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Friday, January 3, 2014

Introducing Swells of Hope!

We spent New Year's Day at my parents home and Schnapps whipped up this hat while we were visiting.  It's a super simple 4 row repeat that creates a cute textured wave or swell.
Today is a snow day for us in Delaware, so we thought we'd get it up for everyone to share.

We are always collecting hats for which is part of the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware.  They have produced a video that helps pre-school age children understand what to expect from their cancer treatment.  This is an ongoing project!  In 2013 we collected 598 Finn Hats and I hope that we can beat that total in 2014!  Please consider making a few ~ this is truly a wonderful cause!

Yarn suggestions, mandatory colors and the patterns can be found here.  
   There are instructions for knitting in the round, knitting flat, loom knitting and 2 crochet patterns!  EVERYONE can help!  Spread the word about this special project and help a young child who is facing cancer treatment.
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!
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 sends tail wags to everyone!  
Swells of Hope
You will need size US 13 circular needles and dpns and 6-weight yarn or another combination listed below.
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
s1:  slip one stitch

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  holding yarn in back as if to knit throughout, *s1, k1*; repeat around
Row 4:   holding yarn in front as if to purl throughout, *s1, p1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4  until piece is about  7.5  to 8 inches in length. 
Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k1, 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 hug and some hope.

If using lighter weight yarn you might want to repeat Row 3 of the crown decrease a few more times before ending.
The pattern is worked over 2 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. Fabulous texture on this one, Schnapps! Bravo!

  2. Is there a way to do this on straight needles?

    1. You would have to adapt the pattern by changing every odd row. There is an explanation of how to do that here: