Stitch Away Stress: A Mindful Approach to 3 Knit & Crochet Patterns

Stitch Away Stress with Mindful Knitting Patterns

Stitch Away Stress: A mindful approach to 3 stitch patterns.

This week on Ask Me Monday, I teamed up with my friends at Clover Needlecrafts in support of the Craft Yarn Council‘s #StitchAwayStress initiative. Our focus is how by approaching a few simple stitch patterns in a more mindful way, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of the meditative state of knitting and crochet. Here are 3 exercises for mindful stitching.

Materials

Any yarn

Clover Takumi Bamboo Needles (for #1 & #2) — Warming bamboo is good for the soul!

Clover Amour Hook (for #3) — Cushioned handles makes for a comfortable experience.

Exercise 1:Breath in, knit out.

Rib Stitch (Knitting)

CO a multiple of 2 + 1.

Sitting comfortably and focusing on breathing in and out with each stitch, begin knitting while chanting (either in your head or out loud) as follows:

Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1…

Repeat until the end of the row, turn piece and resume meditation. Since we added that +1 stitch, there won’t be a break in your “knit 1, purl 1” mantra as you’ll end the right-side row with a “knit 1” and resume on the wrong-side with a “purl one”.

Exercise 2: Open Stitch, open heart.

Lace (Knitting) 

CO a multiple of 3.

Sitting comfortably and focusing on breath and an open heart, begin knitting while chanting (either in your head or out loud) as follows:

Knit 1, yarn-over, knit two together; knit 1, yarn-over, knit two together…

Repeat until the end of the row, turn piece and resume meditation.

Stitch Away Stress with Vickie Howell's Exercises for Mindful Knitting & Crochet!

Exercise 3:

Half-double Crochet (U.S. term)

Chain any number + 2.

Set-up row: Hdc in the 3rd ch from hook and across. Turn.

Since the construction of crochet stitches is more complex than a knit stitch, it’s helpful to focus on the individual moves within the stitch for purposes of meditation. For that purpose, I’ve written out the half-double crochet (hdc) stitch mantra in moves.

Sitting comfortably and focusing on breath, begin knitting while chanting (either in your head or out loud) as follows:

Chain 2, in next stitch: [yarn-over insert hook, yarn-over pull through 1, yarn-over pull through 3], [yarn-over insert hook, yarn-over pull through 1, yarn-over pull through 3]…

VARIATION:  [yarn-over insert hook, yarn-over pull through loop, yarn-over pull through loops], [yarn-over insert hook, yarn-over pull through loop, yarn-over pull through loops]

Breathe in; craft out.

xx, Vickie

 

7 thoughts on “Stitch Away Stress: A Mindful Approach to 3 Knit & Crochet Patterns

  1. Unmake sure I am somewhere quiet and make sure to have some water by me. Taking in the sounds of nature and my surroundings.

  2. I listen to relaxing music while knitting, between the two , it helps. Enjoyed your show once again. From Lavigne Ontario

  3. When I’ve had a really crazy day I just work on a project that is garter stitch or stockinette stitch so I don’t have to count. I just listen to the sound of my needles swishing. I love wood needles also. I use knit picks beautiful green needles. I love your ideas to promote wellness. 😍 Andria

  4. I knit once the kids go to bed, the house is nice and quiet and i put on a podcast and stitch away. I have a 3 year old girl and i 6 year old autistic son, so the evenings are my time… knit and crochet keep me sane.

  5. I find the repetition of the pattern is relaxing for me. It helps tune out the world around me. I too suffer from anxiety and knit and crochet.

  6. When I’ve had a challenging day, I pull out my Charity knitting. Knitting for someone else, I like to “infuse” my knitting with positive thoughts. So I push away any stress or negativity, and try to just knit caring and kindness into every stitch. And a glass of wine never hurts! When I’m done, I feel stress free!

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