Crochet for Cancer – Crochet-A-Long and Prize Worth $125!

Welcome to my first-ever crochet-a-long for charity! Over the next two weeks, we are going to be making four projects (or more if time allows!) to mail to a chapter of Crochet for Cancer, Hooks of Hope, located in Eastern Pennsylvania. They give crocheted items to hospitals all across America to patients undergoing chemo and radiation. We have 9 bloggers participating and have compiled all of our best hat patterns for you to choose from to make your projects. Hooks for Hope will randomly choose a package postmarked on or before April 28 to win a prize package from Red Heart Yarn, worth $125!! They will also choose 4 other lucky winners to receive a handmade plarn bag with yarn goodies inside!

Crochet for Cancer - Crochet-A-Long and $125 Prize from Red Heart Yarns!

Most all of us know someone whose life has been affected by cancer. It’s an unfortunate reality in our modern times where toxic chemicals abound. So I love that I can help make things a little brighter by using crochet for someone who is undergoing chemo. And to do it with some of my favorite crochet bloggers and all of YOU? Well, that’s just pure fun! So let’s put our talents to good use – there’s nothing that says love more than a handmade gift.

Here are the bloggers participating! Thank you!

If you need a pattern, here are the patterns from the bloggers participating below. If not, make your own!

My Merry Messy Life

Beatrice Ryan Designs

I’m Hooked

Curious Tiff Crochet

KT and the Squid

Elk Studio

Grammy Dirlam


Please Read the Requirements for Your Donation, per the Crochet for Cancer website:

  • Must be new – never worn
  • Clean – free of perfume, pet hair and smoke
  • Placed individually in clear ziplock style plastic bags
  • Soft yarn is best- cotton, acrylic, silk, fleece or a blend is best. Do not use wool or alpaca as they can irritate the scalp.
  • We accept baby, children, youth, and adult hats.
  • Please use patterns that do not have gaps or large holes. A tighter stitch is best so that it covers the scalp.
  • Be sure to wash your hands on a regular basis while making the caps.

They also accept other items, which are fine if you want to use these instead for the CAL.

  • Scarves
  • Blankets (all sizes)
  • Prayer Shawls
  • Be creative, we accept any type of gift item to give to a person fighting cancer. For example, a crochet pink ribbon pin to support breast cancer awareness.
  • Yarn, Yarn, Yarn!!!
  • We accept gift cards to purchase yarn and supplies from the following locations: Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, AC Moore Crafts, Wal-Mart, and JoAnn Fabric.

Please Mail Your Package to (postmarked on April 21 or after to receive the prize):

Hooks of Hope
c/o Melissa Wortmann
P.O. Box 163
Neffs, PA 18065

International Readers

We would still love for you to participate by donating your projects to your local hospitals or charities. Let us know what you’re up to by sharing on our social media! (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, etc).

The Fabulous Prize – $125 Worth of Yarn From Red Heart!

Here is the prize that Red Heart Yarn has graciously provided to participate in our event! 

UPDATED 4/10 – Due to your comments and suggestions, the Contest Rules have changed to make it more fair for everyone:

The Crochet-A-Long is open worldwide, but the contest is better suited to residents of the US and Canada, although anyone is welcome to mail a package to Hooks of Hope. Contest rules:

  1. Complete the challenge by making at least 4 projects (or two large projects, like a blanket or shawl)
  2. Mail your package to Hooks of Hope (address above)
  3. Make sure your package is postmarked on or before April 28, 2014
  4. All packages with that postmark will be entered into a raffle three weeks after April 28 on May 19 (to give time for all the packages to come in the mail).
  5. The first package drawn will receive the grand prize from Red Heart. The 2nd through 5th packages will received handmade plarn bags with yarn goodies inside from Hooks of Hope!

Crochet for Cancer Prize Package from Red Heart Yarn

So, share the projects you’ve completed and are sending in on any of my social media and comment with what you’ll be making below! Use the hashtag #CrochetForCancerCAL so we can follow each other!

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Thanks for organizing this Sara and helping with our mission to give comfort to those suffering. Melissa

  2. Coral Johnson says:

    This is awesome! Just as clarification, at the top, you say “postmarked after April 21st”, then at the bottom you say “package first received… on or AFTER April 21st”. I’m doing this regardless of the fact that simply due to living in the west and shipping times taking longer there’s pretty much no way I’ll win the prize. It’s a very worthy cause, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

  3. As much as I’d like to win the prize, honestly, I’m a HUGE procrastinator! Having a deadline helps but I’m going to crochet regardless because it’s for a worthy cause and will send them in as soon as I’m done. Only 4 things shouldn’t take long but as my husband loves to kid me about, I sometimes make things more complicated than they should be 🙂 How long will she be accepting donations?

