Drawstring Beanie with Yarrow Flower

Introduction
The best “chemo caps” are made with love using soft yarn with minimal seaming. For this pattern, I used Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton Yarn. In addition to being extra soft, it can be delicately machine washed and is appropriate for most patients with allergies and chemical sensitivities.

Since cotton yarn can shrink unpredictably, I designed this hat to feature a drawstring tie that keeps it firmly on the head. I also added a small yarrow flower embellishment. Many cultures around the world have historically associated yarrow with healing and health.

Skills Used
Basic crochet stitches: chain, half double crochet, single crochet, slip stitch
Crocheting in rounds, crocheting in rows
Increasing
Changing colors
Crocheting in the back loop, crocheting in the front loop
Special stitch: cluster (written explanation provided in pattern)

Skill Level
Easy


Materials List
Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton (3 oz/85 g/103 yds/94 m/100% organic cotton) – 1 skein ea in 170 Pistachio (CA) and 101 Strawberry (CB), or approximately 103 yds (94 m) in ea of 2 colors in any medium weight yarn.

J-10 (6 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.

Yarn needle.

Locking stitch marker or scrap yarn.

Finished Size
Preemie (0-6 months, 6-12 months, Toddler, Child, Adult small, Adult large)

Listed circumferences are slightly larger than typical crochet hats to allow for cotton yarn shrinkage. If you are substituting with an acrylic yarn, please choose a smaller size based on your preferred final circumference.

Preemie: 12.5” (32 cm) circumference, 5” (13 cm) length

0-6 months: 15” (38 cm) circumference, 6.5” (16.5 cm) length

6-12 months: 17.25” (44 cm) circumference, 7” (18 cm) length

Toddler: 18.75” (47.5 cm) circumference, 7.5” (19 cm) length

Child/Teen: 21.25” (54 cm) circumference, 7.75” (19.5 cm) length

Adult small: 23.5” (59.5 cm) circumference, 8” (20 cm) length

Adult large: 25” (63.5 cm), 8.25” (21 cm) length (requires 2 skeins of CA)

Gauge
Rnds 1-5 in pattern = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

Pattern Instructions
The pattern is available for free on my blog here http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/10/30/free-pattern-drawstring-beanie-with-yarrow-flower/

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