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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Next Meeting: January 24 | 9:30 AM | Chapel

If it has been a while since you picked up a pair of knitting needles, if you are just getting started, or if you are an experienced knitter, our Prayer Cloth MInistry is for you.

Prayer cloths are a tangible reminder of God’s love. They are also reminders that someone is thinking about you and praying with you. Prayer cloths provide a way for members of a faith community to connect with one another during times of celebration, transition, pain, or crisis.

What’s a prayer cloth ministry? Simple. A group of folks make small knitted pieces (see photos) to give to people as reminders of God’s love and the love of our faith community. You can make the squares on your own and join others for a knitting circle once a month to learn new skills and see what others are doing.

In the meantime, if you would like to try your hand at making a prayer cloth, here’s a simple pattern that will make a cloth similar to the ones in the picture. If you are interested in making larger prayer shawls, the group can move in that direction once we’ve gotten started with these smaller projects.

Prayer Cloth Instructions - Revised

What you need:

Yarn - About 25-30 yards of worsted weight yarn (You can use other weights of yarn, but the size of the cloth will vary with the size of the yarn and needles.)

Needles - Size 8, go smaller with lighter yarn, bigger with heavier yarn.

Notions - Two stitch markers, a yarn needle, (Optional) charms or beads


Cast on 22 stitches using long-tail cast on or your preferred cast-on technique.

Knit 4 rows. You can create a selvedge edge by slipping the first stitch of each row.

Set up row - Kint 4, place marker, purl 14, place marker, knit 4. Knit 4 stitches at the beginning and end of each row to create a frame for the cross image.Steps 4-8 create the cross pattern on the center 14 stitches.

For the next 3 rows, alternate Knit 1 row, purl 1 row on the center 14 stitches.

Set up row for cross - On center 14 stitches, purl 4, knit 6, purl 4.

For the next 13 rows, on center 14 stitches alternate theses rows (1) knit 4, purl 6, knit 4 and (2) purl 4, knit 6, purl 4.

Cross Bar - For the next 6 rows on center 14 stitches, alternate rows of knit stitches and rows of purl stitches, ending with a purl row.

For the next 6 rows repeat steps 5 (1 row) and 6 (5 rows) above to create the head of the cross.

Next 4 rows, alternate rows of purl and knit stitches, starting with purl.

Finishing rows, knit all stitches for the next 4 rows, removing markers.

Bind off all stitches using a simple bind off technique or your preferred technique.

Use a yarn needle to weave in ends. You can also add a tassel at one corner, a cross charm or other embellishments as you prefer.

Block using a steam iron on the lowest heat setting for steam.


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