I love your Burgundy Prayer Shawl. Can you send me the link to the pattern? I went to KnittingGeek.com and I found several basic patterns…Simplest Shawl In Garter Stitch and Simplest Shawl In Stockinette Stitch but, the person who posted these doesn’t remember the needle size. Could you tell me what needle size and how much yarn you used for your shawl? Also, what yarn?
Thanks so much,
Your shawl looks great! My church knit and crochet ministry made shawls for some of the senior women in the church and it turned out to be the most rewarding experience when we finally finished and handed them the shawls!
redheadrachel: A prayer shawl is usually made for someone who’s going through a rough time. Generally the maker of the shawl prays for the recipient while making it and/or when the object is finished. It’s sort of a tangible way for the recipient to feel wrapped in other people’s prayers.
I do not have a prayer shawl ministry at my church, but I have made two now. I’m planning to make 5 more. I had trouble with the Homespun on the first one, but I was either used to it or got a better batch or something with the second and it was better. I love the colors and how soft it is, and it’s fairly inexpensive and readily available. The only problem is that it seems harder on my arms and hands to work with than the thinner yarn I’m used to! I am making them for the ladies on my Christmas list. I am toying with the idea of getting a ministry going, but I don’t know how many would be interested in it.
I hate that pattern too. It just seems so frustrating, because you tend to forget which stitch you should be doing from row to row. You want to avoid doing ribbing, so just knit the purls, and purl the knits. Hopefully, that makes sense to you.
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 6 + 3, so you could decrease the amount of stitches if you don’t want it as wide as they recommend.
You could cast on 39 stitches for a narrow shawl, or 45 stitches, or 51 stitches.
Good to hear so many hate homespun. I tried making something with that about a year ago, and despised it. I thought it was ME, but, from ya’ll’s posts, I see it wasn’t .
That’s the most agggravating yarn I’ve worked with so far.
Any other yarns to avoid?
I was looking at your patterns, and
that preemie pair of booties was unbelievable! The Christmas hat was sooo cute!
Knitting seems to be something I should be able to do, knitting a prayer shawl is something I WANT to do… I just feel so ignorant - I took a class and learned how to knit different purls, stockingnette, stitches - but I surely have missed something in the brain!!
I’m sure I’d do better if I could sit next to someone!! I can cast on, but from moving from knit to Purl - it just seems wrong, and after knitting a few rows, it doesnt look right - it looks like I have a hole in the shawl - I even switched to basic yarn to see if that would help me “see” the work better!
RIght now I’m sticking to basic scarves, but after knitting 4 scarves this month, I think I’m up to the challenge of a prayer shawl!! I have a friend that truly needs to be wrapped in prayer! I know our church will send one to her, so I would like to contribute to the ministry!!