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Lemons Chemo Cap

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Hi there friends! This gorgeous crochet chemo cap pattern is part of the 2019 Cancer Challenge. I’m providing this awesome crochet hat pattern for you guys for FREE in exchange for a pledge to donate at least one hat to the chemo center or cancer charity of your choice. This is such an amazing opportunity to crochet for charity, and I absolutely LOVE seeing you all participate and do good in your communities.

Last year, Linda’s Easy Chemo Cap Pattern got over 2,000 pledge downloads, and the combined group got over 45,000 pledges! That’s absolutely incredible and I am so grateful to have been a small part of it.

Our goal for this year as a group is to try and reach 50,000 pledges! There are 31 different hat designs featured, which means we would need just 1,613 pledges per pattern. I think we can blow that goal out of the water!

More links about the 2019 Cancer Challenge are below:

  1. Cancer Challenge Introduction, what is it, click HERE.
  2. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE
  3. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE
  4. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE
  5. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE
  6. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE

Now, let’s talk about the Lemons Chemo Cap, and how you can snag a PDF copy in exchange for your pledge to donate one.

This chemo cap was made in honor of my Papa Bud. I am grateful to say that he’s still in good health and hasn’t battled cancer, but a few years ago he had a prostate cancer scare that had our whole family waiting worriedly on our smartphones, checking facebook, email, and calling each other to keep our spirits up until we found out he would be okay. But not every family is so lucky.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and around 1 in 9 will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Thankfully, it’s a very treatable cancer when caught early, so please be sure to tell the men in your life to GO to the doctor for those awkward and uncomfortable checks, because we all love our husbands, dads and grandpas!

I chose a really soft blue for this hat, to represent Prostate Cancer awareness. I hope you’ll consider making one in blue (it’s the most popular favorite color!) and tell people why you’re doing this awesome crochet charity work.

And if you can, give your dad and grandpa a hug, or a call. I sure wish I lived closer to the special men in my life.

Click HERE to get the PDF copy of the Lemons Chemo Cap on Ravelry. From 10/18/19 to 10/25/19, use promo code “CancerSucks19” and you can get it for FREE in exchange for your pledge to donate a hat.

Materials

1 skein Audine Wools Halo DK, 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 20 Nylon, DK (3) weight yarn, 236 yds (215 m) / 100g; F 3.75mm Crochet Hook; Scissors; Yarn Needle. 

Note: I’ve chosen a very soft alpaca/wool/nylon blend for my hat. If you choose to use the exact yarn, be sure to tag it just in case the patient receiving it has a wool allergy or sensitivity. Some substitute yarns that have similar gauge and are NOT wool are: 

Abbreviations

BPdc- back post double crochet; Ch- chain; Hdc – half double crochet; Dc – double crochet; FPdc- front post double crochet; Lp – loop; Rpt- repeat; Sc – single crochet; Sk – skip; Sl – slip stitch

Special Stitches

HDC through 3rd loop: Yarn over, insert your hook under the 3rd loop of the st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Front post and back post double crochet video tutorials can be accessed here:

Gauge / Finished Size

8 stitches and 6 rows hdc through 3rd loop in 2” square

9 stitches and 8 rounds lemon peel stitch in 2” square

Finished hat is sized for Adult  [Small, Large] and fits a [21”, 23”] head

Looking to make a baby or child sized hat? I’m working on the written pattern, but for now, look at my flat circle hat sizing method, or download my free printable crochet hat size checker through the form below.



 

Notes

Turning chain does not count as a stitch in this pattern. Hat worked from top down in joined rows.

 

Adult Size Instructions

Crown of Hat

Round 1: Ch 1, work 10 dc into a magic ring, sl join. [10] 

Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st around, sl join. [20] 

Round 3: Ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [30] 

Round 4: Ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [40]

Round 5 : Ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [50]

Round 6 : Ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl  join. [60]

Round 7 : Ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next5 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [70]

Ridges

Adult Small only

Round 8 : Working through 3rd loops only, ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [80]

Round 9 : Working through 3rd loops only, ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [90]

Omit round 10 and continue to Lemon Peel Stitch Section.

Adult Large

Round 8 : Ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [80]

Round 9 : Working through 3rd loops only, ch  1, *work 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [90]

Round 10 : Working through 3rd loops only, ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [100]

Lemon Peel Stitch Section

Round 11: Ch 2, *work 1 dc in next st, 1 sc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [90, 100]

Round 12: Ch 1, *work 1 sc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [90, 100]

Round 13-26: rpt Rounds 11-12. [90, 100]

Brim

Round 27: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl join. [90,100]

Round 28: Working through 3rd loops only, ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl join. [90,100]

Round 29: Working through 3rd loops only, ch 2, dc in each st around, sl join. [90, 100]

Round 30-31: Ch 2, * fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st,* rpt * to * around, sl join. [90, 100]

Finishing

Fasten off and weave in ends. Add a pom pom if desired.

Thank you so much for supporting Salty Pearl Crochet! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information about the pattern. I love seeing your creations on Ravelry or Instagram (#SaltyPearlCrochet), and I am always happy to offer pattern support for all of my crochet patterns as written.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your story and your patterns 🙂

    1. Katie says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for leaving me such a nice comment. It was a bright spot hearing from you! Now go enjoy crocheting!
      Katie

  2. Carol says:

    Thank you so much for pattern. Adding this one to my Cancer Hat to send to Hospital.

    Thanks again for sharing..

    1. Katie says:

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for all the wonderful work crocheting you do!
      Katie

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