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Monday, May 21, 2012

Introducing the Caterpillar Chemo Cap!

Well, I'm not convinced I see the caterpillars in this stitch, but other people do and that's what matters!  This hat knits up super fast and is very cozy.  I used Michael's Charisma for this one and used well less than one skein.  Any 5-weight yarn would work fine.  The pattern is a multiple of 8 +6, so if you wanted to use a lighter weight yarn, just add stitches in the proper increments and you'll be fine.

Another Schnapps Approved Cap!

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Caterpillar Chemo Cap

You Need:

Size 10.5 circular needles
5-weight yarn – I used Charisma for this one – well less than 1 skein


K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together as one for a decrease

Cast on 62 stitches, place marker and join in the round, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Garter Stitch Brim:

            Row 1:  Knit all stitches
            Row 2:  Purl all stitches
  Repeat Rows 1 and 2 3 more times for a total of 8 rows (or more if you want a longer brim)

Work Body of Hat:

            Row 1:  K4, P2, *K6, P2*; repeat from * to * across row
Row 2:  K1, P2, *K6, P2*; repeat from * to * to last 3, K3
Row 3:  K2, P2, *K6, P2*; repeat from * to * to last 2, K2
Row 4:  K3, P2, *K6, P2*; repeat from * to * to last 1, K1
Row 5:  P2, *K6, P2*; repeat from * to * to last 4, K4
Row 6:  Knit all stitches

Repeat Rows 1-6 three times for a close fitting cap, four or more times for a slouchy hat.

Crown Decrease:

            Row 1:  K2tog, knit to last 2, K2tog
            Row 2:  *K4, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 3:  Knit all stitches
Row 4:  *K3, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 5:  Knit all stitches
            Row 6:  *K2, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 7:  Knit all stitches
Row 8:  *K1, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row


Cut working yarn leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in your ends and make someone smile with the gift of a Caterpillar Chemo Cap!

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  1. this one doesn't look like the pink one you call the catapillar hat.... can you please email me the pattern for the pink one or link so I can buy @ I hope you see this soon ;) Delma

    1. this is the only hat that I call the caterpillar cap................I'm not sure which one you are writing about. You can email me a picture of it to and I will try to help.

  2. That is so cute! I'm currently de-stashing, and using up lots and lots of yarn to make hats that will be donated at Christmas time. Any hats made with yarn soft enough will be given to a local cancer care centre, and the rest will be sent to the firehall for distribution through local charities - there are lots of kids, and even adults around here who don't have warm hats. I thought this was a good way to deal with the SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy), just for my own purposes, but I've got one other resident of my co-op crocheting along with me, and we'll also be knitting hats. Thanks for sharing this cute pattern - it will doubtless keep some people warm, wherever it goes to.Cheers, Carol

    1. Thank you so much for posting that! I'm so glad that it will be used to help others! Hugs, Robin