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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

One Day! Two Skeins! Two Hats! Introducing Zephyrean & Twinkling!

It's November already!  We're not sure how that happened exactly, but now we are right in the midst of prime chemo cap season.  So, Schnapps has been busy knitting and designing.  Recently, we picked up some of our favorite Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in a few different colors.  Schnapps chose 2 to work with this Football Sunday and these 2 hats were created.  We even have some yarn left over to use for a stripe or some trim on other hats!  Thank you AGAIN Lani for the name ideas!

We love working with super bulky, 6-weight yarn, but we have included instructions for other yarn weights as well, so you can put your stash to good use this year.  And remember, you can always hold 2 strands of thinner yarn together as one and work the pattern as written.  There are tons of color possibilities here.........experiment and have fun with it.  Be creative, but remember to be kind and donate at least one to your local cancer center, homeless shelter, VA hospital or send it to us and we will get it to someone who needs it.

Both patterns are on this page.......keep scrolling down to get all the details!


Zephyrean
Twinkling  






























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Zephyrean
You will need 2 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below.
 
Abbreviations:
S1:  slip one stitch, as if to purl, but with yarn to back of work
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 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 1.5 to  2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat Still Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3 to 3.5 inches in length.

Work Contrasting Band of Hat Using Color B:
Row 1:  *S1, k1, pass slipped stitch over the knit stitch, but instead of dropping it, knit into the back of the stitch*
Row 2:   *k2tog, then, without dropping stitches, knit into the first stitch again*
Repeat Rows 1 & 2  until piece is about 5 to 5.5 inches in length.

Work Body of Hat Still Using Color A:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 6 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 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88. 

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

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches. 

Feel free to use just 1 color or make the brim using Color B instead of Color A or use 3 colors and make the brim a different color.  


Twinkling
You will need 2 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below.
Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 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 to 2.5 inches in length.

Begin Body of Hat Still Using Color A
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about 3 inches in length

Work Body of Hat Using Colors A & B:
All stitches are knit stitches.  Letters refer to which color to use.

Rows 1 & 5 & 9:  *3A, 1B, 3A, 1B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 8:   *2A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 3A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 7:   *1A, 2B, 1A, 2B, 3A, 1B, 2A*; repeat around
Rows 4 & 6:   *3B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 9  until piece is about 6 inches in length. 

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed Using Color A
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length, then work rest of crown decrease

Row 2:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k2, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   *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 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 84. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 96 stitches.  

The pattern is worked over 12 stitches. 

Use a different color for the brim if you like to add even more contrast!

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