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How To Crochet A Prayer Shawl

Updated on August 25, 2013

A Homemade Hug For A Friend!

If you're looking for an easy Prayer Shawl Crochet Pattern (or if you're wondering what the heck a prayer shawl is), you've come to the right place!

Crocheted Prayer Shawls are like sending a friend a homemade hug.

What Is A Prayer Shawl?

A prayer shawl is, quite simply, a shawl that was prayed over while it was being made. (Additionally, the recipient could wear it while praying).

You could pray for a specific need for the person, or you could pray for them in general.

A Prayer shawl could be crocheted, knit, or quilted. You can also choose to make prayer blankets (for children, for example).

Who would be a recipient of a prayer shawl?

Anybody, really, but here are some examples of people that I feel called to make them for:

- Someone battling cancer or some other form of illness.

- Someone who is grieving over a child, a spouse, or another loved one.

- Someone who could use comforting.

- Prayer blankets could be given to children for any of the above reasons. You could even make one for the birth of a baby.

There's a comfort in knowing that you are being prayed for. Sometimes the physical reminder found when you wrap the shawl around you is enough to lift your spirits and heal your hurts.

What You Need

You'll want to pick out a soft, thick yarn for your shawl. The yarn that I prefer to use is Lion Brand's Homespun Yarn. It comes in a variety of beautiful colors, and your finished product is really cuddly.

So here is what I use when making my prayer shawls:

- 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn

- Size "N" (10 mm) hook.

- Yarn Needle

- Scissors

- Quiet time to pray

** (Don't actually buy the yarn from Amazon at these prices)

I put the yarn in this module so you could see it, but if you wait until it goes on sale at Joann Fabrics (Joann.com), you can get it for just under $5/skein.

Learn how to do a half-double crochet stitch

This pattern utilizes a half-double crochet stitch. It's very easy to do, and you can move through it pretty quickly. The half-double crochet is easy like the single crochet, but gives you a height closer to the double-crochet.

This great instructional video will get you started.

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The Pattern

I've found that if you cut the fringe beforehand, then you'll be able to crochet the rest of the shawl until your yarn runs out.

The Fringe:

Wrap yarn around an empty toilet paper tube. Cut the yarn along the bottom edge of the tube. For this pattern, I used 2 pieces of yarn for each space along both of the short sides. It worked out to about 102 pieces. You can make your fringe longer of course, but you would have to adjust either the length of the shawl, the amount of fringe that you put on, or add another skein to your supply list.

Chain 52 (ch 52)

Row 1: Starting in 2nd chain from hook, Half-double crochet (hdc) in each chain.

Chain 1 & turn.

Row 2: Starting in 2nd chain from hook, 1 HDC in each HDC.

Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat row two until the 3 skeins of yarn (minus the fringe) has been used up. Sew in your ends.

**Note: This is how I've been making my shawls for over a year. A "true" hdc has you chaining 2 at the end of the row and starting in the 3rd chain from hook.

The way that I mentioned in my pattern works fine, too ~ as long as you pick one and stick with it. **

Tie two pieces of yarn into each space along the short side of the shawl. (you can use the crochet hook to pull the yarn through).

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The Prayer

I pray before I start my project initially and while I'm crocheting.

I ask the Lord to bless my tools and my hands to make the product that he has led me to make. I also pray for the recipient, that He would heal them (I sometimes go into specifics), and that they would come to know Him in a deeper, more personal way.

There is no set prayer that you need to use of course - pray the way that the Spirit leads you to!

Prayer Shawl Ministry Suggestions

Here are a few ways you can work your ministry:

- Make and donate prayer shawls to specific individuals.

- Make prayer shawls (or blankets) and donate them to charities/hospitals.

- Start a group at your church to make shawls as needed and distribute them amongst your church community. Other parishioners can donate yarn or money for yarn in this instance.

Shawls and blankets should be made in a smoke-free, pet-free environment whenever possible (especially if giving them to people with life-threatening illnesses).

Prayer Shawl Ministry Sites

Here is a great site that I found. They have sample prayers on there that you can use, as well as crochet and knit patterns:

Waiting Room Ministry

Here is another great site that lists prayer ideas and places where you can donate prayer shawls that you have made:

Shawl Ministry

Why Make A Prayer Shawl?

