Off my needles

I worked on this two nights but technically finished it in one day – starting after midnight on the 17th and finishing it just before midnight on the 18th.

I’ve linked to the actual hat pattern below but check out the main pattern page on the Knots of Love site for other free patterns.

  • Free pattern found online at Knots of Love – William’s Chemo Hat
  • Needle size 7
  • Yarn – Knit Picks Swish Worsted.

I like how this one turned out better the red one but again, it’s a bit small. This yarn is what I’d consider a true worsted unlike the last one that was thinner but in part, I think these hats may run smaller because they’re intended for chemotherapy patients without hair. I know that when I was knitting hats for my sister-in-law I needed to make them smaller, almost child size.

The pattern did call for me to change to size 8 needles after the brim but I kept with the 7’s because I felt the 8’s would be too loose. Knit hats have a lot of stretch and this would fit a child or woman with a small to medium size head. It fits me but if it was for me, I’d like one slightly larger.

I have some aran weight yarn and I’ll try this one again with the heavier weight yarn and size 8 needles.

While both worsted and aran yarn are in the medium yarn weight category, they have slight differences. An aran weight is generally heavier than worsted weight yarn.

One other note, when I finished the crown decreases according to the pattern, I still had more stitches on my needles that I wanted to pull the yarn through so I did one more round of decreases – K2 together, leaving me 7 stitches. I do like the swirl created on the top of the hat.


  1. Looks great. I’ve done this style of pattern before; basket weave. Thanks for the link 🙂

  2. Love that hat – especially the colour! I’ve printed it off (thanks for the link!). Our church craft group knits hats every fall for the Salvation Army to distribute to the needy, and this looks like a great pattern for us.

  3. I love the design and the color! I am always struggling with double pt needles to close my hats off! So last 2 hats, I tried crochet to close the last few stitches and it doesn’t look too bad =)

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