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Rennagayle 11-22-2006 11:51 PM

Best choice yarn for a chemo hat?
 
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:

Julie 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, 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.

Rennagayle 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.

Chemocaps
Head Huggers

Virtuella 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

Rennagayle 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

Limey 11-23-2006 01:33 PM

chemo hats
 
Hi Renna

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

Limey

Rennagayle 11-23-2006 06:09 PM

Thank you for sharing that info, Limey! :)

kaidyddd 11-24-2006 01:22 AM

My LYS had some chemo hats displayed that were made from Rowan Calmer. They were very soft.


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