KPC Module Three: Unit 1

And Module Three begins!

Module Three is going to be a bit different than the previous two modules, with an emphasis on self-awareness, and the awareness of self while using a counselling approach, in addition to learning about some of the theoretical perspectives used in the counselling field. We will be looking at the Humanistic/Existential Perspective, the Psychodynamic Perspective, and the Cognitive Behavioural Approach.

During Unit 1, we took some time to reflect on the previous two modules, and to discuss some of the ups and downs, and what we had learned. It felt like a settling-in to where we are now, and ended with a look to the coming weeks, and the direction in which we plan to go.

In terms of knitting, it’s time for a new colour!! And, as with the difference between this module and the previous modules, I’m going to change the way I’m knitting the pattern. I’m going to follow the same structure in terms of row counts, increases and so forth, but I’m going to apply each unit’s chunk of knitting to the edge, rather than knitting long rows.

For this week’s pattern, I was thinking that I’m feeling quite excited about beginning Module 3, so I’ve created a firework to represent that excitement 🙂 !

Tech details:

To maintain the look of the 3 edge stitches, I began by casting on with the Channel Island cast-on, which creates a beaded edge, emulating the edge of the garter stitch border. Then I worked 3 rows of K1, P1 rib, ensuring that the purls lined up with the beads of the cast-on edge. At the end of each where it meets the body of the shawl, I worked a SSSK, to join the block of knitting on to the main body of the shawl, and maintain the correct stitch count.

Rows 1-3: P1, K1.
Row 4: (YO, K2tog) to end.
Row 5: Knit.

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 row six, I worked several short rows to account for this increase.

Row 6: 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.

The next Firework pattern is shown in the Stitch Fiddle chart.