I just found out about this really cool way to donate your crochet and knit projects! We’ve talked about crocheting for charity, knitting for charity, and sewing for charity before, and now there’s another charity to add to the list:
The Special Olympics is teaming up with Red Heart Yarns 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.”
Crocheters and knitters are invited to make a scarf (or two, or three…) to donate to their states’ participants in order to show their support for the Special Olympics. Want to get involved? Here’s how:
- Go to the official charity website for complete details.
- Scarves must be knit or crocheted using the official 2011 colors: Red Heart Super Saver 886 Blue and Red Heart Super Saver 512 Turqua.
- You can use any knitting or crochet scarf pattern you want, but scarves must be 54-60 inches long and 6 inches wide. You can be as creative with the design as you want! Here are some free patterns that you’re free to use:
Beginner Striped Scarf
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. For Illinois, the deadline is January 18, 2011.
Happy knitting and crocheting!