Louka Beanie – Free Pattern
It’s October which means it time again for the Crochet Cancer Challenge. This is the 9th year that Sweet Potato 3 has hosted this amazing event to bring awareness and help support those battling Cancer. This year I am honoured to join once again with a brand new pattern to contribute; the Louka Beanie.
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Emerald – Liver Cancer
This year I have chosen to deign the Louka Beanie in Emerald for Liver Cancer Awareness.
My Nana, passed away after her battle with Liver cancer when I was just 24 years old. Of all my 7 children she only got to meet one of them, and did she ever adore her her firt great-grandchild.
Several years before her Liver Cancer diagnosis, my Nana, who was lovingly known by her friends as Louka, survived her fight through Breast Cancer.
She was a warrior, and the sweetest most creative little Belgian granny ever! She was a seamstress by trade, and loved all things yarn craft. Unfortunately, she never got to see how I have carried on in her footsteps, but I know she’d be proud!
I chose to use *WeCrochet’s *Billow yarn in Swell. The bulky and soft cotton in the gorgeous warm, emerald tone is ideal for the soft and warm fabric for Cancer patients.
A special thank you to *WeCrochet for providing the yarn for this special project.
The Tester Pictures
My testers did awesome making the Louka Beanie! I loved seeing the different fibres and colours.
Some of the yarns they used included: Premier Serenity, Yarn Bee, Premier Puzzle, and Lion Brand Colour Made Easy,
Crochet Cancer Challenge
The Crochet Cancer Challenge Hosted by Sweet Potato 3 is a yearly event to Challenged crocheters to make and donate hats for those fighting their fight! Click HERE to check out the 2021 designs!
- Approx. 90 – 170 yards of #5 Bulky weight yarn, depending on size. I used *WeCrochet Billow in Swell
- US K/10.5 – 6.5mm crochet hook. I used my *Furls Odyssey and *Streamline
- *Yarn needle
- *Pom pom – optional
Easy – Advanced Beginner
5 sts x 8 rows = 2″ Pattern for gauge: Alternating Spike Stitch
Adult Small/Medium for free below. Fit 20″-21″ head circumference Child & Adult Large also available in the premium PDF available on Etsy and Ravelry
- ch(s) – Chain(s)
- sc – Single Crochet
- SPsc – Single Crochet Spike Stitch
- scblo – Single Crochet Back Loop Only
- sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Together
- slst – Slip Stitch
- st(s) – Stitch(es)
- Rnd (s)- Round(s)
- US Terminology
- All beginning ch1 do not count as a stitch
- Hat is worked bottom up
- When working the sc2tog, you will be working 1 sc and 1 SPsc together
- You can adjust the height of the hat by adding or decreasing the number of rounds before the decrease section
- *-* denotes repeat sequence
Full photo tutorial for the special stitche used; Alternating Spike Stitch, are available in the downloadable PDF or the YouTube Tutorial.
Single Crochet Spike Stitch: Work sc into 2 rows below (instead of 1 row below as in regular sc)
Alternating Spike Stitch: Alternate between sc and SPsc
Adult Small: Fit 20″-21″ head circumference Band before joining 18″ (slight stretch) Height before closing 8″-8.5″ (no stretch)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and each ch across, ch 1, turn (3).
Row 2 – 45: Scblo in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (3).
Continue until you’ve reached a brim length of 18″ unstretched. For me this was a total of 45 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.
Rnd 1: Sc 46 sts evenly around the brim, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (46).
Rnd 2: Sc in each st around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (46).
Rnd 3: Sc in the first st, SPsc in the next st, *sc in the next st, SPsc in the next st*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (46).
Rnd 4: Spsc in the first st, sc in the next st, *SPsc in the next st, sc in the next st*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (46).
Rnd 5 – 22: Repeat rows 3 and 4.
Decrease section: For this section continue to alternate between sc and SPsc. When you sc2tog; one of the sts will be a sc, and the other a SPsc.
Rnd 23: Sc in the first st, SPsc in the next st, sc in the next st, sc2tog, *SPsc in the next st, sc in the next, SPsc in the next st, sc2tog, Sc in the first st, SPsc in the next st, sc in the next st, sc2tog,*, repeat around, sc in the last st, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (37).
Rnd 24: Sc in each st around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (37).
Rnd 25: Sc in the first st, SPsc in the next st, sc2tog, *sc in the next st, SPsc in the next st, sc2tog*, repeat around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (28).
Rnd 26: Sc in each st around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (28).
Rnd 27: Sc2tog around, slst to the top of the first st to join, ch1 (14).
Rnd 28: Sc in each st around, slst to the top of the first st to join, tie off leaving a long tail for closing. (14).
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!!
There you have it! Your very own Louka Beanie!
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I hope you love your Louka Beanie, I’m sure there will be some very happy recipients!! I would love to see how yours turn out; tag #crochetcancerchallenge and #throughtheloopyarncraft so we can all admire your work!!
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