FREE Pattern – Prayer Shawl (knitting)

I have just gotten a link to another great pattern from Lion Brand® Yarn , and have been given permission to post it for everyone on the blog. I have posted other patterns from Lion Brand® in the past, and those can be found at this link.

Lion Brand® Yarn has hundreds of free patterns and ideas on their site – it’s a great way to fire your imagination if you are looking for a new yarn project to create!

The pattern I am going to post today is called the Comfort Shawl – but it has also been called the Prayer Shawl. As Gina Basich from Lion Brand® said in her email to me:

The Comfort Shawl (Prayer Shawl) is one of our most popular patterns. It uses Homespun yarn and is soft, cozy and can be made in any one of the beautiful Homespun colors. Comfort Shawls (Prayer Shawls) are often made to comfort someone who is ill, suffering loss or even celebrating a happy life event such as a marriage, birth, or friendship. This beautiful shawl, featured in Homespun Meadow will be a special gift for both the giver and the receiver.

Even if you are not looking for a shawl to make for someone who is ill – this shawl really is a beautiful finished piece, and the length makes it perfect for both practical use (protection from the cold) and decorative (dressing up a fall jacket or outfit). The pattern calls for Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn, which can be washed and dried, making care of this shawl very simple for anyone receiving it.

Please note – the instructions below will allow you to create a shawl that looks exactly like the one pictured on the right side of this page. Any of the “painterly” category of Homespun yarns (which can be seen at this link) will create this striped look. If you use one of the solid, heathered, or tweed colors, your results will differ.


Comfort Shawl

Comfort Shawl
Pattern Difficulty: Beginner
Finished Size: One Size – 20 x 60 in. [51 x 152.5 cm] not including fringe

Supplies Needed

  • 4 balls of Homespun Yarn: Meadow (790-395)
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles – Size 10.5 [6.5 mm]
  • Large-Eye Blunt Needles
  • LION BRAND crochet hook, any size D/3 – L/11 [3.25-8 mm], for attaching fringe



12 stitches across and 20 rows down should measure 4 in. [10 cm] in garter stitch (knit every stitch on every row. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.


Cast on 60 stitches. Work in garter stitch (knit every stitch on every row) until the first skein of yarn is almost finished. At the beginning of the next row, attach a new skein of yarn, leaving a tail of both skeins. Continue working in garter stitch, attaching the third and fourth skeins in the same way. Continue until Shawl measures 60 in. [152.5 cm]. Bind off all stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail into a large-eyed blunt needle, and use the needle to weave the tail through the Shawl. Trim end of tail. In the same way, weave in the tail from the beginning of your work and the tails from where the second, third, and fourth skeins were joined.


Cut 248 strands of yarn, each 13 in. [33 cm] long. For each fringe, hold 4 strands of yarn together and fold in half. Use crochet hook to draw fold through edge of piece, forming a loop. Pull ends of fringe through this loop. Pull to tighten. Make 62 fringes along both short sides with 8 strands of yarn in each fringe. Trim fringe evenly.

Enjoy – share with a friend or loved one – or keep it for yourself!

Some other great patterns by Lion Brand® Yarn:

Easy Stripes Hat – Pattern #70732 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice – crochet patterns – level: easy
Textured Beret – Pattern #80005 – Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick – crochet pattern – level: easy

Meandering Rib Scarf – Pattern #70539 – Yarn: Wool-Ease – knit pattern – level: easy
Intarsia Polka-Dot Scarf – Pattern #70529 – Yarn: Lion Wool – knit pattern – level: easy
Two-Color Tango Scarf – Pattern #70661 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice / Lion Cashmere Blend – knit pattern – level: intermediate

AmigurumiWhat is Amigurumi? I’m glad you asked! Click here.

Amigurumi Doughnuts – Pattern #80113 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice / Homespun / Lion Cotton / Microspun / Lion Cashmere Blend – crochet pattern – level: easy

Amigurumi Momma Chicken – Pattern #80104 – Yarn: Wool-Ease – crochet pattern – level: easy
For more Amigurumi patterns from Lion Brand®, click here

Other Items
Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan – Pattern #70301 – Yarn: Lion Cashmere Blend – knit pattern – level: easy
Crochet Sampler Afghan – Pattern #20124 – Yarn: Fisherman’s Wool – crochet pattern – level: intermediate
Striped Thigh Highs – Pattern #70691 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice – knit pattern
Basket – Pattern #80096 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice – crochet pattern
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

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