26 thoughts on “(New) Jeannie Worsted Chemo Cap Patterns

  1. I had these patterns many years ago but I’ve started again to knit the caps as my 53 year old daughter is going through chemo for colon cancer. She won’t lose her hair but I see many others who have. Thanks for doing this.

    • Hi Patricia.

      I’m so sorry that your daughter was diagnosed with colon cancer and my prayers are with her for a very uneventful and full recovery/remission. So glad she won’t lose her hair but maybe a really good thing to do is to knit up one or two or a few chemocaps in honor of the wonderful care she is receiving and donating them to the cancer treatment center where she is receiving her chemo.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:
      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name in honor of your daughter’s first name))

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.

      Ronni
      http://www.chemocaps.com

  2. Hi
    I’m looking for a Chemo cap pattern for yarn without stretch (cotton silk bamboo). Odd that all the chemo cap patterns are for wool … Must be a trifle hot indoor on a sensitive scalp .

    • Hi Carol.

      Chemocaps can be knit with any type yarn other than 100% wool because that would be too scratchy on a sensitive scalp. The goal for a chemocap is “warmth without weight”. Cancer patients who have lost their hair find their sensitive scalps to be cold.
      If your knitting for someone in the tropics somewhere in the world where the weather is hot then please substitute a yarn that would be soft such as you mentioned. If you do find a cotton, silk, bamboo, soy or other that has no stretch – pleae let me know because I haven’t found any. You could also downsize the needles and knit with a soft fingering/sock wt yarn and that would work really well.

  3. Hi, I am in the process of knitting the easy ribbed chemo cap and have run into a problem. I cannot figure out the decrease. It says to pattern 8 times, then k2 tog. No matter what I do it will not come out right. what am I doing wrong. thanks for the help

  4. Great pattern. I am making chemo hats for our local hospital. Like
    your pattern, but I am having problems understanding how to decrease.
    Pattern 8? Does that mean to k then knit 2 tog?
    Please simplifiy the decrease stitch.
    Thanks
    Nadine

    • Hi Nadine. I just heard back from Joanne, the designer of the pattern. Here is her answer to your question.

      The answer is:
      Work in pattern as established for 8 sts then work 2 sts together, repeat.
      On the next decrease row it will be work 7 sts in pattern as established, then work 2 sts together, repeat.

      This should solve the problem. Please let us know if you have any more difficulties and thank you for knitting chemocaps for cancer patients. On behalf of every patient who is the recepient of one of your chemocaps, please accept my heartfelt thank you.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:
      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name or name of knitting group)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

    • Hi Judy
      Thanks for the input. We knitters are so lucky to have so many diversified fibers to knit with and chemocaps are beautifully knit in cotton, soy, bamboo, merino and wools that are less than 80%. The goal for a comfortable chemocap is “warmth without weight” so that no matter what climate the cancer patient lives in – from the coldest to the hottest their sensitive scalp will feel comforted with a soft chemocap.

      Thanks for participating in this program by knitting chemocaps for cancer patients.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:
      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name or name of knitting group)
      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

  5. I have recently taken up knitting. I was at my son’s baseball game and a friend approached me and asked if I would make her a new night cap because the one that she had was making her head sweat at night. She told me about the Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn and my story begins from here. Once I completed the first night cap I had another request for one of my night caps. I am know hooked on helping cancer patients have a good night sleep. To know that in this small way that I am able to help makes it all worth it. Night caps made with love for another..

    • I think it’s wonderful that you want to knit “chemocaps” for cancer patients. I know the patients who are the recepients of your very soft handknit chemocaps will be very appreciative.
      Peaches and Cream yarn is meant to be used to knit dishcloths and if you can scrub a pot with it to clean it, then you know it isn’t right at all for a cancer patient. Patients who are losing or who have lost hair to cancer treatment have very sensitive scalps and they need a very soft washable chemocap to wear that will not be abrasive.
      Please use our patterns to knit chemocaps for cancer patients and use any yarn that has some wool in it but not 100% wool.
      I would save the peaches and cream for gifts of dishcloths but not for cancer patients chemocaps.

      Ronni

    • I love Peaches & Creme. If you go to their website you can see patterns and finished items made using it. There is a beautiful skirt! I am making chemo caps for our local hospital and was wondering what would be a bit cooler during our hot muggy summer months. Seeing your post reminded me of P&C! Thanks so much!

      • Hi Beth

        Peaches & Creme is a wonderful yarn to knit chemocaps in because it is one hundred perccent cotton and so if you live in a warm weather or tropical climate it is lovely.

        As part of this program all we ask is that you
        Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

        ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
        www,chemocaps.com
        knit for you by (your first name)

        This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
        This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
        On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
        you deserve it.

        • Hi Ronni,

          I just came across this website while I was looking for charity knitting programs. Yours looks like it’s going to be a good fit for me, and I’m looking forward to knitting my first Chemo Cap!

