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purpleldy1 12-20-2012 12:12 AM

Searching for Simple Beginner hat pattern
My sister was just diagnosed with Stage 3 breast Cancer. She wants me to knit or crochet her a hat to keep her warm when she starts to lose her hair from the Radiation and Chemo. I have never knitted or crocheted a hat but I am willing to try especially for her. Any suggestions? I have never tried circular knitting or knitting in the round, but I have a friend at work that could keep me in the right direction. Thanks in advance.

Jan in CA 12-20-2012 12:34 AM

Most cancer patients that I've known prefer knitted hats. Crochet often has a looser fabric. The yarn is very important, too. It must be very soft. Wool or animal fiber of any yoe is not a good idea. The one I use most is Berroco Comfort. It's 50/50 acrylic and nylon.

I have a bunch bookmarked and will post them when I'm back on the computer.

purpleldy1 12-20-2012 12:55 AM

Jan I would appreciate that. I have some alpaca/acrylic blend and some angora/acrylic blend, I recently purchased. Would one of these work, or would 100% cotton" Baby yarn type" be better. I have been going to the store and brushing the yarn against my cheek to decide if it is soft enough. Thank you for you input.

Jan in CA 12-20-2012 01:37 AM

From what I've read you should stick to cotton, nylon and microfiber.

suzeeq 12-20-2012 10:15 AM

Angora and alpaca can be itchy, even for people who don't have sensitive skin. Stick with very soft, smooth yarn. Lion has microspun, a soft microfiber yarn. If the baby cotton is really soft, that would be good. Caron SS is another one that people use a lot for chemo hats.

mojo11 12-20-2012 11:06 AM

Knitting Pattern Central has a TON of hats and several of them are specifically designed for chemo patients.

Also, Head Huggers has a bunch and they're specifically oriented to chemo patients.

Give my best to your sister, okay?

purpleldy1 12-20-2012 07:22 PM

Thank you. I really appreciate the help. I am still very much a nube when it comes to knitting. I will give her your best. I know she appreciates the well wishes and prayers of even strangers.

GrumpyGramma 12-20-2012 08:11 PM

I'm sorry to hear of your sister's illness. I dont' know of specific patterns but you could probably find something at Beyond that, make it her favorite color or colors and help brighten her days a little.

BenRosey 12-27-2012 08:39 AM

Here are a number of hats that might work:[pattern]=chemo

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