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{Gifts for Crafters} Chemo Caps and Wraps

Updated on October 28, 2014

Chemo Caps and Wraps To Crochet Review

This Christmas I was given a copy of Chemo Caps & Wraps . It is a book edited by Connie Ellison whose husband died of cancer 30 years ago when at the young at of 21 he was diagnosed with cancer.

This book is made in collaboration with Pamela Haschke who founded Halos of Hope after enduring chemo for inflammatory breast cancer. It was when she was going through chemo and blessed with hats and scarves from family and friends that the idea of Halos for Hope was first birthed. Now she collects and donates hats for hospitals and cancer centers ~ 450 nationwide.

Each hat in this collection was designed with Halos for Hope in mind so you'll find the hats all cover the entire head. Only soft yarn is suggested as bald heads tend to be sensitive to scratchy yarns.

Crochet Chemo Hats for Kids - Kindle Digital Crochet Patterns by Luz Mendoza

Halos for Hope accepts hats for women, children and men. Here are just a few kid friendly designs you could make to donate. Check the database for a drop off center near you.

Be bold when crocheting chemo hats for kids. Use bright and cheery colors. Crochet character hats or other funky style hats. You don't have to stick to basic hat styles let your creativity shine - the children will thank you for it.

Be sure to take a look at current hat styles for children. This will give you an idea of what children are wearing and make the hats donated much more popular.

In All Caps with The Crochet Dude
In All Caps with The Crochet Dude

Everyone Knows Someone Who Has Been Touched By Cancer

More Chemo Hat Ideas Inside "In All Caps" with the Crochet Dude

My first introduction to cancer was back in grade school. A fellow classmate had a sister with Leukemia. I can remember our class writing letters to her and visiting the City of Hope. I didn't have anything to give her as a gift so I sacrificed my favorite strawberry scented doll. She was thrilled to have her.

The next time cancer would touch my life was with the death of my husband's Grandmother. Although she quit smoking years ago she still succumbed to lung cancer. Currently my aunt is battling cancer with strength and dignity.

Photo: In All Caps by Leisure Arts and The Crochet Dude

Soft Yarns Are Perfect For Chemo Hats - Choose Yarns That Are Soft When Touched To Your Face

Cancer patients need hats that are soft not scratchy so choose soft yarns. A good way to test the yarn is to rub it against your cheek. If it feels soft than it's probably a good choice.

Premier Yarns Solid Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted, Baby Pink
Premier Yarns Solid Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted, Baby Pink

Debbie Norville's Everyday Soft Worsted yarn in pink is a great yarn to use when making up hats to donate in honor of your grandmother, mother, daughter, sister, or friend who has battled breast cancer. This yarn is machine washable and dryable and is pill free. This works up on an I crochet hook and US 8 knitting needles.

 

Soft Yarn Choices

Cotton

Cotton Blends

Bamboos

DK Weights

Fingering

Sock Weight

Baby Yarns

Think Pink Crochet
Think Pink Crochet

Think Pink Crochet Designs

Crochet for the Cure

With over 35 Designs you're sure to find something to make. You'll find hats, shawls, lapghans, and even a teddy bear. All designs are centered around the color pink but could also be made in other colors. Designs are perfect for advanced beginners to intermediate crocheters.

Make a bunch of pink ribbons to add on your lapel or as appliques for your hat. Add some flowers to a hat or simply crochet a cloche.

Crochet Chemo Cap Patterns - Leisure Arts Crochet

In All Caps!  (Leisure Arts #75271) (Leisure Arts Little Books)
In All Caps! (Leisure Arts #75271) (Leisure Arts Little Books)

The Crochet Dude [Drew Emborsky] is well known for his charity work and crochet designs. This booklet is perfect for crocheting for women with cancer.

In this little leisure arts pamphlet you'll find the following patterns:

Basketweave Stocking Cap

Cabled Tam

Reversible Cabled Headband

Shearling Bucket Hat

Slouchy Beret

Stripes and Cables Hat

 
jeltovski on morguefile.com
jeltovski on morguefile.com

Halos of Hope

Hats for Chemotherapy Patients

When Pamela Haschke was diagnosed with cancer and started receiving caps and wraps from friends and family she decided to crochet some items to donate to her local hospital as a gift for patients. Little did she know that her little effort would turn into a National non profit organization.

Listen to an interview Mary Beth Temple did with Pamela of Halos of Hope. You'll hear first hand the story behind the organization and what you can do to support it.

Visit the Halos of Hope Ravelry group or their website for more information on how to receive hats, donate hats, volunteer, donate cash for shipping or yarn for hats. You'll also find a number of hat patterns that are free to download.

Photo: creative commons on morguefile.com by jeltovski

Crochet Chemo Hat - Teens Need Chemo Hats Too

Teens are often a neglected group when people donate chemo caps. Try some hip patterns from this book by designer Afya Ibomu. I purchased this book a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It gives the basics of hat construction in the beginning and is filled with all sorts of stylish hats.

I took this book and a bag of yarn with me on a vacation and crocheted nearly every hat in this book. I love the brim hat pattern, the kinky Reggae dread tam and the bun cover. There is also a headwrap that would be perfect for chemo patients to wear. There are plenty of designs for Teens in this book.

Note: She has pattern corrections on her website Nattral.com

How to Make the Visor Hat - with Afya and Kissa and diynetwork.com

In this video you'll get a quick tutorial on how to make the visor hat and the ski hat - including how to add elastic to your hat.

Shalom Prayer Shawl

Simple Prayer Shawl Pattern

I participated in a swap on swap-bot.com and the theme of the swap was Peace. I made this prayer shawl for my partner and crocheted the word Shalom and a peace sign onto it.

The pattern came from Lion Brand website [pattern #70374AD]and is perfect for beginners. As I was making this shawl I said little prayers for my partner that peace would radiate her life and being.

I received a peace plaque made from old shotgun shells in the shape of the peace symbol. My partner described it as a piece of art that brings peace out of violence as the shotgun shells were gathered from a hunting site.

Crochet Prayer Shawl Patterns - How to Crochet a Prayer Shawl

Prayer shawls are comfort shawls. It keeps patients warm as they wait in the lobby or during treatment. The simpliest prayer shawl you can make is with a half double crochet stitch. Be sure to use a soft yarn in a warm color.

Don't forget men and children when you are making prayer shawls. Try more masculine colors for men and more bright and cheery colors for children.

First, you'll need to find a comfortable place to crochet. Second, say a prayer or blessing with the intended recipient in mind. Third, Crochet, all the while focusing intentionally on the spiritual gift you will be giving the recipient.

  1. Chain a length you'd like your shawl to be. [approximately 57" long]
  2. Choose a stitch [sc, hdc, dc, treble crochet or a patterned stitch] to crochet your shawl in.
  3. Once your shawl is complete add a flower, a bead or two or whatever you feel will be acceptable to the recipient.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry: Reaching Those in Need (Leisure Arts #4225)
The Prayer Shawl Ministry: Reaching Those in Need (Leisure Arts #4225)

This is a great book for those who would like to know more about the Prayer Shawl ministry and how they can get involved in making shawls. A number of patterns for beginners to intermediate crochet. A couple of the patterns are available online for free but the tips you'll get about making shawls for men and women are worth purchasing this book.

 

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