Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Chemo Caps

One of the very few upsides of chemo? Excuse to knit hats! I have discovered in the past week that I really like knitting hats. They're very rewarding in terms of output. A hat a day is definitely do-able.

So far, I've finished three chemo caps. I also learned a little bit about what is important in a chemo cap.
1. Soft.
2. Nothing at all scratchy.
3. Non-allergenic materials if donating to unknown recipient(s).
4. Longer than some hats, since it must cover all the way to the bottom of the head, where it meets the neck.
5. Not ugly. (I'm trying)

First up is a white, lacy hat.
Yarn: Knit in Brown Sheep Company's Cotton Fleece in 'Cotton Ball' colour.
Pattern: The Lace-Edged Women's Hat from Head Huggers.
I don't think I had any variations on this one. Knit lace edge, make it five and a half inches long, start decreasing in the regular way. Try hat on. Try hat on squirmy cat. Done.

Next up was a pretty standard 'hat' hat. Knit using the Standard hat recipe, learned from Crazy Aunt Purl.

Yarn: Patons Bhemian in Artistic Taupes.
Cast on 44 stitches to begin, knitted five and a half stitches on US 10 needles (Denise), then began the decreases. Very soft and cushy. I like this one.

The usual cat model rules were also followed.

And finally, the Blanche hat, pattern found here.
Knit in Zara merino DK weight, can't find the ball band to tell you the colour. Blue of some sort. Even being wool, this yarn is nice and soft, almost silky.
Next up, I may try out the Clapotis cap, to go along with the clapotis I knit for Mum for Christmas.
The cat modelling was bypassed for this hat, as I was in danger of losing my hand at the wrist. And I need that wrist to knit more hats.
For now, though, I'm going to go wrap up some more fudge.


Chelle said...

Lovely hats! I knit for some alopecia sufferers so I appreciate the requirements for chemo caps a bit.

Don't forget Magknits Odessa pattern. I've knit it without the beads and it makes a nice little cap with an interesting pattern!

Vaedri said...

Oh, that is nice! I'll definitely add it to my list. Thanks!

Rachel Siegel said...

ur hats r beautiful....i love making preemie hats...cause they r super easy...and really tiny...and they r sooo cute!!