Schnapps

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Introducing Ribbons & Bows!

Schnapps has been busy helping me get blankets ready for Camp Connect, a camp that reunites foster care siblings placed in separate foster home for a week of fun and bonding.  He helped make bracelets for Code Purple to have at the Firefly Music Festival this weekend.  He helped me put together a new fund raiser.  He's been very helpful in dealing with some extremely rude people who have tried to bully us in the past two weeks and he made this hat a while ago and just got around to telling me the pattern.  As always, all yarn weights are listed.  The model was knit using 3 colors of 5-weight, chunky yarn and size 10.5 circular needles.

 
FUNDRAISER INFO!
 
 
All orders need to be paid prior to July 1 either via PayPal (robin@delawareheadhuggers.org) or by personal check made out to Robin Agar.  There is a donate now button on the right side of this blog which you can use if you want.  Please email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org telling me what you are ordering as well as what size and color if you are ordering shirts.  Include your full mailing address please so I have all the information that I need in one email.
If you are sending a check, please include a list of what you are ordering along with your mailing address.  Mail to:  Robin Agar, 202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943.  
I hope that some of you will be able to help.....and enjoy some cute merchandise too!
Two Tone Tote  (19" x 15" x 6"):  $30

Plain Tote  (19" x 15" x 6") :  $27




Long Sleeve Tee:  Black:  $36     White:  $31  Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)

Short Sleeve Tee:  White:  $26   Black:  $32   Gray:  $31 
Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)


Pen Design:  With another item:  $5.  $7 if shipped separately 
 
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!
 
Ribbons & Bows
You will need 5-weight yarn and size 10.5 circular needles or some other combination listed below.
  
Abbreviations:

s5: slip 5 stitches purlwise, holding yarn in front
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 60 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 your work measures about 3 inches in length. 

Work Pattern Band of Hat

**  Knit one row in Color B to set up pattern. **
Color B  
Rows 1, 3 & 5:  *s5, k5*  repeat around
Rows 2 & 4:    knit all stitches

Color C
Row 6:   *k2, insert R needle under the 3 strands and knit the next stitch, k7*; repeat around
Rows 7, 9 & 11:   *k5, s5*; repeat around 
Rows 8 & 10:   knit all stitches

Color B
Row 12:   *k7, insert R needle under the 3 strands and knit the next stitch, k2*; repeat around
Repeat as desired ending on a Row 5 or 11.  Work Row 6 or 12 with Color A to work top of hat.  Model was knit repeating Rows 1-5 in Color B and working Row 6 in Color A.

Work Top of Hat Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

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 8:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9:   * k2, k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 50. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches.  

The pattern is worked over a multiple of 10 stitches.  Adjust by multiples of 10 to keep the crown decrease the same.


Experiment with many colors and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Fundraiser!

With postage rates escalating and SO many hats needing to get to those who need them, Schnapps and I are once again hosting a fund raiser.   We are selling shirts and totes and pens and all proceeds will go directly towards shipping and supply costs.  Remember that 100% of pattern sales also goes right back into helping others.



We will be placing the first order on July 1, so all orders have to be in to us by June 30th for the first round.  It should take a couple of weeks for the items to be delivered to me and then they will immediately be shipped out to you.  We looked into opening a Zazzle store, but the prices that would need to be charged were ridiculous.  So, we are once again doing it this way.  Please realize that we are paying for these items to be made and delivered.....only a couple of dollars of each item is actual profit from this.

Below are the items you can order.  All prices include shipping costs, unless otherwise noted.  If you have any questions at all, please email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org.

All orders need to be paid prior to July 1 either via PayPal (robin@delawareheadhuggers.org) or by personal check made out to Robin Agar.  There is a donate now button on the right side of this blog which you can use if you want.  Please email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org telling me what you are ordering as well as what size and color if you are ordering shirts.  Include your full mailing address please so I have all the information that I need in one email.

If you are sending a check, please include a list of what you are ordering along with your mailing address.  Mail to:  Robin Agar, 202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943.  

I hope that some of you will be able to help.....and enjoy some cute merchandise too!

