Marion Collens from Ellesmere Port has created this beautiful prayer shawl and has very kindly allowed us to publish the pattern.

Knitted prayer shawl

Marion says:

“I created the ‘Prayer Shawl’ for those those facing problems who may need some comfort. However, the shawl could be used for anyone, just to keep warm, and doesn’t have to be called a ‘Prayer Shawl’. I am a person who likes to knit easier patterns with something this big, and wasn’t happy with the patterns I found which is why I created my own.”

We’re very pleased that you did decide to create your own Marion. It’s a gorgeous shawl made with equally worthwhile intentions.

Below is the pattern if you would like to have a go at making the shawl yourself. For more information on prayer shawls visit –



400 Grams lightweight chunky.

Size 7 mm needles – start with short needles if you prefer but you will need 40mm long needles or a circular needle as the shawl increases.

Cast on 3 stitches.

Row 1. Knit 1 row.

Row 2. Purl 1 row.

Row 3. K1 stitch, * wool forward, K2 stitches together.  Repeat from * to end.

Row 4. Increase in first stitch purlways.  Purl to last stitch. Increase in last stitch purlways.

Row 5. Knit 1 row.

Row 6. Purl 1 row increasing in first and last stitch as before.

Row 7. * Purl 1 stitch, slip 1 stitch purlways.  Repeat from * to end.

Row 8. Purl 1 row increasing in first and last stitch as before.

Continue to repeat these 8 pattern rows increasing each end on rows 2, 4, 6 & 8 purl rows until 153 stitches.

Continue to knit a few rows straight to finish as required.

(Please note Row 2 at the beginning has no increase on the purl row but does on every following purl row repeated).

Pattern created by Marion Collens