Where to Donate Hats for the Cancer Challenge

You have decided to follow the Crochet Cancer Challenge and donate some hats, yay! I am so excited to have you join us. The next question you may have is… where can I donate the hats?

Where to donate my crochet hats?

I recommend checking your local Cancer Centers. This can be as simple as doing a google search. Once you find a center make sure to call them and ask if they accept donations and if they have specific guidelines you need to follow.

Where to Donate - call your local office

When you make that call, it may be a good idea to ask if they have a shortage of anything specific. Some examples may be X-large hats, small hats for teens, or hats for men, you just never know what their current needs might be.

I cannot find anywhere local, now what?

There may be some of you who live in a small community or who are unable to get out and deliver your donations. There are still some options for you. If you know someone else doing the challenge, they may be willing to take your donation in with theirs. You can also ship your donation to a cancer center. I would start local, then maybe go to your state, then region.

Where to Donate your hats

There are also numerous organizations who are always looking for donations and have lots of other information on their sites. A few of them are (click image for site link):

I have also found a couple amazing facebook groups that are a great resource, please check them out (click on the images for direct links):

Stay tuned and Share your Work

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.

Information Links for the Cancer Challenge

  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

Yarn Recommendations for the Crochet Cancer Challenge

With the Crochet 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.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

Yarn Recommendations

It is important to use yarns that are soft and breathable when making hats for cancer patients. Many will recommend for you 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). Below I have made a list of yarn recommendations including brands and types of yarn that have been loved by recipients from past years. Many of these yarns have also been recommended by 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.

The list above is not exclusive, there are many other brands/lines of yarn that will work. Just check your label and when in doubt, inquire with the center you will be donating at and see if they have specific recommendations.

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.

Stay tuned and Share your Work

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.

Informational Links for the Cancer Challenge:

  • 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.
  • Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.

Hat Patterns for the Crochet Cancer Challenge

Earlier this week the Cancer Challenge was announce. Now for the fun part, how to get your free hat patterns to make and donation! Each year I team up with so many amazing designers who are all willing to give you patterns to use for free, for a limited time. I am always amazed at their willingness to help out and donate their design talent to help make the Cancer Challenge a success!

Crochet Cancer Challenge

What size of hat should I make?

Unfortunately people of all ages are diagnosed with cancer. So, all hat sizes are welcome and needed. However, teen and adult hats are the most requested because they will fit more of the ages (there are more people 16-100 than youth and infants).

New Hat Design All Month Long

This is the FUN part! During the month of October, crochet designers offer a FREE Hat pattern in exchange for your pledge to donate a hat to a cancer patient/center.

Crochet Cancer Challenge Pledge

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, Instagram Account or Website and tell them thank you for their generosity. Then we ask that you share your completed hat and use #CrochetCancerChallenge so we can all see it and to help it become trending!

Don’t miss Anything

You can follow the challenge daily on my social media venues, find them in the links below:

More Helpful Links:

  • 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.
  • Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.

2018 Cancer Challenge – General Information

Mark Your Calendars! Grab You STASH! Because the Cancer Challenge is almost here….

October is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2018 Cancer Challenge is gearing up for another amazing year all month long!
Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3
This year will be slightly different than in the past, but the goal is the same:
We (calling all crocheters here) pledge to crochet as many hats as possible to donate to cancer patients around the world.
Yes, this may sound like a lofty goal, but you have all proven to me in the past 4 years that we can grow each year and make a huge different in our communities. Even though hats are donated around the world, we ask that your hats are to be donated to your local center to help those closest to you.

Sound Fun and Want More Details? 

Many / Most of us have been affected 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 5th annual 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,s
a co-worker, teacher, neighbor, or even a complete stranger.
You can make as many hats as you can 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 Summit Cancer Center in Boise, Idaho.

How long does the challenge last?

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The challenge will begin October 1 and run through October 31. Each Monday through Friday a designer will offer a FREE hat pattern in exchange for your pledge to make a hat to donate. Saturdays the featured designer will offer a FREE cowl/prayer shawl/lap blanket or something like that for the same exchange. andSundays will be a week wrap up or last call. All pledges should be fulfilled by the end of 2018.

Stay tuned!

