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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Introducing Rails of Strength!

Two hats already finished this week.  I've got lots of gifts to work on this weekend, but I couldn't let a week go by without meeting my goal! 

Rails of Strength is the latest pattern.  Thank you Janie for the name!  I'm doing something a bit different with this pattern post.  I am giving the basics of the pattern here for free.   But, instead of including the pattern adjustments for different yarn weights, I have that on a PDF that will be for sale for $2.00 with 100% of all sales in November going to hurricane relief efforts.  

I am very hopeful that I will be able to work with the volunteer fire departments or another group to get a toy drive organized.  So many children lost everything in the storm and I really want to help make the holidays a tiny bit better for some.  If, for some reason, a toy drive is not organized, I will still be donating the money to hurricane relief.  I just keep seeing all those little ones and wanting to help put a smile on their faces.

So, for those of you who don't need the pattern adjustments or who don't wish to pay for this pattern, it's below.  Enjoy it and please, do something nice to someone else if you are knitting it.  For those of you who do wish to purchase the PDF, it will be for sale in my Craftsy and Ravelry stores that can be accessed by simply clicking the buttons on the right of the blog.  Thank you to all those who have purchased patterns already and to all those who will purchase still.  It might only be a small difference, but we are making one!

This is Rails of Strength!

 The second hat I knit this week was a super quick woven top hat made on the loom!  The pattern is from the book "Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms" by Anne Bipes.  I've made this several times and it's simple to make and toasty warm too!

I doubt that I will post again before Thanksgiving, so I want to wish ALL of you a very happy and wonderful holiday.  Remember to be grateful for all you have and to try to help out someone who has less than you do.  Schnapps and I are extremely grateful for all of you who support Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.   HUGS!!!!!
Hugs from my sweetie when he took a break from his knitting!

Now, here is the pattern for Rails of Strength!

Rails of Strength

You will need:  50 - 65 yards of super bulky or 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles


k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.


Row 1:  *K1 ,then without dropping the stitch, purl that stitch and the next stitch together, K1*; repeat around

Row 2:  Knit all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until your hat is between 7 and 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

Row 1:  *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:   k2tog around
Row 3:   k2tog 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 enjoy.

Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!

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1 comment:

  1. Im new to Knitting can you plz do a tutorial on this hat?