2020 Crochet Cancer Challenge – All October Long

October marks the month of Cancer Awareness and I am so excited to host another year of the Crochet Cancer Challenge. This has been an annual event that began in 2014, seven years later it has grown due to the generosity of the crochet community.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

Our crochet community does so much for others by making handmade items and in this event those said items are all donated. Donations go to cancer patients or cancer centers in our own communities. We have this amazing opportunity to make a difference one hat at a time.

A Quick Overview of the Cancer Challenge

During the month of October a different crochet pattern designer will be featured. The designers has personally designed a hat in honor of someone they know, or to help bring awareness to a specific type of cancer. They will offer their design for FREE for 1 day only. If you download their pattern, you are taking a pledge to make a minimum of one hat from that pattern to donate.

Cancer Challenge Pledge

The Crochet Cancer Challenge has become so personal to so many of you and to so many of us designers. I appreciate all the time and efforts everyone puts into this event. I hope to spread the word this year, so I am asking that you share photos of your finished hats on social media or links to the challenge AND always use the #CrochetCancerChallenge . The more people see our challenge, the more it will grow and that means the more people we can touch in a positive way. We can all use a little more positivity in our lives in 2020.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

Daily Crochet Cancer Challenge Features

Each Day I will post a new designers hat link. You can then go to their site to read about who or what cancer they designed the hat for. Once again, each design will be free for 24 hours, but you must use code “CancerChallenge” to get the pattern free. Look for this button in their blog post:

Cancer Challenge Button

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

2020 Final Pledge Count

Let’s just face it, 2020 has been a crazy year. Some of us are stuck at home with time on our hands. Some are stuck at home juggling working with our kids around and/or helping them with online school. We are all in our own world of craziness. 

Plus, some Cancer Centers were not taking donations due to COVID. So, I didn’t have any idea how our pledges would be. I am very excited to say that, although it wasn’t our biggest year, it was pretty darn close! 

October 2020Features

Below you can see all the gorgeous designs that were featured in this years Crochet Cancer Challenge. The code to get them for free has expired. However, you can still grab them from the links and support the designers. I hope you enjoyed the challenge and making each hat to give away and brighten someone’s day. I also hope you keep adding to that stash pile of yarn so you are for the 2021 challenge next year.

Stitch in Progress

“My design is in support of those dealing with Prostate Cancer. My family has been affected by a prostate cancer diagnosis in the last year and I wanted to lend my support to all those men affected and the women who love and support them.”

Instagram / Facebook / Website

Snappy Tots

The Full of Hope Beanie is sure to be a loved design. I love how the variegated yarn pops through in the hat!

Instagram / Facebook / Website

Straight Hooked

Today I am so honored to have Malena, designer behind Straight Hooked featured. Malena wanted to offer 2 designs today that are very personal to her. Make sure you scroll through her blog post and grab BOTH designs:

“I designed the Brain Freeze Beanie in honor of my Daddy, who was taken home to Jesus with the not-so-friendly assistance of Brain Cancer. My dad had a heck of a sweet tooth, and would never say “no” to a big bowl of ice cream, so I named his hat “Brain Freeze”.

“I released the Ice Cap Beanie in honor of my momma who was always cold and battled Ovarian Cancer for the last decade of her life. “

Find Straight Hooked on Social Media:

Instagram / Facebook / Website

Sweet Potato Crochet Creations

“My best online crochet lady friend and soul sister, Krista, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February… You guys, this woman is the strongest person I know.”

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Woodland Stitchcraft

My hat color, black, is the ribbon color for Melanoma or skin cancer. Living in a state like California where the sun is shining quite often and outdoor activity is a part of life in our state I felt this was a good fit for me.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Bliss This

This beanie design is dedicated to Edie, Gloria, Amparo, and Magui! This is also dedicated to my unstoppable dad, Rod, who remains cancer free, 15 years after his own battle with cancer!

