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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Introducing Double Hugs!

Our hearts break for the people affected by the terrorism at the Boston Marathon.  Trying to understand senseless violence is impossible.....and so very frustrating, but all I can do is send all my love, thoughts and prayers to all. As an American, I want quick answers and swift justice..............and for our country to be a safe place for all of us............ As a person, my heart breaks for all the loss and pain and I struggle to grasp how this type of evil can be among us. 

Schnapps knew something was wrong and was extra close all afternoon as we watched events unfold.  The world needs to become a more peaceful place for us all.  I wish I could make it so, but unfortunately evil people exist who try to make us all live in fear.  We can't give in to that and must continue to try to spread love throughout the world, especially to those closest to us.  I am reminded once again to treasure every moment, to hug those I love and to make every day count.

I'm not sure we even realized we were knitting yesterday, but this morning, there was this hat.  And we realized that it is reversible too.  I prefer it inside out, but it might look much different in a different yarn weight.  I used Charisma (another gift from Needha) for this, but the pattern has instructions for varying weights as well.


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Schnapps sends love and hugs to all.

Double Hugs

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

Cross3:  knit into the front of the third stitch and do not slip off LH needle.  Knit first stitch and slip off as usual, then knit second stitch and slip second and third stitch off LH needle together

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 64 stitches, 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 1 to 1.5 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 3:  *Cross3, p5*; repeat across
Rows 2 & 4:  *k3, p5*l repeat across
Rows 5 & 7:  *p3, Cross3, p2*, repeat across
Rows 6 & 8:  *p3, k3, p2*; repeat across

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece is 6.5 to 7 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

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

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and choose which side you prefer!

The pattern is worked over 8 stitches.  

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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