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Something Big. (And a Free Pattern Before Friday)

Earlier in the week, I posted about a difficult thing that I have been facing recently. I couldn't state exactly what it was because it wasn't just my battle. It was my mom's.

A couple weeks ago, we got the news that she had some scans come back showing some irregularities. The doctors thought she possible had breast cancer. While this is difficult news to face, we were thankful because the areas were so small that if it did come back anything it would be really early. This past Monday, she had a biopsy done. Yesterday, we got the news that everything was clear. These areas were benign.

I don't really think either of us had prepared ourselves to hear that news. We never doubted God in this process, but both of us thought it would be worse. We knew no matter what happened He would take care of us and see us through it. We prepared ourselves for the worst so neither of us would break down in front of the other.

I am so extremely thankful. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel. This journey was so much shorter than it could have been.


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I have the opportunity to be on staff for an amazing youth group. This is year the theme is "This Moment." Basically, it's important to make memories and remember where you came from. Also, it is important to make a monument so you remember things God has done. A monument can be anything that will help you remember: a journal entry, a painting, anything.

I want to do something of monumental proportions to remember how I feel in this moment and to remember how big of an event God has brought me through.

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I need help in this. I want to do something that will truly make a difference. I need help from all my creative friends. Anyone who can create something should. I don't know what we're going to do with it yet, but we will find a way to help those who suffer from cancer and their loved ones. Whether it be selling the items or donating them, I want to make a difference.

Here's what I'm going to do:


I Hate Cancer Hat

Materials Needed:
H (5.00mm) hook
Stitch marker (or small piece of contrasting color yarn)
Yarn Needle

Yarn Needed:
Worsted Weight Yarn in any color
(I used Red Heart Super Saver in Jade for this one)

Abbreviations:
CH – chain
SC – single crochet
HDC – half double crochet
DC – double crochet
SS – slip stitch
ST - stitch

Main Hat:
(This hat is worked in a spiral so there is no seam and no slip stitches joining rows. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of each row to make sure you can keep track of where you are.)

Round 1: With White, CH 3 (does not count as first HDC). Work 12 HDC in 3 CH from hook. (12 HDC)

Round 2: 2 HDC in each HDC around. (24 HDC)

Round 3: HDC in first HDC. * 2 HDC in next HDC, 1 HDC in next HDC. * Repeat from * to * around, ending in 2 HDC. (36 HDC)

Round 4: HDC in first 2 HDC. * 2 HDC in next HDC, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 HDC. * Repeat from * to * around, ending in 2 HDC. (48 HDC)

Round 5: HDC in first 3 HDC. * 2 HDC in next HDC, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 HDC. * Repeat from * to * around, ending in 2 HDC. (60 HDC)

Round 6: SC in first HDC. * skip 1 HDC, 3 DC in next HDC, skip 1 HDC, SC in next HDC. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with 3 HDC and the next ST unworked.

Round 7: Skip unworked ST from previous row, 3 DC in next ST. * SK 1 ST, SC in next ST, SK 1 ST, 3 DC in next ST. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with SC in top of shell.

Round 8:  Skip 2 ST, * SC in next ST, Skip 1 ST, 3 DC in next ST, Skip 1 ST. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with 3 HDC.

Round 9: Skip 2 ST, * SC in next ST, Skip 1 ST, 3 DC in next ST, Skip 1 ST. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with SC in top of shell.

Round 10: Skip 1 ST, 3 DC in next ST. * SK 1 ST, SC in next ST, SK 1 ST, 3 DC in next ST. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with 3 HDC.

Round 11: Skip 1 ST, * SC in next ST, Skip 1 ST, 3 DC in next ST, Skip 1 ST. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with SC in top of shell.

Round 12: Repeat round 10.

Round 13: Repeat round 11.

Round 14: Repeat round 10.

Round 15: Repeat round 11.

Round 16: Repeat round 10.

Round 17: Repeat round 11.

Round 18:  Skip 1 ST, * SC in next ST, CH 1, Skip 1 ST. * Repeat from * to * around. SS in first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

I am going to make as many of these hats as I can between now and the end of October. I am going to donate them to patients who are undergoing Chemotherapy. 

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No matter who you are or what you believe, cancer has affected you in the same way.
I have no idea what is going to come of this. I just want to do something big. I want to make a difference and help as many people as I can.

Comment and tell me what you're going to do. Send me pictures of anything you create. On October 31, I will make an album of everything.

Let's do all we can to eradicate this terrible disease.


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  1. Thank you for the pattern for such a pretty at! Halos of Hope is a great resource. They also have a page that specifies what type of yarns to use if you want to donate the hats to chemo patients :)
    http://halosofhope.org/yarn_recommendations

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