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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

A Chemo Cap to Crochet

By: Bernat

Show your support and crochet a chemo cap for those who have passed or survived breast cancer. This free crochet pattern from Bernat Yarns says a million words. This pink cap speaks "this one's for the girls."


7 Free Chemo Hat Patterns


Find this beautiful pattern and more to choose from in our roundup of 7 Free Chemo Hat Patterns.




  • Bernat® Handicrafter Cotton Stripes (100 g/3.5 oz; 152 m/172 yds)
  • Child (Adult): 00732 (Pinky Stripes) 1 (2) ball(s)
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Sizes: To fit Child 5/8 yrs (Adult)

Gauge: 14 sc and 15 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].



  • Ch 4. Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring. 1st rnd: Ch 1. 6 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.
  • 2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
  • 3rd rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
  • 4th rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
  • 5th rnd: Ch 1. (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 sc.
  • Cont as established, inc 6 sts on every rnd to 48 (60) sts.
  • Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
  • Next rnd: Ch 1. [2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 (9) sc] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. 54 (66) sts.
  • Cont in same manner, inc 6 sts on every following alt rnd to 60 (72) sts. Place marker at end of rnd.
  • Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rep last rnd until work from marked rnd measures 4 (5½) ins [10 (14) cm].
  • Next rnd: Working from left to right instead of right to left as usual, work 1 reverse sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

More Patterns to Knit and Crochet for Breast Cancer:

A Crochet Shawl

Pink Boa Scarf

Pink Cabled Hat and Scarf

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I absolutely love this pattern I found it so easy to do. I never used to be able to read Crochet patterns untill I used YouTube I never considered myself to be much good but ppl keep telling me I am really good at Crochet when they see what I make now I have made this Hat too its turned out pretty good, even if I do say so myself. I never thought I would be able to do any of these patterns but now I am able to make sense of them, thanks for sharing this pattern, I'm guna be making some for my local hospital x x x

For single crochet you go into the front of the next single crochet below, or chain and hook over and pull through the loop. To reverse you go into the back and pick up the thread in front and take back through and pull through loop. Anyway it is from the back to front. I think I did it once. That, I believe is reverse single crochet.

Could you explain 'reverse single crochet'? I don't know this stitch and can't find it in Any of my books! TY!

Check out this YouTube video. Pretty easy to understand when you watch it. Good Luck.

No problems at all. A perfect easy pattern for a really cute hat. Thanks

Since the 6 increases are NOT evenly spaced around the hat, my hat is becoming lopsided. Is this intentional so it will cover more of the back of the head?

The problem I am having is my seam is curved and it shouldn't be (at least I don't think it should) even when I use the stitch marker. Can you tell me if the chain one is being considered the first "stitch" or not or am I just missing something?

I would like to make this hat for an adult, but it appears to me there are no increases for the adult size. Am I missing something in the pattern?

the adult size is in brackets through out the pattern.

i caught on real fast

Hate it. It needs full words. I don't know what the heck it says.

Hate it. It needs full words. I don't know what the heck it says.

If you are looking for the stitch shorthand for this pattern then sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet and rnd = round. You can figure all of them out by checking the Craft Yarn Council's site: Hope this helps you. It's necessary for all pattern reading. Good luck!

I love this pattern! I have made over 40 of these caps and will be donating them to the American Cancer Society. It takes about 2.5 hours to make one, and for me, they are super simple! It is also a good way to use up all my excess yarn. I have made them in several different colors and a couple of varigated yarns - so hopefully, someone will enjoy a new hat with winter coming! I hate to repeat myself, but I LOVE THIS PATTERN!

does on every following alt rnd. to 60 mean every other row. please let me know. thank you mash52


yes but just keep in mid that 60 means it is for the child size hat

I have been crocheting for a long time. what does this mean in crocheting cont. in same manner, inc.6 sts. on every following alt rnd to 60

Can someone explain what is meant by cont. in same manner, inc 6 sts. on every following alt. round to 60 (72)sts. means? I need someone to explain how that is done. Thanks

OH, MY... hope you got an answer... if you need help... please contact me here... i'll be checking in. it's so frustrating when you are new to crochet and don't quite get the instructions. we really DO speak a different language. :-( hoping you were able to get this lovely hat done!

it means keep doing the same row and increase six stitches every other row/round to 60 stitches for child size or 72 for adult size

So on the Non-increasing row, I will just be doing single crochets all the way around?

does anyone know how to contact bernat customer service? i made chemo caps for christmas gifts and donations and was told the cotton runs

just go to and go to contact us or about us and it should give you an email address

I found this pattern in a craft store several months ago and have used it to make about 2 dozen caps so far. A couple we use here, but the rest I've donated to a cancer hospital. They were very happy to get them.

