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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Introducing The People Heater!

A new hat from Schnapps is ready to share.  Thank you Debra for the name.  

I left out the Purple from the "Purple People Heater" since this would look nice in any color you choose!  It would work with the pattern band as a coordinating stripe too.  Have fun with it and enjoy!  This worked up really quickly and easily.  The model was made using Lion Brand Hometown USA, but as always, instructions for different yarn weights are included.

It's the holiday crunch time for me - time to finish those gifts, wrap, bake, and do all sorts of Christmas-type things.  I hope that no matter what holiday you celebrate you are enjoying the season and finding time to spend with yarn!

Delaware Head Huggers recently passed 12,000 chemo caps!  I am amazed, humbled and in awe of all of you who help.  I can only imagine how many times that number is multiplied if we were to count how many of you donate locally as well.  THANK YOU!

Kozy Kovers for Kids has passed 1,200 blankets!  While it is extremely sad that there are that many children, just here in the Delaware area that are in need, it is a wonderful feeling to know that so many people care and are willing to help.

The patterns in the photo below are the patterns found in The Play Book, an e-book of patterns that are not published elsewhere.  The e-book can be purchased by using the link to the right on this page or by going to my Ravelry store or my Craftsy store.  Those links are also to the right of this page.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH.
The Play Book Patterns!
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The People Heater
You will need super bulky yarn and size US 13 circulars and dpns or some other combination of yarn and needles listed below.

s1: slip one stitch as if to knit with yarn in back
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3 inches in length.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Row 3:  *s1, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:  *s1, p1*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about 6 inches in length.

Work Crown:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7.5 to 8 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5:  *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 special who has a chilly head!

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but use a multiple of 6 to keep the crown decrease the same.  

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 84 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 66 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 114 stitches.  



  1. Just found your patterns through AllFree and Ravelry. I love this one, and BIG THANKS for making available in different yarn weights. I think I still have time to get one of these done before Christmas.
    Cheers from New Westminster, BC!

    1. Definitely! If you use super bulky yarn, it will only take an hour or two! Enjoy!

  2. would this pattern work with straight needles ??

    1. you would have to adapt it for straight needles as you would any circular pattern

  3. How do I figure out how much yarn I need if I'm using a different weight/needle?

    1. you would have to estimate depending on what you usually use.

    2. I run a knitting group at our Church & we knit/crochet for various charities (were call The Knit-Witts), would LOVE to share pattern. BUT I do need to know how much yarn is required. Thanks (I don't have a Google account & I have NO idea what the others are, so I had to go with anonymous, SORRY!

  4. I love this pattern, will knit this very soon as it is winter where I live. I also love your very best friend, had one of these dogs named Misty many years ago, She was my best friend for 14 years.

  5. Is this supposed to be knit in the round or flat

    1. round, that's why it calls for circular needles and the first row is joined.

  6. When you measure the length, do you pull out the curl at the bottom so it's completely straight? Or, do you leave it curled up a little and include it?

  7. Love the pattern
    What is the gauge??