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PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge

Today’s PlanetJune Story shows how easily you can brighten someone’s day with crochet. When Nancy Smith, the chairman for the Crochet Guild of America’s Chapter Challenge, contacted me in February to ask for permission for the CGOA to use my Love Hearts pattern as a way for their members to give back to their communities, I never dreamt it would lead to such an amazing result!

Let’s hear from Nancy:

The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) is a national organization of local crochet guilds located in almost all 50 states of USA. CGOA also hosts a national conference called Chain Link held in different locations each summer that includes classes of various skills, stitches, and techniques, a Design Contest, a fashion show and banquet, and a ‘Meet and Greet’ to possibly sell your designs to publishers, yarn companies and/or magazines. There is also a Masters Program which tests your skills in all aspects of crochet from stitches to gauge to finishing techniques. Be brave! Check it out!

Each year, CGOA challenges the chapters to give back to their local communities by participating in the CGOA Chapter Challenge which selects a project for all interested chapters to make.

Each project is selected with a particular need in mind. Past years have included chemo hats, preemie blankets, squares for afghans, and scarves. This year was a bit different since a lot of places were not accepting physical items due to COVID-19 protocols. But June Gilbank of Planet June came to our rescue by allowing us to use her Love Hearts pattern for the Challenge.

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love Hearts

The hearts could be distributed as a group project if there were places near each chapter that were accepting items, along with individual members passing them out to total strangers, family, friends, neighbors, hospitals workers, doctor offices, fire houses, etc.

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love Hearts

At first, members were kind of skeptical about the project, but some that handed the hearts out individually reported the results/reactions back to their chapters, and the interest really took off. The smiles and reactions from the recipients were well worth the work!

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love Hearts

There were 12,798 hearts made for this Challenge! Besides being individually handed out, hearts were disbursed to an entire elementary school, to Meals on Wheels, to assisted living centers, nursing homes, animal shelters, special education centers, teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day, church meetings, and being attached to future donation projects each chapter makes.

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love Hearts

June’s pattern was fast and easy to make, and the chapters were told to use whatever yarns and hook sizes they wanted, which created a variety of sizes and colors besides the three sizes June has in the pattern.

CGOA and its’ chapters send a big THANK YOU to June for so generously allowing us to use her pattern!

For more information about CGOA, and possibly starting your own local chapter, here are the links:

Nancy Smith
CGOA Chapter Challenge Chairman

A few more photos, shared with permission from the participating chapters:

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsNew York City Crochet Guild, Manhattan NY

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsNorthern Illinois Crochet Guild, Rolling Meadows (a suburb of Chicago) IL

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsHappily Hooked on Crochet Guild, Danbury CT

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsThe Happy Hookers, Atlanta GA

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsNorthern Kentucky Crochet Guild, Burlington KY

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsEbenezer Angelic Crocheters, Washington DC

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsCrocheters of the Lakes, Lake County IL

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsNew Mexico Crochet Guild, Albuquerque NM

PlanetJune Stories: CGOA Chapter Challenge - Love HeartsCrochet Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St Paul MN

And here’s the video of the Challenge results:

(Back to me, June, again!)

Well over twelve thousand crocheted hearts – isn’t that incredible! Congratulations to all the participating CGOA chapters – your generosity and kindness has touched so many deserving people. I’m honoured that my Love Hearts pattern continues to be used in such meaningful ways.

Thank you so much, Nancy, for sharing your report – and for choosing to use my pattern for such a successful Chapter Challenge 🙂
Please leave Nancy and the CGOA members a comment if you’ve enjoyed this post!

Do you have a PlanetJune Story you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it! Please email your story to, together with one or more high quality photos showing what you’ve made from PlanetJune patterns. If I choose your story to feature here on the blog, I’ll send you your choice of pattern from my shop to say thank you!

PS – If you’re feeling inspired to bring some smiles to your community with crocheted hearts, you can find my Love Hearts crochet pattern here. 🙂


  1. LindY G SHERROD said

    Things like this is such a wonderful thing to read about. Bless your hearts!!! Love is a wonderful thing to share.

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  3. Michelle Bogart said

    Love this story! The hearts were a nice physical way of showing caring and love this last year. Now I think we all want to know what pattern she picked out!

    • Nancy said

      We used June’s Love Hearts pattern.

      • Michelle Bogart said

        I meant the free pattern for your story, your prize. 🙂

  4. Ruth Lister said

    Wow! What an awesome reaction to your Hearts pattern June. :raised_hands::blush:
    It’s amazing what a difference something so simple can, and has made to so many lives. The gift of love and caring.
    So good to hear a good news story in these crazy times. :clap_tone1::clap_tone1:❤

  5. DianneU said

    I made over 175 Blue hats for Lion Brand’s anti-bullying campaign last year and it made me feel wonderful to contribute to such a sweet cause. This article has inspired me to look into Crochet Guild and what they do and the items they make for causes that are so wonderful. Thanks for telling us about this heart give-away and the results from it. Inspired doesn’t come close to describing how it makes me feel. I want to do more!! Crochet Guild, here I come!

  6. Lindy said

    So moving, June! Wonderful that so many people have been touched by your Love Hearts, and will continue to do so.
    Love, Lindy xxxx

  7. Sandy G said

    Having had the honor of being the very first to be featured in June’s PlanetJune Stories in (gasp!) 2011, when I made all of her AmiDog collection for charity, I was thrilled and moved to tears to read this! What a beautiful thing! I had not known about the CGOA. I was thrilled again when I saw a photo of a contribution from the Lake County IL chapter because, June, my husband and I became grandparents to twins born in December in Chicago! We weren’t able to see them for the first time because of travel restrictions until a just few weeks ago, and they are beyond adorable, so we have decided to move there from Denver to be close to them and help out. It has all happened very quickly, but when everything settles, I will be sure to look up this chapter. All the best to everyone!

    • June said

      Oh Sandy, that’s wonderful news! I’m so happy for you and your husband, and for this exciting new chapter in your life. And how lovely that you can join the CGOA and make some crochet friends too, once you’re settled in Chicago.

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