Two Tone Tote  (19" x 15" x 6"):  $30

Plain Tote  (19" x 15" x 6") :  $27




Long Sleeve Tee:  Black:  $36     White:  $31  Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)

Short Sleeve Tee:  White:  $26   Black:  $32   Gray:  $31 
Available in S, M, L, XL (add $2 for XXL and XXXL)


Pen Design:  With another item:  $5.  $7 if shipped separately

  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, May 23, 2016

Introducing Pebbles on the Path!

Schnapps has been busy in this rainy, cool weather we have been having here in Delaware.  We are gearing up for some hot weather this week and those of you who know us know that Schnapps and I are not fans of the heat.  So, we're stocked up on yarn and ready to stay out of the sun.  I think our plants will be delighted to get some sunshine and warmth though.



We're trying to use up partial skeins of yarn that we have lying around, so Schnapps has been doing more color work these days.  This model was knit with Knit Picks Brava bulky, but we included information for all yarn weights.  Use whatever you have in your stash and make some chemo caps for those who need them.


  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 hopes you like his latest creation!



All new patterns!

PDF's included!
Remember that Nature's Inspirations e-book is now for sale.  Please purchase some patterns to help support Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  There have been hundreds of thousands of downloads of our free patterns, which is wonderful!  Hopefully many are being made for those who need them.  Shipping costs are high and every dollar donated goes directly towards covering shipping and supply costs.  We put together e-books on occasion so that you can help out while still getting something for your money.
There are six never before published original patterns and nine Knitting with Schnapps patterns that are included in PDF form for free.  All patterns include instructions for different yarn weights and how to adjust for size.
The e-book is just $10, which we think is a good deal.   You can purchase it from the link on the right or from our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  Check out our other e-books as well.  We have several!


Pebbles on the Path
You will need about 40 yards of each color and size 10.5 circular needles or some combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
s1: slip one stitch purlwise, with yarn in back as if to knit
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about  2 inches in length. 

Work Pattern Band of Hat

**  Knit one row in Color B to set up pattern. **

Color B   Row 1:   purl all stitches
Color C   Row 2:  *sl, k1*; repeat around
Color C       Row 3:   *s1, p1*; repeat around
Color B  Row 4:   *knit all stitches 
Color B  Row 5:   *purl all stitches
Color C  Row 6:   *k1, s1*; repeat around
Color C  Row 7:    *p1, s1*; repeat around
Color B  Row 8:    knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1-8 until your work measures about 6.0 to 6.5 inches in length.

Work Top of Hat Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2:   *k5, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k2, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 6:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   * k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.
 
If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.  

The pattern is worked over an even number of stitches.  Adjust by multiples of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same.


Experiment with many colors and enjoy!
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Introducing Springtime Stripes! Stash Buster Extraordinaire!

Pollen, warm weather and wind are here in Delaware these days.  Schnapps has been busy gardening and cleaning and shipping out hats.  He managed to knit this hat in between working on other things though and thinks it's a great way to use up some left over yarn.  He designed this using just three shades, but you could easily swap out every stripe for a different color.  Imagine all the different color combinations that are possible!  We hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun personalizing it with your color choices.

This was knit using Knit Picks Comfy sport yarn, a wonderfully cool and soft cotton blend yarn that is perfect for the warmer weather.  Instructions are included for all yarn weights too so you really can use up your stash.





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

Schnapps is a happy boy!


Springtime Stripes
You will need about 120 yards of sport weight yarn and size US 6 circular needles or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
S1wyif:  slip one stitch purl-wise, holding yarn in front, as if to purl

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 92 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 inches long

Work Pattern: 
Using Color B: 
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches

Using Color C:
Rows 3 & 5:  knit all
Row 4:  *p1, s1wyif*; repeat around
Row 6:   *s1wyif, p1; repeat around

Using Color B
Row 7:  knit all stitches
Row 8:  purl all stitches
Using Color A:
Rows  9 & 11:  knit all
Row 10:  *p1, s1wyif*; repeat around
Row 12:   *s1wyif, p1; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 12 throughout until piece is 6 to 6.5 inches long.  End with a Row 8.


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

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k1, k2tog; repeat around
Row 4:   knit all stitches
Row 5:  *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   knit all stitches
Row 7:  *k2tog*; repeat around, end with k1

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and think about other color combinations!

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

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

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

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but use a multiple of 4 to keep the brim and crown decrease the same. 

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Introducing Dandelion Twist! Schnapps' 225th pattern!

