Friday, June 8, 2007
I'm sure everyone who knits has heard of the prayer shawl. My husband's co-worker's wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer and though she is responding to treatment, everyone knows it is an emotional roller coaster for the supportive spouse. So in their honor, I designed a simple prayer afghan knit in Lion Brand Homespun. You can use any other type of yarn b/c a friend gave me a lot of this yarn. Just use similar colors. I combined the idea of a prayer shawl, the Lion Brand two hour scarf and a variation of the "Easter Jelly Bean Prayer". I call it the Creation Afghan.
You'll need 14 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun. Two in each color. All stitches are knit--no purls.
Color A: Deep blue
Color B: Red
Color C: Yellow
Color D: Purple
Color E: Green
Color F: Cream (or white)
Color G: Dark gray
Each stripe is knitted with 2 strands of Homespun held together throughout.
Using size 19 circs with 32" cord, cast on 100 stitches with two strands of Color A. Do not join as this is not knit in the round. Knit until you almost run out of Color A. At the end of a row, join Color B and knit with Color B until that stripe is the same width as the first stripe from Color A. Do the same with Color C and Color D and so forth
Bind off and weave in end. If you want, add tassels.
You end up with a 7 striped afghan in blue, red, yellow, purple, green, white, and gray.
I send a note with the afghan that explained the signifigance of the colors.
Creation Afghan (or Shawl)
“to remind us of God’s plans”
Gray: In the beginning, the earth was a vast wasteland
White: God separated the light from the dark.
Green: God brought forth the fertile land.
Purple: God called the darkness at sunset “night”
Yellow: The sunlight drenched the earth during the day
Red: God made all life—beautiful in its color and diversity
Blue: God rested in the heavens as the earth teamed with life.
This is based upon the creation story in the first book of the Bible.
Please feel free to knit it differently--stockinette, ribbing, etc.
You can also use only 7 skeins (one of each color) and make a smaller version and call it a shawl.
Also please let me know how yours turned out or even send a picture.
Posted by Christy at 6:56 PM