Pretty in Pink: Knit a Playful Pink Ribbon Hatcomments (6) October 8th, 2009
Since 1992, the pink ribbon has been the symbol for breast cancer awareness when Self magazine and cosmetics giant Estee Lauder partnered to launch the now iconic symbol. This symbol has increased awareness of the cause and has contributed to efforts in raising substantial money to fund research to wipe out this horrible disease and to support care programs for those who are suffering.
Even if you have not been touched by this disease, you will want to make at least one or several of these hats since I have provided instructions to accommodate the noggins of little kiddies, tweens, and mature women alike.
Enter your pink projects in our Make it Pink Challenge to support breast cancer research. We will donate $1 for each pink project uploaded to the project gallery in the month of October.
- Yarn: 1 ball of Be Sweet Ribbon Ball. Ribbon Ball is an enchanting mohair yarn with hand-tied ribbon and spun with a thin metallic strand. Each 50g ball is 120 yards and is available in more than 20 colors. I used Bright Pink. (This exact yarn was featured in the cover sweater for the Holiday '08 Knit Simple Magazine.) If you don’t have access to this yarn, a good substitute would be a mohair bouclé, or combine a novelty yarn with a worsted-weight wool or wool blend to achieve the ultimate sass factor.
- Ribbon: 1 yard of satin ribbon
- Needles: US 15 circular needles 16 inches long
- Stitch marker
- Scotch tape
Size small: Cast on 50 stitches.
Size medium/large: Cast on 58 stitches.
Place a marker and knit in the round until the hat is about 6-1/2 inches tall (small), 7 inches (medium), or 8 inches (large). This will result in a cute cap style. I actually kept knitting up to 9 inches because I wanted a floppier beret look. I ended up liking the purl side better and when I tuned up the brim, it looks like faux ribbing. Gotta love double-duty items!
The top of the hat will be secured by a satin ribbon functioning as a drawstring. No sewing together! Use your Scotch tape to secure your ribbon to the needle. Pull the needle with the ribbon attached through the loops, replacing the needle.
Secure the last stitch and cut the yarn, leaving a tail for weaving in the ends.
This project is a twofer! Since the hat has a drawstring at the top, I discovered that before you gather it up to make the hat, you have a tube that can be pulled over your head to be used as a cowl.
Just make sure that your ribbon is long enough so the stitches don’t fall off the ends. Also when you are casting on, make sure to do so loosely so you can actually get it over your head.
Awareness and Cause Ribbon Color Meanings
Support you favorite causes by knitting a hat in that very ribbon color. Here is a list of ribbon colors and the causes they represent.
• Heart Disease
• Substance Abuse
• Support of Military Troops
• Suicide Prevention
• Bladder Cancer
• Mental Illness
• Kidney Cancer
• Organ Donation and Organ Transplant
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Cultural Diversity and Racial Tolerance
• Alzheimer's Disease
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Cancer Survivor
• Colon Cancer
According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 10 million people around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years without the cure. For more information about breast cancer, visit the Susan G. Komen website.