Interested in using your time and talents to crochet, knit or sew handmade treasures for the troops? Here are instructions and tips…followed by some inspiration from the troops themselves — they LOVE getting these gifts in their care packages!
This pattern gives you a nice smooth line along the sides and works up much faster. It is important to cast on loosely so that you have a little stretch when working up the first row and can straighten your work so it does not curl up.
Using L Hook and worsted weight yarn. (Suggestion: Caron one pound no dye lot yarn yields approximately 5 scarves per one pound skein. Save the leftovers and at some point there will be enough for another scarf. You can also make stripes or whatever design you would like from remnants using various colors).
Scarf dimensions 5 inches wide by 36 inches long.
DC= Double Crochet.
1 Row = 36 inches long
7 Rows = 5 ” Wide
Please check your gauge. You may need to adjust hook size or row count etc… if you are a tight crocheter or use different yarn. If you want your scarf wider, add one row.
With L hook, loosely cast on 110 + chain 2.
Row 1: Start in the second hole in chain (where your 110th cast ended) and work across 110 stitches in DC.
Chain 2 and turn.
Keep doing this until you have 7 rows and your scarf is 5 ” wide.
Rows should measure 36″ long.
Note: It normally takes Denyse 1 1/2 Hours to make one scarf.
“Simple Knit Scarf” Pattern from Kathy:
Using a “bulky” yarn, often indicated by the number “5” on the label, cast on 14 stitches using size 13 needles. Be sure to cast on loosely so the stitches don’t pull. Work in garter stitch (knit all stitches) for the entire length of the scarf until the yarn is almost gone; bind off loosely. Weave in ends to finish. Finished scarf will be approx 5-1/2″ wide and approx 46″ in length. This can easily be packed in our boxes. The yarn sold at Michael’s called Loops & Threads Charisma, makes a perfect scarf to be shipped. The yarn is all acrylic and is very soft and stretchy. Since it is a “bulky” weight yarn, there is no need to double it while knitting. It has 109 yards per skein. This is a very simple pattern. With the quickness of the all garter stitch, a scarf can be completed in a couple of nights.
FINISHED SOME SCARVES…NOW WHAT? Ship them to us for our care packages!
ANY MORE QUESTIONS? Email us: Info@OperationGratitude.com
And now a few words from some thankful service members:
“We received the scarf and note you sent in a military care package from Operation Gratitude. Thank you very much for remembering us. They came at a good time since it’s actually cooling down in the desert. They will keep us warm and remind us of love and support from home. Remember to stay strong, stay motivated and have A Fine Navy Day!”
“I received an Operation Gratitude package the other day and inside was a hand-crocheted scarf. Now, at first I wasn’t sure what I could use it for – it couldn’t be worn while in uniform outside. But, this morning I came into my office and found it to be quite cold! I have enough cold weather gear to keep my body warm, but I usually don’t carry around anything for my ears and neck. Your scarf works perfectly! Right now, I have it wrapped around my neck and ears and its keeping me nice and warm. So, I wanted to say thanks for the scarf and for your support to the troops overseas. It is people and families like you that make being here bearable. Thanks, CPT B.Z.”
“I wanted to thank you very much for the beautiful orange scarf in the box of goodies you sent to Iraq. I love it! I work in the Office of Provincial Affairs in the Embassy and appreciate your thoughtfulness. It is very kind of you to think of us and take the time and expense to send lovely and thoughtful items. I will cherish the scarf. Thanks again and Happy Holidays to you and your families! SM.”
(This is Part Two in a series of three blogposts from our wonderful Scarves for Troops project coordinator Elaine Campbell. Thank you for all you do, Elaine!)