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Two Brothers Blankets

Made in light blue color to represent the ribbon color for Prostate Cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer among men, behind skin cancer.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Fosbas Designs

No one deserves to go through the agony of battling Cancer, not the patients nor the relatives and loved ones. In my profession, I have seen so many people of all age groups go through this.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Crochet by Trista

Trista designed the Pearl Beanie because she’s, “known a few people who have battled breast cancer. Some are currently in remission and almost back to normal and some have lost their battle.”

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Through the Loop Yarn

The Rocksteady Beanie was designed and incorporates the color Lime to represent Lymphoma. This is very near and dear to her heart, please read her blog post about why.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Ambassador Crochet

The Warrior Ribbon Hat is a wonderful design for the challenge. Make this hat in any color to help spread awareness for what cancer is close to your heart.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Pink Crochet Hook

Message from Pink Crochet, “My great uncle Jack who was a very big part of my upbringing, passed away June 10th from leukemia. He had a sailboat he named after me that launched in ’84. Her name was “Lady Erin” so that is where the name of this awesome anchor hat came from. Thank you for downloading to pledge and as always happy crocheting ūüėĀLove Pinkcrochethook”


Crochetverse

The Double Quick Beanie was designed in support of is Ewing‚Äôs Sarcoma and to honor a beautiful friend. Stephanie wanted to bring as much love, light, and prayer for her and her family this year through her hat design. 

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Cancer Challenge

Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Helen designed the Robin’s Beanie with Sara’s father in mind, it is personal and is designed to help bring awareness to Colon Cancer. Find Sunflower Cottage on social media below:

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Waves of Hope Hat Crochet Cancer Challenge

Sweet Potato 3

I was honored to take an extra day to help out a fellow designer who has a family member going through Cancer-this hat is in honor of her/family!

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Sweet Potato 3

I designed the Dotty’s Dream hat this year to honor my daughters dance teacher, Dotty who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Find Sweet Potato 3 on Social Media:

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Darcy’s Crochet Creations

Darcy designed the Leonard’s Star hat in honor of everyone who has fought colon cancer including her Grandfather & Uncle.

Facebook / Website


Crochet Cancer Challenge

Endless Crochet Creations

Tammy designed this lovely hat in honor of her mother who lost her battel to lung cancer in 2016.

Instagram / Facebook / Website

Wish Upon a Hook

“The Garden Path Beanie is made in this gorgeous emerald green color to bring awareness to the battle against liver cancer.

Instagram / Facebook

Cancer Challenge Momma By Grace

Momma By Grace – Oct 26

“The Tyler Beanie was designed in honor of my 22-year-old sister who passed away from ovarian cancer.”

Instagram / Facebook / Website

Nanas Crafty Home


The Marci Hat is in honor of my best friend from my childhood…The Marci Hat is a Tunisian Crochet pattern that features 2 different Tunisian Crochet stitches. Give it a try today!

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Crochet by Courtney

For this year, I chose white to represent lung cancer. I think many of us know of a smoker or maybe smoke ourselves. For me, I have never smoked after observing my dad and maternal grandmother.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Briana K

I chose Goldenrod to be the main color for this hat because I chose to raise awareness for childhood cancer, with Gold being the represented color. The fair isle crochet hat pattern comes in a variety of sizes so it can be used in any color for any age.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Simply Hooked by Janet

The Cascade Hat design represents and is dedicated to those who have battled Esophageal cancer.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Canoe Mountain Designs

Audrey designed this beautiful Side Ways Shuffle hat in peach to help bring awareness to uterine cancer.

Find Canoe Mtn Designs on Facebook


Crochet Cancer Challenge

Ned & Mimi

Sarah designed this lovely Jasmine Beanie in Gold tones to bring awareness to childhood cancer. Find Ned & Mimi on social media:

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Salty Pearl Crochet

Katie designed this gorgeous Rose Tellin Beanie in honor of Breast Cancer.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Marly Bird

The Wings of Hope Hat is our first design today, made in a rich purple.

