Useful Information

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia cares for more children with cancer than any other pediatric hospital in the country. This is why they’re always in need of soft, comfortable chemo caps for patients in the hospital and in the clinic. Patients range from newborn to mid-twenties, however, hats for toddlers and teenagers are in highest demand at the moment.

Please consider the following when creating your care cap:

  • Use a soft material that feels good on sensitive skin (use your judgment here – acrylic doesn’t feel as nice as merino, alpaca, cotton, or silk/cashmere blends). Silk or cashmere blended with wool is good, but 100% wool is not usually very comfortable for patients. Great examples are Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend and Rowan Cashsoft DK.
  • Simple beanie patterns can be found on Ravelry for free. If you decide to go with a rolled brim hat, try substituting a 2×2 rib for elasticity.

A very special thanks to designer and knitting extraordinaire, Jen Carpenter, for helping brainstorm ideas and donating several skeins of Madelinetosh’s Tosh DK, Ella Rae’s Bamboo Silk, and Karabella Yarns’ Zodiac. You’re the best!


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