I was at the amazing Yale New Haven Hospital (I’m fine; it was for a research study, not because I needed any medical treatment) the other day, where there’s a substantial cancer ward, so I brought a bunch of chemo caps with me to donate. Here’s Jazz doing her Vanna White impression while I was taking a picture of the caps.
Yeah, the crochet ought to be the easy thing, but it isn’t. She wants to contribute to the Charity Caps Day that her friends organize at the local nursing home. Needleworkers get together for these events to make and distribute hats for premature infants and older patients who have lost their hair,usually due to chemo treatments or burns.
Charity Caps Day is based on a real organization, Headhuggers, which focuses on chemo caps, but I added the preemie caps that many other groups make. I’ve made both types of hats myself, and like Betty and Josie, I’ve memorized the pattern I’ve made it so often. You can see the original pattern here.
Mine (in the picture above) are knit and made out of cotton yarn. As you can see, I particularly enjoy working with bright colors and multiple colors in each hat.
Helen’s pattern for a crochet hat is more like this, which is about as simple as any needle project can be.