Prayer Shawl

The Prayer Shawl Journal & Guidebook

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Inspiration, Plus Knit & Crochet Basics

Janet Severi Bristow & Victoria A. Cole-Galo


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  • Product # 071461
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-62113-673-6
  • Published Date 2014
  • Dimensions 8 x 10
  • Pages 160
  • Photos 30
  • Drawings 70

Show someone special every stitch of your love with a handmade prayer shawl. There’s something remarkable about a prayer shawl, especially one you’ve created with your own hands. They can be given for myriad life situations—to provide comfort post-surgery or after the loss of a loved one, as well as during times of celebration, meditation, or rites of passage. Prayer shawls make wonderful gifts for graduation, weddings, and the birth of a baby, holidays, and any other marker of life’s many stages. Now you can learn how to make these beautiful shawls that will be cherished for years after the first wrapping around one’s shoulders with The Prayer Shawl Journal & Guidebook.

Part inspiring journal, part step-by-step guide. With techniques and tips for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels—plus plenty of shawl patterns to create and share with the global community of prayer shawl makers—The Prayer Shawl Journal & Guidebook is the perfect handbook for learning to knit or crochet prayer shawls of your own. It’s the latest edition from the beloved authors of the tour de force prayer shawl series (The Prayer Shawl Companion, The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion and The New Prayer Shawl Companion—all together with more than 96,000 copies sold).

Page after page, you’ll find valuable information including:

  • Essential knitting and crochet instruction, plus tips, finishing techniques, and troubleshooting advice
  • 10 easy prayer shawl patterns (including the traditional, basic pattern), 30 photographs, and 70 illustrations
  • A month-by-month Prayer Shawl Year section with journal pages and space for writing
  • Charts for recording knit and crochet projects, listing ideas, and keeping track of yarn stash and notions
  • Inspirational quotes throughout to prompt peaceful, meaningful reflection.

Chances are you already enjoy knitting and crocheting. Prayer shawl making, with its thoughtful blessings woven into each stitch, will elevate your experience to a higher ground.

About the Authors Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo are co-founders of the Prayer Shawl Ministry ( They travel nationwide to conduct shawl ministry workshops. Both women are graduates of the Hartford Seminary’s Women’s Leadership Institute and reside in Hartford, CT.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: How to Use This Book
The Basics:
Casting On
The Knit Stitch
The Purl Stitch
Left-handed Knitting
Slipping a Stitch and Increasing
Three Ways to Bind Off
Winding Yarn, Joining a New Color, Gauge Swatches
Knitting Abbreviations & Yarn Weights
The Crochet Stitch
Double Crochet, Triple Crochet, Crab-Stitch Crochet
Increasing and Decreasing in Crochet
Crochet Abbreviations
Crochet Hook Sizes

Chapter 2: The Prayer Shawl Year: January to December

Chapter 3: The Patterns
Beginner Prayer Shawl Pattern
Simple Prayer Shawl Pattern
Pocket Prayer Shawl Pattern
Recycled Sweater Shawl Pattern
Caregiver’s Shawl Pattern
Persephone Shawl Pattern
Baptism Prayer Shawl Pattern
Original Crocheted Shawl Pattern
Crocheted Milk Fiber Shawl Pattern
Crocheted Granny Square Edge Shawl Pattern

Chapter 4: Knitting & Crocheting Along
Projects I Want to Make
Projects I’ve Made
My Yarn Stash
My Knitting Needle/Crochet Hook Inventory
Fringes and Edges
How to Make a Sachet or Prayer Shawl Gift Bag
Colors & Symbology

How to Start a Prayer Shawl Ministry
Designers & Authors
Yarn Information


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