Free Pattern: Mini Prayer Cloth

One thing I love doing is using my ability to crochet to give back. There are several organizations I donate to, and have partnered with Selah of Simply by Selah to start an organization we call Hooksters for Hope. We love being able to give back to the various charity organizations, giving hope to those people the organizations help.

A while back, we had a campaign to have fellow crocheters join us in donating prayer cloths to Give a Little Hope. I used a pattern from the Sadie Sunshine chapter of Crochet for Cancer, and we had just under 100 prayer cloths made and donated to Give a Little Hope. After that initial project, I wanted to make a smaller version, one that could travel anywhere…pocket sized, basically. So I adapted the original pattern and we launched another campaign for the mini prayer cloths. Both of these campaigns are still on-going…. we love receiving prayer cloths of any size from fellow crocheters so we can donate to organizations like Give a Little Hope and Crochet for Cancer. We also donate prayer cloths to the NICUnit at Akron General Hospital (Akron, Ohio).

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.


Mini Prayer Cloth

Crochet terms (US):

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc : double crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • pc: popcorn stitch

Materials Needed:

  • Worsted Weight yarn
  • H hook (5.00 mm)
  • Tapestry needle

Special Instructions:

  • 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.

Download/save the PDF file by clicking HERE.

Copyright information: This pattern is ©2014 Southern Belle Crochet (Iris Dongo). The pattern and related photographs contained in it are property of Southern Belle Crochet. The original pattern belongs to the Sadie Sunshine Chapter of Crochet for Cancer. This is my adaptation to make a smaller, pocket sized cloth.

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 ( 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.

Original pattern can be found at: . I encourage you to visit her blog and learn about her story.




18 thoughts on “Free Pattern: Mini Prayer Cloth

  1. I love this idea. I do crochet prayer shawls for friends who are ill or who have lost someone. This is a project I can take with me to work on and have on hand when I meet someone who I feel needs love and prayer.

  2. I, also, do not crochet. However, I would love to do these prayer shawls for our Bible Group and for the children in the Mission over in Tanzania, where my friend is a missionary surgeon. It would be great to give these out at her Church. Can you provide a knitted version so that I can start on these. Thank you so much.

  3. Love the small projects I can do for friends and church members who aare ill and want something to hold expecially going into the hospital. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I would like a knitted version as well. I have hundreds of partial skeins of yarns left over from projects that could be made into gorgeous pocket prayer squares!

  5. Wonderful idea. Thank you. I belong to a compassionate friends group (parents and siblings of children that died) Christmas is such a hard time for us, this will be a great gift.

  6. Hello! I think this is a great idea, I have a friend whose husband has spent the last 2 1/2 month out on 3 months in the hospital due to a tick bit called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Due to hospital taking 2 days running test to no avail, they called in the CDC, which looked him over and asked his wife if he had been bitten by a tick. She did not know and told the doctor that he would have just pulled it off and thrown it away or killed it. He has just recently had to have double amputation on both feet from bunion area up and is having to learn how to walk in the special boots made for him. He is still facing another surgery for one of his thumbs, they are not sure if any more will have to be taken off. This would be perfect for him. Do you have a Loom pattern for this? I have the round looms and the straight looms. I do know how to crochet, so I will try it that way. I do prefer using my loom, it is easier and faster to work with. I will be waiting to hear from you. God Bless you for all the work you are doing. I loom knit/crochet, whichever you want to call it , hats for preemies, newborns on up to adults for Charity. I run out of yarn at times, and work off of donated yarn for these projects. Thank you for the Free Pattern, hope to hear from you soon. Belinda

  7. This is a lovely idea,thank you for sharing. A knitted pattern is a great idea, all you cleaver knitters out there pleas help! Thank you again!

  8. What a wonderful idea! Would love to make several of these but I don’t crochet. If you have a knit version (or know of a link to one) that would be great. Thank you so much.

  9. Perfect for our fiber arts group – all of us crochet. Quick and easy, and so much faster than a complete shawl which would take several sessions to make.

  10. I would like to share this photo and a post about pocket prayer shawls at:

    with your permission.

    I’d appreciate you letting me know (email) if that would be ok. I’m sure my readers would enjoy finding out about these mini prayer shawls. I did! 🙂

  11. I love your knit patterns. I belong to a knitting & crochet group who makes shawls & lap robes for Hospice patients. We use many of your patterns. I also would love to have a knitting pattern for the pocket prayer shawl.

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