Hopeful Butterfly Hat

Welcome to the 2019 Crochet Cancer Challenge. Thank you for pledging your time to make hats for those facing this difficult journey! I hope you love the Hopeful Butterfly Hat pattern!

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If you’re new to this event, you can get more details on the Sweet Potato 3 blog. In summary, each year several designers come together to bring new “chemo cap” patterns for people to make and donate to cancer centers (or those afflicted).

This year we have all signed up to represent a different type of cancer, so we could color coordinate the hats with an awareness ribbon color way.

For this challenge I chose Thyroid Cancer.

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About Thyroid Cancer

Fortunately, Thyroid Cancer is referred to as the “good cancer”; basically, if you had to choose a cancer, this is the one you would want because the most common type has a high cure rate. However, there is a misconception in ways, because there are a few types of thyroid cancer, and some are more aggressive than others. And while survival rate is high for the “good thyroid cancer”, the removal of the entire thyroid is the “cure”. What people don’t realize is that the Thyroid gland is body’s powerhouse, so removing it leads to lifelong medications to replace hormones and many other system (and health) issues along the way. #checkyourneck

My Hope

My hope is for a better understanding of this gland and the cancer, so there can be a better “cure” in the near future.

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About My Hat

The Hopeful Butterfly Hat is made with 3 stripes because the Thyroid Cancer Awareness Ribbon is Purple, Teal, and Pink. I also chose to add butterflies for dual purpose: 1) the thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the front of your neck, so the butterflies represent the thyroid and 2) butterflies are the symbol of hope, endurance, transformation, and new beginnings.

Hopeful Butterfly Hat free striped crochet hat pattern

What I love most about the Hopeful Butterfly Hat pattern is the ease of changing the colors to any awareness coloring (cancer or other diseases/disorders).

Check out these samples from my testers:

Hopeful Butterfly Hat
Special thanks to Dana, Judy, Kelly, Diane, Gretchen, and Carrie!
Hopeful Butterfly Hat - free crochet pattern

Materials

Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

-Any Colors (<5oz)

I/9/5.50mm Hook (Hat)

G/6/4.00mm Hook (Butterflies)

Yarn Needle

Gauge

14 sts x 11 rows = 4”

Sizes

Toddler (18”)

Child (20”)

Adult (22”)

Stitch Guide

arnd = around

ch = chain

hdc = double crochet

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

Skill Level

Easy

WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS

V V V
Hopeful Butterfly Hat graphic for pinterest

Notes

  • Beginning ch-1 does not count as a stitch
  • Butterflies are optional and worked as separate appliques. 
  • This hat can be made so the main color is your awareness color and the stripes are neutral or make the stripes your awareness color and the main portion in a neutral. 

Special Stitches 

Third Loop Only (TLO) = The loop that runs parallel to the front/back loops on the backside of a half double crochet. AKA Camel Stitch

Instructions

TODDLER HAT (I Hook)

With Main Color,

R1. Make magic ring, ch 1, 8 hdc in ring, sl st to join in 1st hdc (8)

R2. Ch 1, 2 hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (16)

R3. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (24)

R4. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 2* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (32)

R5. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 3* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (40)

R6. Ch1, *2 hdc, hdc x 4* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (48)

R7. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 5* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (56)

R8. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 13* 4X, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (60)

R9-12. Ch 1, hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (60)

With Accent Color,

R13. Ch 1, hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (60)

R14. Ch 1, TLO hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (60)

With Main Color,

R15. Ch 1, TLO hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (60)

With Accent Color,

R16. Rep R13

R17. Rep R14

With Main Color,

R18. Rep R15

R19-20. Rep R13; Fasten at end of R20.


CHILD HAT (I Hook)

With Main Color,

R1. Make magic ring, ch 1, 8 hdc in ring, sl st to join in 1st hdc (8)

R2. Ch 1, 2 hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (16)

R3. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (24)

R4. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 2* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (32)

R5. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 3* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (40)

R6. Ch1, *2 hdc, hdc x 4* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (48)

R7. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 5* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (56)

R8. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 13* 4X, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (60)

R9. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 29* 2X, sl st to join in 1st hdc (62)

R10-11. Ch 1, hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (62)

With Accent Color,

R12. Ch 1, hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (62)

R13. Ch 1, TLO hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (62)

With Main Color,

R14. Ch 1, TLO hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (62)

With Accent Color,

R15. Rep R12

R16. Rep R13

With Main Color,

R17. Rep R14

With Accent Color,

R18. Rep R12

R19. Rep R13

With Main Color,

R20. Rep R14

R21-22. Rep R12; Fasten at end of R22.


ADULT HAT (I Hook)

With Main Color,

R1. Make magic ring, ch 1, 8 hdc in ring, sl st to join in 1st hdc (8)

R2. Ch 1, 2 hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (16)

R3. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (24)

R4. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 2* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (32)

R5. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 3* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc (40)

R6. Ch1, *2 hdc, hdc x 4* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (48)

R7. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 5* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (56)

R8. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 6* arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (64)

R9. Ch 1, *2 hdc, hdc x 31* 2X, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (66)

R10-13. Ch 1, hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (66)

With Accent Color,

R14. Ch 1, hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (66)

R15. Ch 1, TLO hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (66)

With Main Color,

R16. Ch 1, TLO hdc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc  (66)

With Accent Color,

R17. Rep R14

R18. Rep R15

With Main Color,

R19. Rep R16

With Accent Color,

R20. Rep R14

R21. Rep R15

With Main Color,

R22. Rep R16

R23-24. Rep R14; Fasten at end of R24.


BUTTERFLY (Make 3 – G Hook)

Make magic ring, *ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, sl st, ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2, sl st* 2X; Fasten, leaving a long tail. Pull ring closed and shape wings. Wrap long tail around center 2X, going between the two small wings and the two large wings. Fasten.

Finishing

  • Sew butterflies to the coordinating stripes.
  • Hide all strings.

Use #CrochetCancerChallenge

To help spread the word about this event, we need your help! Please make your hats from the designs and post to your social media. Use #CrochetCancerChallenge when posting on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or anywhere else. Also, tagging the designers who gave you the pattern to use would be wonderful. We all appreciate a little love on social media and may even share your project on our page.

More links about the Cancer Challenge are below:

  1. Cancer Challenge Introduction, what is it, click HERE.
  2. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE
  3. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE
  4. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE
  5. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE
  6. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE

Thank you for joining us!

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7 thoughts on “Hopeful Butterfly Hat”

  1. My daughter has thyroiditis & hypothyroidism. I think I’ll make this one for her. She’s only 8 & is scared of having to take medication for the rest of her life.

  2. This is such an elegant but simple design. Who knew there was a third loop or that it would make the band 3D. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. What a beautiful pretty little hat. Children will especially love to receive such a beautiful gift. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  4. This is a wonderful pattern, thank you so much for sharing. #cc2019
    I have shared a photo of the one I made for my pledge, and will definitely be making more, will certainly brighten a girls journey.

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