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2021 Crochet Cancer Challenge – Charity Crochet Event

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Fall is almost in full swing here, the temperatures are dropping and the air is nice and crisp. This is a sign that October is nearing and that means my Crochet Cancer Challenge is coming up! This is my favorite charity crochet event and this year we are celebrating its 9th year!

crochet charity event cancer challenge

It has been such an honor to host this event every year and I am able to witness how charitable our crochet community is. I receive messages daily about how this is a project that is close to home for so many. It is a blessing to witness how our crochet community makes a difference one hat at a time.

what is the crochet Cancer Challenge

The Cancer Challenge is a crochet charity event that lasts the entire month of October. Each day of the month a new crochet pattern designer will be featured. In this feature they will release a new hat pattern that has been designed in honor of someone they know who has battled cancer or to help bring awareness to a specific type of cancer. Their hat design will be FREE for 48 hours in EXCHANGE for a pledge. By downloading the pattern for free you are taking a pledge to make a minimum of one hat from that pattern to donate.

cancer charity event explained

Over the last 9 years, the Crochet Cancer Challenge has grown and reached so many. It is a personal charity that means so much to so many crocheters and so many of us designers. The time and efforts put into this event by everyone is greatly appreciated.

Each hat made has a special meaning for the designer, the maker and the recipient. Help spread the word and encourage our efforts to grow by sharing the challenge, the links, photos of your completed hats and your donation piles. Use the hashtag #CrochetCancerChallenge in your posts and shares to help identify our efforts.

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The more people that see our challenge the more it will grow and the more we can touch others in a positive way.

Daily Crochet Cancer Challenge Features

Every day this blog post will be updated with the new featured designer’s crochet hat pattern links. All you have to do is go to their website, take a minute to read their post, learn the significant meaning behind their design and reflect on that as you make their design.

Just a reminder, each design is available for 24 hours only. If you miss a pattern, don’t worry, there will be plenty of others available. To get the pattern for free you will need to use the code “CancerChallenge“. Look for this button in their blog post:

Button for Charity Crochet Event

Do you have more questions about the Crochet Cancer Challenge? Scroll to the bottom of this post for more informative links.

Add a Tag to your donation

It’s fun to add something personal to your hats that you plan to donate. I created these simple tags that you can print, then punch a hole in the top and tie them to your completed hats. The tag gives you room to write the size of the hat (sometimes specifying childrens, adult small vs. adult large helps when they pick out a hat), plus you can write down your name as the maker.

Crochet Cancer Challenge Tags

You can optionally add a note on the back saying you were thinking of them as you crocheted their hat. Or, that you said a prayer for them, their family and or the doctors and nursing staff as you made the hat. It’s these personal touches that can make a generous gift even more personal.

October 2021 Featured designs

Oct 1 – Sweet Potato 3

The Colors of Courage Hat is designed in multiple colors to recognize all those fighting this awful battle. As you make this hat think about and pray for their journey.

Find Pattern HERE

This pattern will be available for FREE through October 31, 2021.

Crystalized Designs – 1st Bonus Weekend

The Adelaide Beanie was created for Breast Cancer and uses pink yarn.

Find Pattern HERE

This pattern is available for FREE through Monday October 4, 2021.

Eye Love Knots – 1st Bonus Weekend

This Striped Dylan Claire Beanie features stripes of white to represent Retinoblastoma Awareness, and gold to represent Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through October 31, 2021.

Simply Melanie Jane – 1st Bonus Weekend

For my hat, I chose the color teal for ovarian/cervical cancer in honor of my sister. When she got the diagnosis, she was terrified, as so many others are as well. She lived too far away for me to give her a physical hug, but my thoughts and good vibes were always with her.

Find pattern HERE.

Get this pattern FREE through Oct 2, 2021.

Inspire Creation Designs – 1st Bonus Weekend

The 6th will be free with your pledge, but for the rest of the year Valerie will be donating $1 from each sale to donate.

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is FREE through Sunday Oct 31, 2021.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

Oct 4 – Made with a Twist

The Karen Strong beanie was created in honor of one of Pam’s dearest friends who lost her battle to multiple cancers in August of 2021. It’s the personal touch of this challenge that makes it so meaningful to so many.

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is FREE through Tuesday October 5, 2021.

Oct 5 – Straight Hooked

Today is a very special day because it is my father’s birthday and to celebrate, I designed him a hat! If you were not aware, my father has been in Heaven for over 15 years. He got an early ticket to meet Jesus with the assistance of Glioblastoma, which is a form of brain cancer.


Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through 10/6/2021.

Oct 6 – Briana K

This year I chose the color black to highlight Melanoma Cancer. Skin cancer can be largely preventable. Since Iiving in Florida, I’ve become more aware of the need to protect my skin against the sun. 

Briana K,

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is available FREE through Oct 7, 2021.

Oct 7 – Simply Hooked by Janet

The Eternal Dawn Beanie! Why orange? I chose the color orange for this hat to bring awareness to Kidney Cancer for this challenge.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 8, 2021.

Louka Cancer Challenge Beanie

Oct 8 – Through The Loop Yarn Craft

This year I have chosen to deign the Louka Beanie in Emerald for Liver Cancer Awareness.

My Nana, passed away after her battle with Liver cancer when I was just 24 years old.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 31, 2021.

2nd Weekend Bonus – Fosbas Designs

TI have chosen to talk about tobacco cancer, as it is one of the common cancers where I grew up. This beanie is dedicated to everyone fighting cancer caused by the use of Tobacco. My thought and prayers are for you all.he Pebble Beanie

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 10, 2021.

