Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Gratitude Shawl

There are people in our lives that we are blessed for knowing; people we are grateful for. Recently, a friend and mentor was moving on to a new chapter in her life, which meant I wouldn’t get to see her as often. I wanted to give her something to show my gratitude and appreciation. She is an inspirational and selfless human being, who’s made a big difference in my life and many others. Me being the knitter I am, I show my love with fiber and thus conceived of the gratitude shawl. 

The concept of a prayer shawl is a well known one, especially in the knitting world. With a prayer shawl, "the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient" which are continued through the shawl's creation and a final blessing is offered over the finished product. These are often given as a source of comfort for someone who is facing a challenging time. For a gratitude shawl, as you knit (or crochet) the shawl, think of the one you are knitting it for and offer thanks and appreciation for the impact they’ve had on your life or the lives of those around you, maybe even their community or the world. Weave into the stitches and strands the love and appreciate you feel.   

When you give them their shawl, you can present the following (adapt as you see fit, so they know the intent and your appreciation): "I am grateful for you and as a representation of this gratitude, I knitted you this Gratitude Shawl. Each stitch represents a moment of gratitude for an act of kindness that improved someone’s life. Together the stitches weave a fabric, just as all of us are interconnected. The shawl is warm and comforting, as is your compassion and empathy. When you wear it, I hope you know how many lives you’ve touched and how much you are appreciated."

A gratitude shawl to show appreciation! A concept from
Just as prayer shawls are about the intention not the pattern, there isn’t a particular pattern for a gratitude shawl; the pattern I used was the Saratoga Shawl pattern from Greenwood Fiberworks. Choose a pattern that makes you think of the recipient. 

I would love to know if you choose to express your appreciation in fiber. If you knit or crochet or weave a gratitude shawl, please share below and let me know how it turns out. 

1 comment:

  1. The concept of Gratitude Shawl or prayer shawl is very new to me, but I really like it. This looks very chic! Can you share a tutorial on how to knit it?