NBCAM and a Free Pattern

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).  The year 2011 marks the 27th year of a tradition of awareness and education about breast cancer.  In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.  To show support for these brave souls, a number of Little Sweet Knittings Designs patterns can be adapted and knitted to suit them.  For instance, the Lombard Hat posted here can be knitted in two shades of pink (Wool-ease Thick and Quick’s Blossom as Color A and Raspberry as Color B) as shown below.

In the year 2010, our very first pattern offering was a bookmark called Mark for the Cure.  It features the awareness ribbon design, with an option to knit with or without beads, worked in lace and delicately accented with an organdy ribbon.  This pattern is available for purchase here.

Beaded and Unbeaded Bookmark

In 2011, the pattern created with NBCAM in mind is our newest pattern yet, and a free pattern at that, the Chevron Chemocap.  It was designed with a trendy color combination consisting of three colors of eyelash yarn and one of fingering weight.   It also makes a great stash-buster as indicated by the yarn requirements in the pattern which follows the photos below.

Chevron Chemocap or Cloche (Click on link for PDF copy of pattern)

DIFFICULTY

Intermediate

YARN

Knitpick’s Palette Yarn in Cosmopolitan (about 80 yd) or any fingering weight yarn in fuschia; Lion Brand’s Fun Fur in Magenta as Color A (about 30 yd), in Soft Pink as Color B (about 20 yd), in Red as Color C (about 20 yd).

GAUGE

11 sts and 16 rows = 4” (10 cm) on US 13 or any size to obtain gauge.

NEEDLES 

US 13 (9 mm).

NOTIONS 

Stitch markers, row counter (optional), tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE 

18 in (46 cm) and stretches to 22 in (56 cm) in circumference.

PATTERN NOTES:

One strand of fingerweight yarn and one strand of fun fur are held together throughout work.  This project can also be used as a stash-buster.

Preparation Rounds:
Rd 1: K.
Rd 2: K.
Rd 3: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k4, kfb; rep fr * to end. End of preparation.

Chevron Pattern: (multiple of 13 sts)
Rd 1: K.
Rd 2: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k4, kfb; rep fr * to end.
Rds 3 to 4: Rep rds 1 to 2.
Rep rds 1 to 4 for pattern.

HAT PATTERN:

Step 1: Read “Pattern Notes” first.
Step 2: With A, co 52 sts.  Mark beg of rd.  Join end being careful not to twist sts.
Step 3: Work on preparation rds.
Step 4: K 2 rds.
Step 5: Still with A, start working rds 1 to 2 of Chevron Pattern.
Step 6: Then with B, work rds 1 to 4.

Step 7: With C, work rds 1 to 4.
Step 8: Then with A, work rds 1 to 4.
Steps 9 to 10: Rep steps 6 to 7.
Step 11: With A, work on rd 1.

Still with A, start dec:
Rd 1: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k3, k2tog, pm; rep fr * to end.
Rd 2: *K9, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 3: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
With B, continue with dec:
Rd 4: *K6, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 5: *K5, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 6: *K4, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 7: *K3, k2tog; rep fr * to end. (16 sts rem)
Break yarns.  Pull tails through loops tightly.  Weave in ends on WS.

ABBREVIATIONS:

st(s): stitch(es)
kfb: k1 front and back of st
sl1k2psso: slip 1 st onto R needle, k 2 sts together then pass slipped st over
rd(s): round(s)
co: cast on
rep: repeat/repeating
dec: decrease/decreasing
pm: place marker
k2tog: k 2 sts together
rem: remain/remaining

©2011 Mylyne De Jesus/Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  All rights reserved.

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