2017 Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3

October is almost here, you know what that means!
It is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2017 Cancer Challenge is just around the corner!
This may be a long post, but it should answer most of your questions and  give you more detailed information on how it is organized.

Why are you doing the Cancer Challenge?

Many / Most of us have been effected 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 4th annual Cancer Charity Challenge.
Sweet Potato 3 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,
a co-worker, teacher, neighbor, or even a complete stranger.
You can make many hats 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 Cancer Center of Idaho.

How long does the challenge last?

The challenge will begin October 1.
A featured designer/pattern will be posted each day until October 31, 2017.
You will have until  the end of 2017 to complete your hats and get them donated. This is great timing for donations during the holidays.

What type of hat should I make and what sizes?

You can use any hat pattern you like. People of all ages get cancer, so all sizes are needed. Teen and adult hats are most requested because they tend to fit more people.

Where can I get patterns?

This is the FUN part!!!
Each day throughout the challenge I will be posting a FREE hat pattern.
I have some amazing designers who are graciously offering their patterns for FREE in exchange for your donation. 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.

 What type of yarn is recommended?

 The best yarns for chemo patients are soft and breathable yarns. It is also important that the yarn washes well. It is recommended to use cotton blends (however, 100% cotton tends to be less soft) and/or acrylic. Some favorite yarns used in past years, according to recepients, are Caron Simply Soft, Debra Norvelle, Lionbrand Homespun and/or Heartland, Red Heart Soft, Bernat Softee, you are probably getting the idea.
I have heard comments that wool hats can be very itchy and are not preferred.
Remember that it is important to use the correct yarn weight for the pattern you are following.

 What is my goal?

My goal is to simply help others and make it easy for you to do the same.
I started this challenge on a whim 3 years ago when I lost my uncle. Each year the challenge has grown, last year reaching over 35,000 hats pledged. I am astounded with the succes and am hoping to match and beat that number this year. So grab a friend and crochet away!

How do I pledge?

To pledge to make a hat simply download the pattern.
There will be 31 patterns available. If you download all 31 patterns you pledge to make 31 hats.
I am pledging to make 31 hats, one a day, sounds doable. But, if you can only make 1 hat, you are still making a difference, and I thank you for that.

Have Fun and Get More Involved

Make sure to share pictures of your finished hats on Sweet Potato 3’s facebook page. This is not required, but it is fun to see what everyone else is making and see your own pictures shared too. When you share a picture please let me know what pattern it is from, I would love to tag that designer so they can follow the difference they are making with their donation.

Who are you Honoring?

Add a comment to this blog post to let everyone know who you are making hats in honor of.

Challenge Others

Do you know other crafters, crocheters or knitters?
Tag them in one of the facebook posts about the challenge, say “I challenge you to join!”

Get Started Early

The excitement and enthusiasm I see in everyone who has participated in the past is amazing. I have already had a few of you tell me that you already started making hats! Last year someone posted a hat they crocheted that had a beautiful cancer ribbon on it. She graciously shared the link that she used and the bonus is, it’s FREE. Click here to make a ribbon like the one below. These are great to add to your hats.
Below is an image that shows the awareness color for some of the more common cancers.
I hope this post answered all of your questions. If you think of anything I have missed, please let me know so I can let others know. Enjoy crocheting those hats!

24 thoughts on “2017 Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3

  1. cissy

    I love this, each year I make infant,preemie, toddler hats for each holiday and donate them to a huge NICU . The need is more than I had ever thought, and with your Challenge I add adult and teen hats to the pile…..It feels very rewarding to watch as my pile grows. Thankyou for doing this.

  2. Judy Finder

    I am in!! I am a uterine cancer survivor and my dad has lung cancer. I am going to pledge at least 31 hats. I am in Idaho, so I will be donating to St. Luke’s cancer center in Boise.
    I am already getting your newsletter.

