Challenge Others to join the Crochet Cancer Challenge

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The Cancer Challenge is such a fun way to share our craft, of Crochet, with others who may be struggling through a difficult time in their lives. Over the last week you have seen many posts on what the Challenge is, how to get the patterns, what yarn to use and who to donate too. This post will cover hopefully any other last minute information, especially on how to pledge to make donations.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

 What is my goal?

My goal is to simply help others and to make it easy for you to do the same. I started this challenge on a whim 7 years ago when I lost my uncle to cancer. Each year the challenge has grown, last year reaching just over 60,000 hats pledged. I am astounded with the success each year and am hoping to match and beat that number this year. So grab a friend and crochet away!

How do I pledge?

Cancer Challenge Pledge

To pledge to make a hat simply download the pattern. During the month of the challenge there free patterns for hats posted, for each pattern you download you are pledging to make a minimum of 1 hat (12 pattern downloads = your pledge to make a minimum of 12 hats to donate). 

I know many of you from the past years has pledged to make each hat (nearly 30) to donate. Some of you only have the time to make one. Whatever you do, we are just happy you are joining us.

Stay tuned and Share your Work & Get Others to Join

I will be posting the daily hats on Instagram, Facebook and in my Facebook Group. Please follow each of these to stay up to date.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

AND I ask that you share your work by using the Hashtag #CrochetCancerChallenge in your posts! Call out your friends to join, it not only helps us pledge more hats, but makes it more fun and personal.

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!”

Add TAGS to your Donation

Cancer Challenge Tags

If you would like to add tags to your hats, we are providing a printable form, each sheet will include 8 tags. I recommend printing them on cardstock to give them a sturdier touch. Simply print the sheet, cut out the tags and then use a small hole punch to make a spot to tie the tag onto the hat. Each tag allows a space for you to specify the hat size and to include your name as the maker and the donater.

The tags add a very nice, personal and handmade touch. You can use the back side of the tag for any extra instructions, information or a simple prayer/saying for the recipient.

To download your copy of the printable tags, just click HERE.

More Links about the Cancer Challenge

I hope the posts from the last couple weeks 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!

  • Information explaining what the Crochet Cancer Challenge is, click HERE.
  • What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
  • Yarn Recommendations to use for the hats, click HERE.
  • Where should I donate my hats, click HERE.
  • A fun start early project you can add to your hats, click HERE.

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  1. Kimberly Ambrose

    I am making hat in honor of my sister who was just diagnosed and is starting on this horrible journey. She asked that I make her hats for when she loses her hair. I hope to make lots of extras for her to pass on during her treatments.

    1. Audria

      When I was 21, my fiance was diagnosed with leukemia 3 months before our wedding and assed away after fighting for a year. Also for my great grandmother who inspired me to crochet. I watched her crochet as a child a lot. She used to crochet baby hats and booties and donate them to the hospital. She passed away in 2009 after a 6 year fight with ovarian cancer.

  2. carol

    for my sister who has had 3 types of cancer beat and is now battling thyroid cancer

  3. betty edwards

    I am honoring my husband, who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer.

  4. Dawn

    I’m making in honor of my mom who passed from colon cancer and for my sweet great aunt who passed this week at 94. She taught me to crochet and crocheted up until the very end!

  5. Jamie

    Making several for my sweet daughter in-law who begins her battle against stage 3 non hodgkin’s lymphoma. Oct 2nd is her start date for chemo and her baby girls will get matching hats like their brave and beautiful Momma. At ages 3 and 9 months they are not aware. I will make extras to donate at the center where Mary is receiving treatment. Thank you to all the fabulous and generous designers.

  6. Susie gidley

    I am making hats in honor of my brother who passed away from cancer when he was 23 years old

  7. April Taylor

    I want to honor a dear friend that had made a huge impact in my life. Her name is Martha. She was a 16 year breast cancer survivor, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, they gave her a year, she lived 2 years longer. I miss her dearly.

  8. Jane Ann Hancock

    I am making hats in honor of my mother who passed away lady year from pancreatic cancer.

  9. Machelle Dressler

    In honor of my dad and mother in law that both past away from colon cancer.

  10. Gerry Bell

    In honor of my Bonus daughter who passed from stage 4 advanced colon cancer 3 years ago.

  11. Martha Robertson

    In honor of my brother Earl Robertson who passed from 3 different cancers, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and liver cancer. I will be making as many hats as I can to honor him in February, 2019.

  12. Mardell

    I plan to donate a hat right here in my city. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor, 15 years this coming October 16th! Two of my sisters are also Breast Cancer Survivors…I lost a nephew to pediatric osteo sarcoma cancer 6 years ago at the age of 27 and a dear cousin to Ovarian Cancer 9 years ago….

  13. Mardell

    I pledge to donate locally….and love these patterns. On October 16th I mark 15 years as a Breast Cancer Survivor. Two of my sisters (twins) are also survivors. One lost her grandson to Pediatric Osteo Sarcoma cancer at the age of 27. We lost a cousin 9 years ago to Ovarian Cancer….so it hits home….

  14. Amy Sutton

    I am honoring my grandson who is in remission from cancer developed before birth, my aunt who lost her battle, my birth mom who I just found out that cancer has invaded just about every area in her body, mine & my hubby’s long time friend that this summer lost his battle from brain cancer, another that lost their battle to pancreatic, & i could go on. We have lost so many in the last few years that there are days that I’m left speechless

  15. Kelle J.

    My list is so long. My mom passed away from throat cancer 20 years ago. My son, two of my sisters, my two brothers and lots of friends have battled cancer.

