Knititation Shawl

Andeea Rae

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Knititation Shawl by Andeea Rae | For me and many others, knitting is a meditative practice. James McIntosh and Dr Thomas Ernst coined the term Knititation when this mindful practice of knitting helped James put severe depression, anxiety, and panic attacks into remission. I designed this simple shawl for that very purpose. For meditating, healing, and connecting with the body. To be able to get my “knititation” in and at the end, still have something to show for my work. I love the triangular shape, which is my favorite for many reasons. The triangle is the strongest shape in the universe and a symbol of recovery. This shawl is a reminder of strength, simplicity, and self-care. As James said, “I learned the body actually has the answers, it’s about spending time with the body. Hand knitting is the same, feeling the yarn and needles as a stitch forms, allowing thoughts to run through your mind as you are aware of them and feel the bodily sensations of stitch creation. This is knititation.”

Gauge: 18 sts x 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) blocked (*Note: Gauge is not critical for this pattern, but if your yarn and the needle size used differs from what is listed, your shawl will have different measurements.)

Finished Measurements:

  • Height: ~23 in/58.5 cm (blocked)
  • Width: ~90 in/228.5 cm (blocked)

Materials Used:

  • Blue Sky - Metalico; 50g / 147yds / 134m (50% Baby Alpaca 50% Silk); Color: Sterling (undyed)
  • 588yds / 538m (Out of 200g I used 181g)
  • *Note: yardage is estimated and may vary according to fiber choice, gauge variations, and modifications.

Needle Size: US 6 (4 mm) with cord length 24” (60 cm) used throughout; crochet hook for weaving in ends

Pattern Includes: Written Instructions

Skill Level: Beginner