North Star {Knit Mermaid Blanket}

This is the ninth post in my North Star November series….a soul centered discussion about depression.  Each day this month, I’ll be sharing a piece of my soul’s journey, along with a free pattern to thank you for taking part in such an important conversation!  Catch up by reading Day 8Jump forward to Day 10.

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Meditation

Here’s where meditation comes in.

If our brains AND bodies are responsible for creating our emotional states, then they also both have to be addressed when trying to break down an emotional state.

Meditation is a wonderful way to align your brain with your body.

The simple act of non-judgmentally observing your thoughts (wow- there’s a lot going on in there all the time!) while becoming aware of any feelings being held in your body, creates space for big emotions and feelings to move on.

There are lots of different types of meditation available, but I’ve found mindfulness to be of great value.  I’ll explain it a bit more tomorrow.

Here’s a big question…

Can you “feel” the energy in your body?  If you slow down and pay attention, do you feel a type of vibrating energy constantly coursing through your physical being?

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Can you feel your body?

If not, don’t worry!

I’ve seen quotes that only 10% of people in our culture can actually feel this energy in their body.  In fact, only TWO of the people I’ve spoken about this with have been able to feel it…and they were both healers of sorts who work in this field regularly.

So..if we can’t even feel the energy in our bodies, how are we supposed to feel all the be feelings living in there??

Comment and tell me…

Do you feel your energy?  Do you feel your body?

 

{Though I do try to check all comments here on my blog regularly, it is not monitored 24/7.  If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help!  This suicide hotline is available 24 hours a day to support you: 1-800-273-8255}

For even more fun….

Maybe I’m a bit of a nerd, but I love talking about all of this stuff.  Getting a better understanding of the brain and how it works (in and out of depression) has been really eye opening to me!  It’s a nice reminder that we’re all humans and humans tend to function in very similar ways when you take it back to the basics.  With that in mind, change is possible…which is probably why I find all of this so entertaining.

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Knit Mermaid Blanket Pattern

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Mermaid Tail Blanket Knitting Pattern

Measurements:

Child 3-10 Years Tail

30” (76.25cm) Waist

35” (89cm) From Waist to Feet

 Adult

50” (76.25cm) Waist

45” (114cm) From Waist to Feet

Materials

  • Yarn: Approximately 450-475 yards of super bulky (6) yarn for child size.  Approx. 650-700 yards for adult (I used Loops and Threads – Country Loom in Solarium)
  • Knitting Needles: Size 6.0 mm (US 10) Straight and Double Pointed Needles [DPNs] or circular needles (20 or 24”) (or use the magic loop method)
  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle

Gauge

7 sts and 10 rows = 2 inches (5 centimeters) in Stockinette Stitch

***It is important to check your gauge!***

Abbreviations

  • M1 (Make 1): On a knit row: Insert left needle, front to back, under the strand between st on left needle and st on right needle making a new loop on left needle. Knit this loop through the back. On a purl row:  Insert left needle, back to front, under the strand between st on left needle and st on right needle making a new loop on left needle.  Purl this loop through the front.
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together
  • P2tog: Purl two stitches together
  • **: Repeat the section between the two stars the designated number of times

 

Fins Pattern (Make 2)

*Fin pattern will remain the same for adult size, but if you’d like to make them just a little larger, you can go up to a size US 11 or US 13 Straight Needle to accomplish that.*

Using straight needles, CO 3 sts with tail color

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: P1, M1, P1, M1, P1 (5 total sts)

Row 3: K1, M1, K3, M1, K1 (7 total sts)

Row 4: P1, M1, P5, M1, P1 (9 total sts)

Row 5: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1 (11 total sts)

Row 6: K1, M1, K9, M1, K1 (13 total sts)

Row 7: P1, M1, P11, M1, P1 (15 total sts)

Row 8: P1, M1, P13, M1, P1 (17 total sts)

Row 9: K1, M1, K15, M1, K1 (19 total sts)

Row 10: P1, M1, P17, M1, P1 (21 total sts)

Row 11: K1, M1, K19, M1, K1 (23 total sts)

Row 12: K1, M1, K21, M1, K1 (25 total sts)

Row 13: P1, M1, P23, M1, P1 (27 total sts)

Row 14: P1, M1, P25, M1, P1 (29 total sts)

Row 15: K1, M1, K27, M1, K1 (31 total sts)

Row 16: P1, M1, P29, M1, P1 (33 total sts)

Row 17: K1, M1, K31, M1, K1 (35 total sts)

Row 18: K1, M1, K33, M1, K1 (37 total sts)

Row 19: P1, M1, P35, M1, P1 (39 total sts)

Row 20: P1, M1, P37, M1, P1 (41 total sts)

Row 21: K1, M1, K39, M1, K1 (43 total sts)

Row 22: P1, M1, P41, M1, K1 (45 total sts)

Row 23: K1, M1, K43, M1, K1 (47 total sts)

Row 24: P1, M1, P45, M1, P1 (49 total sts)

Row 25: K1, M1, K47, M1, K1 (51 total sts)

Row 26: K1, M1, K49, M1, K1 (53 total sts)

Bind off as if to knit

See directions below for seaming.

