Here are some simple directions for knitting a very pretty rectangular prayer shawl:

Use needles sized 10 1/2 to 15; the shawl will appear lacy.
Use medium weight yarn; worsted is a good weight to use.
Cast on 68 stitches and knit every row until the shawl measures 76 inches, or desired length. Bind off.


When choosing a yarn color, give thought to the meanings of the colors. Below are some of them. There are also some beautiful variegated yarns you might consider.

friendship, compassion, sensitivity, gratitude
wisdom, learning, optimism, energy, happiness, joy, gladness, goodness
earth, healing, prosperity, fertility, clarity, sympathy, hope, renewal, health, confidence, life, permanence, peace, relaxation
courage, balance, harmony, stability
water, healing, meditation, peace, tranquility, spirituality, self-esteem, calmness, unity
spirit, spirituality, intuition, truth, memory, nostalgia, humility, comfort during grief or mourning, peace
optimism, simplicity, calmness
spirit, light, air, innocence, protection, peace, purity, gentleness, humility
strength, balance, wisdom

Prayer for the Caregiver

Hold me up a little longer, Lord, for I am tired. The day seems endless and I still have hours to go. Give me the strength to put a smile on my face and to be tolerant. When the weariness begins to overcome me, put a happy memory in my mind.
Take me back for a brief moment when I found joy, laughed, smiled and felt carefree.
Help me to find patience and understanding. Let me show gratitude, as you have asked us to help each other and it is my turn to do just that. Let my touch be gentle and kind—as someday, I too may be the one needing the care.
When things feel impossible, let me feel your warm hand of love and understanding. Let me remember that you will not give me burdens that are too heavy that we cannot carry together.
Be by my side, Lord and help me over this rough patch in my life. Let me look for the rainbow that shines after the storm. Let me remember that flowers bloom after the rain and the clouds pass by.
God, please bless the person I am caring for.  Let them feel your gift of peace and help them on this journey in their life. Let their soul feel your love each and every day.
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen