Saturday, January 16, 2010

Seamless, beaded cancer cap

Well, it's about time for another free pattern...dontcha think?! I've been on a beading kick lately, as well as pumping out a ton of caps for my fave cancer charity, Knots of Love. Anyway, beads typically fall to the back of crochet work, so I tried for HOURS to figure out a way to keep my beads to the front. Mission accomplished! So, with no further ado...enjoy! And please make some caps for those in need!

Seamless, beaded charity cap
NOTES: WW yarn, I hook, place stitch marker at beginning of each round, pre-string desired number of beads

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc into 3rd ch from hk (12 dc)
Round 2: 2dc in first dc of previous round, 2 dc in each dc around (24 dc)
Round 3: 2dc in first dc of previous round, 1 dc in next st, *2dc in next st, 1 dc in next st*, *repeat to end of round (36 dc)
Round 4: 2dc in first dc of previous round, 1 dc in next 2 sts, *2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st*, *repeat to end of round (48 dc)
Round 4: 2dc in first dc of previous round, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 st*, *repeat to end of round (60 dc)
Round 5 – to finish: dc in each dc.

When the cap reaches about 2” from the desired length, slide first bead down. Insert hook into same st as dc just made, BEHIND working yarn, making sure bead is in FRONT of work, sl st bead into place. Dc in next two st and repeat to end of round. Complete one round with beads, and then one without. Or, put beads on every two st to the end of the hat. Or just one row of beads at the bottom of the hat. So many possibilities! Be absolutely sure that the beads are sitting on top of your work. No cancer patient is going to want beads scratching up their lovely heads.

this is what your work should look like from the back...
And, tah dah! My first video tutorial. This should help explain the beading process...


  1. Hello...I love your pattern. Please tell me what kind of beads did you use? Thank you, cathe.

  2. I just bought them at Joann's. The ones on the pink hat were just cheap silver plated beads, and the ones on the brown hat were wooden beads in three colors that came on a strand. There was a yellowish color with the wooden beads, but I didn't like it and separated them out.

  3. FANTASTIC video and very easy to understand. Thank you!!!

  4. Great tutorial, thank you! Now excuse me while I go try it out!!!!

  5. Gina and dancingdamsel - I am so glad you liked (and understood) the video! I am really getting into beaded crochet and am happy to be spreading the excitement. Please share pics of your projects!!!

  6. Thank you for the pattern. I have wanted to learn how to 'bead' & make things more interesting for friends & grand daughters. This video was great.

    Thank you for your suggestions of WHO to make them for also!!

    I am proof you can teach old gals new things. Dr. Oz would be proud of you & me.


  7. Edy - so glad you find the tutorial helpful! :)

  8. I am so glad that someone finally made a tutorial about this. I have done beaded hats before but as you have stated, sometimes the beads pop thru to the back. This method will ensure that the this does not happen. I have so many beads that I think my biggest problem will be choosing whish ones to use LOL. again thanks so much.

  9. Thank you so much for the pattern and the video tutorial. My friend who is going through radiation just shaved her head and will love this hat.