Crocheted Basket Weave Prayer Shawl
Submitted by: Meg S.
Member of The Shawl Ministry Group at The United Parish of Lunenburg, MA
Materials: 4 skeins (6 oz, 185 yards) yarn of your choice
crochet hook size N
Stitches: chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (fpdc), back post double crochet (bpdc)
Note: Work loosely enough to avoid splitting the loose twist of the yarn.
begin with ch 50
row 1: place first dc in 4th chain from hook, dc across (47 dc stitches+turn chain)
row 2: ch 3 turn, dc across (48 stitches)
rows 3, 4 and 5: ch 2 turn, 3 hdc stitches *3 fpdc, 3 bpdc* repeat between *s across (45 stitches), 3 hdc in last 3 stitches (48 stitches)
rows 6, 7 and 8: ch 2 turn, 3 hdc stitches, *3 bpdc, 3 fpdc* repeat between*s across, 3 hdc in last 3 stitches. (48 stitches)
Repeat rows 3-8 until the length is approximately 5 feet. (or until you are about to run out of yarn) ending with row 5 or 8.
Last row: ch 3 dc in top of each stitch across, finish off.
Before starting the last skein attach fringe to beginning row and set aside equal amount of yarn to attach fringe to last row. Fringe can be any length you choose.
This pattern works up nicely with most types of yarn. Some lighter weight yarns require only 3 skeins to complete a 5 foot shawl.
Always start this with a chain of a number divisible by 3 and an even number plus 2, other wise you will have to watch your front and back posts to keep them in the correct alignment. (the starting chain has 2 more stitches than the body of the work because of the turn chain)
this pattern was modified by Meg Smith from a sampler pattern found in Vanna's Afghans, All through the House, published by Oxmoor House, Inc. and Leisure Arts, Inc.
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