The prayer shawl ministry at my church is blessed to have a wonderful group of women who make shawls year-round for those in need. But, as many shawls as we make, we often wish we could do more. Something we added to our repertoire a few years ago was a pocket crochet prayer square. They have turned out to be a huge hit, so I figured it was my turn to design one for you!
These little hand-held squares with a cross in the middle are the perfect symbol to give others in our community. Often, we give a prayer shawl to someone who is going through a tough time and then offer pocket prayer squares to that person’s family members. That way, everyone can get something that hopefully provides them some comfort in their time of need.
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Introducing the Bobble Pocket Prayer Square
I think you are going to love making a crochet prayer square for so many reasons. For one, the texture of the cross. Bobble stitches create a beautiful texture which is really nice to hold onto and can be soothing. Even kids learning to pray will find their fidgety fingers can focus on the cross.
And since I know that you are still holding on to all of your scrap yarn, you’re going to love that these prayer squares use just a little bit. So you can make a bunch of these and use up every last bit!
Finally, you will love how quickly these prayer squares can be made. It takes me about 15 minutes to make a single square! They are perfect to whip up when you just have a few minutes to squeeze in some crochet time, or when you want to take a break between those larger projects.
There are so many reasons to love these pocket prayer squares!
About the Stitches
Before you can get started with this prayer square, here are some details you need to know.
Skill Level: Intermediate
- Size 4 Worsted Weight Yarn
- Caron Simply Soft – 11-12 yards
- H-8 (5mm) Hook
- Yarn Needle
Gauge: For this project gauge is not important
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 2.75″ x 3″ (7 cm x 8 cm)
- sl st – slip stitch
- st – stitch
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- bo – 3 dc bobble stitch
- rsc – reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
- rep – repeat
Bobble – bo – * yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops * repeat from * to * two more times, inserting your hook into the same stitch each time (4 loops will remain on your hook), yarn over and pull through all loops
Note: Bobble stitches are done when you’re working on the wrong side of the project. So after you complete the stitch, the bobble should be popping out of the right side of the fabric.
- US Terms (US to UK terminology conversion)
- Ch 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch
- Bobble stitches are worked on the wrong side of the project
- The premium PDF pattern includes a chart and photo tutorial for bobble stitches
How to Make This Crochet Prayer Square
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to end of ch. Turn. (9)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st to end of row. Turn. (9)
Row 3: ch 1, 4 sc, bo, 4 sc. Turn. (9)
Row 4: rep row 2 (9)
Row 5: rep row 3 (9)
Row 6: rep row 2 (9)
Row 7: ch 1, 2 sc, bo, sc, bo, sc, bo, 2 sc. Turn. (9)
Row 8: rep row 2 (9)
Row 9: rep row 3 (9)
Row 10: rep row 2 (9)
Row 11: ch 1, sc in each st to end of row. Turn. (9)
ch 1, rsc in each row down the side of the square, ch 1, rsc in last st. Continue to rsc around the edge, putting one rsc in each foundation chain, [rsc, ch 1, rsc] in each corner. When you get back to the beginning of the border, turn work and sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
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