Week 25 and I've finished 2 more new patterns! The first will be for the calendar and I will post The Angel Kiss Cap pattern here.
It's been super hot this week! Schnapps and I prefer the cold weather, so we are not enjoying it at all. Schnapps is managing to stay cool though.......
This week has brought a lot of news about people struggling with cancer. Extra thoughts and prayers for Karen, my friend who had her surgery and is waiting to find out her next step, for Nicole who began a transplant and is facing several weeks of isolation away from her infant son, for Brenda who is fighting lung cancer that has metastasized to her brain, Ryan who is fighting leukemia and is also in isolation during a transplant and so very many more.................
I've had the pleasure of hearing from people in Florida, Massachusetts, Arizona, California and a multitude of other states this week as well. People are making hats and donating them where they are needed! Delaware Head Huggers reached 6,830 hats and more came in from the library today. I'm hoping that we pass 7,000 in June! Kozy Kovers for Kids just tagged blanket number 806 too! We'll be making deliveries of blankets this week both to a foster care agency and to the Emergency Department to give to children in crisis.
Speaking to all these different people and seeing how many people need caps and blankets makes me realize how important it is that I keep knitting! I hope you do too.
Here is the hat for the calendar. It still isn't named, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment or email me.
This next hat is called Angel Kisses. Thank you Beth for that name! I started this thinking it would be an adult size, but it turned out much smaller........baby size really......about 16 inches in circumference.
If you want to make this for an adult, you could always just cast on twice as many stitches. Or you could move up to a 5 weight yarn and size 10.5 and 11 needles. The pattern is in multiples of 6 +1 in case you want to tweak it more. I hope you like it!
The pattern may also be found on Scribd.com as a PDF . If you are printing this, use print preview to determine the pages you wish to print or copy and paste it into a Word document to ensure that you print only what you want.
Angel Kisses Cap
*** Knit this hat loosely, but be sure to tighten your first stitch of each round. If your join appears too loose, use a mattress stitch to tighten the seam. This stitch is simple, but may irritate your wrist, so plan to take breaks during knitting. ***
Worsted Weight Yarn – between 100 and 150 yards
Size 9 circular needles
Size 10 circular needles
P5TM5: purl 5 stitches together and make 5
Purl 5 stitches together, but don’t drop them off your left hand needle. Bring the yarn behind the right needle (similar to a yarn over) and purl through the same 5 stitches again (3 stitches now). Again bring the yarn behind the right needle and purl the 5 stitches again. Now you can drop the original 5 from the left hand needle and you will have 5 stitches on your right hand needle.
P3TM3: purl 3 stitches together and make 3
Purl 3 stitches together, but don’t drop them off your left hand needle. Bring the yarn behind the right needle (similar to a yarn over) and purl through the same 3 stitches again. Now you can drop the original 3 from the left hand needle and you will have 3 stitches on your right hand needle.
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together as one for a decrease
Cast on 67 stitches on size 9 needles, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Repeat Row 1 & 2 two more times for a total of 6 rows of garter stitch
Work Pattern: Switch to size 10 needles for the rest of hat.
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: P1, *P5TM5, P1*; repeat around row
Row 3: Knit all stitches
Row 4: P3TM3, P1, *P5TM5, P1*; repeat from * to * to last 3 stitches, P3TM3
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until hat is about 6 to 7 inches long. Make it larger or smaller if you wish.
Row 1: K2tog, K3, K2tog, *K4, K2tog*; repeat from * to * around row
Row 2: *K3, K2tog*; repeat from * to * around row
Row 3: *K2, K2tog*; repeat from * to * around row
Cut working yarn leaving a tail. Draw the tail through the stitches left on the needle. Cinch tightly and secure.
To make this larger, feel free to cast on twice as many stitches – that should work for an adult size hat.
Or use 5-weight yarn and size 10.5 and 11 needles.
Or use 6-weight yarn and size 11 and 13 needles.
The pattern is in multiples of 6 +1, so feel free to tweak it how ever you wish!
© Robin Celli June 2012
Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us. So, spread the word! And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to ship some out. If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them. This is what we do!!
Delaware Head Huggers
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