Kindness and generosity aren’t just optional extras in life. They are, as Gandhi said, how we find ourselves and discover what we stand for. And this week we’re not only teaming up with an amazing fellow crafter to help others – we’re finding ourselves in the almost 40% of the population that will be diagnosed with cancer.

Yep. 40% of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime.

This is a statistic that is not meant to scare us or make us “go ostrich” (hello head in sand). It is there to inspire us, to motivate us – because there, but for the grace of God, go I – and it is our job to make this world one of love and comfort for those going through hardship. So, with the help of Maria over at MB Stitches, we’re taking on a bit of DIY Kindness in the form of a beautiful crochet project for our fellow sisters battling cancer.

We are completely in love with this beautiful hat designed by Maria – and with the endless color combinations, you could make a personalized cap for every month of the year. Let’s get cracking on the project.

Supplies Needed:

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Instructions:

Notes for the crochet pattern:

  • ch = chain
  • MR – magic ring
  • sc – single crochet
  • Dec sc – decrease single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • fpsc – front post single crochet
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sk- skip a stitch

Step 1: Color A

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MR (work in continuous rounds – do not join)

Round 1: 6 sc in ring. (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st. (12)

Round 3: * 2 sc, 1 sc*. repeat from * to *. (18)

Round 4: *2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc*. repeat from * to *. (24)

Round 5: *1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc*. repeat from * to *. (30)

Round 6: *2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc*. repeat from * to *. (36)

Round 7: *1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc*. repeat from * to *. (42)

Round 8: *2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc*. repeat from * to *. (48)

Round 9: *2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc*. repeat from * to *. (54)

Round 10: *1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc*. repeat from * to *. (60)

Round 11: *1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc*. repeat from * to *. (66)

Round 12: *1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc*. repeat from * to *. (72)

Round 13: *2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc*. repeat from * to *. (78)

Round 14: *12 sc, 2 sc in same st* Repeat from * to *. (84)

Round 15-17: sc 84 around

Round 18: dec sc, 19 sc, dec sc, 19 sc, dec sc, 19 sc, dec sc, 19 sc. (80)

Round 19-24: sc 80 around (join in round 24)

Step 2: CHANGE TO COLOR B (BAND)

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Round 1: fpsc around (80)

Round 2: fpsc around (80) (this will be in the same yellow stitches from last yellow row)

Round 3: star stitch around and turn. Join. (see video – Part 1 and Part 2 on how to do the star stitch)

Round 4: second row of star stitch. (use hdc as your second row). Join.

Round 5: star stitch around and turn. Join.

Round 6: second row of star stitch. (use hdc as your second row). Join.

Round 7: fpsc around. join. (80)

Round 8: fpsc around. join. (80)p

Step 3: BRIM – CHANGE TO COLOR A

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Sc around 2 times and join at the end of 2nd row. (this row will be worked behind the fpsc round)

Row 1: Ch 1. *2 sc, 9 sc*. Repeat from * to * around. Join. (89)

Row 2: ch 1. Sc around. (89)

Row 3: ch 1. Sc around. (89)

Step 4: FLOWER WITH COLOR A

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Ch 60

Row 1: Sc in 8th st from hook

Ch 4, sk 3 st and sc in 4th st on base chain.

Continue this pattern to end.

Row 2: ss into first ch space. *Ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, ss in 2nd st from hook, 3 dc into chain space. Ss into next sc st, ss into chain space.* Repeat from * to * for 8 petals.

*ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, ss in 2nd st from hook, 4 dc into chain space. Ss into next sc st, ss into chain space.* repeat from * to * for 6 petals to end. Leave a long tail for finishing.

Step 5: Finishing

Coil the petals in the flower tightly and stitch the back so that the petal chain stays in a coil. Sew onto cap at the exact section where the star stitches are joined so you can hide the seam on the hat.

And your beautiful chemo cap is done! Maria is SO talented, we are eternally grateful for her amazing pattern (check out that navy and khaki version – love it for Fall!).

Be sure to include a Giving Card so the individual you’re helping knows there’s an actual PERSON on the other end, supporting them and caring for them!

Now you just have one more step to do….

Final Step:

It’s time to send these to people that need them the most! Fill out the Knots of Love Submission Form and send your project to:

Knots of Love

2973 Harbor Blvd #822

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Now that you know what to do, let’s talk a bit about why this project is so important. Here are a few fast facts on cancer:

Yep, 14 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. The good news is that most of them will survive – and studies have shown that hope and community support are a huge help in survival. That’s where Knots of Love comes in.

Knots of Love was started in 2007 in Christine Fabiani’s spare bedroom. A mother inspired by friends and family to help others, Christine and Knots of Love has since distributed over 380,000 caps, beanies, and blankets to cancer survivors and children in the NICU. This is an amazing, Aina-Approved Organization, so you know that your diy Kindness will truly help people that need it the most! Learn more about Knots of Love :).

DIY Charity Craft Project to Make a Homemade Crochet Cloche Hat to Help Cancer Patients for Screened Nonprofit Organizations in the United States

A special thanks to Maria at MB Stitches – y’all, go over and check out her stuff and give her a follow. She is amazingly talented and creative, and you should get to know her and her creations better!
DIY Charity Craft Project to Make a Homemade Crochet Cloche Hat to Help Cancer Patients for Screened Nonprofit Organizations in the United States

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