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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Introducing Vines of Hope!

Schnapps is keeping busy!  This is his latest hat.  Thank you Deonne for the name suggestion!

This was knit using one skein of Vanna's Colors, but any 5-weight yarn would work also.  The pattern has instructions for all yarn weights too.  Use whatever you have in your stash and make a chemo cap for someone today!  This is an easy pattern that works up quickly.

 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! 

Schnapps, hard at work on his latest creation!

 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.

 Vines of Hope

You will need 80 - 100 yards of 5-weight yarn and size US 10.5 circular needles or another combination of needles and yarn listed below.

k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together through the back loop

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

skpsso:  slip one stitch, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and drop

Cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat across
Row 2:  *k2togtbl then k2tog the same 2 stitches, p2*; repeat across
Row 3:  *k1, yo, k1, p2*; repeat across
Row 4:   *skpsso, k1, p2*; repeat across

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 6.5 to 7 inches in length. .
Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k2, p2 *; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog, p2*; repeat around
Row 3: *k1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:  *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 little extra hope today!

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.  To keep the crown decrease the same adjust in multiples of 8 . 

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48 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 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 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. 

 Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

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.

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