When I decided to learn to knit in January of 2016, I was interested in making easy, practical items for several charities. One of them was Knit Your Bit for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. All of the information is here:
In addition to information, there are patterns on this site to use to both knit and crochet scarves. I knew from my daughter’s experiences from past years that red, white and blue scarves were very popular and that is what I’ve been making.
Recently, though, on the Knit Your Bit Facebook page, I found a pattern for a scarf that has the colors and designs of a National Defense Service Medal. This medal is a decoration presented to recognize all military members who have served in active duty during a declared “national emergency”. It is an easy garter stitch striped scarf and interesting with the addition of bright yellow.
To find this pattern, go to the Knit Your Bits Facebook page and search for National Defense Service Stripe Scarf to get the free pattern for a scarf 6 inches wide x 71 inches long, knitted in worsted yarn with size 9 or 10 needles. Nice item to donate to the museum’s program or to give to your favorite veteran.
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 Orleans. http://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 …
…and I later made some in different colors ….
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!
Photo used with permission of the National WWII Museum
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.