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Say a Little Prayer Shawl

Say a Little Prayer Shawl
Say a Little Prayer Shawl
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The Say a Little Prayer Shawl from Red Heart is an easy crochet pattern to make for someone that need a little extra comfort and support in their life. If you or someone you know is struggling either mentally, emotionally, or physically, then this free crochet shawl is just what the doctor ordered. It will not only provide warmth to anyone that wears it, but also comfort and love. It's a truly heartwarming feeling to know that this cozy crochet shawl was made specifically for you by someone that loves you.

Beginning ch 3 counts as a dc throughout. Shawl is worked from center out to edges


Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

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

Crochet Gauge15 sts = 4”; 12 rows = 4” in pattern stitch

Finished SizeShawl is 18” wide x 56” long

Materials List

  • RED HEART® “Soft Yarn”: 4 balls 9528 Lilac
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle


First Half

  1. Ch 65.

  2. Row 1 (Wrong Side): Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, *ch 3, skip 2 ch, sc in next 3 ch, ch 3, skip 2 ch, dc in next 3 ch; repeat from * across. 21 dc, 18 sc, and 12 ch-3 spaces. 21 dc, 18 sc, and 12 ch-3 spaces.

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each dc, *ch 3, dc in each sc, ch 3, sc in each dc; repeat from * across. 21 sc, 18 dc, and 12 ch-3 spaces

  4. Row 3: Ch 3, turn, skip first sc, dc in next 2 sc, *ch 3, sc in each dc, ch 3, dc in each sc; repeat from *across.

  5. Row 4-60: Repeat Rows 2-3, end with Row 2. ​Shawl measures 20”. Do Not Fasten Off.


  1. Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, ch 2, Shell in ch-3 space, *ch 2, skip next st, sc in next st, skip next st, ch 2, Shell in ch-3 space; repeat from * across, ch 2, sc in last st. 12 shells.

  2. Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2), turn, sc in 3rd dc of Shell, *ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in 3rd dc of Shell; repeat from * across, ch 2, dc in last sc. 24 ch-2 spaces.

  3. Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in ch-2 space, *ch 3, sc in next ch-2 space; repeat from * across working last sc in beginning ch space, sc in 3rd ch of beginning ch-5. 23 ch-3 spaces.

  4. Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, ch 2, Shell in next ch-3 space, *ch 2, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 2, Shell in next ch-3 space; repeat from * across, ch 2, sc in last st. 12 shells

  5. Row 5-12: Repeat Rows 2-4 twice, then Rows 2-3 once.

  6. Row 13: Turn. Slip st in first st, *ch 2, Picot Shell in next ch-3 space, ch 2, slip st in next ch-3 space, Picot Shell in next ch-3 space; repeat from * across, ch 2, slip st in last st. 12 picot shells. Fasten off. ​Shawl measures 28”.

Second Half

  1. Row 1: With right side facing and working along opposite side of foundation ch, join yarn in first ch with a slip st, ch 3, dc in next 2 ch, *ch 3, skip 2 ch, sc in next 3 ch, ch 3, skip 2 ch, dc in next 3 ch; repeat from * across.
    Work as for First Half of Shawl.


Weave in ends.


5 dc in ch-3 space.
Picot Shell
(Dc, [dc, ch 3, slip st in dc] 3 times, dc) all in same ch-3 space.
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I'm trying to learn to crochet, teaching myself from all the great tutorials that are posted. My question is can this be made wider for larger women?

Need help with row 2 of Border. I can't figure out "sc in 3rd dc of shell" because row one did not create dc.

A big thank you to the commenters that found the error in row 2. I appreciate the heads up before I get started and wonder if it were me that had made a mistake in my work. I also see that the issue with the missing second half instructions has been worked out also. Thanks for keeping your patterns up to date.

This type of thing is what I love about this community! I'm so glad that some of the more seasoned crocheters are willing to forge the way for us newbies! I know I'd have been if it were my mistake in my work. If we all continue to work together we'll have beautiful items and make our creative community a great place to belong! This one is such a lovely shawl pattern. Thanks everyone!

Hello. I'm in the process of making this shawl for my sister, and had questions about the border. Is it supposed to flair out at the ends? I cannot tell from the picture. Thank you.

Hi amburton, This is a great question to ask either Red Heart customer service (as it is their pattern) or to post on our Facebook wall and see if any of the friendly crocheters who follow the page can help you out. Thank you! :) Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

I am crocheting "say a little prayer shawl" now and it is very pretty, but I am running into the problem with Picot shell. Please explain how I can do the dc, ch3, slip st in dc. Thanks for help.

Is there a mistake in Row 2? It shows two asterisks. Should I ignore the second one?

Hi there, Yes, there was a mistake, great catch! You skip the second asterisk - the pattern above has been updated to reflect this. :) Thank you! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

You go back to the 1st half and pick up with line 2.

can someone please explain how to start the 2nd half, got the first row done, but where do we start the 2nd row ?

I did not end at the first half. I continued for the full length of the afghan and then I added the fringe. Looks great.

First half works up grade but how do you start the other side of the shawl

did you ever figure out how to start the 2nd half, looks like no one has responded to any of these questions ???

First half - border- rows 1 and 4 both create

I have made the first half and love it but am lost on how to do second half. is there a tutorial or can someone clarify instructions?

did u ever figure out how to start the 2nd half, I'm totally lost.

Worked up pretty quickly and easily. And it's lovely.

Love It!! So easy!! My daughter learned to crochet using this shawl and create a wonderful gift for her Grandmother!! 3 )

love it


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