March 6, 2011

Light as a Prayer

One of my sweet friends and hilarious book club cronies has recently been diagnosed with cancer. This is one busy woman - wife, mom, grandma, dog rescuer, charity volunteer, board member.

She had a couple of down days, but she has bounced back with a vengeance, doing her chemo with a determined smile and looking ahead.

Of course, the way I always think to help is by knitting a prayer shawl -- keeping my hands and thoughts busy -- and providing what I consider to be a long-lasting hug.

Because we've already been hitting 80 degrees here in Phoenix, I wanted to make a shawl that is light and airy, yet still provides comfort and warmth. I used Bernat Baby Sport yarn, which is soft and light, but washable. This pretty, Springy, aqua color is called Popsicle Blue. I used a 24" size 13 circular needle and just knitted back and forth, increasing one stitch near the beginning of each row.

Triangle Prayer Shawl

Cast on 5 stitches.
Knit first row.
Each row thereafter: Slip 1, Knit 1, Yarn Over, Knit to end.
I did this until it was about 35" long and I counted 160 stitches on the needle.
Bind off.

Of course, you can use different yarn, different size needles, make it bigger or smaller. This is a pretty simple pattern that you can do in the waiting room at the dentist's office (people either look at you like you're doing some weird ancient tribal ritual or they talk about how their grandma used to knit), riding in the car, watching TV ... or while praying for a friend's health.

Sometimes love keeps me in stitches.

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Pepsi Breath said...

Beautiful, delicate blue and a perfect hug for hot weather. She is sure to gain much comfort from it.

Angie said...

What a beautiful and wonderful thing for you to do for her.

God bless her!

Noelle said...

It's beautiful!

Baby Sister said...

I just love it. Just like I love everything you make. You're just amazing like that!!

Kathleen said...

What a lovely work of art. I've never seen a prayer shawl crocheted before. Your work is really, really nice.

Loren said...

You are sooo precious! What a gift YOU are! No doubt your friend will cherish her prayer shawl knowing the time, love and prayer that went into it! Not to mention it is just beautiful :)

I just love your heart!

lisaschaos said...

How pretty! A long hug is just what she needs. I am sending her good vibes. :)

Tiffanee said...

That is beautiful and what a heartfelt gift. So perfect. Enjoy the hot weather for me. I am tired of being cold...

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It looks so soft and comforting. I will keep you friend in my prayers.