scrappy prayer shawl recipe

shawl in progress

another thing that my church knitting group does, besides these blankets, are scrappy prayers shawls. the fun part for me is that they nearly always come out of my stash… so i get to coordinate the colors and throw in odds and ends of everything. this is perfect for working with smallish amounts of handspun etc.  in my opinion, having several textures and kinds of yarn is key. click through the picture to flickr to see what yarns i chose. the other thing about these shawls is they can be passed from person to person and knit on by many, while still looking great.

here’s the how to:

get a pile of yarn. for this one, my pile ranges from bulky to worsted.
choose a needle size. we’re using a 10.5 US (6.5 mm) 24 in. circular. i usually do somewhere from 9-11 US.

set up:
cast 5 sts onto your needle (this is the back of the neck)
row 1: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
row 2: knit
you may want to mark the bold knit stitch – it is the center stitch in the shawl.

repeat:
RS – k1, yo, k to center stitch, yo, k center stitch, yo, k to last stitch, yo, k1
WS – knit

repeat these two rows until you think it’s big enough or run out of yarn. change colors as needed/wanted.  be sure to bind off loosely!

stockingnet:
to switch to stockingnet, work WS purl instead of knit. to make it even more fancy in the stockingnet version, work the first row of a new color as a WS knit, to create a garter ridge.

on ravelry here.

EDIT: i did complete the shawl – so photos!
scrappy prayer shawl

scrappy prayer shawl

p.s. i cannot promise that you’ll see this shawl completed.  we often give them away right when we’re done and, as you can see, i already did my part of it.

p.p.s. not everyone wants a scrappy one of these… if the person is deemed more sophisticated, i usually recycle a sweater and we make theirs all one color ;) but the scrappy ones are our favorite to make.

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18 thoughts on “scrappy prayer shawl recipe

  1. What a great way to use up yarn scraps. I have to say that I love the color combo, it looks like a ‘happy’ bunch of colors.

  2. I just left a comment on the Ravelry group about this and then came here and read Naomi’s comment from a few days ago. We said exactly the same thing! It really *is* a happy bunch of colors! :)

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  4. I love this! The colours are great.
    I stumbled upon your blog last week and really like your projects and have been admiring your yarns.

  5. I made something similar, which I posted on Ravelry, however I had a hard time with weaving in the ends of colour changes in a nice manner. Any tips?

    • after weaving the ends in.. go ahead and crochet a nice lace border or simple crochet stitch. this makes a nice finished edge.. and adds some softness to the shawl.. blessings.. and happy knitting

  6. Thank you Cosette for posting this. I’m going to share this with my charity knitting group in NYC. We’re planning on knitting for the elderly this spring!

  7. How beautiful, I absolutely love it and indeed scappy is such a good idea, so many good thoughts put into one shawl and I especially love the idea that so many hands are involved. Thank you for sharing it all. Jan in TN

  8. that is gorgeous and like the other posters, i love the colors–thank you for sharing the pattern–i, too, love the idea that it can be passed from person to person and everyone can put their blessings into it

    pam in FL

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