Autism Awareness Scarf by Issa Garrison
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Autism Awareness Scarf

August 2008
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
3.75 mm (F)
1190 - 1250 yards (1088 - 1143 m)
One Size
This pattern is available for free.

It’s about time something like this was created, isn’t it? I’ve seen scarves designed to resemble breast cancer awareness ribbons and HIV/AIDS awareness ribbons, but until now, I’d never seen anything quite like this.

The current rate of occurrence for autism spectrum disorder is 1 in 150 births. Two of my brothers---Brandon, 18, and Chase, 7--were diagnosed when they were 3 and 2, respectively. When Brandon was originally diagnosed, the prevalence was 1 in 10,000. With Chase, it was 1 in 500. Now, in four years’ time, it’s dropped again by nearly 80%.

Make this for the special someone affected by autism in your life: at this point, we’ve all got one, don’t we?

Note: It’s almost impossible to estimate yardage for this project, since so much of the total yarn expended is taken up in tying off ends for the color changes. The less yarn you need to secure your color shifts, the less yardage you’ll run through (obviously). I tend to use about two inches, to tie things off, which places my yardage at the high end of the scale: If you can get by with less, more power to you. Remember that the yarn ends from the intarsia will, ultimately, be folded inside the scarf, so there is no need to leave ends long enough to weave in.