Marion Shirley and Suzan Emma and Judi
Prayer Shawl Pattern
The Prayer shawl is roughly 24"x60". Uses 2 2/3 skeins of yarn. Last 1/3 is for fringe (if desired)
Simple Pattern - Knit
Use large needles. Cast on 81 stitches (or any multiple of 3). Knit 3, purl 3 to end. On the next row work the same stitch to what you see. Knit into knits, purl into purls (so you are not ribbing). If you work 81 stitches, you will always start with K3.
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Simple Pattern - Crochet
Use N or 10mm hook. Chain 75. Double crochet in 3rd chain from hook. Double crochet in each chain across. Chain 2 at and of row. Turn. Work in dc and chain 2 at each turn.
You may choose any yarn and any stitch and any finished size - these are just suggestions. There is a free pattern on-line at
Prayers We Use
When we gather to knit together we always light a candle and share in this prayer before we start. You may enjoy using it at home.
Shawls and Christ candle Marina Kate and Jean
We also provide a prayer to our crafters for their use when they work at home... it is below as well. But any prayer will do!
Opening Prayer - (in the group)
Jesus spoke to them, saying,
"I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life."
Gracious and loving God, as we light our candle we remember
Your light which shines into darkness,
Your Son whose life, death and resurrection gives us hope,
Your Spirit which permeates every corner of our lives.
Be present here as we knit these shawls and enjoy each other’s company.
We remember all those for whom we knit these shawls;
Those who are lonely and need to know they are loved,
Those who are ill and yearn for healing of body, mind and spirit,
Those who face challenging decisions and search for guidance,
Those who are grieving and welcome comforting words and actions,
Those who are celebrating newness of life
and rejoice in the warmth and richness surrounding them.
Again, bind us together in one community of love,
founded on the faith that Your love and grace are everlasting. Amen.
(West Avon Congregational Church, written by Cynthia D. Yee, © 2008)
Opening Prayer - (Alone)
In the name of God, the Creator, the giver of life;
In the name of Jesus, the Saviour, the healer, the lifter of pain;
In the name of the Spirit, the comforter, the consoler, the sustainer of life.
I knit this shawl as:
a mantle of caring,
a mantle of wholeness,
a mantle of healing,
a mantle to empower you,
a mantle of protection,
a mantle of strength,
a mantle of patience.
May this shawl warm you and comfort you when you are weak and weary.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Brought by Helen Wilson for our use
Prayer Shawlers "Knit in Public" at Bannerman Park
Prayer Tag Blessing - we will provide, sewn on each finished prayer shawl
This gift was hand made for you by ____________________________ of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Gower St United Church. It was made with prayer, blessed by our group and dedicated by the whole congregation. Receive it and be blessed!
In the name of God, the Creator, the giver of life; In the name of Jesus, the Saviour,the healer, the lifter of pain; In the name of the Spirit, the comforter, the consoler, the sustainer of life, I put this on. It is a mantle of caring, a mantle of wholeness, a mantle of healing, a mantle of power, a mantle of protection, a mantle of strength, a mantle of patience. Through this shawl may I know warmth and comfort when I am weak and weary. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.