Week 1: Cancer Challenge Last Chance

We are wrapping up the first week of the 2018 Crochet Cancer Challenge. Thank you all so much for all you have done so far. Today I want to give you all one last chance to grab any of the patterns you may have missed this week. If you are just now joining, I am so excited to have you jump on board, if you want to read a little more about what the challenge is follow this link: HERE.

Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3

Below I will showcase each days design, just click on the image if you missed one and use the same code that was featured all week (or that is posted later in this blog post).

Autumn Breeze Beanie Pattern by Sweet Potato 3

Cancer Challenge 2018

Le Mecha Beanie Pattern by The Firefly Hook

Amelia Hat Pattern by IraRott Designs

Cancer Challenge

Masha Hat Pattern by Muki Crafts

Cancer Challenge

Mod Mismatch Hat Pattern by Blackstone Designs

Cancer Challenge

Life’s Bump Afghan Pattern by Darcy’s Crochet Creations

Cancer Challenge

Use Code: Cancer18

The above code will be good on all the patterns listed above. BUT, only through the end of today, Sunday October 7, 2018 and will allow you to get the pattern for FREE, but remember….

A Download = A Pledge

This is a very important part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge. If you download any of the patterns during this month and you use the code to receive it for FREE you are PLEDGING to donate a minimum of 1 hat to a Cancer Center/Patient.

Cancer Challenge Pledge

Add Labels to your hats

click HERE to get an printable sheet that has 8 of these tags on it.

Cancer Challenge Tag

More Links about the Cancer Challenge

The posts from the last couple weeks were full of information and should have answered many of your questions. If you think of anything I have missed, let me know so I can inform the other participants. Enjoy crocheting those hats!

  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.

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.

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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.