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Ribbing and Lacy Chemo Caps for Straight Needles

16 February 2014

These two ribbing and lace caps are feminine yet functional. The one on the left is a feather lace and the one on the right a diamond lace.

This pattern is for straight needles. An in-the-round version is available here.

Size:
Adult woman, size medium – 20″ circumference, 7.5″ height

Gauge:
17 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
1.5 oz (90 yards) of soft worsted weight yarn
Size 8 (5 mm) straight needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
k3tog = knit three together
p3tog = purl three together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
sssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of the three slipped stitches and knit.
yo = yarn over

Feather Lace
Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat the directions between the * across the row.

Row 1: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p1, k9, p1 *
Row 3: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 5: * k2, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 7: * k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 4 – 7 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a Row 4.

Crown:
Row 1: * k2, yo, k1, sssk, k3tog, k1, yo, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p9 *
Row 3: * k1, yo, sssk, k3tog, yo, k2, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p7 *
Row 5: * k2, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p5 *
Row 7: * k1, k3tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p3 *
Row 9: * k3, p3tog * k1
Row 10: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 11: * k3tog, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seem side, secure and weave in end.

Diamond Lace
Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat the directions between the * across the row.

Row 1: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p1, k9, p1 *
Row 3: * k11, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 5: * ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 7: * ssk, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 9: * ssk, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 10: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 11: * ssk, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 4 – 11 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with an even numbered row.

Crown:
Row 1: * ssk, k7, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 2: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p9 *
Row 3: * ssk, k5, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p7 *
Row 5: * ssk, k3, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p5 *
Row 7: * ssk, k1, k2tog, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p3 *
Row 9: * k3, p3tog * k1
Row 10: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 11: * k3tog, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seem side, secure and weave in end.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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21 Comments to “Ribbing and Lacy Chemo Caps for Straight Needles”

  1. Looking forward to knitting this cap

  2. beautiful cap, will be easy to knit. Lillian Howard

  3. so glad that I found your blog! Thank you so much for sharing all of your patterns. Would be nice if you added a Pinterest button. So many would love to follow you there.

    Gail

  4. I am so glad to have found your blog. I started knitting a few months ago and your blog is perfect for feeding my insatiable addiction. Just finished knitting the wrapped stitches baby hat and I love it and now I’m going to start on the chemo hats. All your instructions are clear and easy to follow. Thank you so much for your generosity.

  5. Thank you so much for the patterns. My daughter-in-law’s mother is fighting cancer right now and these will be great for her during this terrible time. A little comfort may help in some way.

  6. Hi mama
    Do you do this pattern for babies
    many thanks
    sarah

    • The easiest way to modify it for babies is to use DK weight yarn and size 6 (4mm) needles. Then the 85 stitch cast on will make a 15.5″ circumference hat. A 71 stitch cast on will make a 13″ circumference hat.

  7. Love your patterns
    Love the way you think
    Love the way you orchestrate your stitches

    How might I modify your patterns to use a lighter weight yarn with a size six needle?

    You are fabulous!!!!!
    I am inspired with your simple creativity.
    You keep your instructions very simple.
    The end product is very unique.

    Thank you!

  8. Hi,

    I want to make the chemo hats using four needles. I have U.K. double knitting wool. Your patterns call for 5mm needles. Will I have to make any adjustments, or is D.K. the equivalent of worsted weight wool.

    Thank you for always getting back to me!

    Rita

  9. Hi! Love all of your patterns. For this hat my head is 22″ and your pattern says a medium is 20″. I have the exact gauge and size needles to make this hat but do not know how to make it a tad larger for my head?
    Thank you,
    Debbie

    • I actually think with stretch this is going to be the correct size. You actually want a beanie style hat to be an inch or two more snug than the head size, otherwise it will be loose and not stay on.

  10. Thank you so much for these lovely patterns. I will be knitting some hats for myself as I am having chemo treatment for breast cancer and my hair is starting to thin quite quickly now. I love knitting and will be knitting more to donate to my local hospital as well as my treatment hospital for other people to have a lovely hat at such a stressful time in their lives. Bless you and all the wonderful posters who are knitting to help.

  11. thank you — I am going to try doing this. I am teaching myself knitting, I do know how to crochet, but I haven’t done this in a LONG time. I taught my Mom how to crochet and she was doing all the baby things for the families. Crocheting now makes my hand hurt so I have stopped crocheting and miss working with yarn. I want to make some chemo caps to give to the hospital.

  12. Hello,
    Thank you for showing how to modify this hat for babies above. My question is: For baby hats, what should the height of the hat be before beginning to shape the crown?

    Thank you so much! I’ve admired your page for a long time, and this is the first pattern of yours that I’ve tried!

  13. Thank you for these patterns. I made 3 of them and gave them to ladies who are battling lymphoma and they liked them. The patterns are easy to follow and turned out beautifully. I plan on knitting some more.

  14. Hi! I’ve been working on the Feather Lace pattern, and I can’t get the crown pattern to work. Is there a correction on the pattern that I’m not seeing anywhere? Something is missing. Please help me to figure this out. I love what I’ve done so far, and would like to finish it. Thank you.

    • No corrections. Give me more details on what is off. One thing to be aware of is there are some decrease 3-to-1 stitches in the crown such as sssk and k3tog.

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