How to Crochet an Iraqi Prayer Shawl

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Prayer shawls are given to those in need with a blessing from the shawl crocheter.

Prayer shawls, peace shawls, comfort shawls or mantels are sent to those in need, with a blessing from the person who made them. During the years of the war, ministries have sent prayer shawls to soldiers and families of those affected in Iraq. While crocheting the Iraqi prayer shawl, the maker prays for safety and justice, health and recovery, or anything else they wish. Through making the shawls, people can show their care and concern and provide comfort to those suffering many hundreds of miles away.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 skeins of soft worsted weight yarn
  • Size N crochet hook
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Instructions

    • 1

      Work a loose chain of 51. Starting from the fourth chain from the hook on the right side, begin to form the first row with three double crochets followed by two chain stitches and a single crochet.

    • 2

      Miss the next two chain stitches. Work three double crochets followed by a chain stitch and two single crochets in the next chain stitch. Repeat this method across the row.

    • 3

      Form the second row with two chain stitches and turn. Work three double crochets, two chain stitches and a single crochet in the space of the first two chain stitches. Continue this sequence across the entire second row.

    • 4

      Repeat the method for second row using 2 2/3 skeins of yarn. The shawl should reach about 6 feet.

    • 5

      Create the last row with two chain stitches and turn. Work a single crochet in the space of the first two chain stitches and follow this with two chain stitches. Return to where you turned and repeat, ending with a single crochet and finish. Use the rest of the yarn to add fringe to the first and last rows as you wish.

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