The Plan

Update 2017. While we hoped we could revive this project it has not happened. If anyone is interested in taking over, please leave a comment.

Knit lots of hats and scarves for patients and survivors or breast and ovarian cancers to be donated to the Komen Foundation for the Cure, Philadelphia Affiliate. We fully support monetary fund raising efforts for the cure. But we also want to do something which will go directly to those who need to know there are people rooting for their health and survival. All skill levels are welcome!

Please join us! The 2011 project ends Sept. 15th.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Yarn Exchange Scarf

Hello All!

This is something we've been looking forward to and it's not a hat! Melanie designed the pattern for us so that we could do a yarn exchange scarf. All of the instructions are below - let us know if you have questions. Please let us know if you want to participate. That way I know who to wait for in case something doesn't arrive.

Yarn Exchange Scarf
The Yarn exchange scarf Project is an experiment that we are pretty excited about. The basic idea is that at least 12 knitters purchase all the same kind (but any color) of yarn. Then divide it up into a set length (30yrd bundles). Send all the bundles to the Pinkknit-a-thon PO Box with a self addressed stamped envelope for a return package. We will divide the bundles up between the participants so that each person receives one bundle of their original yarn - and 11 new bundles. This will give you the opportunity to knit with yarn you might not have a chance to knit with otherwise. And even though everyone will be getting the same yarn, each scarf will be unique based on how you decide to put the colors together. We recommend following the pattern - the scarf is beautiful! However - if you can only manage to knit the whole thing (in garter stitch) it will still be a very beautiful scarf.

Here are more precise instructions:

Recommended Yarns:
Mixed weight sport and chunky weight yarns and anything in between. Choose a natural fiber that has stretch and memory. Wool and wool blends are best. Cottons, silks, feel really lovely against the skin and drape in a lovely way, but don’t work so well when mixed with other yarns.

Choose a yarn that you might normally choose for a scarf. Buy 400 yards of it. Make 12 bundles of 30 yards each. Send the yarn with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
PO Box 8352
Philadelphia, PA 19101

All yarn must be received by July 15th. I will do a quick turn around so that you will have almost two months to knit the scarves.

*Note about mailing stuff: If you've never done something like this before - here's what you do. Go to the Post Office. Pick up two Flat Rate Priority envelopes - these are made out of something that feels like paper but is much stronger. These are provided free of charge by the USPS. Yarn isn't fragile or heavy so you will waste money if you get a box. Put the yarn in the envelope - but don't close it yet! When you are with the clerk - explain that you need to include an envelope with postage for return mail on it. Make sure to address the second envelope with your address! Once the postage has been paid, put that envelope in with the yarn, seal it up, and send it to us. This should cost $5 to $10 (each way) depending on how you send it.


Knitting needles: 9mm (size 13 U.S.)

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Row 1: (RS) Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, [(K2 tog) 2 times], [(YO, K1) 4 times], [(K2 tog) 4 times], [(YO, K1) 4 times], [(K2 tog) 2 times], K1
Row 4: Knit

Layout exchange yarn in desired order. Consider weight of yarn as you arrange your order. Try to have weights flow gently into each other.

CO 26 stitches
Rows 1-4 Work in pattern
Rows 5-8 Rep rows 1-4
Rows 9-12 Rep rows 1-4

ALWAYS change yarn after a row 4. Any other time results in an uneven look and is much harder to do.

Change colors

Continue pattern, changing yarns after every 8 rows until all exchange yarns are used.

If pattern is overwhelming—just knit instead!

Weave in ends. Block.

1 comment:

  1. Really looking forward to this scarf -- I'm getting my yarn this weekend!