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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Crossed Comfort Cap



This time when I knit the hat, I wrote down what I was doing, so that I can share the pattern here!  I've decided on the Crossed Comfort Cap since it uses the crossed stitch pattern and it is a comfy, cozy cap!  I love the visual texture of the stitch - it gives it a little something extra.  Both fit adults - the navy is knit on size 10 needles and fits more snugly.  The turquoise is worked on size 11 needles and is a bit roomier.  Either will work nicely as chemo caps or as winter caps for a loved one.

 I spend a lot of my time trying to make a difference and do some good.  I love to hear from people who read this blog and view the patterns.  By all means, if you find a mistake, point it out!  I'm more than capable of making mistakes and I need help finding them.  I always offer to email the patterns to anyone who has trouble printing them and I have done so literally hundreds of times.......and I have met some amazing people too.  I've met people who need caps sent to friends, people who are making a difference in their communities, in other countries and just wonderful people who say "hi".  I've answered all sorts of questions and I will always answer an email.  It makes my world a happier place to know that so many people are out there doing good things!

But, I've decided something too.......the rare few who post negative comments......will be deleted.  This blog is about bringing cheer and happiness to people......about making the world a better place in a tiny way.  If you have trouble printing the pattern email me.  If you have a question or find a mistake, comment here or email me - I'm grateful to hear from everyone and I will answer and correct any errors found.  But, if you're just cranky, irritated, lazy or rude and you comment here, I've given myself permission to delete your comments so that you don't taint the wonderful feeling that I want everyone to get when they read this.  There - off my soapbox now and on to the new pattern!

If you have any trouble printing this pattern it can be found as a PDF here. 

Crossed Comfort Hat





5-weight yarn:   (dark blue was Premier Serenity Chunky Tweed and the turquoise was Loops & Threads Charisma )

Size 10 or 11 circular knitting needles:  (the dark blue model was stitched with size 10 circular needles.  Size 11 circulars were used for the turquoise model)

Explanations:
            
Slip 1 purlwise:  Holding the working yarn as if you were going to purl the stitch, just slip the stitch from the left needle onto the right needle, without purling the stitch.

YO:  yarn over – wrap the working yarn around the needle, creating another stitch.

K2tog: knit two stitches together, decreasing the total number of stitches.



Cast on 56 stitches

Work in K2, P2 rib for 2 inches: 

Row 1:  K2, P2 across row

Repeat Row 1 until piece is desired length

Work in Crossed Stitch Pattern until piece is 8 inches in length:
           
Row 1:  * slip 1 purlwise, K1, yo, pass slipped stitch over both stitches*; repeat from  * to * across row

Row 2:  Knit all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece is desired length

Decrease the crown:

Row 1:  * slip 1 purlwise, K1, yo, pass slipped stitch over both stitches*; repeat from  * to * across row

Row 2:  *K5, K2tog* ; repeat from * to * across row (this row will then have 48 stitches)

Row 3:  * slip 1 purlwise, K1, yo, pass slipped stitch over both stitches*; repeat from  * to * across row

Row 4:  *K4, K2tog* ; repeat from * to * across row (this row will then have 40 stitches)

Row 5:  * slip 1 purlwise, K1, yo, pass slipped stitch over both stitches*; repeat from  * to * across row

Row 6:  *K3, K2tog* ; repeat from * to * across row (this row will then have 32 stitches)

            Row 7:  K2tog across row


Finish:

Cut working yarn leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the end through the stitches left on your needle and cinch closed. 

Weave in ends.

Enjoy your hat or better yet, give it to someone undergoing chemo to help them get through their treatment.



Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will be happy to ship some out. 

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53 comments:

  1. I belong to a knitting/crocheting group that meets once a week. We make hats, scarves, mittens, etc. mostly for charity. One of us knits almost exclusively for chemo patients. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns.
    Margaret

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    1. That's fabulous Margaret! People like you are why I share the patterns!! All of us put together will make a difference! :)

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  2. I just found your web site it was on all free knitting what a lovely person you are to offer your patterns Thank You so much you made my day and the photo of your doggie he is adorable

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    1. Thank you! That made MY day!!! :)

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  3. Thank you for this pattern. I make hats for charity and want to try this one!! I am a fairly new knitter but I think I can tackle it.

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  4. You can. It's not difficult at all!

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  5. Does the Crossed Comfort Hat use 1 skein of yarn to make 1 hat?

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    1. Yes, actually less than 1 skein of both yarns used........

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  6. I love your hats but sometimes have trouble with the wool needed and have to think weather you are a UK or US website as we have different names for various types of wool

    Brenda

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    1. If you tell me what you are having trouble with, I will try to help........ Sorry it took me so long to respond....the notification for a comment went to my SPAM folder instead. I'm in the US.

