Prayer Shawl instructions
Before you start and as you are knitting or crocheting, weave prayers into the shawl for the person who will receive it. Pray for the person by name if you know it. Ask for God to provide healing of body, mind and spirit to the person and pray for the love of Jesus to surround and support the person.
Needles size 11 or 13, 14" in length
3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn
(available at Michaels, Jo-Ann’s, Hancock, Walmart)
(or 5-6 skeins Bernat Boucle’)
Cut 114 pieces of yarn for fringe, each 10" long, off outside of skein. Set aside.
Cast on 57 stitches.
First row (and all subsequent rows)
Knit 3 purl 3 to the end
Continue until all 3 skeins are used up (~57-58" long).
Before beginning to fringe, it is a good idea to mix all the pieces up so they won’t be used in the order they were cut for the skein. This creates a more interesting fringe arrangement.
Fold over each strand of fringe and loop one through each one of the 57 cast on/cast off stitches and pull. Tie a knot in the end of each fringe thread about 1" from the end because Homespun yarn tends to unravel when cut.
Crochet hook size 'M', 'N' or 'P'
3 ½ skeins Lion Brand Homespun yarn
(available at Michaels, JoAnn’s, Hancock, and Walmart)
Cut 114 pieces of yarn for fringe, each 10" long for fringe off the outside of the skein. Set aside.
Chain 54 stitches.
Chain 1, turn. Single crochet in each of the stitches to the end. Chain 3 and turn.
Double crochet in top of each single crochet.
Repeat this row 2 more times.
Chain 1 and do row 1 of single crochet to end. Chain 3 and turn.
Do 3 rows of double crochet.
Repeat pattern to end (1 row single, 3 rows double)
End with 1 row of single.
Finish with fringe.
The goal is to keep a supply of shawls ready to give out immediately to people in need of comfort.
Donations by the congregation to purchase yarn are encouraged. Each shawl costs ~$15.
More information on Prayer Shawl Ministry is available at www.shawlministry.com.