Crochet Cancer Challenge – Nolan Hat

Oct 11, 2023

Cancer is one of those horrible things that touches almost everyone. Whether you personally have experienced a cancer scare or diagnosis or have a loved one who has, there are so few who remain untouched by this terrible illness. What an honor that we can provide some amount of comfort with our craft.


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The Inspiration 

While it is nice to be able to work up a hat for donation quickly, I also want it to honor those I’m donating to by making sure it’s a hat I’d be proud to wear. The Nolan Hat definitely has everything I love in a hat. The high texture, classic stitches are beautiful and, once you get in the rhythm, work up quickly and easily. I’ve always loved the look of the star stitch (also known as the marguerite stitch) but thought it was far to complicated to be worth the texture. After spending some time with it I am confident that you’ll be able to pick the stitch up quickly and make many hats! The pattern includes a full video tutorials as well so you’re sure to crochet confidently!




Customize Your Hat

One of the great things about making hats is that you can make them in almost any size. While this pattern doesn’t include written out instructions for every size, it does include tips and tricks to customize your hat to the perfect fit. I’m confident that after working the pattern once or twice, you’ll be ready to make lots of hats in lots of sizes perfect for donating!



The Yarn

First, I’d like to give you some tips on choosing yarn when you’re planning on donating your hats. The very first thing you need to think about is who you are donating your hat to. Depending on if you are gifting the hat to a specific person or to a charity, may change your yarn selection. If you have a specific person in mind to give the hat to, you want to keep their personal preferences of color, style, and fiber content in mind. If you are donating to a charity, be sure to check out their website or even give them a call. They may have specific requirements for the donations they accept. If there aren’t any guidelines given, keep in mind that softness is important for babies and those going through chemotherapy, While a durable and washable yarn may be more appropriate for donations to a homeless shelter. If you’d like more tips for donating to charity I have a full YouTube video about the topic that you can watch here!

For my Nolan Hat I chose one of my “go to” worsted weight yarns, Rios by Malabrigo. I’ve fallen absolutely in love with the colorway Archangel so you’re sure to see it again soon! Malabrigo Rios is a lighter worsted weight yarn. Each hank comes with 210 yards per 100 grams. It is a 100% Superwash Merino wool. I use this yarn a lot and love it for it’s amazing color palette and it’s durability. For my second Nolan Hat I used Every Day Merino by Twice Sheared Sheep in the colorway Ocean. I would consider Every Day Merino to be a heavier worsted weight yarn so my second hat worked up in a fabric that it more dense, but I know it’ll keep me warm this winter! Every Day Merino has 185 yards per 100 gram ball and it also made of 100% Superwas Merino wool.




Other Supplies

While accessories and tools can be fun to use, one of the great things about hats is that you don’t usually need a lot of tools. The only other things you really need are a US H 5.0 mm  and US J 6.0 mm hooks, a tapestry needle (these are my favorites) and scissors (aren’t these beautiful?). I always recommend you check your hook carefully and look for the millimeters rather than a letter label. While US H & J hooks are pretty standard, there can be some discrepancies between companies as to how they label their hook sizes.

I fell in love with and always recommend Furls crochet hooks. Their Alpha Series is my absolute favorite hook line. It’s stunning and fits so well in my smaller hands. It is one of their pricier hooks, but well worth the splurge. If you’re looking to dip your toes into Furls hooks, I love their wooden Streamline hooks too. Because of their more affordable price, I have a lot of these hooks and use them regularly. They fit nicely in my hands too, are so comfortable to work with, and glide nicely through yarn! 

During the summer I was taking my yarn on the go a lot more than I do now that the boys are back in school. I’m a bit nervous about taking my wooden hooks to the park so I ordered a set of metal hooks at the beginning of the summer to take on the go.  I’ve really been enjoying my Tulip hook set. They’re super smooth, with a really comfortable grip. I usually work with wooden hooks, but find that metal hooks glide really nicely through cotton and other plant fiber yarns. I bought a whole set of Tulip hooks and am a bit surprised that I’ve used almost all of them. Initially I worried the more narrow handle might cause hand pain, but they glide so easily through the yarn, they’ve been very comfortable to use!


The Pattern


A special deal for you!

I’m so thrilled to introduce the Nolan Hat pattern as part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge event hosted by Christine of Sweet Potato 3! As part of this special event, my pattern is available for FREE starting at 7am MT Wednesday, October 11th through 8am MT Thursday, October 12th! Go snag it now, before it’s too late! Please remember that purchasing the hat for free is a commitment to make at least one hat with the pattern and donate it to a charity


The Nolan Hat is a tier 3 pattern. Tier 3 patterns are designed to let your skills shine through patterns with a mix of intermediate stitches, techniques and shaping! These patterns include a variety of sized projects that combine intermediate stitches and design elements to the new stitches or skills learned in a Tier 1 and 2 patterns. These patterns will help you show off your skills.



Coming Soon 

Next week the Nolan Cowl will be released. This tier 2 pattern is a fun and quick make, worked flat, it’s unique construction makes for a gorgeous and delightful cowl! Don’t miss out on the matching Nolan cowl – join me email list. When the pattern releases my email subscribers will get premier access to the pattern as well as a special discount! You can sign up for my email list here!

My tier 1 Nolan pattern – the Nolan Cozy – will be releasing asap too! This simple coffee cozy makes a great gift and would be fantastic for teachers, childcare workers or any coffee lovers in your life!

Read more about my tiered pattern system here!


A HUGE ***thank you*** to my amazing testers! They all did such beautiful work! Each and every Thea Bag is unique and gorgeous! This pattern was tested and tech edited to be as clear as possible. Pattern testers are an important part of the publishing process. I appreciate the time and attention they give! Thank you to my wonderful tech editor Michelle Muskett of Tales of Knots whose attention to detail makes every pattern better!  



 How it works



First, start here at the Sweet Potato 3 blog and learn more about the Crochet Cancer Challenge, look at all the wonderful patterns that have been available and get your coupon code.



Then, come back here and click the link below to go to the Waylen Hat on Ravelry.



Next, enter the coupon code at check out and get your hat for free!

Last, make a Nolan Hat and donate it to the charity of your choice!

All the hopping is good for designers, the free pattern is awesome for you and the donated hat is great for someone in need! Win, win, win! 


Past CCC Hats

Check out my Crochet Cancer Challenge hats from previous years. Both are great for donating and gifting!

The Tamzin Hat is great for donating and gifting. It’s classic diamond pattern makes is perfect for donating. This pattern also includes a child size pattern. If you’d like a matching set to stay extra cozy, check out the Tamzin Cowl here!



The Waylen Hat might be one of my favorites! This complicated looking stitch is super easy to work up. And, never fear, the pattern includes and full video tutorial as well as instructions on how to make a brimmed or brimless hat and instructions for a single colored or multi colored hat!

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