Delaware Head Huggers offers free knitting patterns and a wonderful way for you to provide chemo hats to cancer patients
Have you ever thought that you couldn’t do anything special with just one skein of yarn?
Robin Agar, of Delaware Head Huggers, would like to tell you otherwise!
With just one skein of yarn, you can make a hat, and it can make such a difference to someone fighting cancer!”
If you’ve always wondered how you can help people with just a single skein of yarn, I invite you to read on!
Delaware Head Huggers: Helping Cancer Fighters in Delaware and around the U.S.
I have been a huge fan of Robin, her Delaware Head Huggers organization, and in particular, her blog Knitting for Schanpps for years. (Schnapps, in case you didn’t know, is the official “mascot” of Delaware Head Huggers–the little cutie you see in the photo above.)
Robin is a talented knitting designer who often posts free chemo cap patterns on her blog, Knitting for Schnapps. I love to recommend her adorable patterns to anyone looking to knit a chemo hat! (Six of them are shown below. Thanks, Robin, for your permission to use these photos!)
Delaware Head Huggers began as a chapter of the national group Head Huggers (which, sadly, is no longer in existence). Her outreach has since extended far beyond the state of Delaware, however. Since November 2009 she has sent thousands of chemo hats throughout the country.
You can see a year-by-year breakdown of the number of hats shipped to treatment centers every full year since the inception of Delaware Head Huggers here.
Robin reminds us of the importance of chemo hats to cancer patients:
Did you know that every year, over 650,000 people receive chemotherapy in the United States alone?
Did you know that many lose their hair and feel terribly cold all the time from the effects of chemotherapy treatment?
Did you know that a handmade hat can bring comfort, security, warmth, beauty, hope, cheer, and love to someone fighting cancer?
Do you know how important it is for cancer warriors to know that others are thinking of them and wishing them well?
How’s this for motivation to knit chemo hats for cancer patients?
Looking for more ways to help cancer patients? Check out these posts!
How You Can Help
Of course, if you’re a knitter (or crocheter), one wonderful way to help is by knitting chemo hats!
If you don’t already have go-to patterns in your repertoire, I fully and enthusiastically recommend Robin’s blog Knitting for Schnapps. This is where Robin posts all her free knitting patterns for chemo hats! They are absolutely beautiful, and I can’t get enough of them.
Before you begin knitting chemo hats, be sure to swing by the Guidelines Page to ensure that your finished projects can be used. Particularly in a COVID world, these guidelines are absolutely essential. (We don’t want Robin getting sick!)
The Guidelines page also includes a submission form and the shipping address.
If you’d like a way to support Delaware Head Huggers and pick up fabulous patterns, Robin has pattern eBooks for sale! All of them are available to purchase on Amazon here. (Note: this is not an affiliate link, because I want to make sure DEHH gets all the proceeds for sales!)
If you would prefer to purchase patterns singly, you can visit Robin’s Ravelry Store here.
So whether you knit for Delaware Head Huggers, purchase Robin’s knitting patterns, or do both, you can be sure that you will be offering tremendous comfort to cancer patients around the country. And that’s something worth celebrating!