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Old 09-10-2007, 05:48 AM   #1
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best yarn for chemo cap
i know there have been threads about this before but i can't seem to find them.

What is the best types of yarn to use for a chemo cap? or should i just find a pattern and stick to the yarn it says use? i know it needs to be soft but im worried about alergies and things too.

I want to make a cap for a lovely woman who is the mother of one of my students. she has recently found out that her breast cancer is back and is shortly going to be undergoing a course of chemo (her hair has only just grown back after last time) she is a supermum and i want to do somehting nice for her.

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Old 09-10-2007, 07:51 AM   #2
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Sometimes it's really hard to find things on here using the search tool...!

knitting nook has a great selection of Malabrigo yarn, if you want wool. It's merino and not itchy at all, I LOVE it! She has a ton of colors, call or email her, they aren't all on the website.

Silk or silk/cotton would be good.

Bamboo is as soft as silk and less expensive. I've used South West Trading Co. and it's lovely. Very lightweight, so it would make a thin hat and you'd be using smallish needles. Knitting Nook has that, too.

Also, I've heard lot's of recommendations for Blue Sky, seems almost all of their yarns would be nice. Lot's of people said the cotton one would be great.

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Old 09-10-2007, 08:46 AM   #3
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I usually use RYC Cashsoft or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (same fiber content) because they're very soft and yummy (merino.microfibre/cashmere) but they're still machine washable.

I've also used GGH Bali (half cotton, half acrylic) and the recipient said they were her favorite hats to wear
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I have made a fair number of chemo caps and recently (thanks to Jan) found this yarn. It is cotton with a bit of elastic in it and PERFECT for chemo caps. One problem with some caps made of wool is they can be too warm. So alot depends on the time of year and climate the person lives in.

I recently made several for a friend who was in the hospital for a lengthy period and she said the cotton ones were the best because the hospital is usually kept quite warm.

Acrylic is a NONO because it holds the heat worse, unless it is mixed with a natural fiber.

Another consideration is washability and where the person you are making them for is in the disease process. For the early stages of chemo you want to make sure they are washable because of the nausea and vomiting that chemo can cause. You also need to chose a yarn that "grips", some of the softer yarns are just too slippery to stay on a bald head.

I have made two out of the yarn above and they worked great.
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When I made some chemo caps, people suggested that I mostly use soft, yet washable, yarns. Remember, chemo also makes people tired and they can smell funny, too. Plymouth Encore yarns, and cotton/acrylic mixes were both recommended to me.
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I'm so sorry to hear about your student's mom...I can't even imagine battling breast cancer twice. I hope that she's feeling better soon and that she can have a permanent remission. How kind of you to make her a hat!

This site has some cute patterns for crocheted, knitted, and sewed chemo caps. For fibers, they recommend softer yarns like cotton and state them to be more comfortable. A yarn they mention by name brand is Lion Brand's Microspun because it's soft and machine washable and dryable, and it's acrylic (no allergies). They state the fun furs are soft and lightweight, and that thinner, seamless, and non-lumpy caps "are good for sleeping and increased comfort", and that "hats made with thinner yarn would be better for summer weather use".

Seems like softness, breathability, and lightweight are all factors for chemo caps when considering what type of yarn to use.
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