Chemo Hats By Wendy Goldner

Chemo hats by Wendy Goldner

 Material: Medium weight yarn, (Red Heart, Lion Brand,and Caron have all been used.

Kinitting Needles: size 8 circular(16″) and size 8 double pointed

Stitch Markers and blunt needle for closing


Cast on 64 stitches on circular needle join being care not to twist the row.

Knit 6 rows (rib 1×1, 2×1, 2×2 or garter stitch) Your choice

Continue in stockinett stitch for 6 1/2 ” from bottom edge.

(My stripes vary as to what yarn I have and generally I work in odds for the stripes, if only 1 stripe it is place 5 row up from rib)

Decrease row:K7, K2tog, *pm,K2tog, K 12, K2tog*; repeat from* 2 times, pm, K2tog, Knit to end. (56sts)

Next row: Knit

Next dec. Row: * Kto 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sm, k2tog, repeate from* 3 more times, k to end (50sts)

Next Row: Knit

Repeat last 2 rows 5 times.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem. 10 sts and pull to gather. Hide loose ends.


Term: K- Knit stitch,  K2tog-decrease stitch knit 2 stitches together, pm -place marker

Materials: Medium weight yarn, (Red Heart, Lion brand,
and Caron have all been used)

Knitting Needles: size 8circular and double pointed

Stitch markers and blunt needle for closing


Start: Cast on 64 stitches on circular needle join being
careful not to twist.

Knit 6 rows (rib 1×1 or 2×1 or 2×2 or garter stitch) your

Continue in stockinette stitch for 6 ½” from bottom edge.
(My stripes vary as to what yarn I have but generally I work in odds, sometimes
there will be only one stripe and that runs 5 rows from end of rib)

Decrease Row:K7, k2tog,*pm ,k2tog, k12, k2tog; repeat from *
2 more times, pm, k2tog, k to end – 56 sts.

Next row: knit

Next dec row: *K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sm, k2tog,
repeat from * 3more times, k to end – 50 sts.

Next row: knit

Rep the last 2 rows 5 more times

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem 10
sts and pull to gather. Hide loose tails


32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carolyn Stanzel
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 18:08:58

    Can you knit these hats on just two needles? I hope so.


  2. Carolyn Stanzel
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 01:12:45

    Thanks, Wendy. Your hats radiate joy and happiness.



  3. Carolyn Stanzel
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 01:13:51

    Thanks, Wendy. Your cheerful hats radiate joy and happiness.



  4. linda
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 12:43:01

    Hi Wendy,
    I,m in the middle of knitting your chemo hats and I don’t understand the direction “sm”.
    It is mentioned in the “Next dec.row:*Kto 2 sts before marker,2tog, sm, k2tog, repeat from *3 more times, k to end (50 sts).
    Please let me know what “sm” is.
    Thanks, Linda


    • wendythreads
      Aug 14, 2011 @ 15:39:31

      sm means slip marker from left needle to right, keeping it in the same location between the stitches


  5. linda
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 22:32:43

    Thank you , thank you, thank you. I was going batty trying to figure this out.


  6. linda
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 09:17:21

    Wendy, Finished the hat, easy, simple and beautiful. Thank you


  7. wendythreads
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:52:57

    Linda, I am glad it became simple for you. I made the pattern for quick and easy and have made lots of them for our local cancer center. That brings joy to me and knowing others can use the pattern is wonderful. Wendy


  8. Sylvia Boone
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 00:43:38

    I look forward to making some. My friend just found it she will need chemo and radiation. I am so glad I found this pattern.


    • wendythreads
      Oct 05, 2011 @ 02:00:12

      Enjoy making the hats, they are very easy and quick. I make them for chemo patients at the local cancer center.


  9. Helen Bosler Crow
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 02:47:15

    Any tips for changing colors so there are no uncomfortable “bumps” for the wearer?


    • wendythreads
      May 10, 2012 @ 16:56:18

      As I am an experienced knitter my written explanation is that I do not knot the new color. I leave a long end to weave in, then I twist the two yarns around each other and knit one row with the new color. On my second row with the new color, at the color change, pick up the stitch below and knit it with the new color for only that one stitch. Carry the old color up by twisting the two strands behind the work.
      When in doubt check out U-Tube for changing colors.


  10. peg
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 19:01:12

    it says circular & double pointe needles where do you use the double pointed needles?


  11. Gerry Morris
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 18:26:03

    can these hats be made on just 2 regular needles.I have to much trouble with the circuler needles.I’m 68 yrs. old and use to make these hats for my kids on size 10 1/2 needles and also the mittens.But since it has been so many years ago i’ve lost all the directions on how to make them.It use to be so easy back then to make them.Hope to get your answer real soon.Thank you very much.


    • wendythreads
      May 10, 2012 @ 16:48:56

      Yes, with two needles just add one stitch for sewing. I would then slip that first stitch. Then with the rib knit the knit stitch and purl the purl stitch. above the rib, Knit one row, Purl one row and repeat until decreases start. Do the decreases on the knit rows. When you end make sure you have enough yarn to sew the seam.
      hope this is clearer than mud


  12. Kim
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 15:56:17

    what if you do not change colors and have plain will it work ? I am a beginner on hats and knitting so need to know before I start…. Thanks


    • wendythreads
      May 10, 2012 @ 16:43:04

      Plain will work, just ignore the change color.


  13. Joanne gallia
    May 10, 2012 @ 13:36:34

    Where would I get a list of cancer centers that take donations of these hats? Joanne


    • wendythreads
      Sep 11, 2012 @ 03:37:59

      Contact the American cancer society. They will know where you can send hats.


  14. Emily
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 02:10:28

    Can I make this on a loom? Thanks


  15. wendythreads
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 07:47:29

    I have not used a loom to make the hats. A loom will work for them.


  16. Emily
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 21:10:20

    Can I ask what is a rib, how to knit 2 together I’m a beginner. Can I use different color pegs for stitch markers? Thanks so much.


    • wendythreads
      Apr 12, 2013 @ 02:16:14

      a rib pattern is K1,P1 repeat around or can be K2, P2 repeat around. This gives extra stretch around to hold it to the head. Now for knit 2 together, Here you place your right hand needle through 2 stitches and treat them as 1.


  17. Sheila Allwright
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 15:25:32

    Thanks for the pattern. I’ll also be using straight needles.


  18. dorothymaybell
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 11:04:59

    THANKS for the pattern .sounds good


  19. Mollie
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 21:06:06

    Hi there, Im curious what are the finished measurements


    • wendythreads
      Aug 27, 2015 @ 14:06:01

      The are roughly 7 to 8 inches tall. The ribbing allows fitting from 18 inches to 23 inches. This is a bit smaller to accommodate the loss of hair.
      Thank you for you interest in my pattern


  20. Peggy Pierson
    Feb 17, 2016 @ 18:52:12

    Can you knit these hats on two needles. Why do you need double pointed needles?


    • wendythreads
      Feb 17, 2016 @ 20:14:26

      Yes, Add a stitch and instead of placing the first marker turn back. And after ribbing odd rows knit and even rows purl. Leave a longer tail when finished and then use that to sew the sides together


  21. Jeanne
    Mar 11, 2016 @ 02:16:27

    How can I get a printed copy of the chemo hat?


    • wendythreads
      Mar 11, 2016 @ 02:42:05

      right click with your mouse and arrow down to print, only 2 pages


  22. wendythreads
    Mar 11, 2016 @ 03:53:31

    With your mouse or on a laptop do a right click and move down to the print. only print 2 pages. that way all the comments will not be printed


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