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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Introducing Crossroads!

Two new patterns today!  Schnapps has been's been so hot here that he's been hiding in the cool house playing with yarn.  Here is his original plan and this time he made sure to double check his math!  :)  Made with Lion Brand Hometown USA, this hat knits up super fast and is just a one row pattern!  I really like the way the crown decrease looks.  Other yarn weight instructions are included also.

It starts out like this:
and with just a few steps is finished!

Balance Beam utilizes a similar design for the brim and is also posted on this blog with info about all yarn weights.

All costs are paid for out of our pocket and shipping costs have sky rocketed lately.  We want to keep posting patterns for free to help the most amount of people possible, but some patterns will be purchase only to help defray our costs.  There is a donate now button on the right hand side of this page.  All pattern sales are also really donations, since 100% of pattern prices go directly back into the charities.  Purchasing from our Etsy store is another way to help us cover shipping and supply costs.  Whether you donate hats or blankets, send us good thoughts, tell people about us or donate financially, you are greatly appreciated!!
And don't forget about Operation Bottle Beanies!  We are collecting tiny hats that will be placed on jars and bottles at Fifer's Farm Store in the Fall. From olive oil bottles up to quart size mason jars and all sizes in between! These hats will be sold and 100% of that money will be donated to keep people in Delaware warm this winter.  Yes, it is just for Delaware right now, but Schnapps and I are dreaming big.......we hope that someday it reaches well beyond our tiny state.  

We need LOTS of tiny hats!  We need themed hats for Fall and Winter such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.  We need farm themed hats like bee hives, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.  We need adorable hats of any theme or type!  Sizes vary since there are many different items sold in the store; apple butter, local honey,  jams, oils, pickles and so many other yummy things.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.

Hats can be sent directly to:
202 Acorn Forest Drive
Felton, DE 19943
It's STILL hot!
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.

ktbl:  knit through the back loop
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together as one through the back loop

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

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *p3, k2tbl*, repeat around

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7.5 to 8.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *p1, p2tog, k2tbl*; repeat around
Row 2:   *p2tog, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2togtbl*; 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!

Cinching:  Cut an 8 inch piece of yarn, either matching or contrasting for a different look and thread it through a yarn needle.  At about halfway up the length of the hat, bring the yarn needle up on the outer side of one knit section and then down on the outer side of the next knit section.  Wrap the yarn three times around, cinching the 2 knit sections together.  Take care not to cinch too tightly since that could distort the fit of the hat.  Tie off the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in end.  Repeat for every 2 knit sections around the hat.
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 110. 

If making a child’s hat, use 4 weight yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 70 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10.

The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.


  1. Lovely. Thanks for your pattern. Will make for a relative in college in a cold climate.
    Former resident of Millsboro and Rehoboth living in South Florida.

  2. Lovely. Thanks for your pattern. Will make for a relative in college in a cold climate.
    Former resident of Millsboro and Rehoboth living in South Florida.

  3. Mr. Schnapps, You've Done it Again! Balance Beam and Crossroads both Fantastic!!!

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