Operation Bottle Beanies is kicking off for 2019 September 19 – 21!  Once again, Fifer’s Orchard will be selling adorable, handmade little hats for jar and bottles, as well as handmade wash cloths to support Code Purple!  Please have your first round of items to me by September 15 and this will continue until almost Christmas, when Fifer’s closes for the Winter.


Those of you who know me know that I tend to steer clear of “official” non-profits because too often, the money donated goes towards advertising and marketing costs and to paying salaries instead of helping those in need.  Code Purple operates shelters when the temperatures drop below freezing.  Code Purple is run entirely by volunteers and through their unwavering, dedicated work, they help hundreds, if not thousands of people in Delaware stay warm throughout the Winter months. 

#OperationBottleBeanies is community service at is best.  We donate the hats and wash cloths and Fifer’s donates the room in their store and their staff time to sell them and the Code Purple volunteers use that money to purchase whatever supplies are needed to operate the shelters.  We all do a little and those who need it can be helped.  We are all doing this out of love and a shared concern for our community.

We need LOTS of hats!  From olive oil bottles to mason jars, Fifer’s has many different size containers that can wear hats!  They sell apple butter, honey, peanut butter, jams, pickles and so much more.  Themed hats for Fall and Winter and holidays are great, as are any that include bees, produce, animals…….the possibilities are almost endless!

Preemie size hats are about the size for quart jars.  There are lots of patterns for tiny hats online……….wine bottle hats, The Innocent Drink Big Knit project in the UK (which is our inspiration!) and most yarn companies have free patterns online.  We have some free patterns on this blog too.  These hats can be used to decorate the items, put on dolls, hung as ornaments….again, the possibilities are vast!  They make adorable tie-ons for packages!  AND they are helping people!

Washcloth patterns are very easy to come by and they are great ways to try out new stitch patterns too!  Again, the cuter the better……eye catching ones sell first.  Seasonal colors and designs are great!  Washcloths are big sellers too!  Everyone can use some new washcloths and they make great gifts too!

Join our Facebook page and see new ideas as we find them and all the beautiful things people create as they come in.

Of course, we are still collecting chemo caps in all sizes for people undergoing chemotherapy and blankets for children in foster care and those in crisis.  I know it’s asking a lot of people to support all these things at once, but however you can help, it will be greatly appreciated.  Make what you like to make.  Do whatever you can do without stressing yourself.  Every single item helps someone.  And if you can make hats, blankets and bottle beanies, then have it and we will get them where they need to go to help the most!

All items can be sent to DEHH at 202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943.  If you usually donate by using a Library drop off, please just add your new items to that and I will get them!

#OperationBottleBeanies has been a dream of mine for years………..I’m very happy that it is back and I hope we can see it grow and help more people in the future years. 


If we each do a little bit, in our community, we truly do make a big difference.  Imagine if everyone helped………….


Links to free washcloth patterns:

Washcloth patterns from RedHeart

Washcloth patterns from LionBrand

Washcloth patterns from KnitPicks

Crochet washcloth patterns for all seasons and holidays from Yarnspirations

Knit washcloth patterns for all seasons and holidays from Yarnspirations



In honor of Schnapps, I am posting the pattern for Undulations free for everyone.  It can be found on

the Knitting with Schnapps site

along with many other free hat patterns.

The pattern includes instructions for all yarn weights and is a simple, stranded color work hat.  The model was worked using Knit Picks Cotlin yarn, so it’s a great chemo cap for the summer months.  The pattern is a 10 stitch – 7 row repeat, so it will translate nicely into other weights as well.  Want to learn how to adapt all hat patterns for the yarn you already have?  I have a book for that!  🙂


I have created an eBook to help you design your own hat patterns, using whatever yarn you have in your stash.  I’ve been working on this for quite a while and while it’s far from a comprehensive guide to hat knitting, it does cover all the basics that you need to get started.  Schnapps would want everyone to keep making a difference for those fighting cancer!  

Often I get questions about how to adapt patterns for different yarn weights and how to adjust them for different sizes.  I tried to cover all the main steps to doing that in Stash Hats.  The book also includes directions for adapting circular patterns for flat knitting and flat patterns for circular knitting.  I hope it helps many of you make fabulous hats!  Here is the Table of Contents so you get an idea of what’s included.
Steps to Starting a Hat
  1.  Choosing yarn and needles       
  2.  Deciding on size
  3.  Knowing how many stitches to cast on
  3.  How to cast on for circular needles
Choosing Your Style
  1.  Different Brim Styles
  2.  Different Body Styles
  3.  Decreasing the crown
  4.  Adding Something Extra
  5.  Finishing 
Adapting Flat and Circular Knitting Patterns
  1.  From Circular to Flat:     Braided Hope Hat Pattern
  2.  From Flat to Circular:     Stylish Tiles Hat Pattern
Adapting A Pattern
  1.  Substituting yarn weights
  2.  Calculating yarn multiples/adjusting the size
Helpful Information
  1.  Reading Yarn Labels
  2.  Tips
  1.  The Lumpy, Bumpy Hat pattern
      2.  Undulations Pattern
The Lumpy, Bumpy Hat
Stash Hats is available as a 

 paperback book and a Kindle download from Amazon  

 as well as a Ravelry e-book.  You can use the link on the right hand side of the page for the e-book or 

click here to go to my Amazon books.


Schnapps was a very wise, kind and talented boy. His last 5 hat patterns have been put into a book that includes several pages of photos and ‘Schnapps-isms’. He taught us so much in the short time he was here and we will always strive to match his happiness, bravery, generosity and creativity.

No one could ever replace Schnapps and he will ALWAYS be our mascot and design inspiration. He will live on in the hearts of all of us and I’ve been told that his legacy will inspire generations to come. We all must keep making a difference, with hugs, hope and love.


An early reviewer said:

“Robin Agar-Celli and her beloved Schnapps have brought together the essence of excellence in day to day living and lovingly designed knitted hats. The wonderful photos in this Kindle version bring back warm memories of a special canine buddy and highlight the inspirational philosophy of Robin Agar-Celli and the Delaware Head Huggers. The hat patterns are clearly written with an attractive presentation. Directions for multiple yarn weights add versatility to each pattern. This is a very nice addition to my library.”

Each pattern includes instructions for all yarn weights.

The book is called “Schnapps-isms: Wise Words and Knitting Patterns and it is available as a paperback or a Kindle e-book from Amazon. It can be purchased here. Other pattern books are available there as well.

Since not everyone may want to have all the photos, we have also put the e-book, with patterns only in our Ravelry store. It can be found here. Schnapps-isms is also available, patterns only in our Craftsy store, found here.

The patterns included are:





Space Invaders


Love Swirls

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 me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!


Welcome to the Delaware Head Huggers blog called Knitting with Schnapps!

Schnapps always was and always will be our mascot and the inspiration for all we do.  He was perfection wrapped in fur and the absolute best dog ever.  We lost him June 21, 2018, when he was 14 years old.  His loss is felt every single day, but we try to honor all he taught us during his brief time with us by continuing to spread kindness.

Schnapps has over 250 knitting patterns published on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Amazon.  He has inspired thousands of chemo caps to be knit for those in need and his designs will hopefully continue to inspire many more.