Prayer Shawls for Charity Drive 2019

Prayer Shawls for Charity Drive 2019

Prayer Shawls for Charity Drive 2019

AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting love making a difference through knit and crochet. We’ve hosted a number of different charity drives in the past, and we are excited to announce our next charity initiative -- Prayer Shawls for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL!

From November 1st to December 1st, 2019, we will be collecting your prayer shawls to donate to Rush.

Share Your Progress: We'd love to see how your shawls are coming along. Post your progress on social media with the hashtag #YarnItForward!

Our Mission

By crocheting or knitting a prayer shawl for someone in need, you will be helping provide a bit of comfort to those who need it most. The shawls provide patients with warmth and a comforting embrace during difficult times. It lets them know that someone cares and it gives them hope of recovery and peace.

Something so simple can be the brightest thing that has happened to the patient in some time, as many have often driven from great distances for treatment and have nothing comforting from home with them.

That's where you come in, knitters and crocheters!

We need your help in providing patients at Rush with knit and crochet prayer shawls. Whether you work up a quick and simple one-color shawl or channel all the brightness of a rainbow into your design, think warm thoughts of peace and hope while you do it. Once you finish your design, send it over to us! We'll be collecting all of your knit and crochet shawls to donate.

When Is the Charity Drive?

The 2019 Charity Shawl Drive will take place November 1st through December 1st.

What Are the Requirements?

We really couldn’t have made it easier! Knit or crochet a shawl, big enough to comfort someone, and weave a few warm and healing thoughts into it as you work. Then, box it up and send it to us. The only thing you MUST DO is put a slip of paper/card/giant sign/something INSIDE the box so we know who sent it. Information on the outside of the box does not count!

While we don't have any requirements for the size, color, or shape of the shawls, we do have a few other requirements for things we'd like to see in these shawls.

  1. Make sure the shawl is big enough to wrap around someone who may be sitting in a wheelchair or lying in a hospital bed.
  2. Please avoid wool and other exotic yarns as these may cause allergic reactions. We recommend cotton or acrylic yarns.
  3. Attach a short note with a warm thought or prayer! Many patients like to know who made the shawl for them, so be sure to add your first name and where you're from.
  4. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address with your donation for contest entry.
    Note: Your donation must be postmarked by December 1st for contest entry.
  5. Contest open to US/Canada residents age 18+ only. Void in Puerto Rico, the Province of Quebec and where prohibited.

Where Do I Send My Shawl?

Send Your Completed Shawls to:

Prime Publishing, LLC
Attn: Prayer Shawls for Charity
3400 Dundee Road, Ste 220
Northbrook, IL 60062


Crochet your shawl and send it in, and you'll be entered to win a yarn lover's ultimate prize pack from Darn Good Yarn worth $300!

No shawl to make but still want to enter to win the exclusive yarn bundle?
Answer the question at the bottom of this page in the comments section below. Please note the giveaway begins November 1st, 2019 – comments will only be considered beginning then.

  1. There is a maximum of one entry per person. Commenting on this page will enter you for a chance to win the prize. Duplicate comments will be deleted and will not be tallied.
  2. The winner will be contacted by the e-mail address provided in their account. Please do NOT leave your e-mail address in the comments – you already provided it when you created your account.
  3. You have until December 1st, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST to leave your comment on this post. Comments submitted after the deadline will not be counted.

What Is a Prayer Shawl?

Prayer shawls are also commonly referred to as comfort shawls, peace shawls, mantles, etc. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient and those intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is given to the recipient.

At the end of the day, there's nothing better than being able to use your craft to make a difference in the community. Once you knit one of these beautiful and comforting shawls, both you and the recipient will be connected in a unique and powerful way.

Be sure to check out the helpful video tutorial below and learn what our friend Heidi Gustad has to say about knitting a prayer shawl for someone in need.

Learn More About Prayer Shawls

Help! I've Never Crocheted a Shawl Before

Never fear! Watch this video below to learn how to crochet a super easy shawl that can be done by even the most novice crocheter.

