Pocket Prayer Square
A Pocket Prayer Square is the perfect quick gift to give to someone who is going through a rough time. They are small and soft and a reminder that someone cares and is praying for you. I enjoy crocheting and giving prayer squares and like to think of them as a special “crochet hug”. Can you think of someone today who could use a “crochet hug”?
Fits in Your Pocket and Has a Pocket!
Many prayer squares are called “Pocket Prayer Squares” because they can fit in your pocket and you can take them with you. This square can fit in your pocket but it also has its own pocket! I designed this Pocket Prayer Square to have a simple pocket on the back to hold various messages, words of encouragement and uplifting quotes and scripture. You’ll see that the square is just a little bit bigger than a standard index card – I love index cards! They are great for so many things and since they are “cards” they are sturdy and do well inside this Pocket Prayer Square’s pocket. 🙂
I also thought that whoever receives one of these squares could add their own index cards of other quotes and sayings that they come across and want to remember to encourage them.
Stitches You Need to Know to Make the Pocket Prayer Square
To make this small project you will need to know how to do the chain, single crochet and double crochet – that’s it! By putting a certain combination of these stitches together, you can get some neat texture very easily. You can leave your square plain on the front but I like to add a charm and sometimes a little “bling”. 🙂 I found all kinds of fun charms at my local craft store! (But in case you don’t have access to a craft store, I also included some links below to some fun charms you can purchase on-line)
So, let’s get to making the Pocket Prayer Square!
Skill Level: Easy
Measurements: 6″ x 4″
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Wander yarn by Furlscrochet (100% acrylic; medium weight; 100g, 109 m/120 yds) – You can make several Pocket Prayer Squares with one skein of yarn
(Colors shown in photos: Sunrise (coral), Laguna (blue), Meadow (green) and Fawn (tan) – this yarn has a very pretty sheen and is easy to crochet with)
(This hook is great if you have a lot of hand cramping – the larger shape and weighted handle help you hold the hook more loosely and have less pain; Plus, the metal end simply glides through the yarn making for even and fast stitching!)
Small rectangle (slightly smaller than finished size of prayer square) of fleece (or felt)
Matching sewing thread and sewing needle
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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:
Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides
Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique
Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook
Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook
Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice
Ch = chain
Sp = space
St = stitch
Hk = hook
Lp = loop
Sk = skip
YO = yarn over
RS = Right Side
Square is worked back and forth in rows
Then a simple edging is worked around all edges of the square
Instructions for the Pocket Prayer Square:
Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Turn. (21 scs)
Ch 1, 2 dc in 1st st; [sk each of next 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st] across up to last 2 sts; sk next st, sc in last st. Turn. (7 “shells” – Shell = (sc, 2 dc))
Ch 1, 2 dc in 1st sc; [sk each of next 2 dcs; (sc, 2 dc) in next sc] across; sc in turning chain. Turn.
Rows 4- 10:
Repeat Row 3
Row 11 (Right Side):
Ch 1, sc in each st across. (21 scs) Do not fasten off.
Now working down side of rows, work sc evenly across until next corner;
**Work 2 scs in each corner**
Then sc along bottom edge of Row 1 to next corner;
Sc evenly up side of rows to next corner;
Sc across Row 11; join with sl st to 1st st of edging. Fasten off.
Finishing for the Pocket Prayer Square:
Optional: Wet block square and let dry completely
(To wet block your crochet project, simply wet it thoroughly with cold water and gently press out the excess water with a towel; Lay square on dry towel and gently form into rectangle shape – you can use pins to keep corners and sides in place – then let dry overnight)
Optional: Using matching yarn or sewing thread and needle, attach charm to center of Right Side of square
Cut fleece fabric so slightly smaller than square
Sew fabric to Wrong Side with matching thread and sewing needle
Write your message and words of encouragement on index cards
**There are many resources on-line that can help you know what to write on your cards – You can easily find a wide variety of uplifting quotes, as well. I also found this page on Hallmark’s website that had a great categorized list of encouraging things to include in a card: https://ideas.hallmark.com/articles/encouragement-ideas/encouragement-messages-what-to-write-in-an-encouragement-card/
Place cards inside “pocket” of square
And there you have it – your Pocket Prayer Square is complete and ready to give to someone you care about! How did yours turn out? I found that I could make mine very quickly and have a nice stack of squares ready to give out when a need arises. I also had fun looking for various charms to embellish my prayer squares – there are so many options available that it is easy to make each square personalized for the recipient!
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If you like this prayer square pattern, you might like this one, too: The Heartfelt Prayer Square.
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2 thoughts on “Pocket Prayer Square”
Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this and every single thing you make! You are a blessing to anyone who wants to crochet something spectacular. I can see your caring heart in every one of your projects. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and your heart with us fellow crocheters. <3
Thank you for commenting! I so appreciate your feedback and kind words – this is probably one of the best comments someone has ever written about my crochet projects and it means a lot to me. Thank you for being a blessing to me 🙂