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2nd Weekend Bonus – Hooked for life

Hooked for Life designed the Lavendula hat in lavendar to recognize all types of cancer.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 10, 2021.

cancer challenge

2nd Weekend Bonus – Lakeview Cottage Kids

The “Hope” Beanie is made with white yarn which is the color that represents lung cancer.  Lung Cancer is the horrible disease that took my beloved Dad’s life.  Here is the story of his cancer journey.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 31, 2021.

Oct 11 – Endless Crochet Creations

Tammy designed the Endless Textured Beanie in black to help bring awareness to Melanoma Cancer. The hat is made using a worsted #4 weight yarn.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 13, 2021.

Oct 12 – Underground Crafters

My maternal grandmother who taught me to crochet passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer in 2007. I miss our weekly calls and her laughter so much!

Purple is the awareness color for pancreatic cancer,

Find the pattern HERE.

Pattern is FREE through Oct 31, 202.

Find more information about the Crochet Cancer Challenge Below:

  • 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.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Diane Loehr

    I think this is wonderful and my group has already started making chemo caps for the Dyson Center in our community. Can’t wait to see what NEW hats we can make for them. Thank you

  2. Martha

    LOVE this event, it started me out with hats a year after I ended my last chemo therapy session. It reminds me of my own search for the perfect beanie – the only ones I could find at shops were those hard stiff wool ones or almost plastic cheapies…way to hard for a sensitive head without hair.

  3. Connie

    I too love this challenge. I stared in 2019 after finishing treatments. Love the opportunity to give back to others.

  4. Ellen

    Love this event! Last year was my first time joining the event and I made two hats for my husband’s aunt who was battling breast cancer at that time. She loves the hats and she beat cancer this year!!

  5. Melody Lema

    I want to thank you for doing this. Both my mother and father died of pancreatic cancer. Mom died 3+ years prior to my Dad. When it happened, there were not a lot they could do. Discovery usually was to late. Of course this was 1986 and 1989. Mama took treatment, Daddy didn’t. But they both needed things like caps, blankets, etc. I quilted in those days, so I quickly spent a few all nights and made each of them a blanket of favorite fabrics, scraps from favorites clothes, and hand picked fabrics from all the grandkids, and 1 greatgrandkid. I remember looking around at the other patients, seeing just how alone they looked. I was a 4H clothing leader at the time, so flannel blankets were simple for my students, and we made 50 lap blankets for our local Cancer Clinic. Thirty years later, my husband had prostrate cancer. Our first day there, one of the nurses brought out a picture album, and there was pictures of the patients, the girls and the blankets, which eventually added up to 500 after 5 years. The feeling of giving a terminal patient a smile is the best feeling ever. I can not wait to start this hop.

    1. SweetPotato3

      What a beautiful thing you have done. I am honored that I can help you carry on that tradition of helping cancer patients <3

    2. Jody Fink

      So generous and thoughtful. When I had breast cancer nobody did anything. I was the youngest person there. I was sick and extremely tired from the chemo. I bought my hats mail order. This is wonderful of you and your group of girls to do this. It makes my heart fill with the love ❤ that the recipients felt. I wish that someone would have done this at my cancer treatments.

  6. Dianne

    Last year I made over 130 blue hats for LionBrand’s anti-bullying campaign. It was wonderful to feel I was working for a great purpose. Now that I’m wondering what is next…this comes along!! I can’t wait to start, and luckily since it’s 9/30, I won’t have to wait long! This is a wonderful cause and I’m anxious to contribute since cancer is strong in my family line. Great idea!! Thanks for taking the time & energy to create this blog hop and allow us to join!

  7. Lynda

    I just found your page through a link from Hooks, Books and Wanderlust. I love the happy colours of the Colours of Courage hat. I can’t wait to get some yarn and make several for our local cancer unit. Hugs.

  8. Pat

    Our knitting group in Florida made many hats for the cancer center and for BayPines Veterans Hospital. Thank you

  9. Mariella

    Love the idea. I will look for an agency here in my country, the Philippines, to whom I can donate.

  10. Donna

    I’ve taken part in all but 2 of the cancer challenges. I donate to our local cancer center. It makes me feel good to make all these hats because I’m a 3- time cancer survivor myself and feel that God isn’t finished with me yet. I love seeing all the different designs that come out, some are trickier than others but all are fun to try.

  11. Rebecca

    Once an item is complete ——— where do I send them ?

    1. SweetPotato3

      I encourage you to find a place to donate them in your local community <3

  12. Nora

    As a two time survivor, I love this event! I do have a request that perhaps hasn’t been considered yet. If possible, as people from all over the world are participating, could you share the designed hat yarn type or weight with the name of the design? I see hats I’d love to make, but in Florida heat a cancer patient is unlikely to enjoy a #5 or #6 weight hat, nor any requiring wool even if it’s the softest of wool available. Thank you for considering this request. All my love & continued support!

    1. SweetPotato3

      Nora, that is a great suggestion. I will make sure to add that to my list next year. I’ll see if I can add it to some going forward.

  13. Jan

    I lost my Mammaw to lung cancer December 8th 2020 and found out my dad had cancer 11 days later. I just lost my dad yesterday from lung cancer that had spread to his spine, hips, and femur. He had long hair he kept in a low pony and always wore a hat. Sadly he lost most of his hair. He loved his hats. I’ll be making all of these in yellow, white & gray to donate in their names. I thank you so much for this. Crocheting has kept my mind occupied the last few months especially

  14. Dee Dean

    I love this idea! Thank you. My husband was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer in March. So I decided to join In and donate to our local cancer center.

  15. Deb

    Such a beautiful concept. Will be making some for local hospitals.

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