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Free Pattern: The Power of a Prayer Shawl

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Trinity Prayer Shawl

Trinity Prayer Shawl

45 thoughts on “Free Pattern: The Power of a Prayer Shawl

  1. I love, live, love this pattern, but it came out too short for my mother. I I add a second set of pattern, in reverse, do you think it will ruin the symbolism? It was one of the reasons I chose this pattern. I am unable to post my photo in your comments, but would gladly email it to you. Thank you so much! I want to finish it soon. Heather Gruber, fb @ heather horn Gruber.

  2. I Love this shawl and it will be perfect for the prayer shawl ministry I belong to. The stitches are easy enough but I am having difficulty getting the diagonal. Is it my understanding that stitching into the chain one stitch at the beginning of each row will create this? I

    • Hi Lauri!

      Great question. The reason for the slant is the way the T-sts are made and then how the next row of sc are worked. Check to make sure you are working your T-sts properly and this note that is in the pattern might help:

      IMPORTANT: The “ch-1″ at the beginning of a sc row does NOT count as a stitch (initial chains do count as stitches with taller stitches: a ch-2 counts as one hdc, ch-3 counts as one dc, etc. when a pattern indicates) Ch 1 at the beg of the row and work your first sc in the same st as the ch. If you do not do this, your shawl will not be worked on the bias.

      Those are a few reasons it may not be on the bias. Let me know if I can off any more help.

      Thanks for stopping by and happy crocheting:)

      Abbey

      • The shawl is coming out beautifully. I so much enjoy making this trinity stitch pattern. It is very relaxing and easy to remember. I am already looking forward to making my next one. Thank you for the quick reply.

  3. This is my first attempt at a prayer shawl. I was drawn first to your color combination. It’s just lovely. I see in the comments that some others have experienced the “diagonal” challenge and I’m hoping with their comments I will be able to get my shawl on the right road. Thanks for the pattern, background information, and the great tutorials.

    • Let me know if you still need help figuring out the bias. Thanks for stopping by The Firefly Hook!

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  4. I am not sure if I have confirmed that I want to follow you. Could you send me confirmation to my email? Thanks!

    • Hi Sandra!

      In order to check if you are following us, look on the main page of the site in the upper right hand corner. If you signed up successfully, it should say “following”. If you are unsure you can always enter your email address up at the top and sign up there. I can’t actually send you a confirmation on my end. Let me know if you need more help.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  5. What an Awesome answer to prayer!! It has been placed on my heart to start a Prayer Shawl Ministry at my Church, and what do I see tonight when I open my email? Not only 20 patterns for Prayer Shawls, but scripture, the symbolism of the colors, hymns and other inspirational items that could be used for the recipient of the Prayer Shawl for inspiration! This is just the push and inspiration that I needed to get this Ministry started, and for it to be successful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Abbey!!

    Sandra Hafner

  6. Thank you so much for sharing the Trinity Shaw pattern. I have some new wool and am going to start it soon. Seven women from out church family meet twice a month for sharing patterns, wool and fellowship. we have been blessed by giving many prayer shawls away including to our young Pastor who had surgery, being very macho he thought they were for women until he had his surgery and then we each received a thank you note from him saying how much comfort he received by being wrapped in a navy shawl. He blesses several at a time during Worship. A dear friend received one this New Years when her husband went home, and she has emailed more than once saying how wonderful the shawl is. Blessings, Val

    • Val,
      Thank you for visiting The Firefly Hook and for sharing your stories. I love hearing about the power of a simple gift.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  7. I did the first 14 rows & mine was not coming up diagonal either. I was not putting my 2 single crochets in chain sp. but instead somehow I was putting it in the T stitch. When I started over & did that then it turned out correct. I had to feel on the row before the 2 sc. row to feel the hole left by the chain until I got the hang of it. Once I did that it is great. I am about 1/2 finished now. Thank you for a great pattern & explanation. I hope my friend that is going through a very rough time will find comfort knowing people are praying for her. I hope explaining my problem helps.

  8. I Love this shawl and all of the symbols. I just got done making one, less the tassels. My problem is that it didn’t turn out to be diagonal. Help! What did I do wrong?

    • That’s a great question! I think I would need to see the shawl to figure out what happened. I also had a friend work it up with the same problem. I will ask her how she resolved it and get back to you. It has to do with where the stitches are worked at the beginning and end of the row…

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Warmly,
      Abbey

      • Hi there. I too had a problem with getting the diagonal. However, I am blessed with having the designer live in my home town🙂 so she helped me work it out. I will look at it when I get home this evening and get back to you. It is so beautiful on the bias.

  9. I am very active in the prayer shawl ministry at out church. I sing in our choir, play the bells, attend Bible study and, until about a year ago, was an officer in one of our women’s groups. I volunteer with the food pantry, help in our semi-annual rummage sales and work in our annual pumpkin patch, along with a number of other various and assorted programs and activities. However, if I was one day informed that I would be allowed to be involved in only one of these ministries, I’d choose our shawl ministry in a heartbeat and never look back.

