Get crafty to support the Special Olympics

Last year, volunteers pulled together to knit and crochet more than 2,000 scarves that were presented to athletes, families, coaches and volunteers during the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Idaho. This year, the project is going national.


The Special Olympics USA Scarf Project, sponsored by Red Heart Super Saver yarns, is bringing knitters and crocheters together to support the Special Olympics movement. They’re asking people across the country to knit scarves in the 2011 official colors—Red Heart Super Save 886 Blue and 512 Turqua—so that they can be given to those involved in the 35 winter games across the USA.


You can use any pattern you like to create the scarves, so long as you incorporate both official colors. For a fun challenge, give one of their free downloadable patterns a try.


While some programs’ deadlines for scarves have passed, the following programs are still looking for contributions:


Maryland, Minnesota, Montana – Deadline: February 18

Arizona – Deadline: February 21

New Hampshire, Connecticut, Colorado, Washington – Deadline: February 26

South Dakota – Deadline: March 1

Louisiana, Nevada, Idaho – Deadline: March 4

Virginia – Deadline: March 7

Alaska – Deadline March 9


Check out for more details on deadlines, shipping addresses and knitting how-tos.
Pictured above: Athletes from Special Olympics Tennessee wearing the scarves donated through Scarves for Special Olympics 2010.

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by Brittany Taylor | 2/1/2016