Knit Together, a Prayer Shawl Ministry
Dear F/friends, I hope the New Year has gotten off to a great start for you, so far. This year, we plan to have Knit Together’s monthly, on the 4th Saturday of the month (except for Nov, which will be the 3rd Saturday, and December, when we won’t have an event). Ann White will host the first gathering in her home. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
Here are the patterns to the prayer shawls. Some of you asked for these a long time ago, and I apologize for not having gotten them to you before now. Some asked for photos and I’ve tried to make them accessible to folks who are not yet registered on Ravelry.com (a great site for finding patterns, inspiration and support) as well.
I’ve knitted most of my shawls using Lion Brand Homespun yarn, because of it’s soft and cozy feel, but sometimes folks find it challenging to work with. Not a problem. Use whatever type of yarn you like best and feel free to use left-over bits to create interesting color variations too! The point is to knit (or crochet) shawls and to have FUN doing it! Just try to keep the colors bright.
For those who unfamiliar with the prayer shawl ministry, the recipients are women who are “graduating” from the Garrett House Correctional Facility in Camden and who will be soon transitioning back into community. The idea behind the shawl is to pray for the recipient while you’re making it (or after having completed it), as the finished shawl acts as a tangible reminder of God’s love, plus the support and prayers going with them as they face tough days ahead.
There are always a number of women graduating, so it’s never too soon or too late to join the project. Please feel free to invite others who may be interested in participating as well.
Give me a call (856-482-2175) if you have any questions.
Happy knitting! 🙂
ORIGINAL PRAYER SHAWL PATTERN [knit and/or crochet online versions]
Here are the instructions that were passed to me:
Use size 10 or 10-1/2 needles
Many folks use Lion brand Homespun yarn but any 4 ply yarn is acceptable.
Cast on 53 stitches
slip the first stitch of every row. Knit 3 stitches, purl 3 stitches across row ending with knit 4.
Try to make my shawls 60 inches long (approx.) then add a 3″ fringe on each end.
However, any pattern is acceptable. Just try to keep them near the same dimensions so the recipients receive similarly shaped shawls. The women appreciate brighter colors.