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Chemo Caps

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Jenn has been knitting since 2010, and loves sharing her yarns about yarn with other.

chemo-caps

A Labor of Love

Cancer patients going through chemotherapy have a tough battle ahead of them. Many of them lose their hair, and this can be a very emotional thing to have happen. To help keep heads warm and give them something fun to wear, I've decided to knit chemo caps. Chemo caps can be knit, crocheted, and even sewn. Many people adorn their caps with buttons, pins, and other embellishments for a fun look. It is also comforting for the patient to know that someone cares enough to give them a something to add a little comfort into their lives.

Cancer has been a thorn in my family's side. I lost my father to lung cancer in 2005 and I remember when he lost his hair to chemotherapy. Even as a man, it was very difficult for him. My aunt has suffered from breast cancer. My sister had a melanoma. My grandmother fought different cancers at different times in her life before she succumbed to lung cancer as well. I remember her losing her hair. My supervisor Dawn has fought and beat leukemia TWICE. I want to do something to honor them. Please join me in helping cancer patients all over the country and world. All royalties from this lens are going the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For Example

Soy silk is soft and smooth, so it makes it a great choice for chemo caps!

Soy silk is soft and smooth, so it makes it a great choice for chemo caps!

What type of yarn to use?

You have to be careful when you choose yarn for a chemotherapy cap. You need to take into consideration texture and softness. Wool is ok, but many people can be allergic to animal fibers, except alpaca, and you can purchase alpaca wool and blends. Soft acrylics and cotton are good, too. Bamboo yarn is also another great choice. Novelty fun fur is another excellent choice and can be combined with another yarn to make a unique cap.

Where do I get patterns?

I believe that just about any hat pattern could make a good chemo cap, but there are a few things to consider. One, you want full coverage for a hat. For colder weather, avoid hats with a lot of holes in them, such as ones with lace work. A close fit is another thing to consider. Hats with a seam are ok, but ones without one are great for sleeping in, so break out those circular and double pointed needles! Still, as I said, for fun, any hat can be a chemo cap. Here are a few places with great patterns for chemo caps.

  • Head Huggers Patterns
    Head Huggers has a great page of patterns for knitters, crocheters, and sewers. Also, check out her main page for how else you can contribute.
  • Lion Brand Yarn
    You will have to register on this site, but Lion Brand offers quite a few caps that are good for chemo caps. Some to look for are Comforting Blue Cap (crochet pattern), Tranquil Violet Hat (knit pattern), and the Knit Chemo Cap (knit pattern).
  • Knitting Help Adult Hat Patterns
    Some of the hats here can be great for chemo caps. Just watch what yarn you use.

Who do I give the caps to?

Now that you have all these lovely soft caps, how do you get them to those who need them? Here are a few ideas and web sites that you can check out.

  • Local oncology centers and hospitals
  • Oncology doctors' offices.
  • Give one to a friend or loved one. Ask around to see who needs one!
  • Knitting forums and web sites usually have links to charities that take chemo caps.

More Ways Knitters (And Crocheters) Can Give

Different yarn companies have promotions going on when they will donate money either through a kit or special yarn to a cancer-related charity.

Crafting for Charity

If you don't knit, what you can do!

I urge you, no matter what your skills and talents are, to do something for our cancer patients. Whether though donations, your time, or other activities, such as Relay for Life, a small gesture can make a big difference.

The American Cancer Society has some great suggestions on other things you can do.

What are you going to do to help cancer patients? Leave a comment and/or feedback!

Jenn Dixon (author) from PA on September 15, 2014:

Thank you so much!

Jenn Dixon (author) from PA on September 15, 2014:

Lily's Sugar 'N Cream is one I use all the time. Thank you for stopping by!

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 14, 2014:

What a kind and awesome enterprise.

Fay Favored from USA on September 14, 2014:

Creating something lovely out of a sad story. You are such a blessing and have an act for knitting. The Lily's Sugar 'N Cream one I like the most, but they are all nice. May God continue to bless your work.

Jenn Dixon (author) from PA on September 14, 2014:

Bamboo is a great choice, too!

Kimberly Schimmel from Greensboro, NC on September 14, 2014:

Any yarn with a bamboo blend would be great for chemo caps--so soft!

Jenn Dixon (author) from PA on September 10, 2014:

I am sorry about your loss, and my best wishes to your aunt. The best place to start is to call local hospitals and see if they take donations. That's how I got started. Let me know how it goes!

Sandra K on September 09, 2014:

Hi as you can see I am new to your Hub. Knitting is my passion and have a fondness for hats and other accessories. I am Irish and would like to know of any places where I could donate them. I also knit and crochet blankets and am teaching myself to knit socks. I would love to hear from you. I have lost two uncles to cancer and my aunt is in remission.

Donna Cook on July 26, 2014:

Terrific lens! I knit hats for the homeless but will look into chemo caps. I've seen what chemo did to my late husband and would love to help others facing cancer.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on May 17, 2014:

That is a wonderful idea for cancer patients.

