Yarn Recommendations – Cancer Challenge

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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 to cancer patients.

Yarn Recommendations

It is important to use yarns that are soft and breathable when making hats for cancer patients. Many will recommend to use a cotton blend. However, a 100% cotton yarn is not very soft, so make sure it is a blend.

The yarn should 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, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby and other Craft Stores.

*image from Bluprint

  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
  13. Sprightly Yarn Line from BluPrint

Keep in mind that yarns that contain wool 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
  3. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE
  4. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE
  5. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE
  6. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE

14 thoughts on “Yarn Recommendations – Cancer Challenge

  1. Carmen Vegas

    Thank for this opportunity to make more hats. It is a wonderful idea. I will be making hats as much as I can

  2. Sheila Miller

    Have donated 4 hats to my friend that was diagnosed with cancer, she is in remission. The yarn that I used was Sirdar Baby Bamboo.

  3. Shelly

    I am excited to be able to do this. I have stage 4 lung cancer and I myself just got to pick two hats from the little cancer boutique at my hospital. I don’t know if I will be able to promise I can make 31 hats because I never know how I’m going to feel each day, but I will promise to do as many as I can and will donate them to the very place that gave me the opportunity to pick a free wig two free fabric head covers and two knit and crocheted hats for night time so my bare head don’t get cold. Thank you again for the opportunity.

  4. Desty

    I lost my sister in 2013 to cancer. In 2016 I was diagnosed with cancer and completed chemo and radiation. During my treatments I made scarves for fellow patients and have continued to do so. In February I donated 45 scarves, several lap blankets and shawls. This is a wonderful thing you are doing. Thank you! I will be working on hats and will donate.

  5. Laurie

    I am excited about making the Emerald Green hat…. does it have to be in the green? I have yarn just not any that is green and currently have no transportation to obtain any.


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