Instagram / Facebook / Blog


L’amas de Laine

This amazing design features the bold colors of teal, pink and purple to honor Thyroid Cancer. What a fabulous hat Sandra!

Find L’amas de laine on social media:

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Made with a Twist

Pam designed this lovely golden beanie called the Brave Beanie, the color is specifically picked to bring awareness to childhood cancer.

Find Made with a Twist on Social Media:

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Cancer Challenge

Crystalized Designs

A beautiful design with rich texture, the Valda Beanie was designed by Crystalized Designs. It was designed for her Mom in a teal to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer.

Instagram / Facebook / Website


Underground Crafter

Marie designed the Herringbone Slouchy Beanie in this rich purple to bring awareness to pancreatic cancer.

Find Underground Crafter on social media:

Instagram / Facebook / Website

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

Week 1: Crochet Cancer Challenge

Thank you so much for checking back in to see the designs that have been part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge Week 1. We are off to an amazing start but it is no surprise when you see how great the designs have been.

For the challenge week 1 hat designs, you have through Sunday October 6, 2019 to PLEDGE to get your patterns for FREE. To pledge just download the pattern, make a hat and donate that hat to a cancer patient or cancer center nearby.

challenge pledge

Everyone, of the designers below, have taken the time to design, photograph, test and publish their designs. This is a big commitment and is extremely generous of them. I ask that you take a few minutes of your day and send them a quick “thank you” note. Trust me, it will make their day!

Day 1 of the Challenge: Sweet Potato 3

The Emerald Stone Hat by Sweet Potato 3. Find Sweet Potato 3 by clicking on the following links:

Website / Instagram / Facebook Page / Facebook Group

Find Emerald Stone Hat post and link to pattern by clicking HERE (code “cc2019” good through 10/31/19). The Emerald Stone hat is featuring the color for Liver Cancer. Christine’s Uncle passed away 6 years ago from Liver Cancer and this hat is designed in honor of him.

Emerald Stone Crochet Hat Pattern

Sincerely Pam is sponsoring Day 2:

The Fighter/Survivor Graph Beanie by Sincerely Pam. Find Sincerely Pam by clicking on the following links:

Website / Instagram / Facebook page

Find the Fighter/Survivor Graph Beanie post and link to pattern by clicking HERE (code “cc2019” good through 10/6/19). A short note about the design:

In honor of my Dad‚Äôs diagnosis, battle, and recovery, I have designed these hats for him. The awareness ribbon color for stomach and esophageal cancer is periwinkle. 

http://www.sincerelypam.com/fighter-survivor-graph-beanies-cancer-challenge-2019/
Cancer Challenge

Day 3 is featuring a hat by Muki Crafts:

The Frisky Hat by Muki Crafts. Find Muki Crafts by clicking on the following links:

Website / Instagram / Facebook page

Find the Frisky Hat pattern by clicking HERE (code “cc2019” only good through 10/6/2019). Maarja wanted to focus on Leukemia because most of her crochet designs are centered around children. The awareness color for Leukemia is orange.

Challenge Day 4 is Crystalized Designs

The Nancy Beanie by Crystalized Designs. You can find Crystalized Designs by clicking on the following links:

Website / Instagram / Facebook Page

Find the Nancy Beanie pattern by clicking HERE (code “cc2019” good through 10/6/2019). The Nancy Beanie was designed in honor of Crystal’s Mom who fought Stomach Cancer, so her design features the color peach. Reach more about her story and inspiration on her blog HERE.

