Saturday, December 26, 2009

In These Times...Perhaps a Prayer Shawl Could Be a Comfort

Not only are we living in hard times...the reccession, the war, unemployment, but now another attempt to destroy lives and the U.S. morale by a botched skyjacking.
What can we do for comfort and security as knitters and citizens of the world? How about knitting a Prayer Shawl for a loved one or someone in need?
The story of the Prayer Shawl is quite unique:
Throughout the ages, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance.
Since the inception of the Prayer Shawl Ministry in 1998, the members of this ecumenical organization have lovingly donated their time and talents by creating hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need.
What started as a grass-roots movement has quickly grown into an international cause, with countless numbers of shawls being given to grateful recipients around the globe.
The Ministry's message of caring is simple, universal and enduring. And we have seen time and again that the creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient.
Developed by Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo, co-founders of the shawl ministry, this shawl is made with the trinity stitch.

Average size approximately 24. x 60.

6 oz/185 yd skeins 3 skeins in color of your choice (or Knitted: 555 yards in the yarn of your choice.Crochet and larger shawls: 740 yards for longer shawls and 60+ stitches)
Your individual choices in yarn and needle/hook size will affect the finished size and thickness of the shawl, but there isn.t one .right. way. Because crochet uses more yarn than knit, a crochet shawl will be a bit smaller than a knit one made with the same number of yarn skeins. To make a larger one, start with a longer chain and use an additional skein.

Knit- Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) through 15 (10 mm) knitting needles
Crochet-Size N-13 (9 mm) or P-15 (10 mm) crochet hook

Knit Version
Cast on 63 stitches or any multiple of three, such as 54, 57, or 60.

First Row: k3, p3, to end*
Second Row: Always start the next row with the opposite stitch of what you see.
For instance, if the first stitch on the needle is a knit, then start with a purl.
It should NOT look like ribbing.

Crochet Version
Loosely chain about 43 stitches.
First row Half-double crochet in third chain from hook and in each chain across.
Repeated row Chain 2, turn. Half-double crochet in each half-double crochet across.
Both Versions
Work about 2 1/2 skeins in this pattern. Use the rest of the yarn for fringe, which can be
from 3. to 9. long. Knot the ends of the fringes to keep the yarn from frizzing.
16 sts = 4" (10 cm) on size G-6

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