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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.  

Monday, October 29, 2018

Introducing Checkered Hues!

 Chemo caps are needed desperately.....everywhere!  So is kindness.  I was going to keep this pattern for the next book that I am working on, but there is so much sadness and violence and hate in the world that I wanted to do my part to spread some love.  Please take some time to spread this message - we need to set an example for others.  We need to stop blaming others and start stepping up and doing good things.  If you use this hat pattern, be sure to donate at least one hat to a cancer center, homeless shelter or hospital.  If we all do something, we can make things better.


Check out our 12 Weeks of Christmas, featuring free patterns to help get you ready for the holidays!


This hat was knit using KnitPicks Brava Bulky, but there are instructions for all yarn weights listed below too.  It's a great stash buster and just imagine all the possible color combinations..........experiment and enjoy!


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!


Checkerboard Hues

Use 3 colors of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles

In the model Color A is brown, B is orange and C is cream.

Abbreviations:
sl:  slip one stitch purl wise with yarn held in back
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 64 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 2 - 2.5 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat:
Row 1 - Color A:   knit all stitches
Rows 2 & 3  -  Color B:   *k2, sl2*; repeat around
Row 4 - Color A:   knit all stitches
Rows 2 & 3  -  Color C:   *sl2, k2*; repeat around 
Repeat Rows 1 - 6 until piece is about 7.5 to 8 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed:  Using Color A
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 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.  You can start the crown decrease with Row 5 if you prefer.

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 4 stitches, but use a multiple of 8 to keep the crown decrease the same.  

Experiment and enjoy!




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Twelve Weeks of Christmas 2018!

Yes, we're a week late with this, but we started it on our Facebook page and I figured it might be good to post here as well.  I'm working on a new book, that will have detailed instructions for knitting a hat using any yarn you have in your stash!  Join the discussion about what should be included on Facebook too!  

I'll update this page weekly with a new PDF and a link to the original blog post.  Remember to keep making chemo caps and blankets as you work on your holiday knitting too!  Please share this photo with people you know.  The need for chemo caps is huge!  If we all help, we can really make a difference.



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!


The Twelve Weeks of Christmas 2018!


Week One
Wine Bottle Sleeve





Week 2
Octavia the Octo-Pinkie Octopus








Week 3
Showers of Lace Scarf





Week 5
The Neck Nuzzler



Original Blog Post

FREE PDF on Craftsy




Week 6
Karmic Kuddles Arm Warmers




Original Blog Post

FREE PDF on Craftsy




Week 7
Harvesting Diamonds Hat

Original Blog Post

FREE PDF on Craftsy



Week 8
Breezes to Gusts Scarf





Week 9
Come back and see!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Introducing Gridwork!

This has been a hot, humid and rainy summer!  And every time it looks like it is going to get cooler, the weather turns right back around to hot.  I can't believe I am still working with cotton blend 3 weight yarn, but I think this is the last light weight hat that will be designed for this year.  Of course, you can work this with any yarn you have in your stash - instructions for all yarn weights are included below.


This time of year, the demand for chemo caps is huge.  If you can help, either locally or by sending hats to us, please do.  I can't keep up with the demand - as fast as hats come in, they are shipping out to treatment centers and offices for patients.   Remember, just one skein of yarn can really help make a difference.  Share the picture below to help raise awareness of the need for hats!


Remember that each of us is responsible for spreading kindness and love.  We try to make a difference - please join us!



Check out our website for more information about how you can help!

Use the links on the right hand side of the page to 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!



Gridwork

You will need 2 colors of 3-weight yarn and size US 6 needles, or some other 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 cream and B is green.  

Row 1:  *1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around 
Row 2:  *1B, 3A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around 
Row 3:   *1B, 3A, 1B, 2A, 1B, 2A*; repeat around
Row 4:   * 1B, 3A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around
Row 5:   *1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around
Row 6:   *1B, 3A, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A*; repeat around 
Row 7:   *1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around 
Row 8:   *2A, 1B, 2A, 1B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around 
Row 9:   *1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around 
Row 10:  *1B, 3A, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A*; repeat around 
Repeat Rows 1 -10 until piece is about 7 to 7.5  inches in length.

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Introducing Cadence!

