If you know someone who is going through some hardships right now, a crochet prayer shawl can be the perfect gift to give them.
This is a great gift to give someone to remind them that you’re always thinking of them, even if you’re not as close by as you once were.
A prayer shawl gives comfort and expresses care for the recipient whether they are going through a dark time or celebrating something special. It is a hug you can wear.
Crocheting prayer shawls is an excellent way to give someone that extra bit of warmth, comfort, and support during difficult times in their lives. Sometimes, though, shawls are made to celebrate happy times like a birth or a wedding.
It is more about the intention while you are crocheting. Many crocheters will pray for the person while creating. And if you’re not a religious person, you can repeat a meaningful phrase, song, or mantra as you work, putting loving thoughts and feelings into every special stitch.
Sometimes crocheted prayer shawls are made for someone specific. Other times they are a charity project, donated to a ministry at church, for an unknown someone going through a troubling time.
You really can use any crochet shawl pattern to make a prayer shawl. You can find a free pattern for a comfort shawl, crochet pocket shawl, or even a lap blanket or baby blanket and transform it into a prayer shawl.
Many find it works best when you can find a repetitive stitch pattern that enables you to get into the rhythm and meditative act of crocheting the shawl. Bonus points if it’s a simple stitch pattern as well!
Prayer Shawl Crochet Patterns
When you need a bright and cheerful prayer shawl, Posh Pooch Designs has got your back… literally! I love that this combines that repetitive, soothing pattern with a really fun, beautiful border! This Pattern uses about Five skeins of yarn, so make sure to have plenty on hand! Plus, there’s a video tutorial to help you along your way while crocheting.
If you’re looking for a repetitive, but beautiful prayer shawl pattern you are going to love this pattern from The Little Bee NZ! Easy to make, and pleasing to the eyes.
Marly Bird knows how to put together an easy but well-designed shawl, and this one is no exception! This is such a beautiful prayer shawl crochet pattern, I especially love all the color changes, you could really pick the receiver’s favorite colors and work them all into this gorgeous pattern.
I love the shell style of this shawl by Olgapoltava! It takes a bit more concentration but I can’t help but think it is just the perfect size to wrap around yourself for your morning prayers! (There’s really no rule saying you can’t crochet one for yourself!) It’s simply a beautiful piece that will make an amazing handmade gift.
I love the combination of dragonfly and lace on this gorgeous crochet shawl by Auburn Craft. I cannot get enough of it! Not too flashy, but just enough to give this special project some fun personality.
What better way to celebrate the beauty of creation than to crochet this flowery shawl by Spit Spot Crochet! This is another that requires a bit more concentration, but wow… what a show-stopper! Honestly, it’s a bit of a crazy crochet shawl but that somehow makes me love it more. You can also totally go through your yarn stash, using different bits of yarn to make all the flowers as well.
I love the perfect combination of a simple pattern with a flashy finish with that wide border in this shawl by The Little Bee NZ. All the rows are slightly different which reminds me that each of us is going through different struggles, and how our prayers, thoughts, and crochet unite us together.
Who appreciates the simplicity of this shawl by Craft Her Blog? This would be so fun to crochet and that fringe is just the perfect finishing touch. I personally love a rectangular shawl so I am definitely sold on this pattern.
Another beautiful dragonfly shawl by Auburn Craft! I love the orientation of the stitches on this one and the border is breathtaking! This is one adorable crochet shawl I might have a hard time giving away.
I feel like ombre yarn teaches a valuable lesson about embracing change, and Mijo Crochet Designs’ attractive shawl demonstrates that perfectly!
This prayer shawl by Wool n Hook reminds me of God’s promise of the rainbow! So colorful and joyful! It would also look lovely in a solid color too if that’s more your style. Personally, though, the finished design in rainbow is too beautiful to pass up.
Sometimes, life throws a lot of change and “spirals” our way, and this lovely shawl by Change Path Crochet embraces those hardships in this prayer shawl wonderfully! Plus, if you’ve wanted to try out an asymmetrical design, this pattern allows you to be incredibly versatile before you join all of the swirls together.
Last but not least, Knot Yourself Out brings us this simple prayer shawl that looks so cozy! This would be a lovely gift that’s fun to crochet!
Frequently Asked Prayer Shawl Questions
What is a Prayer Shawl?
A prayer shawl is a knit or crochet shawl that is made as a gift to someone else. Think of it as a crochet hug, where the crocheter prays and sends good thoughts into the stitches and then gifts it to someone else. It often is given to someone going through tough times in life, but it also can be given on joyous occasions too.
How Do You Crochet A Prayer Shawl?
A prayer shawl is really about the intention of the project. So any shawl pattern will do. Most people find it easiest to crochet a simple, repetitive pattern so they can pray or think good thoughts while crocheting. But you certainly can crochet a more complicated design if you wish.
Who Would Be A Recipient of a Prayer Shawl?
You can give a prayer shawl to anyone! So you can make it for someone you know as a friendship shawl, praying and thinking good thoughts for a specific person or intention. Or you can make it as a charity donation through a shawl ministry where you don’t necessarily know the recipient personally.
What is a Prayer Shawl Used For?
The receiver of the prayer shawl can wear the shawl as an ordinary shawl, knowing that someone lovingly crocheted it while thinking of them and praying. It is meant to give comfort, both physically and emotionally to the wearer.
MORE PRAYER SHAWL IDEAS
If you love crochet prayer shawls, you might enjoy these crochet afghans. Adjust the sizing for a prayer shawl or just crochet an afghan instead to give comfort to someone in need.
Do you love these beautiful prayer shawl patterns as much as I do? I hope you enjoyed this journey through crochet prayer shawls and you found one or more crochet shawl patterns that caught your eye. The making and giving of crochet prayer shawls is a beautiful practice and a way to spread a little more love around in our world with a simple crochet hook and a loving heart.
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