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Prayer Shawl Companion, The: 38 Knitted Designs to Embrace, Inspire, and Celebrate Life [Paperback]

Janet Severi Bristow , Victoria A. Cole-Galo
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Book Description

September 23, 2008
For many, the ultimate expression of spirituality is charity. And for years, people have been crafting prayer shawls - knitted wraps to comfort those in times of need and to help others celebrate special occasions. Written by the two women at the heart of this groundswell of charity knitting, The Prayer Shawl Companion presents 38 wondrous wraps for all occasions, from baptism to remembrance. The book includes easy, intermediate, and challenging patterns for such inspiring creations as The Calming Shawl, and the Friendship Patchwork Shawl, and many more. Since knitting itself can be a gloriously spiritual activity, Bristow and Cole-Galo also offer advice on creating a peaceful creative environment and include heartwarming stories to and from shawl recipients. Professional knitwear designers like Kaffe Fassett and Nicky Epstein have donated more than 10 patterns.

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About the Author

Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo are authors of the bestselling Prayer Shawl Companion and The Crocheted Prayed Shawl Companion, and founders of the Prayer Shawl Ministry (www.shawlministry.com). They travel nationwide to conduct shawl ministry workshops. Both women are graduates of the Hartford Seminary’s Women’s Leadership Institute.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600850030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600850035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! September 26, 2008
Format:Paperback
I have been knitting prayer shawls for almost 5 years, and bought this book only because I had met Bristow/Galo and was curious about what they would put into it. I am impressed...they have patterns that I am not familiar with! Great photos, clear patterns, and new prayers! Worth every penny.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched by these angels November 3, 2008
Format:Paperback
I have just received this book in the mail as a gift from my father - and have been overwhelmed with emotion ever since. You see, unbeknownst to me, there is one excerpt in the book written by my mother's best friend in honor of her. Janet Bristow and her group, that included Ginny Owens, bestoyed the gift of a prayer shawl to my mother Cyndee as she went through chemo the first time. This was a gift that truly paid itself forward 1,000-fold. My mother was so inspired, that despite fighting breast cancer, she went on to knit hundreds of blankets for friends, family and strangers alike for the next 9 years. She taught me to knit and to do the same. Inspired friends of my mother's began to do so, some even forming groups. The next thing you know, lives around the world were touched by one simple gift. This book encapsulates both the beauty and the power of these shawls, and inspires even the timid knitter to knit, because the importance of the gift will overshadow the strength of the knot. Thank you to Vicky & Janet for touching so many lives before now, and countless more that will be touched for reading this book, receiving it as a gift, or entering the community of other prayer shawl users & makers.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book for knitters and non-knitters alike! September 26, 2008
Format:Paperback
What a superb book this is! It is more than a volume of knitting patterns, even though the patterns are great and most very original. (Also, many of the shawls are breathtakingly beautiful.) It is also a collaboration of heartwarming stories and inspirational prayers. The whole experience of this book is uplifting. Thank you Bristow/Galo for this transformational book.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors! October 19, 2009
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While this book has some lovely shawls and the stories are nice, I was very disappointed to find so many errors in the patterns. When I realized that the pattern I was knitting just wasn't going to work, I discovered that there are five pages of errata for this book! I find it disconcerting that a publisher would send such a nice volume to print without having someone who knits check it out.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely patterns, pity they're not printed correctly July 31, 2010
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I borrowed this book from the library and was toying with the idea of ordering my own copy. The photos are lovely and there are a good number of patterns ranging from easy to advanced. Problem is, I wouldn't trust any of them. Based on another reviewer's comments I checked the authors' website, and no joke, there are five pages worth of corrections. The book is beautiful with great photos and thoughtful prayers, however the knitting instructions - the point of the book - are useless.

