Stay Gold Beanie-SP3 Cancer Challenge 2019

Another year and another Cancer Challenge hosted by Christine of Sweet Potato 3!! This year, we’ve decided to change it up a bit and have each designer choose a certain ribbon color to represent with their hat patterns. I designed the Stay Gold Beanie for Day 25 of the SP3 Crochet Cancer Challenge.


Why I chose Gold

Gold represents Childhood Cancer. I know that there are many types of Cancer, but I believe the possibility of getting diagnosed with cancer while only a child hits me the hardest. Having 2 (almost 3) kids at home I can’t imagine as a parent how I would handle the situation, let alone how my child would handle it. Having to struggle through and understand something like this at such a young age when you have so little experience under your belt and a life you haven’t fully lived yet is crazy to think about.

Another reason is that I have a friend that I went to college with whose youngest son is only about a year younger than my own. A few years ago he was diagnosed with Leukemia and has been battling it on and off ever since. I see pictures of her family in my newsfeed every now and then and just think of how strong they are. Seriously, this kid is the epitome of strength and perseverance. He’s not letting the big C stop him any time soon. I wish that all kids that are diagnosed with cancer had the strength that this little boy does. It isn’t always the case but it is something that I can hope for. ❤

Childhood Cancer

Why I chose the name Stay Gold Beanie

Besides the color of the ribbon that I chose, “stay gold” also alludes to a heart wrenching part in S.E Hinton’s book “The Outsiders.” In the story Ponyboy refers to a poem by Robert Frost (see below) that says that something gold is always the new beginning of something, something innocent, something young; however, it can never stay. It has to progress into the natural next step in life. While dying in the hospital, one of the characters, Johnny, tells Ponyboy to stay gold. Unlike the other Greasers, Ponyboy has a different perspective on life, has a sensitive nature, and can sympathize with others, even if they are from an opposing part of town. Johnny hopes that Ponyboy will keep these qualities and not get sucked into the Greaser mentality that the others have.

I thought that the phrase “stay gold” really resonated with the childhood part that the gold ribbon represents.


Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.



The Stay Gold Beanie



How to Get This Pattern For Free:

As part of the 2019 Crochet Cancer Challenge you can get a copy of the Stay Gold Beanie pattern for FREE. However, if you download a copy of the pattern, it is your PLEDGE to make a hat to donate to a local Cancer Center and/or patient. Grab your copy of the Stay Gold Beanie pattern for FREE from 10/25 through 10/27 on Ravelry. You must use the code “CC2019” at checkout. Please be sure that the price comes up as free before you order. Remember your FREE download is your PLEDGE to donate a minimum of 1 hat from the pattern by the end of 2019. To make a Pledge, get your copy of the pattern, HERE.

Use #CrochetCancerChallenge

To help spread the word about the Crochet Cancer Challenge we need your help. Please make your hats from the designs and post to your social media outlets. Use #CrochetCancerChallenge when posting on facebook, instagram, pinterest, twitter or anything else. Also, tag the designers who gave you the pattern to use. We all love a little love on social media and may even share your project on our page.



  1. Cancer Challenge Introduction, what is it, click HERE.
  2. What type of hat should I make, what sizes and where should I get the patterns, click HERE
  3. What type of yarn is recommended for the hats, click HERE
  4. Where should I donate my hats, click HERE
  5. A fun “start early” project you can add to your hats, click HERE
  6. Challenge others to join and more fun information, click HERE



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