These prayer shawls can bless others.....more than you can even anticipate!

A sweet bloggy friend of mine wrote this post after receiving a handmade hug. How sweet!

Did you know that you yourself can be blessed while making the shawl? Yup, it's true!

Does your church have a prayer shawl ministry? Or did this inspire you to start one? Let me know - I'd love to hear more!

You can also post any questions that you have here. Thanks!

I'd love to hear your feedback! - Don't want to make one of your own?

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      Kimberly 8 months ago

      My mother was given a prayer shawl by wonderful Sister Pam when my father was dying in the hospital. It has given her such comfort. It is almost the one year anniversary of his passing and I was looking for paterns yesterday so I can make them for others to keep the comfort and compassion flowing. Her shawl is just like your design. I havent crocheted in years but in less than 8 hours my first one is almost complete. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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      Harriet 16 months ago

      I have been making prayer wraps and shawls for almost 2 years. I never know at the start who will get the wrap or shawl. The Lord always leads me to the "right" person or couple. It is truly a great blessing.

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      helen bhual 16 months ago

      I love prayer shawls,thankyou so much for the pattern,God bless you

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      Bobbi 17 months ago

      Thank you for such a wonderful story along with your pattern. I love it and wish I would have thought about this years ago. I am going to start as soon as I'm done here. sdakin, you are truly a wonderful person. May God wrap his loving arms around you. Many blessings to you.

      Hugs

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      Johnd604 2 years ago

      Well I really enjoyed reading it. This information procured by you is very practical for correct planning. gdabkekdeece

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      Lucy 2 years ago

      I have been making prayer shawls for about 8 yrs. I find people thatwith needs thru church and in the community. It has been so rewarding and such a blessing. When the person get the prayer shawl it is given by anonymous, I want the glory to go to the Lord. Thanks for the pattern, I am always looking for something different and new.

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      sdakin 3 years ago

      @anonymous: It sounds like you aren't doing a half double-crochet in each of the previous stitches. It might help you to count your stitches as you go across until you feel that you've gotten the hang of it. Please let me know if that helps!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I recently quit going to the church we (my family) went to for almost 20 years. I feel I still need to do something in the Lord's name. I do a lot of crafting and have sold a lot of the crafts. I don't make a lot, but the Lord always provides me with enough money to make more things! Can't wait to make some and pass them out to nursing homes and rehab centers! Thank you for sending out the first prayer shawl! I will also be looking at other patterns. Marsha

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would just like to leave a friendly fyi out here for anyone trying the waiting room ministry website, it is currently for sale and does not currently exist w/anything but other websites on it. Sorry to burst anyone's crocheting bubble but I tried it thinking it had some cool stuff on there and it does not. Have a wonderful rest of your fourth holiday weekend.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to thank you for this site, the women at my church are making (crocheting or knitting) shaws for the Arora group (Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency) and I have been looking for some simple but beautifu; patterns to crochet............ thanks again.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Prayer shawls are wonderful, but I now give them to people who are far away, unless it's for a tangible purpose like chemo, dialysis, etc. Why? Because after giving away several shawls to people who were hurting, I received one once from a well-meaning gal who apparently did not realize that what I needed was friendship and companionship, not a shawl. I wondered jow many of the people to whom i gave these shawls felt the same way. Now I give them only in situations where they are practical, like mentioned above, or to someone far away. This gesture should NEVER take the place of face to face serving.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Hi Stephanie, I was searching for a very simple pattern to crochet for my mother-in-law. We just found out that she has cancer and I just know that this will be the perfect gift. Thank you so very much for passing this on to us.

