2018 Cancer Challenge – Yarn Recommendations

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With the Cancer Challenge fast approaching, you may be going through your yarn stash and wondering which yarns you should use. Today’s post will go over some yarn recommendations for when you crochet the hats to donate.

Yarn Recommendations

It is important to use yarns that are soft and breathable when making hats for cancer patients. Many will say to use a cotton blend, a 100% cotton yarn is not very soft, so make sure it is a blene. The yarn should also wash well and hold up with multiple uses (hold its shape). Here is a list of yarn brands and types that have been liked by recipients from past years, or have been recommended by the Cancer Centers. Many of these yarns can be found at Michaels, JoAnne’s and other Craft Stores.

*image from Craftsy

  1. Baby Bee (nearly the entire line is highly recommended) found at Hobby Lobby
  2. I Love this Cotton found at Hobby Lobby
  3. Comfy Worsted Cotton Blend from Knit Picks (online)
  4. Shine Worsted Cotton Blend from Knit Picks (online)
  5. Caron Simply Soft
  6. Patons Bamboo Baby / Be Mine
  7. Bernat Giggles / Li’l Tots / Softee Baby (regular or cotton) / Satin
  8. Lion Brand Heartland / Landscapes / Jeans / Feels Like Butta / Homespun
  9. Red Heart Soft (not Super Saver) / Love / Boutique Unforgettable / Buttercup
  10. Loops & Threads Charisma / Soft & Shiny
  11. Premier Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted / Everyday Baby / Cotton Soft Silk
  12. Main Street Yarns Shiny + Soft

Keep in mind that yarns that contain wool in them are often itchy and not recommended for Cancer hats.

Yarn Weights & Gauge Check

Remember to always follow the yarn weight recommended in the pattern. The weight of the yarn will affect the size of the hat along with your gauge. Always check your gauge prior to starting your hat. If your gauge swatch is too small, go up a hook size until it matches the gauge. If your gauge swatch is too large, go down a hook size until your swatch matches the stated gauge.

Other Helpful Links:

  1. Cancer Challenge Introduction, what is it, click HERE.
  2. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE (8/19/18)
  3. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE
  4. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE (after 9/24/18)
  5. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE (after 9/26/18)
  6. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE (after 9/28/18)

2018 Cancer Challenge – Where to get the patterns

Earlier this week the Cancer Challenge was announce. Now for the fun part, how to get your patterns to make so many donations! Each year I team up with so many amazing designers who are all willing to give you patterns to use. I am always amazed at their willingness to help out and donate their design talent for free to help make the Cancer Challenge a success!

Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3

What size of hat should I make?

Unfortunately people of all ages are diagnosed with cancer. So, all hat sizes are welcome and needed. However, teen and adult hats are the most requested because they will fit more of the ages (there are more people 16-100 than youth and infants).

6 Designers Each Week

This is the FUN part! Each Monday through Friday in October a designer will offer a FREE Hat patternon Saturdays a designer will offer a different pattern for FREE possibly a Cowl, Wrap, Prayer Shawl or Lap Blanket. All these amazing designers are graciously offering their patterns for FREE in exchange for your donation.

Cancer Challenge Pledge

If you download a pattern you are pledging to make a minimum of 1 hat from that pattern for the challenge. If you download the pattern, please take a minute to visit the pattern designers facebook page and tell them thank you for their generosity.


How about some Labels

This year, I decided to add labels that you can print and include with your donation. The labels are simple and allow you to mark the size of the hats, which can help with distribution at the centers, and it also has a spot for you to say who donated the hat. Download labels with this link: CancerChallengeTag2018

Donation Labels


More Helpful Links:

  1. Cancer Challenge Introduction, what is it, click HERE.
  2. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE

Links Coming Soon:

  1. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats,  click HERE (after 9/21/18)
  2. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE (after 9/24/18)
  3. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE (after 9/26/18)
  4. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE (after 9/28/18)

2018 Cancer Challenge – General Information

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Mark Your Calendars! Grab You STASH! Because the Cancer Challenge is almost here….

October is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2018 Cancer Challenge is gearing up for another amazing year all month long!
Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3
This year will be slightly different than in the past, but the goal is the same:
We (calling all crocheters here) pledge to crochet as many hats as possible to donate to cancer patients around the world.
Yes, this may sound like a lofty goal, but you have all proven to me in the past 4 years that we can grow each year and make a huge different in our communities. Even though hats are donated around the world, we ask that your hats are to be donated to your local center to help those closest to you.

Sound Fun and Want More Details? 

Many / Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way. It is difficult to see someone go through cancer and/or chemotherapy. But with a community standing beside them it makes the battle slightly less daunting.
In honor of my Uncle Jeff, who lost his battle in September of 2014,
I am hosting the 5th annual Cancer Challenge.

How does the challenge work?

It is pretty simple.
Basically, I am asking all of you to help make hats for cancer patients and cancer survivors.
The hats can be made for someone you know, someone your friends know,s
a co-worker, teacher, neighbor, or even a complete stranger.
You can make as many hats as you can and donate them to your local cancer center.
If a cancer center is not in your area you can contact me and ship them my way. I will include them with my donation to the Summit Cancer Center in Boise, Idaho.

