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Friday, August 30, 2013

Introducing Benjamin's Flight!

Schnapps decided that we need some more unisex hats so the men aren't left out.  So, this is what he came up with.  Thank you Kelly and Jerald for the very meaningful name.  Jerald is a young man who is a very talented knitter who makes hats for us and contributed beautiful items to the MEGSTRONG fundraiser.  His mom, Kelly sent me this message when she saw the latest hat.

"Missionary friends of ours lost their 15yr old son to cancer on Sunday morning. Benjamin was one of the first people outside of family that Jerald ever knit a hat for and while they never met in person, Jerald considers him a friend. Benjamin wanted to be a Missionary Pilot when he grew up and also drawing from the idea of death being a journey/flight, I was thinking maybe Benjamin's flight" 

Schnapps and I completely agree that this is a wonderful name for this cap.  This one was knit using one skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA, but various yarn weight instructions are included below as well.  This is a very simple pattern that will work well for both men and women.  Experiment with colors and enjoy.

If you use this pattern, please take a few moments to send some thoughts to any family that is suffering from the loss of a loved one.  Benjamin's family, just like Meagan's family need comfort and unfortunately, so many other families are dealing with the same type of grief.  Be sure to be grateful for those you love and tell them how much they mean to you.

 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 was given a hard hat by the Kent County Public Library.   He likes knit hats better! 

Benjamin's Flight

You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or another combination listed below.

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

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

Work Ribbed Brim:
Row 1:  *k3 p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1  until piece is about 2 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Rows 1, 2 & 4:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k1, p1*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until the piece is about 7 - 7.5 inches in length.  Repeat more for a slouchier hat if you wish.

Decrease Crown:
Row 1: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k1, 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.  Send a special thought to any family that has lost a child to cancer.

 The pattern is worked over 2 stitches.  Work in increments of 10 stitches to keep the crown decrease the same.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70 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 a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!


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  1. Thanks, Robin! J is busy knitting this one up already. :-)

  2. I'm excited to try this hat. Thank you for sharing the pattern.