Make It Pink: Breast Cancer Prayer Shawlcomments (14) October 8th, 2008
In this excerpt from The Prayer Shawl Companion by Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo, Wren Ross offers two versions of a design she calls a “heart warmer”—a shrug-like garment that is particularly comforting for women who have undergone a mastectomy. The Seed Stitch used in this pattern allows the knitter to meditate on each stitch as a seed of hope, which takes time, persistence, and love to grow.
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*SEEDS OF INTENTION HEART WARMER*
Small, Medium, Large
13-1⁄3 (13-3/4, 14-1⁄3) in. long by 42 (45, 48) in. wide
Approx. 175 yd. super-bulky yarn
Shawl shown in Rowan Big Wool Fusion (100% merino wool, 87 yd./3.5 oz.), 2 skeins #003 Cyclamen
Size 17 straight or circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Button, approx. 1 in.
8 sts and 14 rows = 4 in. worked in Seed Stitch
CO 9 sts.
Rows 1–4: Knit.
Rows 5–6: Kf&b, k2, work Seed Stitch (k1, p1 across) until last 3 sts, k2, kf&b.
Repeat Rows 5–6, continuing to kf&b in the first and last st of each row, and maintaining Seed Stitch by knitting the purl sts and purling the knit sts as they face you, until you have 87 (93, 99) sts or piece measures 13 (13-1⁄3, 14) in. from CO.
Repeat Rows 1–4. BO loosely.
Tack left front over right front to form V-neck. Sew button to center, below the V.
*GARTER STITCH HEART WARMER*
One size fits most. To make it smaller, work fewer rows. To make it larger, work more rows.
13 in long by 48 in wide.
Approx 135 yd super bulky yarn
Shawl shown in Rowan Biggy Print (100% merino wool, 33 yd/3.5 oz), 4 skeins #261 Pool Party
Size 19 straight or circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Button, approx. 1 in
5 1⁄2 sts and 7 rows = 4 in worked in Garter Stitch
CO 16 sts.
Row 1: Kf&b, knit to last st, kf&b.
Repeat Row 1 for 37 times, until you have 90 sts or piece measures 12 in from CO or desired length.
Tack left front over right front to form V neck. Sew button to center of V.
Hear more about prayer shawls from the authors in this video introduction.
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