      LaraineRose

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes my church has a prayer shawl ministry. 8 years ago I had cancer and our Pastor of our church came to visit and explained the Prayer shawl and presented one to me. when I have anxiety days, I wrap it around me and pray .It helps me stop and take the time to count my blessings. Iam making a shawl now,and will be giving it to someone that would enjoy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I thank you for offering this prayer shawl site on the internet. I'm sure it will give many the opportunity to use their crocheting (knitting) talents to reach out to those in need of prayers and the comfort these shawls bring. I am a recipient of two prayer/comfort shawls. I can't tell you how many times they helped me through radiation and chemotherapy for breast cancer. and all the side effects I have made a few myself and have hoped they were of comfort to whomever received them. May all, who contribute to those no matter their need, be blest for their efforts.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am so happy to have seen this site. Thank you for the instructional video on the half-double crochet. I found that I am doing this correctly. I will be starting a prayer shawl for my niece to help her through the tragedy of the death of her 23-month-old grandson. So many prayers have been said, but maybe this will be the extra special one she needs to help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved your comments re: starting prayer shawls and your thoughtfulness. I too am overseeing a beginning prayer shawl ministry at our church in Federal Way, WA. We have 6 regulars and 3 or 4 more that come and go. We have been so blessed to be able to share these with others in need. It is encouraging to see so many other groups reaching out. Our church has a ministry in Russia. On one of the trips for a women's conference another church knitted little angles for each if them-they were so appreciative. The men were disappointed so our group is making "Pocket Prayers", (4" squares with a tassel) to sent to Russia in June. What a privilege to help in this way. Thanks so much

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am overseeing the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, VA. It is a wonderful ministry. We have given out 48 prayer shawls this year. Plus we made and purchased 70 hats, 70 shawls, 85 gloves for men and women that are homeless in the Chesapeake and Norfolk area that came to stay at our church. It is great to see this posting and a pattern for the prayer shawl. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I do Prayer Cowls

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      On the direction for a hdc it says to hdc in the "3rd chain"...but on your pattern it says to in the 2nd? And also in my "learn to crochet" book it says to ch 2 at the end of the row? I'm confused???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sdakin: thanks a ton! now i know why my shawl became round :) i'll start again

      thanks

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No, you definitely want to do a hdc in every single stitch. The video shows that at the end of the row you chain 2 times and then start the new row in the 3rd stitch from the hook. I do a chain 1 at the end at start in the 2nd stitch from the hook ~ either way works fine. That's JUST for the start of the new row, though, Make sure you get every stitch from that point to the end of the row,

      Hope that helps!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sdakin: but isn't hdc to be done in every 3rd stitch? (that's what i understood from d video attached)

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hmm, if your shawl is decreasing per row, it means that you're not doing a hdc in every single stitch all the way to the end. (It's happened to me before, too). It definitely shouldn't look round....(the end result it a rectangle). Make sure that you're getting 52 stitches in each row, and see if that gets rid of your roundness. Good luck!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sdakin: Hi Sdakin,

      I started with d shawl today but just after couple of rows...it has started to look roundish, and d no. of stctches seem to be decreasing as i proceed with each row...m i doing something wrong in here? do reply

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sdakin: Hi Sdakin,

      I started with d shawl today but just after couple of rows...it has started to look roundish, and d no. of stctches seem to be decreasing as i proceed with each row...m i doing something wrong in here? do reply

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: What a fantastic ministry, Patsy! I had wanted to start a Prayer Shawl ministry in our church a few years ago, but the timing wasn't right. I'll keep praying on it. =)

      THank you for sharing what you do ~ do you have links to the patterns that you use?

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Teresa,

      I'm sorry ~ I thought I had updated the pattern to minimize the confusion. I just did it now ~ a true hdc is chain 2 at the end of the row and start in the 3rd chain from hook. I accidentally modified that as I went along, and the way I mentioned in the pattern is the way that I do it now. You're welcome to do it either way, as long as you pick one way and stick with it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, our church has a prayer shawl ministry! What a blessing for the recipients and the crocherer!! We are just under "one year old" and have been able to minister to so many individuals and families. Each crocherer prays for the individual and the physical, medical, or emotiional things they are going through as they crochet the project. Lots of prayers for peace, comfort, & healing (if God's Will) are spoken. We have made shawls, afghans, lapgans, etc. We also just finished a project for the Children's Home in our state by making "child-size" afghans for each child there. We made them no slmaller than 40" x 55". We included a few baby size blankets and a few hooded capes for the babies. We also made two round "play mats" for a child to sit on (the floor) while playing games, reading, etc. We crocheted 45 (or so) afghans. When we began the ministry, we each donated our scrap skeins of yarn and used this (along w/ a few purchases of colors we didn't have) to make the afghans for the Children's Home. Our church also provides funds in the budget to help purchase yarn for our special projects. We also recognized our pastors and their wives during Pastor Appreciation Month by crocheting them each an afghan and the wives received a filet crochet wall hanging with the family name on it.

