Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

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.  


 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Introducing Ladders of Hope!

Schnapps has been busy, happily making hats again.  We've got so many different things that we'd like to make, but somehow, hats just keep pulling us in.  This is one of his latest creations.  Thank you Lani for the name!  It's a little warmer this week here in Delaware, but more cold air is headed this way.  It's been a brutal winter in so many places that we are trying to get as many warm hats as possible out to those who need them.



This was knit using Lion Brand Hometown USA, a favorite of Schnapps'.  As always, instructions for other yarn weights are included. 

Schnapps is ready for the cold in his Squall Jacket!


The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  I have several e-books available for purchase.  The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
 
The Play Book Patterns!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too.  We love to hear from everyone!
 
 
Ladders of Hope
 
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
s1:  slip one stitch, purl wise, with yarn at back
yo:  yarn over
psso:  pass slipped stitch over both stitches
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:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 to 2 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Row 1 : *k1, s1, k1, yo, psso, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:  *knit all stitches*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.
Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k1, s1, k1, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch, k1*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; 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 it to someone who could use some warmth and some hope! 
The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.  

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 4 stitches for individual sizes.

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

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Introducing Frosted Hope!

Schnapps and I apologize for being behind schedule!  We've been very busy and can't really believe that it's already mid-February.  We have a shawl that we are working on for a local auction and then we will be back to hat patterns, we promise.  Schnapps has lots of ideas for new hats, but I keep putting him to work doing other things.

This hat/scarf set was knit for the Kent County Public Library's Quarter Auction!

This is a hat he made a few weeks ago that slipped through the cracks.  This was knit using super bulky yarn, but the pattern includes details for all yarn weights. 




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 loves to hear from all of you!


Frosted Hope
 
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
s1wyib:  slip one stitch, holding yarn at back of work, as if to knit

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 Brim:
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 to 2 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Row 1 : *k3, s1wyib**; repeat around
Row 2:  *p3, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row3:  k1, *s1wyib, k3*; repeat to last 2 stitches; end k2
Row 4:  p1 *s1wyib, p3*; repeat to last 2 stitches; end p2

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k1, k2tog, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 2: *p2tog, s1wyib*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; 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 it to someone who could use some warmth and some hope!
 
 The pattern is worked over 4 stitches. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 72 stitches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 4 stitches for individual sizes.

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


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Introducing Violaceous!

Well, Schnapps designed this one a couple of weeks ago, but finally I have the pattern ready to go up.  I try to stay away from names that use the color of the model, but we just couldn't come up with one that seemed right.  Feel free to make it in any color you choose!



Schnapps and I have been tagging all the hats that come in and turning right around and shipping them out to those who need them.  This year we have an increased demand for hats, so please, take some time and make at least one hat for someone battling cancer.  Drop them off locally or send them to me and Schnapps, but make a difference for someone.  Especially if you have used any of my patterns before..........pay it forward and warm someone up!  Schnapps would appreciate it!


The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  I have several e-books available for purchase.  The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
 
The Play Book Patterns!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too.  We love to hear from everyone!



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

Abbreviations:
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:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 to 2 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2: *k1, p1, k1, p1*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:  *p1, k3*; repeat around
Rows 5 & 6:  *k1, p1, k1, p1*; repeat around
Rows 7 & 8:  *k2,  p1, k1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length, ending with a Row 2.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *p1, k2tog, k1*; repeat around
Row 2: *p1, 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 pass it along to someone who could use a smile and a hug!

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 76 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 4 stitches for individual sizes.

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


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Introducing Verdant Hope!

It has been chilly and snowy in Delaware this week and I am finally getting around to posting Schnapps latest hat........well, he has another new one finished already too, but I'm a bit behind.



So many people are in need of chemo caps, especially in this cold weather.  Please, if you use any of my patterns for any reason, take the time to make a hat (or several!) and donate them to your local cancer treatment center.  If you don't know where to send them, you can always send them to me and Schnapps and we will get them to those who need them most.  Let's all make a difference this year!

Schnapps is doing his part to help others by designing and sharing patterns!

The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
 
The Play Book Patterns!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too.  We love to hear from everyone!
 
Verdant Hope
  
 You will need 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

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

Work Brim:
Row 1:  *k3, p3*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 to 2 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Row 1: *k3, yo, p3*; repeat around
Row 2:  *k4, p3*; repeat around
Row 3:  *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p3*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k2, k2tog, p3*; repeat around
Row 5:  *k1, yo, k2tog, p3*; repeat around
Row 6:  *k3, p3*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 6 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k1, k2tog, p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog, 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 pass it along to someone who could use some hope and a hug!

 The pattern is worked over 6 stitches. 

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.  




Saturday, January 11, 2014

Introducing Staggered Hope!


Schnapps and I hope that your 2014 is off to a good start.  We've been busy getting things back to normal after the holidays.  I love this time of year when things slow down a bit and life seems to get back on track after the rush of the holiday season.  Schnapps and I both love cold weather and we've been able to get lots of good walks in and lots of knitting time too.
Naps every once in a while are great too!


