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Knit (or Crochet) Finn's Hat (Finn's Cancer Story)

Donate One, Wear One!

If you like Finn, the star of "A Boy Named Finn," why not wear his striped blue hat? Volunteer crafters have already donated dozens of hats for young cancer patients. Below, you'll find knitting and crochet patterns for the hat. 

See Finn's Hat!

If you knit or crochet, please consider making two hats — donate one to a local hospital and keep one to wear as a sign of support for kids and families.

Please like Finn's Facebook page and upload a photo of yourself — or others — wearing Finn's hat. Let's build a wall of support for kids and families who are fighting cancer!

And many thanks to the nonprofit group Delaware Head Huggers for creating these patterns and organizing an army of knitters!

Yarn Choices

Worsted Weight Yarns
  • Caron Simply Soft Eco in DENIM WASH 0025 (Blue)
  • Caron Simply Soft Eco in SPRIG 0016/Caron Simply Soft in Sage (Darker Green)
  • Caron Simply Soft Eco AQUA MIST 0015/Caron Simply Soft in Soft Green (Lighter Green)

 

  • Red Heart Soft in Mid Blue (Blue)
  • Red Heart Soft in Deep Sea (Darker Green)
  • Red Heart Soft in Seafoam (Lighter Green)

 

  • Ella Rae Rimini in Denim Blue #11 (Blue)
  • Ella Rae Rimini in Mint Green #5 (Darker Green)
  • Ella Rae Rimini in Moss Green #8 (Lighter Green)

 

  • Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Denim (Blue)
  • Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Tranquil (Darker Green)
  • Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Cornflower (Lighter Green)

 

  • Bernat Super Value in Medium Navy (Blue)
  • Bernat Super Value in Mint (Darker Green)
  • Bernat Super Value in Soft Mint (Lighter Green)

 

  • Bernat Satin in Loyal Royal (Blue)
  • Bernat Satin in Foliage or Fern (Darker Green)
  • Bernat Satin in Soft Fern (Lighter Green)

 

  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby in Little Boy Blue or Vanna's Choice in Colonial Blue (Blue)
  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby in Sweet Pea (Darker Green)
  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby in Mint (Lighter Green)

 

  • Cascade Cherub Navy (Blue)
  • Cascade Cherub Jade (Darker Green)
  • Cascade Cherub Baby Mint (Lighter Green)
Chunky Weight Yarns
  • Willow Yarns Burrow Chunky in Navy (Blue)
  • Willow Yarns Burrow Chunky in Greenery (Darker Green)
  • Willow Yarns Burrow Chunky in Blue Spruce (Lighter Green)

 

  • Knit Picks Brava Chunky in Solstice Heather (Blue)
  • Knit Picks Brava Chunky in Tranquil (Darker Green)
  • Knit Picks Brava Chunky in Cornflower (Lighter Green)

 

  • Berroco Weekend Chunky in Starry Night (Blue)
  • Berroco Weekend Chunky in Sea Glass (Darker Green)
  • Berroco Weekend Chunky in Clothesline (Lighter Green)

For Circular Needles

Size note: The adult size is quite large, so the teen size hat might be the best choice unless you want a large hat.

Using worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles to fit toddler (child, teen, adult),

Cast on, using blue yarn: 64 (72, 80, 96), place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Knit Brim using blue yarn:

Row 1: *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1 inch in length

Switch to darker green yarn and knit first stripe:

Row 1: knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 2 inches in length

Switch to lighter green yarn and knit second stripe

Row 1: knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 3 inches in length

Switch back to blue yarn and knit top of hat

Row 1: knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 5 (6, 6.5, 7) inches in length

Crown Decrease: switch to dpns when needed

Row 1: *k6, k2tog* ; repeat around
Row 2 and ALL even rows: knit all stitches
Row 3: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 13: *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish:

Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail and draw the tail through the remaining stitches. Cinch tightly and weave in your ends.

