Prayer/Healing shawl

clneeley's picture

My first charity project was a prayer/healing shawl for my church. Instead of using the k3p3, I just used a simple garter stitch. The only requirement was that I use Lion Brand Yarn Homespun (not a fan) and the garter stitch seemed to look a bit better that the k3p3 pattern. I've since made another and will start on yet another in the coming weeks.

I had the unfortunate experience of seeing the last shawl I made given to a lady in my church who had been recently diagnosed with breast ca. On a good note, her prognosis is very good.

Casey

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michaelpthompson's picture

I'm sure Martin Luther would

I'm sure Martin Luther would certainly have been a natural fiber man, but remember, many Lutherans today are cheapskate Minnesotans who love to buy Red Heart acrylic from KMart at $2 a skein.

I almost forgot, I've also

I almost forgot, I've also used a K3 P1 for every row. It has a nice effect. You can also do a k2, k1tbl, p1 as well.

michaelpthompson's picture

I'm doing one that uses K3

I'm doing one that uses K3 into the same stitch, then P3tog. Makes some nice nodes, or whatever you'd call them.

I've made a few prayer shawls

I've made a few prayer shawls and I did make one out of Lion Brand. While not may favorite it did come out nicely. I knitted it as a triangle. I had cast on 3 stitches.

I have also used Encore in a light weight and a dk weight as well. Most of the prayer shawls I've made have been shipped to Colorado.

However I prefer to use natural fibers that actually breathe. There are some wonderful natural fibers that have a nicer drape to them.

To me, the process of the prayer shawl is the intent of the heart and the prayers that are said by the person making that shawl. Use what you have and dont be afraid to experiment with different fibers to see what you come up with. In the end it doesn't really matter.

Of course Lion Brand wants you to use their product because they are the ones that were approached by the ladies that started the whole prayer shawl "movement." So of course they want you to use only their product.

Do your own thing and have fun.

Actually, acrylic fiber can

Actually, acrylic fiber can be used to divert alien death rays.

Bill's picture

I hope Crafty Andy sees

I hope Crafty Andy sees that!!!

clneeley's picture

Ha! Learn something new every

Ha! Learn something new every day.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice knitting, Casey. I

Very nice knitting, Casey. I agree that the 3 x 3 pattern used for the shawls isn't practical with 'Homespun'. The texture doesn't show up and the other Shawl Ministry knitters keep saying they lose their place. Keep up the nice work.

clneeley's picture

Thanks, Joe. I'm going to

Thanks, Joe. I'm going to start another shawl in a few weeks and will probably try a little sometime different this time around.

michaelpthompson's picture

Have you thought about trying

Have you thought about trying that Half Herringbone Faggot stitch Casey? It's built on a base of three like your K3P3 ribbing, so it maintains the Trinity motif that's popular in prayer shawls, and it knits up really loose and airy. Not too heavy at all. The stitch pattern is K1-YO-K2tog. When I did it with US17 needles I used 36 stitches. You could make it tighter by increasing the stitch count and using smaller needles if you want.

clneeley's picture

Thanks, Michael! I'm going to

Thanks, Michael! I'm going to add that to the list.

akkamaddi's picture

Oh, to be a fly on the wall

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when he tells the nice little old Church lady.... ;-)

You can also call it a "half-herringbone stitch" if you don't know CPR, but the faggoting stitches are the basic yarn-over + decrease combinations that are basic lace making. (The purse and Turkish stitch I mentioned are faggoting stitches.)

I would just make a small suggestion if you use smaller needles. Add a an extra stitch at the beginning and end for a chain selvedge, or just start and end with a knit. On smaller needles, the edge of knits over k2tog's looks a bit lumpy. (Try it on a swatch. You might like it.) Adding a knit on each edge (a garter selvedge) makes the edges a bit more even. On larger needles, though, like what Michael used, you really don't notice the difference. (I used a size 10.)

clneeley's picture

I'll give that a try as well.

I'll give that a try as well. Thanks for all the suggestions!

akkamaddi's picture

I just recently saw a small

I just recently saw a small book of beautiful prayer wraps at JoAnn's. I really like this practice.

It looks very nice. My only concern is that it may be heavy and warm, but please understand I view things as a native Floridian. If I was visiting your congregation during winter, I'd probably want a "prayer electric blanket".

The 3x3 ribbing doesn't scrunch much, and looks more like stripes. With the variegated yarn you used, I can see why it wouldn't show up well. I think you made a good choice going to garter.

Peace

clneeley's picture

I'm not a big fan of the

I'm not a big fan of the thickness of the yarn myself and don't get me started on the heat! I'm going to research some better fibers before my next shawl. Something light and airy for us heat intolerant folks.

It's more of a pattern where you start off with a k3p3 but on the next row you would knit the purls and purl the knits. Still, garter is much better with that type of yarn.

Pax max

MMario's picture

The only thing I would

The only thing I would suggest is stay with a superwash if you go wool or wool blends.