  4. how do I add myself

  5. Melissa says:

    While I appreciate what you are doing here, I disagree with your contest award method. By having it be the first to arrive postmarked after a set date, you are guaranteeing that the contest winner will be in PA, most likely in your own home town. No one from the west coast could possibly be eligible for your prize giveaway. A more equitable arrangement would be a raffle with everyone who sends it in between April 21 and April 28 each having an entry.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Melissa! I have passed along your comment to the other bloggers and the charity, and along with Red Heart Yarn we will work out something else to make it more fair. That was not something we’d thought of earlier, so we appreciate the comments and want to have happy readers! Thanks!

    • Hi again Melissa! The contest rules have been amended! All packages postmarked on or before April 28 will be entered to win the prize by a random drawing by Hooks of Hope. Please read the rules in the post!

  6. Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve got a first cousin (who’s like a sister) that going through chemo/radiation again for nodules found on her liver (she is in remission for colon cancer) and an aunt who is undergoing chemo/radiation for multiple nodules, most importantly on her lungs. I’ve been searching everywhere for patterns for hats since they are both losing their hair and this list was just what I needed. As much as I’d like to send things in for the contest, my first hats/projects will go towards them. Thanks again!

    • Hi Katie! Well, thank you for letting us know you’ll be participating, just in another way! I think that is wonderful and I’m so sorry you have two people dear to you who have cancer. Best wishes for recovery for both of them!

  7. Oh you are such a wonderful person! It’s sooooooo kind of you to organize this. A close friend of my sisters (and a childhood teacher of mine) has cancer. We’re all praying she does not have to undergo chimo. Again thank you so much for starting this!!!! It really shows you care.

  8. Can I promote this in my own blog?

  9. Heather says:

    I appreciate your cause and efforts in this project. Having lost several family members to cancer, this is a cause very close to my heart and I will be participating.
    However I have to voice my displeasure with the way a winner will be chosen. Any who are wishing to participate outside of your state, or even outside of your country will surely not be winners. It takes a minimum of a week and closer to 10-14 days for items to arrive in the USA from Canada. This essentially eliminates many from even the prospect of winning, and possibly many from entering and sending items. I ask that you please reconsider your method of choosing a winner so that it may be fair for all participating.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Heather! I will talk to the other bloggers and the charity to see if we can do it another way. We do want it to be fair, and the charity thought this would be a good way to encourage people to make something.

      • I reread the above requirements, and it says that international donations are to be made to our local charities, however nowhere in the rules does it say that this contest is open to only residents of the United States. This contest popped up on my facebook newsfeed from Red Heart yarns, just so you know that this is possibly getting a lot of international exposure.

        • The contest rules have been amended! All packages postmarked on or before April 28 will be entered to win the prize by a random drawing by Hooks of Hope. Please read the rules in the post! And yes, Heather, it really isn’t a good contest for international readers. But, that is often the case with many giveaways in the US.

          • You say “it really isn’t a good contest for international readers” is an ambiguous statement. Does that mean that international readers are eligible for the prize or not?

  10. Lorna Barney says:

    I love the idea to donate, and because of living in Idaho, I can’t get it there for the date option, I am however donating hats to a local childrens hospital, (Primary Childrens Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah). Thanks for sharing and good luck !

    • The contest rules have been amended! All packages postmarked on or before April 28 will be entered to win the prize by a random drawing by Hooks of Hope. Please read the rules in the post as you’ll still be able to participate even from Idaho.

  11. Melanie Bohler says:

    How about having a drawing where the first person from each stateose pkg you receive gets their name in the drawing. Plus ….maybe instead of having a 2wk deadline, you could have a drawing once a month for a smaller prize.

  12. I would love to join you and send you some hats. I started making and donating hats Nov. 2013……my page is if you would like to see what I crochet. All of the one-of-a-kind hats I personally crochet for Dana-Farber, as well as all cancer facilities, cancer suppot communities, fundraisers, hospice and individuals looking for a special size/color/style. Do I just send some hats to the address Neffs, PA address to join Crochet-A-Long?

  13. We love this and are joining in! Thanks so much for getting this all together for everyone to join in. The chance at winning the yarn is just like sprinkles on the cup cake 🙂

  14. Patricia Seaton says:

    My four hats made it in the mail today! For two, I used Tamara Kelly’s Leaping Stripes and Blocks pattern making a child size and small adult size. The third was made following KT and the Squid’s Bright Stripes Beanie pattern in an adult size. And the last one was per a Leisure Arts Big Girls’ Cap pattern made unisex by the omission of the ruffles and tassel. This was a good project to be a part of. Thanks!

  15. I was finally able to send out my package! I got everything together and took it to the UPS store on 4/28 to mail. Paid for postage and went on my way. Well, the UPS store never put the postage I paid for on the envelope! It ended up back at my house yesterday! I just went back to the UPS store and remailed it. Hopefully it makes it to you! I’m super bummed that because of the UPS store’s mistake, I missed the raffle :/ but I mailed them anyway so they can go to somebody special. Thanks for organizing this even if my package won’t be the winning one!

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