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Crochet Cancer Challenge – Papa Fedora

Updated: Feb 8

Cancer seems to have touched us all in one way or another. Whether we’ve been stricken with it ourselves or one of our loved ones.

Many of us who crochet want to give back by crocheting hats & donating them to a family member or friend who has cancer or to a local cancer center. This event is a way to offer lots of new patterns that could offer cancer patients a bit of comfort.

Now’s your chance to help support cancer patients. When you download a FREE hat pattern you are pledging to make AT LEAST ONE hat from that pattern to donate to someone you know who is battling cancer or to a cancer center.

On October 25, I am honored to be the featured designer for the 2023 #CrochetCancerChallenge.

This year’s design is in memory of my dear father-in-law, who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 2020.

I was blessed to have the best FIL in the world. To know my FIL was truly to love him. My family lovingly called him “Papa” ever since our child was born. He was such a fighter!! We were blessed to have him with us almost 3 years after his cancer diagnosis. I was his primary care giver for most of those last few years and I will forever cherish those times in my heart.

He always looked so daper with his black fedora atop his sweet head on Sunday mornings as we’d head off to church. That was the inspiration for this year’s #CrochetCancerChallenge design. I just couldn’t get that image out my head as I pondered how I would honor him in this event.

Purple is both my favorite color & the Cancer Awareness color for pancreatic cancer, so the “Papa Fedora” is featured in this beautiful eggplant purple (Loops & Threads Impeccable).

I hope you’re as excited as I am about this pattern!

How to get my “Papa Fedora crochet pattern (October 25-31, 2023):

Click on the “Return to Blog Hop” button and find the code. Then return here, click on the “Download Pattern Here” button, add the item to your cart, enter the code you found, and checkout!

This pattern will be available for FREE until 10/31/2023 (@ 23:59 CDT).

I hope you love this pattern as much as I loved designing it. Enjoy the rest of the #CrochetCancerChallenge 2023 event!


Last year I was honored to feature a pattern I designed in memory of my sweet mother. She passed away just a short couple of months after her cancer diagnosis. I traveled back home & stayed there to take care of her the best I could in her final days on this earth.

As an additional bonus this year, I’m offering my 2022 #CrochetCancerChallenge pattern for 50% off until 10/31/2023 (@ 23:59 (CDT). If you missed out on getting this pattern last year, add the Mom’s Angel Beanie pattern to your Ravelry cart & use this code at checkout: ANGEL

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