Jamesykai on February 16, 2014:

Thanks for such a great lense!

cancerdefect on October 22, 2013:

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Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on September 28, 2013:

Came back once more to say Hi and thank you for the great lens.

SteveKaye on August 18, 2013:

This is such a wonderful, generous idea! I'm sure the recipients will be thrilled to have one of these unique caps.

jknake lm on June 08, 2013:

I must confess that I myself have not done anything. But when I saw your little caps it reminded me of some ladies in my village that do knit and crochet caps for newborn babies that they give to the hospitals. I always thought that it was a great idea to do something personal like that. Such a nice lens. I think we all have had someone in our family die of cancer. God Bless.

limited279 on October 02, 2012:

I am part of the Terry Fox committee but want to do more. My girlfriend knits and I have book marked this page and will encourage her strongly to make some!

WinWriter on September 10, 2012:

A wonderful lens. It makes me want to cry. I love what you're doing for cancer patients. You have a beautiful heart for others. * Blessed *

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on August 16, 2012:

Nice knitted caps and a very compassionate gesture on your part of giving them to patients.

macgillivray on June 30, 2012:

I had chemo last year for womb cancer - and lost my hair before the second treatment. I decided I didn't want to wear a wig so chose a selection of scarves and caps. I have to say that I was really grateful that my hair started to grow back before the really warm weather set in because I don't believe I could have coped with the extra insulation during the summer weather :O. Best wishes to all who are going through treatment for any type of cancer.

Margaret

ps - I've created a lens to tell my story at http://www.squidoo.com/womb-cancer

anonymous on February 09, 2012:

Great subject.,,,,,,,you´re doing a great thing.

anonymous on February 09, 2012:

Great subject.,,,,,,,you´re doing a great thing.

anonymous on December 14, 2011:

I knit lap blankets for chemo treatments and donate them to our local hospital. I use 3 skeins of Homespun and use the knitted dishcloth pattern.

pawpaw911 on October 23, 2011:

Great subject. You don't think of it till you or someone you know needs one. Nicely done.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 24, 2011:

thanks for the patterns

Johanna Eisler on August 30, 2011:

I love this. We all need reminders to do what we can for others, instead of merrily going our own way, focusing only on ourselves. This is a reachable goal for nearly everyone, and could be done during TV watching, music listening, etc. We just need to REMEMBER.

ellagis on July 21, 2011:

I think you´re doing a great thing, because you´ve found a way to do useful things and make them happy. And I think happiness is something cancer patients really need... as much as they can, of course.

javr from British Columbia, Canada on July 08, 2011:

These knitted chemo caps that you provide must be well received items. Thanks for making them.

JimH on July 07, 2011:

A great idea and a great lens! Thanks for sharing your story.

candy47 on June 29, 2011:

Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing.

sushilkin lm on April 26, 2011:

Nice work on lens. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge with all and come to squidoo. PRAY FOR JAPAN

tiff0315 on April 07, 2011:

This is really great! Thanks for the information and the labor of love.

MissMinny on April 05, 2011:

As someone who has also lost loved ones to cancer, I appreciate all the hard work you've put into this lens. Best wishes to you and your daughter.

Miss Minny

https://hubpages.com/health/cancercards

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on March 16, 2011:

awesome lens. ~blessed by a squid angel~

Jeanette from Australia on February 26, 2011:

Great lens. Lensrolled to my gifts for cancer patients lens.

Jenn Dixon (author) from PA on February 22, 2011:

@WhiteOak50: Thank you so much for the feature!

Joan4 on February 22, 2011:

What a great idea! These could be made on a knitting loom, too.

WhiteOak50 on February 21, 2011:

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WhiteOak50 on February 21, 2011:

Love this page!! Leaving you with a Blessing from a SquidAngel

Lemming13 on February 15, 2011:

brilliant lens, great idea. Blessed.

Jenn Dixon (author) from PA on February 14, 2011:

@katforeman: I used to work with a woman who knit baby hats for a local hospital, and that is a great cause, too! Organic cotton and bamboo would probably be best, and the aloe would be great, too. Sock yarn is also a good choice. Thanks for stopping by!

katforeman on February 14, 2011:

I will add these hats when I donate preemie hats to the hospital...makes me feel good...I make hats with aloe in them I bet that would be nice for them..thank you for being strong and sharing your story and dedication to these caps...Good Job...Grandma Kat

katforeman on February 14, 2011:

Thank you for the information on this site...I donate preemie hats to the nursery and would love to add hats for cancer patients. I use sock yarn out of wool and nylon and aloe...would that be soft enough for patients...I wonder...maybe organic cotton or bamboo. I will research that. Keep up the caring its all we have. Grandma Kat

Jenn Dixon (author) from PA on February 10, 2011:

@anonymous: Thank you! And congratulations on being a survivor!

anonymous on February 10, 2011:

Excellent topic; great presentation. As a breast cancer survivor who underwent chemotherapy treatment, I can positively say that caps designed specifically for us are wonderful! Being bald (especially for women) is such a shock that it takes time before we can adjust to letting the world see us without a hat or cap! Well done (and thank you for donating your proceeds to cancer!

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