  3. Linda Bowers

    I pledge to make the 31 hats. I have a sister who went through breast cancer. My daughter just went through treatment for breast cancer and still has one surgery to go. My nephew is fighting leukema right now and will be having bone marrow transplant soon. I have lost many members of my family from cancer so it is very important to me to do this. I have been making many hats thru the years and one thing that I have been told is that not many are made for men.

  4. Darlene Clark

    We have lost several family members to cancer. I will be glad to pledge hats, I will make at least 15. I am in the Houston, TX area, so will donate to MD Anderson Cancer Center. I am already getting your newsletter.

  5. Brittany

    I lost my grandma to brain cancer on July 22. I will be making for her. I have a contact for our local children’s hospital, so my hats will go to Golisano’s Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

  6. Sharon

    This will be my first year doing this (officially, anyway). I am a cancer survivor of lymphoma, cervical, and skin cancers (still battling skin cancer). My 81 yr old mom just finished chemo for lymphoma and is still suffering from the aftereffects. I’ve made her several chemo caps. I’ve lost 4 uncles to different kinds of cancer. I will be donating to the McKee Cancer and Wellness Center in my local city.

  7. Joyce Brown

    Im a breast cancer survivor and I made a lot of my hats in cotton as it is absorbent and easier washed it was summer in Ga but I really enjoyed all of my hats and will be joining you for the challenge

  8. Christina Tuhy

    In years past I have made my hats in memory of both my parents who died from cancer.

    This year I’m making hats in honor of my husband who is just starting his battle of prostrate cancer.

  9. Cynthia

    I had cancer and I would wear a hat to bed every night , because when you don’t have any hair your pillow is extremely cold.

  10. Paula Jalbert-Ferris

    My hats will honor two of my sisters, Vicki who is a breast cancer survivor and Donna who is going through chemo now for breast cancer !! I pledge to make 31 hats (one of each pattern if possible) and would like to pass them on to you ! Thank you so very much !!! <3

    1. SweetPotato3 Post author

      Paula, you can definitely send them to me to donate in honor of your sisters. When you have them completed send me a message and I will give you a mailing address. Thank you so much for your generous donation this year.

  11. Rosetta Williams

    I make hats each year for donation through my church. I feel like I’m blessed to be able to do so.

  12. Debbie Parker

    I am a breast cancer survivor and I pledge to make 31 hats and donated them to the Cowell Cancer Center in Traverse City, Michigan

  13. Connie

    Cancer has hit home with me through family and friends over a dozen times. So heartbreaking and the very least I can do is make a hat to make them feel good even if for just a bit. The last family member we lost was my cousin’s husband. He was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, the most aggressive brain cancer, and was deceased 2 weeks later. So I try to keep a few things ready because you just never know.

  14. Diana

    I have done your challenge the past couple years. This far I have donated 60 hats to chemo patients at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore in honor of my friend who was battling Ovarian cancer. She passsed away this past June, so in her honor, this year I had friends and family “purchase” a hat, which paid for the yarn and tags and the rest of the money for them is being donated to Ovarian cancer research at the end of this month and the hat itself is being donated, once again to Mercy patients . So far I have $50 to donate and many hats waiting to be donated along side the hats from this event.

  15. Katrina

    I just learned how to crochet January 2016. So this is the first that I’m seeing this challenge. I lost my mom to bladder cancer in 2011. I’ve been lost ever since but crocheting has helped a lot. And now I see this challenge! I just know God had this all planned. I would’ve never seen me crocheting but a friend posted the temperature blanket and that changed my life. I’m doing the challenge in memory of my Mommy Connie Rojahn. Thank you for doing this for those that need it.

  16. laura

    My mum has just been diagnosed and started treatment for lung cancer this week. Its not great timing but this has come at a perfect time as iv been asked to make hats.

  17. Amy choong

    My group has been making fun hats for cancer children in Singapore Hospitals & also adult hats for cancer patients
    Read about your challenge & will adopt a Sim Iliad concept here if you don’t mind

    1. SweetPotato3 Post author

      Amy, I would love for you to join the challenge and donate them to your local hospital in Singapore. However the challenge can help, I am happy to encourage you and everyone to join forces making hats to donate all around the world <3


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