Monday, 13 October 2014

Simple Lightweight Chemo Cap

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I wrote this pattern in October 2014, which is Breast Cancer month.  It is also a month when two friends are undergoing chemotherapy at this time.  This pattern is simple and quick.  In light worsted yarn (DK/8ply), it is soft and lightweight.  I have included a ribbon applique which is, of course, optional, but I think it gives a nice finishing touch.

The strength, courage, and patience of so many women is more than admirable.  They deserve all the support we can offer to them.
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Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.


Materials:  1 skein light worsted yarn (DK/8ply); a small oddment of white yarn; a yarn needle for sewing in ends and attaching the ribbon.  4mm crochet hook

To fit:  Adult Women/older Teens

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; sl st = slip stitch; rep = repeat; beg = beginning; fsc = foundation single crochet.

Gauge: 13 sts and 10 rows using 4mm hook in double crochet = 4”

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Pattern:


Using 4mm hook and Pink yarn:

Row 1:  Make a magic ring; Ch 3; work 10dc into the ring; sl st to beg ch3 (10)

Row 2:  3ch, 2 dc in next and in each stitch around, slip stitch to top of 3ch (20)

Row 3: 3ch, *1 dc in next st; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to 3ch (30)

Row 4:  3ch, *1 dc in next 2 stitches; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to 3ch (40)

Row 5:  3ch, *1dc in next 3 stitches; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to 3 ch (50)

Row 6:  3ch, *1dc in next 4 stitches; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to 3 ch (60)

Row 7:  ch 3, dc in next st and in every stitch around, sl st to beg ch3.

Repeat Row 7 until hat measures 7.5”.

Next 2 Rows:  ch1, sc in next st and each stitch around. (You can make this band longer if you wish by simply adding more sc rows).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ribbon:  (optional):  With 4mm hook, and pink, make a foundation single crochet row of 22 sts.  (Alternatively, ch 23, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and to end.) 

Fasten off pink and attach white.

Next Row:  Slip stitch all around the edge of this piece, fasten off and weave in ends, leaving one to sew the ribbon onto the hat.

Cross one end of the ribbon over the other, and sew onto hat.  Try to make sure when sewing the ribbon on that you don’t leave any hard “bumps” of stitching on the inside – remember these hats are worn by women with little or no hair, and their skin is very sensitive. 

And that is my Cancer Awareness hat all complete.  Please donate it if you can, and share freely.  Thank you.

AG J

©AG Handmades 2014


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