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Crochet Chemo Hat Pattern- Kim’s Beanie

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It’s October and that means it time for the annual Crochet Cancer Challenge hosted by Sweet Potato 3! This is the 10th year Christine has hosted this awesome event, and the third year I have been honoured to participate as a designer! This year my design for a crochet chemo hat pattern is inspired by and in honour of a longtime friend who has had a long battle with breast cancer, Kim.

Crochet Chemo Hat pattern -pink breast cancer

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How To Crochet a Chemo Cap

A Chemo Cap can essentially be made with any hat or beanie pattern you love. The key is in the yarn.

You want to stick to very, soft breathable yarns. Cotton blends are a good pick for chemo hats. Staying away from wool is recommended as it can be quite itchy for sensitive skin, likewise for some 100% cotton yarns as they tend to be a bit rough.

For more information on recommended yarns Christine as a great article on her blog.

For Kim’s Beanie I choose to use Scheepjes Stone Washed XL. This yarn is a cotton-acrylic blend that is ultra-soft and comes in gorgeous colourways!

Crochet chemo hat with scheepjes stone washed xl yarn

About Kim’s Beanie

This year’s design is honour of my friend Kim. Kim and I met in high school, and we were each other’s first roommates, with one other friend, when it came time to leave our parents’ house. I was 18 and she was 19, and we had a lot of fun!

Six years ago, at the age of only 34, Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer, and five years after her continual fight was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Kim’s strength, positivity, courage, and hope inspire me and others every day. I am truly humbled by her fight and am so honoured to celebrate her with this year’s design.

Kim has fearlessly shared her journey openly and uncensored on her blog and Facebook page. If you would like to read more of her journey you can find it here.

I do want to give a heartfelt thank you Kim, for allowing me to share a bit about your story and to dedicate this year’s Crochet Cancer challenge hat in your honour.

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Crochet Chemo Hat Pattern Video Tutorial

Take a Look at Previous Cancer Challenge Beanies!

The Tester Pictures

My testers worked hard and were truly essential in making this pattern the best it can be! Their finished makes turned out stunningly!

Some of the yarns they used included: Yarn Bee Chloe, Bernat Premium, Lion Brand Mandala Ombré, Herrschner’s Worsted 8, I Love This Yarn, Big Twist Value, Lion Brand Heartland

Crochet chemo hat tester picture; teal
Photo courtesy of Amber Delsart
Crochet chemo hat tester picture; teal
Photo courtesy of Patti Auld Johnson
Photo courtesy of Nora Willard
Crochet chemo hat tester picture; burgundy
Photo courtesy of Kami Jones
Photo courtesy of Rikina Smith
Photo courtesy of Taralynn Myers

Crochet Cancer Challenge 2022

crochet cancer challenge 2022

The Crochet Cancer Challenge hosted by Sweet Potato 3 features 30 crochet patterns for making crochet chemo hats. Each day’s feature hat is a new design with a specific type of cancer and/ or person that it has been designed for.

Head over to the main page to see the 2022 patterns!

Crochet Chemo Hat Pattern Information

Kim’s Beanie is made brim up and uses a combination of stitches to showcase different textures. Depending on your yarn, if you have trouble meeting gauge you can go up or down a hook size, respectively.

Materials

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Crochet Chemo hat with pink pom pom

Difficulty

Easy – Intermediate

Gauge

7 sts of hdc = 2″ 6 rows of mbs = 2″ Brim: 6 rows = 2″

Size

Adult Small for free below. Child and Adult Large also available in the premium PDF available on Etsy and Ravelry

Stitch Abbreviations

  • ch(s) – Chain(s)
  • scblo – Single Crochet Back Loop Only
  • hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • hdcblo – Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only
  • hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet Two Together
  • hdc2togblo – Half Double Crochet Two Together Back Loop Only
  • mbs – Mini Bean Stitch
  • st(s) – Stitch(es)
  • slst – Slip Stitch
  • sk – Skip
  • Rnd (s)- Round(s)

Pattern Notes

  • US Terminology
  • All beginning ch1 do not count as a stitch
  • Hat is worked bottom up
  • You can adjust the height of the hat by adding or subtracting the number of rounds before the decrease section
  • *__* denotes repeat sequence

Special Stitches

Full photo tutorial for the special stitche used; hdc3rdfl, are available in the downloadable PDF or the YouTube Tutorial.

Mini Bean Stitch (mbs): Rnd1 – Insert hook into indicated st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook into the same st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops, ch1. Rnd 2 and repeats – Insert your hook into the side of the mbs from the previous rnd.

Crochet Chemo hat free pattern, pink

Kim’s Crochet Chemo Hat Pattern

The Pattern

Adult small

Brim Approx 18″ no stretch

Ch 5

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and each ch across, ch 1, turn (4).

Row 2 – 58: Scblo in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (4).

Continue until you’ve reached a brim length about 18″. For me this was a total of 58 rows. Do more or less until you have reached the right measurements.

Once rows are complete, bring ends together and slst closed, being careful not to twist the brim. Turn/flip so seam is on the inside, ch1 to begin body of the hat.

Body

Rnd 1: Hdc 60 sts, increasing evenly around the brim, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (60).

Rnd 2: Mbs in the first st, sk 1 st, *mbs in the next, sk 1 st*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1, TURN (30).

Rnd 3: Mbs in the first st, mbs in each mbs from previous row around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1, TURN (30).

Rnd 4: Mbs in the first st, mbs in each mbs from previous row around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1, do not turn (30).

Rnd 5: Hdc in the first st, hdc in each st around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (60).

Rnd 6: Hdcblo in the first st, hdcblo in each st around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (60).

Rnd 7 -14: Repeat rnds 2 – 6.

Decrease section

Rnd 15: Hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 3 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc in the next 4 sts, hdc2tog*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (50).

Rnd 16: Hdcblo in the first st, hdcblo in the next 2 sts, hdcblo2tog, *hdcblo in the next 3 sts, hdcblo2tog*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (40).

Rnd 17: Mbs in the first st, sk 1 st, *mbs in the next, sk 1 st*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1, TURN (20).

Rnd 18: Mbs in the first st, mbs in each mbs from previous row around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1, TURN (20).

Rnd 19: Mbs in the first st, mbs in each mbs from previous row around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1, do not turn (20).

Rnd 20: Hdc in the first st, hdc in the next st, hdc2tog, *hdc in the next 2 sts, hdc2tog*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (30).

Rnd 21: Hdcblo in the first st, hdcblo2tog, *hdcblo in the next st, hdcblo2tog*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (20).

With long tail and yarn needle weave through final round and pull tight to close top of hat.

Weave in all ends, and you’re done!!

Crochet Chemo Hat pattern -pink breast cancer

All Set!!!

There you have it! Your very own crochet chemo hat!

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2 Comments

  • Carolyn

    Hi
    I am new to crocheting and just found Kim’s Beanie for Cancer. I will be making 2 of these beanies.
    Breast Cancer is Hereditary in our family. Our daughter Vanessa (45 yrs.) was diagnosed in January. She is 4th generation. My grandmother & my aunt on my fathers side of the family and my 2 sisters all have had cancer. Vanessa has had surgery & chemo and is now in the middle of radiation treatments. She is doing very well and has been able to work most days.
    Last month my youngest sister Tanya (46 yrs) was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now my third sister with this disease.
    I will be making a beanie for both Vanessa & Tanya for the cold winter months here in Atlantic Canada🇨🇦.
    Thank you Ashley for the pattern. I will send photos when I have them completed.

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