Charity Pattern: Ridged/Ringed Chemo Cap

Charity Pattern: Ridged/Ringed Chemo Cap

Another charity craft pattern that was Contributed and Designed by Sue W. Thompson from This chemo cap pattern is knitted in the round.

What you need

Four size 5 (3.75mm) knitting needles or size 5 round knitting needle (If using a size 5 round knitting needle, you will need to change to knit off of three size five double pointed needles when decreasing stitches at the top of the hat).
2 Colors of wool


Beg at lower edge with size 5 (3.75mm) needles and color A, cast on 114 sts. Divide sts evenly between three size 5 knitting needles (38 sts per needle), or apply them all to one size 5 round knitting needle.

Work in St st for 12 rows.

*With color B, K1 row, then P3 rows. With A, work four rows in St st. Rep. from * (8 rows) for stripe pattern until piece measures approx 5″ from beg with edge rolled (or approx 7″ from beg if piece stretched).

Work 4 rows of St st in color A; then work with color A only to end of piece.

Crown shaping:
With color A, *K1, SKP, K13, K2tog, K1; rep from * 5 times more, ending with K1.

K1 row.

Next Row: *K1, SKP, K11, K2tog, K1; rep from * 5 times more, ending with K1.

K1 row.

Continue to dec in this way (every other row having 2 sts less between dec’s) every dec row, until 30 sts remain.

K1 row.

Next Row: *K1, SK2P, K1; rep from * 5 times more, ending K1. (24 sts).

K1 Row.

Next Row: K2tog across. Pull yarn through remaining 12 sts and draw up tightly. Cut yarn leaving 12″ end for finishing off.


sts = stitches
St = straight
SKP = slip one st, K1 st, then pass the slipped st over the knit st.
SK2P = slip one st, knit 2 sts, pass slipped st over the 2 knit sts.

This Pattern was Contributed and Designed by Sue W. Thompson from

This chemo cap is knitted in the round  and has a roller brim, This chemo cap is knitted in the round and is ridged with a small rim. We have some other patterns for knitted chemo caps too, check them out here.

One Ball Knitted Chemo Cap beanie

Rolled brim Chemo Cap

Visit our charity crafts page for listings of groups in your area who collect and donate these knitted items to charity.


  1. Could always line it with soft material like fleece or blanket fleece that’s micro soft? Just a thought.

  2. Karen Boml says

    Like the hat; however, wool could be irritating to those going thru chemo…..what weight yarn was used so I could make it with something other than wool?

  3. My Mother used to crochet, so during the summer I’d frequent yard sales, and buy up whatever was around. And for her birthday, and Christmas, I’d get her yarn. She’s passed on now, and I’ve been diagnosed with cancer. So! I’m knitting up the yarn she had left (3 totes!), and bringing them with me to my oncologist appt. They have a “tree” that volunteers can hang their hats and those in need can choose them. A big big “thank you” for these free patterns!

  4. I am all for knitting for chemo patients which I don’t have to go to far, my daughter is one of them so here I am knitting for he. Thank you for having free patterns

  5. I think if every knitter knitted even one chemo cap and donated to their local cancer center there would be enough caps. There are a lot of knitters out there and it sure wouldn’t hurt any of us to do one cap to help out

  6. Dorothea Cope says

    I think it’s great! A cancer center in Simi Valley,CA has a huge box of hats that patients are encouraged to choose from. Wonderful people just drop in with their gifts and quietly slip away. Leavey Cancer Ctr in Northridge CA could use the same program. I am a pt at the Leavey ctr. Thank you to all those who donate their time and talents.

  7. Very informative blog for cancer patient.

  8. it great for cancer patients

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