Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Beginning Knit Prayer Shawl ~~~ Lion Brand Pattern #81041AD

Early stages of knitting the prayer shawl.
My Aunt Dee was diagnosed with stage four, non-operable lung cancer and ovarian cancer in August of this year. At the time, her doctors said she may only have 6 months longer to live.

So, I decided to begin knitting her a colorful knit prayer shawl to wear during her remaining days with us. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the prayer shawl before my aunt's death, as she passed away about a month after her diagnosis. 

It was heartbreaking losing my aunt to cancer and that she suffered so much from the ravages of end stage cancer. Aunt Dee was a wonderful person and I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of her.

I continued making the prayer shawl and decided to give it to my cousin, Kim, my aunt's daughter.

The pattern I used for the prayer shawl I made was Lion Brand Pattern # 81041AD. It's a very easy to knit prayer shawl. If you can cast on, work the garter stitch, and bind off, then you can make this super easy Lion Brand prayer shawl for yourself or others. This prayer shawl pattern may be downloaded for FREE from the Lion Brand Yarn website. Simply visit the Lion Brand website and search for the pattern using the pattern number provided above.

I did make one major change to the prayer shawl though... Instead of casting on 48 stitches as called for in the pattern, I cast on 60 stitches as I wanted the shawl to be wider. I am glad that I made the prayer shawl a bit wider as it may wrapped around the upper body to provide warmth and comfort.
Finished Prayer Shawl

I made the prayer shawl using Lion Brand® Homespun® Yarn in the Marble Colorway, which is a lovely self striping yarn. I also used size 10.5 (6.5mm), 24-inch Clover circular knitting needles to make my version of this prayer shawl. 

I thought this Lion Brand Pattern #81041AD was easy to make and turned out beautifully. Lion Brand® Homespun® Yarn is super soft to the touch and feels luxurious as it lies against the skin. The finished dimensions for the completed prayer shawl were 69 inches in length and 22.5 inches in width.

Want to learn more about prayer shawls? Check out the Lion Brand Yarn blog post about pray shawls titled: 

10 Truths: Knitting and Crocheting Prayer Shawls

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

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