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Monday, May 20, 2013

Introducing Splintered Path!

Finally, I am able to post a new hat pattern from Schnapps.  For those of you who didn't know, I was doing yard work a couple of weeks ago and tried to pull just one weed without my gloves on.  My mistake!  That weed wasn't one to mess with and it left several deep splinters in my right thumb.  Within hours my thumb was swollen to more than twice its usual size and my hand was so very painful!  So, after speaking to my doctor and monitoring it for the night, I went to Urgent Care the next morning.  After massive doses of antibiotics (I thought they mistook me for an elephant, but they said no, I just needed that much!) and over 2 weeks time, I am able to knit again!  While I was hurting, Schnapps put aside his needles and focused on taking good care of me.   For 2 weeks the most I could do was a few stitches at a time, but in the past 2 days, Schnapps and I have finished 2 new patterns and we are happy to be sharing once again.

Schnapps is happy to be knitting again!

This is Splintered Path - we hope you like it.  We used Bernat Softee Chunky (a gift from Tracey!) for this, but the pattern has instructions for all yarn weights. 

The night before I got attacked by the weed, I had started a hat for my friend Erina who is a pediatric dentist.  She's thankfully perfectly healthy also and this is just a gift for a wonderful friend.  Here is the 'Tooth Hat' that took us 2 weeks to finish!

Last night, Schnapps insisted on working on a pattern that would work for men and women, so he created this unisex hat.  This pattern will be up soon also.  The colors kind of match Schnapps' fur too, but it would look nice in a solid color as well.

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Splintered Path
You will need 5 weight yarn and size 10.5 circular needles or another combination of yarn and needles listed below.


sk2p:  slip one stitch, knit the next 2 stitches together and pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and off the needle
yo:  yarn over
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 60 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Stockinette:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 2 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Row 1 and ALL odd rows:  knit all stitches
Row 2, 4, 6 & 8 :  *yo,, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1*; repeat around
Row 10, 12, 14 & 16 :  *k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sk2p*; repeat across

Work Stockinette:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 6.5  to 7 inches in length

Decrease Crown:
Row 1: *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *k2, 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!

***See below for recommendations for different yarn weights.  Note pattern differences for worsted or sport weight yarn.***

The pattern is worked over 10 stitches. 

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 50 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 90 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10 stitches for individual sizes.

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

If using worsted or sport weight yarn you might want to work the pattern twice or work Rows 1 - 8 a second time only,  before returning to stockinette stitch.

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 anywhere in the USA.



  1. Hello there,
    Just a quick note to let you know I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award! Check out my post here
    Keep those crafty hands and witty minds going. ;)
    Angela x

  2. Do you have any patterns for kids or adult hats not worked in the round. I don't know how to knit in th round. I do use circular needles.

  3. Your hats are adorable, Can't wait to try the Splintered Path pattern

  4. This hat will be perfect for my chemo people..I am a volunteer driver for medical appointments and have many chemo people...this is just beautiful!!! Thanks so much!