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On the Wings of a Prayer Shawl

Feel the soothing and restorative benefits of knitting for charity as you work on this beautiful knit prayer shawl pattern for someone in need.

By: Jessica Anderson for stitchandunwind.com
On the Wings of a Prayer Shawl
On the Wings of a Prayer Shawl
This image courtesy of stitchandunwind.com

Looking for a way to get involved? Check out our "Prayer Shawls for Rush" charity drive and learn how you can knit or crochet a prayer shawl for someone in need. Plus, by donating, you'll be entered for a chance to win an exlusive yarn lover's prize pack!

Have you ever wanted to help a loved one in need but didn't know how?  Well, with this On the Wings of a Prayer Shawl, designed exclusively for the Prayer Shawl Charity Drive for Rush University Medical Center, you can create a beautiful and stunning knit shawl that is perfect for giving anyone a bit of comfort.  Acting like a warm hug and filled with healing prayers and loving thoughts, this knit shawl is sure to be appreciated by your loved one. 

This shawl is also great to make for a charity or church group.  As you work on this intermediate knit shawl pattern, send loving thoughts to someone who could use them and you'll find that every stitch you make is also quite healing for you, as well. You can never underestimate the power of knitting for charity and this piece will certainly hold a special place in your heart.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge20 sts/24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stockinette Stitch

Finished SizeApproximately 58” [147.5 cm] wide and 25” [63.5 cm] long, blocked

Materials List

  • Red Heart, Boutique Unforgettable Yarn, 100% Acrylic, 3.5 oz (100 g ball), 269 yards (246 m) 2 balls, Dragonfly
  • Size US 8 (5 mm), 32” circular needle (to accommodate the large number of stitches)

Instructions

Cast on 5 sts.
Rows 1-2: Knit.

Stockinette Section

Row 3 (RS): K2, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k2. (7 sts)
Row 4 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 5 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (11 sts)
Row 6 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows seven more times. (39 sts)

Garter Stitch Section

Row 7 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (43 sts)
Row 8 (WS): K2, knit across all sts, slipping markers as you come to them, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows four more times. (59 sts)

Eyelet Section

Row 9 (RS): K2, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (63 sts)
Row 10 (WS): Knit, slipping all markers as you come to them.

Stockinette Section

Row 11 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (67 sts)
Row 12 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows nine more times. (103 sts)

Garter Stitch Section

Row 13 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (107 sts)
Row 14 (WS): K2, knit across all sts, slipping markers as you come to them, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows four more times.  (123 sts)

Eyelet Section

Row 15 (RS): K2, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (127 sts)
Row 16 (WS): Knit, slipping all markers as you come to them.
Repeat last 2 rows once more. (131 sts)

Stockinette Section

Row 17 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (135 sts)
Row 18 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows nine more times. (171 sts)

Garter Stitch Section

Row 19 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (175 sts)
Row 20 (WS): K2, knit across all sts, slipping markers as you come to them, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows four more times. (191 sts)

Eyelet Section

Row 21 (RS): K2, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (195 sts)
Row 22 (WS): Knit, slipping all markers as you come to them.
Repeat last 2 rows two times more. (203 sts)

Stockinette Section

Row 23 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (207 sts)
Row 24 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows nine more times. (243 sts)
Row 25 (RS): K2, yo, knit to m, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. (247 sts)

Ridged Lace

Row 26 (WS): K2, purl to m, rm, p1, rm, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 27 (RS): k2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 28 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 29 (RS): K2, k1, *yo, slip 1 st knit wise, k1, psso; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 30 (WS): K2, purl to m, rm, p1, rm, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 31 (RS): k2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 32 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 33 (RS): K2, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat Rows 26-33 one time.
Row 34 (WS): Knit.

Suspended Bind Off

*Knit two stitches together through the back loop, move the st from the right hand needle to the left and needle; rep from * to the last two sts, cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Wash and block shawl as desired.

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Abbreviations

k2tog
knit two together
m
marker
pm
place marker
PSSO
pass slipped stitch over
RS
right side
rm
remove marker
sm
slip marker
st(s)
stitch(es)
WS
wrong side
Yo
yarn over

Prayer Shawl Video Tutorial

Check out this video tutorial from our friend Heidi Gustad to learn how to knit a beautiful prayer shawl.

Do you have a favorite thought or prayer you’d “weave” into this shawl?

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I just finished the shawl. It came out beautiful. I did as suggested regarding row 26. I slipped both markers. At row 29 I kept 1st marker and slipped 2nd in order to k1 and psso. That way if it was a mistake I could back track. I removed 2nd marker in row 30 and all was well.

Thank you so much for your quick reply. I am making it as gift for my husbands aunt's 100th birthday.

What do you do row 11 to 16?

Hi smbeale 8998300, the pattern has been updated to include the missing information. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

What a lovely pattern! It looks easy enough and has different textures in it so that is an additional plus. Prayer shawls are always needed. I knit for a charity and this pattern will come in handy. Thank you.

Perfect - I was looking for a prayer shawl pattern. I've joined a prayer shawl knitting group at my place of worship and was looking for something pretty, colorful and easy. This is different from the k3,p3 pattern of a traditional prayer shawl, too. Love the variegated yarn, too.

I am pretty sure that the remove marker in row 26 is simply a typo. I would go ahead and slip the marker until you complete row 30.

This pattern is beautiful. I am almost finished it but have a question. On row 26 it says rm two times which means remove markers. However, on row 30 it also says rm. I do not see where markers were put back on after they were removed on row 26. Please clarify. Thank you.

I have read the pattern and your question about row 26 30 and the rm in them. Did you ever receive an answer to clear this up. I want to make the shawl and feel I should find the answer to your question before I start. Please let me know. Thank you.

Also waiting for a solution to the rows 26/30 problem

quanahs 5032097 said 'I am pretty sure that the remove marker in row 26 is simply a typo. I would go ahead and slip the marker until you complete row 30'

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