Well, Spring has sprung, but we are still having snow flurries and very cold temperatures here in Delaware, so it's been a good time to snuggle up and knit some hats.  This is Schnapps latest and he had been sitting out on the lawn, admiring the dandelions when he was inspired.  Thanks to Pat for suggesting to top it in the off white color to make it more dandelion-like.  



This would also look great in just 2 colors or in the solid color of your choice.  Have fun with color and play around with different combinations.  Neutrals will give it a completely different look while school colors or sport team colors would also be great.  Instructions are included for all yarn weights, so this could easily be made for every season.

All new patterns!

PDF's included!

Remember that Nature's Inspirations e-book is now for sale.  Please purchase some patterns to help support Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  There have been hundreds of thousands of downloads of our free patterns, which is wonderful!  Hopefully many are being made for those who need them.  Shipping costs are high and every dollar donated goes directly towards covering shipping and supply costs.  We put together e-books on occasion so that you can help out while still getting something for your money.

There are six never before published original patterns and nine Knitting with Schnapps patterns that are included in PDF form for free.  All patterns include instructions for different yarn weights and how to adjust for size.
The e-book is just $10, which we think is a good deal.   You can purchase it from the link on the right or from our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  Check out our other e-books as well.  We have several!

  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 thanks everyone who supports and helps us!

Dandelion Twist
 
Use 3 colors of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles.

 Abbreviations:
ktbl:  knit through the back loop
C2B:  knit second stitch through the back loop, but don’t drop, then knit first stitch and drop both at the same time
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 60 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your work measures about  2 inches in length. 

Work Body of Hat Still Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 3 inches in length.

Work Pattern of Hat Using Color B: 
Rows 1, 2, 5 & 6:  ktbl all stitches
Row 3:   *C2B, P2*; repeat around
Row 4:   *K2, P2*; repeat around

Row 7:    *P2, C2B*; repeat around
Row 8:    *P2, K2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1-8 until your work measures about 6.0 to 6.5 inches in length.

Work Top of Hat Using Color C:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 7.5 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
Row 4:   * k2tog*; repeat around, ending with a k1

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

 If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches. 


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Introducing Nature's Inspirations: Caps!

Finally, the new e-book is finished!  We hope that you like all the patterns.  There are six never before published original patterns and nine Knitting with Schnapps patterns that are included in PDF form for free.  All patterns include instructions for different yarn weights and how to adjust for size.

The e-book is just $10 and 100% of the proceeds go right back into shipping and supply costs.  You can purchase it from the link on the right or from our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.

Here are the new patterns featured:


Turquoise in the Rough
Flowers in Bloom

Brilliant Sunset
Cloudy Day
Lava Rocks

Dragonfly Wings



 These are the Knitting with Schnapps patterns included:

Whirls of Hope

Raspberry Mocha Swirl

Hyperbola

Textured Path

Crossroads

Gliding Hope

Balance Beam

Zigzagged
Interwoven Hope
 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, February 29, 2016

Introducing Raspberry Mocha Swirl!

Happy Leap Day 2016!  Schnapps wanted to be sure to get this pattern out to everyone today.  We hope you made the most of the extra day this year and spread some happiness.

Spring is coming, but that doesn't mean that the need for chemo caps is over.  They are in need all year long and Schnapps has been sure to include all yarn weights when he writes up his patterns so that you can make them with whatever yarn you have on hand and whatever suits the season.

Raspberry Mocha Swirl
Schnapps has been hard at work on some new patterns for an upcoming e-book also.




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! 






 Raspberry Mocha Swirl

You will need 2 colors of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles and dpns.

Abbreviations:
s1wyif:  slip one stitch, purl-wise, while holding the yarn to the front of the work.
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   purl all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your work measures 2 to
3 inches in length.  End with a Row 1.

Work Body of Hat:
Row 1:  Color B:  *s1wyif, k3*; repeat around
Row 2:  Color B:  *k2, s1wyif, k1*; repeat around
Row 3:  Color A:  *k2, s1wyif, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:  Color A:  *s1wyif, k3*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about 6.5 to 7.5 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
Row 4:   * k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:    *k2tog *; repeat around

 Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.


If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches.  

This  pattern is worked over 4 stitches.  Adjust accordingly for size differences.