Knitting Pattern: Chemo Cap

Free knit chemo cap pattern and tips for selecting yarn
We all show our love in different ways. For me, I craft. So when my friend, Rebecca, lost her hair during chemo I offered my love and comfort with a handmade hat.

Choosing the yarn for a chemo cap is absolutely critical because skin can become very sensitive and tender during treatment. It is best to avoid wool or anything that feels skritchy. I used a viscose made from sugarcane and it is silky, soft.

Also, since they are intended for bare heads, chemo caps should be sized slightly smaller than a regular stocking cap or beanie. (You'll notice it's a little tight on me.) This cap is 18 inches in circumference and 7 1/2 inches from the cast on edge to the top.

Knit Chemo Cap Pattern


  • 1 hank of Araucanía Caña Ruca (3.5 oz/100 g, 319 yds/290 m) shown in #03 Auntie’s Dress
  • US size 4 (3.5 mm) 16 inch circular knitting needles
  • 6 stitch markers


26 sts or 32 rows = 4 inches


CO - cast on
k - knit
k2tog - knit two stitches together
p - purl


CO 132.

Rnd 1, 2, 4: [K2, p2] around.

Rnd 3: [K2tog but do not slip off left-hand needle, insert right needle between these two sts and k the first stitch again slipping both sts off the left needle together, p2] around.

Repeat Rnd 1-4 until piece measures 1 ¼ inches from cast on edge.

Rnd 5: [K9, k2tog] around. (120 sts remain)

Rnd 6 & 8: [K4, p2] around.

Rnd 7, 9, 11, 13: K all sts.

Rnd 10 & 12: [K1, p2, k3] around.

Repeat Rnds 6-13 until piece measures 5 ½ inches from cast on edge or two inches less than desired hat height.

On last rnd, place a marker every 20 sts.

[K to 2 sts before the next marker, k2tog] repeat until 6 sts remain.

Break yarn and use a yarn or tapestry needle to draw yarn through all 6 remaining sts to fasten off.

Don't you just love the swirls at the top?

Free knit chemo cap pattern and tips for selecting yarn

Warm thoughts and love to all of those who need a chemo cap. 

Free knit chemo cap pattern and tips for selecting yarn

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Knitting Pattern: Chemo Cap
Show your love through craft with a free knit chemo cap pattern.
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