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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Introducing Schnapps' Centenary Cap: Graceful Clouds!

This is Schnapps' 100th hat pattern!  It just might have been the most difficult to name as well.  Thank you to Elissa and everyone for their suggestions........many wanted Schnapps' name to be in the name, but many thought it looked like clouds or waves too.  Schnapps will just have to get his name in the title of another pattern.  I'm sure he's got more ideas to share.

I used 2 skeins pf Louisa Harding's Kashmir Aran yarn that I had in my stash, but you could use any worsted weight yarn for this.  I've included instructions for other yarn weights as well. 

Sunday was Schnapps' 9th birthday!  He got lots of presents and went to the park.  Yesterday he picked up his needles and got to work on this pattern.  He hopes that everyone likes it.

The Birthday Boy unwrapping some gifts!
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 Graceful Clouds

You will need worsted weight yarn and size US 8 circular needles and dpns or some combination of yarn and needles listed below. 


yo:  yarn over

ssk:  slip 2 stitches, one at a time, as if to knit, to the right hand needle, then knit them together with your left hand needle.

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

Cast on 84 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece measures about 1 inch in length.

Work Pattern:

Row 1:  *p1, k5*; repeat around
Row 2:  *k5, p1*; repeat around
Row 3:  *yo, p1, k1, ssk, k2*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k4, p1, k1*; repeat around
Row 5:  *yo, p2, k1, ssk, k1*; repeat around
Row 6:  *k3, p2, k1*; repeat around
Row 7:  *yo, p3, k1, skk*; repeat around
Row 8:  *k2, p3, k1*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece is about 7 inches in length.

Decrease Crown: use dpns when needed

Row 1: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k1, k2tog*; 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 enjoy!

 The pattern is worked over 6 stitches.

As written this fits an average to large adult.  To make this for a smaller adult, cast on 72 stitches.

To  knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48 stitches.

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

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 114 stitches.  

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. Wishing Schnapps a very Happy Belated Birthday!! And Congratulations on the 100th pattern!!!!!!!
    Thank you for all the wonderful patterns that you have shared. My life is richer with you in it, even in this medium I look forward to seeing Schnapps' picture on my feed!

    1. Thank you so much Marianne! We are so happy that you are here with us and grateful that you are helping so many others! Hugs!

    2. Love that your hat patterns are now in different weights of yarn. Makes it much nicer.

  2. Robin, I do not see on Graceful Clouds download correction to the pattern. I was searching it to make corrected copy for myself. Happy Day to you and Mr. Schnapps! Judi

    1. Row 3 ends with a K2 now.........where is the download not showing it? I did replace it.......

      Happy Day to you as well! Hugs!