Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

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



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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!







Friday, August 24, 2018

Get Started on your Holiday Knitting!

The holiday season always manages to sneak up on me.  Especially when the summer months are as hot and humid as this year.  There are only about 4 months left until Christmas.  

My friends at LoveKnitting told me about their new calculator that helps you figure out how long it will take to finish a project.  This can be a handy tool when you're planning gifts for family and friends or just trying to figure out how many hours you will spend knitting that blanket.
  
Check it out here and be sure to take a look at some of their gorgeous patterns and yarn selections also.

It's time to stock up on the yarn and patterns you need and don't forget to get some extra to make some chemo caps for those undergoing treatment and some blankets for children in crisis or in foster care homes.  Many people could use some extra love around the holidays.

Remember that we have lots of patterns, e-books and paperback books available for you too.  All pattern sales help keep Delaware Head Huggers going by helping to cover shipping and supply costs.



The latest book is called "Schnapps-isms:  Wise Words and Knitting Patterns and it is available as a paperback or a Kindle e-book from Amazon.  It can be purchased here.  Other pattern books are available there as well.

Photos of the hat and accessory patterns included in the other paperback books can be found in a previous blog post as well. 


Since not everyone may want to have all the photos, we have also put the e-book, with patterns only in our Ravelry store.  It can be found here.  Schnapps-isms is also available, patterns only in our Craftsy store.  Our Etsy store is back up also, with a limited number of items and our digital books.

Follow along with us on Instagram now too!  If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach  me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Schnapps-isms: Wise Words & Knitting Patterns

Schnapps was a very wise, kind and talented boy.  His last 5 hat patterns have been put into a book that includes several pages of photos and 'Schnapps-isms'.  He taught us so much in the short time he was here and we will always strive to match his happiness, bravery, generosity and creativity.

No one could ever replace Schnapps and he will ALWAYS be our mascot and design inspiration.  He will live on in the hearts of all of us and I've been told that his legacy will inspire generations to come.  We all must keep making a difference, with hugs, hope and love.

An early reviewer said: 

"Robin Agar-Celli and her beloved Schnapps have brought together the essence of excellence in day to day living and lovingly designed knitted hats. The wonderful photos in this Kindle version bring back warm memories of a special canine buddy and highlight the inspirational philosophy of Robin Agar-Celli and the Delaware Head Huggers. The hat patterns are clearly written with an attractive presentation. Directions for multiple yarn weights add versatility to each pattern. This is a very nice addition to my library."


Each pattern includes instructions for all yarn weights.





The book is called "Schnapps-isms:  Wise Words and Knitting Patterns and it is available as a paperback or a Kindle e-book from Amazon.  It can be purchased here.  Other pattern books are available there as well.

Since not everyone may want to have all the photos, we have also put the e-book, with patterns only in our Ravelry store.  It can be found here.  Schnapps-isms is also available, patterns only in our Craftsy store, found here.

The patterns included are:

Legacy



A-Maze


Space Invaders


Jacks


Love Swirls




If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach  me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Legacy

We lost our beloved Schnapps on June 21, 2018.  Our hearts are broken.  We are just so very sad and hurting so much right now.  He was the absolute best and he brought out the best in everyone else too.  I'm not quite sure how we will navigate through our days without him.......it's incredibly difficult and full of tears.  We are trying to hold onto our happy memories......because Schnapps was the happiest boy ever and he brought us so much joy, every single day. 




I'm truly not sure where Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids will go from here.  Schnapps was the inspiration, creative force and love behind all that.  Right now, I am continuing.  That might change in the future.  I am truly lost without my boy.  

This was the last hat that we knit together.......honestly I am finding it difficult to pick up my knitting at all without him sitting by my side.  I know that he would want me to share this pattern though.  We were working on another book to publish..........but I wanted to put this one here for everyone.  I will add it to a book if that happens in the future.


This was knit using KnitPicks Comfy Sport yarn and size 4 needles.  Instructions for other variations are, of course, included too.  