Sign up to follow by email (in the right column just under my name), this way you won’t miss any posts, updates, or patterns during the Challenge. More information will be posted over the next couple weeks. I will be highlighting the following topics and will add links as a reference once they have been posted:

  1. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE (after 9/19/18)
  2. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE (after 9/21/18)
  3. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE (after 9/24/18)
  4. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE (after 9/26/18)
  5. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE (after 9/28/18)

2017 Cancer Challenge Final Pledges

The 2017 Cancer Challenge began on October 1, 2017. Each day a crochet pattern designer sponsored the challenge by providing a free pattern in exchange for your pledge to make a hat. The hats made are suppose to be donated to someone going through cancer, or to your local cancer center.
I want to personally say Thank You to everyone who participated and made pledges this year. I know that each one of these hats will be made with love and many are being given in honor of a loved one. What a great way for us crocheters to touch others lives.
Sweet Potato 3

If you haven’t completed your pledges, don’t fret! You have until the end of 2017 to fulfill your pledges. I am still working on mine but plan on making my donation in time for Thanksgiving.

Come back next year for the Cancer Challenge!

I will be hosting the Cancer Challenge once again in 2018. Make sure to follow Sweet Potato 3 on facebook to stay in the loop. Or, you can follow my blog by email, just sign up under my picture in the right side of this post. Thank you again for your time and efforts in this years challenge. I look forward to seeing you participate again in 2018.

Cancer Challenge Designers

I couldn’t organize this challenge without the help of so many wonderful designers. If you forgot to thank them please thank the ones you missed. The list below is all the designers who sponsored a day in the 2017 Cancer Challenge. All the images below are linked directly to the facebook page for that business.

Crocherverse

Gleeful Things

Krissys Wonders

AllieCats Hats and Crafts

Cancer Challenge

KMT Creations

Sweet Potato 3 Cancer Challenge

 

2017 Cancer Challenge Hat Designs

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 survived or has sadly lost their fight. This is for all of you!

Sweet Potato 3 Cancer Challenge

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.

Cancer Challenge

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.

Sweet Potato 3 Cancer Challenge

The rest of the 2017 Cancer Challenge Hat Designs

Cancer Challenge

Vintage Black Dahlia

Krissy Wonder’s

Cancer Challenge

The Emily Hat

KMT Creations

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 2017 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, read more in this link, then just let me know so I can let others know. Enjoy crocheting those hats!

2016 Cancer Challenge Final Pledges

The 2016 Cancer Challenge began on October 1, 2016. Each day a crochet pattern designer will sponsor the challenge. By doing this, they provide a free crochet hat pattern in exchange for a pledge to make and donate a hat.
The hats made are pledged to be donated to your local cancer center, and will be gifted to someone going through cancer. The hats may also be donated directly to a cancer patient you know.

Our Challenge Final Pledge Count

Our numbers continue to increase every year.
In 2016, you all helped to pledge 35,474 hats. This is outstanding!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Each one of these hats was made with love and will be given in love. What a great way for us crocheters to touch others lives.

Cancer Challenge

If you have not completed your pledges, don’t fret! You have until the end of the year to fulfill your pledges.

Come back next year for the Cancer Challenge!

I will host the Crochet Cancer Challenge in 2017. Therefore, make sure to follow Sweet Potato 3 on facebook to stay in the loop. You can also follow my blog by email, just sign up under my picture in the right side of this post. Thank you again for your time and efforts in this years challenge.

More Crochet Fun

Follow Sweet Potato 3 on Facebook to see more pattern releases, sales and crochet fun, just click HERE.

However, if you would enjoy a more interactive group experience, you need to join my Crochet & Conversations facebook group, click HERE. It is a ton of fun and I encourage everyone to share their projects, WIPS (works in progress) and inspirations. Plus you get exclusive deals, are the first to see new releases, give input on designs and have opportunities to win patterns. Join now and get to know others who also enjoy the art of crochet.

pattern group

2016 Crochet Cancer Challenge

It is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2016 Crochet Cancer Challenge is just around the corner!

Why are you doing the 2016 Crochet Cancer Challenge?

Most people have been affected by cancer in some way. It is difficult to see someone go through cancer and/or chemotherapy, however, with a community standing beside you it makes the battle less daunting.
 
In honor of my Uncle Jeff, who lost his battle in September of 2014, I am hosting the 3rd annual Crochet Cancer Challenge.
 
2016 Crochet Cancer Challenge

How does the challenge work?

I am encouraging you to crochet hats for cancer patients and cancer survivors in your local communities. 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 as many hats as you can and donate them to your local cancer center.

How long does the challenge last?

The challenge will begin October 1, 2016. A featured designer will give you a pattern that will be posted each day through the month of October. The patterns will be free for a very limited time. We are asking that the donation be completed by the end of the year, or by 12/31/2016.

What type of hat should I make and what sizes?

You can use any hat pattern you like however, 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?