      What better way to use a talent God has given, than to bless others. Patsy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hobby Lobby has it on sale this week for 3.33.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Am looking for a prayer shawl pattern that is probably60 inches long with fringe, about 24 - 30 inches wide. But instead of beginning with a chain to work across the width, the one I saw began with a long chain, then single crochet the length of the chain and was worked in that manner (two colors) across the width. A long piece of the darker of the two colors was "woven" lengthwise through the lighter color so that it was part of the fringe which was of the dark color. Think I can duplicate it but have no idea how much yarn to buy! It was a simple, easy yet lovely shawl and looked to be something that could be crocheted in a relatively short time.

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I actually don't have a gauge for the pattern. My biggest concern is how it sits around a person's shoulders....I want them to be able to wrap it around themselves and still have it go down their back quite a bit.

      The chain 52 is the part that goes down their back. (from their shoulders to their waist area).

      Each row that you build on that is the part that goes across their back and around their shoulders. I hope that makes sense!

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You are so welcome. Good luck with your shawls!

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're very welcome! I'm glad that this helped/inspired you to make one of your own. =)

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: FANTASTIC, thanks for the heads up! I'm heading out to pick up yarn for 2 prayer shawls today, and it's currently full price at Joann's (over $6). The Micheal's in my area has it for $3.99, but that is still a fantastic price. =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is there a "gauge" for the pattern? Also, is the chain of 52 the width or length of the shawl?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Heads up: I found this yarn at Michaels.........on sale this week for 2.99/skein!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello, I just stumbled on to your site and am so thrilled I did! This is an amazing thing to do for people in need of a prayer and a hug! Thank you for sharing and I'm getting started on one for a friend as soon as I finish typing :-)

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, what a sweet story! Thanks for your ministry!

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That sounds like a beautiful idea, Cathy! Thank you for your ministry!

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Billie, when I do my chain I measure it across my back to the length that I want it to sit when someone wraps it around themselves.

      If you're making it for really young children I would recommend either a different yarn and a smaller hook, or maybe the same yarn and an "L" hook? I've made a couple of lap blankets using this yarn and an "L" hook, and the "holes" are a lot smaller.

      I hope that helps!

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      sdakin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: And His blessings to YOU, Nancy! Thank you for sharing your fantastic story.

      Hmmm. According to the video, you chain 2 at the end of your row and then start in the 3rd chain from the hook.

      I must have modified my way of doing it, because I chain 1 at the end of the row and work into the 2nd chain from the hook. {It still works really well, and comes out looking great, though}.

      You can choose to do it either way, as long as you pick one and stick with it throughout the entire pattern.

      Good luck with your shawls ~ I'd love to hear how they come out!

      Whichever one you choose to do, be sure to do it consistently throughout the project and it will come out great.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm thankful to have found your site! I was the recipient of a prayer shawl way back in 2006 while recovering from cancer surgery. It is my most precious piece to this day and my daughters and teenage granddaughters always enjoy wrapping up in it when they are here. So, I've decided its time they each have their own! I watched your video and read your instructions and am a bit confused. In the video, you say to do the half double stitch in the THIRD stitch of the row. But in the written instructions it says to make it in the SECOND stitch of the row. Could you please clarify? God's blessings to you.....Nancy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have had a personal prayer shawl ministry for over a year and have been truly blessed by it and the recipients. It is a good way to keep your prayer life alive and to serve other's needs. One that really touched me was one I made for our retiring 78-year-old pastor. He actually began to cry when I wrapped it around his shoulders and would not take it off. I'm trying to start a Prayer Shawl Ladies' Ministry at our new church and am receiving great feedback. Praying Hands work for the Lord. Blessings, ladies. :-)

      I like the idea of multi-colored ones and will begin making some with my scraps. Thanks for the idea.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to make a prayer shawl.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a prayer shawl ministry in our chuch and I am now wanting to make crocheted shawls for small children,What size should they be on the average?Thannk you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the explanation and the pattern! I have seen "Prayer Shawls" but this is the first I have seen them explained! I LOVE the idea!!! I already pray for whoever I am making something for so this is a perfect project for me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I also do cross-stitch projects as "Prayer Shawls". I pray for the person as I stitch and then frame & gift the finished project to them.

