Prayer Shawl by The Firefly Hook
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Prayer Shawl

Crochet
May 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in as pattern repeats
5.5 mm (I)
800 - 840 yards (732 - 768 m)
One size fits most
US
This pattern is available for free.

We all have friends in need.

Sometimes the friend just needs a hug or an encouraging chat over a cup of coffee. Most of us benefit from a reprieve from the daily grind, and having a friend to laugh with can go a long way.

But sometimes a friend needs more – when that friend is walking through a dark, sad, or scary time; what many of us call “the valley.”

Obviously, the person experiencing a trial is the one with the difficulty – but sometimes knowing how to be a good friend can be hard too. We don’t always know what to say. We don’t want to be trite, or too serious. We want to be there, but not over-bearing. Some of us also have a tendency to shirk away from very emotional situations.

A tangible gift has a powerful impact and offering something personal can help with healing.

I love giving a prayer shawl that represents everything I wish, hope, and pray for that individual in the midst of trouble.

And not merely a shawl you would find in a store or in a pattern book, but a personalized crocheted fabric that wraps a friend in symbolism.

The symbols you choose will depend on your beliefs and the beliefs of the person receiving the shawl. The purpose isn’t religious proselytizing, it’s blessing someone going through a hard time.