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Monday, June 24, 2019

Introducing Undulations! Announcing Stash Hats!

In honor of Schnapps, I am posting the pattern for Undulations here free for everyone.  The pattern includes instructions for all yarn weights and is a simple, stranded color work hat.  The model was worked using Knit Picks Cotlin yarn, so it's a great chemo cap for the summer months.  The pattern is a 10 stitch - 7 row repeat, so it will translate nicely into other weights as well.  Want to learn how to adapt all hat patterns for the yarn you already have?  I have a book for that!  :)




This pattern, as well as the pattern for the Lumpy, Bumpy Hat is available in the book Stash Hats also. 


I have created an eBook to help you design your own hat patterns, using whatever yarn you have in your stash.  I've been working on this for quite a while and while it's far from a comprehensive guide to hat knitting, it does cover all the basics that you need to get started.  Schnapps would want everyone to keep making a difference for those fighting cancer!  

Often I get questions about how to adapt patterns for different yarn weights and how to adjust them for different sizes.  I tried to cover all the main steps to doing that in Stash Hats.  The book also includes directions for adapting circular patterns for flat knitting and flat patterns for circular knitting.  I hope it helps many of you make fabulous hats!  Here is the Table of Contents so you get an idea of what's included.

         
Steps to Starting a Hat
  1.  Choosing yarn and needles       
  2.  Deciding on size
  3.  Knowing how many stitches to cast on
  3.  How to cast on for circular needles

Choosing Your Style
  1.  Different Brim Styles
  2.  Different Body Styles
  3.  Decreasing the crown
  4.  Adding Something Extra
  5.  Finishing 

Adapting Flat and Circular Knitting Patterns
  1.  From Circular to Flat:     Braided Hope Hat Pattern
  2.  From Flat to Circular:     Stylish Tiles Hat Pattern

Adapting A Pattern
  1.  Substituting yarn weights
  2.  Calculating yarn multiples/adjusting the size

Helpful Information
  1.  Reading Yarn Labels
  2.  Tips

BONUS:  
  1.  The Lumpy, Bumpy Hat pattern
      2.  Undulations Pattern

Stash Hats is available as a paperback book and a Kindle download from Amazon as well as a Ravelry e-book.  You can use the link on the right hand side of the page for the e-book or click here to go to my Amazon books.


Undulations
2 colors of 3-weight yarn and size 6 circular needles or another combination listed below

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color B, cast on 110 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color B
Row 1:  *k3, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about 2 inches, or longer if you prefer, in length.  

Work Pattern:  all stitches are knit stitches.  The numbers and letter refer to color:  In the model Color A is purple and B is gray.  

Row 1:  *2B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 2B*; repeat around 
Row 2:  *1A, 2B, 4A, 2B, 1A*; repeat around 
Row 3:   *1B, 1A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 1A, 1B*; repeat around
Row 4:   *2B, 1A, 4B, 1A, 2B*; repeat around
Row 5:   *1A, 2B, 1A, 2B, 1A, 2B, 1A*; repeat around
Row 6:   *2A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 2A*; repeat around 
Row 7:   *1B, 2A, 4B, 2A, 1B*; repeat around 

Repeat Rows 1 - 7 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.
Knit End Row:  *4A, 2B, 4A*; repeat around

Work Crown:  Using Color B:  use dpn’s when needed 
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 8 to 8.5  inches in length.

Work Crown Decrease in Color B:  
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:     *k1, k2tog*; repeat around 
Row 9:      *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 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70. 
  
If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 90.   

If using 2-weight yarn, use size 4 needles and cast on 130.  

This  pattern is worked over 10 stitches.  Adjust accordingly for size differences. 



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Introducing Stash Hats!

It's been such a long time since I posted!  I've been busy knitting hats and tagging hats and shipping out hats.  It's June already and it seems as if the hot weather is here to stay.  I've been trying to stay busy and live by #Schnappsisms.  We've been spending a lot of time bird-watching and being out in nature and I am thinking about starting a site with some of my photographs.  

June 21, 2018 is when we lost our Schnapps.  

I can't believe it's almost a whole year.  In his honor, I have created an eBook to help you design your own hat patterns, using whatever yarn you have in your stash.  I've been working on this for quite a while and while it's far from a comprehensive guide to hat knitting, it does cover all the basics that you need to get started.  Schnapps would want everyone to keep making a difference for those fighting cancer!  



Often I get questions about how to adapt patterns for different yarn weights and how to adjust them for different sizes.  I tried to cover all the main steps to doing that in Stash Hats.  The book also includes directions for adapting circular patterns for flat knitting and flat patterns for circular knitting.  I hope it helps many of you make fabulous hats!  Here is the Table of Contents so you get an idea of what's included.