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  7. Hi Robin,
    Your patterns look really good. Am just wondering if they are unisex. I'm a fairly new knitter and have some wool left over from a previous project and I'd like to knit one of your patterns for my son, so which one would you suggest.
    Thanks
    Shabnam

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  8. Many of the hats are unisex.........it would just depend on the colors you use. I would say this one could be for a man, Cozy Cobblestone and Stylish Tiles definitely and Bamboozled would be a great one too. The Basket of Love beanie would work too I think.........just in a more masculine yarn than I used for the model one.

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  9. I can not believe that through the grace of God that I found your website. You are living the way we are supposed to, giving and sharing our talents. Thank you so much for all you do.

    I personally partake in many charity endeavors. I am now interested in knitting the chem caps for donation to our local chem center. It is attached to the Catholic Hospital where I am employed.

    Perhaps those with negative comments need our prayers for more happiness in their lives.

    Thanks again to you and your most adorable dog.
    Kate in Upstate New York

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    1. Kate,

      Thank you! And you are right - negative people always need prayers and happiness! :)

      If you would please let me know the name of the hospital that you work at, I would love to send a box of hats to the chemo center there. You can either post here or email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org.

      Thanks!

      Robin

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  10. I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog. I just recently taught myself to knit because a friend of mine is expecting a baby and I wanted to make some infant booties. Having done that, I am hooked and am on the hunt for new patterns that are easy to follow so I can increase my skill.

    Also, I have a miniature Schnauzer named Bisou and your dog caught my eye ;)

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  11. Glad you found it! Happy Knitting!

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  12. Thank you for the free patterns. I have the summer off from teaching piano, and can try some patterns that are a little more difficult than my normal "in front of the TV at the end of the day" knitting....mitts and scarves. Nancie

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  13. Thank you very much for this pattern. The daughter of my friend is having surgery next week to have a brain tumor removed. I am knitting this cap for her to help cheer her up. Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,

      If she could use other hats as well, let me know and Delaware Head Huggers will be happy to send her some. You can email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org

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  14. I too stumbled across your blog and am very thankful. I volunteer at the cancer center here and have recently started knitting chemo caps to donate. Thanks so much for your wonderful patterns! I can't wait to try some of them (I currently have 1 cap finished, 2 more women's, a baby cap, a baby blanket and a throw in progress)....never a dull moment!!!
    Thanks again for your wonderful patterns and inspiration!
    Amy

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  15. Hi Amy,

    I'm happy that you stumbled across us! If you think the center that you volunteer at could use some caps, just let me know and I will send some. Email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org

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  16. I love your patterns and casual way of describing the pattern, and yet you do it thoroughly. I especially appreciate your giving spirit. Though most of the things I knit are gifts for family and froends, you have planted the seed for me to start doing some chemo caps for a,local center. Thank you for offering the interesting patterns dor free! Pay it forward, for sure...

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  17. Hi Robin,
    I'm very happy to have found your site here.
    You have such a happy & generous heart. I'm sure anyone
    who gets one of your hats is blessed with your tenderness.
    I would like to make hats for the cancer center at hospital near me.
    I've got arthritis in my hands but I'll see what I can do :)
    Bless you,
    margo

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    1. Hi Margo,

      Thank you. If you are having trouble and would like me to send some hats to your cancer center, please let me know. You can email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and I will send them anywhere in the USA.

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  18. Robin,
    I'm thrilled to have located your site and your beautiful patterns! Four years ago our 35 year old son fought cancer and won. After radical chemo and very risky surgery, I am thankful to say he's now 3-years cancer free. I was so touched by the compassion and care the doctors and nurses demonstrated not only to our son, but to our family. I was equally impressed by the basket of handmade hats and head scarves left for the patients in the infusion center. I promised myself I would someday contribute handmade items to that basket to honor our son and everyone's loved ones who are fighting this terrible disease. That was 4 years ago and here I am -- recently retired -- knitting as fast as I can and loving every minute of it!! I just downloaded patterns for your Waves of Hope and Cross Comfort hats and can't wait to buy yarn! Thank you for your generosity -- I promise to pass it on.
    Franci in Colo

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    1. I'm so happy that your son is cancer free! And very happy that you found us! :) Welcome to our group.

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  19. Thank you for sharing. This sounds easy enough for even a novice knitter to make.

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  20. I came across your pattern for Comfort Caps and thought of a friend who is recently diagnosed with cancer and is loosing her hair. I will make her a pink one-her favorite color. Thank you so much for sharing and doing what you do.

