Today, I am honored to be a participant in the Cancer Challenge put on every year by Sweet Potato 3.
The Cancer Challenge (#CrochetCancerChallenge) is a blog hop that consists of 31 designers offering TOTALLY FREE downloadable patterns for cancer caps. Each pattern is dedicated to the fight against a different type of cancer.
But yes, in exchange for free patterns, we do want something from you.
For every pattern you download in the Cancer Challenge, we ask that you pledge to make one to donate to the cancer charity of your choice.
That’s it. Spread the word. Share the Love. Do your part in the fight against cancer.
More links about the Cancer Challenge are below:
- Cancer Challenge Introduction, what is it, click HERE.
- What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE
- What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE
- Where should I donate my hats, click HERE
- A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE
- Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE
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.
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.
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.
Dad’s Plaid Flat Cap | Pattern Info
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)
- 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.
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.
And go back to Sweet Potato 3 and check out the other #CrochetCancerChallenge hats!
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You may sell products made by this pattern, but please link back to hookedbykati.com or credit Hooked By Kati on the craft fair tag. Do not copy this pattern for distribution or sale; that’s not nice and also illegal.
If you run into a snag, drop me a line! I respond quickly and will help any way I can to clarify any confusion or challenging stitches.
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Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.