Spirit of a Dove Prayer Shawl by Anne Grenchus

Spirit of a Dove Prayer Shawl

August 2012
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 9 - 5.5 mm
600 yards (549 m)
One Size
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This pattern is available for free.

ROWS 89-93 = SEED STITCH ALL THE WAY ACROSS (ignore number of repeats…nothing fancy is going on…its just my inability to do math)

This prayer/contemplation shawl sits on the shoulders without the necessity of a shawl pin. It is open in the front and covers the arms past the elbow. The pattern is provided in only one size, but the piece can be stretched lengthwise or width wise during blocking.

Mindful knitting instructions are also offered, as well as a brief contemplation, and additional resources.

This pattern uses a simple chart with color coded abbreviations instead of symbols. It also states how many repeats in a row are necessary. The abbreviations are explained. In this way even novice knitters can use it. The purpose of this easy pattern is to knit a shawl while praying or contemplating. For this reason, the pattern is quite repetitive and can easily be done without the chart after the first 20 rows. You need to know: cast on (co), bind off (bo), knit (k), purl (p), yarn over (yo), and knit two together (k2tog). Around row 80 the pattern becomes even more simplified.

Use Size 9 circular needles 36” long. Because the yarn will stretch length-wise or width-wise depending on how you block it, a gauge is provided prior to blocking the swatch. Suggestions are made for the knitter on how to modify the pattern if the knitter’s gauge does not match the designer’s.

Use four balls of multi-colored Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (150 yards each) for best results; the multi-colored yarn encourages mindfulness. Almost every stitch will be a different color. The shawl will expand when blocked since the needles used are larger than recommended by the manufacturer.