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princessblueberry
« on: January 13, 2006 01:50:16 AM »

Ok, I did not know where to post this one so here I am in the misc. craft disgussion section. . .

Anyone have any ideas on an easy way to make a Prayer Shawl or Tallit?  Our Church Youth Group needs one for a lesson being taught on their retreat in 7 days  Shocked  So far I've looked up pictures in google and may try to sew one unless I find any better ideas. . .
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PurpleHeather
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2006 03:07:54 AM »

Hrm...

From what you said earlier, I understand that a prayer shawl is something made while people are praying for someone, so it is a useful gift for them that helps them to know that their community are thinking of them.  I'm not a religious person, so I'm sorry if I've not got the right take on it!

How long will the youth group have to make something?  I know I remembered this shawl, from crochetme, that is just chain and single crochet, both of which ar stitches I know you can do (!):

http://www.crochetme.com/issue_1/easiest_shawl_ever.html

Is that useful?  What are you looking for in a shawl?

I hope this helps - poke me with more questions!

Heather
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patriautism
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006 03:32:52 AM »

I'm also not religious, but if you need a simple shawl pattern (for knitting) here's one:

Materials:
Size 15 straight needles (Or circular---might be nice, towards the end there's LOTS of sticthes!)
About 500 yards of worsted wight yarn. On mine, I used 2 1/2 balls of Lion Brand Woolease. It turned out very cuddly, but in retrospect I might go for Caron Simply Soft next time, I like the shiny look it has.

CO 3 stitches
For every row: K1, YO, K rest of row
Bind off loosely

That's it! I ended with one hundred and forty something stitches, I can't quite remember. I'm five feet tall and it was perfect for me, so you might want to knit some more rows---but the fabric is quite stretchy since it's kinda lacy so maybe you don't. I also found that this pattern turns out a very long shawl---it hit around the back of my knees. So, if you're looking for something wider, maybe add in some more increases.

Edit: As simple as this pattern is, it took me almost a week to complete. Just FYI. I'm not a newbie, but nor am I an advanced knitter.
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sgstern1
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2006 03:52:03 AM »

A tallit is a rectangular shawl, fringed on the corners. The fringe is called tzittzit (pronounced "tzeettzeet)."  They are traditionally made from woven wool fabric, but can also be cotton, silk, satin, linen, etc. 

If you knit, Lion Brand yarns has a pattern that you might work for you.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-prayerShawl.html

S
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PurpleHeather
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2006 06:32:06 AM »

A tallit is a rectangular shawl, fringed on the corners. The fringe is called tzittzit (pronounced "tzeettzeet)."  They are traditionally made from woven wool fabric, but can also be cotton, silk, satin, linen, etc. 

If you knit, Lion Brand yarns has a pattern that you might work for you.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-prayerShawl.html

S

Aaah - thanks for clarifying that.  In that case - the crochetme pattern could probably easily be modified to make a rectangular shawl - I guess you'd just chain the required side length, either the long or short side, and then work even till it gets to the size you need, and add the tassles.

ETA - this is the Wikipedia entry for Tallit - it has a nice pic of the tzittzit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallit
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princessblueberry
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2006 08:10:37 AM »

Thanks for all the ideas  Cheesy since appiqule is not out of the question here are some I'd seen last night  http://jewishbazaar.com/bazaar/EMRSA.HTM  & http://www.tallithandmade.com/ I think I'm going to sew blue stripes to white or off white muslin so that it looks like the tallit in PurpleHeather's link  Grin atleast for the retreat. . .they need a prop that looks similar to the old times, in conjustion with Number 15:37-41. . .

Love what an artform the tallits are! After all this reasearch I now want to make an ornate one to keep  Cheesy
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