      It's the physical gift that represents the time you held them up in prayer that counts. You could even give a calendar or a bookmark marked to show time spent in prayer. Let the Spirit move you & God bless you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Teresa: I saw the mistake and after reading your post realized it was just that. I got a bit confused thinking there was one dc in the way to make this, but now I know it was a boo boo...Thank you.

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      sdakin 5 years ago

      @anonymous: There is is "Pin It" button on the left hand side of this page (under the squidoo like, facebook like, tweet, and google +1 button) as well as a few "pin it" link under the main pattern. Thank you!

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      sdakin 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I love the idea of multi-colored shawls! I hadn't thought to use "scrap" yarn, but that's definitely something to keep in mind.

      I've also done one prayer hat for a chemo patient, and I've done lap blankets as well....you can definitely vary this for men and women. Thank you for your ministry!

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      sdakin 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I've seen people make them out of fleece, as well - usually two pieces with fringed edges that are tied together. For every knot made, another prayer was said.

      This lens was specifically to show people how *I* make prayer shawls. You can do this anyway you feel led to do so, of course. =) Blessings!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why do they have to be knitted or crocheted why can't they be made out of soft fleece like the blankets but rectangle. Some people are not blessed with the talent of crocheting or knitting but may want to participate. Just putting it out there.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been crocheting prayer shawls for about a year or two. The recipients love them. I just started a prayer shawl ministry at my church. I have one maybe two people who are interested. I did get my Aunt involved as hse has all different skeins and bits of yarn. Her prayer shawls are always colorful and seem to come to life and brightens the day. We are not telling the recipients who made the shawls, I have a mentor from church who gives the prayer shawls out. she just tells them they are a gift from God. This is the way I want my prayer shawl ministry to work. I found out once people know who is making the shawls everyone seems to want one and that is not how I wish my ministry to work. We use our own money for the wool and we do ask people at work if they have any wool laying around they are not using to donate it to us. We don't care that if may not be a whole skein. half skeins, quarter skiens or just little bits of wool make beautiful and wonderful prayer shawls. I do pray before and during the making of a prayer shawl. I also pray every time I pick it up the next day to continue. The prayer shawls are making a difference to some people and they cannot believe that someone made it for them let alone prayed for them. Prayer shawls ministry;s are wonderful. I just wish more people from my church would help out. We make them for men and women.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how do u put this on pinterest?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a Prayer Shawl ministry at our church. We have had it for about 5 years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks so much for your information---I am anxious to start a Prayer Shawl Ministry in our church

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      QzSioux - I started by making them myself, asking the congregation to bless them, and we eventually got enough interest to start a group who now makes prayer shawls, chemo caps, baby layettes and articles to send overseas. It took about a year of my dedication to working and making about 20 prayer shawls before people realized the need and how we could ALL benefit from prayer!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish I could encourage my church to start up a prayer shawl ministry. Unfortunately, no one seems to be interested in helping me out to get it started. I am now making prayer shawls for my aunt's church since they DO have a ministry, and the women can't keep up with the demand. I'm so glad that I'm able to help, and I sure wish more churches would get involved. Keep up the good work you do, it really is inspiring!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for this great article. I viewed the video on how to make half-double crochet stitches and saw that the demonstrator made a mistake in making one of the stitches. Watch closely and you will see that she actually made a double crochet stitch for one of the stitches when she intended to make a half-double. I just wanted to call attention to it so the video can be corrected or re-shot and then re-posted.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been crocheting prayer shawls for a few months - have given 4 of them already and am working on my 5th one to give to a neighbor who is facing open heart surgery. My next project is for an infant who will be undergoing heart surgery this week,. How can I modify the pattern for an infant and should I use the same type of yarn as I have for the adults? My pattern is a little different than yours, but I'm sure there are many patterns. I might try this one for the baby's shawl. Thank you. Peg

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Will it still work out ok if you chain more then 52 chains? That way it could be for maybe a bigger person around? Thanks ahead of time for your answer. Hugs aand God Bless You, Sharon

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i will start making pray shawl's to have on hand and when i hear about people sick i will make a visit and gave them one. there are so many that have no family any longer and that will gave me a peace ful heart to help the needed in this way may God bless all of the caring and loving people that come in to our lives showing that we care and the blessing in the hand made shawl etc.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My church started a prayer shawl ministry a little over 2 years ago with 8 knitters & 2 of us that crocheted. We have grown to over 50 of us & all ages plus we met on Monday night or Wednesday morning. Ladies have be taught how to do it & we have great fellowship sharing patterns & concerns. We also do white shawls for weddings per requests from our pasters. I think we are as blessed as who we give the to. They go where ever there is a need. Blessing to all.

