noggin Nuzzler hat and the Body Nuzzler blanket square, so he decided to put that pattern to use and create the Neck Nuzzler Infinity Scarf!  This scarf works up very quickly and used just one skein of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.  He just knit until he had just enough for the bind off!  

The Neck Nuzzler is knit in the round, eliminating the need for any seams.  This can easily be made into a mobius infinity scarf too by just twisting your stitches before joining in the round.

He liked this so much that he's raffling it off to a lucky winner.  Raffle tickets can be purchased online - just email robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and let me know you are interested.  Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  Payment can be made via PayPal.  The drawing will be on October 10, 2015 or a few days later depending on if we are waiting for people to pay.  We don't want anyone to miss out.

The Neck Nuzzler Infinity Scarf
 
 
We also started a new email newsletter.  About once a week we will be sending out updates about Delaware Head Huggers, Kozy Kovers for Kids and Schnapps!  Any new free patterns posted here will be delivered in PDF form to any subscribers in the issue after it is posted here.  So, the Neck Nuzzler will be in the next issue of the newsletter, which will come out next week.  You can easily sign up in the box above.  I am the only one who gets the information and it will only be used for the newsletter.
 
He's keeping an eye on everyone!
 
 
Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 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!
 

 



The Neck Nuzzler
You will need 106 yards or more of 6-weight yarn and size US 15 circular needles (24 or 36 inches in length)

 
Cast on 128 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Rows 1 & 2:  *k2, p2*, repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:  *p2, k2*, repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece measures 4.5 to 5 inches in width.  End with a Row 2 or a Row 4.

If you are using one skein of yarn, just be sure to leave enough to bind off your stitches.

Bind Off all stitches knitwise.  Weave in your ends.
 

This pattern is in multiples of 4, so feel free to make it longer by casting on extra stitches in multiples of four.

 The scarf is about 60 inches in length.  Feel free to shorten it by casting on fewer stitches, again, decreasing in multiples of four.

To make it a mobius infinity scarf, twist your stitches before you join in the round.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Raffles & Fundraisers!

Hi Everyone!  Operation Bottle Beanies kicks off this Saturday, September 26 and we could not be more excited about it.  We will have a table at Fifer Orchard's Fall Fest and we will be selling bottle beanies, knit scarves, hair clips and candy jars - all to benefit homeless shelters in the area.  


Schnapps and I have begun two separate fundraisers for DEHH and KKforK as well.

We are raffling off two of Schnapps hand made items and we are selling T-shirts.

Superwash merino yarn.  Hand wash/dry flat

Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn - machine wash/dry

Schnapps is so excited to be on a shirt!



Payment will be accepted through PayPal.  If you must send a check, it must be made out to Robin Agar.  Email me for the correct address.

All orders should be emailed first to robin@delawareheadhuggers.org .  Payment can be made once I confirm that I have received your order.  
The T-shirts come in a few different styles (see photos below for details).  Pricing includes Priority Shipping to anywhere in the USA.  If you are outside the US, please contact me for shipping charges.  T-shirt orders should be in by September 30 so I can place the order.
Short Sleeve White Shirts:       $25.95

Short Sleeve Black or Gray Shirts or Long Sleeve White Shirts:  $30.95

Long Sleeve Black Shirts:  $35.95

Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  The drawing will be on October 10, 2015.






Join us in making a difference....one hat at a time!
 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!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Introducing Crossroads!

Two new patterns today!  Schnapps has been busy....it's been so hot here that he's been hiding in the cool house playing with yarn.  Here is his original plan and this time he made sure to double check his math!  :)  Made with Lion Brand Hometown USA, this hat knits up super fast and is just a one row pattern!  I really like the way the crown decrease looks.  Other yarn weight instructions are included also.


It starts out like this:
and with just a few steps is finished!

Balance Beam utilizes a similar design for the brim and is also posted on this blog with info about all yarn weights.


All costs are paid for out of our pocket and shipping costs have sky rocketed lately.  We want to keep posting patterns for free to help the most amount of people possible, but some patterns will be purchase only to help defray our costs.  There is a donate now button on the right hand side of this page.  All pattern sales are also really donations, since 100% of pattern prices go directly back into the charities.  Purchasing from our Etsy store is another way to help us cover shipping and supply costs.  Whether you donate hats or blankets, send us good thoughts, tell people about us or donate financially, you are greatly appreciated!!
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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.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.

Hats can be sent directly to:
DEHH
202 Acorn Forest Drive
Felton, DE 19943
 
It's STILL hot!
 
 Crossroads
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.
  
Abbreviations:

ktbl:  knit through the back loop
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together as one through the back loop

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


Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *p3, k2tbl*, repeat around

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7.5 to 8.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *p1, p2tog, k2tbl*; repeat around
Row 2:   *p2tog, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2togtbl*; 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!

Cinching:  Cut an 8 inch piece of yarn, either matching or contrasting for a different look and thread it through a yarn needle.  At about halfway up the length of the hat, bring the yarn needle up on the outer side of one knit section and then down on the outer side of the next knit section.  Wrap the yarn three times around, cinching the 2 knit sections together.  Take care not to cinch too tightly since that could distort the fit of the hat.  Tie off the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in end.  Repeat for every 2 knit sections around the hat.
 
 
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70. 

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

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 110. 

If making a child’s hat, use 4 weight yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 70 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10.

The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.