I wanted to share this pattern for a chemo hat. It has a nice flared brim, more “cloche-y” than brimmy, really, but a very cute hat and a very quick knit. The first photo is done in Cascade 220 superwash, the second photo is done in Malabrigo Kettle-dyed Worsted. 


You are welcome to knit this pattern – after all, it’s a freebie, however, please take the time to knit a second hat for someone you love, or know who may need it. Please don’t knit this pattern for resale – bad karma will track you down and crush your goolies!

(so there!)


Cozy Chemo Hat 

by andi smith for knitbrit.com



1 skein Malabrigo Kettle-dyed Worsted

I pair 5mm needles


to fit 20 (22) inch head

Kfb – knit into the front and back of next st
psso2 – pass slipped stitch over 2 sts
This is a tight fitting hat, which will probably stretch a little over time. 
Beginning at the crown, 
CO 8 sts
Row 1: Kfb in each st – 16 sts
Even Rows 2 – 16: Purl
Row 3: *Kfb, k1; rep to end of row – 24 sts
Row 5: *Kfb, k2; rep to end of row – 32 sts
Row 7: *Kfb, k3; rep to end of row – 40 sts
Row 9: *Kfb, k4; rep to end of row – 48 sts
Row 11: *Kfb, k5; rep to end of row – 56 sts
Row 13: *Kfb, k6; rep to end of row – 64 sts
Row 15: *Kfb, k7; rep to end of row – 72 sts
Row 17: *Kfb, k8; rep to end of row – 80 sts
(large size only) Row 19: *Kfb, k9; rep to end of row – 88 sts
Work 8 (10) rows in St.st. 
With WS facing, bind off 79 (87) sts
With one st on needle, turn and using outside loop only, pick up and knit 79 (87) sts – 80 (88) sts
Purl 1 row
Patt row 1: K1, *sl1, k2, psso2; rep to last st, k1
Patt row 2: K1, *k1, yo, k1; rep to last st, k1
Patt row 3: Knit
Patt: row 4: Purl
Repeat patt rows 1 – 4 twice (three total repeats) 
Knit 1 row
Bind off 79 (87) sts
With one st on needle, turn, and using outside loop only, pick up and knit 79 (87) sts – 80 (88) sts
Work 5 rows of St. st
Inc row 1: *Kfb, k7 (10) ; rep to end – 90 (99) sts
Inc row 2: Purl
Inc row 3: Knit
Inc row 4: Purl
Repeat these 4 inc rows 1 (2) times – 100 (121) sts
Work 3 rows in rev. St. st then bind off in patt. 
Work a running stitch through the 8 cast on sts and pull tight to form a circle, then seam. Weave in all ends securely, and block using SOAK and a head form. 
(edited to clarify row 2 of lace patt)

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14 Responses to “Cozy Chemo Hat”

Amy Says:

Its a super cute hat. I might be making one or two in the future.

Margie Says:


What is kfb and how do you do it? :)

knitbrit Says:

hey Margie-
A kfb stands for knit through the front and back of a stitch. (another way of making a stitch) To do this, you put your right hand needle in as if to knit, yo, knit, but instead of taking the st off the left hand needle, you put the right hand needle back into the back loop of the stitch you’ve just “knitted”, then you completely knit that second “stitch” so you end up with 2 sts where there was one. Sounds complicated and wordy, but try it, it’s very simple once you actually do it!

knitbrit Says:

hmmm, sounds like the Hokey Cokey doesn’t it? LOL!

Margie Says:

You put your first needle in, you put your second needle out, you do a yarn over and you shake it all about, you do the Yarny Hokey and you turn your hat around, and that’s what it’s all about!

Teresa Says:

I’m very confused. Does this hat require seaming as I see no where in the instructions that says to either join and knit in the round or seam once it’s finished.

I’ve just finished the first bind off.


knitbrit Says:

Teresa – thanks for pointing that out. Pattern has been changed to add seam sewing. :)

Teresa Says:

Thanks knitbrit! Just didn’t want to mess it up as it’s for a friend undergoing chemo.

Neva Says:

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I made one of these for my local cancer center – and the style was a big hit! I’m currently working on my second one, and I’m going to make a few more for them after that. Thanks for posting this pattern, I think it’s really pretty, and I think a lot of chemo hats tend to look like ski hats and this one is much more feminine and flattering. Thanks again!


knitbrit Says:

Wow! Thanks Neva – that’s just the best news. I”m so thrilled that you like it – and that it’s such a hit!

Stacey Hood Says:

Thanks Knitbrit for the beautiful pattern! You suggested Cascade 220 – about how many yards does the hat require? In other words, does one skein make one hat or will I have some left over? I plan on making a couple for one of my faculty members…


Lori wills Says:

Where is row 18? or am I to stop after row 17? and then continue on?
Help :)


knitbrit Says:

if you are doing the first size, then stop after row 17 and carry on with the 8 (10) rows of st. st.


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