Turns out the pattern I decided to work on first (the Cornerstone Shawl) is COMPLETELY incorrect as written in the book. The number of cast-ons is wrong (if you want it to look like the shawl in the picture), they got the knit and purls backwards, and the repeats were incorrectly written. It would have been a total waste of time had I tried to follow the printed directions. Even the online errata seems incomplete as it says nothing about the needle sizes; the book specified US sizes 13 & 15, however I'm knitting the shawl on US size 11 needles in the yarn weight specified, and it looks "lacey" as opposed to as "tight" as the shawl pictured. (It's still a lovely pattern though.)

My recommendation to anyone considering the book would be to wait for the next printing (when presumably all the corrections will be incorporated) or to borrow it from the library as I did.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational gift for the coming holidays! October 6, 2008
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This book is for anyone in a life transition: illness, birth/adoption of a child, wedding, caregiver, bar or bat mitzvah or any other celebration of life!! This is filled with awe-inspiring photography of the shawls/stoles/tallis and lap robes. The prayers and magnificent stories are uplifting and inspirational. There is a reverence for people, life and the Creator in the selection and assembly of the materials for this book. And if you love to knit, the patterns are breath-taking. Don't be intimidated, though, all skill levels are in this masterpiece.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prayer Shawl Companion Book October 24, 2008
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This is the best prayer shawl book yet. I highly recommend it. Each shawl is better than the next. Most are easy with a few that are for experienced knitters. I love it and am working on a couple and have plans for several of them and I consider myself a beginner knitter - easy stuff. The shawl on the cover is beautiful. Not all use expensive yarns, some do, but most use regular worsted weight yarns you can get at discount stores. The pictures & locations are really nice. There are wonderful stories throughout of giving & receiving shawls & the blessings each receive. Once again, I would purchase this book again & recommend it to anyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, Even if you don't knit September 28, 2008
By J. Bass
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I've been making prayer shawls for a couple of years now and even though I'm a crocheter (whose attempts at knitting are quite sad), I was drawn to buy this book.

The book offers a great variety of patterns for those who knit, but it also offers inspiration, stories, prayers and helpful hints for all who are involved in prayer shawl ministry no matter which craft they use. The photos are beautifully done and the shawls themselves are inspiring. And I'm already musing on how I might crochet a couple of the knit prayer shawls. This is a wonderful and spiritually inspiring book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Prayer Shawl
This book consist of 38 wondrous wraps for all occasions, from baptism to a lovely wedding shawl. Janet Bristow and Victoria A. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Artisticpens
5.0 out of 5 stars The only prayer shawl book you need
I am in the prayer shawl ministry at my church and, though I make simple knitted shawls of my own design/pattern, this book has some wonderful patterns that I certainly will be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Bicjan
4.0 out of 5 stars but beautiful. I am looking forward to trying more of ...
Some patterns are more complicated for beginner knitters, but beautiful.
I am looking forward to trying more of them and learn along the way about prayer shawls and knitting.
Published 2 months ago by Ruby S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have the resource
Am using it to guide me in a ministry of prayer shawls at our church. Glad to have the resource.
Published 2 months ago by Diane M. Piecuch
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great FInd
Nowhere else have I been able to find so many beautiful shawls in one book ! Many are at the "beginning" level, which I appreciate. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners as well as experienced knitters
Excellent book for beginners as well as experienced knitters. Great idea to have prayers included in the book to facilitate praying while knitting.
Published 2 months ago by Omer Fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Good pattern book for any knitter!
Wonderful knitting patterns with some inspirational thoughts.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Birchim
3.0 out of 5 stars and it is beautiful. I had wanted to try one other but ...
I am now working on the Lacy Linen Stole. and it is beautiful. I had wanted to try one other but found there was a miss print. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eunice Moorhead
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
Really good book and plenty of ideas and beautiful patterns for knitting the prayer shawls, if you want to give something special back to your church this is perfect
Published 6 months ago by emma bossom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent resource. Got the book in record time. Arrived in perfect condition and I'm ready to use the patterns in it!
Published 6 months ago by Deborah Dumey
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