November Charity: Foster Care to Success
I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter, and I’m happy to be back on Oombawka Design sharing the sixth post in my charity spotlight series. Each month, I highlight a charity that accepts crochet donations and share a free pattern, so read on for details.
November’s Featured Charity: Foster Care to Success Red Scarf Project
Since 1981, Foster Care to Success has been helping young adults transition from childhood in foster care (as permanent wards) into college and adulthood successfully. For more than ten years, Foster Care to Success has worked with crocheters and knitters to send handmade care packages to college students through the Red Scarf Project.
The Red Scarf Project has delivered over 25,000 red scarves to students as part of Valentine’s Day Care packages. Each year, Foster Care to Success accepts donations of handmade red scarves from September 1 through December 15 only.
Tips for a Wonderful Red Scarf Project Donation
Foster Care to Success asks for scarves that are at least 60” (152 cm) long and between 5” (13 cm) and 8” (20 cm) wide. Scarves must be predominantly red (in keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme), but they can include other colors, too. The scarves should have a unisex style and can include fringes. Yarn tails should be securely woven in, and, although Foster Care to Success doesn’t mention it, I would recommend a machine washable yarn since some college students are still coming to grips with laundry.
Foster Care to Success also recommends that you include a tag or a personal note, and messages of encouragement and gift cards are always welcome. And, of course, the scarf must be delivered by the December 15 deadline.
You can find shipping instructions and several free knitting patterns on the Red Scarf Project page.
Color Blocked Co-Ed Scarf
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
- Adult: 5” (13 cm) width x 71.5” (181.5 cm) width.
- Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick (5 oz/142 g/125 yds/114 m/100% acrylic) – 2 skeins in 113 Redwood (CA) and 1 skein in 126 Sequoia (CB), or approximately 242 yds (221 m) in CA and 90 yds (82 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
- US Size N-13 (9 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 10 sts x 5.5 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- cdc – crossed double crochet – Skip st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st.
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- * Rep after asterisk as indicated.
- With CA, ch 15.
- Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and each ch across. (14 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), cdc across to last st, dc in last st.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st across.
- Row 4: Rep Row 2.
- Row 5: Rep Row 3.
- Row 6: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st and each st across.
- Row 7: Rep Row 6.
- Row 8: Rep Row 3.
- Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 2 & 3 twice.
- Row 13: Rep Row 6 until scarf measures approximately 24” (61 cm) long, changing to CB in last yo of final dc.
- Row 14: Rep Row 3.
- Row 15: Rep Row 2.
- Row 16: Rep Row 3.
- Row 17: Rep Row 6 until CB section of scarf measures approximately 18.5” (47 cm).
- Row 18: Rep Row 3.
- Row 19: Rep Row 2.
- Row 20: Rep Row 3, changing to CA in last yo of final sc.
- Row 21: Rep Row 6 until this CA section of scarf measures approximately 19.5” (49.5 cm), or the same length as Row 13 to first color change.
- Row 22: Rep Row 3.
- Rows 23-26: Rep Rows 2 & 3 twice.
- Rows 27-28: Rep Row 6 twice.
- Row 29: Rep Row 3.
- Rows 30-33: Rep Rows 2 & 3 twice. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.
If you’re looking for another free crochet pattern to make a Red Scarf Project with, try the Gradient Shells Scarf.
© 2015 Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). Published with permission on Oombawka Design.
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On behalf of the Oombawka Design readers, and myself, I would like to Thank Marie for sharing November’s Featured Charity: Foster Care to Success and her free crochet pattern for the Color-Blocked Co-ed Scarf. Be sure to check out her coordinating Gradient Shells Scarf crochet pattern too!
Check out the other Charity Spotlights and Free Patterns here:
Nice to be reminded of this charity. I used to donate to it and somehow got out of the habit. Making a note on my calendar. How good of you to help spread the word.