Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crochet for Cancer: Free Beanie Pattern

As part of our One Book-One School Initiative, we read The Fault in Our Stars. Our school will be doing various activities centered around the book.  I was approached to help student crochet items to donate to cancer patients.  This led me to discover a charity called Crochet for Cancer.  I wrote this basic pattern (which I actually use as the base for many of the patterns in my shop) to share with my students.

I've decided to share it with the community at large in hopes that it will be used for more donations.  If you use this pattern for hats you sell, please give me credit and provide a link to this pattern.  

If you choose to donate caps, guidelines are proved here along with contact information for making your donation.  They also have a large collection of free chemo cap patterns.

Erma’s Inspiration Basic Double Crochet Beanie for all sizes

Size
Height in inches
Circumference in inches
Newborn (0-3 months)
5.5-6
12-15
3-6 months
6.5-7
14-17
6-12 Months
6.5-7.5
16-19
Toddler
8
18-20
Child
8.5
19-20.5
Teen/Adult Female
9-10
21.5-22.5
Teen/Adult Male
10
23-24                          
Supplies
H-Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Abbreviations
DC- double crochet
SC- Single Crochet
CH-chain
SL ST- Slipstitch
STS- stitches



1.        Begin by making a magic circle.  Chain 3, 10 DC in ring. Pull magic ring tight SL ST into top of CH 3 (10 STS)
a.       There are tutorials on YouTube for a magic ring if you are unfamiliar or you can:
CH 4.  SL ST into 1st CH.  CH3, DC 10 in ring, SLST into top of CH 3
Here's a tutorial for the Magic Circle using Double Crochet, this tutorial is a little better             BUT she is using single crochet
2.       CH3, 2 DC in each DC.  SL ST into top of CH 3 (20 STS)
3.       CH 3. [2 DC in next DC, DC in next DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3  (30 STS)
4.       CH 3. [2 DC in next DC, DC in next 2 DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3 (40 STS) For Newborn size skip to #9
5.       CH 3. [2 DC in next DC, DC in next 3 DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3  (50 STS) For 6-12 month skip to step #9
****FOR 3-6 MONTH SIZE ONLY CH 3 [2 DC  in next SC, DC in next  9DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3.  (55 STS) skip to step #9****
6.       CH 3. [2 DC in next DC, DC in next 4 DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3 (60 STS) for Toddler size skip to step #9
****FOR CHILD SIZE ONLY CH 3. [2 DC in next DC, DC in next 11 DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3 (65 STS) skip to step #9****
7.       CH 3. [2 DC in next DC, DC in next 5 DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3 (70 STS)  for Teen/Adult Female size skip to step #9
8.       CH 3. [2 DC in next DC, DC in next 13 DC] repeat to end. SL ST into top of CH 3 (75 STS) (Only for Teen/Adult Male)
9.       CH3, DC in each DC around. SL ST into top of CH 3. Repeat until the proper number of rows is achieved. 
a.       For Newborn- repeat 6 times  for a total of 10 rows
b.      For 3-6  months-repeat for a total of 11 rows
c.       For 6-12 months- repeat 7 times for a total of 12 rows
d.      For Toddlers- repeat 7 times for a total of 13 rows
e.      For Children- repeat 7  times for a total of 14 rows
f.        For Teen/Adult Females- repeat 8 times for a total of 15 rows
g.       For Teen/Adult Males- repeat 8 times for a total of 16 rows
*always measure to make sure your hat falls into the proper size range. See Size chart at the top of pattern

10.   CH 1.  SC in each DC around. SLST into CH1.  Tie off and weave in ends.

Optional: Change colors during row changes for stripes.  Embellish with appliques.  

Here are some examples of hats I've created using this pattern: 


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