A crochet prayer shawl is a handmade shawl that is typically given to someone who is entering a new chapter in their lives (such as the birth of a child or graduation) or going through a difficult time in their lives. The shawl provides both physical and emotional comfort.
What makes a prayer shawl different from a standard shawl is the intention that is put into the piece. When making the shawl, you infuse the garment with prayer.
The act of crocheting a shawl is itself a meditative practice, and the finished product is a tangible expression of love and support.
Whether you make one yourself or give one as a gift, a crochet prayer shawl is sure to be a cherished possession.
Prayers You Can Say When Starting Your Prayer Shawl
There are a few different ways you can go about making your shawl.
- You can say a prayer before starting your piece.
- You can say a prayer before you start and once you’re finished.
- You can repeat a prayer throughout the entire process of making the shawl. Consider repeating verses such as “Rejoice always” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16 or “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” – Psalm 56:3
There are no rules when it comes to making your prayer shawl. How you pray and what you say is really up to you. I prefer to say a prayer before I begin. If you need some prayer ideas, here are a few suggestions from Cathleen O’Meara Murtha:
Guide my hands as they work and keep my thoughts positive and centered around her/him. I make each stitch with love and a prayer in my heart for her/his comfort, hope, and healing.
May ___ feel Your loving arms around her/him as she/he wears this shawl and may it represent to her/him Your power to heal any hurt. Comfort her/him, Bless her/him, Heal her/him. I ask this in Jesus’ (Yahusha’s) name. Amen
May God’s grace be upon this shawl… warming, comforting, unfolding, and embracing.
May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love. Amen
With You all things are possible. Bless these hands as they attempt to create this shawl, may they do Your bidding, and when complete may this shawl give warmth and comfort to whoever receives it. Let it be filled with Your Love. Amen
Prayer Shawl Patterns for Beginners
There are many different crochet prayer shawl patterns to choose from, each with its own unique design.
Whether you’re looking for something intricate or simple, there’s definitely a pattern that will fit your needs.
For more crochet shawls, try one of these easy crochet shawl patterns.
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1. Portobello Road Shawl
If you’re looking for a unique and stylish shawl pattern, the Portobello Road Shawl is a great option. This pretty shawl features a lacy design with a ruffled edge. The pattern is easy to follow and can be worked up relatively quickly. Get the Portobello Road Shawl Pattern.
2. Top Down Shawl
The Top Down Shawl is a versatile garment that can be dressed up or down. This crochet pattern is worked from the top down, meaning you start at the neckline and work your way down to the point of the shawl.
The result is a garment that is both fashionable and flattering. Best of all, this pattern can be easily customized to suit your personal style. Get the Top Down Shawl Pattern.
3. Sunrise Shawl
This shawl is so bright and colorful. As you can see, it’s been crocheted with a color gradient that resembles a beautiful sunrise. The lacy stitch pattern gives the shawl a delicate look, while the ruffled edge adds a touch of elegance. Get the Sunrise Shawl Pattern.
4. The Victorian Crochet Shawl
The Victorian Crochet Shawl is a beautiful and timeless crochet shawl. Inspired by the shawls of the Victorian era, this pattern features a wavy border and simple stitches. The result is a stunning shawl that would make a wonderful gift. Get the Victorian Crochet Shawl Pattern.
5. Star Sprinkled Pocket Shawl
I adore this beautiful pocket shawl. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and the added pockets make it so cozy and also stylish. I can’t wait to make one for myself. Get the Star Sprinkled Pocket Shawl Pattern.
6. Halo Shawl
This shawl is a versatile, fun pattern that can be worked in DK weight yarn. You’ll use less than 500 meters of your favorite yarn to work up this cozy shawl. The design uses basic crochet stitches, making the project beginner-friendly. Get the Halo Shawl Pattern.
7. Gorgeous Gathered Wrap
If this is your first time making a shawl, I recommend giving this pattern a try. It’s so easy to make, and the finished results are so beautiful you won’t be able to make just one. Get the pattern for the Gorgeous Gathered Wrap.
8. Klaziena Shawl
This shawl design is dedicated to the memory of Klaziena McKinlay Swanson. You can use the pattern to create either a triangle shawl or a rectangle shawl. Get the Klaziena Shawl Pattern.
9. Tendril Shawl
This gorgeous shawl is made with just one skein of fingering weight yarn. It features an easy 4-row repeat, so once you know how it works, your crocheting time will be relaxing. Get the Tendril Shawl Pattern.
10. Teterboro Shawl
This is a lovely and simple shawl that you’re going to enjoy making. I recommend using your favorite Shawl in a Cake yarn when making your shawl. Make sure you scroll down to download the free Teterboro Shawl Pattern.
Crochet prayer shawls are a beautiful way to show someone that you care. They can be made in any color or style, so they can be personalized for the individual receiving them.
If you know someone who is entering a new chapter in their life or going through a difficult time, consider crocheting them a prayer shawl as a gesture of love and support.