Special Olympics Scarf and a Free Pattern

Barely 16 in., but it seems like a good idea then to post the pattern for the Shriver Scarf, my contribution to this year’s collection of Special Olympics pattern.  Named after Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who helped nationalize the Special Olympics, Shriver knitted in Red Heart Turqua and Blue, features garter stitch flanking either sides of two-toned, left-leaning cables.  This pattern can be easily transformed by using other plain colored yarns or even knitted in just a single color.

The photos below show the wrong side of the scarf where the yarn are woven in while being worked so that the strands do not “float.”  Pattern follows next.

Shriver Scarf (Click on link for PDF copy of pattern)


Intermediate to Advance


YARN  Red Heart Super Saver Worsted, Color A in Blue, about 136 yd. (124 m) and Color B in Turqua, about 136 yd. (124 m).


17 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch on US 8.


US 8 (5 mm).


Row counter, cable needle, tapestry needle.


6 inches x 58 inches (15 cm x 147 cm).


“Knit 2 rows” means: K14 in B, K14 in A; then K14 in A, k14 in B in the next row.  Be sure to twist yarns when changing colors.  When working on rows 9 to 19, weave in yarns on the WS as you knit, so no strands or floats appear.


CO 14 sts of A and 14 sts of B.  K 2 rows then beg pattern:

Row 1 (RS): K14 in B, k14 in A.

Row 2: K10 in A, p4 in A, p4 in B, k10 in B.

Rows 3 to 8: Rep rows 1 and 2 alternately.

Row 9: K10 in B, 8-st LC-b, K10 in A.

Row 10: K10 in A, p4 in B, p4 in A, K10 in B.

Row 11: K10 in B, k4 in A, k4 in B, k10 in A.

Row 12: Rep row 10.

Rows 13 to 18: Rep rows 11 to 12 alternately.

Row 19: K10 in B, 8-st LC-a, k10 in A.

Row 20. Rep row 2.

Rep rows 3 to 20 until 58″ in length, ending in row 18.  Knit 2 rows.  BO, break yarn and weave ends in.


st(s): stitch(es)

beg: begin

rep: repeat

8-st LC-a: hold 4 st in A on cn in front of work, k4 in B fr L-hand needle, then k sts on cn.

8-st LC-b: hold 4 st in B on cn in front of work, k4 in A fr L-hand needle, then k sts on cn.

cn: cable needle

©2011 Mylyne De Jesus/Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  All rights reserved.

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  1. #1 by Cityplay on January 17, 2011 - 5:20 am

    GREAT scarf pattern that beautifully displays the “unity” of the team’s colors. BRAVO!

    • #2 by Mylynedj on January 17, 2011 - 5:28 am

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment. It’s easy to memorize the pattern and a quick knit at that.

  2. #3 by Knitting on October 22, 2011 - 2:09 am

    Very interesting your article and many thanks for Shriver Scarf

  3. #4 by shegardensonna on October 13, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    A video detailing this would be great and no trouble at all to post on Youtube. People are intimidated by cables, especially bicolor.

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