27km-long scarf Guin­ness record bid

Daily News - - NEWS - BAR­BARA COLE

IF ENOUGH peo­ple get hooked on cro­chet­ing, a world record could be set at the Nel­son Man­dela Cap­ture site in How­ick this year.

That is when Guin­ness World Record of­fi­cials check out the mas­sive roll of scarves that have been cro­cheted by an army of ded­i­cated KnitWits across the coun­try – and if it reaches 27km, as hoped, it will be de­clared the long­est cro­cheted scarf in the globe.

Or­gan­ised by 67 Blankets, a Nel­son Man­dela Day-linked ini­tia­tive which aims to keep dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple warm in win­ter, the big scarf will be made up of many in­di­vid­ual and group con­tri­bu­tions sewn to­gether to clinch the record.

Af­ter the record at­tempt, the mon­ster scarf will be un­picked and the scarves re­turned to the var­i­ous prov­inces they came from, for dis­tri­bu­tion to the needy.

“Twenty-seven kilo­me­tres is an ex­tremely long scarf and we need as many hands on deck as pos­si­ble,” said Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets, which has been run­ning for five years.

Although not ev­ery knit­ter can cro­chet, KnitWits groups are stand­ing by to teach the skill, said spokesper­son Sneziwe Dube yes­ter­day.

The Guin­ness World Book cri­te­ria is that each scarf has to be 20cmx150cm to 200cm and the cro­chet hook size must not ex­ceed 6.5mm. Any­thing that does not fit these cri­te­ria will be al­lo­cated to an­other project, Se­cret Scarves SShhh.

The scarves must be com­pleted by July 6.

The big scarf event will un­fold at the cap­ture site at 10am on July 29.

Visit www.67blan­kets.co.za

The fin­ished cro­cheted scarves have been joined to­gether – and many more are in the pipe­line.

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