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    1. Susan,

      If your friend needs more caps and is in the US, let me know and I will send her some. You can email me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org

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  21. I want to make this hat for a gentleman for Christmas. I just don't know if 86 stitches is going to give me the size I want. And I don't have the ability to check the head of the man. Can you help me to know what is the average size had for a normal man? You also have another hat that I like but the problem is the same.

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    1. If you use size 11's, it should work for an average size man's head. Most of my hats, unless I state otherwise have fit on myself and my 22 year old son and my husband. This link lists common sizes: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html

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  22. What is the length of your circular needles for this hat? 16"? 24"? Thanks for taking the time to answer my question and have a blessed day!

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  23. i don't see a row six on this pattern.AmI missing something? Thanx!!

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    1. it's a 2 row pattern for the hat and a 7 row crown decrease. what are you looking for?

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  24. Can you please clarify something i am not understanding, is the hat knit in the round on four point needles or on the circular magic loop, or can it be done on straight needles with a seam??? Thank you so much Sandy

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    1. As the pattern states, this was knit on circular needles. If you prefer using double points you could use them as well.

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  25. I'm kind of new to knitting hats, and need a little clarification...After knitting two inches of ribbing, the pattern calls for knitting the Crossed Stitch pattern until piece measures 8 inches in length. Is that a TOTAL of 8 inches (including the ribbing), or 8 inches of the Crossed Stitch pattern?

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  26. Really glad to find your site. My daughter had stage 3B Hodgkins at 23. Now, 8 years & 1 gorgeous little boy later she is doing well & now a hospice nurse. We have a HUGE family history of cancers (5 of 13 grandchildren). I have been donating hats to the cancer center for 8 years & lap robes to the nursing home for 6. Have also made hats & mittens for headstart. Sou much yarn, so many patterns, so little time. Thank you for great patterns!

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  27. Thank you I make chemo hats too. I have found that weird hairy yarn which comes in many colors to be very soft and a big hit. Keep up your good work and thanks.

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  28. Will this work with that furry yarn, I think it is worsted weight, and smaller needles? My babysitter is half way through her chemo and I would like to knit her a cap. Do I need to cast on additional stitches?

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    1. I think you would lose the pattern with the furry yarn......and that is usually 5 weight, so you could probably use the same size needles

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  29. Robin, Once again I thank you for the free patterns you post. I Hve tried all but Crossed Comfort Cap and plan on working on that tonight. I know the cancer patients at our local med park sure appreciate all the caps we make for them. It is a SMALL thing we can do to help. After watching a dear friend fight this horrible disease for 9 years now, I want to do any thing I can to help someone else. I do appreciate all your different patterns. Thanks again.

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  30. I make chemo caps and this looks like a very good pattern.

    Thank you so much for sharing your patterns free.

    If you can't print a pattern I just copy and paste in my on line notebook. That way I have it on my iPad to use.

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  31. Merry Christmas, Robin & Schnapps....and may our Lord Jesus Christ Bless you in your mission in helping others. Just found your patterns....thank you.......Blessings, Marilyn and Diva (my ragdoll knitting partner)

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    1. Merry Christmas to you as well! Welcome!!!

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  32. For years I have made quilts for charity (for our church and also for our veterans) and then pillowcases for the Konker Kancer for Kids and then knitted hats for vets at the local veterans home. Thank you for your generous gift of the free pattern so we can try a different and pleasant pattern.

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  33. I have come across your patterns on multiple times through allfreeknitting and think you are a most generous person to share your patterns. As a creative person, you are sharing a bit of yourself with each pattern you create and post. And that is truly paying it forward. I am part of a knitting group that meets twice a month at a hospice. We have a large stash of needles and yarn and encourage families and friends of patients to knit with us. And if they just want to sit and talk, we are there for that as well. In addition, we are making an afghan to be auctioned at this year's gala and also knitting hats and caps for each person that will attend the Family Camp later this year. The camp is for people who have lost a loved one within the past year. As you can see, your hat patterns will be put to very good use. You are amazing, and I wish you all good things.

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  34. Can you print out this hat in sizes to fit children?Please and Thank you

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  35. I was looking for a new chemo hat pattern to knit (for charity). Thanks so much.
    Claire

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  36. I am a beginner in knitting. On knitting the pattern section of the Crossed Comfort Cap row 1: slip 1 purlwise, K1, yo, pass slipped stitch over both stitches, I find it decreasing the row from 48 stitches to 24. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. You must not be making the yo - yarn over. That increases a stitch so that when you pass the slipped stitch over you then have the same number of stitches as when you started the row.

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