Knit Chemo Cap & Pattern

Pattern: My Own
Yarn: Berroco Plush (color: Lava Lamp)
Needles: US10

My third chemo cap for Made by Hand. Berroco Plush is super soft and not too bad to work with; however, my cast on was consistently tight and picking up dropped stitches was a nightmare because the stitches obscured themselves once dropped. I strongly recommend using life lines or something similar with this yarn.

I even wrote a pattern for this one as well. I’m finding pattern writing somewhat fun and while I’ve only done very basic patterns right now, I think I may try to start increasing the complexity as I understand more about knitting construction.

As always, if you find a correction or don’t understand something either email me at delirium(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com or leave a comment.

Basic Rolled Brim Hat

Materials:
[MC] Berroco Plush; 2 skein

1 pair US 10 19″ Circular Needles
1 set US 10 Double Point Needles

Gauge: 2 st = 1″

Measurements: This hat ends up with a 22″ circumference and has a depth of 8″ with the brim rolled down.

Notes:
pm = Place Marker
Pattern

  • With two strands of yarn held together as one, cast on 45 stitches. I strongly recommend a very stretchy cast on.
  • Join making sure not to twist and place marker to designate the row.
  • [k9, pm] 5 times.
  • Knit until piece measures 7 inches.
  • [k7, k2tog] 5 times. Repeat this for every row until you have 5 stitches left. *When the hat becomes too small for the circular needles, begin using the double-point needles.

Finishing

Cut yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Thread yarn through a tapestry needle and pull yarn through last 4 stitches. Pull tight. Secure the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in ends.

The Brim

The brim is just the natural curl of the stockinette. I just rolled it a bit more to make it a little thicker.

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46 thoughts on “Knit Chemo Cap & Pattern

  1. Pingback: FO: 2nd Berroco Plush Hat « Kis*Knit

  2. Hi. I really like the hat with the rolled brim but I am a brand new knitter and have a question. Actually, two questions. When you describe knitting knit 9 and pm 5 times and then knit the rest do you mean to continue in that pattern of knit 9 and pm 5 or does it chanage to knit a row, pearl a row until it measures 7 inches. Also, when are the double pointed needles used? Thanks soooo much.

    • I have not picked up knitting needles in 30 years. I do not understand the direction “knit 9 and pm5.” Does it mean to knit 9 and then purl 5 times?

      Also, my daughter wants me to use 100%cotton Prima, Crayon Boucle yarn. Described as ‘a plush frisee cotton yarn.” Would this yarn work with your pattern?

      Barbara

      • pm = place marker

        You will knit 9 stitches, place a marker and then do it again for a total of 5 times. You can either do this when I do in the pattern or knit until the piece is 7 inches and then place your markers. I like to place my markers early so I can do quick checks that I haven’t dropped a stitch (especially with this yarn).

        You can use any yarn you want. Just remember, different yarns can make for a different gauge (and fit) and can also create a different fabric.

    • PM means to place the marker just in that one time around so every 9 stitches you will have a marker. but in the circular you just knit around and around to make the stockinette stitch. You really won’t need the markers until you start the decrease. You change to the double pointed needles when you have trouble going around with the circular needle.

  3. Thanks for your thoughts and the pattern, but I was given one of these hats while I was taking chemo and had lost my hair and I ended throwing it out—the extra bulk of the brim hurt my head when I layed my head on the pillow to sleep.

  4. Hi. I really like the hat with the rolled brim but I am a brand new knitter and have a question. Actually, two questions. When you describe knitting knit 9 and pm 5 times and then knit the rest do you mean to continue in that pattern of knit 9 and pm 5 or does it chanage to knit a row, pearl a row until it measures 7 inches. Also, when are the double pointed needles used? Thanks soooo much.

    • Just copy & paste it in Word or any word processing program you use. You can change the font size to make it easier to read & get rid of all the ads & extra stuff to save ink.

  5. I have to say that when I was taking my chemo, I loved a hat like this. The rolled brim added some interest around my face like hair normally would.

