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Friday, October 2, 2020

Introducing Love Lines!

 The Covid-19 pandemic is still raging on.  We all need to focus energy and time on spreading kindness and taking care of those around us.  

This is a new pattern, created with 6-weight yarn, but instructions are included for all yarn weight.  I used Lion Brand Hometown USA, one of my favorite super bulky yarns to get a soft, cozy hat.

Thank you Virginia for the name!  I really enjoyed this quick knit and have already made a few.  A great stash buster when you make a contrasting brim, you could, of course, knit this all in one color.

DEHH’s main goal is to spread kindness. We try to help those going through an absolutely awful time by doing something small. We use the talents we have to give others some comfort. To show people that someone cares. We don't care what political party, race, religion or gender anyone is - we try to help. Just like we accept hats from anyone who wants to make a difference.

I've noticed an increasingly vicious tone to so many social media comments and posts. Public health agencies having to put up with horrible treatment for simply doing their job and posting updates. Attacking people on both sides of the political spectrum simply for their political beliefs.

Keep in mind that each of us is responsible for the things we say, how we act and what we do. No one can blame anyone else for our actions. If we want change, we have to live it ourselves.
I, for one, am so very sick and tired of hearing everyone argue, be mean spirited and unkind and complain. Everyone, please think before you speak or post on social media. I limit the time spent on any online platform because the vitriol and rhetoric are depressing and in complete contrast to how I want to spend my life.

I don't want to know anyone's political views. Just like I don't share mine. Attacking others for differing viewpoints isn't productive, ever. Making inflammatory statements isn't helpful. Being angry that covid is still around and saying things like "only old or vulnerable people die, who cares anymore......let us go back to normal" is frankly, horrible.

Each and every person who has died, no matter their age, whether from covid, cancer or any other cause, leaves behind people who are devastated. Each of those lives was valued. Each should be mourned, not dismissed.

There is so much negativity in the world today - because so many people embrace the negatives.Try to make a conscious effort to focus on the positive and find the beauty in each day. Please, be kind, every day, to everyone.....not just those who agree with your views.

Love Lines

Knit using 2 colors of 6-weight yarn and size 13 needles.
Less than 80 yards total were used for the models


C4B:  Place the next 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold to the back of your work.  Knit the next 2 stitches, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

C4F: Place the next 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold to the front of your work.  Knit the next 2 stitches, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A

Row 1:   knit all stitches

Row 2:   purl all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your work measures 1.5 to  2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat Using Color B:

Rows 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 8:   knit all stitches

Row 3:   *k2, C4B*; repeat around

Row 7:   *C4F, k2*; repeat around 

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  End with a Row 4 or a Row 8.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed

Row 1:    knit all stitches

Row 2:    *k4, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 3:    *k3, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 4:     *k2, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 5:     *k2, k2tog *; repeat around 

Row 6:     *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 share.

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60.  

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 84.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 102 stitches.   

The pattern is worked over 6 stitches.  

Feel free to use just 1 color.  

Experiment and enjoy!