Pediatric cancer is a subject very close to my heart. In October of 2011, my oldest son was diagnosed with cancer (spinal PNET). He fought long and hard with more bravery than anyone else I have ever met. In September of 2013, he passed away at the age of 16. Just a few months later, a junior at our high school was diagnosed with cancer (DIPG). She lost her battle in May of 2014. Now Alexa has cancer.
Needless to say, I hate cancer and although I can't find a cure, I can make hats. I asked what kind of hats Alexa likes and designed something just for her. So, I give you Alexa's Stormy Day Slouch.
Finished Size: Teen/Adult measures 21" wide and 10" long.
Gauge: 5 rows x 8 st of sc in BLO makes 2" square (with an I hook)Materials
ww yarn ( I used ILTY and RHSS)
I hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
J hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
BLO: back loop only
DC: double crochet
DC3TOG: double crochet 3 together
DC4TOG: double crochet 4 together
HDC: half double crochet
SC: single crochet
SLST: slip stitch
- For this pattern, the dc4tog will be worked over two ch spaces. Work the first half of the dc4tog in the first ch space and the second half in the following ch space.
- The joining slip stitch from the previous row is to be worked as a chain space.
Using I hook
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 ch. (6 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Working in BLO, sc in each st across. (6 sc)
Row3-50: Rep row 2.
Fold piece in half and slst BLO of row 50 to beginning ch loops of row 1.
Swith to J hook
Round 1: Working along one side of the ribbed brim just made, ch 1. 2 sc in first row end. Sc in next 3 row ends, *2 sc in next, sc in next 4 row ends.* Rep from * to * around. Slst to 1st sc to join.(60 st)
Round 2: Ch 1, turn, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in first st, *skip next st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next.* Rep from * to * around. Skip last st and join to first hdc with slst. (30 hdc groups)
Round 3: Turn, slst in first hdc, ch 1. Dc3tog in first ch space. *Ch1, dc3tog.* Rep from * to * around. Join to first dc3tog with slst. (30 dc3tog)
Round 4: Ch 1, turn, *(hdc, ch 1, hdc) in space between dc3togs from previous round.* Rep from * to * around. Join with slst to first hdc. ( 30 hdc groups)
Rounds 5-12: Rep rounds 3 & 4
Round 13: Turn, slst in first hdc, ch 1. Working in next two ch spaces, dc4tog, *Ch 1, dc4tog* Rep from * to * around Join with slst to first dc4tog. (15 dc4tog)
Round 14: Ch 1, turn, *(hdc, ch 1, hdc) in space between dc4togs from round 13.* Rep from * to * around, join with slst to first hdc. (15 hdc groups)
Round 15: Turn, slst in first hdc, ch 1. Working in next two ch spaces, dc4tog, *Ch 1, dc4tog* Rep from * to * 5 times. Dc in last ch space, join with slst to first dc4tog. Fasten off, leaving a 10 inch tail.
With a yarn needle, thread long tail through the top of stitch from round 15, then pull to cinch the hat closed. Secure the yarn and weave in all ends.
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Up next on my blog will be the toddler & child striped versions of Alexa's Stormy Day Slouch!