Use your crochet skills to bring comfort during a difficult time by making a crochet prayer shawl for a loved one or charity.
If you want an enjoyable, relaxing project that can provide the recipient with peace and hope, check out this collection of beautiful prayer shawls. Many of these free patterns are easy enough for beginner crocheters.
Crochet Prayer Shawl Patterns
A prayer shawl, also called a comfort shawl, is made while praying for or sending loving thoughts to the recipient. You can make a crochet prayer shawl using any pattern and any yarn. It's a beautiful way to remind someone you care about them.
Why You’ll Love Making Prayer Shawls
Benefits of Prayer Shawls
Prayer shawls make wonderful gifts of solace and support for people going through tough times. Some recipients have the powerful sense of being wrapped in the love put into each stitch.
Because crochet shawls can fit any size body, you can make them for people you don’t know personally or donate them to charity. Prayer shawls can comfort the maker and the recipient because you can creatively express your care even if you can’t help in other ways.
How to Crochet a Prayer Shawl
Making comfort shawls is similar to other crochet projects. Adding a blessing during or after finishing the shawl lets you weave intention into each stitch.
- Use any shawl pattern and any yarn. Substitute a pattern for a chunky scarf, a baby blanket, or even a larger afghan if it would make a more suitable gift. The intent you put into every stitch makes the difference.
- Choose simple, meditative patterns that let you crochet while focusing on your prayer, mantra, or healing thoughts.
- Remember to block your finished work. It will enhance the drape of your shawl and show pretty stitches at their best.
- People often bless the prayer shawl once more before gifting it. This blessing can take whatever form feels right to you.
Choosing Yarn for Your Prayer Shawl
In our list below, you’ll find a range of patterns, from light, drapey shawls using fingering, DK, or sportweight yarn to shawls that work up quickly in chunky yarn.
Who Would Be a Recipient of a Prayer Shawl?
Anyone who would love a reminder that they are in your thoughts would make a good prayer shawl recipient. Especially:
- Someone having a difficult time. Troubles can’t always be fixed, but wrapping up in a prayer shawl can be a great comfort.
- Anyone experiencing a big life event. Brides and new moms sometimes feel overwhelmed and would welcome a thoughtful, crocheted gift.
- Yourself! We can be so busy we forget to show compassion to ourselves.
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Don't stop at crocheting prayer shawls! We've got plenty more free crochet patterns for you to enjoy.
Free Crochet Prayer Shawl Patterns
Ready to make your first prayer shawl? Crocheting with intent can be seriously relaxing, so it may be the first of many.
Easy Prayer Shawls For Beginners
These shawls make ideal beginner projects to practice basic crochet stitches. More experienced crocheters can relax and focus on their intent as they create beautiful gifts.
Double Crochet Triangle Scarf
Cozy Colorful Wrap
Cotton Shawl with Tassels
It’s easy to adjust the size by adding rows of single crochet stitches and chains until the shawl is big enough. Bold tassels make a nice finishing touch.
Stripy Triangle Shawl
Geometric Pattern Scarf
Tunisian Prayer Wrap With Fade
Lacey Prayer Shawls
Making a comfort shawl for someone who’d love to wrap themself in these pretty stitches and airy, feminine patterns? Have a go; it may be easier than you think. Many of the decorative stitches below are made from simple repeating rows.
Lacy Puff Stitch Shawl
Delicate Petal Stitch Wrap
Lacy Picot-Edge Shawl
One Skein Prayer Shawl with Video
Filet Crochet Rose Shawl
Floral Motif Shawl with Video
Follow the helpful video tutorial for step-by-step instructions.
Patterns With Repetitive Stitches
What could be better than recurring stitches for getting into a relaxed state of mind? These easy crocheted prayer shawls are perfect for meditating on the person you’re creating the shawl for.
Asymmetrical Shawl With Decorative Stitches
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Vintage-Look Boho Scarf with Video
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Looking for a unique prayer shawl that’s as original as the person you’re making it for? Whether it’s unusual stitches or a different approach to shawl-making, you’ll find it here.
Cozy Textured Prayer Shawl
Patchwork Crochet Triangle Scarf
Tapestry Colorwork Shawl
Stash-Busting Wrap with Fringe
30-Day Prayer Shawl
Rectangular Comfort Shawls
The classic rectangle scarf is hard to beat if you want to keep shaping simple when crocheting prayer shawls. Rectangles are easy to scale to any size and weight, whether that’s a light scarf or a cozy blanket wrap.
Tunisian Crochet Intarsia Scarf
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Isla Rectangle Prayer Shawl
Shawl With Cabling and Bobbles
Lacy Shawl With Decorative Edges
Light Summer Prayer Shawl
Textured Shawl With Fringe
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Supplies and Materials for Making a Prayer Shawl
Prayer shawls can be large or small, so there’s room to experiment with gauge to create your perfect shawl. Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:
Crochet is a wonderful way to make a prayer shawl as makers can meditate on the recipient and their concerns while repeating stitches. For the same reason, you can also knit prayer shawls.
If the recipient hasn’t heard of prayer shawls, explain what they are or simply say that the shawl was made with love, especially for them. If appropriate, include a personal card with a prayer or poem you have chosen.
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