This week served as an introduction to the Psychodynamic Perspective. We spent some time discussing Freud, and the history of the psychodynamic perspective. In essence, this perspective emphasises that much of our behaviour is determined by our unconcious – that our thoughts and feelings as adults, have their root in our childhood experiences. As a result of this, parts of our unconcious mind can be in conflict with parts of our concious mind, which creates in us feelings of anxiety. In order to mitigate these feelings of anxiety, we might employ a variety of different defence mechanisms (such as repression, compensation, denial, humour, intellectualisation, rationalisation, projection, and many others).
During this unit, we took some time to reflect upon some of the defence mechanisms we use. To represent this, and to remind me of this approach, I created a simple pattern in my knitting which reminded me of chain mail!
In the original pattern, there is an increase block at either edge of the shawl, and also on either side of both markers. So, on the second row of this block I knitted the following to create the increase section:
K to 4st before end. Turn; P to end. *K to 4 st before gap. Turn; P to end.* Rep from * to * until only 4 stitches remain. Knit across the row, closing the gaps as you go.
After the increase block, I created a simple chain mail pattern by repeating the following two rows:
Row 1: K1, SSK, YO, SSK, YO, K1, YO, SSK, YO, SSK, YO, CDD, YO, SSK, YO, SSK, YO, K1, YO, SSK, YO, SSK, K1, SSSK.
Row 2: Slip the first stitch purlwise, Knit to end of row.