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Monday, July 23, 2012

Introducing the Armor of Hope Chemo Cap!

Thank you Gaynell and Mike for the name!  

I used ribbon yarn this time......first time I've worked with it and I was amazed at how soft it was.  I like that this pattern showcases the sheen of the yarn.  I used Sundance Plaza yarn, but any 5-weight yarn would work well with this pattern.  The pattern can easily be adapted for different weight yarns and different sizes.  Just work with increases or decreases of 8 stitches at a time.

The pattern may also be found on as a PDF . Please do not post in comments about problems you are having printing.  I have emailed literally thousands of PDF's to people who request them.........just ask!

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Schnapps enjoying a treat after another successful pattern!


You need:  100 yards of 5-weight yarn and size 10 circular needles


yo - yarn over

k2tog - knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat from * around
Repeat Row 1 seven more times for a total of 8 rows

Work Pattern:

Row 1:  Knit all stitches
Row 2: *k2, yo, k2, pass yo over the 2 knit stitches*; repeat from * around
Row 3:  Knit all stitches
Row 4:  *yo, k2, pass yo over the 2 knit stitches, k2*; repeat from * around

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until the piece measures 7 inches in length.  End on a Row 4.

Decrease Crown:

Row 1:  *k6, k2tog*; repeat from * around
Row 2:  *k5, k2tog*; repeat from * around
Row 3:  *k4, k2tog*; repeat from * around
Row 4:  *k3, k2tog*; repeat from * around
Row 5:  *k2, k2tog*; repeat from * around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and enjoy.

This pattern is easily adjusted for different sizes.   If you use a multiple of 8, you can keep the same crown decreases.

Happy Knitting!

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  1. Thank you for this kind service. My sister has stage IV lung cancer and is about to lose her hair due to chemo. I am trying to knit a hat for her but I am a beginner and do not understand "pass yo over 2 knit stitches". Can I substitute an easier stitch? Roswell Park Memorial Institute is a cancer research center where my sister gets her therapy. My first nursing job was there in pediatric oncology. I am sure they would love hats.

    1. You can't substitute stitches......that stitch is what gives the hat it's texture.

      What you do is take the yarn over stitch that you made before the 2 knit stitches and catch it with your left hand needle and pull it up and over the 2 knit stitches, almost as if you were binding off.

      I have sent some hats to Roswell Park and will definitely send more. If your sister could use some just for her, please feel free to email me at and I'll send her some.

  2. It states to use size 10 circular needles but doesn't state length of needles so does this matter

    1. adult hats use 16 inch circular needles