Schnapps

Schnapps
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Introducing In The Groove!

Schnapps finished this super simple and fast knit pattern this weekend.  The original is on its way to a close friend's brother who just started his chemo treatments.  I'm casting on this pattern in a 5-weight, variegated yarn soon to see how that comes out too.  Thank you Mary Elizabeth for the name!

Delaware Head Huggers just tagged hat number 9,401 and we got more caps in today!  Our Finn Hat total right now is 219 and more of them are coming in every week.  It's wonderful to see so many people helping out!

Please remember that 100% of all pattern purchases at my Ravelry and my Craftsy stores go directly back to paying for supplies and shipping for both organizations.

The model was knit using one of my favorites - Lion Brand Hometown USA, but of course, the pattern has instructions for sport, worsted, chunky and super-bulky yarn.  This is really an easy pattern, but I like the texture that the stitch gives the hat.  Schnapps hopes you like it too.  He worked hard on it!

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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 robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too. 


Proud of his design!


 In The Groove!


You will need 80 - 90 yards of super bulky yarn and size US 13 circular needles of some combination of yarn and needles listed below.  I used an entire skein of Hometown USA and had only about 10 inches left over.

If you are using this pattern, please vote for Schnapps in the Cute Dog Contest.  And please tell your friends to vote for him too!  He works so hard creating patterns (this is number 100!) for all of us to share and this just takes a few seconds.  I'm afraid if he doesn't win, he might put his knitting needles away and stop creating.   Just click on the link or the photo and give him a vote please. 






Abbreviations:

p2tog:  holding working yarn as if to purl, purl 2 stitches together as one

k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

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

Work Pattern:
Rows 1, 2 & 3: *p2, k1*; repeat around
Rows 4:  *knit into the stitch 3 rows below, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k1, p2tog *; 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 this hat and some hugs, hope and love to someone!

The pattern is worked over 3 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 66 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 3 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 120 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  If using an odd number of stitches and you have a left over stitch on a k2tog decrease row, just knit the extra stitch.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!



Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!



Delaware Head Huggers








Kozy Kovers for Kids


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Introducing Jury Duty Caps!

Well, my two weeks of jury service are finished.  I only had to report for 4 morning sessions and I managed to complete 5 hats and finish 4 new patterns while at the courthouse.  Thank goodness Delaware allows plastic knitting needles at jury duty!

Jurisprudence was published last week and has been a big hit.  I'm glad so many of you liked it.  I named the other three hats Civic Duty, Justice and Liberty to keep with the legislative theme! I am putting the pattern for Civic Duty here for free and I have put together a new e-book with all 4 Jury Duty Caps in it that is selling for only $2.00.  I hope that you will purchase it and help support Delaware Head Huggers.  And if not, I hope that at least you will get some enjoyment out of the two free patterns designed by Schnapps for me to knit while away from home.

Please vote for  our mascot Schnapps! And tell your friends too! Click here ♥ http://bit.ly/134PASH ♥ to vote for your favorite. :)


Schnapps was NOT happy that I had to leave him!

You can purchase the e-book at my Ravelry or my Craftsy Stores which can be accessed by the links to the right on this page.  A direct link to purchase Jury Duty Caps is here.

All four patterns have instructions for sport, worsted, chunky and super-bulky weight yarn as well as details for adjusting the size for children and adults.  These are all simple patterns that can be completed in two hours or less if using chunky or super bulky yarn, a little longer if using lighter yarn.

Here are pictures of all four hats.
Jurisprudence



Civic Duty - pattern below!




Justice

Liberty


If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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 robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too. 

Please vote for  our mascot Schnapps! And tell your friends too! Click here ♥ http://bit.ly/134PASH ♥ to vote for your favorite. :)


 



Civic Duty
You will need:  Super bulky, 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular knitting needles or some combination of needles and yarn listed below.
Abbreviations:

C2B: knit 2nd stitch through the back loop without dropping from LH needle, then knit first stitch as normal and drop both stitches from the LH needle.

C2F: knit 2nd stitch without dropping from LH needle, then knit first stitch and drop both stitches from the LH needle.

k2tog:   knit 2 stitches together as one.

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

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your piece is about 3.5 to 4 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Row 1: *C2B, C2F*; repeat around
Rows 2:  knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is 6 inches in length.

Work Crown:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7 to 7.5 inches in length

Decrease Crown:
Row 1: *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *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 this hat as a hug to someone!

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.  To maintain the crown decreases, adapt in multiples of 8

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 120 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!
 

Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!



Delaware Head Huggers








Kozy Kovers for Kids




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Introducing Jurisprudence!

Well, I have jury duty for 2 weeks.  I had to report on Monday and thankfully, Delaware allows plastic knitting needles in the courthouse.  I really don't want to think of how upset I would have been if they confiscated my Denise Interchangeables!  :)  

I went prepared with 2 knitting projects, a novel, word search book and a magazine!  I found myself sitting between a lovely woman and an equally nice man who timed me while I knit to be sure I wasn't kidding about making a hat in less than 2 hours!  This new pattern was worked and designed in the courthouse and so the name Jurisprudence was chosen.  Thank you Marcia!! Schnapps has chosen the stitch pattern, yarn and basic plan for me before I left of course. 



Jurisprudence!



If you haven't already joined us on Finn's Hat Project, please do!  We are collecting hats for Kidshealth.org 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.  We are hoping to have a few hundred hats in varying sizes for a launch party at the end of February.  Take a look at the amazing video here.
The blog post, mandatory colors, yarn suggestions and pattern info can be found here:   
  So far we have collected 143 Finn Hats from all over the country.  More came in today!  Join us in this wonderful project!  


A box of 86 Finn Hats getting packed and ready to go!

An amazing 57 Finn Hats came in just yesterday!

If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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 robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too.

 The pattern is posted as a PDF on Scribd.com
 
Jurisprudence
You will need size US 13 circular needles and super bulky yarn or some combination listed below.

Abbreviations:
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one
p2tog:  holding working yarn as if to purl, purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.
Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your piece is about 3.5 to 4 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Row 1: *k2tog, leave on LH needle and working the same 2 stitches, p2tog*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 4:  knit all stitches
Row 3:  k1,*k2tog, leave on LH needle, p2tog,*; repeat around to last stitch, k1
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until piece is 6 to 6.5 inches in length.

Work Crown:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7 to 7.5 inches in length
Decrease Crown:

Row 1: *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:  *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 this hat as a hug to someone!
The pattern is worked over 2 stitches.  To maintain the crown decreases adapt in multiples of 10

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 100 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 120 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!



Delaware Head Huggers








Kozy Kovers for Kids


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Introducing Hats with Heart!

Several people have asked about a new e-book, so here it is!  Hats with Heart is being published with 12 patterns, 4 of which sell separately also.  The price is only $4.00.  This book will be sold in both my Ravelry and my Craftsy stores.  Both stores can be accessed by the links to the right. 100% of all sales goes directly back into Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids, so you are not only getting a great deal on patterns, you are making a difference to many people as well! 

The latest hat Waves of Love (THANK YOU Nila for the name!) is included in this book.  Here is a close up photo of Schnapps' latest creation.

Waves of Love!

Hats with Heart includes these 12 patterns with instructions for adjusting them for different yarn weights and sizes.
All the patterns in Hats with Heart!


 If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  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 robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too. 

Schnapps is beginning to make friends with the model head!


Thank you to everyone who will purchase a book and to all those who support us!  

Hugs, hope and love!

Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!



Delaware Head Huggers








Kozy Kovers for Kids