Thursday, October 11, 2012

slouchy hats




Testing some knitting patterns that might be suitable for chemo hats. The obvious requirements are that the hats must be seamless, a solid style and very soft. These hats are a change from the usual beanie type cap that is not always very flattering for the wearer and may be a better choice for some people, as they offer a fuller shape. They also provide a longer cap that gives the wearer the option of some protection for the back of the neck and the ears. Important to keep the rib band firm and not too large so it will be a good fit and not allow the hat to slip off.


Modifications: 8ply/DK wool x 100 gms
Band: 1x1 ribbing using 4mm circular needles; 96 stitches increased to 120 sts for body of hat
Body: stocking stitch using 6mm circular needles for soft drape
*Note: Use smaller needles for rib for a firmer band


The burgundy slouchy can be found here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gildas-club-chemo-hat

Modifications: 8ply/DK wool x 100 gms
Band: 1x1 ribbing using 3.5mm circular needles; 96 stitches increased to 120 sts for body of hat
Body: pattern (Knit  & Purl combination) using 4.5mm circular needles

*Note: To prevent holes in the hat, increase by picking up stitch from knitted bar between stiches, not by knitting into stitch twice.

UPDATE: Have knitted a second version of this hat with a smaller band of 92 stiches on 3.5mm needles and then increased to 120 sts (K3, inc.1stitch). Think this would be more suitable for a chemo cap because of the firmer band. Other yarns may require different modifications.

8 comments:

Lynne said...

I saw the post from Pam about chemo caps and, of course, I'd be happy to knit some, but probably not this year! Yours are lovely!

Aussie Maria said...

Both are lovely hats Marion. But I especially love the second one. Great job!
I love knitting hats and couldn't help joining in

Wedding Invitations said...

Loving the colours and I'm a huge fan of slouch hats :D How comfy are they :D

pattas said...

Thanks for the links. and the update of the pattern, Love the colours.. :))

melissa said...

love both hats!

Kerry W said...

Marion
I don't think there is an error in the pattern - the increases are *K2, m1, K2, then repeat to end - so the increases are actually only ever four stitches (but in the middle of the four stitches rather than at the end of them).

Interesting that you have used thinner yarn, yet larger needles than the pattern has directed, but it has come out so beautifully! Well done.

Anita said...

I'm so glad knitted hats, mittens etc have made a huge comeback to fashion. I myself couldn't stop knitting for quids and wouldn't want to...it's the best fun.
Cheers, Anita.

Lisa (Needles and Wool) said...

I love the hats, I think I will try my hand at the first one. I am somewhat of a beginner so this one looks easier :)