A Path to Recovery

When I received this single skein of Rowan Softknit Cotton  in a beautiful shade of Indigo Blue  to review, I simply had no idea what to do with it.   A single skein of just 115 yards isn’t much to work with until you are inspired.

My inspiration came from a friend who recently was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and asked me if I would knit a few hats for her as she was getting ready to under massive doses of chemotherapy.

After finishing three knitted hats in various weights of  easy to care for yarns and I kept looking at this cheery little skein of yarn and decided it need to be a hat.  To me cotton is soft, soothing and tender to the head, especially for those in need of warmth after loosing their hair.

Today I’m introducing you to a free pattern that  is in honor of my friend who is getting ready to take a journey that will lead her down a Path of Recovery.

This project requires a single skein of Rowan Softknit Cotton, or any worsted weight to match gauge, a 16″ circular needle in a size US 6 (4.0mm),  a set of DPNs, size US 6 (4.0mm) and a size G (4.0mm) crochet hook.    The brim includes a simple crochet edging to add a touch of femininity and the eyelet ladder represents a stage of recovery, with the idea of placing a small ribbon for each stage or step along the journey a person is taking against their battle with cancer.  This is a quick knit pattern for all levels of knitters.

If you would like this pattern, please click  here to  download now




Rowan Softknit Cotton is perfect for any type of garments.  During the creation of my design, I found it to be easy to knit with, it shows stitch definition well and after handwashing, it retained it’s shape without growing.   This new line of cotton yarn is available in 14 vibrant colors, perfect for your summer knitting!

Close Up View of the Yarn

Close Up View of the Yarn

Here’s a few patterns to inspire you that use this wonderful cotton yarn from the Softknit Collection designed by Martin Storey:

This particular yarn would also be perfect for baby items, such as sweaters, blankets and more.
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!


Filed under All Knitting, Knitting Patterns

26 responses to “A Path to Recovery

  1. Pia

    Is the yarn an actual chain/braid? Interesting….

    Sending some get well vibes and fairy dust along for your friend!

    • It is rather like that Pia, and it gives a nubby look to the knitted fabric. Thank you so much, she can use get well vibes and fairy dust :)

  2. Reblogged this on yarntalesathillcreek and commented:
    Wonderful idea and a great way to use those one skeins of awesome yarn we all have laying around!!

  3. Thank you for the adorable pattern! Downloading it and knitting it!

  4. The hat is adorable, and I’m sure your friend will love it. I wish her all the best on her journey, and I hope it won’t be too harsh on her.

  5. That is a lovely hat. My thoughts and prayers are with your friend!

  6. Reblogged this on Craftini: My Daily Cocktail of Yarn, Beads and Paper and commented:
    Tina at Peacefully Knitting shared this free pattern for a chemo hat on her blog today. She has a friend who has stage 4 breast cancer and designed it for her. I know many of my friends look for good chemo hat patterns and I wanted to share this one. I’ll be keeping Tina’s friend in my thoughts.

  7. Janet

    Thank you, Tina, for sharing your cute hat pattern. Sending up healing thoughts for your friend.

  8. It is hard to work with only a skein of yarn. You’ve come up with a lovely pattern. I hope it brings your friend strength and comfort in this difficult time.

  9. Lori Wallin

    Vely. :-) Thank you for sharing your pattern. I’d like to post a link back to this on my Mountain Girl Fiber Arts page on Facebook with your permission.

  10. Thank you for the pattern and sharing where it originated. Well wishes being sent your way.

  11. So sad to hear your friend has cancer. This is such a beautiful way to honor her. I love the idea of the addition of ribbons! This just says true blue friend all over it. Lovely.

  12. Beautiful story and pattern. It is so wonderful that you have created such comfy pieces to help your friend during this trying time.

  13. Wendi

    Thank you for the pattern; it’s in my library. What a wonderful tribute. Sending good vibes for your friend. ((hugs))

  14. Q – Love the hat. My daughter Em’s best friend from toddlerhood has stage 4 cancer. It sucks having someone you love with it. My best to your friend and what a wonderful friend you are.

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