It’s time for another Super Scarf for the volunteers of the Indianapolis 2012 Super Bowl. Today’s scarf is in honor of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is awarded to the winning team of the Super Bowl football game. The trophy is currently held by the New Orleans Saints.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy depicts a football in kicking position atop a base. The regulation size football and its base are made from sterling silver. The NFL shield is affixed to the base of the trophy. The trophy is named after Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, to commemorate the Packers’ victories in the first two Super Bowls. The trophy has been awarded since 1967, however was not named after Coach Lombardi until 1970.
To see an image of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, click the link. It’s at the top of the page. The view is from a slight angle, which shows the depth of the base and the kicking position of the football. If you mentally rotate the image to a front view, it becomes a rather linear image and that’s what I was going for with my “Lombardi” Super Scarf.
It’s tough to show the canted football on a scarf that is largely two-dimensional, but it’s still supposed to be a scarf after all.
The scarf was knit from the wide end at the bottom of the base to the narrow end at the top of the base. Since the slope of the trophy base had to be spread out over such a long length dimension and would have been less apparent using the width dimension parameters set by the Indianapolis Host Committee, I broke the rules!!! Mea culpa. I started with a width of one inch greater than their parameters and decreased to a width of one inch less than their parameters. To redeem myself, perhaps they will consider that I had to pass through their dimensions to achieve the desired appearance of the scarf.
The narrow top of the trophy base is balanced by the football, which nearly matches the width of the scarf at the bottom of the base. This provides an overall balanced look to the length and width of the scarf. The fringe is extra, of course.
I knit a shield that closely resembles the NFL shield on the Vince Lombardi Trophy. I placed it close to the end opposite the football. Placing it on the scarf where it would be on the actual trophy, would make the scarf bulky at the neck. I left the shield blank and I knit it wide enough to accommodate the official 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl patch that is being sewn onto each Super Scarf.
I attached the shield with white thread and then embroidered the official blue yarn color around the perimeter to set off the shield from its white background and to balance the color of the football stitching at the opposite end of the scarf. The embroidery does not show through to the back of the scarf. That fact, combined with the stitching I used, makes the scarf somewhat reversible, minus the color, which is visible from one side only.
The entire scarf is knit in the garter stitch because it afforded ease in the stitch decreases. The shield is knit in the stockinette stitch to provide a flatter surface to which the official patch can be sewn.
To the victorious team goes the Vince Lombardi Trophy. To one volunteer goes the Lombardi Super Scarf. That’s fair, eh?