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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Introducing Pistachio (or ANY flavor!) Schnapps!

Well, Schnapps sat me down today and told me that he is feeling a bit left out that none of his patterns have his name on them.  So, this one is especially dedicated to the Miniature Schnauzer who has designed scores of hats for us!  He hopes you don't mind and he encourages you to make one in every 'flavor' imaginable!!  :)

This was knit using Lion Brand Baby's First yarn which is a super soft cotton/acrylic blend that is machine washable and dryable.  One skein made the whole hat with quite a bit left over.  We've included instructions for all yarn weights and I think this would look equally as nice in a variegated or striped yarn.

Hats and blankets keep pouring in!  We're over 10,781 chemo caps, up to 494 Finn Hats and  1,087 blankets.  I'm stocking up on warm hats now to have on hand to ship out for the cooler weather.  And we've sent to many individuals as well as to many treatment centers that need caps.  Just let us know if you know of a place that needs caps and we'll do our best to get some to them right away. 

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!

Schnapps got to go to the park on the one cool day we had in July!

Pistachio Schnapps

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

p1tbl:  purl one stitch through the back loop
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  k2, p2
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 1.5 - 2 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *p1tbl, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k1, p1tbl*; repeat around
Row 4:  knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is 6.5  to 7 inches in length or longer if you want a slouchy hat
Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns when needed
Row 1: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *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 pass along some love with a hug from Schnapps!

The pattern is worked over 4 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 9 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 4 stitches for individual sizes.

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

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  1. Your best friend is adorable! I had a schnauzer a few years ago. Tommy was his name. I miss him ..... Now I have a Boston Terrier, but I will always remember my Tommylin. Take good care of yours and keep on knitting beautiful things!

    1. Thank you. He is a very much loved part of our family!

  2. Is this to be done using circular needles?

  3. Being retired and love to knit, I just have to try most of your patterns. Can't wait to start this one.

  4. Love, Love your little one. Bet he makes life great

  5. Thank you for adding the variations of different yarns and needles at the end. Will definately try this one. Thanks for posting.