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Susan P.
04-14-2007, 07:52 AM
Hi, I just posted this to someone asking for a pattern and recommendations but I thought this a really worthwhile resource to share around. Lots of patterns for adults and children:

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cancercaps.html

katezin
04-14-2007, 08:54 AM
Thanks so much for the link! My father-in-law just started chemo and after 3-4 weeks will start into radiation. Yesterday while in the waiting room someone mentioned that a family member had made them a chemo cap. So even though they live in FLA, I know he would love for me to make him a chemo cap just to know that someone loves him enough to make one for him.
I browsed the link you gave and found the perfect cap. Now I'm off to my LYS and can't wait to get it shipped to him. :thumbsup:

Susan P.
04-14-2007, 09:41 AM
katezin. That's great! On another thread here someone has asked about caps. I noticed on that site one pattern even mentioned not knotting the yarn inside because of the sensitivity of the skin and so on so I thought those little tips really helpful. People who make hats for charity reasons may tend to forget men.

Often people say they have a leftover ball or yarn or 3 and aren't sure what to do with them.

I've got another idea in my head to make a different sort so I'll see how that fares and post an image one day - I hope!

Susan P.
04-14-2007, 09:52 AM
Just needed to add that some of the patterns have 'wool' recommended when of course cancer patients should not have wool because of heat and irritation. Just know you can substitute. There is also a comment about 'holes' in the caps showing baldness. There is a pattern on the site for a butterfly hat. I would just have that lined in a nice cotton to match or contrast the yarn. Make sure you wash the hat and the cotton material before lining.

Rennagayle
04-14-2007, 03:43 PM
I have an online friend in Arkansas who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has begun chemo treatments. She mentioned shaving her head the other day since her hair was coming out unevenly.

I thought about trying my hand at knitting her a cap, but I know that Arkansas gets very hot in the summer so a hat for her would be best made out of cotton.

The only cotton yarn available locally to me is kitchen type (Sugar'n'Cream or Lion Brand Cotton), so I'll have to order something, which means I won't get a chance to feel of it first. Can someone recommend a really, really soft cotton yarn or mostly cotton blend that I could use for knitting her a hat? :neutral:

Rennagayle
04-14-2007, 03:46 PM
Oops. I just discovered this question has already been posed in another thread (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=30021) in this forum. :blush:

MommaG
04-14-2007, 04:49 PM
Thank you so much for that link. I have been thinking about making some as I remember when my mom went through Chemo she wore scarves and stuff as she didn't like being bald. I often try and do things to help raise awerness in memory of my mom (she passed when I was 12) I have chopped my hair and donated it for wigs several times as well. I have some really nice soft stuff in my stash I think I will knit up after finishing my current projects.

Rennagayle
04-14-2007, 04:57 PM
MommaG, I'm so sorry you lost your mom at such a young age. :(

Susan P.
04-14-2007, 07:47 PM
If you've a sewing machine don't forget those turban styles are often very popular. There are 100% cotton yarns but not being in the US I am loathe to recommend as some of the yarns you folk discuss are not obviously available here and perhaps vice versa.

I've found if I ring stores that are at distance and talk to the staff about what I need and softness etc they are generally very good in giving me great recommendations. I live in a country area and my local shop has a quite limited supply BUT they do have yarn books with examples of threads from many varieties they don't stock. I've sometimes looked at that and then ordered long distance something I found I wanted.

Nobones
04-15-2007, 11:53 AM
Speaking as someone who has used these caps, please, be careful what yarn you use! A lovely friend of mine made one for me, It made me itch so much I didn't care about being bald! Also think about ear warmers beacuse for some reason your ears get cold too!

Rennagayle
04-15-2007, 01:19 PM
Speaking as someone who has used these caps, please, be careful what yarn you use! A lovely friend of mine made one for me, It made me itch so much I didn't care about being bald! Also think about ear warmers beacuse for some reason your ears get cold too!


On the other thread of a similar topic, someone suggested using Blue Sky Alpaca. Do you personally consider that would be a sufficiently soft yarn? :thinking:

Also, I'm sorry you were in need of such caps. :(

Julie
04-15-2007, 01:19 PM
I used GGH Bali (http://www.threadbearfiberarts.com/yarn/ggh/bali.php) (a cotton/acrylic blend) for some chemo caps for a friend of a friend. They were here favorite -- she said they were sooo comfortable, the only ones she liked to wear. :D

Nobones
04-15-2007, 03:06 PM
I think that would be nice, not too harsh against the skin.

So far I'm doing better thankyou.

Rennagayle
04-15-2007, 04:24 PM
So far I'm doing better thankyou.

I'm so glad to know that. It seems every direction I turn anymore, I hear of someone new being diagnosed with cancer. I learned just last week that three people we know have been recently diagnosed with it. :(

Susan P.
04-16-2007, 06:24 PM
Julie, Thanks for posting an image of the yarn. Lovely colours! I've used a Filatura di Crosa yarn Zara which is pure merino but has the same look. That way the ply twists 'across' seems to make for a comfortable garment and a nice soft look. I was interested to hear the cotton/acrylic blend worked so well and wasn't hot. :-)

Nobones, sorry to hear also and great though you can give advice as to what works and what may not. So, some of the aviator style hats etc - for autumn/winter especially - would be really welcome I imagine. I've always liked your avatar. I imagine a kitty claw grabbing a finger any moment! :happydance:

Nobones
04-18-2007, 09:27 AM
Yeah those types of hats are nice. My avatar, is my cat Buffy, when ever my wool is out Buffy is cuddled up to me. The photo was taken the first week we had her. (Didn't get much knitting done that week! spent most of it chasing after my ball of wool!)