Each day throughout the month of October, I will be posting a FREE hat pattern.
Each day is sponsored by a different designer who is offering a free hat pattern for FREE in exchange for your pledge.
 
When you download a pattern you are pledging to make a minimum of 1 hat from that pattern. 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 are: Caron Simply Soft, Debra Norvelle, Lionbrand Homespun, Lion Brand 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 2 years ago when I lost my uncle.

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 of on facebook. 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, because then I can tag that designer.

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

Because doing projects with others is more fun, think about other crocheters you may know. 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 even had a few of you tell me that you already started.
 
Last year someone post a photo of a finished hat with a ribbon applique on it. She shared the link with me and I am now sharing it with you. Click here to make a ribbon like the one below. These are great to add to your hats.
 
 
Included below is a chart that shows the colors for some of the more common cancer awareness ribbons.
 
Cancer Awareness Ribbons

Growing Every Year

The 2016 Crochet Cancer Challenge is in its 3rd year and we have grown every year. In 2015 we had a final pledge count of over 33,000 hats being donated, find more about last year by clicking HERE. I hope to continue to see this number grow year after year. Will you be making a pledge?

2016 Featured Patterns & Designers

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Apple Blossom Hat

Accessorize This Designs

Cancer Challenge

Through the Looking Glass Hat

Yarn Medley’s from the Heart

Crochet Charity Cancer Challenge – Final Pledge Count 2015

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The second annual Crochet Charity Event for Cancer is coming to an end. I am excited to announce what our final pledge count ended up being.
 
First I want to remind you, that although the code for a free pattern has expired. You have through the end of the year (December 31, 2015) to finish making your hats. Try to have them delivered to their donation location at that time as well. Please donate them local to where you live or give them to someone you know personally.
 
Now for the fun part of the challenge. I am so excited to announce that in 2015, we had a total pledge count of….
 
Crochet Charity Pledge Count
 
The numbers this year blew last year out of the water. Having a little more time to prepare made a huge difference. I cannot wait to see how next year goes. My hope it to make this challenge better every year. I hope you decide to join me next year too. 

Stay in the Loop for next years Crochet Charity Event

Make sure you don’t miss the challenge next year. I encourage you to join my Crochet & Conversation group to stay up to date. To join, just click this LINK HERE.

 
Thank you to everyone who participated by making pledges (hats), who shared the challenge and made a difference. It takes a who village to make a big difference. I am so grateful to be a part of this crochet community, thank you.

 

The Beginning of the Cancer Event

The Charity Cancer Event began last year, in 2014. I organized a challenge to help me in coping with the loss of my Uncle Jeff to cancer. It was an honor to see the enthusiasm from all of you and willingness to help others by crocheting hats. You can read more about why I started the challenge and what my hopes were by clicking this LINK HERE.

Cancer Charity Challenge 2014 {Crochet}

This past week I lost my Uncle Jeff to cancer. I had to do something, so I quickly threw together a Cancer Charity Event to honor him.
 
My uncle was one of the most lovable guys you could ever meet. He was always smiling, cracking a joke and had one of those laughs that was contagious to everyone that was around him.
 
Cancer is such a difficult journey that too many people have to face in their lives. In honor and memory of my Uncle Jeff I am starting a Cancer Charity Challenge.
 
This challenge is for everyone.
 
Cancer Charity Drive

For Crocheters

For those that know how to crochet, I am offering a coupon code for a FREE HAT PATTERN from my Ravelry shop.
 
I just ask that you pledge to make a minimum of 1 hat (please make more if you can) for someone battling cancer or to donate to a hospital. The hat you make does not have to be made from my pattern, the challenge is just to help someone fighting for their life.
 
Cancer Charity Drive
The coupon for the FREE HAT PATTERN is “CHALLENGE”. This coupon will be good  for any single hat pattern through October 31, 2014.
 
October is Cancer Awareness month, so this is just a jump start for you. If you are unable to donate your hat(s), or if you simply prefer, you can send your hats directly to me and I will donate them on your behalf. Just send me a message on facebook for the shipping address.
 

For Non-Crocheters

Cancer Charity Hat drive
 
If you do not crochet, you can still help. I am committing to making 10 hats and donating them to cancer patients. If you would like to SPONSOR A HAT you can order one in my etsy shop and I will make one (in addition to my 10) and donate it on your behalf. You can sponsor a hat for charity through Cancer Awareness Month (October 2014).
 
Please help me spread the word and share this post, God Bless You All.

See Updates on the Challenge

I plan on continuing this challenge each year. You can check in and see how we have done by clicking this LINK HERE.