View Full Version : Best choice yarn for a chemo hat?
11-22-2006, 11:51 PM
I want to knit a chemo hat for an online friend with cancer who just lost her hair. I don't have any appropriate yarn, so I'll have to order something. I can't afford it to be terribly expensive, but I do want to find something really soft that will wear well. I even thought of looking on eBay, but since my experience with good woolen yarns is limited, not having a yarn shop nearby, I'm at a loss as to what to order. :shrug:
edit to add: She lives in AZ, so I wouldn't want it to be too bulky or warm, I guess. Then again, I guess even AZ gets pretty cool in the evenings. I'm not really sure.
Any suggestions? :thinking:
11-23-2006, 02:00 AM
My favorite chemo cap yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino/Rowan Classic Cashsoft (they have the same fiber content). Very soft and comfy, and machine washable. I've also made a few out of GGH Bali (http://www.yarnware.com/web/yarnware/Yarnware.nsf/Yarn/GGH-Bali!OpenDocument), which might be better for a warmer climate since it's cotton/acrylic. The person I made them for loved them to pieces -- she asked me to make more of them. :D I think it's especially nice because you can make a hat from one ball, and it somes in sooo many colors.
11-23-2006, 02:19 AM
Thanks, Julie. :D
Do you have a favorite pattern? :thinking:
Jan in CA
11-23-2006, 03:15 AM
I've read that any yarn that is very soft is best, not wool or scratchy yarns. Soft cottons like Knitpicks shine, Bernat's Cottontots and the others suggested are a good place to start.
Here's a couple sites that have chemo hats, but any soft hat free of seams should work.
Head Huggers (http://headhuggers.org/)
11-23-2006, 05:24 AM
I knitted some chemocaps for myself.. and I used a soft yarn, 50 % cotton and 50 % acryl. Very nice. I used the Odessa pattern from Grumperina. I also knitted the Shedir hat from Knitty, and used the yarn in the pattern. I love that cap too.
I friend gave me a Odessa knitted with silcalpaca, it was quite scratchy before I washed it. Afterwards soft as the softest thing!
I wish your friend good luck!
One of mine Odessas
Pattern Odessa: www.magknits.com/feb06/patterns/odessa.htm
My Shedir: http://virtuella.blogdrive.com/archive/488.html
Pattern Shedir: http://www.knitty.com/issuefall04/knittyF04surp.pdf
11-23-2006, 12:29 PM
Thank you so much, ladies, for your helpful responses.
A good friend of mine told me that most chemo patients cannot stand to have anything on their heads, so I really wanted to be sure that I use the softest, most appropriate, yarn for the project.
Virtuella, your Odessa is positively beautiful. :heart:
Both the Odessa and the Shedir patterns were the ones I'd found to like the appearance of most, myself. :D
11-23-2006, 01:33 PM
Sorry I don't have info on the softest wool to get in America but I wondered if your friend knew about this site http://www.hatswithhair.com/ContactUs.aspx
They are a very friendly company, based in Tampa, and will do their best to help.
All Best Wishes
11-23-2006, 06:09 PM
Thank you for sharing that info, Limey! :)
11-24-2006, 01:22 AM
My LYS had some chemo hats displayed that were made from Rowan Calmer. They were very soft.