Friday, August 7, 2009

Cheryl's Prayer Shawl

Super simple garter stitch makes this prayer shawl a fast, easy knit that’s perfect when the need arises. Large-sized needles and skinny yarn give a fabulous drape when worn. The yarn used in the picture is crimped sportweight with lots of slubs, which makes it very huggable. It’s also a machine-washable and dryable wool blend, to make life easier for the recipient.

The free pattern includes some thoughts on the blessing of a prayer shawl, as well as text for an enclosure card to go with it. Cheryl passed away in 2009, and this pattern now serves as a tribute to her. She used the shawl for about 10 months during her illness.

US 10 /  6.0 mm long or circular needles

approx. 1200 yds / 1100 meters lightweight yarn, such as sport, DK, or mohair

A note about the yarn: The photo shows "Cindy" yarn by Bouquet.  It’s discontinued (8 skeins were used for a 5.5-foot shawl), and I would recommend looking for a crimped, slubby sportweight yarn if you want your shawl to look like the one in the photos. The pattern will work well with any yarn, since it’s a very basic design and stitch.

20 st x 16 rows = 2.5" x 2.5" / 6.5cm x 6.5cm (flat swatch) in K1P1 rib

Skill Level: easy

For a free .pdf of the pattern for Cheryl's Prayer Shawl, click here:

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You can find knitting tips for this pattern in the following posts:
Cast-Ons: Keeping Count
I Love Cable Cast-On
Swatch Wars

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