Cancer Challenge 2015

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It’s Almost Here!
October is Cancer Awareness Month, and that means my challenge is nearly ready!
I have had many questions about the challenge so this is a little information on how it will run.
Why are you doing the challenge?
Many / Most of us have been effected by cancer in some way. It is a tough thing to see someone go through, but with a community standing beside you it makes the battle slightly less challenging.
In honor of my Uncle Jeff, who lost his battle last September,
I am hosting the 2nd annual Cancer Charity Challenge.
How does the challenge work?
It’s pretty simple.
Basically I am asking all of you to help make hats for cancer patients.
The hats can be made for someone you know, someone your friends know,
a co-worker, teacher, neighbor,
Or you can simple make 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 here in Boise, Idaho.
How long does the challenge last?
The challenge will begin October 1.
A featured designer/pattern will be posted each day through October.
However, you have through the end of 2015 to complete your hats.
What type of hat should I make and what sizes?
You can use any hat pattern you like, crochet or knit.
People of all ages get cancer so all sizes are usually needed. Teen and adult hats are most requested because they fit more people, but if you are donating to a children’s cancer center then all sizes will work.
Where can I get patterns?
This is the FUN part!!!
Each day throughout the challenge I will be posting FREE patterns.
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. When you download the pattern, please take a minute to visit their 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. After reading in many forums the popular yarns from makers and recipients are cotton blends (100% cotton tends to be less soft) and/or acrylic. One of the favorites is Caron Simply Soft, Debra Norvelle, Lionbrand Homespun and/or Heartland, Red Heart Soft, Bernat Softee.
I have heard comments that wool hats can be very itchy and 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.
I started this challenge on a whim last year when I lost my uncle. In 2014 over 2,000 hats were pledged, I am hoping to double that number this year. So share with everyone you know.
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 Patterns facebook page. This is not required, but it is fun to see what everyone else is making and see your own pictures shared too.
Comment
Add a comment to this blog post to let everyone know who you are making hats for or if they are in honor of someone.
Challenge Others
Do you know other crafters, crochet or knit?
Tag them in one of the facebook posts about the challenge, say “I challenge you to join!”
Get Started Early
The excitement I see in everyone who has participated in the past and have already started this years challenge is amazing. Last week I had someone post a hat they had already completed 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.
See below for some more common cancer awareness ribbon colors.

 

 

139 thoughts on “Cancer Challenge 2015

  1. lyn j

    I am making hats in honour of my best friend Amy who was more like a sister who passed away 13 years ago. She was told on Saturday that she had cancer and died 12.50am Monday morning so I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I miss and think of her every day

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  2. lyn j

    I am making hats in honour of my best friend Amy who was more like a sister who passed away 13 years ago. She was told on Saturday that she had cancer and died 12.50am Monday morning so I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I miss and think of her every day

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  3. Unknown

    I am making hats to give to my mother in law who is a newly diagnosed patient with stage 4 lung cancer. The tuner has spread to her leg and she has legions on her brain they are still monitoring.

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  4. Unknown

    I am making hats to give to my mother in law who is a newly diagnosed patient with stage 4 lung cancer. The tuner has spread to her leg and she has legions on her brain they are still monitoring.

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  5. Candice

    I'm making hats in honor of my friends that have and are battling cancer. I'm going to donate to the Manderson Cancer Center here in Tuscaloosa, Al and the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Al. Thank you so much for doing this.

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  6. Candice

    I'm making hats in honor of my friends that have and are battling cancer. I'm going to donate to the Manderson Cancer Center here in Tuscaloosa, Al and the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Al. Thank you so much for doing this.

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  7. Candice

    I'm making hats in honor of my friends that have and are battling cancer. I'm going to donate to the Manderson Cancer Center here in Tuscaloosa, Al and the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Al. Thank you so much for doing this.

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  8. Candice

    I'm making hats in honor of my friends that have and are battling cancer. I'm going to donate to the Manderson Cancer Center here in Tuscaloosa, Al and the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Al. Thank you so much for doing this.

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  9. regina owens

    What type of yarn or brand is mostly used for te cancers hats? I know soft is probably more comfortable but im still not sure what to ise since i mostly use red heart? Thank you.

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  10. regina owens

    What type of yarn or brand is mostly used for te cancers hats? I know soft is probably more comfortable but im still not sure what to ise since i mostly use red heart? Thank you.

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  11. Angela

    I am making hats in honor of my daddy who passed away with lung cancer in Feb. He loved babies & children of all ages so this challenge will be perfect in his honor. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  12. Angela

    I am making hats in honor of my daddy who passed away with lung cancer in Feb. He loved babies & children of all ages so this challenge will be perfect in his honor. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  13. Christina Anthony

    I pledge to make at least 31 hats if not more. I love making hats especially for charity. These hats will be made in honor of my late grandmother Lila who passed away many years ago after a long fight with cancer that spread everywhere.

