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Guide For Giving a Prayer Shawl

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Guide For Giving a Prayer Shawl
Guide For Giving a Prayer Shawl
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Have you ever wondering why give someone a prayer shawl or wondering what a prayer shawl is? This Guide to Giving a Prayer Shawl has some great tips, tricks, and advice for anyone who has been thinking about making and giving a prayer shawl. If you have been wanting to either give more to society or charity, sometimes it is great to start with giving to people who mean a lot to you. These tips for prayer shawls can be truly inspiring for anyone looking to knit for a good cause!

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Guide For Giving a Prayer Shawl

Why Knit a Prayer Shawl for Charity

  1. Therapeutic: Making a prayer shawl can be therapeutic for you to make as a gift. Prayer shawl crafting can be therapeutic for caregivers to make as a way to process difficult emotions.

  2. Heartwarming: In the end, a shawl is like a hug. Sometimes they are exactly what someone needs to know that they have love and support to help them through a difficult situation: emotionally and physically. 

  3. Show Your Love: In the end, a prayer shawl can be something very special to give a person when you’re not sure how else to be there for them. If you aren't good with words or don't know exactly how to be there for someone, this can be a great way to show that they have your love and support. 

Tips for Making a Prayer Shawl

  1. Think of the Person: If the person you’re knitting for is in a wheelchair, the shawl shouldn’t exceed 4 feet to avoid wheel entanglement.
    Similarly, think of the circumstance of who you are making the shawl for, and what they do or do not like before making them a shawl.  

  2. Keep it Clean: Include tips for how to launder and care for the finished piece.

  3. Type of Yarn: Using superwash or other yarns that are easy to launder may be a good idea if the recipient or their caretaker has a lot on their plate.

When To Gift a Prayer Shawl

  1. When someone has received an unfortunate medical diagnosis.

  2. When someone’s loved one is undergoing serious and/or long term medical care.

  3. When someone has lost a close friend or family member.

  4. Baptism, wedding, birth of a grandchild, at the beginning of a personal journey (fitness, lifestyle change, etc.). 

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