Did you know that when a foster child turns 18 he or she no longer qualifies for the foster system? At this point, kids are often turned out to find their own way.
Foster Care to Success is an organization that helps foster children, and one of their programs for 18-year-olds is the Red Scarf Project. This program extends a hug to these kids in the form of red scarves knitted by you and me and then donated to the project.
We love Vanessa Ewing's Cabled Pocket Scarf for this cause. It's a free pattern that's perfect for teens; the pockets are fun and stylish—and practical. And cable knits are always in fashion!
You could knit up several of these scarves in easy-care Berroco Vintage Chunky or Universal Deluxe Chunky. This is a quick knit on size 9 US to 11 US, and the recipient will feel the love of every stitch you knit.
We also have a luxury option, Plymouth Grande Hand-Dyed Baby Alpaca in color #38. It's a gorgeous blend of deep reds and burgundies.
We think teens would be thrilled with any of these options! For more details and to find out where to send your scarves, visit Foster Care to Success. You'll also find many other ways to help foster children.
This is such a worthy cause—we hope you will join us in supporting it.
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.