Steps to Starting a Hat
1.  Choosing yarn and needles
2.  Deciding on size
3.  Knowing how many stitches to cast on
3.  How to cast on for circular needles
Choosing Your Style
1.  Different Brim Styles
2.  Different Body Styles
3.  Decreasing the crown
4.  Adding Something Extra
5.  Finishing
Adapting Flat and Circular Knitting Patterns
1.  From Circular to Flat:   Braided Hope Hat Pattern
2.  From Flat to Circular:   Stylish Tiles Hat Pattern
Adapting A Pattern
1.  Substituting yarn weights
2.  Calculating yarn multiples/adjusting the size
Helpful Information
1.  Reading Yarn Labels
2.  Tips
BONUS:  
1.  The Lumpy, Bumpy Hat pattern
     2.  Undulations Pattern

Stash Hats is available as a paperback book and a Kindle download from Amazon as well as a Ravelry e-book.  You can use the link on the right hand side of the page for the e-book or click here to go to my Amazon books.

Also included in this book are 2 new patterns:  

The Lumpy, Bumpy Hat




and
Undulations



These hat patterns include directions for all yarn weights.


Learn more about Delaware Head Huggers by visiting www.delawareheadhuggers.org

 Follow us on Pinterest or to find our  Ravelry store.  

We also have patterns available as paperbacks or a Kindle e-books from Amazon.  They can be purchased here

Remember to join us on our Facebook page - you can see all the beautiful hats that are donated and shipped out.   
Follow along on Twitter and Instagram too!  

Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too and see all the gorgeous handmade blankets that are going to help children in crisis throughout our area.  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  

You can always reach me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

If you want to donate to Delaware Head Huggers, you can use the donate button on the right hand side of the page.  Every dollar truly does help us get hats out to those who need them most.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Introducing Colors of the Season!

It's almost Christmas and there are so many things to get done!  But, chemo caps are still in huge demand and so I keep on knitting them!  Thank goodness I have lots of help and we have already passed the 4,000 hat mark for this year!

Since everyone liked this hat and several people asked for the pattern, I'm adding it here rather than putting it only in the next book.  There are two variations included.

Merry Christmas to all!  Enjoy it and please, make one to donate to someone in need.
Variation 1

Variation 2

This was knit using LionBrand Hometown USA, but of course, directions include all yarn weights too.  This pattern is a great stash buster too!  Change the color scheme however you like.  Use 2 colors, use 5 colors - there are almost endless possibilities.  Match colors to the weather and knit one for every season!  We'd love to see what you choose to knit this pattern.  

Learn more about Delaware Head Huggers by visiting www.delawareheadhuggers.org

 Follow us on Pinterest or to find our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  

We also have patterns available as paperbacks or a Kindle e-books from Amazon.  They can be purchased here

Remember to join us on our Facebook page - you can see all the beautiful hats that are donated and shipped out.   
Follow along on Twitter and Instagram too!  

Our Etsy store is back up also, with a limited number of items and our digital books.

Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too and see all the gorgeous handmade blankets that are going to help children in crisis throughout our area.  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  

You can always reach me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

If you want to donate to Delaware Head Huggers, you can use the donate button on the right hand side of the page.  Every dollar truly does help us get hats out to those who need them most.



Colors of the Season


Knit using 4 colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or another combination listed below.

VERSION 1:  In the model Color A is white, Color B is green, Color C is black and Color D is gray.

Abbreviations:
S1: slip next stitch with yarn held in back
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:   *k1, p1*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 1.5 to 2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Foundation Row Using Color A: knit all

Work Body of Hat
Using Color B:
Row 1:  *s1, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:  *s1, p1*; repeat around
Row 3:  knit all stitches
Row 4:  purl all stitches 
Switch to Color C:
Row 5:  *k1, s1*; repeat around
Row 6:  *p1, s1*; repeat around
Row 7:  knit all stitches
Row 8:  purl all stitches
Switch to Color D: Work Rows 1-4
Switch to Color A:  Work Rows 5-8

Continue working pattern, switching colors on Rows 1 and 5 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End with a Row 3 or 7.

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

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.



VERSION 2:  In the model Color A is gray, Color B is green, Color C is maroon and Color D is gray.

