2017 Cancer Challenge Day 5: Sincerely Pam

As Thursday begins I am sitting here thinking of everything I am thankful for. This week it is so easy to pinpoint. I am so thankful for each and everyone of you. You have all helped make this years Cancer Challenge hat drive more successful than ever. YOU are all amazing!

Cancer Challenge Day 5: Sincerely Pam

Last year Sincerely Pam joined the Cancer Challenge. It was such an honor as she dedicated her hat to her Uncle who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This year, it is so wonderful to hear that Pam’s Uncle just celebrated 1 year of being cancer FREE!!!!

Sincerely Pam is going to continue to sponsor a day in the Cancer Challenge in honor of her Uncle. This year she is sharing this darling Taylor Newsboy hat with all of us. This is so cute, simple and full of character.

Cancer Challenge

The Taylor Newsboy hat pattern includes sizing from baby up to adult. Grab this pattern in exchange for your pledge.

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To get the Taylor Newsboy Hat pattern, you need to input code “2017CancerChallenge“. The code is only available for a limited time and will expire at midnight on Friday October, 6, 2017. Remember that by downloading the pattern you are pledging to make at least one hat for someone going through cancer or has survived their battle.

Thank the Designer

The collaboration of all these amazing designers is what makes this challenge a success. I would love it if you could take a minute to go to Sincerely Pam’s facebook page and tell her thank you for sponsoring a day in the Cancer Challenge.

I have adored Sincerely Pam’s designs, they are just plain classy, check out some of my favs and then visit her ravelry shop and see more:

Sincerely Pam  Sincerely Pam

Sincerely Pam Sincerely Pam

Need More Information

For all the details on the 2017 Cancer Challenge, just click here. You can learn more about why this challenge was started, what yarn to use, where to donate and so much more.

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2017 Cancer Challenge Day 4: Two Brothers Blankets

We are already half way through the week! This Wednesday is our 4th day of the Cancer Challenge. How are your pledges coming along?

Cancer Challenge Day 4: Two Brothers Blankets

Two Brothers Blankets is our sponsored designer today. Michelle has been so generous with the Cancer Drive and has participated all 3 years that designers have joined. Thank you so much for all your support Two Brothers Blankets.

Today Two Brothers Blankets is offereing a beautiful newly designed pattern called the CC HatCancer Challenge

The CC Hat is made using a worsted weight yarn and has sizes from toddler up to adult. I love the simple textures and detail this hat offers. It could easily be worn by a girl or a boy which is wonderful when crocheting for donations. Michelle did an amazing job with this design.

Please remember that each download is your pledge to make a hat to donate to a cancer patient or survivor. To get the CC hat pattern for Free you must use the code “2017CancerChallenge“, the code is only valid for 48 hours/or until midnight on Thursday October 5, 2017

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Thank the Designer

I do ask that you take a minute of your time to visit Two Brothers Blankets and tell her Thank You for her support and for sponsoring a day in the Cancer Challenge. This really is a huge part in spreading the love and thanking the designer for their efforts in this drive.

Here are a few of Two Brothers Blankets beautiful designs that I love and show her style:

    Two Brothers Blankets Two Brothers Blankets Two brothers Blankets

Need More Information

For all the details on the 2017 Cancer Challenge, just click here. You can learn more about why this challenge was started, what yarn to use, where to donate and so much more.

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2017 Cancer Challenge Day 3: Crochet by Jennifer

We are going to start off with a THANKFUL TUESDAY as we begin Day 3 of the Cancer Challenge. There are so many things to be thankful for, and as we reflect on what we are thankful for, it is always so heartwarming to pay it forward. The Cancer Challenge is one way to do that today and Crochet by Jennifer is helping to make that easy with her beautiful hat design.

Cancer Challenge Day 3: Crochet by Jennifer

Crochet by Jennifer has sponsored a day in the Cancer Challenge for 3 years now. A huge thank you to her for her continued support! Today she is offering the Chunky Double Cable Beanie pattern to all of you in exchange for your pledge.

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The Chunky Double Cable Beanie pattern comes is sizes ranging from baby to adult large. This is a beautiful textured hat that, made with a soft yarn, will be perfect for anyone, boy or girl! The pom is optional so you can crochet one up for the personality of the recepient.

Crochet by Jennifer  Chunky Double Cable Beanie

Remember to pledge, just click on this link, enter the code “2017CancerChallenge”, and download the pattern.  The download code will only be available for 48 hours. Each download is pledge to make a hat for a cancer patient or survivor.

Crochet by Jennifer

Thank the Designer

Then, please take a minute to visit Crochet by Jennifer and tell her Thank You for her support and for sponsoring a day in the Cancer Challenge. This really is a huge part in spreading the love and thanking the designer for their efforts in this drive.

Here are a couple of my favorite designs by Crochet by Jennifer:

  Crochet by Jennifer Crochet by Jennifer Crochet by Jennifer Crochet by Jennifer

Need More Information

For all the details on the 2017 Cancer Challenge, just click here. You can learn more about why this challenge was started, what yarn to use, where to donate and so much more.

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2017 Cancer Challenge Day 2: Accessorize This

It’s a beautiful Monday and we are beginning the week with Day 2 of the Cancer Challenge. Starting the month off with lots of ambition and high goals is what it is all about! And reaching those goals is easy when so many wonderful and generous crochet pattern designs join forces. We have joined forces to help those battling cancer!

Day 2: Accessorize This Designs

For day 2 our featured designer is, Accessorize This Designs! If you are not familiar with her designs you have to check them out. Every new release makes me say “awe, I need to make one of those”. Today Acessorize This Designs is offering up the Bean There Beanie for the Cancer Challenge.

