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Monday, March 18, 2013

Introducing Chained Hearts!

This is Schnapps' latest creation.  Thank you Marcia for the name idea!

This was knit using Hometown USA, well less than one skein of the blue and just what was left over from a previous hat of the orange.  The pattern has instructions for all yarn weights as well as information for adjusting the size.

 Remember, it's not too late to join the Finn Hat Project!  We are collecting hats for which is part of the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.  They have produced a video that helps pre-school age children understand what to expect from their cancer treatment.  Take a look at the amazing video here.
The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   
  So far we have collected 269 Finn Hats from all over 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 too. 

Chained Hearts
You will need 70 - 80 yards of super-bulky weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some combination listed below. 

k1b:  knit one in the stitch below the next stitch
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 52 stitches, using color  place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Stockinette Stitch
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3.5 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Using Color B:  Row 1:  *k1b, k1*; repeat across
                           Row 2:   purl all stitches
Using Color A:  Row 3:  *k1, k1b*; repeat across
                           Row 4:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 6 to 6.5 inches in length.  End on a Row 3.

Work Stockinette Stitch
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 to 7.5  inches in length

Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k2, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k2tog*; repeat to last stitch, k1

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 2 stitches.  To keep the crown decrease the same adjust in multiples of 4 or (8) . 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 68 (72) stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 92 (96) stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 (64) stitches.  Adjust in increments of 3 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 116 (120) stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease. 

 Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

If you use a multiple of 8, you can work the crown decrease as follows:

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      

All are welcome to join us in some way!  If you know anyone who needs chemo caps, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will send some out to anywhere in the USA.


  1. Isn't stockinette stitch: knit a row, purl a row?

  2. Not when you are knitting in the round. It's only knit one row, purl the next when knitting on straight needles.

  3. I don't know where else to put this, so I hope this is OK. A friend of mine has been diagnosed with cancer and begins chemo next week. I told a friend who is being there for her that I would knit a cap. I just got a message that when she arrived home today, there was a pkg of caps from Delaware Head Huggers! How cool is that? Thanks again for all you do. Gaynell

    1. Hi Gaynell!!! I'm not sure who it is that got them, but I'm glad we could help. Email me at please and let me know some more.....

      I'm happy to send more caps if she would like too! :)