Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Knitting is about practice not perfection

In yoga, some moves come easier than others. But like my yoga instructor stress every lesson, it doesn't matter because it is a practice, not perfection. I apply this mindset to knitting.

Knitting is about practice, not perfection.

With the Halasana Cowl, these stitches might seem easy, which is fine. When it's easy, you focus on your form, and techniques, and your breathing. If it's hard, that is also okay, because it too is practice where you play, explore, and learn about yourself.

Halasana is an advanced yoga pose that is simple to practice and that strengthens and rejuvenates.
Like the yoga pose, the Halasana Cowl will take you on a journey. Concentrate on the beginning Cables and Lace Section, then relax into the Stockinette Section, like Shavasana.

So, if you have a skein or 2 of a variegated or color shifting yarn that you have no idea what to make, give the Halasana Cowl a practice.

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The cowl is worked flat beginning in Garter Stitch that transitions to a Cable and Lace Section, then a Stockinette Section, and finally ending in Garter Stitch. Once the piece is completed, the ends are seamed to join.

Skill Level: Advance Beginner/Intermediate
Finished Measurements: About 6½” wide and 33 (44)” circumference (lightly blocked)

Yarn: Stitch Studio by Nicole Mystic Waves (70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; 197 yards/100 grams): SS3004-06 Myrtle – 1 (2) skeins OR Malabrigo Worsted (100 Merino Wool; 210 yards/100 grams): 628 Malambo – 1 (2) skeins.
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm): straight or 24” circular  or size to obtain gauge
Extras: Yarn needle, stitch markers, cable needle, (optional) smooth contrasting yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast-on
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” (10cm) in Stockinette Stitch (blocked)

So, check out the Halasana Cowl in my Ravelry Shop. What yarn/colors would you knit your Halasana Cowl out of? Please leave a comment below and let me know.

Until next time... Stitch On!

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