If you’ve ever had someone in your life going through a rough time, whether a personal loss or an illness, I can bet you’ve sat and wondered what you could do to help bring them some comfort. The solution for those of us handy with the hook and yarn is to make a crochet prayer shawl.
The process for making a crochet prayer shawl is therapeutic for the creator as well. She will often sit and think about the perfect yarn and pattern for the recipient, putting thought into how much comfort it will bring in this time of need.
Once she’s ready to begin working, the creator will then often say a prayer or blessing for the troubled one. These thoughts and emotions are carried throughout the shawl making process with one final prayer for the recipient before it is given to them.
“Shawls … made for centuries universal and embracing,
symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.
They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace,
mother, hug, shelter and beautify.
Those who have received these shawls have been
uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to
fly above their troubles…”
Written in 1998 by: Janet Severi Bristow
Copyright ©2015 via shawlministry.com
In some communities, whenever someone is in need of a prayer shawl, groups of well-wishers will gather in a circle to say prayers while the shawl is passed from person to person, and each person creates a few stitches on the finished project. This is a wonderful way to pass many blessings on to the recipient and let them know that the village is there for them during their time of need.
If you are in need of a crochet prayer shawl pattern, or just want to have some beautiful shawls to hook up, our friends at AllFreeCrochet have put together a free eBook for you to download. In the Seven Free Crochet Prayer Shawls eBook, you’ll find seven unique, comforting, and extra special shawls to make for someone in need, a charity or for yourself. Each pattern is easy to memorize for a soothing work in progress, and are all wonderful gifts for someone in need.
You may find that the recipient will take great comfort in your crochet prayer shawl and will cherish it. She may find that an important part of her healing process is to keep the shawl, or pass it on to someone else in need at a later date. Your beautiful work will go on to comfort someone else, and hopefully will do so for years to come.
Have you ever made a prayer shawl?