Sunday, June 3, 2007

Heart of the Rosary Pattern

Heart of the Rosary
Instructions for an all Crocheted Rosary

Designed by Karen O'Grady and Lily Bergen, March 2007.

This is a copyright pattern. You can use this pattern for your own
personal use, or sell the rosaries you make from this pattern. You may
NOT sell the pattern itself nor claim it as yours! You may make copies
of this pattern for other people as long as you print it out as is
with these restrictions. Feel free to link to this pattern.


I would like to thank the testers, Lily, Michelle, and AJ. If I've missed including you as a tester, please forgive me, remind me and I'll add your name. Lily made such great suggestions I felt she deserved co-authorship of the pattern.

Materials: I used ecru cotton size 10, and a size 5 hook. Michelle, one of the testers, suggested adding a filament in gold or silver, or using a thread with some bling already in it.

"Bead" = popcorn stitch 4dc (count first three ch as 1 dc)in ch indicated. Drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in bottom of ch 3 and draw loop through, pull tight to form a sort of ball.
"Large bead" = 6 dcs.
I found that it makes more of a bead shape if you make the bead and then make a sl st into the middle of the top of the bead. For the smaller bead it would be in the top of the second dc and in the larger one, sl st in the top of the 3rd dc. Then continue with the pattern as written.

1. Crochet a cross (Apostles Creed)(see below for a link to some online patterns, you can design your own, or use pattern below).

Cross Pattern:
Chain 5, join with sl st to make a ring. Chain 7, dc in 4th chain from hook, and in next 3 chs. Sl st into ring. Ch 12, dc in 4th chain from hook, and in next 8 chs. Sl st into ring. Chain 7, dc in

4th ch from hook, and in next 3 chs. Sl st in ring. Chain 6, dc in 4th chain from hook, and in next 2 chs. Sl st in ring. Turn, sl st back to top of cross, sl st into space between chain (first dc), and 1st dc worked into 4th chain and sl st into middle of that chain.

Follow directions for rosary:

Part 1: Chain 9, make a "large bead" in 3rd chain from hook. Chain 9, *make "bead" in third chain from hook, ch 4, Repeat from * once, make a "bead" in 3rd ch from hook. Chain 9, make a large "bead" in 3rd ch from hook. (Our Father, Three Hail Mary's, Glory Be to the Father, Announce the first Mystery).

Part 2: This is the first half of the heart that will be completed in Part 4: chain 12, make 6 tr in 4th chain from hook, turn, chain 4, tr in next 2 tr but hold last loop, draw loop thru three loops on hooks (cluster)
continue the rest of pattern.

*Part 3: *Chain 9, *make "bead" ch 4, (repeat eight times more) make "bead" in 3rd ch from hook. (Ten Hail Mary's while meditating on the First Mystery) Chain 9, make a "large bead" in third chain from hook. Repeat from * four times. (**Our Father, Ten Hail Mary's while meditating on the second Mystery, Repeat from ** for Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysterys)

Part 4: Chain 5, make a 3 tr cluster in other three tr of row 4. This completes the
heart started in Part 2. End off. Weave in ends.

There are other prayers to pray after the Rosary, you can find them at this website which I chose to base this pattern on:

How to pray the Rosary


I was inspired to make this pattern for a dear friend who has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. She finds it helps her to relax and put the day behind her if she prays the Rosary at night in bed. The problem is, she keeps waking up with imprints of the rosary on her face! She wondered if it was possible to crochet one entirely from thread. Of course it is.

I hope you enjoy this pattern.

6 comments:

Nissa said...

Karen,

Thank you so much for creating this pattern! I've been searching for just such a one to make with my daughters.

Bless you!

Nissa Gadbois
Simple Gifts Weblog
http://gadboisfamily.com/simple_gifts

Darlene said...

This is so inspirational. I am going to try it out. I will pass it on to a few of my friends (and ofcourse giving you credit for it)
Do you happen to have a photo of the finished product?
Thank you for this.
Darlene D'Silva

Clarissa said...

Karen, thank you for such a beautiful and simple pattern to follow. I shall treasure my new rosary beads.

hugs,
Clarissa

LCEMapp said...

Hi and thank you for a beautiful pattern. I have a question about the heart. Would you please clarify for me this part?

turn, chain 4, tr in next 2 tr but hold last loop, draw loop thru three loops on hooks (cluster)
continue the rest of pattern.

I don't understand what loop I'm holding...have I completed 2 tr then what?

I've been sitting here trying to figure it out and it just isn't coming to me. HELP!

Thank you :)

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Unknown said...

Help a little more, if you can place a photo of Rosario done to see the result and the details thereof. Luisa Angel