How I’m Sewing a Prayer Shawl

A couple of weeks ago I decided it was about time that I started on a Prayer Shawl, I hadn’t made one in a couple of years

Made my first Prayer Shawl in 2005 for my friend Ramona who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I had checked the website of Prayer Shawl Ministry and they suggested a very simple pattern, knit 3, purl 3.

Ramona was delighted with her shawl and  thereafter when I saw Ramona, she was wrapped in her blue prayer shawl.  We moved shortly after and Ramona went to be with the angels in heaven that next year, she was only 50 years old.

The first church that we attended in Texas had a Prayer Shawl group that would  meet at members home twice a month.  It was a good group of women and it kept us on track with the knitting project. I  made a few, some knit, some crochet.

When my daughter fell and broke both her ankles in 2007, the Prayer Shawl Ministry sent her a shawl. She appreciated it so, especially since her shawl was made by a first time knitter. It was a beautiful soft aqua  yarn and every stitch was made with love.

The pastors in our church  like to take Prayer Shawls to those who are going through a difficult time and need a little something to let them know we are all praying for them but there are never enough shawls to meet all the needs.

If you knit or crochet I encourage you to to check the web site of Prayer Shawl Ministry. I am not a great knitter and I would never attempt to knit anything that had to fit like a sweater or socks, but this simple pattern of knit three, purl three can be done by a novice knitter. If you would rather not purl then you can use a straight garter stitch (all knit.)

Size #11 or #13 needles

3 skeins Lion Brand Homespun year, or yarn of your choice

cast on 57 stitches

First Row: k3, p3, to end

* Second Row and every row thereafter k3, p3:

Knit using 2 1/2 skeins of Homespun.
Cast off and  use the remaining yarn for fringe.

Note:  If you cast on 57 stitches you will always start with K3

If this ministry tugs at your heart, I encourage you to make a simple shawl that will bring blessings to someone you know who needs healing. You can check the Prayer Shawl Ministry site for other easy knit and crochet instructions.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,