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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Introducing Balmy Breezes!

It's been hot and rainy here in Delaware and Schnapps is keeping busy knitting hats.  This is his latest design - thank you C.A. for the name!  The model was knit using Vanna's Choice and used well less than one skein.  The pattern includes directions for all yarn weights though, so you can make it using whatever yarn you have in your stash at the moment.

Don't forget that we are still collecting Finn Hats for Kidshealth and the A.I DuPont Hospital for Children.  These hats are really making a difference for pre-K children and their families.  Click here for more information and for the free pattern. 

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!

A few people have asked me recently how much our chemo caps cost.  I just wanted to share here what I also posted on our Facebook page:

Just to remind everyone - ALL hats from Delaware Head Huggers, whether they are ones that Schnapps and I make or ones you donate to us, are given to those who need them 100% free of charge. We ship to individuals or to treatment centers throughout the United States. All postage costs are paid by us (with help from many of your generous donations!) and no hats are sold, ever. If you know a person, center or hospital that needs hats, please let me know and I will send some out.

He couldn't resist modeling this one!

Balmy Breezes

You will need worsted weight yarn and size 9 circular needles and dpns or some other combination of needles and yarn listed below.

yo:  yarn over
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 72 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures about 1.5 inches in length.  Make brim longer or shorter if you prefer

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k3, yo, k1, yo twice, k1, yo twice, k1, yo, k2*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 6:  purl all stitches, dropping extra loops
Rows 3 & 7:  knit all stitches
Rows 4 & 8:  purl all stitches
Row 5:  *k1, yo twice, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo twice*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece is about 7.5 inches in length or longer if you want a slouchy hat.

Decrease Crown: use dpns when needed
Row 1:  *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:  *p5, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3:  *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *p3, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:  *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:  *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *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 it to someone who could use some extra love!

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 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 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 112 stitches. 




  1. thanks for the new project. i love your patterns.

  2. I believe 16 - 20 stitches equivalent to 4 inches