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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Butterfly Prayer Shawl In Filet Crochet Chart!

I wanted to create a prayer shawl that symbolized change, joy, love, and metamorphosis. I chose the Butterfly.

The Butterfly is a powerful symbol in myth and religion. For early Christians, it represented the soul itself. Many pre-European populations called upon the butterfly for guidance in change, temperament, and happiness.

If you are going through changes or transitions in your life right now, study the butterfly to make these changes beneficial, joyful, and rewarding. Change is what life is made of and is necessary for spiritual growth, and accomplishment.

I hope you enjoy making this shawl. I usually work my filet charts with the extended double crochet stitch, but since this is worked vertically, and is a narrow chart, the normal dc stitch works quite well.

This is my copyrighted pattern. I reserve all rights. You may make this shawl for personal use but never for sale. The pattern may not be sold. You may not profit from my work.

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Size : Length 118 inches Width: 28 inches

Yarn amount 21 oz worsted weight such as Red Heart Caron Pounder or Bernat

Crochet Hooks: J(6mm) and I(5.5mm)

Gauge 10 squares x 10 rows = 9 inches

Pattern Notes:

Open Block : dc, ch2, skip 2 sts, dc in next st. Each open block is made up of (dc, ch 2, dc).

Open Blocks that are next to each other share the center st. For example:

2 open blocks = dc, ch2, dc (shared), ch 2, dc.

Solid Block : 4 dc. Each solid block is made up of 4 dcs.
Blocks that are next to each other share the center stitch. For example:

2 Blocks = 7 dc

3 Blocks= 10 dc

To figure out, this is the simple math : number of blocks x 3 plus 1

Example: For 5 blocks 3x5=15 + 1= 16 dc

Read chart this way: Odd rows read right to left

Even rows read left to right

Begin each row with ch 5 to stand as a dc and ch 2

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Row 1: With J hook, ch 96, switch to I hook, dc in the 9th ch from the hook

(counts as the first open square) *ch 2, skip 2 chs, dc in next ch*, rep between the *’s across. Turn. You will have 30 open squares.

Row 2: Ch 5 ( counts as the first dc and ch 2 now and throughout), *dc in the next dc, ch 2*, rep between the *'s across. Turn ( 30 open squares)

Row 3: Ch 5, (dc in the next dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, dc in next sp----at this point you will have 6 open squares and 2 solid squares--- *ch 2 dc in next dc*, rep between the *'s across. Turn.

Row 5-130: Following chart, work remainder of chart.

At this point I will let you decide how to finish the shawl. The simplest way is just to work an edging of sc around the shawl by placing 2 sc in each open square, and a sc in each dc and 5 sc in each corner. Other simple edgings are shells, picots, or reverse sc.

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