Schnapps

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Introducing Chains of Love!

Schnapps finished this hat the other day.  Thanks Barb for the name!  Chains of Love was knit using Michael's Charisma 5-weight yarn, but the pattern includes instructions for other yarn weights as well.



2013 is off to a great start.  We've had lots of beautiful notes coming in telling us just how important these hats are to so many people.  I am stunned, but I already have a waiting list for hats.  There is such a huge need!  Please, take some time this year to make some hats for people undergoing chemotherapy.  Donate locally or send them to us if you don't know where to give them, but let's all do a little bit to warm up those battling cancer this year.

Thank you everyone who has been purchasing patterns too!  100% of that goes right back into Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  It helps pay for supplies and shipping costs so we can keep sending these hats out to those who need them most.  My Raverly and Craftsy stores can be accessed by using the links on the right hand side of this blog. Schnapps and I thank everyone for their help and support!

Schnapps thinking about his next pattern while enjoying some sunshine!
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 This pattern is in PDF form here or you can email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will send you a copy.


Chains of Love

You will need 80 - 90 yards of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations:
Cluster 1:  k2, p2, k2, then slip those 6 stitches to a cable needle and wrap working yarn counterclockwise two times around the stitches, then slip back to right hand needle

Cluster 2:  p2, k2, p2, then slip those 6 stitches to a cable needle and wrap working yarn counterclockwise two times around the stitches, then slip back to right hand needle

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:

Row 1:  knit all stitches

Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2.5 inches in length

Work Band Pattern:
Row 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 8:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Row 3:  *Cluster 1, p2*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k2, Cluster 2*; repeat around

Work Rows 1 - 8 until the piece is about 5.5 to 6 inches in length. 
**The model shows Rows 1 - 8, then a repeat of Rows 1 - 4.  Depending on the yarn weight you use you might wish to repeat more rows. ***


Work Crown:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about  7.5  inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

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 enjoy!

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 96 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 128 stitches. 


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 robin@delawareheadhuggers.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!!





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