I taught myself how to crochet back in 2009, mainly using PlanetJune Youtube videos and The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. I first crocheted a monkey for then-one-year-old Johnny and eventually moved on to making up my own patterns.
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Crochet Butterfly Prayer Shawl
This summer, prayer shawls caught my attention. I wanted to try a more intricate type of crochet, and I love that prayer shawls are designed to embrace, inspire, and celebrate life. I was looking for a pattern to make for my grandma, who is an incredible gardener. As I was thinking about what project I wanted to make for Grandma, I felt like I really wanted something that would incorporate her garden. The butterflies in this free crochet butterfly prayer shawl pattern caught my eye, and I picked out the Debbie Bliss Angel mohair-silk blend yarn at a little yarn shop while I was visiting my sister in Boston last summer.
I hadn’t ever worked with mohair-silk yarn before. I love the look and feel of it, but you can’t frog stitches because the mohair felts together as you crochet! So this was a lesson for me in learning how to work through a couple of minor mistakes and really paying attention to every stitch. It was really neat when I figured out the pattern behind the pattern so that I could work through the stitches intuitively.
Emma loved modeling this project! It is wonderfully soft and warm. I enjoyed thinking about all of the wonderful time I have spent with my Grandma while I made this shawl. I love making projects with specific people in mind, because it is a way for me to celebrate that person and treasure the relationship. I had a similar experience making my sister’s scarf, and I have noticed that when I make toys for my kids and other friends or family members they always wind up with expressions that remind me of the intended recipient.
I was getting close to finishing this project when my grandma decided it was time to sell her house and move in with my aunt – giving up her incredible yard in the process. This shawl became a new home gift of sorts – with a piece of her garden worked into the stiches.