On the seventh day of Knitmas…

Happy New Year, everyone!

Today is a great day to set your intentions for the year ahead. While so many things are outside of our control, it can be helpful to take a few minutes to think about our emotional needs. Self-care is so important, especially these days when the world is a dumpster fire and we’re all doing our best to survive without losing our minds.

Today’s knit is simple, short, and poignant. What mindset do you want as you go into the year ahead? Use the prompts below to choose your words, or use the Morse code charts to create your own. Be creative – this is your chance to put your heart into your knitting. If you’re planning to gift this shawl to a loved one, include a special message, just between you and them. You can use your favorite song lyrics or a special quote from your favorite author. Whatever words speak to your heart. Maybe your heart wants you to put a hex on someone; we’re not here to judge.

I will start my days with _____________.
I will approach life with _____________.
When things get overwhelming, I will _____________.

I created several charts with popular key words and intentions, and included a chart of the entire alphabet so you can make your own. The alphabet chart is read from left to right. Each letter’s code begins with the stitch above that letter to the stitch immediately before the next letter’s code. Two knit stitches are used to separate each letter from the next. Find the charts in our Day Seven PDF – download link below.

Why Morse code? Throughout history, women (and some men) have used knitting as a form of espionage, working codes into their stitches to share valuable information such as troop positions and supply train routes. Women could also sit and knit in public for extended periods without drawing attention to themselves, making them ideal incognito spies.

Directions
The shawl has 140 sts between markers and can include several words per row. The scarf has only 40 sts between markers, so the word choices are more limited. Knit the extra stitches in the row before or after your intention(s).

Note: The Morse Code charts for Day Seven can be found in the linked PDF below.

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Using C1:
Row 1 (RS): k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.
Row 2 (WS): k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Work Rows 1 & 2 three more times. 8 rows of Garter stitch. Carry C1 inside the i-cord.

Using C4:
Row 1: k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.
Row 2: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.
Row 3: k5, sm, work your intention(s), knitting any extra sts to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.
Row 4: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. Carry C1 inside the i-cord.

Repeat from **** once.

Work additional affirmations as desired. If you are working with full skeins, feel free to mix up the colors as well; perhaps an affirmation in each colorway. Each affirmation uses 3 (9) grams of C1 and 1 (3) grams of C4. Cut C4 once your finish your final affirmation.

Using C1:
Row 1 (RS): k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.
Row 2 (WS): k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Work Rows 1 & 2 three more times. 8 rows of Garter stitch. Cut C1.

Yarn used (as written, with two affirmations):
C1 – 5 (14.5) grams
C2 – 0 grams
C3 – 0 grams
C4 – 1.5 (5) grams

The PDF of Day Seven can be downloaded here: Twelve Days of Knitmas 2021 Day 7

If you would like to add it to your Ravelry patterns, please click here.

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