To use chunky weight yarn, switch to size 10 circular needles and cast on: 48, (56, 64, 72), Work pattern as written to crown decrease. Leave out the even number rows for the crown decrease for chunky weight yarn.

For Straight Needles

Using worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles to fit toddler (child, teen, adult),

Cast on, using blue yarn: 64 (72, 80, 96)

Knit Brim using blue yarn:

Row 1: *k2, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1 inch in length

Switch to darker green yarn and knit first stripe:

Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is about 2 inches in length

Switch to lighter green yarn and knit second stripe

Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is about 3 inches in length

Switch back to blue yarn and knit top of hat

Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: purl all stiches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is about 5 (6, 6.5, 7) inches in length

Crown Decrease:

Row 1: *k6, k2tog* ; repeat around
Row 2 and ALL even rows: purl all stitches
Row 3: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 13: *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish:

Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail and draw the tail through the remaining stitches. Sew the seam and weave in your ends.

Crochet Patterns

Pattern 1

Finn's Hat – Crochet – designed by Miriam Mitchell Bates

Using worsted weight yarn and Size 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook to fit Child (Adult)

Top of Hat – begin with blue yarn

Ch 4. Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring.

1st rnd: Ch 1. 6 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 sc.

Cont with established pattern, inc 6 sts on every rnd to 48 (60) sts.

Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Next rnd: Ch 1. [2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 (9) sc] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 54 (66) sts.

Cont in same manner, inc 6 sts on every following alt rnd to 60 (72) sts. Place marker at end of rnd.

Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rep last rnd until work from marked rnd measures 1 (2½) in.

Fasten off blue yarn and switch to light green yarn.

Next 4 rnds: With light green yarn, Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. (1 inch).

Fasten off light green and switch to darker green yarn.

Next 4 rnds: With darker green yarn, Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. (1 inch).

Fasten off.

Brim is made separately with blue yarn.

Ch 5.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 4 sc at the end of this row.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in each st across. Repeat this row for a total of 60 (72) rows.

Stitch long end of brim to last row of hat. Stitch short ends of brim together.

Pattern 2

This version is crocheted from Brim to Crown.

Brim

Ch 5 with blue yarn.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 4 sc at the end of this row.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in each sc across. Repeat this row for a total of 60 (72) rows. Brim measures approx 1 inch.

Join ends by lining up first and last row and sl st or sew ends together.

Fasten off.

Hat

Body and crown of hat are worked in the round. Do not turn work.

Rnd 1: Attach dark green yarn at corner with sl st and Ch 1. Working in ends of rows along one long side of Brim, evenly sc 60 (72) across edge. Join with sl st to first sc. At the end of this rnd, place marker and move marker up as work progresses. Do not turn work.

Rnd 2 & 3: Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72) sts.

Stripe should measure about 1 inch. Total length of piece, 2 inches.

Fasten off dark green yarn.

Rnd 4: Attach light green yarn. Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72) sts

Rnd 5 & 6: sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72) sts

Stripe should measure about 1 inch. Total length of piece, 3 inches.

Fasten off light green yarn.

Rnd 7: Attach blue yarn. Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72)sts

Rnd 8: Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 60 (72) sts

Next Rnd: repeat Rnd 8 until piece measures 4 (5 ½) inches from edge of Brim.

Begin shaping crown:

Next Rnd: Ch 1. * Sc2tog, sc 8.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 54 (66) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Join with sl st to first sc. 54 (66) sts
The remaining rnds will each decrease by 6 sc.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 7.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 48 (60) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 6.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 42 (54) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 5.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 36 (48) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 4.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 (36) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 3.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 (30) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 2.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 (24) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog, sc 1.* Repeat 5 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 (18) sts.
Next Rnd: Ch 1. Sc2tog across rnd. Join with sl st to first sc. 6 (12) sts.

For larger hat, repeat final row for a remaining 6 sts.

Break yarn. With needle fasten off stitches and cinch closed. Secure end.

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