Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to send back my beanie/scarf by?

Please send your knitted or crocheted garment/s back by no later than 30 August, 2020. Get in touch with our team if you need a little extra time.

Remember to print off and fill in a return slip and include it with your parcel.

Where do I send it to?

Please send your garment/s back to:

Cancer Council NSW
Knit For Cancer
PO Box 816

Alternatively, the below Cancer Council NSW offices are also accepting drop-offs. Click here for their locations and contact info. Woolloomooloo (Sydney)

  • Wollongong
  • Orange
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Erina
  • Charlestown
  • Byron Bay
  • Tamworth
  • Coffs Harbour

Please call your local office ahead of time to check opening hours, as these are subject to change due to COVID-19.

Whether you are posting or dropping off, please make sure to include a return slip with your item/s.

Can I crochet?

Yes! Patterns are now available for you on our website - simply click on the link in the email you received after registration to view all available patterns. Or feel free to use any other crochet beanie or scarf pattern available to you. 

What colours can I use?

We ask that you please use our Cancer Council colours of blue, grey and white when creating your beanie/scarf. You can use as many of the colours as you like, however, we suggest two at a minimum (if you only have blue yarn, we would accept all blue too!). By keeping to our brand colours, this helps people purchasing the beanies and scarves you make know who they are supporting and that their funds will be going towards helping people affected by cancer.

Later, we will attach a Cancer Council "handmade with love" label on it for that pop of yellow!

Do I have to use the patterns provided?

No - you are welcome to use any pattern you like! Whether it's one you've found online, in a knitting magazine, or your own special creation, you can choose whatever pattern you'd like to knit or crochet. 

How do I make my beanie/scarf cancer patient-friendly?

We suggest you using a non-irritating yarn, avoid bulky seams and ensure the stitch pattern provides adequate coverage. Please also avoid exposing the yarn you're using to any strong fragrances or smoke.

When you send back your garment/s, please let us know on the return slip what materials you have used.

I want to make a scarf - how long should it be?

We recommend you aim for between 150cm and 180cm. 

Why are only a portion of beanies/scarves being donated to cancer patients, and the rest being used to raise funds?

At Cancer Council NSW, we work across every stage of the cancer journey, and as we are over 94% community funded, our research and support services rely heavily on fundraising. So this means that for every Knit For Cancer beanie keeping a cancer patient warm as they go through treatment, another is helping them get safe transport to treatment or providing emergency financial assistance when they need it most. While another is helping to fund research into life-saving treatments. How amazing is that!