Om Shanti Cowl by Simone Kereit

Om Shanti Cowl

December 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette/ one side of the double knit fabric
US 4 - 3.5 mm
690 - 710 yards (631 - 649 m)
29” (73.5 cm) circ and approx. 11 ½”(29 cm) high
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Sometimes an idea just won’t leave your head until you have turned it into a project, no matter how much work is involved to bring to fruition. So after many hours of planning and charting and knitting, here is the result.
A completely reversible double knit mantra, written in Devanagari, the writing system used for Sanskrit, an invocation of peace. Like the prayer wheels along ancient stone walls high up in the Himalayas, the cowl is an endless invocation.

Peace for your heart, your mind, your soul.
Peace for the world.

The cowl is large and cozy and feels like a portable hug. Though the writing is not easily recognizable when you wear it, the sentiment is there, the blessing envelops you and keeping you warm.

Yoga and PTSD
I am donating 50% of proceeds from the sale of this cowl pattern to Meghan’s Foundation, a local organisation offering Yoga and meditation classes to veterans as a means to heal PTSD. Learn more about the studies involving the healing effect of yoga and people suffering from PTSD here.
And some interesting reading from the pages of the Yoga Journal

Madeline Tosh Pashmina 1 skein each in 2 colors
(360 yards /329 meters per 4 oz skein, 75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10%Cashmere) or
sport or fingering weight yarn, approx. 300 yds/275 m) each color
(Sample shown in Daffodil and Heartbeat)

US 4 (3.5 mm) 24”/ 60 cm circular needle or size to obtain gauge
spare 40” / 100 cm (or longer) circular for cast on

20 sts/32 rows = 4” in stockinette st

4 markers, one of them for end of round
2 Stitch holders or spare needle

29” (73.5 cm) circ and approx. 11 ½”(29 cm) high