Bean There Beanie

This amazing hat design is made using a bulky yarn and has sizing from Toddler up to Adult. The hat has adorable features with the buttons and pom. The Bean There Beanie will surely brighten someones day and give them that, warm hug, they need.

Accessorize this by Sara

Remember to pledge, just click on this link, enter the code “2017CancerChallenge”, and download the pattern.  The download code will only be available for 48 hours. This download is your PLEDGE to make a hat for the Cancer Challenge!

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Thank the Designer

Then, please take a minute to visit Accessorize This Designs and tell her Thank You for her support and for sponsoring a day in the Cancer Challenge. This really is a huge part is spreading the love and thanking for the designer for their efforts in this drive.

Here are a couple more darling designs by Accessorize This Designs:

 Accessorize This Designs Accessorize This Designs Accessorize This Designs

Need More Information

For all the details on the 2017 Cancer Challenge, just click here. You can learn more about why this challenge was started, what yarn to use, where to donate and so much more.

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2017 Cancer Challenge – Day 1: Sweet Potato 3

This is a wonderful day that I look forward to every year. The first day of the annual Cancer Challenge! A day, I get to personally honor my Uncle Jeff. But also, everyone who has been diagnosed with, who is fight for their life, who has survided or has sadly lost their fight. This is for all of you!

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Cancer Challenge Hat by Sweet Potato 3

Today, Sweet Potato 3, is sponsoring a hat for the Cancer Challenge. This Floral Embrace Slouch hat pattern is avialable for FREE to anyone who is willing to pledge to make at least one hat, from this pattern, to donate to a cancer patient, cancer center, or cancer survivor.

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The Floral Embrace Slouch hat pattern comes in adult sizes of small, medium, large/Xlarge. The design can also be made as a traditional beanie, one with a little slouch or a full slouchy hat. All measurements are included in the pattern. The hat works up quick and my sample is made in a soft cotton yarn from Knit Picks.

Cancer Challenge 2017

To receive this pattern for free you must enter code “2017CancerChallenge”. This pattern will be available for free through October 31, 2017. I am asking that your pledges for this Cancer Challenge be completed and donated by the end of the year, December 31, 2017.

Need More Information

For all the details on the 2017 Cancer Challenge, just click here. You can learn more about why this challenge was started, what yarn to use, where to donate and so much more.

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Free Rock the Block Blanket Pattern & Tutorial

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I love learning new stitches with fun textures! When those stitches work up quick it is an added bonus. I know I am not the only one. Earlier this year I released a section of a CAL and everyone kept talking about how much they LOVE the stitch. I immediately knew I had to share the block stitch with everyone.

Rock the Block Blanket

This specific block stitch has so many names that I am just calling it the Rock the Block Blanket. You will also hear it called the grid stitch, boucan stitch, leaping stripes and many more… but essentially, it is one of many different types of block stitch.

Today I am going to share with you how to work up this fun stitch and give you the pattern to work up this fun blanket in any size you want! I will also show you how to get over 6 different looks with this simple stitch pattern. So make sure you stay with me to the end.

Another HUGE advantage of working this block stitch is that the edges of the blanket are left clean. There is NO need to work an edge, WaHOO!!! I can hear you all shouting with JOY right now!

One Block Stitch / 6 Different Looks

Now this is my favorite part. Check out all the different looks you can achieve by working the block stitch. As you see all these versions, just start imagining the colors and patterns you can create as you make your Rock the Block Blanket.

Rock the Block Solid Rock the Block

Rock the Block Rock the Block

Rock the Block Rock the Block

Rock the Block Pattern

What Size?

First you need to decide what size of blanket you would like to make and make a note of the width and length. Here is a good visual for blanket sizes I found online (unfortunately I don’t know who the image belongs to so I cannot give proper credit).

Blanket Size

What Pattern or How many Colors?

Yep, you have to pick one of them. I know it can be difficult but decide if you want to use one color, 2 colors or more. Then decide if you want to make your blanket with a specific pattern (1 row repeats, 2 row repeats, random, etc.), see the images earlier in this post to help you decide or watch this tutorial to see each one is worked.

Begin your Project:

Crochet a foundation row in multiples of 4 sc until the desired width is reached.

R1: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts], repeat [] until 5 sts remain, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, turn

R2: Ch 4 (counts as hdc + ch 2), skip next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, ch 2, skip next 2 sts], repeat [] to last st, hdc in last st, turn Note: Dc in this and following rows will be worked around/over the chain sp of the prior row, ch sp will be covered by the dc.

R3: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior], repeat [] to last st, hdc in 2nd ch of beg ch, turn

Repeat R2 & R3 until desired length is reached

Final Row: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, sc in next 2 sts of current row], repeat [] to last st, sc in last st, fasten off and weave in all ends

Rock the Block

I hope you love crocheting the Rock the Block Blanket as much as I did. In case you wanted to know how I worked the sample blanket up, below are my specific notes. I made this blanket as a stash buster, using up some of the yarn in my closet. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn the a Crochet Hook I.

Begin with C1 (Light Grey) Complete R1-R15

Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R16-R32

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R33-R35

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R36-R38

Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R39-R49

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R50-R52

Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R53-R65

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R66-R68

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R69-R73

Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R74-R90

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R91-R93

Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R94-R108

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R109-R111

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R112-R114

Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R115-R128

Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R129-R139

Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R140-R156 + Final Row

And that sums it all up! If you give this pattern a try, please share your final project on Sweet Potato 3’s facebook page so everyone can see how beautiful it really is.