Make It Pink: Breast Cancer Prayer Shawl

comments (14) October 8th, 2008     

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For every pink prayer shawl uploaded to the Make It Pink gallery in October, Taunton Books will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!
The Garter Stitch is another option for the Heart Warmer pattern. Dont forget to Make it Pink for a cure.
For every pink prayer shawl uploaded to the Make It Pink gallery in October, Taunton Books will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!

For every pink prayer shawl uploaded to the Make It Pink gallery in October, Taunton Books will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!

Photo: Tom Hopkins

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.

For every pink prayer shawl uploaded to the Make It Pink gallery in October, Taunton Books will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, up to $1,000!

*SEEDS OF INTENTION HEART WARMER*

Skill Level
Easy

Size
Small, Medium, Large

Finished Measurements

13-1⁄3 (13-3/4, 14-1⁄3) in. long by 42 (45, 48) in. wide

Yarn
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

Needles

Size 17 straight or circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Notions
Button, approx. 1 in.

Gauge
8 sts and 14 rows = 4 in. worked in Seed Stitch

Directions

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.

Finishing
Tack left front over right front to form V-neck. Sew button to center, below the V.

*GARTER STITCH HEART WARMER*

Skill Level
Easy

Size
One size fits most. To make it smaller, work fewer rows. To make it larger, work more rows.

Finished Measurements
13 in long by 48 in wide.

Yarn
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

Needles
Size 19 straight or circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Notions
Button, approx. 1 in

Gauge
5 1⁄2 sts and 7 rows = 4 in worked in Garter Stitch

Directions
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.
BO loosely.

Finishing
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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Comments (14)

lvlighthses writes: I concur with other posters, though I can knit(poorly) I am hoping that someone can translate this beautiful shawl into a crochet pattern. If one does, please email me with the instructions or a place where to purchase instructions. My email is lvlighthses@aol.com


Thanks
Posted: 4:11 pm on September 21st
crochetpotholder writes: My group on another site is to have a Susan G Koemen auction and i was wondering if i could use this pattern in my group so those of us that knit may knit this for the auction...Thank you so much Crochetpotholder
Posted: 3:12 pm on February 20th
Ginnyb writes: Okay, I have tried and tried to knit the pink heartwarmer and I cannot get it to come out correctly. My co-worker tried it also and she has had the same problem. There are no errors in the pattern? No matter what I do, I cannot get seed stitch, with the Kf&b, K2 on every row, I keep ending up with 3 or more knits together, I never am able to get seed stitch going. What is my problem? I am speaking of the shawl pictured here from the book "prayer shawl companion" thank you for any help anyone can give me.
Posted: 6:36 pm on November 18th
Unsilent writes: Kaja...

A little bird tolds me that Taunton is working on a crochet Prayer Shawl book. Keep an eye out for information about it later next year.
Posted: 9:21 am on November 15th
Kaja writes: I Love the pattern and the Idea, however I only crochet, is there a crochet pattern?
Posted: 11:47 pm on October 28th
kerribear writes: You can use a similar colored embroidery floss to secure the loose ends to an inside part of the shawl to help keep the ends from untucking themselves.
Posted: 9:23 pm on October 19th
rebkey writes: Hi gw1

KF&B = knit stitch into front and then back of same stitch

hope this helps
Posted: 6:46 pm on October 19th
Jen1964 writes: Looks really pretty; the only problem I've got with the extra bulky yarn is that it tends to shift, even once it's knitted... and how do you get the ends to stay tucked in? It's all due to the shifting. Otherwise, love the texture, love the speed, and LOVE the warmth & look. Really I would like any suggestions that help.
Posted: 10:46 am on October 19th
blueknitter4u writes: OPPS not easy for me sorry for reposting just trying to correct myself.
Posted: 10:20 am on October 19th
blueknitter4u writes: OPPS knitting is easy for
Posted: 10:18 am on October 19th
blueknitter4u writes: wish knitting was easier for so I crochet. But I do love the style of seed stitch. Lovely
Posted: 10:17 am on October 19th
gw1 writes: Can you tell me what "Kf&b" means? I'm not familiar with that terminology.
Posted: 11:05 pm on October 18th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi TipiLady, The shawl pattern above does not have any typos--I asked several of our resident knitting experts to take a closer look and we agree that the pattern is correct. Thanks for asking.
Posted: 1:00 pm on October 9th
TipiLady writes: Pardon me but are there a few typos in the instructions here?
Posted: 8:23 pm on October 8th
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