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Lazy Day Beret: Chemo Cap Crochet Pattern

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This beret crochet pattern was designed with a very special person in mind. Although intended as a “chemo cap”, it is super chic for everyday wear as well!

Bonus: it works up super fast! If you, too, have a loved one undergoing cancer treatments, this hat is a perfect, warm and loving gesture they are sure to find useful.

Beating Cancer Beret crochet pattern

Lazy Day Beret (Chemo Cap)

For this lazy Day Beret, we are using the Forked Half Double Crochet (fkhdc) stitch, with one modification: it’s not technically forked. That being said, it’s easier than it sounds, and I have a description of this stitch below. If you can do the half double crochet, you can crochet this hat. Because we are essentially crocheting a double half double crochet in each stitch, this beret is thicker than average, providing extra protection against the chill of winter.

How to crochet a beret

Note that if you want to try this hat using regular ol’ Half Double Crochet instead, that should technically work. You would use less yarn but be warned that the sizing may be a bit off. Measure after row 4 as indicated to test sizing.

Materials:

Red Heart Amore yarn (discontinued) (4/Medium weight/Aran – 100% Polyester)
– approx. 200 yards
Midnight colorway pictured
Restful colorway pictured
Crochet hook in size H/5mm

Gauge:

Make sure to measure after round 4. If it is too small, go up a hook size. If it is too large, go down a hook size.

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written in US terms.

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Place first stitch of each round in same as join.

Work stitches in between the stitches from the previous row instead of into the top.

Forked Half Double Crochet (Fkhdc) = Yo, insert hook into designated space, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull up a loop in SAME space (5 loops on hook). Yo pull through 3 loops, yo pull through last 3 loops on hook.

Forked Half Double Crochet Decrease (Fkhdc2tog) = Yo, insert hook into designated space, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull up a loop in NEXT space (5 loops on hook). Yo pull through 3 loops, yo pull through last 3 loops on hook.

how to crochet a checmo cap

Beret Crochet Pattern:

Round 1: Magic Circle, ch-1, fkhdc 10x in circle. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (10)

Row 1 of beret crochet pattern

Round 2: Ch-1, 2fkhdc in each st around Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (20)

Row 2 of beret crochet pattern

Round 3: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (30)

Row 3 of beret crochet pattern

Round 4: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 2 sts, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (40)
*should measure ~ 3.75″ diameter

Row 4 of beret crochet pattern

Round 5: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 3 sts, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (50)

Round 6: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 4 sts, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (60)

Round 7: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 5 sts, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (70)

Round 8: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 6 sts, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (80)

Round 9: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 7 sts, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (90)

Round 10: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 8 sts, 2fkhdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (100)

Rounds 11 – 12: Ch-1, fkhdc in each st around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (100)
*if you would like the hat more slouchy, add more rows here. Add just two more rows for a little more slouch, add four or more for super slouch.

Row 13: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 8 sts, fkhdc2tog * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (90)

fkhdc decrease

Row 14: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 7 sts, fkhdc2tog * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (80)

Row 15: Ch-1, * fkhdc in next 6 sts, fkhdc2tog * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first fkhdc with sl st. (70)

Row 16: Ch-1, sc in each st around. Do not join, work in a spiral for remainder of pattern. (70)

Rows 17 – 21 (or until you run out of yarn): sc in blo of each st around. (70)

Sl sl in next 3 sts and weave in all ends.

By slip stitching in the last three stitches, your ending point is less obvious. 😉 I hope you enjoyed this free beret pattern. If you or someone you love is undergoing cancer treatments, I hope this simple project brings you (and them) a smile.

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32 Comments

  1. Hi, I love this pattern have made it a. Few times! But I need help, my mind has taken the day off, lol. When in the second row, the 2fkhdc I’m lost. Any help is appreciated !
    1. Hi! You will be doing an increase, so you will put 2 forked half double crochet stitches into each stitch.
  2. Hi, I love this pattern have made it a. Few times! Am starting a knew one request was for black, but she is a dear friend who just lost her dad 3 months ago and then found out her cancer was back. So I said yes! But I need help, my mind has taken the day off, lol. When in the second row, the 2fkhdc I’m lost. Any help is appreciated !
  3. Hi I tried making this and found it really good until the brim when it seemed to go quite tight. Would using a bigger hook for just the brim work or would you recommend not decreasing so many stitches? I'm starting again as didn't like the colour scheme I chose. Lovely pattern and great once you get going :)
  4. Hi, hoping to make one of these for my kid sister but I want to do it in a worsted cotton blend? Do you think it would work??
  5. Just finished this lovely hat in burgandy for my cousin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of weeks ago. She asked for a cute slouchy hat for when she's undergoing treatments. I'm thinking about making her a matching cowl, too, using this same stitch. Thank you!
  6. Is there a video for this pattern? My mom doesn't speak English and I think she would love to follow a video to make this for my aunt just Dx with breast cancer. Thank you so much for your beautiful tutorials and designs!
  7. This looks like a lovely pattern, and my sister who is undergoing chemo chose it for me to make! One question. What size head measurement is the pattern made for? My sister lives in a different state, so she can't try it on to check the size as I make it. Thanks!
  8. Thank you so so so much for the pattern! A close loved one has recently been diagnosed so I am making one in lemon yellow as a pick me up for them. It works beautifully!
  9. ? I am making this cute hat but I'm using a bulky 5 yarn with an I hook. My row 4 measures 4.5 inches. Would that be correct or should I change hook sizes? Thanks for your help
  10. No matter what I've tried so far, I can't get it to measure what you have listed for row 4. It's super tight and starting to buckle- HOW do you get it to measure that small? I'm using the same weight yarn, and a size 4 hook...just cant seem to get it right...
  11. Just finished making this hat. It is so cute! Posted on Ravelry. Fun and easy to make! Definitely will make more. Blessings to you and yours. Praying for your mother .
  12. Hi I’m a newby. Can I download the pattern or not? I love your site once I get familiar with it. I hope. I’m not computer savvy but I’m trying.
    1. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Hope and pray that your mom gets better soon. I love the hat pattern. Thanks
  13. Love the chemo beret !! SUPER CUTE!!! Thank you. I'll be praying for your mom and your family. I've been through chemo with loved ones before it's rough on everyone involved.
  14. I can’t determine if you are going in between the stitch itself or going in between two stitches. Can you show this? Thanks.
  15. This is lovely! Very clever use of a textured stitch to give it “body”. A must make. ❤️
  16. Ashlea, could you please insert a photo showing where to place the stitches “in between” the stitches? Thanks
  17. This is wonderful I lost my mom due to breast cancer. I wanna do some n donate in her name. It was hard to find things for her alone. So they will come in hand for others. Thank you.