          I did have a couple questions. In your reply to Lisa Smith’s comment (April 8), you said that Peaches & Creme yarn is not suitable to make the caps. Then, in your reply to Beth Sloan, you said it was a great yarn for Chemo Caps. I’m really confused and I don’t know if I should use Peaches & Creme yarn or not. Also, I was wondering if I had to use your patterns for the hats or can I use different ones. I love the patterns on your site, but there are others I also love, such as a stockinette stitch beanie with ribbing at the beggining like the following: (https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQk_uw2QOVWhViEOkpm_xYmrz6ZBGfG1ZL25ywrlNrTaA81gDcy). That’s the kind of hat I want to knit, because it’ll be quick and easy and I can pump out more in less time.

          Please respond so that I can get started as soon as possible.

          Thanks so much,

          Niya

          • Hi Niya

            Thanks for wanting to knit chemocaps for cancer patients and for wanting to participate in this program.
            I’m glad you love the patterns on this website but please knit with any pattern that you feel comfortable with.
            I love the pattern that you are wanting to knit. It’s a great pattern and so definitely knit chemocaps with it.
            To clarify the confusion peaches and cream is not a good yarn to knit chemocaps with because it is much too scratchy
            for sensitive scalps. It’s great for dishcloths and for scrubbing pots.

            As part of this program all we ask is that you
            Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

            ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
            www,chemocaps.com
            knit for you by (your first name)
            This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
            This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

            Thank you so much for the woman that you are and for all that you do for others.
            Take Care
            Ronni

    • Beautiful chemocap Lisa……It’s fabulous and you are an amazing knitter. I know whoever receives this chemocap is going to be smiling from ear to ear.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

  6. Any worsted weight yarn can be used for chemo hats . I usually use 100% acryllic or a wool plend such as Plymouth Encore or Lion Brand Wool-Ese. 100% wool is too scratchy

  7. i love the patterns that you have on your site. I have been knitting and crocheting hats, scarfs and wrist warmers for the homeless in the community that i live in for the past couple of years. While delivering a box of hats to the homeless shelter that is in our area i ended up falling due to ice and snow. The shelter not only give them to the ones who were able to get a bed, but to those that they have to turn back out into the cold. However due to the fall, i had an elevated white cell count that could not be explained and my doctor thought it might be leukemia and sent me to the Cancer Center to have tests done to see if this was indeed the problem. After all the tests were complete thank God, it was not cancer. However, i am now knitting caps for this wonderful office who also provides care to those without insurance and finds a way to help even when patients have no money to even help pay for the care that is needed. I will continue to knit hats for the homeless in the fall and winter, but the spring and summer will be for the Cancer Center. Thank you for posting these wonderful patterns. *****Of note to those printing the patterns, make sure that select how many pages you want to print as if you do not do this step, you will print all the comments below as well.

    • Hi Dee

      First I want to say how very glad I am to hear that your tests came back negative for cancer. I am sure that was a very big worry for you. I hope you are recuperating from your fall and are on the mend.
      It is people like you who give of yourself and give so much to others that makes the world a much better place to live in. You are an inspiration to me with all of your knitting and crocheting and giving to the shelter for the homeless. Now to think that you are taking on another charitable knitting program – knitting chemocaps for cancer patients…….Wow…
      You are an inspiration to me and on behalf of all the cancer patients who receive your complimentary chemocaps – I say a heartfelt thank you.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)
      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

      Thank you so much for the woman that you are and for all that you do for others.
      Take Care
      Ronni

  8. I am working on the easy ribbed chemo cap everything works well until I get to the decrease. I understand the pattern 8 k2 tog, but the next round says work in pattern. Does that mean the (P1, k4) pattern? If so, I haven’t been able to make that work. Please advise
    Thanks.

    • Hi Martha.
      Not sure I understand your question. We don’t have an easy ribbed chemocap pattern in our collection of patterns. I would love to help you but please let me know what pattern it is you are asking about or perhaps this is a pattern you have found elsewhere.
      Thank you for knitting chemocaps for cancer patients.
      Ronni

  9. Hi, thanks for the patterns! I’m very new to crochet and trying to create chemo cap c. I’m not coming any where close to your measurements. Also mine doesn’t look as tight as yours, it looks very open and airy.
    I’m using loops and threads woollike. The weight states 1 super fine. Is that what I should /could use?
    The only other hat I made was with a yarn that’s weight is 4′ that looks more like your photos.
    Sorry for the long winded note but wanted to cover everything.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Adrienne.
      I’m so glad you want to participate in this program. All of the patterns on this website are for knitting chemocaps and therefore the measurements would not be accurate for crochet chemocaps. I would recommend your visiting this website
      Headhuggers
      http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/patterns.htm

      There are wonderful complimentary patterns for crocheting chemocaps and so by using those patterns you will be able to crochet chemocaps and will have the right gauge, yarn requirements and crochet hook sizes which is what you need.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

      Thank you for participating in this program. You are making a difference in the comfort for cancer patients.
      Ronni

  10. When I hit print, it printed all the comments as well as the pattern. That is a lot of paper and ink used that I cannot afford! Very upset. I read all the comments because there is good advice but I do not think they should be printed with the pattern. That should be corrected.

    • Hi Lisa

      Sorry that this happened to you and I’m not sure why. I asked a few knitters to print out one pattern from the website and to see what would happen. The result was that they just got the one pattern printed out and nothing more. One of the knitters suggested that maybe there is something with your printer interfacing with the website that is making this happen.

      On the positive side, you now have all the patterns so enjoy the knitting………
      Ronni

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