Donation a Day April 2017: Chemo Caps

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I’m embarking on another one.

Six years ago next month, my mom was diagnosed with “stage 0” breast cancer.  She was pretty lucky and was able to fully recover with just (extensive) surgery.  Recently, she suggested I make a batch of chemo caps to help those who are not as fortunate and have to undergo chemo and radiation.  Hats have become my relaxation knitting, so I was an easy sell.

I started making caps around the 1st.  My “official” goal is 30 caps: one a day.  My reach goal is 50.  I just don’t know if I can get quite that many done this month because I have a few other things I have promised to make.

Although I plan to make some solid hats adorned with colorful crochet flowers (a special request) I am hoping this will also be a good stash buster project.  I have so many soft yarns to use up.  I’m starting with some yarn samples I found at a local craft store and my stash of Premier Mega Brushed Chunky.  Aren’t the colors lovely?  And it’s so soft.

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I discovered in the fall that the Mega Brushed yarn makes two adult hats really easily.  All the striped hats in the photo above, except the one in the upper left, were made this way.

  1. Using size 11 (8 mm) needles, cast on 45 stitches.
  2. work 1×2 ribbing (k2, p1) for about 5 rounds
  3. knit all until you get to the end of the stripe color repeat (back where you started)
  4. knit 2 more rounds
  5. decrease by 3 sts on the next round ([k13, k2tog] three times)
  6. decrease by 6 sts every round until only 6 sts are left ([k5, k2tog] six times, [k4, k2tog] six times, [k3, k2tog] six times, etc)
  7. pull yarn tail through remaining 6 sts
  8. sew in ends
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