3-10 Year Tail Pattern

Cast on 100 sts onto DPNs or Circular Needles

Join in the round.  Place Stitch Marker.

Round 1: *K2, P2* Repeat around

Repeat Round 1 until your piece measures approx. 2 inches (5cm) from the cast on edge.

Round 2: Knit

Repeat Round 2 until your piece measures approx. 20 inches in length from the cast on edge.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K18* Repeat around (95 total sts)

Rounds 2-7: Knit

Round 8: *K2tog, K17* Repeat around (90 total sts)

Rounds 9-14: Knit

Round 15: *K2tog, K16* Repeat around (85 total sts)

Rounds 16-21: Knit

Round 22: *K2tog, K15* Repeat around (80 total sts)

Rounds 23-28: Knit

Round 29: *K2tog, K14* Repeat around (75 total sts)

Rounds 30-35: Knit

Round 36: *K2tog, K13* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Rounds 37-42: Knit

Round 43: *K2tog, K12* Repeat around (65 total sts)

Rounds 44-49: Knit

Round 50: *K2tog, K11* Repeat around (60 total sts)

Rounds 51-56: Knit

Round 57: *K2tog, K10* Repeat around (55 total sts)

Rounds 58-63: Knit

Round 64: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (50 total sts)

Rounds 65-70: Knit

Round 71: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (45 total sts)

Rounds 72-77: Knit

Round 78: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (40 total sts)

Rounds 79-84: Knit

Round 85: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (35 total sts)

Rounds 86-91: Knit

Round 92: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (30 total sts)

Rounds 93-98: Knit

Round 99: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (25 total sts)

Rounds 100-105: Knit

Round 106: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (20 total sts)

Rounds 107-112: Knit

Round 113: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (15 total sts)

Rounds 114-125: Knit

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 10 inch tail.  Using yarn needles, remove all sts from DPNs or circular, as if to purl.  Do not pull tail through.  Reference pictures below.

Adult Tail Pattern

Cast on 172 sts onto DPNs or Circular Needles

Join in the round.  Place Stitch Marker.

Round 1: *K2, P2* Repeat around

Repeat Round 1 until your piece measures approx. 2 inches (5cm) from the cast on edge.

Round 2: Knit

Repeat Round 2 until your piece measures approx. 17 inches (43cm) in length from the cast on edge.

Decreases:

Round 1: *K2tog, K84* Repeat around (170 total sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, K32* Repeat around (165 total sts)

Rounds 3-8: Knit

Round 9: *K2tog, K31* Repeat around (160 total sts)

Rounds 10-15: Knit

Round 16: *K2tog, K30* Repeat around (155 total sts)

Rounds 17-22: Knit

Round 23: *K2tog, K29* Repeat around (150 total sts)

Rounds 24-29: Knit

Round 30: *K2tog, K28* Repeat around (145 total sts)

Rounds 31-36: Knit

Round 37: *K2tog, K27* Repeat around (140 total sts)

Rounds 38-43: Knit

Round 44: *K2tog, K26* Repeat around (135 total sts)

Rounds 45-50: Knit

Round 51: *K2tog, K25* Repeat around (130 total sts)

Rounds 52-57: Knit

Round 58: *K2tog, K24* Repeat around (125 total sts)

Rounds 59-64: Knit

Round 65: *K2tog, K23* Repeat around (120 total sts)

Rounds 66-71: Knit

Round 72: *K2tog, K22* Repeat around (115 total sts)

Rounds 73-78: Knit

Round 79: *K2tog, K21* Repeat around (110 total sts)

Rounds 80-85: Knit

Round 86: *K2tog, K20* Repeat around (105 total sts)

Rounds 87-92: Knit

Round 93: *K2tog, K19* Repeat around (100 total sts)

Rounds 94-99: Knit

Round 100: *K2tog, K18* Repeat around (95 total sts)

Rounds 101-106: Knit

Round 107: *K2tog, K17* Repeat around (90 total sts)

Rounds 108-113: Knit

Round 114: *K2tog, K16* Repeat around (85 total sts)

Rounds 115-120: Knit

Round 121: *K2tog, K15* Repeat around (80 total sts)

Rounds 122-127: Knit

Round 128: *K2tog, K14* Repeat around (75 total sts)

Rounds 129-134: Knit

Round 135: *K2tog, K13* Repeat around (70 total sts)

Rounds 136-141: Knit

Round 142: *K2tog, K12* Repeat around (65 total sts)

Rounds 143-148: Knit

Round 149: *K2tog, K11* Repeat around (60 total sts)

Rounds 150-155: Knit

Round 156: *K2tog, K10* Repeat around (55 total sts)

Rounds 157-162: Knit

Round 163: *K2tog, K9* Repeat around (50 total sts)

