Protection from the cold

A graph / scarf documenting a year’s worth of Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the UK, 2021 to 2022

On January 1st 2021, I cast on 100 stitches to express the whole population, with an additional 3 for the bottom axis. It’s knitted in moss stitch. Red column indicates 3rd national lockdown in England in first week of Jan 2021. Green columns show key points in route out of lockdown (ie schools re-opening).


Population size taken from last ONS estimate, and 1st, 2nd and booster dose rate taken from .Gov dashboard.

Stitches representing the 1st dose are yellow, second dose blue, booster dose in pink. Weekly data available for the first two weeks of Jan, it then became available daily. Breaks between weeks shown as darker grey columns.

Protection from the cold - A hand-knitted graph / scarf documenting the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.

Stitches are a round number, so the percentages have been rounded, i.e 0.3 becomes 0, 0.8 becomes 1. With thanks to Abbas Panjwani at Full Fact for stats help. Spreadsheet / pattern on Ravelry.

I found a it a meditative process and good to focus on something positive during the pandemic, baby steps as they were. Looking at it now, as a complete work, and over 8 feet long, it feels quite overwhelming.

Cast off January 1st 2022.