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Monday, February 25, 2013

Introducing In The Groove!

Schnapps finished this super simple and fast knit pattern this weekend.  The original is on its way to a close friend's brother who just started his chemo treatments.  I'm casting on this pattern in a 5-weight, variegated yarn soon to see how that comes out too.  Thank you Mary Elizabeth for the name!

Delaware Head Huggers just tagged hat number 9,401 and we got more caps in today!  Our Finn Hat total right now is 219 and more of them are coming in every week.  It's wonderful to see so many people helping out!

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The model was knit using one of my favorites - Lion Brand Hometown USA, but of course, the pattern has instructions for sport, worsted, chunky and super-bulky yarn.  This is really an easy pattern, but I like the texture that the stitch gives the hat.  Schnapps hopes you like it too.  He worked hard on it!

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Proud of his design!

 In The Groove!

You will need 80 - 90 yards of super bulky yarn and size US 13 circular needles of some combination of yarn and needles listed below.  I used an entire skein of Hometown USA and had only about 10 inches left over.

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p2tog:  holding working yarn as if to purl, purl 2 stitches together as one

k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1, 2 & 3: *p2, k1*; repeat around
Rows 4:  *knit into the stitch 3 rows below, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k1, p2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog*; 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 and some hugs, hope and love to someone!

The pattern is worked over 3 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 66 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 3 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 120 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  If using an odd number of stitches and you have a left over stitch on a k2tog decrease row, just knit the extra stitch.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

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. Would you post a pic of "knitting into the stitch three rows below"? Thanks! I have made a maneuver like that in crochet but just have not been able to figure it out with knitting.

    1. I didn't take any pictures and am in the middle of a different pattern right now, but I found this video that might help you.