Special Olympics Scarves

Special Olympics Scarves

Ok, seems like I promised, once upon a time, that I would post the patterns for the scarves I knit for the Special Olympics Scarf Project.  Turns out that you can get three scarves from the 2 skeins of yarn required.  One must be turquoise and one blue, so that each scarf has both colors.  Well, they were each fun in their own way.  The top one was a beginner sampler scarf.  Each block uses some combination of knits and purls, with the 7th block throwing in a yarn over and knit two together.  The bottom scarf was an experiment with a stitch from the 2011 Vogue Stitch a Day calendar.  And the middle scarf was an attempt to use up every last bit of that Red Heart yarn so I wouldn’t have any left over!  I know, I’m a yarn snob!  But Red Heart is really not my favorite yarn to knit with, what can I say?  All three were finished in time to send off to the CT Special Olympics division.

Starting with the bottom scarf and moving up, here are the patterns I used.

Bottom Scarf:

Using size US8 needles and the required blue yarn, cast on 28 stitches.  The stitch used is the Meandering Eyelet Vine from the 2011 Vogue Stitch a Day calendar.  In order to not infringe on any copyrights, I’ll leave it at that.  Follow stitch pattern for 30 inches.  Change to turquoise yarn and follow stitch pattern for another 30 inches.  Bind off.  I like this pattern because it reminded me of ski slopes, and since this is for the Winter Special Olympics, it seemed appropriate.

Middle Scarf:

Using size US10 needles and both colors held together, cast on 14 stitches.  Knit in garter stitch for 20 inches.  Change to 2 turquoise strands held together and knit for 20 inches.  Change back to one strand of each color held together and knit for another 20 inches.  The reason for the middle section of solid color is that this was the third scarf I knit and there was quite a bit more turquoise yarn than blue yarn.  Quality control at Red Heart must have been on vacation, even after knitting this scarf, I still had turquoise yarn left over!

Top Scarf:

This pattern I decided to write as a beginner sampler to teach to new knitting students.  There are 8 blocks, the color changes with each block between the blue and turquoise, and they can be knit in any order.  The order listed is the order in which I knit them.
Using size US8 needles, CO 26 stitches.
Block 1: Garter stitch for 6 inches in blue.
Block 2: Stockinette stitch for 6 inches in turquoise.
Block 3: Seed stitch for 6 inches in blue.
Block 4: Stockinette stitch for 5 rows, Reverse Stockinette stitch for 5 rows in turquoise. Repeat til block measures 6 inches.
Block 5: Stockinette stitch for 4 rows, Seed stitch for 2 rows in blue. Repeat til block measures 6 inches.
Block 6: Row 1 – Knit in turquoise, Row 2 – Knit 3, Purl 1, Knit 4, Purl 1, Knit 4, Purl 1, Knit 4, Purl 1, Knit 4, Purl 1, Knit 2. Repeat rows 1 and 2 til block measures 6 inches.
Block 7: Row 1 – Knit in blue, Row 2 – Purl, Row 3 – Knit 2, yo, k2tog, (Knit 3, yo, k2tog) 5 times, knit 2. Repeat rows til block measures 6 inches.
Block 8: Row 1 – Knit 2, Purl 2 to end in turquoise, Row 2- Purl 2, Knit 2 til block measure 6 inches.
Finished scarf is approximately 6 inches by 56 inches.

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