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Prayer Shawls for Rush Charity Drive 2016


For the second year in a row, AllFreeCrochet [3] and AllFreeKnitting [4] are proud to announce we are partnering with Rush University Medical Center’s Prayer Shawls at Rush [5] initiative for a charity drive November 7 to December 5, 2016.

Prayer Shawls for Rush Charity Drive [5]

By knitting or crocheting a shawl for someone in need, you will be helping provide a bit of comfort to those who need it most.  The shawls often provide the patient warmth and a comforting embrace during difficult times.  Something so simple can be the brightest thing that has happened for the patient in some time, as many have often driven from great distances for treatment and have nothing comforting from home with them.

You can learn more about the history of the prayer shawl in our blog post “Comfort with Crochet Prayer Shawls [6]” and at shawlministry.com [7].

We were fortunate enough to visit Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL to learn more about this wonderful cause. Check out a video below to learn more about Prayer Shawls at Rush [5], including who receives the donated shawls, and how you can help:

How You Can Help:

This is the part we know you’ll enjoy… either knit or crochet a shawl and send it our way!  As you’re working, think warm thoughts or say your favorite prayer.  Your hard work will have a comforting and lasting effect on the recipient, because your prayers and thoughts of healing are woven into the fibers of the shawl.

Knit or Crochet Shawl Requirements:

Need Inspiration?

Free Crochet Prayer Shawls [9]

Our friends Marie Segares and Jessica Anderson have generously donated two exclusive full patterns that will work beautifully for this charity drive.  Of course, you can work up any pattern you’d like – but just in case you need a little extra inspiration, check out these two wonderful knit and crochet prayer shawls below.

Be sure to also check out AllFreeCrochet’s [10] free eBook, Free Crochet Prayer Shawls, [9] for even more free pattern inspiration!

And, if you’re feeling extra charitable, don’t miss AllFreeKnitting’s [11] “Knitting for Charity: 23 Free Hat Patterns” [12] collection.

Crochet Prayer Shawl Pattern

Marciana Lace Prayer Shawl [13]

This crochet prayer shawl [13] by Marie Segares features an easy to memorize stitch repeat, so you’ll be able to concentrate on healing thoughts as you work.  Choose any color combination you think would be a comfort to the recipient.  The rectangular shape makes this an easy-to-customize shawl.


Knit Prayer Shawl Pattern

On the Wings of a Prayer [14]

Written by Jessica Anderson, this knit prayer shawl pattern [14] features a triangular shape that works up quickly.  If you use a self-striping yarn, the pattern is lively and fun.  The unique sections of textural stitches not only add interest, they also give you a chance to change up your thoughts, thus weaving more than one good vibe into the fibers of the shawl.


Where to Send Your Shawl:

We will be collecting all donated shawls at our offices in Northbrook, IL and personally delivering them to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  Please send your handmade prayer shawls to:

Prime Publishing LLC
Attn: Prayer Shawls for Charity
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 220
Northbrook, IL 60062

Shawls need to be postmarked no later than December 5th, 2016.

What’s In It For YOU?

Of course, you’ll get that wonderful feeling by donating something to charity and helping someone in need.  But, we’re also offering an exclusive yarn bundle featuring various skeins of yarn and knit and crochet books! Send us a homemade prayer shawl, either knit or crochet, and you’ll be automatically entered to win this fabulous prize.

Prayer Shawls for Rush Charity Drive Giveaway [3]


We really couldn’t have made it easier!  Knit or crochet a shawl, big enough to comfort someone, and weave a few warm and healing thoughts into it as you work.  Then, box it up and send it to us.  The only thing you MUST DO is put a slip of paper/card/giant sign/something INSIDE the box so we know who sent it.  Information on the outside of the box does not count!  

What is your favorite comforting quote or thought?