Holy Needles was formed in March 2009. We crochet, knit, sew, and quilt matching beanies, booties, and blankets for newborns of families in need, blankets, hats and scarves for homeless, blankets for chemo patients, pillowcases for children in transition, and prayer shawls are created to provide comfort for emotionally needy. Our items are distributed at local hospitals, the VA, other groups, and charitable organizations in Tucson, AZ. Our goal is to gracefully meet the needs of the needy.
Here is my adaptation of the original prayer cloth pattern. Please feel free to use it to make mini prayer cloths to donate and/or gift them. It is a free pattern, so feel free to share it with others as well. I’ve also made it into a PDF file you can save to your computer for times you don’t have internet access. You’ll find that at the end of the pattern here.
photo by Iris Dongo
Mini Prayer Cloth
Crochet terms (US):
sc: single crochet
dc : double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
pc: popcorn stitch
Worsted Weight yarn
H hook (5.00 mm)
Rows: I indicate rows by using the letter R and the row number. Example: R1 would be row one. After each row, you will ch 1 and turn.
Popcorn Stitch: make 3 dc in the same stitch. Take hook out of last dc and leave loop hang. Insert hook into first dc (front to back, as normal) and grab the loop from last dc. Pull through first dc and ch 1. This ch 1 will not count as a stitch in the row – you will skip it when you sc in the next row. Push popcorn stitch forward to make it stick out if needed.
Remember: at the end of each row, ch 1 and turn.
R1: ch 10. sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 8 ch (9 sc)
R2: sc across (9 sc)
R3: sc in next 4 sts, pc in next st, sc in next 4 sts (8 sc, 1 popcorn)
R4: sc across (9 sc)
R5: sc in next 4 sts, pc in next st, sc in next 4 sts (8 sc, 1 popcorn)
R6: sc across (9 sc)
R7: sc in next 2 sts, pc in next st, sc in next st, pc in next st, sc in next st, pc in next st, sc in next 2 sts (6 sc, 3 popcorn)
R8: sc across (9 sc)
R9: sc in next 4 sts, pc in next st, sc in next 4 sts (8 sc, 1 popcorn)
R10: sc across (9 sc)
R11: sc across. ch 1, but DO NOT turn. (9 sc)
Finishing: 2 sc in last st of R11, then sc evenly around the prayer cloth, making 3 sc in each corner except the first corner. Once you get back to the first corner, make 1 sc in that st (it will already have 2sc in it). Fasten off and weave in ends.
Please feel free to use this to make mini prayer cloths for charity or gifts. If you are looking for an organization to donate to, I highly suggest donating to any chapter of Crochet for Cancer. You can find a list of their chapters on their website (http://crochetforcancer.org) as well as other free patterns to make chemo caps.
If you have any questions regarding this pattern and/or the ways you are allowed to use it, please contact me.