Can’t crochet? Can’t knit? No problem! Use loop yarn to DIY the fun Pink Ribbon Hat, a FREE pattern using loop yarn from TL Yarn Crafts x JOANN.
Pairing philanthropy with crafting is always a win-win. The Pink Ribbon Hat was designed in collaboration with JOANN to support their donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer research this month. Get ready to stock up on loop yarn and step out in your new hat to support this fantastic cause. If you’re ready to try something new, keep scrolling for the free Pink Ribbon Hat pattern.
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This pattern includes helpful photos to walk you through the tricky parts. After your first hat, you’ll whip these up in no time!
Breast cancer is a devastating disease, impacting nearly 300,000 new people and families every single year (source). Organizations, like the Susan G. Komen foundation, raise money for breast cancer research to stop the growth of this illness. Their efforts are further highlighted in the month of October, which is coined as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. JOANN is doing their part to support this vital initiative – a portion of their sales of loop yarns are being donated directly to Susan G. Komen, with a minimum donation of $5,000. Click here for the full details and see which yarns apply.
Philanthropy and crafting have always gone hand in hand. How many of us have donated handmade items for a school raffle or silent auction? Put your maker skills to good use this month and make something with loop yarn to support breast cancer research.
There are so many fun projects you can make with this yarn. I designed the Knitflix Throw last year, which uses loop yarn to make a comfy blanket to snuggle under while binging your favorite shows. I recently shared a video tutorial for a simple photo background that you can make using loop yarn as well. And I recently finished designing the Pink Ribbon Hat just for this occasion, to celebrate the resilience of the people and organizations that keep up the fight against breast cancer.
You’ve got so many choices when picking a loop yarn for this cause. Here’s a list of the applicable products – click on each for more details and to shop these products on JOANN.com:
- Big Twist Loopity Loops in Pink or Pink Ombre
- Lion Brand Off The Hook in Paradise or Secret Princess
- Crayola Off The Hook in Magenta
The Pink Ribbon hat was so fun to design, I made another one more for good measure! It is worked top-down for a comfortable fit, then oversized earflaps are added on. A soft braided edge makes for clean lines around the whole hat. Style yours with a pom-pom (also available from JOANN) just on the top, or get cute with it and add them to the earflaps too.
One ball of Big Twist Loopity Loops is enough to make two hats with a bit left over. The hat is sized for the average female adult, and can be easily adjusted for larger or smaller sizes. Keep scrolling for the free pattern.
Pink Ribbon Hat Pattern
-1 ball of Loopity Loops Yarn from JOANN in Pink or Pink Ombre
Sized to fit adult head measuring 20”-22”, not including hair
–BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Loopity Loops yarn does not offer any stretch like traditional knit or crochet does. To make sure your hat will fit properly, measure by wrapping Loopity Loops yarn around your head to sit rests comfortably. The finished hat in this pattern has 26 loops at the final round. If you need more or fewer loops, make adjustments in the pattern.
-“Increase” means to push 2 loops from your working yarn from back to front through the indicated loop (turning that loop from 1 into 2).
-“Knit” means to push 1 loop from your working yarn from back to front through the indicated loop (maintaining that loop as just 1).
-“Decrease” means to push 1 loop from your working yarn from back to front through each of the next 2 loops (turning 2 loops into 1 loop).
-When working in the round, work from left to right without turning your work or working in the other direction unless instructed.
ROUND 1: Start by counting out 6 loops from your yarn. Lay the loops in a flat circle, bringing loop 3 to touch loop 6 to close the circle. Loops 1 and 2 will be your tail – you will not work stitches into these loops.
ROUND 2: Increase in loop 3. Do the same for loops 4, 5, and 6. You now have 8 loops in your round.
The center of your hat may pucker a bit as you continue – that is expected. Keep going! 🙂
ROUND 3: Increase in the first of your 8 loops. Knit the next loop. [Increase in the next loop, knit the next loop] repeat these instructions around. You will end with 12 loops in your round.
