Published on September 20th, 2016 | by Eric


Knit princess wigs for cancer patients

Every so often we come across a truly uplifting story, and this is definitely one of them.

Princess wigs

When the daughter of Holly Christensen’s friend was diagnosed with cancer, Holly knew she had to do something to help. When she realized that the little girl would likely lose her hair during treatment, she had a stroke of brilliance, and The Magic Yarn Project was born.

The idea behind The Magic Yarn Project is that volunteers donate their time to making beautiful yarn wigs based on famous Disney characters. This allows the girls to have the hair of their on-screen heroes.

Materials are paid for via a GoFundMe page, which as of today has reached over $41,000 (£31,000). More than 600 volunteers have gathered together to make over 950 princess wigs. Click here to read more about The Magic Yarn Project and to donate.

About the Author

is a photographer, copywriter, rock climber, skier, traveler, and aspiring knitter. His work has been been published in many international newspapers, magazines, websites, books and even a billboard in Brooklyn. Crochet is the best.

Last updated: September 20th, 2016.

14 Responses to Knit princess wigs for cancer patients

  1. Dee Thompson says:

    I would love the pattern. I started a prayer shawl group at my church close to two years ago now. But we could also do these to donate to local hospitals. Thank you for your wonderful work! I’d be happy to pay for the pattern. That would be another good way to raise money for your group for materials and such. Thanks in advance!! Best wishes in all y’all do!

  2. Susan says:

    Wonderful idea. Would live pattern

  3. Martha renard says:

    Yes. Alot of people would join the cause. Share the pattern.

  4. Lynn says:

    I donate hats to hospital, always wanted to make wigs as well. I would love to have this pattern! Thanks so much!

  5. christine Reffet says:

    Yes, they are magnificent, I would like to have the pattern to start a mini-charity here.
    Thank you so much

  6. Kathleen Galbraith says:

    would love to be able to knit these are we able to get the pattern please

  7. Kathleen Galbraith says:

    are we able to buy this pattern would love to knit these wigs

  8. Jean Tulloch says:

    This is such a good idea and would love a pattern. Best wishes to you all.

  9. Maryanne Bayless says:

    I also would love to have the pattern for these beautiful Princess wigs. I make infant hats for the local maternity ward at a hospital near me and I also make hats, and scarves for the homeless. This would be a wonderful gift for the children’s Cancer ward at a couple of hospitals near by.

  10. Linda says:

    Can we buy these patterns for the uk?

  11. Tina says:

    I think it is a wonderful idea and in the UK The knitted wigs could be also donated to the Marie Claire charity

  12. JamieJo A Flowers says:

    My knitting groups would love to make some of these wigs for these precious ones. Patterns please?

  13. Pamela Dorman says:

    I live in Australia and would also like the pattern. Please!

  14. Bree Hitchcock says:

    Hi everyone! My name is Bree Hitchcock, I’m co-founder of The Magic Yarn Project. We unfortunately do not have a knit pattern for our beanies 🙁 We have found that we can only use crocheted beanies. If you are still interested here is our crochet pattern page: After you have the beanies the wigs are very easy to make! We have video tutorials on our website that take you through step by step! You can then donate them to your local cancer treatment center or ship them to us here in Alaska, where we will find a special home for them 🙂 You can message us on Facebook with any questions 🙂 Thank you for your enthusiasm!!! We need all the help we can get! We ship these these sparkly wigs out children worldwide at no cost to them 🙂 And thank you Love Knitting for sharing our story. Sincerely, Bree

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