View Full Version : Looking for a shawl pattern...like wings

06-18-2007, 06:35 PM
My mother has been recently diagnosed with cancer, and I was wanting to knit a shawl for her to have with her during her chemo treatments.

I have seen several patterns online for "comfort shawls" and other similar styles, but nothing that really that touches me for my mama.

She is quite religious, and loves doves as a symbol, so I thought that shawl that incorporated doves or wings would be nice. I am planning to knit this in acrylic so it will be easy-care for her.

So, any suggestions? TIA!


06-18-2007, 11:07 PM
prayers for your mom and your family. have you checked out good ole' kpc...knitting pattern central? they have a lot of shawl patterns. Good luck, Tillie

06-19-2007, 12:14 AM
This doesn't have doves, but it called Angel Lace Shawl by Evelyn Clark.

http://www.patternworks.com/products/parts/801123.JPG (http://www.patternworks.com/productdetail.aspx?PRODID=801123#)

06-19-2007, 08:46 AM
This isn't exactly a pattern, but it might provide some inspiration:

The Yarn Harlot made a shawl for a friend and she was trying to imitate wings. If I remember right she was thinking of eagles and not doves, but reading about what she did might give you some ideas for altering a pattern slightly so that it is perfect for your mom. Here (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/05/07/wings.html) is her post about it.

06-19-2007, 09:50 AM
Thank you all for your kind suggestions...I am continuing to peruse the knitting pattern central site, and this post was thought-provoking. Phaedra, I'll have to investigate that link for the pattern a little more closely, as I might have to modify the bind off, as I really don't imagine that an acrylic would block into those points as another yarn, but I'll be looking more closely...thank you!


06-20-2007, 09:33 AM
Tik, I will keep your mama in my thoughts and prayers!! God bless you both!

06-20-2007, 02:23 PM
Tik, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. :hug: :muah: I hope she recovers quickly and is feeling better fast.

I didn't find actual patterns, but I did find this (http://www.lettuceknit.com/archive_2006.asp) link to the pattern "One Skein Seasilk Shawl" (scroll down a bit) which is subtitled "Knitted Wings", and also, I found this (http://monstercrochet.blogspot.com/2006/05/knitted-wings.html) blog which shows knitted wings.

I myself knitted this (http://www.estelledesigns.ca/images/FreePaterns/EstelleWatercoloursShawlorScarf.htm) shawl, and ironically enough, when I finished it, it reminded me of wings. If my picture shows up (and please forgive my "artwork"...an artist, I am not!:oops:), it might help to get a better idea of the shape of the finished product. I used 100% acrylic (easy care! :thumbsup:) for this shawl and it knitted up beautifully, and didn't need any blocking.

I am sure whatever you knit for your mom, she will love it, will treasure it, and will appreciate it! :heart:

06-20-2007, 05:37 PM
Thank you all for your helpful, kind words. This has been a difficult time, but the support of family and friends is invaluable...so thank you!

cookworm, I really like the pattern that you designed, and I think that it should knit up quickly, it appears. Thank you for the suggestion. I am continuing my search for an afghan/shawl for her, but I think this may be a good start, as I only have a week or two to get this one made...so thank you for sharing.


06-20-2007, 06:29 PM

I'm saying prayers for you and your mom!

06-20-2007, 11:30 PM
Thanks to the helpful comments and suggestions received here, I have cast-on the first stitches of the comfort shawl for my mama. Thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers.


06-20-2007, 11:46 PM
Hello everyone... I'm coming out of lurkdom.
Tik you and your loved ones are in my prayers!! I pray for God's will to be done!!
I do alot of charity knitting and I've been making shrugs for the chemo patients, it is only sewn at the cuffs. All one piece.. I use caron simply soft for these items, 2 skeins, size 8 and 11 needles. It can be left on while they recieve their treatments and don't have to worry about it falling off..
It was just an idea....


06-21-2007, 11:24 AM
I'm so sorry about your mother. There is a beautiful shawl pattern by Lucy Neatby that looks like angel wings that might be what you are looking for:


06-22-2007, 02:04 AM
Here is a site that has LOTS of shawls,just scroll down

Susan P.
06-22-2007, 05:53 AM
My thoughts are with you also.

06-23-2007, 11:17 AM

I take chemo for cancer cells running around in my body and it is not one of the top 10 experiences I would have chosen. However, it can be wonderful also; the things one learns, the friends (especially women) who love and nurture, the incredibility strong women your Mom will meet. I am often awed by these women.

Now, I am a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry which you can google and there are patterns for prayer shawls listed. You can also find a Prayer Shawl Ministry in your area and request one from that group. Check it out.

Love, prayers and best wishes to your Mom. Attitude is the key.



06-23-2007, 06:42 PM
Thoughts and prayers are with your mom. As the daughter of a 2-time cancer survivor, I can empathize. On the knitting front, I recommend checking out the Knit Picks website. They have great yarns for lacy shawls in many different patterns, many traditional. Very best wishes.

06-24-2007, 11:04 PM
Just another pattern to mention - tiger swallowtail shawl