I’m excited to join Sweet Potato 3 for the ninth annual Crochet Cancer Challenge! My contribution this year is the easy crochet beanie pattern for the Triumphant Textures Beanie. This simple, beginner-friendly pattern is available in 10 sizes from newborn through adult large. When made with a soft, cotton-blend yarn, it also works well as a “chemo cap” or beanie for anyone experiencing traumatic hair loss. And, best of all, it works up quickly in a bulky yarn.
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The Triumphant Textures Beanie was designed to be a quick and easy crochet beanie pattern. One of those simple-to-make projects that you can use to crochet a stack of hats to donate, or for your next craft fair, or to get through a big portion of your handmade holiday gift list. The pattern is available in 10 sizes from newborn through adult large, and except for the starting chain and the set up row, it’s the same pattern straight through in each size. Easy peasy.
When Christine from Sweet Potato 3 invited me to participate in the ninth annual Crochet Cancer Challenge, I knew I was going to say yes. As my long-time readers know, my maternal grandmother who taught me to crochet passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer in 2007. I miss our weekly calls and her laughter so much!
Purple is the awareness color for pancreatic cancer, but I didn’t want to crochet a solid purple hat. for this year’s Challenge – I wanted to spice it up with more colors. Recently, King Cole has introduced some new colors in Subtle Drifter Chunky, an exquisitely soft cotton blend yarn, including Lilac. I knew I needed some darker purples to go with it, so I selected Drifter Chunky in Naples. I love how the colors came together!
If you’re new to the Subtle Drifter and Drifter yarns, they are very soft yarns that blend cotton with a little bit (6%) of wool and balance it all out with acrylic. Drifter is a self-striping yarn, available in multiple weights including 4 ply (Fine/#2/Sport), DK (Light/#3), Aran (Medium/#4/worsted), and Chunky (Bulky/#5) weights. There is also a Drifter DK for Baby yarn in colorways that are perfect for little ones. Subtle Drifter is a solid-color yarn in coordinating colors. Subtle Drifter is available in DK and Chunky weights. You can find King Cole yarns at your local yarn shop. You can also find Drifter Chunky online at Love Crafts or Wool Warehouse UK, and Subtle Drifter Chunky online at Wool Warehouse UK.
This is my fifth year participating in the Crochet Cancer Challenge. Two of my patterns from previous years are still available for free:
And, if you’re looking for more inspiration for hats to gift to someone with cancer or to donate to a cancer care center, I’ve also designed several patterns as part of my charity spotlight series that would be just right. (Remember, you’ll need a very soft yarn — so perhaps a different choice than the one listed in the pattern — so the hat is comfortable on a bare head!)
- Train Yard Slouchy Beanie in 10 sizes
- Not Cliche Beret
- Puff Stitch Slouch in 10 sizes
- On the Right Track Beanie
- Cuddly Soft Slouchy Hat in 10 sizes
- Not Too Fussy Cap in 4 sizes and Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version) in 6 sizes
- Under the Bridge Hat in 6 sizes
- Knitting patterns: Hummingbird Hat in 12 sizes and Bird Tracks Beanie in 4 sizes
If you’re new to the Crochet Cancer Challenge, in exchange for each pledge to make at least one hat for someone experiencing cancer, you can download PDF patterns by dozens of your favorite crochet designers for free.
Find more information about the Crochet Cancer Challenge below:
- What is the Crochet Cancer Challenge? Click HERE.
- What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
- What yarns should I use? Click HERE.
- Where can I donate my hats? Click HERE.
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Triumphant Textures Beanie
Easy Crochet Beanie Pattern by Underground Crafter
This simple-to-make, textured, and slightly slouchy beanie is gender-neutral. Crocheted in a super soft cotton blend yarn, it’s comfy enough to wear as a “chemo cap” for anyone experiencing traumatic hair loss. This pattern was designed for the 2021 Crochet Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3.
- Newborn (0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 1-2 Years, 3-5 Years, 6-12 Years, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large). Photographed sample is Teen/Adult Small shown on a mannequin with 22.5” (57 cm) head circumference.
- Newborn: 13” (33 cm) hat circumference x 5.25” (13.5 cm) height.
- 0-3 Months: 15” (38 cm) hat circumference x 6.25” (16 cm) height.
- 3-6 Months: 16” (40.5 cm) hat circumference x 6.5” (16.5 cm) height.
- 6-12 Months: 17” (43 cm) hat circumference x 7” (18 cm) height.
- 1-2 Years: 18” (45.5 cm) hat circumference x 7.25” (18.5 cm) height.
- 3-5 Years: 19” (48.5 cm) hat circumference x 7.75” (19 cm) height.