One of the reasons many shawl ministries specify the Lion Brand is the ease of cleaning.

akkamaddi's picture

The [K3,P3] you are

The [K3,P3] you are describing is a 3x3 rib. I once started a hat brim using that, but then went to 2x2 rib because it was much scrunchier. When a stockingette switches sides on a piece of fabric, the yarn between columns of stitches (where the transition happens) is pulled perpendicular to the fabric. On a 3x3 rib, they are spread out and the total lies fairly flat. If you move them together on a 2x2 rib, it pulls the yarn together.

Also, there are some very basic lace stitches that would look good and open up dense yarn. The purse stitch is a simple [yo, p2tog] across an even number of stitches. You will need some selvedge since you don't want to start with a yo, but it makes something that stretches and opens up. I did a wrap for my mom (here: http://www.menwhoknit.com/community/?q=node/12147 ), in Turkish stitch, which is the knit version of the purse stitch. (I would recommend purse, hundreds of p2tog's are a bit easier on the wrists.) You can also get a nice effect from mixing a row of [yo, k2tog] (start and end with a couple knits) every 4th or 6th row of a garter stitch.

clneeley's picture

Thanks for the suggestions!

Thanks for the suggestions! It looks great and I think I will try that out.

akkamaddi's picture

This is the purl version of

This is the purl version of what I did:

Cast on a lot of stitches, making sure it's an even number.

Every row is: slip purl-wise, move the yarn *between* the needles to the front^^, purl [yo, p2tog] to end of row.

^^The easiest way to do this is drape the working yarn over the "full" needle in your left hand. Take the right needle, slip the stitch, then pull the yarn between the needles. Doing it this way I dropped the needles and/or stitch much, much less.

That creates and interesting selvedge, and will scale to any even number of stitches. Very simple purse stitch.

scottly's picture

Very nice but why are they

Very nice but why are they insisting that you use acrylic - everyone knows that God can only be channeled through natural fibers. ;-)

clneeley's picture

Amen! Being Lutheran, I

Amen! Being Lutheran, I believe I'm going to go all Martin Luther on the prayer shawl folks and start a fiber reformation or get excommunicated trying. Knit boldly! :o)

scottly's picture

Gosh, I grew up Lutheran and

Gosh, I grew up Lutheran and they do need a fiber reformation - polyester shouldn't be a way of life for any religion! That's probably why I became a pagan. Yes, do something in merino and watch those ladies really find God.

BrentGC's picture

LOL! Hey hey hey...don't be

LOL! Hey hey hey...don't be knocking the Lutherans. I became an ELCA Lutheran a couple of years ago after suffering through way too many years of Southern Baptist life.

I just hope none of you are one of those Missouri Synod Lutherans. ;-)

Brent

clneeley's picture

LOL. I'm a reformed Missouri

LOL. I'm a reformed Missouri Synod Lutheran. I've been attending an ELCA church for a few years now and finally made the move over to the ELCA earlier this year. Much more happy in the ELCA and happy with the changes of the church over the past two or three years.

scottly's picture

Yes, I grew up at ground 0 of

Yes, I grew up at ground 0 of the Mo Synod just 40 mi or so from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I was accross the river in IL but still too close. My impression of organized religion was shaped by Seminex (if you all are old enough to remember that) and it's fall out. I've never seen so many "Godly" people go after each other's jugular with such gusto. It wasn't pretty. I think the ELCA came about because of it. I have to say though, because of my LCMS catechism I have the most comprehensive Bible knowledge of anyone I know and it's amazing how helpful that can be. Gees, have I hijacked your post? Sorry. I wonder what the LCMS' official stand on men who knit is. I'm postive there is a doctrine of some kind. lol

clneeley's picture

Seminex was a little before

Seminex was a little before my time. From what I have read, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) came about as a result of Seminex. The ELCA was formed in 88 after the AELC merged with several smaller Scandinavian Lutheran bodies. Ah, Lutheran fussing and fighting and splitting up and making up though an ELCA/LCMS never come together (and neither will the WELC).

scottly's picture

Very nice but why are they

Very nice but why are they insisting that you use acrylic - everyone knows that God can only be channeled through natural fibers. ;-)

MMario's picture

Ease of care. But the newer

Ease of care. But the newer superwash wools are just as easy to care for.

scottly's picture

Very nice but why are they

Very nice but why are they insisting that you use acrylic - everyone knows that God can only be channeled through natural fibers. ;-)

scottly's picture

Very nice but why are they

Very nice but why are they insisting that you use acrylic - everyone knows that God can only be channeled through natural fibers. ;-)

Tallguy's picture

hahahaha --- Scottly, I think

hahahaha --- Scottly, I think there was subconscious reasoning there in your comment(s). I whole heartedly agree. But I've been a "yarn snob" since way back and I don't apologize for it. I'm glad to see that a few other guys here finally "get it". After all, if you are making a prayer shawl for comfort, the last thing you need is acrylic! There are so many great animal fibres that would provide all the comfort you can muster. I do agree that working it in a lace pattern would make it not so hot, and lighter, and uses less yarn, so therefore the cost would not be great. Besides, they last so much longer!!

scottly's picture

Sorry, I didn't mean to

Sorry, I didn't mean to comment in triplicate.