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OK – I finally got an official response from Guinness.

The good news:

There IS a record for the world’s longest hand knit scarf.

RECORD 

The current record (current as at the date of this letter) is: 
The longest scarf knitted by a team measures 54.29 km (33.74 miles). It was knitted by the volunteers, friends and supporters of Ty Hafan – The Children’s Hospice in Wales. Work started in May 2002 and the scarf was measured at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK on 23 June 2005. 

The bad news:

The requirements and parameters for breaking the record are very specific, and as follows:

GUIDELINES FOR ‘LONGEST KNITTED SCARF – TEAM’

1. Needles must be 4 mm (No. 8 UK). Casting must be done in the conventional way using two needles.

2. Garter stitch must be used as this record is attempted by both beginners and accomplished knitters. (Scarves in rib stitch may be considered, but the number of stitches per row would need to be adjusted accordingly.)

3. Number of stitches per row – 66 (in garter stitch).

4. Width – 30.5 cm 12 in.

5. The knitted lengths must be firmly sewn together with wool using overstitching to complete the scarf. The scarf must not be stretched while measurements are being taken.

Problems with this:

1) I already have close to 100 feet of scarf which does not necessarily meet these requirements. Hence, officially breaking the Guinness Record would require starting all over again, and losing the wonderful momentum we are gaining daily (not to mention disappointing all the hard working contributors and supporters who have already sent contributions, or have them in progress.)

2) I hesitate to limit the requirements so much…personally I prefer the simple 5″ inch wide requirement – leaves the whole process much more inclusive and open to creativity.

So…as new friend, yarn therapist Leila Cook said to me: “Who needs Guinness when you have knitters?” (By the way, as long as you’re here, go check out Leila’s awesome blog, Peaceful Knits.)

I hope this does not slow us down, but I am content to try to break the length record unofficially…purely for the process, for the building of community, for the promotion of the art of knitting, and for the glory of being able to say “we did it!”, and then to know that all of those lovely scarves will go to help people in need.

So now, anyway, I have an actual length to strive for: Project Scarf must grow to more than 33.74 miles!  Holy cow, we’re going to need a huge team of people to lay it out and measure it when the time comes!

If anyone can do it, it’s knitters.


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