Our Prayer Shawl Ministry at FUMC needs your help. First Church wants to reach out the local heroes who are caring for our community and let them know that we appreciate the care they give. A Prayer Square is a small tangible way to let someone know that you and God care for them. Contact Karen Bower at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
Follow the directions below to learn how to crochet and knit a prayer square.
How to Crochet a Prayer Square
• Say a short prayer before you begin. Here is a suggestion: Lord, keep my hands and heart focused on whoever receives this prayer square, that they know You love them and care for them and their concerns. Amen. And as you crochet, think kind and loving thoughts toward that person.
• Lets get started. If you need to know how to crochet, we suggest you watch the following video. Here you can learn how to Chain: Do a single crochet (sc); How to turn your work And weave in your ends. For the prayer square, leave a 3 inch length of yarn to tie the cross on.
• Worsted weight yarn (4-medium)
• G crochet hook
• Fabric scissors
• Yarn needle, to weave beginning yarn
• sc-single crochet
• Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch, turn (9 sc)
• Row 2: ch 1, sc in each sc, turn (9 sc)
• Repeat row 2 until you have a square. You can fold material diagonally to see if you have a square.
• Last row: ch 1, sc in each sc, (9 sc), ch 1 and pull yarn through ch, cut yarn about 3 inches long to tie on cross.
• Weave in the yarn on the beginning row.
How to Knit a Prayer Square
• Say a short prayer before you begin. Here is a suggestion: Lord, keep my hands and heart focused on whoever receives this prayer square, that they know You love and care for them and their concerns. Amen. And as you knit, think kind and loving thoughts toward that person.
• Lets get started. If you need to know how to knit, we suggest you watch the video below. Here you can learn how to cast on (this is the easiest way to cast on) Knit, purl (tho you don’t need to use this right now) Bind off, and Weave in ends.
• Needle: #6, 7, 8
• Yarn weight: # 3 or 4
• Fabric Scissors Yarn needle
• Cast on your ten stitches. After a few rows: some of you may thing that your edges look wonky (Is that a word?) * To correct this, just pull the second stitch a little tighter. *As you get closer to finishing, bend the piece in half like this to see if it is close to making a square. OK Time to bind off: do this loosely, so there is no tightness in the square. Begin my bind off on the opposite side of the beginning of the cast on. Then weave the yarn down thru the edge and tie a knot.