Charity Knits

Published on January 9th, 2017 | by Eric


Share a scarfie, save a life!

Every ten seconds someone in the UK suffers a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, often triggered by breathing in cold air. LoveKnitting has teamed up with Asthma UK to help spread awareness and hopefully save lives in the process. You can help stop asthma attacks simply by sharing a #Scarfie (a selfie with a scarf).



1 in 11 people in the UK have asthma, and during the colder months hospital admissions for asthma increase, with as many as three quarters of people with asthma saying that cold air triggers their symptoms. This can be prevented by wrapping a scarf loosely over the nose and mouth to warm up the air before breathing it in. That’s why Asthma UK has launched #Scarfie — to encourage people to share their scarf selfies, spread the word about this simple health tip, and ultimately to highlight how serious asthma can be.

If you’d like to knit a scarf especially for your #Scarfie, Pippa from Asthma UK has provided this lovely free pattern for you to follow:


• 2x 100g chunky yarn A (purple)
• 1x 100g chunky yarn B (white)
• 1x 100g chunky yarn C (green)
• 6mm knitting needles
• Crochet hook (for finishing and tassels)


1) Cast on 20 sts of yarn A
2) Knit 60 rows of yarn A
3) Knit 10 rows of yarn B
4) Knit 20 rows of yarn C
5) Knit 10 rows of yarn B
6) Repeat the above 4 times
7) Knit a further 60 rows of yarn A
8) Cast off knitwise
9) Weave in loose ends
10) Add tassels (1 strand B & 1 strand C, approx. 12cm or as long as you like!) onto each of the 20 stitches at both ends.


1) Prepare your yarns

Getting ready to knit. Here are the yarns I used to make the scarfie. I only needed two purples in the end, so now I have enough for a matching hat…

2) First stripe going in

I used circular needles to knit this as I just find them easier than straight ones – there’s more room to move and less chance of pulling it off the needles by accident. To switch yarn colours, just cut the yarn you’ve been using so you have a loose end, tie the new colour one onto it so you have two loose ends, and then continue knitting in the second colour.

3) An emerging pattern

This is the first set of stripes done – white, green, and white again, so you can see the pattern. I could have done just a purple scarf but the stripes make it stand out. You can see all the loose ends from all the colour switches – these get woven in at the end so don’t worry about them for now.

4) Using the garter stitch

The scarf is halfway there at this point, with two sets of stripes in. Because I was doing stripes and wanted to knit the scarf fairly quickly, I just used a plain garter stitch – just doing knit stitches the whole way, rather than adding purls or cabling. Circular needles make it easy to position the knitting for photos, a great bonus for those of us who like to post knitting on our Instagram accounts.

5) The finished scarf

I’ve woven in the loose ends at this point – just weaving them through a matching colour row at the back of the scarf and trimming them down when they’re secured (the back’s where you get the dotted lines at the beginning and end of each stripe). Now I’m adding the tassels – holding one each of a white and green strand, fold them in in half and pull a loop through the bottom stitch using the crochet hook. Then pull the loose ends through the loop and tighten.


I chose the tassel colours to match the Asthma UK ‘knot’ on our logo – it even looks like the knot when you make them.

Here’s the finished scarf laid out on the floor, tassels and all. You can see the front and back of the scarf – the back has the ‘dotted lines’ I’ve mentioned earlier. If you look really closely you might be able to see where all the loose ends have been weaved in.


Sharing a #Scarfie is a fun and easy way to show your support, so why not get your friends, family, coworkers, and fellow knitters involved in the action too? With every #Scarfie shared, you could help to save the life of someone with asthma.

For more tips to stay well during the winter click here:



About the Author

is a photographer, copywriter, rock climber, skier, traveler, and aspiring knitter. His work has been been published in many international newspapers, magazines, websites, books and even a billboard in Brooklyn. Crochet is the best.

Last updated: January 9th, 2017.

2 Responses to Share a scarfie, save a life!

  1. Liz Barningham says:

    What a great idea! I am ALWAYS knitting so now I will knit a scarf!

  2. MrsB says:

    Love the colors. This would be a good beginning knitter project, and the choice of yarns, embellishments and colors are endless.

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