Members of the Community UMC United Methodist Women’s Knitting Group provide shawls to our seniors both in their homes, if they are homebound, and during the Senior Worship Services. The UMW group combines their love of knitting and crocheting with a prayer ministry when they make the shawls. When complete, the group joins together to offer prayers for the receiver. These shawls provide not only warmth and comfort but also celebrate their lives and serve as a sign of God’s inclusive and unconditional love.
Make a Prayer Shawl
There are no real “rules”, besides the idea that you infuse the yarn with your love and healing prayers as you stitch. You can find lots of free patterns online by searching “prayer shawl patterns”.
The simplest pattern is a basic rectangle using any stitch pattern you like. You should make a finished rectangle of about 22″-26″ by 56″-62″. (people come in all sizes, so our shawls can too!) You can add fringe if you like. Use any color and type of yarn you like- it should be “comfy”. (Tip: bulkier yarn lets you use larger needles and finish more quickly. The CUMC knitters usually use three skeins of Lion Brand Homespun).