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« on: September 06, 2007 09:31:45 PM »

I am making a child's scarf and I am not sure what would be the appropriate size should be. any suggestions? They child is 10 years old I am also going to make one for a 13 year old length on that one too? Thank you so much for you help!!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007 10:12:55 PM »

Short enough to be easily worn *under* the coat.

Living in Canada, every year a couple of kids die of strangulation because of scarves, something I'm sure you'd like to avoid. Long scarves can get caught in car doors, on playground equipment, on bus seats or even just pulled by friends... with tragic consequences. "Between 1982 and 1999, there were 18 playground deaths in Canada. Seventeen of these were due to strangulation when skipping ropes, drawstrings or scarves got caught on playground equipment.
Source: Health Canada"

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/play-terraindejeu_e.html
http://www.sickkids.on.ca/SKCForParents/section.asp?s=Safety+Information+by+Topic&sID=10774&ss=Seasonal+Safety&ssID=11338

Have you considered a neckwarmer?

Jackie
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007 10:43:51 PM »

No I haven't considered a neckwarmer. I am making a Harry Potter scarves and I am not sure the children will be wearing it for warmth since they live in TX! More of costume!
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2007 10:57:38 PM »

if it's for looks, and I think the HP scarves were fairly long, go for 2/3 their height or slightly more.  That's typically what I do for regular adult scarves too, so I can't see how it would be different for kids... just make sure it's their height you're knitting to, not an adult.  I can remember swimming in extra-long scarves as a kid, which were the perfect size for my mother.

Jacklad's right, there's definitely a risk of injury with kids wearing scarves etc.  but I'd like to point out that 18 deaths in 17 years is pretty darn low given the number of children in Canada, and the number of other accidental child deaths not attributable to strangulation by scarves or drawstrings.  and one would hope that the kids you're making these for would know better than to put themselves at such a risk, or are being observed enough to know when such a risk is possible...
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2007 06:08:53 AM »

Jacklad's right, there's definitely a risk of injury with kids wearing scarves etc.  but I'd like to point out that 18 deaths in 17 years is pretty darn low given the number of children in Canada, and the number of other accidental child deaths not attributable to strangulation by scarves or drawstrings.  and one would hope that the kids you're making these for would know better than to put themselves at such a risk, or are being observed enough to know when such a risk is possible...

That's only playground deaths, a stat that was readily to hand. It doesn't account for vehicle strangulations or other general occurrences, unfortunately. It also doesn't count kids that end up brain damaged but live.   Cry

Having three kids, I can tell you that their risk assessment abilities are generally in the range of pretty damned low to nonexistent.  Grin That's particularly true when they aren't made aware of the risk. As a costume accessory, it shouldn't be a problem if the kids are supervised and if they are made aware of the dangers (particularly around car or bus doors, for example).

But for day to day wear, loose neckwarmers are much safer.

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2007 11:04:15 AM »

Well I am making scarves so I really need a good length for them! I have already started it and have about 36 inches so far! Any serious help would be appreciate!
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2007 11:49:19 AM »

I always think scarf lengths are tricky.  Some people like their scarves very, very long -- long enough to wrap around their neck a few times with a bunch still hanging down.  I usually like mine long enough to wrap around my neck once, but not stick out under a hip-length ski jacket.

Since they live in Texas, maybe just make them long enough to wrap around their necks once.  With my scarves, ones that are as long as I am tall are perfect to do this, but I'm an adult.

Lion's website says 48 inches (no fringe) on all of their child patterns that I looked at.  I think that would work for the 10 year old.  Add some inches for the teen.  Maybe make it as long as the teen is tall.

They won't care much about the length if they're getting Harry Potter scarves!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2007 11:51:17 AM »

Thank you that helps greatly! 48 inches sounds good to me!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2007 02:24:33 PM »

for any scarf, for anyone (unless it's a big, thick, cabled scarf), I try to make the length equal to the wearer's height.  for really bulky scarves (irish hiking scarf and moreso), I go even longer, maybe height + 6" and more fringe.  (the bulkieness makes a longer length necessary, I think.)
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2007 02:32:00 PM »

That is what I was thinking maybe their height so then it would only be half down when they wear it! Thanks for the help!
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