If you would like to contribute a scarf, please do. We would be honored to receive them. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to make and send a scarf. Whether scarves are done by survivors, or friends and family members of survivors, it does not matter. Scarves can also be made in honor of friends who were raped or family members who suffered sexual abuse.
Everyone remains anonymous. Those who knit the scarves never meet the specific people who receive their scarves. That is all handled through the local rape crisis center. Most hospitals now contact victim advocates when sexual violence victims come into the emergency room, and it is through this staff that the scarves will be presented to the victims. Each scarf will have a small card attached to it that explains the idea behind Threads of Compassion and information on how to contact their local crisis center if they need further help or support.
The scarves do not have to be any specific size or color, but we do ask that you try to make them at least 5 inches wide and around 65 inches long. The yarn used should be as soft as possible, so that the scarf can be held close without feeling rough to the skin.
There are numerous scarf patterns that are very easy to knit or crochet, and can be made by any beginner. To the left is a list of links to various web sites that offer free scarf patterns, and a one site that offer instructions on how to knit with free online knitting videos.
After you have made your scarf you can mail it to us or the chapter of your choice. Please send scarves to:
Threads of Compassion
920 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Another option is for you to set up your own chapter of Threads of Compassion. Simply contact your local rape crisis center and see if they would be willing to be involved in handing out your scarves. The only request we have is that you let us know if you are able to do this, so that way we can refer others in your area to your group. For more information, see our Start a Chapter page.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to email us at: knit for women @ gmail