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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Introducing Steadfast Hope!

Schnapps had an idea for a new hat, so he sent me to the yarn stash to bring him a new skein.  Our latest attempt at using our stash is to just reach into the tub and pull out a skein and work the pattern with whatever we choose.  I think this worked out well.  Many people commented on it looking 'strong' or 'sturdy' and since we already have a pattern called Strength, we went with Steadfast Hope for the name.

Steadfast Hope!

 This is an exciting time for me too.  My Navy Hug pattern is published in Geri Krotow's new book NAVY ORDERS, which is out in July, 2013.  I highly recommend you picking up a copy and enjoying every word.  Stop by Geri's website too:

This hat was designed specifically for her book and the entire pattern is in the book.  If you would like the pattern in PDF format with photos of the hat, you can purchase it from my Craftsy and Ravelry stores or you can use the Buy Now button to the right.  The pattern is $2.00.

Navy Hug Hat!

Schnapps is always thinking of new patterns!

 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.  We love to hear from everyone!

 Steadfast Hope

You will need:  6-weight yarn and size 13 circular needles and dpns or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

ktbl:  knit through the back loop
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one
k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together through the back loop as one

Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Ribbed Pattern:
Row 1:  *(ktbl, p1) x 3, ktbl, p3*; repeat across
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 2.5 inches in length.

Work Body:
Row 1:  ktbl for all stitches
Row 2:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 -2 until the piece is about 6.5 inches (7.5 if using worsted or sport weight yarn) in length

Decrease Crown:  use dpns as needed
Row 1: *k8, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 2: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k6, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 4: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k4, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 6: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k2, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 8: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9: *k2togtbl*; 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 it to someone who needs some extra Hope!

 The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.  

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches or size 7 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 110 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 anywhere in the USA.


  1. Thanks Schnapps for another great pattern. Thanks to Mom, too, for a beautiful knitting usual.

  2. could not find the extra yarn/needle combos for the pattern on this page. could you print them here,please?

    1. Yes, just added them. Sorry, they were on the PDF on Craftsy, but didn't make it here. :) Thanks!!