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2012 Special Olympic USA Scarf
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Jan 8, 2012 01:23:57   #
After completing 40 scarves for Xmas gifts, thought I was done with making scarves for awhile. Then, I remembered that a month ago, I had ordered specified yarns to make scarves for the 2012 Special Olympic. So, back on knitting scarves. Is anyone here doing this project as well?

The scarf is supposed to be 6" wide x 54-60" in length. Well, with the specified yarn knitted on the standard gauge knitting machine, I had to knit on every 3rd needle. The finished length was miscalculated a little: width 5-3/4" x lenth 64". I'm going to adjust the dimensions on the next scarf but I'm going to send this one too. I hope, they won't reject this one.

Here's my first scarf done with a standard (4.5mm) knitting machine.

If anyone is interested in knitting these scarves, here's the link for project guidelines, deadline, and where to send the scarves to:

The specified yarns is Red Heart. The 2 colors yarns are special discounted on Red Heart website. However, I found it cheaper elsewhere. Wally world (Walmart) have them too.

There are some patterns for hand knitting available on the website above. Nevertheless, the pattern choice is up to our imagination just as long as we use the specified yarns and colors.
Jan 8, 2012 09:21:57   #
Christine Dix
Very good of you to jump right back in the frying pan !! Great cause , thank you for posting :thumbup:
Jan 8, 2012 10:57:54   #
i too am doing that project..i had one crochet completed then the holidays so i put aside and forgot thank goodness i have til feb 27th so off to the races can't have our fab athletes cold ...
Jan 8, 2012 17:38:48   #
Thanks Christine.

Wow Dawnprentiss, you have 1 more month than I do. Here in Texas, our deadline is Jan. 30th. It would be great if you could post a photo of your scarves on this same thread.

In a matter of fact, anyone that is knitting or crocheting these scarves is welcome to post a photo here. Please also share whether you've hand knitted, hand crochetted or machine knitted. Thanks in advance.

I googled and saw so many different styles scarves made for the 2012 Special Olympic. They were all beautiful. It is sure encouraging to see such a great project done nationwide. I wish I knew it sooner so I could take my time coming up with more styles and designs for the scarves.
Jan 9, 2012 09:25:18   #
Love your scarf, did you use a bulky machine or a standard with the Red Heart yarn? I'm new to this group so I hadn't seen the request for the Special Olympic Scarfs. I would love to do some but only have the standard machine and no ribber. I also just got it out of storage after 15 years so I'm like a beginner again--I do think I could knit some scarfs though!
Jan 9, 2012 09:34:58   #
i knit
oh my thanks for reminding me i have 3 done in my closet stuck them there during xmas time...yours are really pretty will get mine mailed out!
Jan 9, 2012 11:01:28   #
I have also knit two scarfs for this project.Our deadline is Jan 23rd in Maine. I really like the ends of your scarfs in different colors. Our knitting group meets this afternoon and i will be turning them in. I'm sure your sized scarfs will be fine. Good Luck
Jan 9, 2012 12:08:39   #
kimmyz (a regular here)
You can never have too many scarves!
Jan 9, 2012 13:58:34   #
Great.. I'm getting one going and will hopefully have it done this weekend. Our knitting group has made then the past couple years ..
Jan 9, 2012 16:24:29   #
I have a question on the patterns that they have.
The pattern Heroric Stripes has directions:
*yo, K2tog; repeat from*
I have never started a row with a yo and when I try I end up with indentation in the row.
Is there some trick to doing this?
Jan 9, 2012 17:00:52   #
I also would like the answer to that. I couldn't use that pattern either because i could not figure it out. Hope one of our KP friends has the answer. Will be watching!
Jan 9, 2012 17:55:47   #
For those of you that had completed the scarves, would you please share a photo or two on this thread? Please also specified whether you knitted by hand or machine knitting. If it was crocheted, no need to specified, we can tell :)

KathyMT and Jennemarie, I'm not familiar with hand knitting patterns. Hopefully, someone will hop in and answer your question. However, you can knit or crochet in any way you'd like just as long as you used the specified yarns and meet the required dimensions.

SusanRC, I did the scarf with my standard KM. I used every 3rd needle with 2 non-working needles in between. This scarf was done in stockinette stitches except for the hem. I did the hem in cables 1x1. When you complete a section, stretch the fabric lengthwise, stretch its width, and stretch lengthwise again. You'll see that the stitches are distributed evenly and become larger as if you have knitted in a bulky KM. You'll also find out that it doesn't take that many rows to knit because once you stretch the fabric, it will become narrower and longer.

Have fun knitting!
Jan 9, 2012 20:29:58   #
I am!!!! My scarf is almost done and hope to make more next year. Usually when I say I'm making a scarf for Special Olympics, I get blank stares, so I am so glad to see I am not alone in doing this.
Jan 9, 2012 21:35:39   #
I've been knitting scarves also. Deadline for NH is end of Feb, I believe.

I don't have any pictures. I've been making scarfes also.
Jan 9, 2012 22:57:12   #
SusanRC, I forgot to mention that I set the carriage tension dial to #10. Also, I threaded the yarn through the tension rod but not through the tension disk to ease the pulling.

Hobbydiva, Glad to know you're doing it too. If you have the time, please post a photo when you're done. Thanks in advance.
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