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Cherry Hearts Prayer Shawl

Cherry Hearts Prayer Shawl
Cherry Hearts Prayer Shawl
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Drape yourself in love this Valentine's Day with this Cherry Hearts Prayer Shawl pattern. The shell stitches that make up this crochet prayer shawl create a loving pattern that reminds you of hearts. It's also a larger shawl than most, so it really brings in the warmth and is a great spring wearable. Drape it over a turtleneck for chillier days, or just wear a loose tank underneath as it starts to get warmer. This would make a wonderful gift for friends this Valentine's Day to remind them how much you care.


Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge3 shells (15 sts) = 4"; 5 rows of shells = 4"

Finished SizeShawl measures 24" from neck to bottom.

Materials List

  • Red Heart Super Saver: 3 skeins of 319 Cherry Red
  • Crochet Hook: J/10 (6 mm)
  • Yarn Needle


  1. Ch 17.

  2. Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as dc, ch 1, dc), * ch 1, dc in next ch; repeat from * to last ch; [ch 1, dc] twice all in last ch; turn – 15 dc.

  3. Row 2 (Right Side): Ch 3, (counts as dc), * 2 dc in next space, dc in next dc; repeat from * to last space; 2 dc in last space, dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 43 dc.

  4. Row 3: Ch 4, dc in first dc, * ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * across working last dc in top of ch-3; turn – 23 dc.

  5. Row 4: Repeat Row 2 – 67 dc.

  6. Row 5: Ch 4, skip first 2 dc, * dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc; repeat from * to last st; dc in top of ch-3; turn – 34 dc.

  7. Row 6: Ch 3, cluster in first ch-1 space, * ch 1, cluster in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 33 clusters.

  8. Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch 1), * [hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice **, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) all in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * to last st, end at **; hdc in top of ch-3; turn – 44 hdc.

  9. Row 8: Ch 3, skip ch-1 space, * shell in next ch-1 space, skip next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st; dc in 2nd ch of ch-3; turn – 21 shells.

  10. Row 9: Ch 3, * shell over shell; repeat from * to last st; dc in top of ch-3; turn.

  11. Rows 10 and 11: Ch 3, * shell over shell **, ch 1; repeat from * to last st, end at **; dc in top of ch-3; turn.

  12. Rows 12-14: Ch 3, * shell over shell **, ch 2; repeat from * to last st, end at **; dc in top of ch-3; turn.

  13. Row 15: Ch 1, sc in first dc, * ch 1, skip dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in next dc, ch 1 **, skip dc, sc in ch-2 space; repeat from * to last st, end at **; dc in top of ch-3; turn.

  14. Row 16: Repeat Row 6 – 63 clusters.

  15. Row 17: Repeat Row 7 – 84 hdc.

  16. Rows 18-24: Repeat Rows 8-14 – 41 shells.

  17. Row 25: Repeat Row 15.

  18. Row 26: Repeat Row 6 – 123 clusters.

  19. Row 27: Repeat Row 7 – 164 hdc.

  20. Rows 28-34: Repeat Rows 8-14 – 81 shells.


  1. Rnd 1: With right side facing, * sc in next st or space, ch 1, skip next st or space; repeat from * around working (sc, ch 1, sc) all in each corner; join with a slip st in first sc; turn.

  2. Rnd 2: Ch 1, * sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, skip sc; repeat from * around working (sc, ch 1, sc) all in each corner; join; turn.

  3. Rnd 3: Ch 1, slip st in first sc, * ch 1, skip sc, slip st loosely in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around. Fasten off.

  4. Weave in ends.


(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in same space.
Shell over shell
shell in the ch-1 space of shell below.
[yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 3 times all in same space, yarn over and draw through 3 loops, yarn over and draw through last 2 loops.
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This is a very stunning prayer shawl pattern! I love the idea of hearts for a prayer shawl. It just seems to fit! You love them and that's why you're making the shawl and praying for them! I think this would make up beautifully in these shades of pink Baby Pink, Grenadine, Light Raspberry, Perfect Pink, Flamingo, Petal Pink, Pretty 'n' Pink, Shocking Pink. Also you could create it in shades of red such as Burgundy, Cherry Red, Claret, Hot Red or Rouge. Wow! Color Choice is obviously going to be the most difficult problem to have with this pattern. What a fun problem to have!

I am anxious to get not only this pattern but Mel's replies in understanding how to interpret the directions. I am just a beginner, of course. However, I am having a time in trying to find out how to order this.

This shawl is beautiful! I love the idea of crocheting prayer shawls, and this is one I will definitely be making. The pattern is easy to follow, and seems like it will work up quickly. I like the red, but I would also love it in any color, such as a dark pink.

This lacy design shawl can be worked up using different colored yarns to create a real sort of "ethnic" looking shawl. I can see it in yellow, orange, green, red, blue, yellow and then a little bit of black mixed in to ground it. Oh my, I would then add fringe or mini pompoms as trim all around the bottom. It could look like you are ready for a Mexican vacation! I love it!

