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Chemo Caps

Updated on September 1, 2017
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Jenn has been knitting since 2010, and loves sharing her yarns about yarn with other.

A Labor of Love

Cancer patients going through chemotherapy have a tough battle ahead of them. Many of them lose their hair, and this can be a very emotional thing to have happen. To help keep heads warm and give them something fun to wear, I've decided to knit chemo caps. Chemo caps can be knit, crocheted, and even sewn. Many people adorn their caps with buttons, pins, and other embellishments for a fun look. It is also comforting for the patient to know that someone cares enough to give them a something to add a little comfort into their lives.

Cancer has been a thorn in my family's side. I lost my father to lung cancer in 2005 and I remember when he lost his hair to chemotherapy. Even as a man, it was very difficult for him. My aunt has suffered from breast cancer. My sister had a melanoma. My grandmother fought different cancers at different times in her life before she succumbed to lung cancer as well. I remember her losing her hair. My supervisor Dawn has fought and beat leukemia TWICE. I want to do something to honor them. Please join me in helping cancer patients all over the country and world. All royalties from this lens are going the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For Example

Soy silk is soft and smooth, so it makes it a great choice for chemo caps!
Soy silk is soft and smooth, so it makes it a great choice for chemo caps!

What type of yarn to use?

You have to be careful when you choose yarn for a chemotherapy cap. You need to take into consideration texture and softness. Wool is ok, but many people can be allergic to animal fibers, except alpaca, and you can purchase alpaca wool and blends. Soft acrylics and cotton are good, too. Bamboo yarn is also another great choice. Novelty fun fur is another excellent choice and can be combined with another yarn to make a unique cap.

Where do I get patterns?

I believe that just about any hat pattern could make a good chemo cap, but there are a few things to consider. One, you want full coverage for a hat. For colder weather, avoid hats with a lot of holes in them, such as ones with lace work. A close fit is another thing to consider. Hats with a seam are ok, but ones without one are great for sleeping in, so break out those circular and double pointed needles! Still, as I said, for fun, any hat can be a chemo cap. Here are a few places with great patterns for chemo caps.

Hats I've Knit

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I used Lion Brand Yarn Tweed Stripes in Caribbean for this cool hat.I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Blue mint to make this pretty pattern.Here I used Lily's Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn for this soft hat.This is a stack of ten hats I recently delivered to the local cancer center in my community.I made this hat for a young man named Logan.  He is a relation of mine, and is a teenager fighting cancer.This is a more recent creation made from one strand of green cotton yarn and one strand of blue crochet thread.I think this hat would be ideal for either a man or woman.
I used Lion Brand Yarn Tweed Stripes in Caribbean for this cool hat.
I used Lion Brand Yarn Tweed Stripes in Caribbean for this cool hat.
I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Blue mint to make this pretty pattern.
I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Blue mint to make this pretty pattern.
Here I used Lily's Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn for this soft hat.
Here I used Lily's Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn for this soft hat.
This is a stack of ten hats I recently delivered to the local cancer center in my community.
This is a stack of ten hats I recently delivered to the local cancer center in my community.
I made this hat for a young man named Logan.  He is a relation of mine, and is a teenager fighting cancer.
I made this hat for a young man named Logan. He is a relation of mine, and is a teenager fighting cancer.
This is a more recent creation made from one strand of green cotton yarn and one strand of blue crochet thread.
This is a more recent creation made from one strand of green cotton yarn and one strand of blue crochet thread.
I think this hat would be ideal for either a man or woman.
I think this hat would be ideal for either a man or woman.

Who do I give the caps to?

Now that you have all these lovely soft caps, how do you get them to those who need them? Here are a few ideas and web sites that you can check out.

  • Local oncology centers and hospitals
  • Oncology doctors' offices.
  • Give one to a friend or loved one. Ask around to see who needs one!
  • Knitting forums and web sites usually have links to charities that take chemo caps.

More Ways Knitters (And Crocheters) Can Give

Different yarn companies have promotions going on when they will donate money either through a kit or special yarn to a cancer-related charity.

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If you don't knit, what you can do!

I urge you, no matter what your skills and talents are, to do something for our cancer patients. Whether though donations, your time, or other activities, such as Relay for Life, a small gesture can make a big difference.

The American Cancer Society has some great suggestions on other things you can do.

What are you going to do to help cancer patients? Leave a comment and/or feedback!

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    • jennabee25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jenn Dixon 

      4 years ago from PA

      Thank you so much!

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      Jenn Dixon 

      4 years ago from PA

      Lily's Sugar 'N Cream is one I use all the time. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      What a kind and awesome enterprise.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Creating something lovely out of a sad story. You are such a blessing and have an act for knitting. The Lily's Sugar 'N Cream one I like the most, but they are all nice. May God continue to bless your work.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      4 years ago from PA

      Bamboo is a great choice, too!

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Any yarn with a bamboo blend would be great for chemo caps--so soft!

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      Jenn Dixon 

      4 years ago from PA

      I am sorry about your loss, and my best wishes to your aunt. The best place to start is to call local hospitals and see if they take donations. That's how I got started. Let me know how it goes!

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      Sandra K 

      4 years ago

      Hi as you can see I am new to your Hub. Knitting is my passion and have a fondness for hats and other accessories. I am Irish and would like to know of any places where I could donate them. I also knit and crochet blankets and am teaching myself to knit socks. I would love to hear from you. I have lost two uncles to cancer and my aunt is in remission.

