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Nanaof6 05-20-2008 02:47 PM

The Prayer Shawl
an easy project for any beginner knitter.
Here is a beautiful site for a pattern to make the 'Prayer Shawl'

seniornitter 05-24-2008 12:11 AM

Prayer Shawl
Hi - I'm Elizabeth and I just recently joined the forum. I am 72 years old and am in the process of making a prayer shawl for my mother who is 91. I believe I am knitting the prayer shawl you refer to. The pattern is 57 stitches and I start and end with K3 and alternate between K3 and P3. I have not knitted in many years and had not purled. I finally understand which stitches are knit and which are purl, but as I go along, I see there are mistakes I have passed up. I don't notice it until later when I look at my work and finally I think I realize what I may be doing, but do not know how to "undo" it. Apparently when I switch the yarn from front to back and back to front for knit or purl, I think I sometimes do not move the yarn when I should - then suddenly after a couple rows, I notice the error. I am never aware of doing it at the time, but it's the only thing I can figure out I am doing wrong. Has anyone else had this problem?

WandaT 05-24-2008 08:44 AM

Yup, I used to do the all the time until I learned to read the stitches. Once I could look at a stitch and know whether I needed to knit or purl it was so hard to try and keep up with my pattern. Eventually I got it though and now I notice a mistake much quicker (most of the time) than when I first started knitting. :) I honestly doubt that your mother is going to mind those "mistakes." The shawl is being knit with love that's what counts.

suzeeq 05-24-2008 09:29 AM

You could go to the Tips section and look at the Fixing Mistakes videos. You probably want to learn how to `unknit' stitches or `tink', or how to rip back to the mistakes to fix it. Or maybe your mother won't notice the difference. Mine wouldn't have as her vision wasn't that good.

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