Remember,  we have three books published on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.  Paperbacks are printed in full color on 8.5 x 11 paper and will be delivered right to your door.  These could be good gift ideas for knitters you love.

Just go to Amazon.com and search "Knitting with Schnapps" or "Agar-Celli" to find them, or click here.  Sales of course go towards helping us cover shipping and supply costs for shipping hats out across the country.  

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too.  Please understand that things are not running as quickly or as smoothly as they did.



Legacy

You will need 2 colors of 2-weight yarn and size US 4 needles, or some other combination listed below.  

Abbreviations:

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color B, cast on 120 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color B
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   purl all stitches 
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures about 3 inches, or longer if you prefer, in length.  

Work Pattern:  all stitches are knit stitches.  The numbers and letter refer to color:

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

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

Work Crown:  Using Color A use dpn’s when needed 
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 7.5 to 8 inches in length.

Work Crown Decrease: 

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.

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 72 
  
If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96.   

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 6 needles and cast on 112.  

This  pattern is worked over 8 stitches.  Adjust accordingly for size differences. 



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Introducing Jacks!

It's Spring, but you can't tell that by the weather here in Delaware.  Schnapps and I got some lighter weight yarn in from KnitPicks though and we are starting on some new hat patterns.  One of these days it will warm up and then people will need lighter hats!  The plan is to put together another paperback book, but we will be sharing at least some of the patterns here as well.



Thank you Becky for the name of this hat.  It reminded me of the game "jacks" too!  This was knit using KnitPicks brava sport, but instructions are included for all yarn weights.  Just imagine all the color combinations that you could use for this!

One of these days it will be warmer!

Remember,  we have three books published on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.  Paperbacks are printed in full color on 8.5 x 11 paper and will be delivered right to your door.  These could be good gift ideas for knitters you love.

Just go to Amazon.com and search "Knitting with Schnapps" or "Agar-Celli" to find them, or click here.  Sales of course go towards helping us cover shipping and supply costs for shipping hats out across the country.  

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!


Jacks

You will need 2 colors of 2-weight yarn and size US 5 needles, or some other combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color B, cast on 96 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color B
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:   purl all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your work measures about 1 inch in length.  Then work Row 1 and Row 2 one time using Color A.

Work Body of Hat:  Using Color B:  
Row 1:  knit all

Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 2.5  - 3 inches in length.


Work Pattern:  all stitches are knit stitches.  The numbers and letter refer to color:

Row 1:   *1B, 4A, 2B, 4A, 1B*; repeat around
Row 2:  *2A, 1B, 6A, 1B, 2A*; repeat around 
Row 3:  *1A, 3B, 4A, 3B, 1A*; repeat around 
Row 4:   *2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A*; repeat around 
Row 5:   *3A, 6B, 3A*; repeat around
Row 6:   *1B, 3A, 4B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around 
Row 7:   *1B, 3A, 4B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around 
Row 8:   *3A, 6B, 3A*; repeat around 
Row 9:   *2A, 3B, 2A, 3B, 2A*; repeat around 
Row 10:   *1A, 3B, 4A, 3B, 1A*; repeat around 
Row 11:   *2A, 1B, 6A, 1B, 2A*; repeat around
Row 12:   *1B, 4A, 2B, 4A, 1B*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 12  until piece is about 6.5 to 7 inches in length.



Work Crown:  Using Color B only
Row 1:  knit all stitches

Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 7.5 to 8 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  Using Color B use dpn’s when needed

Row 1:    *k10, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2:    *k9, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:    *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:    *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:    *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 6:     *k5, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 7:     *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:     *k3, k2tog*; repeat around 
Row 9:     *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 10:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around 
Row 11:   *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.


This made a small adult size hat.  Adjust accordingly!

If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.   You can only do one pattern repeat in the body in this weight yarn.   Begin the crown decrease with Row 7.

If using 5 weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 72 stitches.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 84.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 6 needles and cast on 96 stitches.   

If using 2-weight yarn and you want an average size hat, use size 5 needles and cast on 108 stitches.

This  pattern is worked over 12 stitches.  Adjust accordingly for size differences.