First, to understand the pattern you must know that it is written for 2 sizes, child or adult. The number of stitches for adults is written in parentheses ( ). The smaller number is for a child's cap. Second, to understand what to do after Row 5: "Cont as established, inc 6 sts on every rnd to 48 (60) sts." Row 6: ... (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc) 6 times. Join... Row 7: ... (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 5 sc) 6 times. Join... Row 8: ... (2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc) 6 times. Join... With each row, add another sc before doing 2 dc into next sc. For a child's hat, stop increasing when you get 48 stitches around. For an adult, keep adding rows til you have 60 stitches around. Hope this clears up any questions.

Ah! Thank you! I thought that was what it meant, but mine is now kind of a hexagon and not a circle. Does that even out as the pattern progresses? Thanks!

I love this pattern. Made 2 for a friend who is taking chemo. Then I have made several others in color and right now, I am making one with varigated thread from Joann and the thread if forming a pattern as I go around. Its so easy once you understand how to increase 6 sc in every round till you get to 72 stitches and then just crochest all around until you get the size you want.

I have the same problem after Rnd 5 where it says cont in same manner(which one) and then inc 6 sts..... I am also beginning on crochet and have no idea regarding this specific instruction. Please Heeeelllllpppp

Hi No, what it means is that the 12sc at the end of that direction is telling you how many sc you should have after completing that row. Ex. you have a chain of let's say 6sc directions say 2sc in each sc.(12sc) So you do 2sc in each sc across the rowand at the end of the row you should have 12 stitches. Next row3 says (sc in lst sc, 2sc in next sc)918SCS) You do 2 scs in every other stitch and AT THE END OF THE ROW YOU SHOULD HAVE 18SVS TOTAL FOR THAT ROW, ETC. hOPE THAT HELPS. dEBBIE

i need help with the directions. ex: 2 sc in each sc around. join with sl st to first sc. 12sc Does 12sc mean due 12 sc. next: ch1. (2sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc) 6times. join with sl st to first sc. 18sc. i understand that i should do what is in the ()'s until i make it back tot he first st, but do i do this 6 times around then join then do 18sc's. Help me. i need this cap for a raffle at work i have done a scraf already.

charshir: 6th round - (Ch1, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 4 sts) 6 times. On the 7th round you will be doing (ch1, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 5 sts) 6 times. You can see there is a pattern established here, with round 8 having you do a ( in each of the next 6 sts) 6 times. You keep increasing 6 stitches on each row in this manner until you've reached 48 or 60 stitches for whatever size hat you're making. 6th round you should have 36 stitches; 7th round 42 stitches; 8th round 48 stitches, etc. Good luck...hope this helped.

I am making the chemo cap. After 5th rnd It says to cont in same manner, inc 6 sts on every following alt rnd to 6o sts. I am beginner do not understand what to do HELP!

I am making the chemo cap. After 5th rnd It says to cont in same manner, inc 6 sts on every following alt rnd to 6o sts. I am beginner do not understand what to do HELP!

I really like this pattern. It is easy to follow and works up fast. I couldn't make it in 20 minutes as one person stated. I have had very nice comments on it. I did add crocheted flowers on the roe of joining stitches. I made it for a friend who is taking kemo. Now I think I will do one for myself.

I have a friend with Lupus that is loosing her hair and loves hats. scarfs, bandanas, and she would love this. Thanks for the pattern.

I made this quick and easy hat in 20 minutes. I made it for a co-worker. The colors are different, but she loved it!

hat fast and easy to make, rewards unmeasurable!


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