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!
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!
- Beatrice Ryan Designs
- I’m Hooked
- Curious Tiff Crochet
- KT and the Squid
- Elk Studio
- Grammy Dirlam
- Petals to Picots
- Tales of a Crafty Mommy
If you need a pattern, here are the patterns from the bloggers participating below. If not, make your own!
My Merry Messy Life
- Moose Beanie – All Sizes
- Fox Beanie – All Sizes
- Lion Beanie – All Sizes
- Sugar Love Beanie – Baby Sizes
- Cheery Lime Adult Beanie – Adult Size
- Baby Boy Beanie with Pom Pom – Preemie and Baby Sizes
- Crochet Monster Hat – Toddler and Child Sizes
- Basic Single Crochet Beanie – All Sizes
- Basic Half Double Crochet Beanie – All Sizes
- Jake the Dog Hat – Child Size
- Blue’s Clues Hat – Child Size
- Cute and Warm Beanie with Bow – All Sizes
- Holiday Hats – All Sizes
- Free Simple Single Crochet Beanie – All Sizes
- Bright Stripes Beanie – Child and Adult Sizes
- Walkabout Slouch – Toddler, Child, Adult
- Easy Preemie Hat
- Morning Frost Hat – Adult Size
- Country Appeal Hat and Matching Scarf – Adult Size
- Mystic Beanie – Adult Size
- Cabled Hat with Brim – Adult Size
- Leaping Stripes and Blocks Beanies – All Sizes
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.
- 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
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:
- Complete the challenge by making at least 4 projects (or two large projects, like a blanket or shawl)
- Mail your package to Hooks of Hope (address above)
- Make sure your package is postmarked on or before April 28, 2014
- 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).
- 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!
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!