Monday, January 4, 2010

Triangle Prayer Shawl Pattern

When we hear that a friend or family member has fallen ill or on difficult times, how we wish we could take it all away from them! But we can only support them by, perhaps, meeting their physical needs - such as cooking dinner for them, or doing their laundry, or driving them to their chemo-therapy or meeting emotional and spiritual needs by holding their hand and praying for them and with them. We knitters have the power to do both by the work of our hands - knitting a prayer shawl - warmth for the shoulders, a hug and prayers for the spirit. Here's a simple pattern for a triangular shape shawl. You will need 600 to 800 yards of worsted weight yarn, however.....this is very adaptable to whatever yarn you may have to use. Use the size needle to go with your yarn choice.

Cast on 5 stitches
Knit 2 rows, mark this side as the Right Side, mark the center stitch.
All following rows: Knit 1, yarn over, knit to the center stitch, yarn over, knit the center stitch and all remaing stitches. You must complete a Right Side row and a Wrong Side row to have symmetrical increases.

Work in the above way until you have used up all of your yarn, saving enough yards to bind off. (I shall leave it to you to develope your own variations on this theme.)

Now, say a prayer, write an encouraging note on a lovely card, wrap it up and give to the one (man or woman) who needs it.

Tonight's Bible Verse:
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

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