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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Knit Scarf for the Military

Good Morning,

My nephew, Jim, is in the US Navy and today is the day he will be deployed to the Middle East. Needless to say our thoughts and prayers are will him for successful missions and a safe return.

It's cold where he is going now, so I have made a scarf for him. There are many web sites with information about making scarves and other items for our members of the military. If you don't know anyone in the military, but want to make a scarf or other needed item, there are organizations that will gladly take the items you make and send them on to those who can use them. Different items are requested and accepted at different times of the year so do an Internet search to find the various organizations and what is needed when.

Below is the scarf I've designed for Jim within the requirements as stated by the military. The most important requirements are color and materials. Use only natural fibers (other fibers melt if burned) of cotton or wool in earth tone colors. Be sure to add lots of love in every stitch.

This scarf will go into the mail to Jim today.  Comments and questions about the pattern are welcome.

Freedom is not free,

Jim's Scarf

Materials: approximately 3 balls each of brown and charcoal 150 gr. # 3 size wool. This one is made of two thin strands of Norwegian wool, one charcoal, one brown, held together.

Size 10 knitting needles

Size approximately 9" x 48"

Gauge: 22 rows = 4", 20 stitches = 4"

Note: This is a basket weave pattern with a garter stitch border.

Cast on 36 stitches and work knit 4 rows for border.

Basket weave pattern stitch:

Row 1: (rs) knit

Rows 2, 4, 6: k4 for border, (k4, p4) across ending in k4. k4 for border

Rows 3, 5: k4 for border, (p4, k4) across ending in p4. k4 for border

Row 7: knit

Rows 8, 10, 12: Repeat row 3.

Rows 9, 11: Repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 1 - 12 for pattern for approximately 48" ending in row 6.

Knit 4 rows.

Bind off.


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