As of 2016, Ravelry.com includes the Original Prayer Shawl Knitting Pattern. The knitting pattern is available for no charge at The Prayer Shawl Ministry's official website, at ShawlMinistry.com. The Prayer Shawl requires either a size 11 or 13 knitting needle or an M, N or P crochet hook. The knitted pattern calls for 555 yards of slightly bulky yarn, while the crochet pattern requires 740 yards of slightly bulky yarn.Continue Reading
The website also includes instructions for adding optional tassels to a prayer shawl. It is possible to create the shawls in a variety of yarn colors and styles. Add beads, charms or other decorative accents to customize the shawl to the unique tastes of the intended recipient. Include a scented sachet with natural potpourri or essential oils in the box to give the shawl a pleasant fragrance.
The Original Prayer Shawl Pattern was developed by Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo in 1998. Since this is a spiritual practice, knitters create the shawl while giving thoughts and prayers of peace and love for the recipient. Knitters often create the pieces to comfort and encourage those undergoing medical procedures, dealing with serious illness, expecting a baby or dealing with emotional distress.Learn more about Crafting