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      sdakin 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! For the size, my goal is to have it wrap comfortably around a person, and to go down to about their waist. I've never actually measured a completed shawl, but I do "test" it on myself when I'm making it. Hope that helps!

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      sdakin 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad that you enjoyed the pattern!

      Many times I tell the person that God put their name on my heart to pray for them. I would tell her what you said here ~ that you feel the loss of her son deeply, and that your son was on a similar path.

      I also like to tell people when they're wearing the shawl that it's like a hug from you....and from God. It may sound cheesy, but for the people that I did not say that to, they ended up telling me that that's how they felt wearing the shawl. =)

      Blessings to you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you SO much. I crocheted my first prayer shawl using your web site. It turned out to be beautiful and soft. I am now at a loss for what to put on the card I want to send along. The shawl is for the mom of one of my 18 years old son's friends. Her son died overdosing on drugs. It was not a suicide, he just went too far without realizing it. I have felt her pain so deeply because my son was involved in all the same things until recently. In fact her son's death has been one of th things that has opened his eyes, along with God's loving hand. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Julie, I have the opposite problem. My chain row is smaller than the rest of the project I am working on. I crochet tight. So what I found out to work for mewas to use a larger needle for the chain and then use the suggested needle for the rest of my project. So if an H needle is suggested I use an "I" for the chain row. So maybe you need to use a smaller needle for your chain row and then use the suggested needle for the rest of your project. If there is a gauge to follow I would try that also, but if there isn't I would try the suggest above!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great pattern. Gave it a "test run" today. How big should the completted shawl be? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used to belong to a church several years ago that had a prayer shawl ministry. Unfortunately it has been dropped. So, I decided today after I saw your article to start my own. Just after Thanksgiving a friend of my son's died. He was 17 and overdosed on drugs. I don't know his mom personally, but have felt her grief so strongly. I wanted to do something for her, and I know this is what I'm supposed to do. Thank you for making it so easy to get started.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, my pastor gave me a book to make prayer shawls and he told me that he want one. so I'm looking to see what kind and can make for him. I love this prayers shawls. I will be doing a few for my friend. Thank you so much.

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      pianolessongirl 5 years ago

      I love making prayer shawls, they are so fun. I usually knit them.....I do 3 knit, 3 purl, 3 knit, 3 purl...on and on and on. I do 54 or 57 stitches across, and just keep going till I run out of one skein of homespun yard. Love it! :)

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      pianolessongirl 5 years ago

      I love making prayer shawls, they are so fun. I usually knit them.....I do 3 knit, 3 purl, 3 knit, 3 purl...on and on and on. I do 54 or 57 stitches across, and just keep going till I run out of one skein of homespun yard. Love it! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the post I have always wanted a prayer shawl and now I have a lady at my church who is making one for me...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      NO, but thanks for such a wonderful lens about the prayer shawl.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      NO, but thanks for such a wonderful lens about the prayer shawl.

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      jays23 lm 5 years ago

      lovely and unique lens you got here!

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      sdakin 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Julie! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment here.

      When I first started out (and even now, sometimes), I found that I had to count my stitches. It could just be that you're missing the very last chain before you do your chain 2 and turn....(I've done that a lot!). Hope that helps - feel free to shoot me any questions if you get stuck. =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, and thank you for this pattern and your advice....I'm a BEGINNER in crochet, & I'm trying to make a prayer shawl ....the chain & bottom rows seem wider than my subsequent ones....any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

      Thank you so much for your ministry.