    Our group is now about 10-12 in number and we meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the afternoon for 2-3 hours and on the 4th Tuesday mornings when we also share lunch together. We always have a short devotional then every completed project is placed on the table. We lay hands on them and pass them around so that each piece is touched by and prayed over by each member of the group. Each shawl includes a small handmade cross and the name of the person who crocheted or knitted it. Also enclosed in the bag is a letter that tells a little bit about our group along with a page of scriptures and prayers. Some of us crochet, some knit and some do both. Every year we create hats and scarves to be included in the food baskets provided by the food pantry at Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with those we provide to the local women’s shelter. This past year we created 97 shawls, 133 cap & scarf sets and almost that same number individual pieces which weren’t part of a set. Beginning January 2015, we will begin making baby blankets for a facility that supports young women with an alternative to abortion. Our completed shawls are free for the asking to anyone (you don’t even need to be a church member) who knows of anyone in need, whether it be physical, mental or spiritual. In 2014, we gave out 115 shawls which were sent all across the United States and at least 2 that were sent overseas.

    When I began this message I didn’t expect to get so long and involved, but I hope you will overlook (and forgive) my “over sharing.” I just want to say that I loved the explanation of your pattern, especially the symbolism of the numbers. While I found the choice of the Trinity stitch self explanatory, I was intriqued by the rest and I really appreciate the scriptures you provided. I can’t wait to share your pattern and scriptures with the gals in our group. Thank you so much for sharing your marvelous talent.

    May God bless you and keep you and yours.

    • That is so wonderful! I love hearing about people using crochet to bless others. I’m honored that you will share this pattern with the gals in your group.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  10. I made this prayer shawl and will make others to give to the chaplains at The Cancer Center of America where my husband and I are receiving treatment. This pattern was such a blessing and inspiration to me. Thank you.
    Dee

    • Dee,

      Thank you for blessing others with this shawl. And many prayers and blessings on you and your husband as you receive treatments.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  11. Love Power of a Prayer Shawl. It looks so much warmer than a lot others I’ve seen. And cool to read the history and meaning behind every stitch — which I will print up with each shawl gift.

    • Thank you so much for using this pattern to bless others. I’m happy you like the meaning behind the stitches, too.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  12. I finished making this Prayer Shawl for a friend just this week. It is fantastic – one of the most beautiful and meaningful Prayer Shawls I have made and I have made many. It is wonderful to find a new and different pattern for a crocheted shawl. I made my shawl 70 single crochet stitches wide and would even like it a bit wider but will have to research numbers in order to do this. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and your pattern. Many Blessings.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by The Firefly Hook and using this pattern to bless someone!

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  13. I just finished making your prayer shawl last night. I am going to give it to a friend who recently retired. She is feeling uneasy about how she will be able to live on her social security.
    Thank you for sharing your pattern.
    Louise

    • Louise,
      Thanks so much for visiting The Firefly Hook and using this pattern to bless someone! You are a good friend.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  14. Can you tell me what kind of yarn you used and how many skeins it took? (or approximate number of yards and whether it was worsted or something else). Thank you so much for the wonderfully symbolic pattern.

    • Hi Janice,
      Thanks for stopping by! Here’s the info we have on the yarn in the post for the prayer shawl:

      Yarn Pictured Malabrigo Rios in 27 Bobby Blue (CA) and 416 Indiecita (CB)

      Yardage / Grams: 840 yards, 400 g (420 yds CA, 420 yds CB)

      Yarn Weight: 4 medium worsted

      If you want to buy the specific yarn mentioned you will need two skeins of each color.

      Thanks again for visiting and for blessing others with a prayer shawl.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

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  16. I make prayer shawls for our church to be given away as needed. This pattern will be a nice addition to the patterns I have been using. Each prayer shawl I create is of a different pattern, and color/texture, unique in it’s own way just as the recipient is unique in his/her own way.

    • That is so wonderful to hear! I love the prayer shawls can be so versatile and meet the needs of the recipient. Thanks for stopping by!

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  17. This Prayer Shawl is Amazing! I hope to make one.Thanks for posting and sharing your beautiful work! Blessings.

  18. Love this def gonna try and make!belong to prayershawl group here in newfairfield ct.heres the FUNNY part i dont read direction,s but look at pictures and come up with a version of it none of my projects are the same!🌹

    • Hello Rosie,
      Thanks for stopping by! I think that’s great – you will be a big blessing to someone no matter the version of prayer shawl you create. Each one is one-of-a-kind. That is so wonderful you have a prayer shawl group! I would love to be a part of one.

      Warmly,
      Abbey

  19. Love that you included Scripture in the pattern. This will give direction to the prayers I will use as I make this shawl! It all fits together so beautifully even the colors! Thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Dorothy! Let us know if you work one up with the pattern. Happy crocheting!:)

      Warmly,
      Abbey

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  21. This is so nice! I love the explanation with it as well. I will definitely make one of these. It will make such a nice gift. Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Thanks for stopping by! Let us know how you like the pattern. Happy crocheting!:)

      Warmly,
      Abbey

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  23. NICE article!!  THANKS for sharing!  I will try this pattern for my next prayer shawl! Blessings!  kimberly

    • Thank you so much Kimberly! Let me know how it turns out. What kinds of prayer shawls have you made in the past?

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Abbey

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