This is Staggering Hope.  Thank you Susan for helping with the name!!  It is a simple pattern and I think the texture works for men and women.  I recently spoke to a woman who received a couple of hats and she told me that the men are as excited about getting hats as the women - especially in this cold weather - and that they look through the hats for ones that are manly enough.  Certainly, this hat can be worn by a woman also, but I wanted something for the men too.


We kicked off another year of the Finn Hat Project.   Please help us collect more than 600 hats in 2014 for this remarkable program.  


Yarn suggestions, mandatory colors and the patterns can be found here.  
   There are instructions for knitting in the round, knitting flat, loom knitting and 2 crochet patterns!  EVERYONE can help!  Spread the word about this special project and help a young child who is facing cancer treatment.

The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
The Play Book Patterns!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too.  We love to hear from everyone!
Staggered Hope
 You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
ktbl:  knit one stitch through the back loop
k2tbl:  knit two stitches through the back loop
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 through 4:  *p2, ktbl*; repeat around
Rows 5 through 8:  *k2tbl, p1*; repeat around
Rows 9 through 12:  *ktbl, p2*; repeat around,

Repeat Rows 1 - 12  until piece is about  7.5  to 8 inches in length.  End with a Row 8.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *ktbl, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; repeat around

If using lighter weight yarn, you might want to repeat Row 3 of the crown decrease for more rows.


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 3 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60 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 3 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 102 stitches.  




Friday, January 3, 2014

Introducing Swells of Hope!

We spent New Year's Day at my parents home and Schnapps whipped up this hat while we were visiting.  It's a super simple 4 row repeat that creates a cute textured wave or swell.
Today is a snow day for us in Delaware, so we thought we'd get it up for everyone to share.



We are always 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.  This is an ongoing project!  In 2013 we collected 598 Finn Hats and I hope that we can beat that total in 2014!  Please consider making a few ~ this is truly a wonderful cause!

Yarn suggestions, mandatory colors and the patterns can be found here.  
   There are instructions for knitting in the round, knitting flat, loom knitting and 2 crochet patterns!  EVERYONE can help!  Spread the word about this special project and help a young child who is facing cancer treatment.
 
 
The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
 
The Play Book Patterns!
If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too.  We love to hear from everyone!
 
Schnapps sends tail wags to everyone!  
  
Swells of Hope
You will need size US 13 circular needles and dpns and 6-weight yarn or another combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
s1:  slip one stitch

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  holding yarn in back as if to knit throughout, *s1, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:   holding yarn in front as if to purl throughout, *s1, p1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about  7.5  to 8 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 hug and some hope.

If using lighter weight yarn you might want to repeat Row 3 of the crown decrease a few more times before ending.
 
The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but use a multiple of 4 so the crown decrease stays the same.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60 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 102 stitches. 
 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Introducing Rugged Hope!

Happy New Year Everyone!  
Schnapps and I wish you all nothing but happiness, good health and love in 2014.  This is our last pattern of the year and we hope you like it.  We were trying to come up with some different caps that men would like to wear and we think this will work for both men and women. 


2013 was an incredible year for Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  With the help of so many of you we are now at a tally of 12,962 hats and 1,246 blankets - in just 4 years!  This year alone brought us 3,628 chemo caps, 598 Finn Hats and 327 blankets.  Schnapps and I hope that 2014 is even better!  We are making a difference, no matter how small, to many.

Please remember that the Finn Hat project is an ongoing project that continually needs caps of all sizes.  This partnership with Kidshealth.org is an important one.  The hat pattern is free and comes in both knit and crochet versions.  Yarn suggestions, mandatory colors and the patterns can be found here.  Spread the word about this special project and help a young child who is facing cancer treatment.


Thank you to all of you who have donated postage funds too.  Your help is very much appreciated!  Postage is high and seems to be going up every year, but hats are needed across the country and we will continue to send them!

In 2014, I hope you all find time to focus on making a difference to others.  This doesn't take any money at all - help a neighbor, give a hug where one is needed, listen to a friend who needs to talk.  If you can, make a hat or two or a hundred and donate them locally or send them to me and I will get them to people who need them.  Make a blanket and give it to a local foster care agency or a local Emergency Room.  Try to spend at least a few minutes every day doing something for those not in your immediate circle.  If we all do that, the world will start to become a better place.  More love is needed everywhere - right next door and across the world......do your part and Schnapps and I will do ours too.

Remember to tell people about us and let them know that we will send hats to any person or center in the United States.  Just email me and we will get hats out right away.

The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
 
The Play Book Patterns!
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Rugged Hope
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circulars and dpns or another combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 3:  *k4, p2*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 4:  *p2, k4*; repeat around
Rows 5, 6, 7 & 8:  k2, *p2, k4*; repeat around, end k2
Rows 9 & 11:  *p2, k4*; repeat around
Rows 10 & 12:  *k4, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 12  until piece is about  7.5  to 8 inches in length. 
Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *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 good sturdy hug and some extra warmth.


The pattern is worked over 6 stitches, but use a multiple of 4 so the crown decrease stays the same.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60 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 102 stitches.