The Robin Beanie – Crochet Cancer Challenge Pattern!

The Robin Beanie – Crochet Cancer Challenge Pattern!
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Our Crochet Cancer Challenge pattern for 2020 is the Robin Beanie.

If you joined us last year you will know that we highlighted colon cancer which is a royal blue ribbon. We are supporting the same cancer this year. You see, this time last year Sara’s dad, Robin, was fighting a brave battle against colon cancer. Unfortunately it was a battle that he lost on November 14th last year, 2 weeks after last year’s challenge ended.

If you want to read about Sara’s story and the future she fears is in front of her you can read it here.

We all have our own story to tell…

Cancer is one of those things that will touch us all in one form or another. I don’t believe very many people go through life without at least knowing someone who has battled Cancer.

Currently, a very dear friend of mine, who is also my daughter’s godmother and has a daughter 3 months older than mine, is battling bowel cancer. She is a nurse,  and so knew she had to get herself seen quite early. But still for someone who is not yet 50 to have to go through that! Local lockdown means that I cannot be there to help out as much as I dearly wish I could.



As I said last year, treatments make advances all of the time. In an ideal we world WE WANT THE CURE. The treatments can be brutal on the body and the mind of both the patient and their families. But hair loss is not always a side effect now depending on treatments required and the nausea can be drastically reduced.


What is the challenge about?

The Crochet Cancer Challenge is hosted each year by Christine of Sweet Potato 3. In return for using the code and getting the pattern as a free pdf you are pledging to make at least one hat of that pattern to donate by the end of the year (or whenever your local unit or charity starts accepting donations in your area if these have temporarily stopped).

Let’s do our bit by helping these warriors to keep their heads warm! This is actually very important. Cancer patients often loose their hair and a lot of heat escapes from the head. They also feel the cold a lot more than usual. So hats are often appreciated by those undergoing treatment.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some useful links and information.

The Robin Beanie

What you will need to make the Robin Beanie:



Hat circumference should be

  • 16’’ for small,
  • 18’’ for medium and
  • 20’’ for large.

Stitches used:

This hat uses sc, hdc and dc with some worked into the back loop only to obtain the ribbing and some third loop to get the texture on the body of the hat. The pattern includes video links on how to work the third loop and also how to do the sedge stitch (the sc, hdc, dc combo).

So this hat is a great project for a recent beginner who knows the basics and wants to progress a little and play with texture.

It is made side to side so you will need to slip stitch or sew it together at the end.



Our Pattern links

From 6th-31 October inclusive you can download our Robin Beanie pattern free with the code CancerChallenge on Ravelry by using the button below.

Please remember that if you use the code for the download you are pledging to make at least one Robin’s beanie to donate to a cancer patient or unit.


You can also get the pattern in the following places:

Our store here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here


  • Information explaining what the Crochet Cancer Challenge is, click HERE.
  • What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
  • Yarn Recommendations to use for the hats, click HERE.
  • Where should I donate my hats, click HERE.
  • A fun start early project you can add to your hats, click HERE.
  • Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.


As an extra thank you

We are offering you the matching Robin Scarf for 50% (that’s only $1.50!!) for the whole of October 2020!! You will need to use the code ROBIN and it is ONY available in our Ravelry Store here. Find out more about this pattern by clicking the pic below.

You may also like:

Robin’s Scarf
Robin’s Poncho
Highland Neamh Cocoon Cardigan