My Very Best Friend!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Introducing the Waves of Hope Chemo Cap!

The first hat for this week is a new design.  I really enjoyed this pattern - it's very simple and yet quite interesting visually.  I knit this using Lion Brand Cotton Ease.  This is beautiful yarn to work with and I will definitely be picking up more in the near future.  I used about half a skein for this hat, but any worsted weight yarn would work well.  I used size 9 needles which are a bit larger than you would expect for worsted weight, but I really like the way it came out.  And, of course, this would work beautifully as a hat for anyone, for any reason; not just as a chemo cap.

Schnapps of course, had quite a bit to say about the pattern as it went along and happily, he approved of the final result!

Schnapps approves!

As always, the pattern is free! Please stop by our Facebook pages for Delaware Head Huggers and for Kozy Kovers for Kids.  Come join us as we make a difference.  We shipped out 3 large boxes of hats just this week and our total so far is 6,716, with more coming in every week!  Stop by our websites also to see what we're up to, find out how to donate or just learn more about what we do. If anyone wants to donate to help cover shipping costs, there is a donate button right here on the blog too. 

 If you're not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and "Like" our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at too.

Waves of Hope Chemo Cap!

You Need:

Worsted Weight yarn – I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease – about 100 yards
Size 9 circular knitting needles (16” or shorter)


SSK – slip, slip, knit – slip two stitches, one at a time to the right hand needle.  Insert the left hand needle into both stitches and knit them together.

This pattern is in multiples of 10, so just add or subtract in 10 stitch increments to adjust the size for babies, children or larger adults.  This hat fits an average adult head.  Remember to adjust your crown decreases as well!

Cast on 70 stitches, place marker and join, being careful not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:

            Row 1: *K3, P2*; repeat from * to * across row
            Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 1.5 to 2 inches

Work Body of Cap

          Rows 1, 2, 3 & 4:       
                                *K5, P5*; repeat from * to * to end

          Rows 5 and 6:              
                               *K4, P1, K1, P4*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 7 and 8:             
                   *K3, P2, K2, P3*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 9 and 10:              
                   *K2, P3, K3, P2*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 11 and 12:            
                     *K1, P4, K4, P1*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 13,14,15 & 16:      
                       *P5, K5*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 17 and 18:             
                      *P4, K1, P1, K4*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 19 and 20:             
                     *P3, K2, P2, K3*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 21 and 22:             
                     *P2, K3, P3, K2*; repeat from * to * to end

Rows 23 and 24:            
                     *P1, K4, P4, K1*; repeat from * to * to end

Crown Decrease:

            Row 1:             *K8, SSK*: repeat from * to * to end
            Row 2:            Knit all stitches
  Row 3:             *K7, SSK*: repeat from * to * to end
            Row 4:            Knit all stitches
  Row 5:             *K6, SSK*: repeat from * to * to end
            Row 6:            Knit all stitches
  Row 7:             *K5, SSK*: repeat from * to * to end
            Row 8:            Knit all stitches
  Row 9:             *K4, SSK*: repeat from * to * to end
            Row 10:            Knit all stitches
  Row 11:             *K3, SSK*: repeat from * to * to end

Finish:  Cut yarn, leaving a tail.  Draw tail through stitches left on the needles.  Cinch closed, secure and weave in ends.  Spread some hope!

I hope you enjoy this pattern!  Happy Knitting Everyone!

Delaware Head Huggers 

Delaware Head Huggers on Facebook

Kozy Kovers for Kids


  1. Definitely going to try this one! Thank you for generously sharing!

  2. I don't have access to circular needles can I knit this flat or do I need to add or decrease the amount of stiches
    Regards Di

  3. You would have to adapt the even rows for knitting flat - the number of stitches would stay the same though.

  4. I love your pattern waves of hope hat. Can't wait to try the pattern. A friend and I plus others are forming a group to knit, crochet, loom, etc. hats for babies. I have done some chemo hats in the past and they were very welcomed by all. It's always nice to help those that need help whether you know them personally or not.

  5. Would this fit an adult head size 21 1/2 inches?
    Thanks! :)

    1. It fits an average adult head.........I don't measure them when I make them.

  6. Thank you for the pattern. I like to knit hats and I will visit the facebook pages you suggested.

  7. Thank you. My friend looked thru the selections at the cancer center in Columbia MD and it really meant a lot to see them and that others were thinking of them not knowing them personally. If you have time remember those going thru stuff we can't even imagine.

  8. Do you not need to use DP needles to finish the crown decrease?

    1. No, you do not. If you did, as some of the other patterns here, it would state that. You could and continue decreasing to K2tog around, but it works this way as well.

  9. I have some lovely sport yarn which I ordered online and want to make this cap with that yarn. However, I will need to use smaller needles because it isn't heavy weight, more bulky yarn. What do you suggest as to needle size and pattern adjustment?

  10. This pattern is in multiples of 10, so just add 10 stitch increments depending on the size you want. You should use the needle size recommended for the specific yarn............. for example, if size 5 needles, then I would cast on 90 maybe. If that isn't large enough for the person you are making it for, then go to 100............