Chemo Cap tutorial
Alot of people want to make things for charity, but arn't sure how. So here's a start into chemo caps.
First off, remember that most chemo patients don't have hair. So imagine your head without hair -- sometimes a normal size hat is too big. Google "knit chemo cap" and you can compare the size of the hats to "normal" patterns.. then you should be able to adjust any pattern to fit your needs. Also remember that the hat is typically pulled down farther, so it needs to be deeper.
Some chemo patients need softer hats, but others don't mind. So just play it safe and use a softer yarn. Don't like Homespun, or Fun Fur? Some of my most popular hats have been made out of them. And this isn't to make me happy.. its to help them out. These hats need to be wash and wear, so a superwash fiber or acrylic is fine. And chemo patients come in all sizes and styles.. so vary from the most subtle colors to the most flamboyant yarns and colors you can. But remember simple, wash-n-wear, and practical. Most don't want to spend time blocking a hat.
Some good links to get started are:
There are plenty of charity groups to join, including places like LiveJournal, or my Charity Knitting and Crochet group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CharityKnittingandCrochet. Lots of cities have charity needlework groups.. if nothing else, call up your local cancer center and see if they need chemo caps! When someone needs a chemo cap, that might be a pretty good hint that they need a nice hug -- and I think if we can do absolutely anything to help, we should.
So there you have it.. a simple tutorial into chemo caps.