  16. Deb

    I honor of my Grandmother

  17. Marlene Dixon

    In honor of my dad who passed away 3 years ago from cancer and also my grandfather who passed 7 years ago also from cancer.

  18. Fiona adams

    Thanks to you and all the other designers for doing such a great thing❤️ My mom has had cancer 6 times, the latest being lung cancer and she had to have the lower right lobe removed. But she’s still here and still going strong. I lost my Aunt in April to bone cancer but she fought hard. And my stepdad is currently going through chemo and radiation for lung cancer. Thanks again!

  19. Sherry

    In honor of beautiful young lady, Sarah. She fought multiple types of cancer for two years. She was a warrior. Her faith in God never wavered, it only grew stronger. She was such a beautiful beautiful soul and inspiration to many. Her beautiful, light up the room smile, faded on this earth as she entered into our Heavenly Father’s arms a month ago.

  20. Jennie Doyle

    In of my daughter’s friend who do is a Breast Cancer Survivor,also my half sister a Breast Cancer Survivor of 10 years, my Sister in-law who passed from Breast Cancer, a Coworker who passed from Brain Cancer, an Aunt who passed from Ovarian Cancer, a dear Friend who passed from Ovarian Cancer and her husband who passed from Colon Cancer,.
    So many lives changed and lost from Cancer, this is the least I can do.

  21. Hope Parrott

    I’m doing this in honor of my daddy who lost his battle in 2007 at the age of 42 and also in honor of my husband’s childhood best friend who lost his battle in February that year he was 37 and left behind his 4 year old son.

  22. Cherry

    I am doing this in honor of my mother who passed away 14 years ago from colon cancer and my uncle who passed away 2 years ago from brain cancer. Am also honoring a friend who is recovering from pancreatic cancer

  23. susanne shumate

    Im making them in honor of my son who has been in the hospital for 3 weeks waiting to hear if he has cancer, his bone marrow is not producing blood, prayers please, Im so scared. thanks to all who do so much I am also doing this in memorory of my Auntie whom we lost in 2004 of breast cancer

  24. Theresa Gadis

    I’m honoring my husband who had been diagnosed with lung cancer and pledging to Simon Cancer center. where we attend to all those patient.

  25. Jo Baird

    I’m honoring my kids’ cousin, Brittany Y, who I watched grow up. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her leg bone. She has a year old baby to take care of as well. She has a HUGE support group with her church @sheltonparkcog!

  26. Diane Cooney

    I will be making hats in honor of my childhood best friend who passed from cancer

  27. Cindy Graham

    I’m making hats to honor my sisters, Molly Kaye passed away in 2012 with small cell lung cancer and my sister Terri Jean is a thyroid cancer survivor! Thank you so much, I remember taking Molly Kaye for treatments and seeing hats that were donated, first time I knew that we could donate and I have been donating ever since!

  28. Cheryl

    I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor and I will be donating my hats to Missouri Baptist in there gynecological cancer center! Thank you for this opportunity!

  29. Lela

    I am making hats in honor and remembrance of my brother who passed away at age 50 with pancreatic cancer, my nephew who passed away 6 months later of pancreatic cancer, my dad who passed 2 years ago from mesothelioma, and in honor of my mother who is a breast cancer survivor as well as my cousin who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time I was diagnosed with uterine cancer 5 years ago and we both are cancer free. And then one of my best friends has been fighting stage 4 uterine cancer that has metastisized to her stomach and lungs and is going through chemo for the 3rd time.

  30. Karen J Zahm

    I am making hats in honor of my mother who passed away from cancer after fighting it for 3 1/2 years, my aunt who had breast cancer, another aunt that passed away from colon cancer, and an uncle that also passed away from cancer.

  31. Elizabeth

    Lost my aunt in August to Lung Cancer.

  32. Stephanie Zavas

    For my sister in law Helen, who just lost her courage battle with multiple myeloma last month.

  33. Lois

    I am not on Facebook or instagram can I still take part in this challenge?

    1. SweetPotato3

      Of course, just check the blog post each morning and download the patterns,make them and donate <3

  34. Rachel Fancy

    I’m so glad I found you 🙂
    I will be creating hats in honor of my best friend, who lost his life after a short battle with Stage 4 Colon Cancer, he was 33. November 2nd will be a year since his passing.
    For my Grandparents, who were all taken far too soon because of this disease.
    For my Mother and Grandmother in-laws who bravely fought and survived Breast Cancer, and for my other best friend who is at high risk of Uterine Cancer.
    This is such an ugly and horrific disease… I want to try and help others, even if it’s just a hat.

  35. Vanessa

    I am crocheting in honor of my Dad who passed away from Lung Cancer in 1981.

  36. Carole

    I love to do these challenges. I live in Houston where MD Anderson Cancer Center is and know many people who have had to battle cancer. My sister-in-law died a few years ago from breast cancer and my neighbor is battling endometrial cancer. It’s horrible.

    My problem is I just had hand surgery and can’t crochet at the moment. I would still love to get the patterns and do them when I can. Will that be okay?

    1. SweetPotato3

      Yes, that is fine. We do ask that the donations be done by the end of the year to fulfill your pledge <3

  37. Sandra Weekes

    I want to donate hats for the survivors of breast cancer. I can also honor my friends that did not survive by helping those who are fighting this disease. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to help by sharing what I love to do. God Bless

  38. Marge Y

    My daughter (age 46) and my cousin (age 63), both of whom lost their battle with breast cancer.

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