The news surrounding the pandemic is changing rapidly, with new guidelines for safety announced almost daily. This is especially true in regards to facemasks and their usage for the general public. Over on the I Like Crochet blog, we mention the recent article from the Washington Post which states that the CDC is now considering asking people to wear face coverings any time they are out in public.
If the CDC does go forward with this suggestion, crafters are already prepared. In the event they can’t find a store-bought mask, they have the skills to make their own. With a few hospitals already accepting handmade mask donations to help protect their workers, many makers have risen to the challenge of helping their communities in need, in whatever way they can. Our sister site FaveCrafts.com wrote an excellent post about handmade masks, who is accepting donations and how you can help.
Until more is announced, it’s difficult to know which types of face coverings are the most effective for the public, though cotton and fabric-based masks have been suggested. That said, if you are looking for knit scarf patterns, whether to use for face coverage or to help pass the time while being safe at home, below is a hand-selected list of knit scarf patterns from our magazines that we are offering for free until the end of April. Note: The CDC has stated previously that if facemasks are not available to healthcare workers, bandanas or scarves could be used as a last resort; however it is unknown how effective these will be in terms of protection. Please do your research and stay safe!
10 Knit Scarf Patterns
And if you have never knit before, but would like to learn how, we are also opening up our beginner knitting tutorials section for free to help others learn this beautiful craft. Now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to relax, and knitting is an excellent way to ease anxiety.
We’ll get through this together. One day at a time. One stitch at a time. Until hopefully, one day, we’ll stand back and see not only a newly finished knitting project, but a world that’s whole again. Safe again. And more united than it ever was before.
We hope these patterns provide some comfort. Please stay safe and healthy.
All our best,
Editors of I Like Knitting