Even though it seems as if most of the country is having a wicked heat wave, people still need chemo caps! And with the cold weather coming one of these days, they will need even more. Please spread the word about the need for these caps and how much they mean to the recipients. Any knitter has an extra skein of yarn just hiding in his or her stash..........this year, please try to turn those extra skeins into chemo caps for those battling cancer. This latest hat can be a stash buster too! The model was knit using 3 different colors of DK weight yarn, but as usual, the instructions are included for all yarn weights, so you can use what you have on hand and make a difference!
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You will need 3 colors of 3-weight yarn and size US 6 needles, or some other combination listed below.
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
Using Color C, cast on 105 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.
Work Brim: Using Color C
Row 1: knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures about 2 inches, or longer if you prefer, in length.
Work Pattern: all stitches are knit stitches. The numbers and letter refer to color: In the model Color A is pink and B is blue.
Rows 1, 2 & 3: *1B, 2A, 2B, 2A*; repeat around
Rows 4, 5 & 6: *2B, 4A, 1B*; repeat around
Row 7: *1A, 2B, 2A, 2B*; repeat around
Row 8: *2A, 1B, 2A, 1B, 1A*; repeat around
Row 9: *2A, 4B, 1A*; repeat around
Row 10: *3A, 2B, 2A*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 -10 until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.
Work Crown: Using Color C: use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 8 inches in length.
Work Crown Decrease in Color C:
Row 1: *k5, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k2tog *; repeat 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 share.
If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 49.
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70.
If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 91.
If using 2-weight yarn, use size 4 needles and cast on 126.
This pattern is worked over 7 stitches. Adjust accordingly for size differences.