Day 5 of the Challenge: Leesa’s Knotty Corner

The War of the Roses Hat by Leesa’s Knotty Corner. You can find Leesa’s Knotty Corner below:

Facebook Page / Instagram

Find the War of Roses Hat HERE. Leesa has graciously offered her design for FREE during the entire month of October (use same code of “CC2019”-good through 10/20/2019). Leesa is a new designer to the Crochet Cancer Challenge and here is a note from her:

I chose testicular cancer because my son has it.  He has been fighting it since January 2010.  He is back to receiving treatment after being in remission for a couple of years.  So, for me this hits very close to home.  
I also lost a grandpa to lung cancer, a grandpa to brain cancer, a grandma to breast cancer, and an Uncle to bone cancer.  Cancer is all around us, not one of us has not had it personally touch our lives.  Even I have had my own battle with cervical cancer, and later pre-cancerous cells in my uterus, ovaries, and cervix that resulted in a radical hysterectomy…but no other treatment, thankfully.

Leesa Nixon, Leesa’s Knotty Corner

And the Grand Finale this week at day 6 is, Creations by Courtney

The Whirlwind Hat by Creations by Courtney. You can find Creations by Courtney below:

Website / Instagram / Faceboook Page

Find the Whirlwind Hat HERE (code “cc2019” is good through 10/12/2019): Courtney says

Lavender was chosen for this hat to represent all forms of cancer as it has or will impact every person. 

https://creationsbycourtney.com/product/whirlwind-hat/

Keep Checking Back

All these beautiful designs are in the challenge week 1. But wait, we have all of October left for the Crochet Cancer Challenge, check back each day for updates on the hats that are released and designers participating.

We would love to see the hats you make from the first weeks challenge. Please post away on all your social media outlets. Use #CrochetCancerChallenge to help us see how far our challenge is reaching.

Stay up to date on the rest of the month by following the Challenge on Sweet Potato 3’s social media outlets {linked above/at top of post} or by signing up with the newsletter that will be sent out every few days.

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

Crochet Cancer Challenge

Mark Your Calendars! Grab Your STASH!

The Crochet Cancer Challenge is almost here….

October is Cancer Awareness Month and I am excited to host the annual Crochet Cancer Challenge. This challenge is going on its 7th year and has been growing each year. It is always great to see the crochet community team up to make a difference.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

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

We (all the designers participating) are calling all crocheters to pledge to crochet as many hats as possible. Crochet the hats from our newly released limited time FREE patterns that we are offering 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. Help us all make a difference, one hat at a time.

Sound Fun and Want More Details? 

Unfortunately, most of us have all been affected by cancer in some way. It is difficult to see someone go through cancer and/or chemotherapy. But with the support of their community and kindness of others will make the battle slightly less daunting.   The Crochet Cancer Challenge was started to honor of my Uncle Jeff, who lost his battle in September of 2014.

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 crocheted for just about anyone:

  • someone you know,
  • someone your friends know,
  • a co-worker,
  • teacher,
  • neighbor,
  • or a complete stranger.

You can make one hat or as many hats as you can and donate them to your local cancer center.

How long does the crochet cancer challenge last?

October

The challenge will begin October 1 and run through October 31. Each day of the month (with the exception on Sundays) there will be a featured designer who will offer a FREE hat pattern in exchange for your pledge to make a hat to donate. We ask that all hats should be made and donated by the end of the year. But, if it takes a little longer, that is okay. Just keep working on them.

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. 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. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE
  2. Yarn is recommendations 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

Week 4: Cancer Challenge – Last Chance

We are wrapping up our 4th week of the Crochet Cancer Challenge. Only 3 days left! You have all been so amazing. Not just in your pledges, but in your encouraging posts to one another, in your heartfelt comments and the gratitude you have shown throughout the challenge. I am blessed to be able to work on this challenge with each and everyone of you. Thank you!

 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

Cassia Hat Pattern by KMT Creations

KMT Creations

¬†Cambridge Shells Hat Pattern by Krissy’s Over the Mountain Crochet

Krissys Over the Mountain Crochet

Auntie Em Twister Hat & Ebook by Underground Crafter

Cancer Challenge

Lennox Hat Pattern by Sweet Potato Crochet Creations

Cancer Challenge

 KJ Hat Pattern by Two Brothers Blankets

 Loop the Loop Cowl Pattern by Crafting Friends Designs

Crochet 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 28, 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.

