Everyone knows the little chant, “By knot of one the spells begun, by knot of two it cometh true, by knot of three so mote it be…” Knot magick works by holding in magickal energy and a chanted/visualised affirmation in each knot. And once the spell has materialised each knot, and the energy contained therein, is usually then released. Now imagine that same concept of retaining magickal energy in an unbroken thread, but on a much larger scale- that would be the basis of knitting magick.
All throughout history the theme of weaving and an unbroken cord has been linked to destiny, fate, the life cycle, reincarnation, creativity, hidden wisdom and secret knowledge. All of these are powerful themes, and as knitters (and crochet’ers) when we knit we are sub-consciously working with those ancient archetypes, just in a more modern setting. Knitting (and crochet) is more than a method to create clothing; it’s a creative craft that links us to the Deities who embody those ancient aspects of a life unbroken and steeped in hidden meaning.
Ideally, exactly how you create magick and explore it when you knit is up to you, but you can use the following information to add depth beyond simple cord magick when you knit.
Knitting would be lost without its numbers. After all it is the exact amount of rows and stitches that end up creating the final item. So why not take into consideration aspects of numerology when knitting by using specific row totals, final stitch counts and repeat patterns based on the magick of their numbers.
The best way to do this is to take the chosen aspect of your knitting that you wish to apply numerological principles to and reduce it to its lowest number. For example, if you have knitted a small, decorative altar cloth and it was 36 stitches by 36 rows. Already you have the numbers 3 and 6, together those numbers create 9. If you added all the numbers together, 3+6+3+6, you would get 18 and when whittled down further by 1+8, you would ultimately get the number of 9.
The following are the magickal properties of the base numbers
The number one primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy. The number one reflects new beginnings, and purity. The symbolic meaning of number one is further clarified when we understand one represents both kinds of action: physical and mental. This combined with ones urgency for new beginnings, we begin to see ones recurring in our lives indicate a time to exert our natural forces, take action, and start a new venture. One encourages us our action will be rewarded in kind.
The symbolic meaning of number two is kindness, balance, tact, equalization, and duality. The number two reflects a quiet power of judgment, and the need for planning. Two beckons us to choose. The spiritual meaning of number two also deals with exchanges made with others, partnerships (both in harmony and rivalry), and communication. Two urges us out of our indecision, calls us to unite with like-minds, and like-ideals. Two asks us to exert our natural flow of judgment to do what is best for our souls.
The spiritual meaning of number three deals with magic, intuition, fecundity, and advantage. The number Three invokes expression, versatility, and pure joy of creativity. Three is also a time identifier as it represents Past, Present and Future. Consecutive threes in your life may symbolize the need to express yourself creatively, or consider your present directional path in relation to past events and future goals. Three may also represent promising new adventures, and assurance of cooperation from others whom you may require help. Three typically symbolizes reward and success in most undertakings.
The symbolic meaning of number four deals with stability and invokes the grounded nature of all things. Consider the four seasons, four directions, four elements all these amazingly powerful essences wrapped up in the nice square package of four. Fours represent solidity, calmness, and home. A recurrence of four in your life may signify the need to get back to your roots, centre yourself, or even “plant” yourself. Fours also indicate a need for persistence and endurance.
The spiritual meaning of number five deals with travel, adventure, and motion. With the highs that come with these attributes, Fives also carry instability and unpredictability, and radical changes. The spiritual meaning of five draws our attention to the wonder of life, and beckons us to appreciate the perception of chaos all around us. Five has wild vibrations: primitive and erratic. When five continues to pop up in your life be prepared for some action, like a trip. Remember, trips aren’t all necessarily taken physically. Some of the best journeys are taken in the mind and spirit.
The symbolism behind number six is legend. With Venus as its ruler, six represents harmony, balance, sincerity, love, and truth. Six naturally reveals solutions for us in a calm, unfolding manner. We invoke the six when we need delicate diplomacy when dealing with sensitive matters. The spiritual meaning of number six also deals with enlightenment; specifically “lighting” our path in areas we require spiritual and mental balance. Sixes beckon us to administer compassion and consciously choose forgiveness in a situation.
