Life is often hard, and even the clearest skies have clouds sometimes. And as crocheters, we can make it better. One way is by making prayer or comfort shawls for those who need an extra hug, and to feel our love. The Big Sky Shawl was designed with this idea in mind - while maintaining a sense of style. The Big Sky Shawl is made with Lion Brand Homespun, a favorite yarn for those crafting for others. It's warm, soft, and the yarn creates the texture - which means simple stitches shine. And the Big Sky Shawl does indeed use simple stitches, so almost anyone can make this easy crochet prayer shawl pattern! The colors I used for the Big Sky Shawl are Montana Sky and Clouds - appropriate, no? Streaks of gray cut through the blue sky, but there is more blue than gray, to remind us of the bright times to come. The shaping creates a triangular shawl that's more V shaped than anything, with corners that wrap easily around the shoulders to stay in place. And it doesn't just help the person you give it to - it helps you too! Studies have shown time and again how crocheting improves our mental health, making this an excellent way to help others while you help yourself. You can wear the Big Sky shawl across the shoulders as a standard shawl, or wrapped around the neck with the point in front - either way, the optional tassels on the points help keep it where you put it. It's only 20 rows long (plus a couple rounds for the border), so you can whip one up in a just a few evenings.
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Power of a Prayer Shawl
Prayer Shawl We all have friends in need. Sometimes the friend just needs a hug or an encouraging chat over a cup of coffee. Most of us benefit from a reprieve from the daily grind and having a friend to laugh with can go a long way. But sometimes a friend needs more - when that friend is walking through a dark, sad, or scary time; what many of us call “the valley.” Obviously, the person experiencing a trial is the one with the difficulty - but sometimes knowing how to be a good friend can be hard too. We don't always know what to say. We don't want to be trite, or too serious. We want to be there, but not over-bearing. Some of us also have a tendency to shirk away from very emotional situations. A tangible gift has a powerful impact and offering something personal can help with healing. I love giving a prayer shawl that represents everything I wish, hope, and pray for that individual in the midst of trouble. And not merely a shawl you would find in a store or in a pattern book, but a personalized crocheted fabric that wraps a friend in symbolism. The symbols you choose will depend on your beliefs and the beliefs of the person receiving the shawl. The purpose isn’t religious proselytizing; it's blessing someone going through a hard time.
A great new twist on an old classic - the Poncho. The Montana Poncho features a slit side to make it functional and keep your arms accessible. That was something I always wanted to remain true to my designs: function AND fashion. Perfect for a cup of coffee on the porch on a brisk morning or carrying my bag to market. The turtleneck has textured crochet ribbing to give you all the cozy feels. It works up easy and is perfect for markets and errands and I even wear it around the house as a sort of blanket shirt.
Parisian Hug Wrap Shawl
The Parisian Hug Wrap is so luxurious and easy to wear it will become your favorite winter accessory! The pattern is designed in a lacy loose stitch to let the yarn shine.
It's a basic triangle which allows for many wearing configurations - tie it at one shoulder, tie it in the back and let the v hand in the front, slip one end through one of the lacy openings, hold it in place with a decorative pin and more!
Size: approximately 56” x 20” The Bergere de France Eclair yarn is listed as a bulky, however, I found it to work up more like a worsted weight yarn.
Azure Skies Crochet Cowl Pattern
The Azure Skies Crochet Cowl Pattern is the second in the series I have designed for those in-between days when you don't want the bulk or weight of a longer cowl, but still need a layer of warmth around your neck, or to fold into a lightweight jacket or cardigan, with a pop of colour. Azure Skies has the same lovely broomstick lace crochet stitch as my Dolly Mixture Sweetie Crochet Cowl Pattern, adding to the texture, achieved by using a 15mm needle and a 5.5mm crochet hook. It was a bit of a happy accident that the colour changes lend themselves so well to the number of stitches used for each row.
A Homemade Hug For A Friend
Nothing makes you feel more loved and warm inside than A Homemade Hug for A Friend. Make this free crochet prayer shawl pattern while keeping a special someone in your thoughts. Whether your friend is going through a touch time or you are simply thinking of this person, we're sure they'll appreciate a wonderful crochet shawl. We love the calming blue of the yarn used, but you can make it in any color you want. Worked in half double crochet, this shawl is lovely and comes with a prayer.