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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Introducing Rugged Hope!

Happy New Year Everyone!  
Schnapps and I wish you all nothing but happiness, good health and love in 2014.  This is our last pattern of the year and we hope you like it.  We were trying to come up with some different caps that men would like to wear and we think this will work for both men and women. 

2013 was an incredible year for Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids.  With the help of so many of you we are now at a tally of 12,962 hats and 1,246 blankets - in just 4 years!  This year alone brought us 3,628 chemo caps, 598 Finn Hats and 327 blankets.  Schnapps and I hope that 2014 is even better!  We are making a difference, no matter how small, to many.

Please remember that the Finn Hat project is an ongoing project that continually needs caps of all sizes.  This partnership with is an important one.  The hat pattern is free and comes in both knit and crochet versions.  Yarn suggestions, mandatory colors and the patterns can be found here.  Spread the word about this special project and help a young child who is facing cancer treatment.

Thank you to all of you who have donated postage funds too.  Your help is very much appreciated!  Postage is high and seems to be going up every year, but hats are needed across the country and we will continue to send them!

In 2014, I hope you all find time to focus on making a difference to others.  This doesn't take any money at all - help a neighbor, give a hug where one is needed, listen to a friend who needs to talk.  If you can, make a hat or two or a hundred and donate them locally or send them to me and I will get them to people who need them.  Make a blanket and give it to a local foster care agency or a local Emergency Room.  Try to spend at least a few minutes every day doing something for those not in your immediate circle.  If we all do that, the world will start to become a better place.  More love is needed everywhere - right next door and across the your part and Schnapps and I will do ours too.

Remember to tell people about us and let them know that we will send hats to any person or center in the United States.  Just email me and we will get hats out right away.

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 and are where all my patterns can be found.   100% of the cost of all my patterns is put right back into supplies and shipping for DEHH and KKforK.
The Play Book Patterns!
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Rugged Hope
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circulars and dpns or another combination of yarn and needles listed below.

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 3:  *k4, p2*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 4:  *p2, k4*; repeat around
Rows 5, 6, 7 & 8:  k2, *p2, k4*; repeat around, end k2
Rows 9 & 11:  *p2, k4*; repeat around
Rows 10 & 12:  *k4, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 12  until piece is about  7.5  to 8 inches in length. 
Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *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 needs a good sturdy hug and some extra warmth.

The pattern is worked over 6 stitches, but use a multiple of 4 so the crown decrease stays the same.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 6 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 102 stitches.  



  1. I'm knitting Rugged Hope, and ending up with 2 extra stitches on rows 5-6-7-8.
    If I knit 2, then repeat the p2 k4 11 times, and end with a knit 2, that is
    70 stitches, I'm using worsted and 72 stitches. please advise. thank you

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  2. 72 stitches is a multiple of 6 - the pattern is a multiple of 6. If the first 4 rows are working, the last ones should as well........... you end with an additional p2, k2 - that might be where you are losing stitches......

  3. I so enjoy Knitting With Schnapps hat patterns. I especially like that directions are given after each pattern for a variety of yarns and needle sizes. My group knits caps for donation to various ages. The yarns have all been donated to our organization

  4. I wish this was on a white background. very difficult to read red letters on green background when printed out.

    1. I had the same issue. You can paste into word and remove formatting by using the button that looks like an eraser above font colours. Hope that helps.

    2. If you print in black and white, there is no color to deal with.

  5. My rat terrier, Pickles, finds the move from hot Texas to the Great Northwest very uncomfortable when she becomes cold and wet. Do you have a pattern for your best friend's blue hat?

    1. That is not a dog hat. It's a human hat that he wore for the photo.

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    1. that would completely depend on what type of yarn you used. This took one skein of Hometown USA. Different weights would of course need different amounts. I have not made the hat with different weight yarn, so I do not have the yardage.

  7. As I read through the pattern, I see "dpn's". Can you tell me what this stands for?