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The Gift Of Life Illusion Scarf

from Woolly Thoughts Illusion Knitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Gift Of Life Illusion Scarf
The Gift Of Life Illusion Scarf
The Gift Of Life Illusion Scarf
The Gift Of Life Illusion Scarf
The Gift Of Life Illusion Scarf
The Gift Of Life Illusion Scarf

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl

Pattern Description:

This scarf was designed to help promote awareness of the Organ Donor Register. It says GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE on one side and REGISTER AS AN ORGAN DONOR on the other.

The first photo shows the back and front of the same scarf. One side has grey lettering on black; the other has black lettering on grey. Any two contrasting colours can be used.

Under ideal conditions the lettering should disappear completely when you look straight at the scarf. It should look as though you are wearing an ordinary striped scarf.

In normal wear the scarf is subtle so that you can wear it without the messages shouting out at everyone. If you hold up the scarf, or lie it flat, then look at it from an angle, the messages are very obvious. The photographs were taken in the snow and outlines of the letters can still be seen in most of the photographs, due to the light conditions.

Because it is double-sided this is quite a heavy scarf. It also has to be long so that the messages can fit. A lightweight DK yarn is recommended so that it is not too heavy. It can be made shorter by just using the shorter message. The pattern includes instructions for making a single-sided scarf and for adapting it to be a banner with either one or two messages.

The scarf shown is approximately 15 cm (6") wide and 155 cm (62") long.

The double-sided scarf is worked in the round. One of the photos show close-ups of the join. It is almost impossible to see the jog at the colour change even though no special technique is used. The single-sided scarf is worked flat.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 155 cm x 15 cm (62" x 6")


  • 400 metres (440 yards) in each of two colours
  • Circular needle or double-pointed needles slightly smaller than recommended for your yarn

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