Connections: A Red Scarf

Sep 10, 2007
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Designer: Sandi Wiseheart
Published: September 11, 2007
Technique: Cables, Charts - Cable
Skill Level: Intermediate

The saying goes that no one is really an orphan—and children in foster care, more than anyone else, need tangible reminders that they, too, belong to the human family and are cared about. Sandi Wiseheart designed this cabled scarf with its intertwined stitches as a meditation on family, connectedness, and the many ways we can say “I care” to those around us. There are two ways to make this scarf: with the cabled border ends (for the more adventurous) and without (for those wanting an easier pattern).

Finished Size: About 6” (15 cm) wide and 60” (152.5 cm) long.

Yarn: About 400-600 yds of DK (#3 Light) yarn. We used: Filatura di Crosa Zara (100% merino; 137 yd/125 m [1.75 oz/50 g]): #1492 crimson, 4 balls. Note: Each 137-yd ball adds an additional 19” in twisted rib pattern.

Needles: Size 6 (4 mm).

Notions: Cable needle; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 5½ sts and 6½ rows = 1” (2.5 cm) in St st. Exact gauge is not critical when knitting scarves.

Skill level: Cabled Version: Intermediate.
Twisted Rib version (no-cables): Easy.

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on Oct 22, 2008 6:01 AM

 I love the meaning of this scarf and was looking for the perfect Mom and Me project; I do not have to look further.

 Some children will not go forgotten this winter.../ Just another reason that we look forward to our Knitting Daily Newsletter. And we join all who praise  Interweave Press.

 Patricia and Cheryl Virginia

TaraL wrote
on Sep 21, 2008 1:38 AM

Sandi, what a lovely scarf pattern!  And what lovely thoughts about family. Thanks!

knittinknut wrote
on Sep 20, 2008 5:53 AM

I've knitted Afghans for Afghans and vests for kids in Siberia so now I'm ready to do something for kids in THIS country -- thank you!  I can now knit through my yarn stash and feel like I'm making a difference.  I'm doing the Connections scarf now and am going to try Lily Chin's next.  Good luck with the project!

talbott wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 12:45 PM

I teach at an alternative school and a lot of our students are living in group homes while they "recover" from whatever infraction required their removal from their homes.  I am going to start taking my knitting to school because I like the idea of giving some of the ones who will never be able to return home a tangible token that someone cares about them.  Can't knit it in red or blue --- gang colors which can lead to fights --- but I'll be be creating in navy, black or hunter green which are the colors of the golf type shirts that our students wear.  Thanks for a great pattern.  kt in NC

RuthJ wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 12:41 PM

Thank you Sandi.  That's a wonderful pattern

Cfanning wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 11:30 AM

Count on me - I'll talk to my knitters as well - scarfs you will have!  I do like the idea of red.

Thank you for this!

Carole, Marietta, GA

Katee@2 wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 9:05 AM

How thoughtful and kind! And you are such an inspiration to all of us, Beginners or Experts all of us are so blessed by your creation in this beautiful scarf for children, men and surely any lady. Great Job done! Katee N Tx

DarlaC wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 8:55 AM

Wow!  Such as nice thought behind the design Sandy! Thanks so much for sharing this in the spirit of helping those of less fortunate means. I plan to make and donate also.

Monkeygurl wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 8:54 AM

I know I may be PSMing, but your story brought tears.  I will do a scarf, and hope that it gives someone comfort.  I know your words have.

JeannieF wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 8:49 AM

The idea that your creations begin with a story ggave me goosebumps.....while the story itself is a goosebumper than will remain with me! Thanks for sharing this with the world of knitters. Jeannie

nancy@12 wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 8:18 AM

This is a wonderful idea at exactly the right time .. serendipity anyone?  With the holidays and fall weather approaching, this is perfect.  I just discovered a lovely (and large) stash of yarn that I had lost in an unused closet.  I look forward to making and donating several of these in yummy soft yarn.  Nancy

DennineD wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 8:12 AM

I've been avoiding cables, but your use of them as symbolism has prompted me to try this out. Thank you.

CassieW wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 7:46 AM

Thank you so much for this.  The pattern and the idea behind it are both great.  I'll be making a couple of the simple ones up for a friend who is a foster mom to give to her girls.  I know they'll feel the love in them!    Cassie

Mary Ellen D wrote
on Aug 7, 2008 6:54 PM

Bless you for the wonderful paragraph plus knitting pattern to go with it. As a baby and until I was 4, I lived in foster homes. I can Imagine how I would have treasured a special scarf all my own.

Everytime I knit or crochet, (usually)every stitch is stitched with a prayer of love.

It will be great to make many of these to share.

                                            Hugs and best wishes,

                                                                       Mary Ellen

Zaz wrote
on Aug 7, 2008 3:48 PM

good, good, there is a chart :D