- 6-12 Years: 20” (51 cm) hat circumference x 8.25” (21 cm) height.
- Teen/Adult Small: 21” (53.5 cm) hat circumference x 8.5” (21.5 cm) height.
- Adult Medium: 22” (56 cm) hat circumference x 9” (23 cm) height.
- Adult Large: 23” (58.5 cm) hat circumference x 9.25” (23.5 cm) height.
- Subtle Drifter Chunky (25% cotton/6% wool/69% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein in 4674 Lilac (CA), or approximately 30 yd (35 yd, 40 yd, 55 yd, 60 yd, 65 yd, 70 yd, 80 yd, 85 yd, 90 yd)/27.5 m (32 m, 36.5 m, 50.5 m, 55 m, 59.5 m, 64 m, 73 m, 78 m, 82.5 m) in CA in any cotton blend, bulky weight yarn.
- Drifter Chunky (25% cotton/6% wool/69% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/170 yd/156 m) in 2163 Naples (CB) – 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2), or approximately 60 yd (85 yd, 95 yd, 105 yd, 115 yd, 130 yd, 145 yd, 160 yd, 175 yd, 185 yd)/55 m (77.5 m, 87 m, 96 m, 105 m, 119 m, 132.5 m, 146.5 m, 160 m, 169 m) in CA in any cotton blend, bulky weight yarn.
- King Cole yarns are available at your local yarn shop. You can also find Drifter Chunky online at Love Crafts or Wool Warehouse UK, and Subtle Drifter Chunky online at Wool Warehouse UK.
- WeCrochet Bright US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- We Crochet Bright US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Clover bent-tip yarn needle.
- 10 sts = 2.5” (6.5 cm) with smaller hook in pattern for Hat Band.
- 14 hdc = 4” (10 cm) with larger hook.
- For best fit, always check your gauge.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- 3L – third (back) loop only – Winding Road Crochet has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the third loop here.
- BL – back loop only – Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the back loop here.
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- FL – front loop only – Marly Bird has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the front loop here.
- hdc – half double crochet
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Ch 1 at beginning of row or round and sl st at end of rounds DO NOT count as stitches.
- Hat Band is crocheted flat in rows until it reaches desired hat circumference length. Then Hat Band is seamed with slip stitch join and stitches are picked up along long edge of seamed Hat Band. Hat is worked even and then cinched to close.
- A helpful tutorial for cinching a slouchy hat closed is available here.
- Like my mannequin? It’s handmade by CanvasHead/WELLDONE.
Hat Band – All Sizes
- With CA and smaller hook, ch 7 (7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 9, 11, 11, 11), or any number of sts.
- Row 1: Turn, skip first ch, [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across. – 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10) sts
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st [scBL in next st, dcBL in next st] across.
- Repeat Row 2 until Hat Band measures approximately 13” (15”, 16”, 17”, 18”, 19”, 20”, 21”, 22”, 23”)/ 33 cm (38 cm, 40.5 cm, 43 cm, 45.5 cm, 48.5 cm, 51 cm, 53.5 cm, 56 cm, 58.5 m) long. Do not fasten off.
- Fold Hat Band in half along long edge. Join short edges with slip stitch seam (see below for video) in center loops.
- If you can’t see the video tutorial for the slip stitch seam above, click here to watch it on YouTube.
- Set Up Row: Ch 1, evenly work 48 (56, 58, 62, 66, 70, 72, 76, 80, 84) sc across long edge, join CB with sl st to top of first sc, fasten off CA.
- Continue on to WORK EVEN instructions.
Work Even – All Sizes
- Switch to larger hook.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, hdc in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to 3L of first hdc. – 48 (56, 58, 62, 66, 70, 72, 76, 80, 84) sts
- Rnd 2: Ch 1, hdc3L in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to 3L of first hdc.
- Rnds 3-4: Repeat Rnd 2 twice.
- Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc3L in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to FL of first hdc.
- Rnd 6: Ch 1, dc in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to top of first dc.
- Repeat Rnds 1-6 until hat measures approximately 5.25” (6.25”, 6.5”, 7”, 7.25”, 7.75”, 8.25”, 8.5”, 9”, 9.25”)/13.5 cm (16 cm, 16.5 cm, 18 cm, 18.5 cm, 19 cm, 21 cm, 21.5 cm, 23 cm, 23.5 cm) in height, or approximately desired length, ending after a repeat of Rnd 5 or Rnd 6. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming. Continue on to FINISHING instructions.
Finishing – All Sizes
- Thread yarn needle with CB yarn tail from end of final round of Work Even section. Cinch crown of hat closed (see Pattern Notes).
- With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.