  6. the pattern states to k9 then pm 5 times. my question is, do I continue this pattern of placing the markers after every k9’s or just in the first row?

  7. hi!
    Love the directions, and hat looks adorable, but I can’t read the supply list due to the picture covering it. Could you please e-mail me the supply list. thank you.

  8. RE: Join making sure not to twist and place marker to designate the row.

    I have only knitted blankets and other types not requiring a joint. I was wondering if anyone could help clarify this issue?

    Thanks Robbie

  9. Liz, This is a cute hat, but I too cannot see all of the directions because a picture is covering them. Could you please fix the site or repost the directions with a link?

  10. Hi
    Love the look of this pattern, but could you tell me the size of yarn you used, is it bulky or sport wt, etc…? The gauge is it with two strands of yarn?
    Thanks in advance
    Janet

  11. Do you repeat this throughout the 7 in. of knit? If not What is the purpose of K9 pm (5 times)? The hat looks great! I have not tried it yet but once this question is answered I plan of knitting it.
    Thanks

  12. Marg,

    You only place the markers one time and pass them onto the other needle with each row. If you prefer, you can knit the 7 inches and then place the markers before you begin your decreases. The reason I add the markers early is so if I something comes out wrong I can spot check an area’s count and not the entire row. It’s really a matter of preference. After the 7 inches, however, the markers are useful in picking out where the decreases go.

    Liz

  13. Liz-

    I am on the local Race For The Cure Committee. I am a pain knitter. (I only knit when I am in great pain from a knee problem.) I would love to use this pattern to make caps for our “Survivor Kits” These are not sold but given to breast cancer patients in the Arkansas Affilate of the Susan G Komen for the Cure Service Area. I was not sure if you would think was a commerical use. Please let me know if it is okay.

    Becky

  14. A friend who also is in the Ravel Raousers Knitting Guild has asked us to make hats to help a friend. I’ll let you know how I do making these hats. They look easy .

  15. Sorry , but I am a beginning knitter and I do not understand what pm means. I gather it’s pearl something, but please explain . Thanks

  16. hi there, i run a website which is currently knitting hats for teenagers with cancer. Could i please put this on there? Or you could join up and post it yourself if you preferred

  17. You say
    “[k7, k2tog] 5 times. Repeat this for every row until you have 5 stitches left. ”
    Then it says “Thread yarn through a tapestry needle and pull yarn through last 4 stitches.”
    Is it meant to be “pull yarn through last 5 stitches”, instead of 4?

  18. making a toddlers hat.. have cast on 54 stitches and am ready to start the decrease for the crown.. how stitches do I knit before decreasing.. I’m thinking knit 7, k2 together. Can you confirm if this is right or not. Thanks..

  19. Hi Louise, doing the math I would say cast on 55 , knit 9 knit 2 together 5 times I think that would work . Good Luck I’m fairly new to knitting do mostly crochet. Learned to knit in school during 2nd world war. made blanket squares for the military. Hope this helps

  20. Maybe you should have put pm=place marker in bold. We do hats and have been requested to do 300 by November 30. Now that is a goal, right?
    Love our knitting group, we are new so only have 5 members so far but we will grow as soon as the knitters find there is a need, I am sure. Enjoy your patterns and they are free, fantastic!!!

  21. How can I print out your pattern without making it a 8 or 9 pages of comments printed out…?
    I love to read the comments, but have a problem using too much paper.

  22. This is just the pattern I’ve been looking for. I’m going to try it with larger needles and bulkier yarn. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  24. Vicki, making a hat on straight needles is a slow-going, royal pain in the arse. You would need to rewrite the pattern to knit it flat and sew a seam. I had circular fear for years, and now I knit flat on them, too–it took me a month to fall in love with them. The difference is that when you knit circular and join, what would be a garter stitch flat becomes stockinette. No need to purl those rows.

  25. I get a slight peak with the hat but it flattens when I weave it in. If you prefer, back out a couple rows and cast off there. That will lessen the peak.

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