I found a YouTube video for row 7 its fast and she seems to leave out the ch1 on the 2nd time thru.... here's the link https//

Somehow I can't print The Stitch Goose and Mel's comments for the Cherry Hearts Shawl. HELP!

This is a nice pattern, but there ARE problems. I am an experienced crocheter, and I think I have figured out the problems. #1 - Do 18 chain stitches, not 17. Why? Because when you double crochet in the fifth chain from the hook leaving a 4-chain space, that 4-chain space counts as ONE dc, ch1 and NOT two dc, ch1. Start with EIGHTEEN chains, follow the directions, and you will have 15 dc at the end, including the four chains in the beginning, which count as a dc. #2 - When you get to row 7 (where everyone seems to be having a problem), there is a typo. The should be after the (hdc, ch1, hdc) and NOT after the brackets. You're going to repeat to without the typo. Keep in mind all your stitches will be worked in ch-1 spaces from the row before. So, after doing your initial 3 ch, what you will do is this hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1 hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1 hdc, ch1, hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1. Then do it all over again until you reach the end, where you will do 1 hdc in the top chain of the chain-3 space from the row before. #3 - Row 8 is correct, but remember that again all of your stitches will be worked in the ch-1 spaces from the row before. Not all the chain-1 spaces are the same size because in some stitches from the prior row you only have 1 hdc, but in others you have 2 hdc with a space in between them--which makes that space smaller, but it's still a space. All the spaces in between stitches count equally. I hope this helps.

OK, this comment section does not recognize stars (what's above the number 8 on your keyboard). It completely eliminated them. It also doesn't recognize semi-colons or paragraphs, which can be very helpful in separating steps. So let me state #2 again COLON, When you get to row 7 (where everyone seems to be having a problem), there is a typo. The STAR STAR should be after the (hdc, ch1, hdc) and NOT after the brackets. You're going to repeat STAR to STAR STAR without the typo. Keep in mind all your stitches will be worked in ch-1 spaces from the row before. So, after doing your initial 3 ch, what you will do is this COLON, hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1 SEMI-COLON, hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1 SEMI-COLON, hdc, ch1, hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1. Then do it all over again until you reach the end, where you will do 1 hdc in the top chain of the chain-3 space from the row before. I do hope this helps and that I haven't made things even more confusing.

Hi Mel, thanks for your work in helping with this pattern! I double-checked the Red Heart site, and this pattern matches up with what they have which had me stumped. Thanks for your sharp eye!

Thank you soooo much!!

I am a novice to the crochet world and outside of a few hats this was my first big project. I agree that the number of stitches didn't add up but I kept on going because it looked okay. It turned out to be perfectly gorgeous! I will be making one for my mother for mother's day.

I am searching for instructions for the "camel" stitch in crochet, am new to this site....where else could I submit my question? or 5833640

I have been crocheting for many years but I don't do it very often. I know the basic stitches. I just adore this pattern. I am on row 7 and I am confused. I did look up the pattern on Red Heart and now know to work in the brackets . It states to do this twice, so in my ch 1 sp, I will have hdc ch 1 hdc ch1. Is this correct? Please help if you can. Thank you.

Despite all the comments about the counts not adding up, I decided to try this beautiful pattern. Everyone is correct... none of the stitches add up or should I say, the number at the end of the row do not add up. I did my math and calculated that I had the right amount of clusters so I continued. I had more shells also but the piece is coming out flat and nice so I will keep going. I sure wish someone would correct the pattern though. It would make it a lot easier - especially for beginners. Thank you. It is a gorgeous piece of work

I am on row 16 and nothing adds up. It says I am to have 63 clusters instead I have 84 clusters. It all lays flat and it looks good. The crochet hook is where I had 63 clusters. My question is should I continue with the amout of stitches I have or should I frog it AGAIN! I have this numerous times and can not seem to get the right count. Thanks Again

thank you bevsquibb 6411097 for the site of red heart that shows row 7. It all makes since now.... go to red heart site http// == wl

Was there an answer to the question of the 7th row? Having a real hard time understanding the instruction...doesn't add up.??????

I love the look of this pattern. But I, too, am having the problem where the stitch count doesn't match up. Help?

having same problem, but mine is row 17, asking for 84 hdc! I have the required 63 clusters, I muat be doing something wrong,

At the end of row 6, I have the correct 33 clusters. The next row says to put 2 hdc in each chain space. That comes to 66, but pattern says you should have 44. What am I doing wrong ?

I'm having the same issue. Throws off the entire rest of the pattern. Please advise.

I to am stuck at the same place please help

Is there a response to question on row 6? I also come up with 33 clusters, I come up short on the hdc. wat Was there a response on row 6, I come up quite short on the hdc?

Didn't Red Heart used to be called this one Friendship shawl?

Yes, it is on Red Heart's website under "Be-a-friend shawl" Here is link for it http// == wl

I love this pattern, only thing isn't big enough for an adult. I and a friend at church had to add a few stitches to make it big enough. Easy to make!

What wasn't big enought about it. Was it too small to wrap around or too short?

Have you tried this craft? What did you think?


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