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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is an inspiring movement of people who gather to pray and knit or crochet for those in need. The ministry’s sole purpose is to give away the shawls they create -- shawls they hope will literally wrap recipients in prayer. For more information about prayer shawls, search the term 'prayer shawl' on the Internet, visit or click here for an overview of crafting as a spiritual movement

Prayer shawls

The National Guard unit based in Austin, Minnesota was recently activated for duty in Iraq. A service of blessing was scheduled at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin for the 130 guard members. With eight days notice, the prayer shawl knitters of St. Olaf and some friends knitted 150 symbolic shawls (using 44 skeins of yarn)for the guard members to take with them.

Instead of the usual shawl knitted with three skeins of Lion Brand Homespun, we made each piece about 6 inches by 27 inches. The yarn was paid for by the Sunday School students of St. Olaf and 19 people worked on them during the 8-day marathon with one of the people knitting 25 pieces.

The prayer shawl knitters started last September and come together the first Monday afternoon of each month to share stories, to pray together and to dedicate the shawls knitted during the past month. To date, we have made about 75 shawls using the Homespun yarn. The shawls have been meaningful to many recipients as well as being therapeutic for the knitters. Several women who have received shawls have now become knitters for us.

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Click here to download the free pattern to crochet or knit a prayer shawl
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