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  14. Christina Anthony

    I pledge to make at least 31 hats if not more. I love making hats especially for charity. These hats will be made in honor of my late grandmother Lila who passed away many years ago after a long fight with cancer that spread everywhere.

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  15. Umm Abdul Basir

    Thank you for this. I just lost my mom to cancer this past May. I learned to crochet for her so what better than to pay it forward and possibly help give a smile to another person fighting the fight.

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  16. Umm Abdul Basir

    Thank you for this. I just lost my mom to cancer this past May. I learned to crochet for her so what better than to pay it forward and possibly help give a smile to another person fighting the fight.

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  17. Umm Abdul Basir

    Thank you for this. I just lost my mom to cancer this past May. I learned to crochet for her so what better than to pay it forward and possibly help give a smile to another person fighting the fight.

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  18. Umm Abdul Basir

    Thank you for this. I just lost my mom to cancer this past May. I learned to crochet for her so what better than to pay it forward and possibly help give a smile to another person fighting the fight.

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  19. nursepeggy

    I have gotten a lot of joy making hats for cancer patients and NICU. Will be looking forward to seeing all of the different options for them. Thank you for getting this organized.

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  20. Rachel

    I love this idea! I've crocheted cancer caps for several years. I take them to my hematologist/oncologists infusion center
    I'm crocheting for all my friends and family who have passed from cancer, and several of my friends who are still fighting, and also for myself…a recent Thyroid Cancer Survivor.

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  21. Rachel

    I love this idea! I've crocheted cancer caps for several years. I take them to my hematologist/oncologists infusion center
    I'm crocheting for all my friends and family who have passed from cancer, and several of my friends who are still fighting, and also for myself…a recent Thyroid Cancer Survivor.

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  22. Ariana

    I pledge to make at least 2 hats (one child sized & one adult sized) for my mom, my grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend.

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  23. Ariana

    I pledge to make at least 2 hats (one child sized & one adult sized) for my mom, my grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend.

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  24. Marie

    I'll be making hats in honour of my father and many aunts whom have died of cancer. I will also be making them to celebrate 30 years cancer free.

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  25. Marie

    I'll be making hats in honour of my father and many aunts whom have died of cancer. I will also be making them to celebrate 30 years cancer free.

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  26. Trisha Herbers

    I will be making hats in memory of my sister, Lynn, who died of esophageal cancer in June and in honor of my friend, Lorie, who lost her five year old grandson to brain cancer a year ago. Thank you for doing this.

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  27. Trisha Herbers

    I will be making hats in memory of my sister, Lynn, who died of esophageal cancer in June and in honor of my friend, Lorie, who lost her five year old grandson to brain cancer a year ago. Thank you for doing this.

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  28. Anonymous

    I'm making hats in memory of my grandma, Dorothy, who passes away 6 years ago from colon cancer. Also this is such a blessing to be able to put a smile on someone's face. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  29. Anonymous

    I'm making hats in memory of my grandma, Dorothy, who passes away 6 years ago from colon cancer. Also this is such a blessing to be able to put a smile on someone's face. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  30. Kelly Maine

    I'm going to donate my hat makes to my local hospice, Thankyou for doing this, so many people are touched by cancer and things like this make a huge difference xx

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  31. Kelly Maine

    I'm going to donate my hat makes to my local hospice, Thankyou for doing this, so many people are touched by cancer and things like this make a huge difference xx

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  32. Kelly Maine

    I'm going to donate my hat makes to my local hospice, Thankyou for doing this, so many people are touched by cancer and things like this make a huge difference xx

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  33. Kelly Maine

    I'm going to donate my hat makes to my local hospice, Thankyou for doing this, so many people are touched by cancer and things like this make a huge difference xx

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  34. Knitncrochetmad

    i am making hats in honour of all the family members and very close friends who lost their battle. I think this is an amazing thing to do and im proud to be a part of the hat donations just need to find out where i can donate to here in the uk. it's wonderful <3

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  35. Knitncrochetmad

    i am making hats in honour of all the family members and very close friends who lost their battle. I think this is an amazing thing to do and im proud to be a part of the hat donations just need to find out where i can donate to here in the uk. it's wonderful <3

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  36. Steff Walker

    I'll be making them in honour of the 10 family members who have lost their fight with cancer. I'll be taking them to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, where I am currently waging my own fight against this beast – hopefully I'll have a couple made to take with me when I go for chemo next Friday 🙂

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  37. Steff Walker

    I'll be making them in honour of the 10 family members who have lost their fight with cancer. I'll be taking them to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, where I am currently waging my own fight against this beast – hopefully I'll have a couple made to take with me when I go for chemo next Friday 🙂

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  38. Machelle

    My mom who we just found out she has breast cancer. I also lost my dad to colon cancer 10 years ago and my grandpa 25 years to lung cancer.

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  39. seniorpal

    chelle my Condolences for the Loss of your Dad & Grandpa. Sadly but HOPEFULLY your Moms Diagnosis can be WON!!. 10 years ago I Lost my older Brother /cancer and My Mom 2+ months later Breast Cancer. She was 78yrs he was 58yrs. Buried togeather. God Bless you at this time. I wear Pink all Month and Donate Pins with Cancer Pin?

