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Chemo Caps

Posted by: Carla (IP Logged)
Date: September 19, 2009 08:53AM

I'm finally finished with my radiation therapy, my husband's heart "episode" and our cat's intestinal trauma, and am ready to begin knitting again for others. Since a friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer and will need chemotherapy, I thought chemo caps in her honor would be a good place to start. Do you have any quick and easy - and well-received - patterns/suggestions? Many thanks! Carla


Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: September 19, 2009 09:13AM

Thank you, Carla, for wanting to help your friend and others with chemo hats. I have a favorite 'pattern' for these and find that they fit newly bald heads quite well.

On #7 dps, using 4-ply (worsted) acrylic yarn, cast on 28 sts on each of 3 needles. With the 4th as your working needle, join and begin. You can either do a ribbing band or begin stockinette st (which will roll nicely). When you have knit about 7 or 8 inches of work, begin decreasing. The top I use begins with a purl round followed by one knit round. Since there are 28 sts on each needle, I knit across 12 sts, k 2 tog and repeat around. The next rows will follow this established decrease pattern until 4 sts remain on each needle. Cut yarn leaving about an 8 inch tail, thread through remaining sts and finish off.

I've had very good response to this pattern. The hat fits snugly and warms the bald heads well.

One note, for all who both crochet and knit ... oftentimes the beginning edge of a hat is too tight. Unfortunately, chemo heads are most sensitive and any extra tension is irritating, so keep those beginning edges stretchy.

Thanks to all of you who knit chemo hats. It's a wonderful to say "I care." And if you knit many for an oncology center, you might wish to determine if you can be considered a 'volunteer' and get credit for your work, as well as giving credit to the facility for volunteer hours.

Happy Knitting!!! Marian

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: September 19, 2009 05:00PM

Check out this website: [www.headhuggers.org]
There are lots of nice ideas there to add to Marian's pattern.

Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: September 19, 2009 10:18PM

Also check the From the Heart organization in Virginia, online at
< [www.fromtheheartstitchers.org] >
They have patterns on their web site (they also make shawls to keep chemo patients warm while waiting around the hospital), and have added many other items to meet a variety of needs in the community (babies, veterans, orphans, homeless, etc.).

Perhaps as you read their history, you will be inspired to gather with other knitters in yout area and gradually expand the scope of your projects to meet local needs, as they did.
- craftsman

Posted by: Carla (IP Logged)
Date: September 22, 2009 02:44PM

Thank you all for your suggestions; I will try all of them! Since I didn't have to have chemo with my breast cancer this past winter, I guess I'm just feeling extra grateful! I appreciate your help now, and in the past. Blessings to you all. Carla