Week 2: 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

Logan Hat Pattern by Accessorize This Designs

Accessorize This Designs

Linda’s Easy Chemo Cap¬†Pattern by Salty Pearl Crochet

Cancer Challenge

ACCROchet Hat Pattern by ACCROchet 

Cancer Challenge

Columns & Fans Hat Pattern by Sunshine Charlotte Designs

Columns & Fans Hat

Hope Lives Chemo Cap Pattern by Ambassador Crochet

Ambassador Crochet

Hope Endures Prayer Shawl Pattern by Ambassador Crochet

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 14, 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.

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.

Day 1: Cancer Challenge – Sweet Potato 3

I am so excited today to begin the 2018 Crochet Cancer Challenge and show you my design of the Autumn Breeze Crochet hat. Each October I am humbled by all your energy and excitement you put into helping make hats for those in need.

If this is the first you have heard about it, please click the following link for more info: HERE.

Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3

Day 1: Autumn Breeze Hat Pattern by Sweet Potato 3

Before I start in on the hat for today, I want to make sure to share a little love for the designer. It is always worthwhile to thank the designer for offering her pattern to all of us:

  • Facebook for Sweet Potato 3: HERE
  • Sweet Potato 3 Blog: HERE
  • Ravelry Shop for Sweet Potato 3: HERE
  • Etsy Shop for Sweet Potato 3: HERE

Todays pattern was designed by myself and offered through my shop: Sweet Potato 3. I designed the Autumn Breeze Beanie specifically for this challenge because you can make it fairly quick and it can have many different looks just by alternating the yarn colors differently.

Sweet Potato 3 Cancer Challenge

The Autumn Breeze Beanie is made in a soft worsted weight yarn (Lion Brand Heartland) and comes in adult sizes of: Small, Medium, Large/XL.

Use Code: Cancer18

This code will be good on the Autumn Breeze Beanie through October 31, 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.

Challenge Others to join the Crochet Cancer Challenge

The Cancer Challenge is such a fun way to share our craft, of Crochet, with others who may be struggling through a difficult time in their lives. Over the last week you have seen many posts on what the Challenge is, how to get the patterns, what yarn to use and who to donate too. This post will cover hopefully any other last minute information, especially on how to pledge to make donations.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

 What is my goal?

My goal is to simply help others and to make it easy for you to do the same. I started this challenge on a whim 7 years ago when I lost my uncle to cancer. Each year the challenge has grown, last year reaching just over 60,000 hats pledged. I am astounded with the success each year and am hoping to match and beat that number this year. So grab a friend and crochet away!

How do I pledge?

Cancer Challenge Pledge

To pledge to make a hat simply download the pattern. During the month of the challenge there free patterns for hats posted, for each pattern you download you are pledging to make a minimum of 1 hat (12 pattern downloads = your pledge to make a minimum of 12 hats to donate). 

I know many of you from the past years has pledged to make each hat (nearly 30) to donate. Some of you only have the time to make one. Whatever you do, we are just happy you are joining us.

Stay tuned and Share your Work & Get Others to Join

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.

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!”

Add TAGS to your Donation

Cancer Challenge Tags

If you would like to add tags to your hats, we are providing a printable form, each sheet will include 8 tags. I recommend printing them on cardstock to give them a sturdier touch. Simply print the sheet, cut out the tags and then use a small hole punch to make a spot to tie the tag onto the hat. Each tag allows a space for you to specify the hat size and to include your name as the maker and the donater.

The tags add a very nice, personal and handmade touch. You can use the back side of the tag for any extra instructions, information or a simple prayer/saying for the recipient.

To download your copy of the printable tags, just click HERE.

More Links about the Cancer Challenge

I hope the posts from the last couple weeks answered all of your questions. If you think of anything I have missed, please let me know so I can let others know. 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.
 

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.

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  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.

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 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.

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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.