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Friday, November 16, 2012

Introducing Trails of Love!

This super simple, super fast bulky knit hat just flew off Schnapps' needles this week. Thank you Delaware Head Hugger Facebook Fans for the name choice.  If you're not a fan yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook  page and keep up with the latest DEHH information! 

Schnapps and I noticed that many of our hat patterns are more feminine, so we made sure this pattern would work well for men too!  I like it so much that I'll be making a couple as Christmas gifts too! 

First Peek-a-Boo!  Then he cast on this hat!
It's just a 2 row pattern that is very easy to memorize.  I used Hometown USA yarn for this, but I have included instructions for different yarn types as well.  The pattern will work with just about any type of yarn and can be made for just about anyone!

 Thank you to everyone who has continued to purchase patterns!  Craftsy was kind enough to interview me and spread the word about us too!  You can check out the interview here.

This past Saturday there was a video shoot at the Kent County Public Library about Delaware Head Huggers too.  Beth, Jerald and Emily came out to help and we were all interviewed by a very professional and nice team regarding the PNC grant.  It won't be ready to view for a while, but I'll let you know when it's posted.

This week I was able to donate $75 to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in NY.  They are a wonderful rescue and have really stepped up to help animals who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy.  Delaware Fire Stations are collecting food to help re-stock NY & NJ food banks, so I picked up this stuff today and will be dropping it off on Sunday.  If you are in Delaware, please do what you can to help. 

The pattern can be found as a PDF on .   

Trails of Love

You will need: 55 - 60 yards of super bulky or 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles.


s1:  slip one stitch as if to knit
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together

Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Row 1:  *k1, s1, k1, p2*; repeat around
Row 2:  *k3, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until the piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k2tog, k1, p2*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *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 give this hat to someone who could use a warm hug!

The pattern is worked over 5 stitches. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 65 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 95 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 5 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 125 stitches. 

If using thinner yarn, you might want to add a few more rows to the crown decrease.  You can repeat Row 2 as many times as you think is best.

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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