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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2008 07:08:21 AM »

Very cute.  I love your sewing set up.  I just got a machine for Christmas.  For serious sewing it'll probably go on the kitchen table, but for right now it is setup on the coffee table.

I digress...I agree with what Shadeweaver - A lot of the chemo hats I have seen are fairly generic crochet or knit with a rolled brim.  Sometimes they might be a little lacy.  I think if you are looking for flair, you should just go and find any hat that would love and think she would love then make sure you knit it in the softest possible yarn.  That is the key.  The skin on your head if very sensitive and probably made more so my chemo.  I can try to find some chemo hat patterns, but I really think this idea might be your best bet.  I also found an intarsia pattern that says f#@k cancer that you could work into a pattern if she has that kind of sense of humor.  It is at the anticraft.com...I can't remember which issue.  I hope all of that helps.

I also love the idea of a yarn wig that was mentioned.  If she is really sassy you could make it in super crazy colors.

Good luck.
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2008 10:17:43 AM »

I would check ravelry, my favorite place for any patter finding because of all the lovely photos! Any skull cap would do I would think, since they are designed for people with short/no hair. If you do have ravelry, or get an account, I would recommend the Koolhaas hat. It has a lovely grid cable pattern that is worth the effort, which incidentally is not as much as it looks like!

A note about the Koolhaas hat though. I think the designer must have a small head because he seems to think that 16" is the size of an "average adult head". I didn't quite realize this when I made mine and it plastered itself to me when I went to try it on (normally I wear a small in everything for heads), so I fixed it by blocking it out since the pattern lends itself to being stretched. However, I would recommend casting on an extra repeat or two. Also, putting a grid on a head tends to accentuate the fact that my crown is bigger than my front, something I didn't even realize til I made it. So, although I love it, I would recommend this hat to people with rounder heads.

I DO love it though! It is georgeous, and I knit mine up in Cashmerino which is incredibly soft and warm, but still affordable. Anyway, good luck on the hat search!
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2008 08:28:16 PM »

i don't have any hat pattern advice but i wanted to say that what you're doing is so sweet - and these hates are gorgeous!
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2008 11:21:47 PM »

Wow! So many of you responded to this. Thanks a million you guys.  Grin I'm glad I'm not crazy for thinking these projects turned out well. (However, to the person who said my room is freakishly neat... no. I just picked a good place to put my tripod.)


I'm working on the Amelia Earhart hat now in a yummy mohair blend from Patton's, but it's REALLY confusing. ( http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt07.htm ) Has anyone made this pattern before? what is it trying to tell me with the stitches on the left needle and the wrapped stitches...? I'm so confused ! Do you work those stitches on the L needle, or...?


And thanks again guys!!
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2008 01:35:28 AM »

cute! Wink
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« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2008 09:09:27 AM »

this is a lovely idea, i'm sure she'll be thrilled!

You could always use a lovely silky cotton or something so as not to irritate the skin, or a baby yarn? i know it sounds silly but i got some sirdar baby yarn off ebay by mistake and its lush!  its acrylic but is sooo warm and feels just like wool, but without the itch!
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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2008 07:37:32 PM »

Pretty hats. You've given me a great idea! I should check out local hospitals and donate hats for chemo patients. I usually cut 10 inches or more off every 3 yrs or so and donate it to Locks of Love.
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« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2008 09:02:11 PM »

I'm working on the Amelia Earhart hat now in a yummy mohair blend from Patton's, but it's REALLY confusing. ( http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt07.htm ) Has anyone made this pattern before? what is it trying to tell me with the stitches on the left needle and the wrapped stitches...? I'm so confused ! Do you work those stitches on the L needle, or...?

I haven't made this, but it looks like the pattern wants you to work short rows. It's a method of shaping that lets you work just the center of a row. Moving the stitch from the left to the right needle and back, wrapping your working yarn around it as you do, lets you do that without making a hole in your work. The bold section that starts with "After working the last P st..." is just an explanation for the part of the pattern that says "W&T (Wrap, slip the wrapped stitch, and Turn: (37 st; 1 on left needle, 36 on right needle)."

Knitty has a pretty good feature on short rows at http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATbonnetric.html.
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« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2008 12:10:51 AM »

^Ahhhh, thank you!! The knitty explanation makes about a thousand times more sense. You're a doll!!
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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2008 01:36:29 PM »

^Ahhhh, thank you!! The knitty explanation makes about a thousand times more sense. You're a doll!!

No problem. We'll look forward to seeing it when it's done! Cheesy
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