Help TNNA to make a difference.

Who hasn’t had the unfortunate experience of being touched by cancer? Whether someone you know has been diagnosed, a relative or friend, or perhaps yourself – the mention of “cancer” is a life-altering moment. It brings feelings of sadness immediately followed by the thought: what can I do to help?

For many, the answer may be to bring food, take over carpool duties, run errands and assist with other daily chores. As knitters and crocheters, we also have another reaction: I need to make something for this person.

Hats are often the first project that comes to mind, for the obvious reasons. But the need to make something is deeper than a head covering. It is a way that we can surround them with love, showing our support in the moments we aren’t physically present.

The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) is our industry trade group. They have teamed up with Woman’s Day Magazine to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with two free patterns, one knit and one crocheted. Both were designed by TNNA members and can be downloaded here.  


Sweet Slouch (crochet)
designed by Amy Gunderson
Raspberry Beanie (knit)
designed by Lauren Sanchez

We encourage you to make a cap, using one of these patterns or any other pattern of your choice (browse CEY’s free hat patterns here).

You can give your finished hats to loved ones, donate them to a local charity, or send them to TNNA to distribute to a chemo cap charity (TNNA will be accepting hats until the end of 2014):

The National NeedleArts Association
Attn: Chemo Caps

1100-H Brandywine Blvd
Zanesville OH 43701-7303 

Keep in mind that although October is National Breast Cancer month, there are many other kinds of cancer. This disease does not discriminate. Hats in all shapes, sizes and colors will be appreciated. Make one not for the satisfaction of donating; make one because it will give someone else a smile.

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