Abbreviations:
S1: slip next stitch with yarn held in back
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:   *k1, p1*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 1.5 to 2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Foundation Row Using Color B: knit all

Work Body of Hat
Using Color B:
Row 1:  *s1, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:  *s1, p1*; repeat around
Row 3:  knit all stitches
Row 4:  purl all stitches 
Row 5:  *k1, s1*; repeat around
Row 6:  *p1, s1*; repeat around
Row 7:  knit all stitches
Row 8:  purl all stitches
Switch to Color C: Work Rows 1-4
Switch to Color D:  Work Rows 1-4

Continue working Rows 1-4 of pattern, switching colors on Rows 1 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End with a Row 3.

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

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 100 stitches.   

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but adjust in multiples of 4 to keep the crown decrease the same.  

Feel free to use just fewer or more colors. 





Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Introducing Corrugation!

It's the holiday season and that means chemo caps are in great demand!  I know everyone is busy, but please try to make some hats to donate, either to us or to your local cancer center to help brighten someone else's holiday.  Today is Giving Tuesday and I'm gifting all of you with this free pattern, so please, keep it going.




This hat is a very simple pattern that I like because it has so much texture.  There are tons of color combinations possible or you could just use one color throughout.  This would look great in a variegated yarn also.  Of course, directions for all yarn weights are included below so you can just use your stash and make a hat!  The brim is a great stash buster too.

Learn more about Delaware Head Huggers by visiting www.delawareheadhuggers.org

 Follow us on Pinterest or to find our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  

We also have patterns available as paperbacks or a Kindle e-books from Amazon.  They can be purchased here

Remember to join us on our Facebook page - you can see all the beautiful hats that are donated and shipped out.   
Follow along on Twitter and Instagram too!  

Our Etsy store is back up also, with a limited number of items and our digital books.

Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too and see all the gorgeous handmade blankets that are going to help children in crisis throughout our area.  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  

You can always reach me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

If you want to donate to Delaware Head Huggers, you can use the donate button on the right hand side of the page.  Every dollar truly does help us get hats out to those who need them most.

Corrugation

Use 2 colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles.
In the model Color A is black, B is maroon.

Abbreviations:
kB1:  knit next stitch through the back loop
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:  *k1,p1*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1until your work measures 1.5 to  2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat Using Color B:
Foundation Row:  knit all stitches
Rows 1 - 6:  *p3, kB1, p2*; repeat around
Row 7-12:   *kB1, p5*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 through 12 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End with a Row 1 or a Row 7.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
If ended on Row 1:
Row 1:   *p3, kB1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:   *p2tog, p1, kB1, p1*; repeat around
Row 3:   *p2tog, kB1, p1*; repeat around
Row 4:    p1,*kB1, p2tog*; repeat to last 2 stitches, kB1, p1
Row 5:    *p2tog*; repeat to last stitch, p1

If ended on Row 7:
Row 1:   *kB1, p3, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:   *kB1, p2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3:   *kB1, p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:    *kB1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:    *p2tog*; 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 66.  

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 102 stitches.   

If using lighter yarn, you might want to repeat Row 5 of the crown decrease until the top opening is small enough.

The pattern is worked over 6 stitches.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Introducing Harvesting Diamonds!

It's almost Thanksgiving!  The weather is finally chilly here in Delaware and the need for hats is skyrocketing.  It's hard to keep up with demand and we truly need all the hats we can get.  I'm sure your local cancer centers need caps too.  Please help out where you can!  I know this time of year gets busy, but try to make a difference in your community in some way.


We've been taking lots of walks lately and nature keeps inspiring yarn choices and hat patterns!


Learn more about Delaware Head Huggers by visiting www.delawareheadhuggers.org

 Follow us on Pinterest or to find our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  

We also have patterns available as paperbacks or a Kindle e-books from Amazon.  They can be purchased here

Remember to join us on our Facebook page - you can see all the beautiful hats that are donated and shipped out.   
Follow along on Twitter and Instagram too!  

Our Etsy store is back up also, with a limited number of items and our digital books.

Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too and see all the gorgeous handmade blankets that are going to help children in crisis throughout our area.  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  

You can always reach me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!


Harvesting Diamonds

Use 2 colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles

In the model Color A is orange, B is brown.


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:   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 Using Color B:
Foundation Row:   knit all stitches
Row 1:   *p1, k7*;  repeat around
Rows 2 & 8:   *k1, p1, k5, p1*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 7:   *k2, p1, k3, p1, k1*; repeat around 
Rows 4 & 6:   *k3, p1, k1, p1, k2*; repeat around 
Row 5:   *k4, p1, k3*; repeat around 
Repeat Rows 1 through 8 until piece is about 7 inches in length.  

**End with a Row 1 for the top of the diamond.**
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

**If using super bulky or chunky yarn, start the crown decrease at Row 5 instead.**

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 80.  

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

The pattern is worked over 8 stitches.  

Feel free to use just 1 color.