Photos and shawl pattern courtesy of The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion
20 in. x 66 in., including optional edging and excluding fringe
• Approximately 600 yd. chunky weight yarn
• Shawl shown in Bernat Caress (100% acrylic; 125 yd./2.5 oz), 5 skeins Amethyst Mist
• Size N/13/9 mm (or size needed to obtain gauge)
• 9 sts (3 V-sts) and 4 rows = 4 in.
• V-st = victory stitch: (dc, ch1, dc) in specified st
Ch 132 loosely (multiple of 3 + 6).
Row 1: Work V-st in 6th ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch. Rep from * to last 3 ch, sk 2 ch, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn. (42 V-sts plus 2 dc, t-ch counts as dc throughout)
Row 2: Work V-st in each ch-1 sp across, dc in top of t-ch. Ch 3, turn.
Rep Row 2 until 20 rows have been worked to desired width, or to desired width minus 2 in. if you are adding the optional edging. Do not ch 3 at end of last row; end off or proceed to edging.
Rnd 1: Ch 3. With same side facing, turn
to work across short side. [Work 1 V-st per row to end, (dc, ch 3, dc) in corner.] Continue across long side, working one V-st in opposite side of foundation ch of each V-st in Row 1, (dc, ch 3, dc) in corner.
Rep directions in [ ] once across second short side. Work V-st in each ch-1 sp across last long side, dc in top of t-ch, ch 3, sl st to top of beg ch. End off.
Weave in ends.
Cut 6 12-in. lengths of yarn per row worked. Fold each strand in half, then attach three strands of fringe at end of each row on both sides. Tie groups of 3 in an overhand knot close to the shawl.
Excerpt from The Sampler Prayer
As the yarn flowed to create this shawl, may the blessings
from the Lord flow to you throughout the years.
With joy and delight may you witness the beauty of our
earth and the family that cares for you.
God’s blessings to you
—Wendy Lee Paffenroth, Pine Island, New York
Wrapped in Love
I would like to share a story with you that brought me to tears because I was so touched. I am a member of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Ministry in our parish, and we are a very close group whose members really care about each other. One of our members is forced to stay away from our ministry because her mother had several strokes and now requires a full-time caregiver. I was aware of the fact that this was extremely difficult for my friend, and that she missed being with us. So I decided to make her a shawl, but I did not tell her about it.
When I was finished, the group decided to call her to one of our meetings to present it to her. We were all sitting in a circle and sharing some things that had happened since she was gone, and this is what she said: “This is so hard for me, and I miss all of you so much. I try very hard not to be angry with my mother for her lack of cooperation, and many times I feel like crying, but whenever that happens, I sit down and I pretend that I am wrapping myself in prayers and in your love and I can go on.” Everyone looked at each other in absolute shock and amazement. I got up and asked her to stand and wrapped the shawl around her with a prayer we had picked ahead of time: “As I wrap this shawl around your weary frame ….” There was something very holy about that moment for
all of us.
—Irma Landesfeind, St. Raymond’s Hand Maid Ministry, Downey, California