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F*ck Cancer Hat


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UPDATE 07/30/2014: My 3 year old niece is currently going through chemo for Medulloblastoma. I hate cancer. For her and all her supporters, I updated the pattern to include some more kid-friendly options. The pattern now includes 4 sizes (baby through big headed adults), 3 yarn weights (fingering, sport, worsted), and charts for "F*ck Cancer," "Fight Cancer," and "Cancer Sucks" for all sizes as well as "Cancer Schmancer" for sizes M & L in fingering and L in sport. ORIGINAL POST: My dad was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer in July 2003. He was given 6 weeks to live, told to get his affairs in order, go home, and wait to die. He was 52 and this was unacceptable for him - he decided to fight. In June 2005, after nearly two years of chemo, radiation, pic lines, feeding tubes, and numerous hospital stays, he finally lost his battle. With every birthday, holiday, wedding, or birth of a grandchild he will never meet, all I can think is Fck Cancer. This hat is for anyone who is battling cancer, has lost someone to it, or is supporting someone in their fight. It's a perfect chemo hat or to wear during a cancer walk or run. Notes: Needles needed: Fingering: US5/3.75mm and US7/4.5mm 16"/40cm circular needles and DPNs, Sport: US6/4mm and US8/5mm 16"/40cm circular needles and DPNs, Worsted: US7/4.5mm and US9/5.5mm 16"/40cm circular needles and DPNs. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Fair Isle/Stranded Color knitting GAUGE In 4" in stockinette in the round: Fingering - 24 sts x 26 rows, Sport - 20 sts x 24 rows, Worsted - 16 sts x 22 rows (on larger needle for weight). Whatever yarn you use, just make sure when working the color sections, that your floats are not too tight or the fit will be tight and will pull the letters. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS XS/17-18", S/19-20", M/21-22", L/23-24" SUGGESTED YARN 200 yards of Worsted weight COLORWAY Any

Supplies Needed

  • Size 7 (4.5 mm) 16 in (40 cm) circular needles, size 9 (5.5mm) 16 in (40 cm) circular needles, size 9 (5.5mm) DPN

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Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for funsies). She found that working with yarn was sooo much nicer and the possibilities to make beautiful things were endless. Kimberly is now a full-time designer and an aspiring knitting travel writer - it may not be a profession yet, but give her time! Check out - a blog tour talking to fiber artists about their inspirations!