Make Scarves for the Special Olympics

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The colors for the 2012 Special Olympics Scarf Project have been announced!   If you didn’t get to participate in last year’s event, now is a great time to start.  Haven’t heard of the Scarf Project before?  Every year, Red Heart Yarn reaches out to knitters and crocheters in an effort to collect scarves for participating Olympians. Why scarves? The Vice President of Marketing at Coats & Clark, Alyson Bell, explains, “The Scarf Project is an opportunity to create a handmade gift for the athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters who can wear with pride knowing that it is crafted with love.”

Ready to get involved?  Crocheters and knitters are invited to make a scarf (or several) to donate to their states’ participants  in order to show their support for the Special Olympics. Here’s how you can participate:


  • You can use any knitting or crochet scarf pattern you want, but scarves must be 54-60 inches long and 6 inches wide.  Fringe or other adornments should be included within these measurements.  Please read the full project guidelines for complete details.


When you visit the official site, choose your state from the drop-down menu to find out which sports your state participates in, how many scarves they need donated, where to mail completed scarves to, and what the deadline to send scarves in is.  Participating programs will be announced May 23, 2011. Check back to their site for more information.

Happy knitting and crocheting!

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  1. Vanessa says

    I’ve already started knitting my first scarf and received Soft Yarn in the mail. My goal is to make one scarf a month.


    I have adopted my two local high schools who have Special Olympic teams. As I watch my son play baseball this summer, I will be crocheting 75 scarves for them to wear. Can’t wait to get started!!!

  3. Vivian says

    My state of California is not listed. Does that mean that there is no one in CA who is participating?

  4. Susan Kuhn says

    I made Special Olympic scarves theis year for the children of two of my employees. For 2012 I hope to get more of my company involved.

  5. Twila Orr says

    Mailed you out 7 scarves Saturday. This is my second time for the Special olympics See you again next year

  6. Pat Lehnen says

    I am in the middle of my first one this year. I was delighted to crochet scarves the first year they were requested–and we needlecrafters sent in 30,000!
    My immediate goal is 2 scarves but I may go passed that goal. I do believe that California is participating. I don’t have the details yet.

  7. marie says

    what happened to the colors Turqua and Blue? I thought they were the ones we needed to use.

  8. Jan says

    I am working on making a scarf for the Olympics. Have about 1/3 done. I have also got my sister-in-law working on one. The only thing she knows how to knit is scarves, so she was excited. She was a special ed teacher till she retired.

  9. Helen Michael says

    My grandson’s girlfriend is in the Special Olympics in Paris in September. Is this considered the 2012 Special Olympics? Thank you.

  10. vickie evans says

    I am a coach for the Summer Olympics in Nashville, Tn. and am planning on making some scarfs for our state group. Wish I had found out about this program sooner. I also make caps for the kids at Vandy and cemo also. thanks for all everyone does for these special kids. Keep them coming.


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