I recently completed a 3-part series on prayer shawl crafting for Lion Brand’s blog. I wanted to share links to those posts here along with information about them for anyone who is interested in intentional crafting and might have missed those articles.
Part I: Value of Prayer Shawls
In the first prayer shawls post I wrote about why people might be interested in crafting prayer shawls. I wrote about the value that they have for the crafter as well as the value that they offer to the recipient. I especially loved the comments people shared on this post, writing about their experiences with both making and receiving prayer shawls.
Have you crafted prayer shawls? Have you received a comfort item from someone else? I’d still love to see those comments, either here or on that original post!
Part II: Tips for Prayer Shawl Crafting
Next I wrote up some tips for people who are interested in getting started with crocheting or knitting prayer shawls but aren’t sure how to maximize their experience and really get that true value out of them. I wrote about selecting a recipient for a prayer shawl, setting the space for enjoying the craft experience and other aspects of making a prayer shawl.
Do you have any tips for prayer shawl crafting? I’d love to share them with others! I certainly don’t have all of the answers so again feel free to comment here or on the original post to help others get the most out of crocheting prayer shawls.
Part III: Alternatives to Prayer Shawls
Finally, I wanted to address the fact that there are some people who are uncomfortable with the term “prayer shawl” because they don’t feel like prayer is a part of their lives. I believe that intentional crafting can be done regardless of what your personal view is on prayer so I wanted to offer some suggestions for affirmations and other creative approaches to crafting selflessly for others in this way. Read that post here.
I was touched by the many comments on this post sharing different ideas for callign these shawls “healing shawls” or “hugs” or “wraps of love” or other things such as that. Are you comfortable with the term prayer shawls? What might you prefer instead?
Image source: Lion Brand Yarn’s South Bay Shawlette is the most popular free crochet shawl pattern on Ravelry.