Schnapps

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Introducing Hope Under the Stars!

Schnapps and I would like to thank Barb for the yarn for this hat AND for the name!  This was a busy week for us - we shipped out over 200 hats and are working hard to make more for the next batch.

 This one was knit using Hometown USA super bulky yarn, but the pattern includes instructions for all yarn weights as well as how to change the size.  You can use two different colors or just knit it all in one color - which ever you prefer.  Have fun with different color combinations!  I can imagine some nice bright color variations really cheering someone up when they get this hat.



Schnapps knows that this week we heard about lots of people who need hats, along with some hugs, hope and love.  Please keep everyone who is battling cancer in your thoughts and prayers.  

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Hope Under the Stars

You will need 80 - 90 yards of super-bulky yarn and size US 13 circular knitting needles or some
appropriate combination of yarn and needles listed below.

Abbreviations & Explanations:

Work Stockinette: knit every row

MS:  Make Star:  k3tog, without dropping stitches, k3tog through the back loop, then k3tog again.

k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one
Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Using Color A: Work Stockinettte for 4 inches

Work Pattern:
Using B:  Row 1:  knit all stitches
                Row 2:  *MS, k1*; repeat around
Using A:  Repeat Rows 1 & 2
Repeat Rows 1 - 2, alternating colors, ending with Color B until piece is 5.5 to 6 inches in length.

Using Color A: Work Stockinettte until piece is 7.5 to 8 inches in length
Decrease Crown:

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 this hat and some hugs, hope and love to someone!

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 68 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 92 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 4 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 116 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.   Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

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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