ROUND 4: Increase in the first of your 12 loops. Knit each of the next 2 loops. [Increase in the next loop, knit each of the next 2 loops] repeat these instructions around. You now have 16 loops in your round.
ROUND 5: Increase in the first of your 16 loops. Knit each of the next 3 loops. [Increase in the next loop, knit each of the next 3 loops] repeat these instructions around. You now have 20 loops in your round.
ROUND 6: Increase in the first of your 20 loops. Knit each of the next 4 loops. [Increase in the next loop, knit each of the next 4 loops] repeat these instructions around. You now have 24 loops in your round.
ROUND 7: [Knit the next 11 loops, increase in the next loop] repeat these instructions once more. This round ends with 26 loops. This ends the increases.
Place a stitch marker on the next stitch like this:
ROUNDS 8-12: Knit each loop around. Remember, each round has 26 loops. You are knitting 5 total rounds without any increases. The stitch marker will remind you where the beginning of the round is.
In this section, you are making the first of 2 earflaps. Focus only on the loops instructed, and leave other loops unworked for now. We’ll get back to those.
Step 1: Focus only on the next 5 loops. Knit these next 5 loops from right to left.
Step 2. Knit those same 5 loops from left to right.
Step 3: Working right to left, decrease in the first 2 loops, knit the next loop, decrease in the next 2 loops. You’ve now gone from 5 loops to 3 loops in your earflap.
Step 4: Working left to right, knit 3 loops.
Step 5: Decrease in the 3 loops by pushing the next loop on the working yarn through the right stitch, then the middle stitch, then the left stitch.
Step 6: Push the next loop on your working yarn through the space between rows to the left of the single loop still on the earflap. Then push that same loop through the single loop left on the earflap. This is considered “binding off”.
Step 7: Repeat this step 3 more times down the left side of the earflap: Push the next loop of the working yarn through the space between rows just to the left of the live loop, then push that same loop through the live loop.
Step 8: You are now at the live loops of Round 12. Drop the working yarn that is coming from the ball. Continue to bind off by pushing the loop on the left through the loop on the right until you have bound off 9 loops. This is the front of your hat. Place a stitch marker in the last loop made from binding off your 9 loops.
STEP 1: Locate the next 5 loops. Repeat Steps 1-5 of the First Earflap. Cut the working yarn leaving a 2 loop tail still attached to the hat.
STEP 2: In the same manner as STEP 6 from the First Earflap, begin binding off working up the right side of the Second Earflap. When you get to the stitch at the tip of the earflap, push it through the loop that you’re binding off. Then go back to the working yarn and bind off loops along the left side of the earflap.
STEP 3: Continue the bind off by pushing the left loop through the right loop along the remaining 7 loops on Round 12. This is the back of your hat. When you have one loop remaining, cut the working yarn leaving a 2 loop tail. Cut the loops open, string the yarn through the live loop, then weave the remaining tail into the inside of the hat.
First, snip open all of the tails that are loops. Then weave those tails into the inside of the hat. For the crown of the hat, snip open the tail from Round 1, weave that tail through several loops at the top of the hat, then pull gently to cinch the hat closed. Weave that end securely into the inside of the hat.
I used two different finishing methods on these hats. First I added a large pom-pom to the crown of each hat. Then I made two variations:
Variation 1: Attach a medium pom-pom to the end of each earflap.
Variation 2: Cut 6 strands of 10 loops each. Cut the loops open on each strand. Take 3 strands, push them through the bottom-most loop on the earflap so they are halved and of even length. 3-strand braid the strands together and use the excess yarn to make a knot at the bottom. Do the same for the other earflap.
And that’s it! Easy peasy. You’ll be making Pink Ribbon Hats in your sleep in no time. Share all of your lovely hats with me on Instagram using the hashtags #knitforthecure and #TLYCMakers. And show off your project in the TLYCMakers Facebook group too!