There are times in life when someone dear to you needs a little bit of extra comfort. Whether that is need is due to sickness, a loss or any other situation that causes stress, sometimes our first reaction is to ask how to help. Usually the response is “oh nothing, dear, I’ll be fine” but we know better. They need a hug, a reminder that you are there for them and you are thinking only the best of possible outcomes for them.
When that happens in my life, I reach for a crochet hook and start immediately working on a prayer shawl. I’ve written about crochet prayer shawls before, and we know that saying a prayer or sending good thoughts along while you are working helps to comfort whoever you are working on the shawl for. While sitting and working quietly on a crochet prayer shawl, I think of only the best memories of the recipient and say special prayers of healing for whatever they are going through at the time. You can even work with a group, passing the shawl along with each new row, allowing more good thoughts and prayers to be woven into fibers of the shawl as it’s worked.
This crochet lace shawl pattern by Marie Segares is the perfect prayer shawl candidate. Soft and warm, this rectangular shawl is perfect to snug around the shoulders of an elderly family member or friend in need. We have a special plan for this pattern that will be announced shortly, and I think that you’ll love it. Get a head start on things and get started today!
Marciana Lace Prayer Shawl
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Size: Adult: 68.5” (174 cm) wingspan x 20” (51 cm) height after blocking.
Red Heart With Love (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/270 yds/338 m)
- 2 skeins in 1538 Lilac (CA)
- 1 skein in 1801 Navy (CB)
- 1 skein in 1001 White (CC),
- or approximately 540 yds (676 m) in CA, and approximately 270 yds (338 m) in CB and CC in any medium weight yarn.
US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 17 sts x 7 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- CC – Color C
- ch(s) – chain(s)
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sp(s) – space(s)
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- t-ch – turning chain
- * Rep after asterisks as indicated.
With CA, ch 233 (or any multiple of 11 sts, + 2 sts). For tips on how to work with a long foundation chain, read Easy fixes for a foundation chain with too few or too many chains.
Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2, dc in next 2 chs, ch 2, sk 2, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * across.
Row 2: Turn, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch-2 sp, here and throughout), dc in same st, ch 1, (sk next st, dc in next st, ch 1) twice, dc in ch-2 sp, *5 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in next st, ch 1, (sk next st, dc in next st, ch 1) twice, dc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across to last ch-2 sp, 4 dc in last ch-2 sp, dc in last st.
Row 3: Turn, ch 5, dc in frst st, ch 1, (sk next st, dc in next st, ch 1) twice, dc in next ch-1 sp, *sk next 2 ch-1 sps, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in next st, ch 1, (sk next st, dc in next st, ch 1) twice, dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to last 2 ch-2 sps, sk 2 ch-2 sps, 4 dc in last ch-2 sp, dc in third ch of t-ch.
Rows 4-7: Rep Row 3.
Row 8: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in last yo of final dc.
Row 9: Rep Row 3.
Row 10: Rep Row 3, changing to CC in last yo of final dc.
Row 11: Rep Row 3.
Row 12: Rep Row 3, changing to CA in last yo of final dc.
Row 13: Rep Row 3.
Row 14: Rep Row 3, changing to CC in last yo of final dc.
Row 15: Rep Row 3.
Row 16: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in last yo of final dc.
Rows 17-24: Rep Rows 9-16 once.
Rows 25-26: Rep Rows 11-12.
Rows 27-34: Rep Row 3, 8 times. Fasten off.
With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails. Spray block if desired.
What colors will you make your shawl in?
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