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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Introducing the Headstrong Head Hugger!

 We've decided on a name for this new hat.  Thank you to Meryl for coming up with the suggestion of Headstrong!  And to Schnapps for the help designing the pattern! 

Schnapps was quite a help during the design phase!

She chose it since the hats are so empowering and are for such an important cause.  This hat is also knit using the "Raised Brick" stitch and we all know, thanks to the 3 Little Pigs, that bricks create strong things.

The pattern calls for size 10.5 or 11 knitting needles.  The 10.5 is a quite snug fit, but perfect for a chemo cap for those with average size heads. The 11 will give you a bit more room for those with larger heads or if you are making this for anyone who has hair.  I seamed it using a mattress stitch since each row began and ended with a knit stitch, but you could add an extra knit stitch to the front and end of every row (cast on 57 if you do that and keep the first and last stitches always as K1).

The pattern has a pretty texture, but it is also quite toasty and I'm sure this could be made in almost any type of yarn.  The pattern is made with a multiple of 4 + 3 stitches, so if you were switching to a 4-weight yarn and size 8 needles, you might want to try 75 stitches to begin with.  I haven't tried it yet, so I'm not promising that will work.

As always, the pattern is free! Please stop by our Facebook pages for Delaware Head Huggers and for Kozy Kovers for Kids.  Come join us as we make a difference.  We shipped out 5 huge boxes of hats just this week and at least 2 more are headed out next week too!  Stop by our websites also to see what we're up to, find out how to donate or just learn more about what we do. If anyone wants to donate to help cover shipping costs, there is a donate button right here on the blog too.

The pattern may also be found on as a PDF .  

Headstrong Head Hugger

5-weight yarn – about 100 – 150 yards
Size 10.5 or 11 knitting needles (size 10.5 made a snug hat – 11 will be a bit larger)

            S1 = holding yarn behind work (the usual place for knit stitches)
          slip one stitch as if to knit

            S1 wyif = holding yarn in front of work (as if you were going to purl)
                   slip one stitch as if to knit.

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 55 stitches

Work Brim

            Row 1: Knit all stitches
            Row 2:  Knit all stitches
            Repeat Rows 1 and 2 three more times

Work Body of hat

            Row 1:  K3, *S1, K3*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 2:  K3, *S1 wyif, K3*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 3:  K1, S1, *K3, S1*; 
                          repeat from * to * to last stitch, K1
            Row 4:  K1, S1 wyif, *K3, S1 wyif*; 
                          repeat from * to * to last stitch, K1

 Repeat Rows 1 through 4 until the piece is about 7.5 inches in length.  
 End with Row 4.

Work Crown Decease

            Row 1:  *K3, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 2:  Purl all stitches
            Row 3:  *K2, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 4:  Purl all stitches
            Row 5:  *K1, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
  Row 6:  Purl all stitches
  Row 7:  K2tog across row


            Cut working yarn, leaving long tail.  Draw through stitches left on needle, cinch closed and seam, using a mattress stitch.  Spread some happiness and donate this lovely hat!

I hope you enjoy this pattern!  Happy Knitting Everyone!

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  1. Robin,
    Thrilled to find your mission, best bud, and patterns. I have a stitch dictionary I (Love!) use all the time and would like to donate a copy to you.

    1. Hi Aunt B! Thrilled that you found us! That is so nice of you.

      I'm almost finished with the next hat - hoping to get it finished tonight and posted by tomorrow!!!

      Welcome to Knitting with Schnapps! Schnapps sends tail wags and kisses too.