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...