Sevens, like Threes, deal with magical forces. Sevens deal with esoteric, scholarly aspects of magic. This number is representative of scholarly activities, mystery, and the focused search for esoteric meanings. Seven deals with the activation of imagination and manifesting results in our lives through the use of conscious thought and awareness. Ruled by Saturn, seven can represent impractical dreaming, but with a deeper understanding of the aspects of seven, you can quite deftly utilize its magical vibration to your own benefit.
The symbolism backing number eight deals largely with business, success, and wealth. This is due to the fact that eight represents continuation, repetition, and cycles. Such elements are seen in arenas where success is obtained simply because of dogged determination and repetition. Also, matters of business and wealth largely depend on cycles to fulfil their manifestation. It’s like the snowball analogy: As it continues to roll, in gets bigger and bigger with each revolution. Eight represents that kind of momentum.
The spiritual meaning of number nine bring us to the very height of vibrational frequencies in this number sequence. Nine represents attainment, satisfaction, accomplishment, and our success to achieve an influence in our circumstances. The spiritual meaning of the number nine deals with intellectual power, inventiveness, and influence over situations. Nine beseeches us to recognize our own internal attributes, and extend these abilities out into the world to make a positive, influential difference.
Everyone has their favourite colours; colours that we are drawn to and that we feel best suit us. Each colour has its own vibration and subsequent beneficial effect. In knitting colour is the most visual aspect of the finished item together with the actual design of pattern. Therefore in magickal knitting, colour is also one of the most important aspects. When knitting a comfort shawl or scarf you could incorporate not only colours to heal a specific ailment, but also include the recipients zodiac colours to link the finished shawl or scarf to them.
Ruled by Mars, red is the colour of passion, courage and strength. It is also the colour of blood and as such, is linked to the primordial life force that is driven by sex and survival. Red is also the colour linked to the fire element. This colour is also linked to the base chakra. When knitting a comfort shawl, use red for self-confidence issues or for someone who has issues relating to personal security and safety. Red is also used to represent the Mother aspect of the Goddess.
This is the colour of vitality, health and vigour. Orange is a colour that stimulates creativity and encourages action. It is also the colour of the sacral chakra. Use orange in a knitting project to bring energy to someone who is lethargic and has low energy levels.
Governed by Mercury and associated with the element of Air, yellow is the colour of intellect, thought, study, and communication. It is also an uplifting colour that evokes feelings happiness. Use this colour in a knitting project for someone who is under mental strain, or who fears change.
The colour of nature and vegetation, green represents growth and fertility. It is a colour that is linked to Venus, and as such is associated with love and the emotions. Green is also the colour of the heart chakra and can used in knitting projects where matters of the heart are concerned. A word of caution though; although green is a colour that is often used for healing in general, it should be remembered that it is a colour of growth. It shouldn’t be used for those who have an illness such as cancer or any illness that is characterised by growth. Rather use another healing colour such as blue instead.
Blue is the colour of the water element, and like the element it represents it is cooling, healing, the imagination and tranquil calm. This colour is linked to Neptune and is a perfect all-round healing colour to use in your knitting projects. Blue is also the colour associated with the throat chakra.
This colour is associated with Jupiter. It is a spiritual colour that is linked to wisdom, prophecy, psychic abilities and transformation. Purple, or violet, is the colour most often used to represent the brow or third eye chakra. Use purple in your knitting projects to bring balance and prophecy, and as a colour to nurture the spirit.
This is a gentler version of red that represents friendship, pure love and affection. It is gently warming and gives a quiet strength. Use pink in knitting projects where support during grief is needed.
This colour is directly linked to the earth; it represents the home and wealth. Brow also represents stability, and being grounded and focused.