Even though it seems as if most of the country is having a wicked heat wave, people still need chemo caps!  And with the cold weather coming one of these days, they will need even more.  Please spread the word about the need for these caps and how much they mean to the recipients.  Any knitter has an extra skein of yarn just hiding in his or her stash..........this year, please try to turn those extra skeins into chemo caps for those battling cancer.  This latest hat can be a stash buster too!  The model was knit using 3 different colors of DK weight yarn, but as usual, the instructions are included for all yarn weights, so you can use what you have on hand and make a difference!



Click on the photo below and share it any place you can.  



Check out our website for more information about how you can help!

Use the links on the right hand side of the page to follow us on Pinterest or to find our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.

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!


Cadence


You will need 3 colors of 3-weight yarn and size US 6 needles, or some other combination listed below. 

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color C, cast on 105 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color C
Row 1:   knit all stitches
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 pink and B is blue. 

Rows 1, 2 & 3:   *1B, 2A, 2B, 2A*; repeat around
Rows 4, 5 & 6:   *2B, 4A, 1B*; repeat around
Row 7:   *1A, 2B, 2A, 2B*; repeat around
Row 8:   *2A, 1B, 2A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around
Row 9:   *2A, 4B, 1A*; repeat around
Row 10:  *3A, 2B, 2A*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 -10 until piece is about 7 to 7.5  inches in length.

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

Work Crown Decrease in Color C:

Row 1:     *k5, k2tog *; repeat around
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 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 49.

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 91.   

If using 2-weight yarn, use size 4 needles and cast on 126.  

This  pattern is worked over 7 stitches.  Adjust accordingly for size differences. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Introducing the Breezes to Gusts Scarf!

I recently finished a fairly large lace shawl, but while I was working on that I needed a smaller, simpler, more easily transported project for those doctor's waiting rooms and busy places.  I wanted to try KnitPicks Cotton Mist yarn, so I decided to make a scarf.  An open, breezy scarf that could work in all sorts of situations is what I ended up with.  The yarn is lovely too - very soft and easy to work with.



But, this scarf pattern works for any yarn.....in any weight........and it's so simple that you can basically knit it with your eyes closed.  Makes a great, last minute gift or a quick knit accessory for yourself.  Unlike the shawl.....which took a long time to finish!  


Using 210 yards of a cotton blend, worsted weight yarn and size 13 needles I ended up with a scarf that is about 81 inches long and about 6 inches wide.  It can be worn in a variety of ways and the pale yellow hue will go nicely with a lot of different colors.  Imagine all the possibilities of different yarns in different fibers, textures and colors!  Change the size to suit the yarn in your stash too!  Make this a toasty warm scarf by using a bulky wool yarn or an even more delicate accessory using something in a sport or lace weight.  Really, anything goes.  So, go check your stash and get to it.


Try it yourself and send us some pictures so we can see what you did with this.  Check out our website also.

Use the links on the right hand side of the page to follow us on Pinterest or to find our Craftsy and Ravelry stores.

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!

Red Heart's "Little Waves Shawl"  knit in It's a Wrap


Breezes to Gusts Scarf

I used one 219 yard skein of KnitPicks Color Mist yarn and size US 13 circular needles.

Cast on 188 stitches

Row 1:  yo, p2tog

Repeat Row 1 until you are almost out of yarn and then bind off all stitches loosely.

That's it!


Use needles that are several sizes larger than what is typically used for the yarn you choose.  The larger the needles, the looser the mesh will be.  The smaller the needles, the tighter the mesh.  There is no right or wrong size......just use what appeals to you and what you have ready to go.  Here's a rough guide:

Lace weight yarn and size 5 needles

Sport weight yarn and size 8 needles

DK weight yarn and size 10.5 needles

Worsted weight yarn and size 13 needles

Chunky yarn and size 19 needles

Super Bulky yarn and size 35 needles


Be sure to cast on in multiples of 2.  


The thicker the yarn, the fewer stitches you need for a 6 to 7 foot scarf.  Again, here is a rough guide:

Lace weight yarn:  cast on 476 stitches

Sport weight yarn:  cast on 330 stitches

DK yarn:  cast on 250 stitches

Worsted weight:  cast on 188 stitches

Chunky weight:  cast on 140 stitches

Super Bulky weight:  cast on 100 stitches

If you want a shorter scarf, don't cast on as many stitches.  Longer, cast on more.

The number of rows you knit will determine how wide the scarf becomes.  It can be anything from super skinny to a really wide, shawl type scarf.  Stripe it if you want.  Use more than one type of yarn.  Have fun with it!