Sunday, September 9, 2007
This Sunday's post will be a short one. While I finished the chemo cap for my friend and mailed it off yesterday, I just heard that she passed away late last night. While it means that I was too late for my gift to benefit my friend, the making of it still helped me through a rough week, and I will ask her family to pass the cap along to someone else at the clinic where she was being treated.
The finished cap was exactly what I was looking for. In case anyone else reading this has a need to make a chemo cap for someone they care about here's some pictures and information about what I made.
I used the Striped Chemotherapy Cap by Essle Woods Bruell, found in the free pattern section on elann.com. It's knitted in 2 colours of Esprit elasticized cotton yarn (elann's version of Cascade Fixation) and as I had 2 balls left over from the several pairs of socks I made a few months ago and the colours were perfect for my friend, it was a great choice (the photos are somewhat grayed out - the colours are actually a deep teal green and a lighter soft teal).
The cap was knitted sidewise in garter stitch, using short rows to shape the crown and mitre the stripes. It looks better in reality than in the picture.
It's knitted wide enough to be able to roll the brim up a couple of times, giving a nice full roll around the face. The stretchy cotton is very terry-cloth like - soft, cushy and very stretchy. I will definitely make this cap again for some sad reason I have need of another one.