Friday, February 27, 2009




This is a total makeover of a pattern I wrote in 2006, but hated the pattern because of the seam line. This is done completely in the round, adjustable for sizes and best of all NO JOIN SEAMS.

This is also available on Ravelry as a free download here.
One 2 ounce ball of Sugar N’ Cream Stripes (120 yards) 100% cotton-(shown in Natural Stripes. (One ball of Ombres (96 yards will be enough for this)
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Stitch Marker/safety pin for marking end of rounds.
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
Stitches used: Ch (chain), sl st (slip stitch), dc (double crochet, hdc (half-double crochet), sc (single crochet) and rsc (reverse single crochet) or crab stitch.
The basic instructions will make a hat measuring 22-23” in diameter and 7” in length while worn on head. Measurements of the hat lying flat are 20” in diameter (10” across each side) and 7” from top to bottom rim.
Using J (6.0 mm hook)
Chain 4, sl st to first st to form ring.
Round 1-10 dc in center of ring and place marker in last stitch
(Increase rounds)-you will move marker up to last stitch of each round. *On increase rounds, increase stitch will always be in the stitch where the marker is-if it isn’t, you miscounted and go back and check your stitch count.
Round 2-2 dc in each st around, place marker in last stitch (20 sts)
Round 3-*1 dc in first st, 2 dc*, repeat this pattern around to marker, place marker
Round 4-*1 dc in next two sts, 2 dc in next st*,repeat this pattern around pm in last stitch
Round 5-*1 dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st* repeat this pattern around, pm in last stitch-
Round 6-*1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st* repeat this pattern around, pm in last stitch (should measure 7” lying flat across).

Switch to I (5.5 mm) hook here

Even rounds:
Rounds 7-14: 1 hdc in each st around, pm at end of each round to keep track.
Round 15: 1 sc in each stitch around, DO NOT FINISH OFF
Round 16: Ch 1 and one round of rsc (crab stitch) around for this row, stop at last stitch, finish off leaving long tail to join last st of rsc (crab stitch) to first stitch of rsc (crab stitch) and weave in ends. You don’t have to do a crab stitch here, however it gives it a nice corded edge, you can do a sc round or loose sl stitch round here.

Crochet Cabana has a great tutorial on doing a crab stitch/reverse single crochet, complete with pictures found at

To make this for a smaller head or child, stop at round 5 for increases and just do even rounds to round 12, jump to round 15 and continue-each increase round adds 1”-so you can add increase rounds or subtract rounds to make hat larger or smaller.

To make the hat shorter than shown, just decrease the even rounds (rounds 7-14) by 2 rounds and continue with rounds 15-16.

This pattern and all its contents are ©copyrighted February 2009 to Deneen St Amour-Yarns and Musings and may not be copied, reproduced in any way, or used for profit in any way. Pattern is for your personal use only. You may link to the pattern. You may not sell the finished item.


April said...

Super cute hat. Love the stripes cotton yarn. I have some adorable scrubbies out of it.

Sharonkay said...

Started this cap, and there seems to be too big holes between double crochets. Picture makes it look tight. I need a cap with almost no holes, since hubby had skin cancer on head. Anyone know of a cap that is tight weave?

Anonymous said...

If you want a hat with a tighter stitch, simply switch to a sc or hdc and add additional increase rows at the beginning. I.e. after the round with 4dc in each st, 2dc in next st, it would be 5dc in each st, 2dc in next st... so on and so forth. Then continue even until the hat is as long as you like.

Anonymous said...

i agree that the article has too big spaces, will try the suggestion of changing to sc or hdc, off to rip it now :-(

Deneen said...

This is a skull cap or a chemo cap and stitches can be changed accordingly. Sometimes sc stitches feel too tight or rough on heads without hair, so I tried to write a pattern that would be loose and comfortable on sensitive skin.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried the pattern yet, but had to use 10 pages of paper to get it. How about a printer friendly version?

Deneen said...

You can do several things to prevent this:

1) Hightlight the pattern and print the "selection" only in printer preferences.

2) Cut and paste the pattern itself to MS Word or whatever word processing system you use and print it from there.

3) If you are a member of Ravelry, a free Ravelry Download can be found here:
Cotton Skull Cap II/Chemo Cap

I hope this helps.

Misty said...

This has been a very easy pattern for me, up until round 6 where I noticed it was way to small for my big head, so with my moms help I figured out how to make it bigger. I just added 5dc/2dc in st, then 6dc/2dc in st. That sound right?

Deneen said...


Just do an additional round or two in in the increase rounds for larger size (which I think you were trying to say, correct?). Round 7 would be 1 dc in next 5 sts and 2 dc in next stitch around, round 8 would be 1 dc in next 6 sts and 2 dc in next around, etc until it's the right size for the top of your head. Any other questions, pop me an email.

anika519 said...

Hi in Round 3 it says "Round 3-*1 dc in first st, 2 dc*"...does that mean 1dc in 1st st and 2dc in next which gives you 30 or does it mean 1dc in 1st st and 2dc in same st to make 3dc in each stitch around for 50? I think it's the former for 30 stitches but I just want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. Thanks.

Deneen said...

Anika519, the former.

Kim Millican said...

Ok I'm kinda new to reading patterns whst in the world is a crab stitch

Deneen said...

Crab stitch is another name for reverse single crochet. Google it, lots of videos and instructions online. Not mandatory, but makes a nice finish row for the hat.

Deneen said...

There is a link to it right in the pattern.

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