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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Introducing Flame of Hope

Schnapps finished a new hat and we love it so much that we had to share it.  The color influenced a lot of name suggestions, but we think this would look just as impressive in any other color.

This is knit using super bulky yarn and we did not include variations for other yarn weights, because it would not look the same at all.  We did only the one pattern panel for a striking contrast to the reverse stockinette.  Since this panel is worked over the first 9 cast on stitches, you can still easily adapt the size by adjusting the number of cast on stitches.

***  You could use 2 strands of worsted weight or 4-weight yarn held together as one also. ***

Schnapps sends tail wags to all!

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We are asking that anyone who uses this pattern please make a hat for someone battling cancer.  This time of year, the requests for hats is high and there are so many who really need a warm hat to help them through.  Obviously, we can't know for sure if you are following our wishes, but it seems like the least you can do if you are using this pattern to make gifts for friends or family.  If you don't know where to give you hats, feel free to send them to us at Delaware Head Huggers and we will get them to those who need them.

Flame of Hope 

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


kB1:      knit in the back loop
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 44 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  

Row 1, 2 & 3:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Row 4:  purl all stitches

The pattern is worked over the first stitches.  All other stitches are purled for every row.

Work Pattern:

Foundation Row:  p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, purl to end of row
Row 1:  p1, kB1, p2 (k1, kB1 four times) in next stitch, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 2:  p1, k1, p2, k8, p2, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 3:  p1, kB1, p2, k6, k2tog, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 4:  p1, k1, p2, k7, p2, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 5:  p1. kB1. p2, k5, k2tog, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 6:  p1, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 7:  p1, kB1, p2, k4, k2tog, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 8:  p1, k1, p2, k5, p2, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 9:  p1, kB1, p2, k3, k2tog, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 10:  p1, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 11:  p1, kB1, p2, k2, k2tog, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 12:  p1, k1, p2, k3, p2, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 13:  p1, kB1, p2, k1, k2tog, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 14:  p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 15:  p1, kB1, p2, k2tog, p2, kB1, p1, purl to end
Row 16:  p1, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p1, purl to end

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed

Row 1:   purl all stitches
Row 2: *p2 p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *p2tog*; 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 warm hug!

 This pattern is worked over the first NINE stitches of your cast on row.  To adjust the size, you would simply cast on fewer or more stitches.  Stay in multiples of 4 to keep the ribbed brim and crown decrease the same.

This hat fits an average adult head.  To make it smaller, cast on 36 or 40 stitches.  To make it larger cast on 48 or 52 stitches.  Decrease or increase in multiples of 4 to further adapt. 

The first 9 stitches will be used for the panel.  The rest will be purled in every row.


  1. I will make not one but two for women fighting Breast Cancer

  2. I love knitting and want to make this, but I have always had problems using circular needles, how can I make this using straight ones ?

  3. I would like to print this pattern but there is no print button anywhere on it. I would have to go out of it to find my print button on my computer and then I would lose it.

    1. press the control key and the P key at the same time, this brings up the printer page and you can just go from there and print whatever is on the screen.

    2. OMG! It worked! Thank you sooo much! I've missed out on printing so many patterns I wanted just because I didn't know this! I could just hug you!

  4. I was looking in your archives and I saw a blanket you knitted dated Tues, Dec 24, 2013. It's brown openwork. I've looked on Ravelry and didn't see it. Where can I find it and is it a free pattern?

    1. That's not one of our patterns - it's a Lion Brand one I think.....