Rounds 164-169: Knit

Round 170: *K2tog, K8* Repeat around (45 total sts)

Rounds 171-176: Knit

Round 177: *K2tog, K7* Repeat around (40 total sts)

Rounds 178-183: Knit

Round 184: *K2tog, K6* Repeat around (35 total sts)

Rounds 185-190: Knit

Round 191: *K2tog, K5* Repeat around (30 total sts)

Rounds 192-197: Knit

Round 198: *K2tog, K4* Repeat around (25 total sts)

Rounds 199-204: Knit

Round 205: *K2tog, K3* Repeat around (20 total sts)

Rounds 206-211: Knit

Round 212: *K2tog, K2* Repeat around (15 total sts)

Rounds 213-224: Knit

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 10 inch tail.  Using yarn needles, remove all sts from DPNs or circular, as if to purl.  Do not pull tail through.  Reference pictures below.

 

 

Knit Mermaid Fins

Seaming Knit Mermaid Fin – Photo 1

Knit Mermaid Fins

Seaming Knit Mermaid Fins – Photo 2

Knit Mermaid Fins

Seaming Knit Mermaid Fins – Photo 3

Knit Mermaid Fin

Seaming Knit Mermaid Fins – Photo 4 – Back Side

Knit Mermaid Fin

Seaming Knit Mermaid Fin – Photo 5

Knit Mermaid Fin

Seaming Knit Mermaid Fin – Photo 6

Knit Mermaid Fin

Seaming Knit Mermaid Fin – Photo 7

 

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16 Comments On “North Star {Knit Mermaid Blanket}”

  1. oh yeah i feel my body … at my age it has multiple aches & pains and tells me about it every day! getting old is not for wimps!
    best regards always,
    margaret

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  2. I am a patanjali meditation guide. I use this term for several reasons, one no one can teach meditation, like riding a bike, you can lead, but learning is personal. I also work with teens as a group mentor. There is body, mind, intellect, and energy or subtle body. When these are out of balance many things happen. They are brought back into balance through meditation. Unfortunately, the term meditation has been corrupted to the point of confusion. Meditation is not mindfulness. When you meditate regularly, you learn to feel your own energy, see other energies in nature, and gain the ability to control these subtle paths. Bringing down your blood pressure, slowing respiratory rate, and mental activity is the beginning phase to entering true meditation. I suggest you seek a personal instructor near you. It is a science, granted an ancient one, but a science nevertheless.

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    • Meditation and mindfulness are not the same thing, but in my opinion can go hand in hand and mindfulness is a great introduction to the idea of even being able to connect with yourself in this present moment way. Thanks for your input!

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  3. I feel energy-body when I have time to notice all the blessings around me!

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  4. I need to start meditating on a regular basis again, and this is such a hard time of year. My mother died 23 years ago at this time, my best friend Erica died 4 years ago, and Veterans’ Day is also my mother’s birthday, so I get constantly reminded. I need the peace that meditation brings, but getting to a place in my life TO meditate has been a real struggle.

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    • I know that feeling! It’s sometimes hard to make the space to take care of yourself, or to even feel up to doing extra. Sending love and hugs….and motivation <3

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  5. I absolutely agree! Mindfulness is the sixth step, dharana, of the eightfold path of yoga and a very important part of the process. The issue is when the steps are confused or considered the same thing. I did not mean to give any other impression, but may have inadvertantly. Thank you for responding and confirming the importance of mindfulness within the process.

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    • Thank you for helping to clarify! I’m by no means an expert at all this….just learning myself. So terminology might get muddled a bit, but I’ll do my best 🙂

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  6. I definitely feel the energy in my body. Learning to feel it and work with it during meditation, bodywork, and still learning to pace and feel body energy vs. my usual headlong push do do EVERYTHING before my body says it can’t any longer.

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  7. I’m not certain I could identify what I was feeling in the past. Right now, I am recovering from a concussion – wow, has that put me in touch with feeling that energy when I have an extreme emotion! Recently, something terrible happened that involved a couple of people who work for us. They were clearly at fault and are facing legal charges as a result. When I found out, I was incredibly angry. This angry energy set my recovery back at least a full week! It was so strange – but very easy to identify.

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  8. I do not feel that energy you mentioned but I do practice meditation and mindfulness, especially through my knitting.

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  9. I find it is necessary to do something to help physical pain to free myself to heal emotionally. Massage and chiropractic and excellent high quality CBD OIL, Magnesium and B-Vitamins, etc. As I hurt less, my brain can listen better to my energy. I’m not sure I feel it the same as you do, but when I recently took action on an especially troubling financial situation, I absolutely FELT relief and freedom! I am having less difficulty setting goals now. As long as I remained frozen in a bad situation, I was blocking progress.

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    • It’s funny that often our tendency is to shrink back from the situation at hand. However, you’re right – moving in empowerment can turn the situation around and make you feel less like a victim. Love it!

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