    Susan MJ

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  40. ROSE SHAUGHNESSY

    I WILL MAKE HATS IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER CHARLOTTE, WHO SUFFERED FROM BLADDER CANCER AND PASSED AWAY IN 2006.

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  41. ROSE SHAUGHNESSY

    I WILL MAKE HATS IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER CHARLOTTE, WHO SUFFERED FROM BLADDER CANCER AND PASSED AWAY IN 2006.

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  42. Anonymous

    Love this idea! I will make & donate in memory of my Dad who died from lung cancer and my mom who died from liver cancer.

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  43. Anonymous

    Love this idea! I will make & donate in memory of my Dad who died from lung cancer and my mom who died from liver cancer.

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  44. juliakupas

    I bring caps with me when I go for my oncology appointments. The nurses love when I change up the patterns. Oncology is in my last home town, so I never see who receives them. It's okay – I pray for them as I hook.

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  45. juliakupas

    I bring caps with me when I go for my oncology appointments. The nurses love when I change up the patterns. Oncology is in my last home town, so I never see who receives them. It's okay – I pray for them as I hook.

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  46. Judy

    My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer this year, so I will be making them in his honor. I am from Idaho too, the little town of Fairfield.

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  47. Judy

    My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer this year, so I will be making them in his honor. I am from Idaho too, the little town of Fairfield.

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  48. Sue Mosher

    I will be making hats to honor my daughter, who had leukemia, and is now cured, and my friend who is still battling breast cancer, and several friends whom I have lost to breast and other cancers.

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  49. Sue Mosher

    I will be making hats to honor my daughter, who had leukemia, and is now cured, and my friend who is still battling breast cancer, and several friends whom I have lost to breast and other cancers.

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  50. Anonymous

    I am participating in honor of a co-worker. Can you tell me where to get the Fight Like a Girl hat pattern, I'm not sure which website it's on. Thanks so much.

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  51. Anonymous

    I am participating in honor of a co-worker. Can you tell me where to get the Fight Like a Girl hat pattern, I'm not sure which website it's on. Thanks so much.

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  52. Christine

    You can find the patterns by clicking on their name in the blog posts. It will take you directly to the pattern, some do require a coupon code, so make sure to enter the code at checkout (codes are below the picture in the blog post about the pattern). Thanks for taking on the challenge.

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  53. Christine

    You can find the patterns by clicking on their name in the blog posts. It will take you directly to the pattern, some do require a coupon code, so make sure to enter the code at checkout (codes are below the picture in the blog post about the pattern). Thanks for taking on the challenge.

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  54. Josette

    I am battling stage 3 melanoma and love to crochet as it keep my brain and hands busy. I have already made several simple hats for the cancer center I go to. I've been going since this past January three times a week and will be finished with treatments middle of January next year. Looking forward to making more and different hats

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  55. Josette

    I am battling stage 3 melanoma and love to crochet as it keep my brain and hands busy. I have already made several simple hats for the cancer center I go to. I've been going since this past January three times a week and will be finished with treatments middle of January next year. Looking forward to making more and different hats

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  56. Rose

    I am making hats for local people I meet at our grocery store.
    Small town USA and I have spoke with so many who have or are battling various forms of cancer.

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  57. Rose

    I am making hats for local people I meet at our grocery store.
    Small town USA and I have spoke with so many who have or are battling various forms of cancer.

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  58. Unknown

    I am pledging for my good Friend Donna, who lost her battle with Brain Cancer in 2014. I'm not a very fast crocheter, but so far I've completed 1 hat. I haven't seen anything on where we send them. Has that been posted yet?

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  59. Unknown

    I am pledging for my good Friend Donna, who lost her battle with Brain Cancer in 2014. I'm not a very fast crocheter, but so far I've completed 1 hat. I haven't seen anything on where we send them. Has that been posted yet?

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  60. Anonymous

    I have a very dear friend who is going through cancer treatment at the moment, her name is Jenny. I will be making one of the Downton Hats for her.

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  61. Anonymous

    I have a very dear friend who is going through cancer treatment at the moment, her name is Jenny. I will be making one of the Downton Hats for her.

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  62. Arryielle

    I am just about to start this challenge – thank you and all the designers who helped make this what it is! I'll be making hats in light blue (prostate cancer) to honor both my grandfathers who had it and survived, and in white (lung cancer) to honor my grandfather who just passed away a month ago tomorrow from it.

    Is there a specific tag on Ravelry you'd like us to use so they can all be grouped together?

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  63. Arryielle

    I am just about to start this challenge – thank you and all the designers who helped make this what it is! I'll be making hats in light blue (prostate cancer) to honor both my grandfathers who had it and survived, and in white (lung cancer) to honor my grandfather who just passed away a month ago tomorrow from it.

    Is there a specific tag on Ravelry you'd like us to use so they can all be grouped together?

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