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Two Feminine Chemo Caps for Straight Needles

These two ripple edged hats are feminine yet functional. The one on the left is pleated pattern and the one on the right art deco pattern.

This is the straight needle version of this pattern. The in-the-round version is here.

There are now coordinating scarf patterns available for each of the hats: Pleated pattern and Art deco.

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) knitting needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
m1 = make one: With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle knit back loop.
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
k3tog = knit three together
p3tog = purl three together
sk2p = slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together; 2 stitches have been decreased
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.

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

Row 1 (wrong side) and all odd rows: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 2: * k1, m1, k1, p2, p3tog, p2, k1, m1, k1 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: * k1, m1, k2, p1, p3tog, p1, k2, m1, k1 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: * k1, m1, k3, p3tog, k3, m1, k1 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 1 – 6 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a Row 6.

Crown:
Row 1: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 2: * k2, p2, p3tog, p2, k2 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 3: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p9 *
Row 4: * k2, p1, p3tog, p1, k2 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 5: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p7 *
Row 6: * k2, p3tog, k2 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 7: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p5 *
Row 8: * k1, k3tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 9: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p3 *
Row 10: * k3, p3tog * k1
Row 11: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 12: * k3tog, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with two feet to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seam side, secure, and weave in end.

Art Deco
Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat directions between * across the row.

Row 1 (wrong side) and all odd rows: p1 * k1, p13 *
Row 2: * k1, p11, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: * k1, m1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k3, ssk, k4, k2tog, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: * k1, m1, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: * k1, m1, k2, ssk, k2tog, k5, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k5, ssk, k2tog, k2, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 10: * k1, m1, k3, ssk, k4, k2tog, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 12: * k1, m1, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 14: * k1, m1, k5, ssk, k2tog, k2, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k2, ssk, k2tog, k5, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 3 – 14 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a row 14.

Crown:
Row 1: p1 * k1, p13 *
Row 2: * k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k4, p1, k4, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 3: p1 * k1, p11 *
Row 4: * k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, p1, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 5: p1 * k1, p9 *
Row 6: * k1, ssk, k2tog, k4, p1, k4, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 7: p1 * k1, p7 *
Row 8: * k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, p1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 9: p1 * k1, p5 *
Row 10: * k1, ssk, k2tog, p1, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 11: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 12: * k3tog, p1, sk2p, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with two feet to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seam 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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23 Comments to “Two Feminine Chemo Caps for Straight Needles”

  1. Beautifully done. I love knitting from your patterns and keep a stash of knitted hats because you never know when a family member or friend will need one. Bless you.

  2. I have been making your chemo hats using a size 8 needle
    How might I modify your hat patterns using a thinner yarn that uses a size 6 needle?
    Thanks
    Love your patterns
    Fit is very nice
    Directions can be remembered easily
    Finished look is great

  3. I love these hats and am going to try them. I have never used DPN’s before, so it should be fun.
    One point however, many cancer patients who lose their hair cannot tolerate a seam in their hats. My partner could not.
    Neither could some of my friends who had cancer. Just wanted to point that out, but not to stop people making them.

  4. Joan - HappyHeart

    I need a yarn that has no wool. So I can only think of an acrylic yarn… Is there anything that identifies a finer yarn? Do I want a finer yarn for one of these caps?
    Kinda new at this,so any help is appreciated!

    • The pattern is written for a worsted weight yarn which is also called medium or #4. Acrylic works well and a soft cotton is also very nice.

      • I knit for chemo patients and I use Comfy worsted or sport from Knit Picks. It is 85% Pima cotton and 15% acrylic. There are many colors and it is very soft. The price is very reasonable. Just Goggle Knit Picks. You won’t be sorry. Delivery takes about 5 days. If you order $50 worth, shipping is free.

  5. Hi. Thanks for posting such lovely patterns, I just showed some to my mom and she’s excited to begin on yet another knitted cap, since it seems that we can never knit enough. Might I just make one suggestion. Could you perhaps consider adding to your patterns the number of stitches to add or subtract for larger or smaller sizes? I’ve noticed that most of your patterns feature this question in the comments section and it might save you having to reply every time this question is asked. Also I love being able to knit something in a range of sizes for the whole family.
    Thank you so much, I’ll definitely be visiting your site regularly from now on!

  6. Lovely patterns, thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi, I plan to make one or both patterns and send them with mine to Knotsoflove.org which is founded by Christine Fabriani.
    Maybe she will like your 2 patterns and put them also on the website for chemo patients across USA?
    Am one of 1000 volunteers and live in Phoenix,
    Marie

  8. Hello,

    I am using DK soft wool from the U.K. I usually use U.K. knitting needles. Are your patters for American Knitting needles or Canadian, or U.K.?

    Thank you.
    Rita

  9. Howdo I alter this pattern to make a woman’s size large?

  10. Thank you! I love your patterns! Have made a number of children’s hats and the response has been amazing!

  11. How do I alter this pattern to make it a woman’s size Small?

  12. was wondering why I can’t pin this pattern to Pinterest. Thanks. Beautiful patterns.

    • Do you have the pin button on your toolbar? It should work with that. We haven’t added pin icons to the patterns yet, but they will pin with the Pinterest add-on button.

  13. It is my understanding that Chemo Caps should be knit in the round because the seam irritates the tender scalp. Am I mistaken?

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