Immanuel Lutheran Church
Prayer Shawl Ministry
When we meet: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays January - November
What we do: Knit or crochet prayer shawls to be given away to persons needing comfort and healing or in celebration of a special event. We have fellowship with one another, enjoy a cup of tea and a special treat along with a brief devotion each time we meet. Occasionally we take on other special projects. We have knit or crocheted afghan squares for Warm Up America and newborn caps.
Contact Person: Joanne Johnson
is some background on prayer shawl ministry from Lion brand.
shawls were being made for other life events and celebrations, as well. They
chose homespun yarn for their project because it is soft,
In the fall of 1999, the Rev. Schenck Izard, a ministry on the staff, a minister on the staff of First Church of Christ Congregational, West Hartford, Connecticut, heard of the project. Izard, a knitter herself, decided to establish a prayer shawl knitting circle at her church. The response was so positive that Izard wrote a piece on it for Presence, a three-times-a-year journal for spiritual directors. The article, Knitting into the Mystery of God appeared in Vol. 6, No. 3 in September 2000. It included the pattern, with the suggestion to use Lion Brands Homespun.
Since then, the project has snowballed. Between them, Bristow says she and Cole-Galo have produced approximately 350 shawls. As of mid-August 2002, Izards group in West Hartford had knitted and given away more than 300 shawls, but the real explosion came from the internet. People all over the world responded to the presence piece, and there are prayer shawl groups as far away as New Zealand, and a convent of cloistered of nuns in England is now making them with wool they dye with plants from the convent garden! Most groups in the USA continue to use Homespun.
Bristow says, Sometimes there are no words. A prayer shawl wraps someone in a hug thats the accumulation of thoughts and prayers for them.
PRAYER SHAWL PATTERNS
LION BRAND © HOMESPUN©
Knitted or Crochet Prayer Shawl
NOTE: Because different knitting ministry groups and individuals make prayer shawls in their own ways, there is a great deal of variation. This pattern gives a sample of how to make a knit or crocheted shawl. Your individual choices in yarn and needle/hook size will affect the finished size and thickness of the shawl, but there isnt one right way. Because crochet uses more yarn than knit, a crochet shawl will be a bit smaller than a knit one made with the same number of yarn skeins. To make a larger one, start with a longer chain and use an additional skein.
Size: approximately 24 x 60
Materials: LION BRAND Homespun, 3 Skeins in color of your choice
Knit: Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) through 15 (10mm) knitting needles
Crochet: Size N-13 (9mm) or P-15 (10mm) crochet hook
Repeated Row: Turn and knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches.
Both Versions: Work about 2 1/2 skeins in this pattern. Use the rest of the yarn for fringe, which can be from 3 to 9 long. Knot the ends of the fringes to keep the yarn from frizzing.
We have a lot of yarn in our yarn closet. If you would like to try your hand at making a prayer shawl please contact Joanne Johnson to choose yarn!