Comforting Hug Prayer Shawl


Comforting Hug Prayer Shawl

Comforting Hug Prayer Shawl
Comforting Hug Prayer Shawl

The Comforting Hug Prayer Shawl is just what everyone needs when they are going through a hard time. This cozy crochet shawl will wrap around your shoulders and provide endless hours of comfort. It's an intermediate crochet pattern that is worked up using one jumbo skein of worsted weight yarn. Prayer shawls are always a great way to show someone that you care. Work up this free crochet prayer pattern today for someone you know that's going through a difficult time.

This shawl is worked from the center out on both sides of beginning ch.


Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeRows 1 and 2 = 14” wide x 2” at shell points.

Finished SizeShawl measures 15” x 55”

Materials List

  • RED HEART® “Super Saver®” Jumbo: 1 skein 313 Aran
  • Crochet Hook: 6mm [US J-10]
  • Yarn needle


First Half

  1. Ch 54.

  2. Row 1 (Wrong Side): Dc in 6th ch from hook (counts as first Vst), * ch 2, skip next 5 ch, ([dc, ch 2] 3 times, dc) all in next ch, ch 2, skip next 5 ch, Vst in next ch; repeat from * across; turn.

  3. Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), dc in first ch-1 space, * skip next ch-2 space, [shell in next ch-2 space] 3 times, skip next ch-2 space, Vst in next ch-1 space of next Vst; repeat from * across working last Vst in ch-4 space; turn.

  4. Row 3: Ch 4, dc in ch-1 space of first Vst, * ch 2, skip next shell, ([dc, ch 2] 3 times, dc) all in first dc of next shell, ch 2, Vst in ch-1 space of next Vst; repeat from * across working last Vst in ch-4 space; turn.

  5. Rows 4-36: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 sixteen more times, then Row 2 again. Fasten off.

Second Half

  1. Turn to work across remaining loops of beginning ch.

  2. Row 1 (Wrong Side): With wrong side facing, join yarn in first ch; ch 4, dc in same ch, * ch 2, skip next 5 ch, ([dc, ch 2] 3 times, dc) all in next ch, ch 2, skip next 5 ch, Vst in next ch; repeat from * across; turn.

  3. Rows 2-36: Repeat Rows 2-36 same as for First Half but do NOT fasten off at end of Row 36.


  1. With right side still facing, ch 1, sc over end of last row, * (sc, ch 2, sc) all over end of next row; repeat from * across.

  2. Fasten off.

  3. With right side facing, attach yarn on opposite side and repeat Edging. Weave in ends.

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From the Red Heart Pattern, V Sti tch = dc, ch1, dc, Shell Stitch = hdc, 2dc, hdc

To the editors, I read your response to Dorie 1612. The Red Heart website does provide special instructions V Stitch (dc ch1 dc) and shell (hdc ch2 hdc) both are done the same atitch or space. It may be a intermediate pattern but there are different shell stiches and we shouldn't have to guess what they mean.

This pattern is incorrect the way it is written here and should be corrected before it is offered. The definition of the stitches has been omitted It should include the V st= (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same st or space. But most important the Shell stitch=(hdc, ch 2, hdc) all in same space as without this information the pattern will fail.

Hi Dorie 1612, we're sorry you're having trouble with this patterns. The stitch definitions are not listed on this page since this is an intermediate level pattern. We have a tutorial for how to crochet the v-stitch at this link: and there is a tutorial for the shell stitch here: We hope this helps! - Editors of AllFreeCrochet

This Comforting Hug Prayer Shawl is just beautiful! I have a friend whom just had surgery and this would be a great gift to give her while she heals. I love the hearts and think this pattern should work out. After reading all the comments and answers I'm sure I can figure it all out. Looking forward to making this beautiful shawl pattern.

Thats a pretty easy concept to work from the center out on both sides. I use this technique quite often when I crochet my bikini tops. Some of the wording on this pattern is a little confusing to some. I have learned over the years that sometimes you just gotta read between the lines and work a couple of the stitches in question and if they work out fine, if not then pull it out and do it again.

My next project.....

I can understand the two side without issue but I'm have difficulties with the edging, what's 'all over end of next row'...?

Hi liangliang, Just continue down the row with that stitch pattern. :) Hope that helps! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

So that 'sc ch2 sc' is into the end (edge) of the row?

Hi there, From what I gather from this Red Heart Pattern, yes. You would repeat all the rows like for the second half, then instead of breaking off the yarn you single crochet, and then you work one more row that's sc, ch2, sc. Then you attach the yarn to the other site and repeat that sc, ch2, sc for the other edging. Thanks!

Thanks! This looks like one row of single crochet and then one more row of sc, ch2, sc? I thought the sc, ch2, sc is for the 'longer' side...

Hi, Unfortunantly, since this isn't one of our patterns, I can't offer a definitive answer other than what it appears to be from my personal opinion. I would ask Red Heart's customer service for any further questions as they would know better than I would. We're just sharing their pattern. :) Thanks, and good luck!

Thanks! I will take some closer look at the pattern and the picture to figure out. Thanks for your answers.

I loved this pattern! It works up quickly and has a beautiful design! I've made 4 of these in the last 2 weeks to be donated. Thank you for such a great pattern!

The very second I saw this beautiful prayer shawl the face of a very dear friend popped into my head. Shes had a very hard path to follow for the past few years and is such a tremendous inspiration and precious aspect of my life that I just have to make this for her. I love the message of love that prayer shawls carry and this gorgeous shawl will make a very special gift.

I didn't understand the pattern either UNTIL I re-read the Notes and looked at the picture again. You make one half -going one way and then you go back and work the other half from the first row --going the other way. Hope this helps. I haven't made the shawl, just read the pattern. You have to rate to post. L.

I think they are confusing also. Lovely shawl, but more definite explanation, please. Would love to make this. Thank you.

Hi there, I'm sorry you're having difficulties with this pattern. This pattern is shown here exactly the same way as it is on the Red Heart website, but you can try asking in our Facebook group ( to see if anyone has experience with this pattern or has any tips. Thank you, and good luck! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

I'm an experienced crocheter, but couldn't figure out these directions! They are very confusing...


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