How long does the challenge last?

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The challenge will begin October 1 and run through October 31. Each Monday through Friday a designer will offer a FREE hat pattern in exchange for your pledge to make a hat to donate. Saturdays the featured designer will offer a FREE cowl/prayer shawl/lap blanket or something like that for the same exchange. andSundays will be a week wrap up or last call. All pledges should be fulfilled by the end of 2018.

Stay tuned!

Sign up to follow by email (in the right column just under my name), this way you won’t miss any posts, updates, or patterns during the Challenge. More information will be posted over the next couple weeks. I will be highlighting the following topics and will add links as a reference once they have been posted:

  1. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE (after 9/19/18)
  2. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE (after 9/21/18)
  3. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE (after 9/24/18)
  4. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE (after 9/26/18)
  5. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE (after 9/28/18)

Braided Beanie – Crochet Pattern Release

I will say, it is getting harder to design unique crochet hat patterns. But, when I stumbled on designing the Braided Single Crochet stitch I knew it would make a fun band on a hat. To keep the braid as the main focus of the design, the rest of the pattern had to be traditional. I think the Braided Beanie design is a sure win and hope you think so to!

Sweet Potato 3  Braided Beanie by Sweet Potato 3

The Braided Beanie pattern comes in sizes for: child, youth/ladies, adult/men. Grab your favorite worsted weight yarn along with 3 fun colors (scrap yarn is great for this) for the braid and you are sure to have some fun creating this fun beanie.

Crochet Pattern for Braided beanie

Grab your copy of the Braided Beanie pattern on Ravelry HERE.

Is the Braided Single Crochet going to be too hard to crochet?

Heck no! I have detailed written instructions, along with photo tutorials AND a video to walk you through the steps. Keep in mind, the braid is made in only 2 rows, after that, it is easy peasy!

Have you seen the Braided Single Crochet Pocket Pillow?

Braided Sc

Another fun pattern that features the braided single crochet (worked in rows instead of in rounds) are the pocket pillows. This fun pattern is just that… FUN!!! Check out details about the Pocket Pillows HERE.

Crochet Pattern by SP3

 

Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow – Crochet Pattern

Earlier this week, I released a fun Pocket Pillow Pattern that is so much fun! It is a fun way to gift books. Or a useful way to hold/store items you use daily while lounging on the couch (newspaper, remotes, books, iPad). Well, as soon as I designed a couple, I knew I had to include the same idea to the Popular Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Set. 

Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow

Grab the Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow on Ravelry – HERE

Grab the Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow on Etsy – HERE

The way the stitches are arranged in the Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow allows it to coordinate perfectly with the rest of the set. This makes the gift more complete. You can mix and match the pieces you want and they all are adorable. Tuck either your favorite book into the pocket or even the Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Stuffy into the pocket as well.

Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Pillow

Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow

If you love these sets check below for a link to the coordinating Sleep Tight Teddy Bear patterns on Ravelry:

Sleep Tight Set (includes Blanket, Lovey, Stuffed Animal): HERE

Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Blanket Only: HERE

Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Lovey (small blanket) Only: HERE

Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Stuffed Animal Only: HERE

Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Hat Only: HERE

Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow Only: HERE

If you love these patterns and want to see more from Sweet Potato 3, follow on facebook (click HERE), or join my Crochet & Conversations group on facebook (click HERE). Or better yet, click on the Follow Me by Email button on the right of this article (scroll to the top, just below my photo)!

Pocket Pillow Pattern – Texture, Texture, Texture

Pocket Pillows, what are they? The new Pocket Pillow pattern is so much fun! It puts a spin on an ordinary household item and changes it into a fun way to decorate or even give gifts.

Pocket Pillows

The new Pocket Pillow Pattern is written so you can design your own. Begin by selecting one of the 3 textured stitch designs that will cover the entire pillow.

Alternating Post Stitches Modified Half Double Crochet Modified Hdc & Sc

The pillow covers are beautiful all by themselves. But, we have to add MORE texture and make the pillows fun and useful. Now comes the hard part, pick one of the 3 textured stitches to make your pillow.

 Twisting Sc V Puff Stitch

Braided SC

Grab the Pocket Pillow Pattern on Ravelry HERE.

Grab the Pocket Pillow Pattern on Etsy HERE.

The pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorials and YouTube tutorials for some of the stitches (I hear all you visual learners out there 😉 )!

The Pocket Pillows can also be used as a fun and unique way to give a gift. Add a book to a pillow and give to a teacher, a graduate, a bookworm, the possibilities are endless.

Braided Sc

They can also make great gifts to those who like to travel, just add your brochures, maps and travel guides. The pocket pillows will also dub as a touch of home in the RV or backseat of your car!

V Puff Stitch

The Pocket Pillows work great to hold other items too. My daughter uses hers to hold her kindle, she also likes to keep a notepad and pen with it so she can take notes. I love that the pocket pillows can appeal to ALL ages!

Twisting Sc

I hope you love the design of the Pocket Pillows by Sweet Potato 3. Join my facebook group SP3 Crochet & Conversations and share your finished project, we love seeing them and love support one another in our love of crochet.

Sweet Potato 3