      Julie Frank

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This sounds so awesome. I would love to be able to make one. But, I am not an artsy craftsy person. Don't kow how to crochet!! not a smidgeon

      !!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I AM TRYING TO START A PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY AT MY CHURCH, I USED TO BELONG TO ONE IN MY OLD CHURCH, AND I LOVED THE IDEA OF MAKING THEM AND GIVING THEM TO PEOPLE AND COMFORTING THEM, COULD YOU GIVE ME SOME POINTERS, THANKS

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      SerenityPrayerG 6 years ago

      Lovely!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: There are several but here is the one I use.

      Guided by Godâs love for us, this shawl is made for you.

      Healing, strength and peace to bless upon your spirit true.

      Wrap yourself in warmth and love, entwined in every stitch.

      Prayers said to God above - please heal, mend and enrich.

      Father, Son and Holy Spirit, intoned throughout the shawl

      Triune blessings knit within it, best wishes from us all.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I once saw a prayer that was to be sent with the prayer shawl, would you know where I could find it?

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      sdakin 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Amanda,

      I always use the Lion Brand Homespun (pictured above). Good luck!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      need some advice on this pattern.. what size of yarn do i need ? plz e-mail.me ms.a.esler@gmail.com thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Anyone Know what size of Yarn you need to do this one.. I got the hook.. just not sure on the yarn size! plz help e-mail me ms.a.esler@gmail.com

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this I have never hear of it so I'm going to suggest it to our church ladies. Thank you so much I really really Love it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have such an interesting lens, I have enjoyed learning about the prayer shawl.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had belonged to a church group that made prayer shawls and afghans for babies. I had optes to make the afghans because I could make them "without thinking" and thus had made many. But, I've always wanted to make a prayer shawl. We moved and I am going to make a prayer shawl for the wife of a friend who is in a rest home. Thank you for the patterns and I feel bold enough to try making this.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just heard about a prayer shawl ministry at church today and I'm very excited. I haven't, until today, found anything that moved me like this. I'm going to start a shawl this afternoon. I love your pattern and your thoughts. Thank you very much for sharing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I found this awesome lens a few days ago, but I have returned today to leave my blessings and to let you know this lens is now featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crochet.

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      Actually I thought this might be a how-to for Jewish prayer shawls, but this is just as good; lovely lens and a lovely idea.

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      sdakin 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Althea, thanks for stopping by!

      Sorry about the confusion. I fold the toilet paper tube in half, wrap the yarn around it, and then cut the bottom edge of the tube all the way across (the fringe is maybe 4 inches?). Then each time I wrap around to make more fringe, I cut the yarn along the "slit" that I made through the tube the first time. I take two pieces of fringe together and pull them halfway through the space between stitches. Take the two ends together on either side of the shawl and tie them in half (does that make sense). I like to knot them twice so they stay on. The yarn itself unravels a little, but it makes the fringe look a little fluffier.

      Of course you can do this part however you like - this is just the way I do it. =)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @sdakin: I like that idea. We all need a hug every now and then. I'm a little confused on how to apply the fringe. After wrapping 2 strands around a bathroom tissue roll, how long do you cut the pieces that actually go into the shawl. Your pattern has inspired me to make prayer shawls for some nursing homes, hospitals, or whoever is interested in them. Everyone in these faciilties could use a hug. ; ) Thank you.

      Althea Lee-Morris

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      sdakin 6 years ago

      @blessedmomto7: Thank you! I have been thinking lately about crocheting some newborn prayer blankets for a pregnancy care facility nearby... It's so much fun and soothing - especially when you pick an easy pattern that you don't have to concentrate too much on! =)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Very neat lens. I received a prayer blanket when one of my babies was born. I had not heard of this idea until then. I am just learning to crochet, so hopefully I can pass on another prayer shawl.

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      sdakin 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. I am in the process of making one for a friend that just recently lost her husband as well. When I give my shawls to close friends, I like to tell them that whenever they need a hug, they can wrap themselves in the shawl. =)

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      sdakin 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by and for letting me know about your group. That is such a great thing that you all are doing! This pattern moves so quickly - I think you'll enjoy it. =)

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      sdakin 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow, that is fabulous! I hope you all keep up the great work - I think it is such a great ministry. What I love about giving the shawls is not only blessing the person who receives the shawl, but it blesses you as you are making it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am making this for my sister-in-law for Christmas. She lost her husband almost 2 months ago and I am hoping this shawl will give her some peace.