My aunt was recently diagnosed with leukemia. I had asked her if there was anything I could do for her, and her only request was a dreaded chemo hat.
By the way, my aunt is brilliant!
You can use any hat pattern you wish! I used The Adult Beanie for Men and Women. I only increased to 70 stitches. Get the free Stitch11 pattern HERE.
The yarn for the beanie is Red Heart Sparkle Soft. You can buy Red Heart Sparkle Soft HERE.
For the Dreads I used a 6 mm crochet hook and Red Heart Super Saver in the colors Buff, Mushroom, and Warm Brown. You can buy Red Heart Super Saver HERE.
With the dreads, I used two strands held together.
Chain 41, turn, slip stitch up next 40 Chains.
Finish off leaving long enough ends for attaching.
Before attaching you will want to brush the dreads with velcro.
When attaching the dreads, be sure to weave back and forth at least twice… or until it feels secure. You will weave two strands at a time… helping to secure it to the max.
I added a few extra dreads behind the front ones to make it full and have depth like real dreads.
With the photos below, you can see the difference the velco makes, and also how I attached the dreads.
What is velco? Do you mean Velcro?
Oops! Yes! Velcro! I will fix that right away!
Cheryl Costa says
That is so cute! I hope your aunt is well.
Blessings for your dear Auntie <3 . Have you seen the needlefelting dread videos on Youtube? pretty cool looking as well. Your hat is lovely.
thank you for this clever hat. I make about 200 chemo hats a year for donation and I start them all with my simple plain hat and then add embellishments like you suggest – you are very creative, thanks again
Judy Petersen says
Odd how I came across this. I made 150 hats a few yrs ago and brought them to my local hospital anonymously. Regular hats. 100 adilt and 50 children. Ive been looking for a Chemo hat and I believe I just found one!! Thank you and God bless!!!
Judy Petersen says
Btw…I called my local hospital yesterday to see once I get some made where would be the best place to deliever them!!
Julia Jones says
Can I get a printable version of this?