Ripple: a fast & easy prayer shawl
I’ve been making prayer shawls for years, and I’m always experimenting with new yarns and new patterns. My latest prayer shawl is for a lady who absolutely loves green. After searching through 3 different stores, I finally stumbled across a lovely bulky green yarn. The yarn is called “First Love” from Hobby Lobby – the color name (Poison Apple) kind of turned me off, but the recipient doesn’t need to know what the silly color namers say.
I liked this yarn as soon as I picked up the skein because it’s silky soft, and also because it’s much smoother than Homespun. Homespun is so fuzzy that its own pattern kind of overpowers your knitting or crocheting, so my last prayer shawl was a simple long rectangle of double crochet. With this smoother, silkier yarn, I decided I wanted a more visible crochet pattern.
I dug out an old ripple afghan pattern I wanted to try. After much experimenting, I found it didn’t really work with this yarn (it’s meant for worsted), so I used the basic concept and adapted it for a simple prayer shawl.
I tried to get it to work the short way, with just 2 or 3 ripples that would repeat over and over, but in the end I decided the shawl would look best if I crocheted it the long way. Here is the super easy pattern – it looks more complicated than it is, I promise; after a few ripples you’ll know it by heart!
Ripple: a fast & easy prayer shawl pattern
3 skeins of Hobby Lobby “First Love” yarn, any color (even the ombres are the same length)
“N” crochet hook (9 mm)
- Chain 209 loosely.
- Row 1:
- Chain 3 (counts as first dc), dc in the 3rd chain from your hook. (Chain 1, dc in the same chain as before) twice. (Skip 1, dc in next chain) 3 times. (Skip 1, yarn over and insert hook into next chain, yarn over and pull through 2 loops) twice, then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. (Skip 1, dc in next chain) 3 times. Skip 1, dc in next chain, chain 1, dc in same chain as before, chain 1, (dc in same chain as before) twice. This completes one full ripple.
- In the next chain, dc twice, then (chain 1 and dc in same chain as before) twice. (Skip 1, dc in next chain) 3 times. (Skip 1, yarn over and insert hook into next chain, yarn over and pull through 2 loops) twice, then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. (Skip 1, dc in next chain) 3 times. Skip 1, dc in next chain, chain 1, dc in same chain as before, chain 1, (dc in same chain as before) twice. Continue to repeat the instructions in this full bullet point until you reach the end, and you will have 11 ripples.
- Row 2: Chain 1 and turn, then single crochet in each loop across.
- Alternate rows 1 and 2 (pattern, then single crochet, pattern, then single crochet) until you have 9 full waves. Finish off the ends.
It took me something like 20 or 30 minutes to complete each row, so I would say the total time I spent making this easy prayer shawl was about 7 hours. It’s so easy that once you pick up the pattern, you can take it anywhere and pick up right where you left off – no crazy counting or worries if you have to stop in the middle of a row.
I’ve taken to including little extras with each prayer shawl as well. This recipient will receive an angel pin that doubles as a closure in case she wants the shawl to stay snug, and I’m also going to tuck in a Blessings journal I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby that has scriptures and passages to guide your journaling. If it arrives in time, I’ll also use my new personalized stamp to create a special handmade card explaining what a prayer shawl is, but we shall see when the postman brings that long-awaited package. She might have to make do with a handwritten card!
Look for more prayer shawl posts to come! I’ll write about the meaning of prayer shawls, show more about how I package the shawls for recipients, and offer more free patterns – as time allows.