Make your gift of a prayer shawl or cloth even more personal with these free printable and customizable prayer shawl cards
What are prayer shawl cards? To answer that question, let’s first discuss prayer shawls.
Prayer shawls are one of the most common ways to knit for charity all over the country. If you attend a church, it’s possible that it has a prayer shawl ministry. If not, you may know of a nearby charity or group that is devoted to knitting prayer shawls, sometimes also called comfort shawls.
The idea of a prayer/comfort shawl is right in the name. This is simply a handmade gift to let someone know that they are in your thoughts and prayers, and that you would like to give them comfort. The shawl is frequently given to someone going through a tough time — a personal loss, financial difficulty, depression, illness, and so on.
You can find a collection of free knitting patterns for shawls here.
Prayer cloths are a similar concept; I explained it in more detail here, but to summarize, it’s a smaller version of the prayer shawl. Prayer cloths are far more portable, and they often make better gifts for gentlemen (many of whom don’t seem to take to shawls, for some reason…) as well as children.
You can find two free knitting patterns for prayer cloths in my eBooklet “Quick Charity Knitting Wins.” Subscribe to my Knitting Nuggets Newsletter here to get it right away.
Prayer Shawl/Cloth Cards
As meaningful as it is for anyone to receive a prayer/comfort shawl or cloth, however, it needs a little something. It’s important to let the recipient know how much care, prayers, blessings, and/or thoughts went into the shawl or cloth’s creation. The recipient should know that this was a labor of love, intended to bring comfort and, hopefully in time, peace.
That’s where a sweet, simple card can make a difference. But sometimes, we’re simply at a loss for words! For us knitters, sometimes it can be so much easier to express ourselves through fiber than with words.
Fortunately, I have a solution for you! I’ve designed a lovely set of printable and customizable cards. You’ll see a sample image to the left.
As you can see, you can alter this card to fit the way you would like to word your comfort. Some people prefer not to make reference to prayers or blessings. Others like to offer thoughts, prayers, and/or blessings.
At the end, you can replace “Your Name” with your name. Or you can erase the text that reads “Your Name” and sign the card, if you want to give it an even more personal touch.
To access this set of cards, go here to subscribe to the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter. After you subscribe, you’ll receive a link so you can access the Knitting for Charity Free Resource Library. This is where you’ll find the Printable Customizable Prayer Shawl/Cloth Cards.
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You’ll also receive a link to the Free Resource Library in every Knitting Nuggets, along with the password.
I hope you find these printable prayer shawl/cloth cards to be just the touch you need to express your desire to offer comfort and love to your recipients!
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