The crochet Ridged Fedora is a new and old idea. The original idea was made on whim several years ago when I was attempting to make a ton of hats to donate. I will admit that I did not finish making all of the hats, and they got put up in my craft room to only be rediscovered this summer. In being invited to participate in this year’s Crochet Cancer Challenge, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to make the hat again and write the pattern.
I’ve learned as a designer to write as I crochet, or I can forget a step along the way. The crochet ridged fedora is one of those projects that was made two times before I got it right! I have no idea what yarn I used the first time, which helped the shape of the crown. Oops!
This time I used Red Heart Soft, which is super soft and has a nice sheen, but does not lend well to shaping a flat crown. Thanks to an idea from a fiber friend, the yarn is held double to create a stiffer flat circle similar to felt hats one may find in a store.
I decided to change the crab stitch/ reverse single crochet to the twisted single crochet, as it’s easier on the hands. It creates a beautiful textured stitch that is usually used for an edging on projects. This crochet fedora has multiple rows of twisted single crochet for a different look. Besides, who doesn’t love a #texturelicious fiber project??
A stain ribbon was added in lavender to represent all types of cancer. Unfortunately, many of us will be touched by some form of cancer at some point in our lives. I thought it would be a nice reminder that we’re in this together. Additionally ribbon is tied on the inside rather than sewn, so you can go without the ribbon or change the colors to match your outfit.
Cancer Challenge 2020
As you may recall, I was honored to participate in Cancer Challenge 2019 with Sweet Potato 3. Last year’s hat was the Whirlwind Hat in lavender to represent all cancers.
For this year, I chose white to represent lung cancer. I think many of us know of a smoker or maybe smoke ourselves. For me, I have never smoked after observing my dad and maternal grandmother. Luckily, my dad quit smoking cold turkey many years ago for the sake of his health. My grandmother still smokes to this day, and I often worry about the impact to her health as she gets older, particularly since she had a stroke the night of my high school graduation. I used to ask her to quit as a child, but I came to understand as a young adult that others will only make changes when they desire to make a change. Also, as part of my day job, I listen to other’s experience, and sadly I learn about how cancer has impacted so many families.
Being able to breathe is one of the most important bodily functions, and lung cancer will definitely impact it. This Cancer Challenge is important to increase awareness of how important it is to take care of ourselves, how it impacts everyone from all backgrounds, and how making a hat can be bring about change.
Don’t forget that each download in October is a pledge to donate a hat to a cancer patient or local hospital. As you finish a hat, use #cancerchallenge2020 so we can keep count of the lives that will receive a thoughtful gift.
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- Red Heart Soft (100% acrylic, 513 yards / 471 meters, 10 ounces / 283 grams): White, 1 skeins or 230 yards for largest size
- Hook US I/9 (5.50mm) or size needed to meet gauge
- Yarn needle
- 5/8 in. [15 mm] ribbon
4 rounds = 4.375”[11 cm] diameter
- Child 5.75” [14.5 cm] crown diameter, 2.25” [5.7 cm] tall
- Teen: 6.25” [16 cm] crown diameter, 3.25” [8.3 cm] tall
- Adult: 7.5” [19 cm] crown diameter, 3.25” [8.3 cm] tall
- BL: back loop
- ch: chain
- CSDC: chainless starting double crochet
- dc: double crochet
- edc: extended double crochet
- FL: front loop
- hdc: half double crochet
- twisted sc: twisted single crochet
- sl st: slip stitch
- sc: single crochet
- st(s): stitch(es)
- YO: yarn over
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
- Edc: YO, insert hook in indicated st, YO, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
- Twisted sc: insert hook right to left in indicated st, YO, pull up a loop, twist hook once counterclockwise, YO, pull through loops.
- This will be opposite for a Left handed crocheters; insert hook left to right and twist clockwise.
- Pattern is written US terms.
- Read the entire pattern before beginning.
- Yarn will be held double only for the crown for shaping purposes.
- A single strand of yarn is held for the body of the hat.
- It may help to use a larger hook when making the twisted sc, if your stitches are tight and pull inward.
- The yarn can be doubled for the brim to make it firmer.
- Rounds are not turned.
- Edc can be substituted with dc, if not wanting to add a ribbon band.
CROCHET CANCER CHALLENGE 2020
The Cancer Challenge has ended for this year, but you can continue to make and donate your hats
Remember to use #crochetcancerchallenge when sharing your finished hats. We’re hoping this to be the best year yet with the total pledges. It helps to spread the word in your favorite FB crochet groups or other social media platforms.
You can see all of this year’s hats HERE.
- Information explaining what the Crochet Cancer Challenge is, click HERE.
- What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
- Yarn Recommendations to use for the hats, click HERE.
- Where should I donate my hats, click HERE.
- A fun start early project you can add to your hats, click HERE.
- Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.
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