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This is a great, easy pattern for 5 basic shawl shapes: Square, Circular, Triangular, Semi-Circular, and Heart-Shaped.  http://www.laylock.org/?s=5+basic+shawl+shapes

Each style begins with casting on three stitches and is worked to a full-sized shawl or stopped at any point for a smaller scarf, which I did. The pattern calls for garter stitch but can be made in any stitch or pattern you choose (be sure to knit 5 stitches on each end of each row to keep edges from curling). The size will depend on what yarn/needles are chosen.

I made a child’s size triangular scarf out of scraps of baby yarn (above) and an adult sized scarf with a vintage button added.

Note that the scarves are worked top-down and the beginning three stitches will form a part of the top of the scarf.

This is a fun project and a good way to use up small amounts of yarn.

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fullsizerenderThis summer, my younger daughter and I discovered a charity which accepts all kinds of cold weather items for their children on a Lakota Indian reservation in South Dakota.  They have very severe winters and say they are under-served at this location, grateful for anything hand-knit or crocheted that will help keep the children warm.  Unlike most of the charities we support, they accept not only acrylic but also wool and wool blend items and are currently trying to get enough scarves and mittens to supply each of their children in grades K-12.  In August, we mailed some items I had made…four hats, four pr. mittens and two scarves.

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In addition, my daughter contributed 11 hats, 12 pr mittens and 10 scarves.

As of this date, they have collected enough hats but still need lots of scarves and mittens.  Today, I’ll be mailing 5 beautiful pairs of mittens from my daughter …

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I contributed 3 scarves …

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…one scarf/mitten set ….

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…two neck warmers ….

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…and one neck warmer/hat/mitten set.

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We’ll continue to work on items for this project until they reach their goal, hopefully by November 1.

This is the link through Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/for-the-children-of-pine-ridge/3461082/651-675#665

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Last Christmas, I asked my younger daughter (an experienced and avid knitter) to gift me with a box of knitting supplies so I could try once again to knit and make some useful items for one of the many charities she supports.  She gave me a wonderful package of instructions, needles, markers and a good supply of red, white and blue yarn.  The yarn was specifically for Knit-Your-Bit, a program at the National WWII Museum in New Orleanshttp://www.nww2m.com/2016/09/knit-your-bit-celebrates-10-years-50000-scarves-for-veterans/

They collect hand-knit scarves for veterans and one event I especially admire is the gift of a scarf to each veteran who comes to the museum on November 11.  My first projects were scarves for this cause …

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…and I later made some in different colors ….

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My daughter usually makes one scarf a month for this cause and a week or so ago packaged up all of the scarves we had made this year and shipped them to the museum.  Imagine my delight when a picture appeared on their Facebook page showing a gentleman holding one of my scarves!

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A close-up of the tag that’s on the scarf reveals that it was part of our large group of scarves – how amazing is that?

I love thinking that a veteran will be wearing one of our scarves or one of the hundreds that have been donated from across the country.

http://www.nww2m.com/2016/09/knit-your-bit-celebrates-10-years-50000-scarves-for-veterans/

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I’ve tried knitting in the past without success and without one finished object, but have been looking for another hobby since my quilting is limited now because of back problems to small wall hangings and similar projects.  My younger daughter is an expert knitter and keeps me well supplied with socks, scarves, hats, mittens and beautiful shawls….two of the most recent ones…

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From past experience, I didn’t feel I could ever make such beautiful things, but I was inspired by her work for various charities and hoped I might be able to make some of these simple items.  For Christmas, I asked her for some very general knitting supplies to get started and she gave me a wonderful reproduction bag from WW II England filled with yarn, needles, patterns and instructions.

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The bag commemorates all of the knitting the women of Great Britain did during the war.  The Women’s Volunteer Service pin is actually one from the era, which my daughter ordered from England.

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The day after Christmas, I started reading through the instructions, checking out the online links (YouTube is great), and started a child’s scarf.  During the month of January, I completed four children’s scarves for Scarf It Up in Northern Kentucky.  They collect scarves for underprivileged/homeless adults and children….

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…and three adult scarves for Knit Your Bit.  This group collects adult scarves starting in September that they hand out on Veteran’s Day to vets visiting the National World  War II Museum in New Orleans.  Red, white and blue scarves are the most popular.

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Amazingly, I’m able to relax and knit comfortably and, even better, I actually complete what I started.  Thank you, daughter, for a wonderful gift and a new obsession.