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Dad’s Plaid Flat Cap | Melanoma Awareness Free Pattern

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Dad’s Plaid Flat Cap was created with a flat top, worked back and forth, then the sides are worked in the round around the edges of the flat top. 

The brim is worked after the sides are completed and one final round closes the brim and finishes off the hat. A plaid pattern is then surface crocheted into the hat to add a little extra class. 

#crochetcancerchallenge melanoma awareness hat

Dad’s Plaid Flat Cap

My hat is black, representing the fight against Melanoma, or skin cancer. It is a men’s golfer-style flat cap. This hat is in honor of my dad and his fight against skin cancer. 

A men’s cancer hat was important to me. While there is abundant awareness of the emotional struggle involved with women losing their hair during chemo, it is also a scary and emotional part of a man’s fight against cancer. Gender does not change the fact that losing your hair is a painful reminder of what you are fighting.

This pattern will remain a free pattern forever, both on the blog and available for download. But the challenge will continue. Please, if you download this pattern, give one to a cancer charity or to a friend of family member in the fight. 

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Dad’s Plaid Flat Cap

All patterns are written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

Difficulty: Easy pattern. You need to have knowledge of single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), slip stitch (sl st), and both increases and decreases. 


7 sts x 5 rows in hdc = 2” x 2”

Adjust hook size to achieve gauge


Fits a 24” head


  • I (5.5 mm) hook
  • Red Heart With Love, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, 370 yds/ 7 oz / 198 g per ball, 1 ball, Black (BLK).
  • Yarn Needle
  • Straight Pins
  • Stitch marker or stitch saver (safety pins work as well)

Pattern Notes

  • Ch 2 at beginning of row does NOT count as hdc.
  • When working down long edge, hdc in the end of each row, either around the ch-2 or around the last hdc of the respective row.

Special Stitches

Surface st: Hold yarn on back side of work and hook on front side. Insert hook from front to back, pull up a loop, *insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, pull through loop on hook; repeat from * as desired. 

Download the Dad’s Plaid Flat Cap pattern now!

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#crochetcancerchallenge melanoma awareness hat

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  1. I have just finished my last OT placement in oncology. This is amazing and I’m happy to make a few and donate to where I have been working.

  2. I jus wanted to let u know..I was a nurse’s aide for a woman who had Cancer.. n she wasn’t the only one it grandma n mother. I also worked in another women’s house as her aide..cancer is hard on all ..from the ones who take care of the ones who have n their families. I hope this pattern raises awareness n let’s people know that their god given talent would help so many..God bless sweety

  3. Lol..looks like I’m going to be making this hat when we go yarn boyfriend saw it n loves it..that means hes going to be looking in my yarn basket for the right bless u n family sweety

  4. The hubby has been asking for a golfer’s hat for a long time, even if he doesn’t golf! I would be trying it in wool for him and cotton for a cancer hat, as I was told that acrylic yarns are too hot next to the skin for chemo hats and other close wearables.

    1. Great idea! Red Heart actually recommends With Love for cancer hats for the winter, as it is a much softer acrylic. But I think cotton is always a safe bet as well. Hope you enjoy the pattern and your husband enjoys his hat!

  5. Thank you Kati. I must say I’m not really sure about trying this hat. I’m making intermediate hats, so I know I can do this. My mom passed away in 1984, three days before my 15th birthday, from melanoma. My mom is my reason for donating hats to my local cancer center. I have donated over 150 hats, and I also have anoth box of hats to donate. I’m gonna finish this challenge then take them to the center.

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