Sunday, October 17, 2010

October hat #2 - Banded Stockinette Cap

Not that this was my original idea, but since pink is almost everywhere in October it was a "duhh" moment when I realized that my hats should also be pink. I needed to whip up a couple of really quick pink hats. Of course I did a Shells and Trellis in some Comfort stash, but then I also purchased this really soft magenta yarn that was calling to me at my LYS.

Originally this was supposed to be a Button Tab hat, but then when I got to the point of binding off for the tab I realized I knit the band in the round and not flat. Oops! I also forgot to knit a round between the decreases, which gives the hat it's squished look. Therefore, this became a basic hat with my own "design elements" (isn't that what we call our mistakes?) For previous Button Tab hats, I've always done a ribbed band, and thought I'd try a seed stitch for this one, which gives the cap a much chunkier band. Then because I wasn't binding off the extra stitches I had cast on for the tab I needed to add an extra row of decreases. I used a 1.5 skeins of Linie 252 Paloma Soft yarn in Magenta. The hat is knit on a 16" size 7 circular needle and 1 set of size 7 dp. Stitches used are knit, purl, and K2tog.

Monday, October 11, 2010

October hat #1 - Houndstooth Cap

My first men's cap. I would imagine most people making chemo hats and caps typically make them for women. Thinking of soft or vibrant colors, pretty ribbon trims, and fun embellishments or fancy stitches. Most of us are probably women and we tend to make what we ourselves would want to wear. I always tell myself when I make a cap that comes out a bit too small, that there is a young person going through treatment that will be happy to have it. But again, all of the young people I've imagined are girls. What about the boys? Although I know many men who shave their heads (either because they like the look or to finish what age has started), would young boys be so comfortable without hair? I have to say, I never really gave it much thought before I started this project. And I've certainly thought more about this question during the past week. Maybe men's caps will be next year's challenge.

The pattern is available in the Chemo Caps & Wraps book by Annie's Attic. I used my favorite yarn, Berrocco Comfort in Chalk, Liquorice, and Dusk. (fancy names for white, black and gray) The hat is crocheted on a I hook. Stitches used are chain, sc and sl st. As a novice crocheter, the pattern didn't make sense to me, so after row 85 I whipstitched the cap together and then worked the brim in the round.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My first, almost, personal delivery

At a recent school event I noticed one of my student's mom wearing a cotton turban. After a few inquiries I learned she has indeed been touched by cancer. Nothing against cotton turbans, but they are not very fashionable, and since hats are my "thing" I thought I should provide her with a few. So I spent the next week making up some of my favorites: the Shells & Trellis, the Button-Tab Knit Hat, and the Cotton Sun Hat. Adding to that Pam, Halos of Hope, still had the Foaming Waves and Eyelet hats I had donated. She kindly returned them so that I may include them in the gift bag I put together. You'll notice the Halos of Hope tag in the picture. (Each hat that Halos sends out is tagged to offer a bit of encouragement, let the recipient know the hat is hand-made by a volunteer, and provide contact information.)

I say that this was an 'almost' personal delivery as I am left the gift bag with someone else to delivery. I know the women receiving the hats is very private and I wanted to allow her the opportunity to maintain that. My joy comes each time I make a hat, with every stitch I make and each donation I make.