Shawls have long been symbols of comfort. Over ten years ago a prayer shawl ministry was begun as a unique way of providing comfort, joy, solace, or celebration for the recipient. The ministry encompasses people of many faiths, and prayers shawls are often given as a celebration gift to a graduate or a bride, as a holiday gift, as a gift of comfort for someone undergoing medical treatment, or for any other reason a knitter or crocheter may want to bless another person.
You may hear the shawls referred to as mantels, comfort shawls, or peace shawls as well as prayer shawls. The person who knits or crochets a prayer shawl begins by praying over it before and during the time she is making it and when she gives it to the recipient. If you are interested in being a part of this caring ministry, the Prayer Shawl Ministry has 8 patterns, 4 to knit and 4 to crochet, and includes prayers and ideas for a prayer shawl ministry.
A second prayer shawl pattern booklet is also available, The Prayer Shawl Ministry, Vol. 2, which has 10 additional shawl patterns, 5 for knit and 5 for crochet.
If you want to add a very nice touch to the shawl you make, consider adding a beautiful daisy shawl pin from DreamWeaver: