I love the emails and messages I receive from readers. Last night I received one from a lovely lady Lisa and I got straight back to her. Her 8 year old son has just been given the all clear after liver cancer. As she was leaving Westmead she discovered that they need hats for teenagers battling cancer and going through chemo. She wants to help and she messaged me. I knew it was something that we could easily come together and do.
So I’ll be collecting crocheted and knitted hats to send to Lisa and I’m inviting you to join in with me and get making. And I had a wonderful response last night on Facebook. You asked what patterns? I’ve found some great ones. First up you can go to ravelry and pop chemo caps/hats into pattern search. A few patterns I found that looked good : man hat, barley, hurricane hat, super soft merino hat by purl bee, race for life , lace trim chemo cap and a simple slouch hat. For the crocheters I found crochet hat, chemo or rainbow hat (perhaps in a solid colour), chemo cap by bernat, lattice hat, diamond ridges and there are so many more to suit your crocheting abilities. Another reader Bree has this great pattern she’s worked on here.
Bev’s Country Cottage is another treasure trove of free patterns for charity knitting and has a section devoted to knitting and crocheting for cancer patients here. She also some great tips – use soft yarns like cotton, baby yarn and soft worsted, wash and dry your hat to make it even softer. Some other great tips that I’ve found in my internet travels and I’d love to hear any other tips – avoid big gaps/lacy patterns as people don’t want to show their head, long enough to cover the back of the head, softer the yarn the better, seam free is best as the seam can be uncomfortable on the head especially when sleeping.
I’d love to hear from you! Tips, patterns, advice, you want to help – just leave a comment. To get the address to send your hats to please email firstname.lastname@example.org and my lovely assistant also called Lisa will give you the address. Thank you for helping my reader Lisa in her quest to give something back to the hospital and for brightening some lives this year.
p.s if hats aren’t your thing and you are interested in knitting/crocheting blankets then another wonderful reader (I have so many!) Michelle was inspired to set up a facebook group called 67 Blankets for Mandiba and they are making blankets for Dandelion Support Network. You can join those lovely ladies here.
p.p.s another lovely reader Maria (aka Aussie Maria) sent me a gorgeous baby pattern yesterday and let me know about Knit 4 Charities which is an australian group who knit for charities and you can find out about them here. Great if you knit baby items or have a few at home you’d like to donate.