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Re: Chemo Caps
Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: September 19, 2009 12:13PM

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

Subject Written By Posted
  Chemo Caps Carla 09/19/2009 11:53AM
  Re: Chemo Caps knittingmom 09/19/2009 12:13PM
  Re: Chemo Caps Alex 09/19/2009 08:00PM
  Re: Chemo Caps craftsman 09/20/2009 01:18AM
  Re: Chemo Caps Carla 09/22/2009 05:44PM

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