Amy Clark

On the Knitting Needles: Prayer Shawl

I have started working on my first prayer shawl, now that I am starting to get the hang of this knitting thing. My mother-in-law had a beautiful pattern that she was working on so I thought I would attempt that. Unfortunately, six tries left me feeling less prayerful and more frustrated because the pattern was a bit too complex for my novice knitting self. The pattern is really lovely, but was all yarn overs, knit two togethers, and purling. No regular old knitting at all! I am hoping that I can do this in the future, but I needed to find something a little easier for my first shawl.

My mother-in-law brought over some patterns for me to try and I went on some websites and read through some comment threads on prayer shawls. One comment suggested a very easy and pretty prayer shawl that would come together well for a first time knitter.

You can use any size of large circular needles with this pattern and the bigger the needles, the more lacy the look. I am knitting with size eleven circular needles.

Here is the pattern:

Knit 4 stitches
Next Row: Knit 2 stitches, yarn over, knit two stitches
Repeat knitting 2 stitches, yarn over, and then knitting
Repeat this pattern until your shawl measures 60-70″

This is perfect because it wasn’t a large amount of casting on and you work from the tip of the shawl and build up with each yarn over. The only thing I have to remember is to yarn over after the first two stitches and then I just knit the rest.

This frees my mind to concentrate on the task at hand, which is to pray for someone who needs prayer. I am praying for a woman who is struggling to get pregnant and has not been able to. She has gone through a lot and I am hoping that this shawl will bring her some comfort. I actually have never met her, but she is a friend of our family and I know that it will mean a lot to her to know that someone is thinking of her.

Here are a few free patterns for prayer shawls that I have found:

Prayer Shawl With Garter Stitch Stripes

Prayer Shawl/Healing Shawl

Alix’s Lace Prayer Shawl

Homespun Knit Prayer Shawl

Prayer Shawl Crochet Pattern

Triangular Prayer Shawl

Prayers (can attach and say these prayers)

I am looking forward to making more of these and venturing into more complicated patterns in the future!

Published July 01, 2008 by:

Amy Clark

Amy Allen Clark is the founder of You can read all about her here.

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