Friday, May 17, 2013

Crocheted Healing Shawl

There have been several funerals in our calendar this month, so I thought I would do something for those loved ones who are grieving. Hopefully, it will give them just a little comfort during this time. I've heard of the Prayer Shawl Ministry before, but I never put anything into action.
 The idea behind the shawl is to create a "hug" with the length of the shawl. With the traditional prayer shawl, there are prayers that can be said before, during, and after the creation of the shawl with the idea that those prayers are weaved in with the yarn and transferred to the recipient. It's really quite beautiful. For those who aren't religious, or if you are unfamiliar with the recipients belief, you can create a healing shawl. There are tons of poems that you can include with it - or write your own.  I found lots of patterns with fringe, but I wanted something different and classier. 
Fringe can unravel over time and I wanted to make this give last a long time. I think the edging added a touch of sophistication to the shawl.For this particular one, I had a bunch of left over yarn from an afghan project that turned sour - not the yarn - just the project. I have another shawl to make, but I think I will use a  bulkier yarn. Maybe Red Heart Super Saver Chunky or Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky yarn. This is also a good project that you can work on a little at a time.  I plan to make a few to keep on hand for future giving, as these events usually do not allow for planning ahead.
Favorite Little Princess Healing Shawl
Yarn: approximately 740 yards or 14 ounces - I Used Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo
Hook: N

Chain 60 stitches or desired width of shawl.
Chain 1, turn, single crochet in each of the stitches to end. Chain 3 and turn. (59 stitches)
Double crochet in top of each single crochet.  Repeat this row 2 more times.
Chain 1 and do 1 row of single crochet to end. Chain 3 and turn.
Do 3 rows of double crochet.  Repeat pattern to end (1 row single, 3 rows double)
Make as long as needed to where you can hold each end with your arms stretched out (fingertip to fingertip)
End with 1 row of single. Do not fasten off.

Row 1 - Chain 1, turn, sc in next sc, *chain 3, skip 1 sc,  sc, chain 3, skip 1 sc, sc, chain 3, skip 1 sc, sc, chain 5, skip 3 sc, sc* repeat across ending with sc

Row 2 - Chain 1, turn, sc in ch3 space, *chain 3, sc in ch3 space, chain 3, sc in ch3 space, in ch5 space 5 dc, chain 2, 5 dc, sc in ch3 space*, repeat across to end 

Row 3 - Chain 1, turn, *sc in ch3 space, chain 3, sc in ch3 space, chain 4, in ch2 space 3 dc, chain 2, 3 dc, chain 4*, repeat across to end

Row 4 - Chain 1, turn, *sc in ch3 space, 5 dc in ch4 space, picot (ch3 and slip st in first ch), in ch2 space 3dc, picot, 3dc, picot, 5 dc in ch4 space*, repeat across to end. 

Row 5 -
Finish off and repeat edging on opposite end of shawl.

~Be sure to wash and dry before giving.~ 
If you use a fabric softener, your gift will have a comforting scent as well as be super soft and cuddly.
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