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Shawl Crochet Patterns

1. Splendid Scalloped V-Stitch Shawl
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Splendid Scalloped V-Stitch Shawl

2. Say a Little Prayer Shawl
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Say a Little Prayer Shawl

3. Easy Dreamy Shawl
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Easy Dreamy Shawl

4. Cherry Hearts Prayer Shawl
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Cherry Hearts Prayer Shawl

5. Sidewalk Shawl
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Sidewalk Shawl

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I only this found this one night ago. I will not have the time to make any to donate until after the end date as I am currently working on my own sister-in-law's Prayer Shawl. She was just diagnosed with an aggressive Breast Cancer. It is the same type that killed her own sister just last year. She is refusing Chemo and is the mother of Young Adult Twins. Is there a way I can still send them after December 1st? Perhaps to them directly? Thanks for understanding.

favorite quote "Lord, you are my portion and my cup of blessing you hold my future" Psalm 165

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 2911 NIV

This is a great idea for me. I love to crochet and knit and have projects with no where to go. So I will now do prayer shawls. I do lot of afghans.

I just saw this request but will start on a shawl tomorrow so I can get at least one in! My favorite quote is Don't walk behind me I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus

Beautiful shawl patterns....Im starting #2 today...then #1.... if I hav3 enough time before deadline....maybe #3

Hopefully I will get the prayer shawl finsished so it can be in by the deadline.

Not all who wander are lost.

What a great idea!

This too shall pass.

My favorite comforting thought comes from Psalm 4610 Be still and know I am God.... When I need comfort that verse reminds me He is in control and He will never leave nor forsake me....

I loved making this first ever prayer shawl and I have 3 more in the making. What a blessing to make and donate to someone who truly needs it.

Beautiful shawl patterns and a great use for them.

I have a pink ribbon shawl that could be used for a cancer patient...could I include this as a donation for your prayer shawls? Also, here is a site for folks to go to that has scriptures they can include with their shawls or to have an idea for prayers to include - http// == pture-Cards.pdf

Favorite comforting thought "I made this for you".

Most of my work goes to charity. I have made prayer shawls, hats and scarves for our church and the local food pantries. My next project for the homeless will be to loom knit tube socks.

What a wonderful charity project. I will try to get a couple made up and sent.

I am part of a group that knits and crochets for several charities blankets for crisis pregnancy centers and hospitals, and "knitted knockers" for mastectomy patients. This shawl program is another great way to contribute!

Will you accept pocket prayer squares? These are for people to carry instead of wearing a shawl. The ones I make have a raised heart or cross on them and the squares measure approximately 5x7 inches

Hi annie5359 9080580, for this charity drive we are only accepting prayer shawls. However, that sounds like a great idea, and you may want to reach out to hospitals and health care centers in your area to see if they would accept them. Thanks for your interest! - Editors of AllFreeCrochet

My prayer shawl group would love to donate to this charity drive! Our group meets once a month and survives on donations of yarn. We have given out 179 shawls and counting. If we were to win this yarn, we would put it to good use to continue our efforts to give back to the community.

I don't have a favorite quote or thought. I think it depends on each situation as to how you give comfort. Sometimes, it is just holding someone's hand or giving them a hug.

Giving to charity is a wonderful way for me to use my huge stash for the greater good...not sure I will get one done in time for the contest, but have many other charities close to home that can benefit from my talents

A comforting thought to me is knowing someone will have a "hug" from me with the items I give to charities.

Will you accept shawls from the UK.? I do loads of crochet for babies, toddlers, adults and toys and would love to donate something useful for hyour charity. Regards Eve Needham, Taunton, UK

Hi mahdeene 8896765, yes, we will accept shawls from the UK! However, you will not be entered into the giveaway, as it is only open to residents of the US and Canada, unfortunately. - Editors of AllFreeCrochet

I knit/crochet for charity all year. Would love to win free yarn to help. Nina

What a great way to use up some of my yarn.

I would like to win this yarn very much. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

This is a wonderful way to give back. I will get working on a shawl donation right away

This prayer shawl for charity drive just made me smile! I just recently lost my job so much of my time is being spent on figuring out how my family and I are going to survive but I hope i am able to find the time to be able to knit and contribute!!! Thanks for doing this AFK Team!


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