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Terrific lens! I knit hats for the homeless but will look into chemo caps. I've seen what chemo did to my late husband and would love to help others facing cancer.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      That is a wonderful idea for cancer patients.

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      Jamesykai 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for such a great lense!

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      cancerdefect 

      5 years ago

      Shop To Fund Mammograms Against Breast Cancer For Women In Need http://CancerFunds.org/

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Came back once more to say Hi and thank you for the great lens.

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      SteveKaye 

      5 years ago

      This is such a wonderful, generous idea! I'm sure the recipients will be thrilled to have one of these unique caps.

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      jknake lm 

      5 years ago

      I must confess that I myself have not done anything. But when I saw your little caps it reminded me of some ladies in my village that do knit and crochet caps for newborn babies that they give to the hospitals. I always thought that it was a great idea to do something personal like that. Such a nice lens. I think we all have had someone in our family die of cancer. God Bless.

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      limited279 

      6 years ago

      I am part of the Terry Fox committee but want to do more. My girlfriend knits and I have book marked this page and will encourage her strongly to make some!

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      WinWriter 

      6 years ago

      A wonderful lens. It makes me want to cry. I love what you're doing for cancer patients. You have a beautiful heart for others. * Blessed *

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      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice knitted caps and a very compassionate gesture on your part of giving them to patients.

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      macgillivray 

      6 years ago

      I had chemo last year for womb cancer - and lost my hair before the second treatment. I decided I didn't want to wear a wig so chose a selection of scarves and caps. I have to say that I was really grateful that my hair started to grow back before the really warm weather set in because I don't believe I could have coped with the extra insulation during the summer weather :O. Best wishes to all who are going through treatment for any type of cancer.

      Margaret

      ps - I've created a lens to tell my story at http://www.squidoo.com/womb-cancer

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great subject.,,,,,,,you´re doing a great thing.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great subject.,,,,,,,you´re doing a great thing.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I knit lap blankets for chemo treatments and donate them to our local hospital. I use 3 skeins of Homespun and use the knitted dishcloth pattern.

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      pawpaw911 

      7 years ago

      Great subject. You don't think of it till you or someone you know needs one. Nicely done.

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      hlkljgk 

      7 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for the patterns

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      Johanna Eisler 

      7 years ago

      I love this. We all need reminders to do what we can for others, instead of merrily going our own way, focusing only on ourselves. This is a reachable goal for nearly everyone, and could be done during TV watching, music listening, etc. We just need to REMEMBER.

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      ellagis 

      7 years ago

      I think you´re doing a great thing, because you´ve found a way to do useful things and make them happy. And I think happiness is something cancer patients really need... as much as they can, of course.

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      javr 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These knitted chemo caps that you provide must be well received items. Thanks for making them.

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      JimH 

      7 years ago

      A great idea and a great lens! Thanks for sharing your story.

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      candy47 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      sushilkin lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice work on lens. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge with all and come to squidoo. PRAY FOR JAPAN

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      tiff0315 

      7 years ago

      This is really great! Thanks for the information and the labor of love.

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      MissMinny 

      7 years ago

      As someone who has also lost loved ones to cancer, I appreciate all the hard work you've put into this lens. Best wishes to you and your daughter.

      Miss Minny

      https://hubpages.com/health/cancercards

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      Cynthia Davis 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Lucky Leprechaun Angel Blessings!

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      awesome lens. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      Jeanette 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Great lens. Lensrolled to my gifts for cancer patients lens.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      7 years ago from PA

      @WhiteOak50: Thank you so much for the feature!

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      Joan4 

      7 years ago

      What a great idea! These could be made on a knitting loom, too.

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      WhiteOak50 

      7 years ago

      Me again, I just wanted you to know that I have just featured this page at: Lens Sightings Stop by and pick up your badge!! Congratulations!

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      WhiteOak50 

      7 years ago

      Love this page!! Leaving you with a Blessing from a SquidAngel

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      Lemming13 

      7 years ago

      brilliant lens, great idea. Blessed.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      7 years ago from PA

      @katforeman: I used to work with a woman who knit baby hats for a local hospital, and that is a great cause, too! Organic cotton and bamboo would probably be best, and the aloe would be great, too. Sock yarn is also a good choice. Thanks for stopping by!

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      katforeman 

      7 years ago

      I will add these hats when I donate preemie hats to the hospital...makes me feel good...I make hats with aloe in them I bet that would be nice for them..thank you for being strong and sharing your story and dedication to these caps...Good Job...Grandma Kat

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      katforeman 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the information on this site...I donate preemie hats to the nursery and would love to add hats for cancer patients. I use sock yarn out of wool and nylon and aloe...would that be soft enough for patients...I wonder...maybe organic cotton or bamboo. I will research that. Keep up the caring its all we have. Grandma Kat

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      Jenn Dixon 

      7 years ago from PA

      @anonymous: Thank you! And congratulations on being a survivor!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Excellent topic; great presentation. As a breast cancer survivor who underwent chemotherapy treatment, I can positively say that caps designed specifically for us are wonderful! Being bald (especially for women) is such a shock that it takes time before we can adjust to letting the world see us without a hat or cap! Well done (and thank you for donating your proceeds to cancer!

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