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.

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 of yarn. Then divide it up into a set length ( 30yrd bundles).


Yarns and such
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

You’ll get a mix of yarns back, and then you can begin.

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.