2019 Crochet Cancer Challenge

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Mark Your Calendars! Grab Your STASH!

The 2019 Cancer Challenge is almost here….

October is Cancer Awareness Month. The 2019 Crochet Cancer Challenge will be the 6th annual event and trust me, this is gearing up for the best year ever!  

Crochet Cancer Challenge

Each year the challenge is essentially the same with some small changes. The goal is the same:

We (all the designers participating) are calling all crocheters out there to pledge to crochet as many hats as possible. Crochet the hats from our newly released patterns that we are offering for free in exchange for your donation of that hat to a cancer patient or cancer center near you. This will reach so many corners around the world and will touch so many people during a very challenging time in their lives.

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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 makes the battle slightly less daunting.   In honor of my Uncle Jeff, who lost his battle in September of 2014, I am hosting the 6th annual Cancer Challenge.  

Crochet Cancer Challenge

How does the Crochet Cancer Challenge work?

It is pretty simple and straight forward. I am asking all of you crocheters out there, 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 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 and I can help you find a place or organization to send them to.

How long does the crochet cancer challenge last?

Crochet Cancer Challenge Month Calandar

The challenge will begin October 1 and run through October 31. Each day of the month there will be a featured designer who will offer a FREE hat pattern in exchange for your pledge to make a hat to donate. That is 31 Free Hat Patterns as long as you promise to Donate 31 Hats. To keep everyone on track I am asking that all pledges be fulfilled by the end of 2019.

Stay tuned!

Sign up to follow by email (sign up below), 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:

Information Links for the Cancer Challenge

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

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42 thoughts on “2019 Crochet Cancer Challenge

  1. Dennise

    Thank you for doing this! I am 2 treatments away from completing my chemo journey. Its been a rough 9 months but have little handmade items from my Cacre Care Center when I was too weak to make my own was wonderful and I am so eager to hop into this challenge!

  2. Dawn

    I have been blessed with a free chemo cap pattern from Audrey Friesen and want to pay it forward so count me in! Nice to meet you Christine and thank you!

  3. Diana P

    Hi Christine! Thank you for doing this again this year. I am part of a church group who knits and crochets for various charities. Our cancer group we have chosen this year is Tenaciously Teal. Looking forward to your cancer challenge!

  4. Angela Connors

    I am anxious to receive more information regarding this challenge. I live in Las Vegas, NV and if you know of a place where I can donate my hats, please let me know. Thank you.

  5. T W

    As of right now I have 91 hats ready to donate and 5 lapghans. This will be my 4th year participating in this amazing event. I always have fun making all these hats and seeing everyone elses hat. Helping encourage each other and giving back in our community to let others k ow they are loved and not alone. FIGHT STRONG!

  6. Marie Bolduc

    Hello: My name is Marie and I am a 16 1/2 yr Cancer survivor. This is my first time looking at your information and I will be passing it along to alot of my friends. I am currently working on preemie hats and blankets for a NICU in Missouri, where my nieces and nephew were born. Thank you for doing this and I hope to be a part of this fantastic group for a long time.

  7. Carrie

    I’m so excited for this. I think I look forward to this as much as I do Christmas
    I have done the challenge since it started
    I can’t wait to begin

  8. Debra Beckrich

    I have several relatives who have died of cancer and look forward to helping out. Can you send to a specific place in your own location? I live in St. Cloud, MN

  9. Scarlet Thompson

    This will be my second year to do this. Lost my Mom to lung cancer 4 years ago, have had other family members who have had cancer and I myself have undergone a double mastectomy due to breast cancer 3 years ado. Am only happy to be able to do this to help others.

  10. Emma

    I’m just about to start my chemotherapy treatment. So I can crochet along and donate to the unit I will be attending. I will get to see them been used.

  11. Angela

    I cannot wait to join this. I will be crocheting in memory of my 8yo sweet boy who we lost 3 years ago to brain cancer. I can no longer make him fun hats so this will revive my fall hat making in memory of him. Thank you for doing this challenge.

  12. Michelle Lupo

    I pledge to do my very best to try and make 31 hats. I was just diagnosed with cancer last week and I hope I will feel well enough during treatment to keep crocheting.

  13. Nikki

    I’m in! I have been wanting to do this but never made the time. I lost my dad to cancer this June, so anything I can do now to help patients, I’m all in!

  14. Sue

    This is such a wonderful cause and anything I have donated in the past is so very much appreciated. I am so glad to help brighten someone’s day.

  15. Dionne

    This sounds like a great movement, thank you so much for doing this! I wonder if you can assist with finding local charities in Canada for donations? I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, and I would love to participate. Thanks in advance!

  16. Angel

    Hi, a group of friends and myself are from Singapore, and would love to take part in it too, where shall we send to? Thank you.

  17. Kat

    This is amazing! My husband was diagnosed with stage four cancer earlier this year. His cancer is one of the most aggressive and hard to treat types. It is terminal. It’s been very hard for us. I’m really excited to give back to the cancer center that has given us so much.

  18. Pamela Moore

    I am into my third yr of treatment of cancer. I crochet all the time and love to donate as well…Thank you and keep up the great work.

  19. Tracy

    I lost my best friend to cancer 7 years ago. My father has also been battling bladder cancer. Starting the emerald green one right now.

  20. Diane

    My prayer shawl ministry just completed a bunch of chemo hats that I will be donating to the Dyson Center near my home. Will send count once I have that. How do I get the free hats patterns?

  21. Nadine Z

    I spent most of 2017, all of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 making hats for my Mom while she was going through chemo and radiation treatments, losing her hair again and again. She passed away at the end of June. I’m still having a hard time coming to grips with it all. I don’t know how many times I’ve picked up the phone to call her and realize she’s not there any more. I miss her so much. I’m happy that she was able to live her life to the very end in the home she raised us in and that I was able to be with her until she took her very last breath. I want to do this in her memory.

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