Mistakenly associated with all things negative, black is actually a very protective colour. It is the colour of pure darkness; the depths of the soul where unlimited creative potential and inner wisdom lie. Although often used in banishing and binding magick, black is also a good colour for meditation. Use black in knitting projects that centre on creating stability or protecting the recipient. Black is also a colour that represents the Crone aspect of the Goddess.
The colour of the moon and its feminine lunar energy, white is a colour that represents purity, peace and innocence. White is used for purification and cleansing, and it is an all-round healing colour that promotes clarity. This colour represents the Maiden aspect of the Goddess.
Grey is linked to the intellect. It is a colour that represents wisdom, maturity and neutrality. This colour can be used to encourage putting thoughts into action.
This is the colour used to symbolise the Goddess. Silver is pure feminine energy and is again linked to the Moon. Use silver in your projects for healing any specifically feminine ailments.
Considered opposite to Silver, gold is the colour of the God and is linked to the Sun. Use gold in your projects to healing any specifically male ailments, or to bring overall healing and strength.
Cancer: light emerald
Leo: rich orange
Libra: light yellow
Scorpio: dark red
Sagittarius: ultramarine blue
Aquarius: light blue
Days of the Week
While colour and numbers may be the largest factors when it comes to magickal knitting, the day you start your project can have influence over it too. The following are the magickal correspondences for each of the days of the week, both in general terms and more specifically for healing (as can be used in the making of a comfort shawl)
Colours: Silver, pewter, grey, white
Plant/tree: Lily, eucalyptus, sandalwood, camphor, willow root, birch, motherwort, vervain, white rose
Stones: Pearl, moonstone, clear quartz
Deities: Selene, Isis, Artemis, Nephtys
Associations: Fertility, increase, dream-work
Symbolic Object: Cauldron
Colours: Red, orange
Plant/tree: Red rose, cock’s comb, pine, daisy, thyme, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, holly
Stones: Carnelian, bloodstone, ruby, Garnet, jet, obsidian
Deities: Hecate, Cerridwen, Anubis, Kali, Ares Tiew, Mars
Associations: Defense, protection, inspiration, defeating obstacles, courage, sex, dance
Symbolic Object: Arrow
Plant/tree: Fern, lavender, hazel, cherry, perriwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, bloodstone, hematite, moss agate, sodalite
Deities: Mercury/ Hermes, Athene, Sarasvarti, Woden
Associations: Communication, learning, study, exams, legal issues, travel, ideas, memory, science
Symbolic Object: Staff
Colours: Purple, dark blue, green, brown
Plant/tree: Cinnamon, beech, coltsfoot, buttercup, oak, nutmeg, cloves, marigold, almond, horse chestnut
Stones: Lapis Lazuli, turquoise, amythest, sapphire, citrine
Deities: Juno, Lakshmi, Pan, Thor, Rhiannon, Jupiter/ Zeus
Associations: Generosity, natural justice, expansion, property, wills, family matters, career, finances, wealth, luck
Symbolic Object: Drum
Colours: Green, pink
Plant/tree: Pink rose, ivy, birch, heather, sage, violet, water lily, clematis, myrtle, apple
Stones: Rose quartz, emerald, jade, moonstone
Deities: Aphrodite/ Venus, Branwen, Angus, Parvarti
Associations: Love, passions, friendships, affection, partnerships, allurement, sexuality, beauty, art
Symbolic Object: Rose, star symbol (pentacle)
Colours: Black, brown
Plant/tree: Myrrh, moss, Hemlock, wolfsbane, coltsfoot, nightshade, fir
Stones: Jet, smokey quartz, black onyx, Lava, pumice, snowflake obsidian
Deities: Hecate, Nemesis, Saturn
Associations: Boundaries, binding, exorcism, discipline, reduction, protection, deflection, banishing negativity
Symbolic Object: Chain, cords
Colours: Gold, orange, yellow
Plant/tree: Cinnamon, frankincense, sunflower, bay, marigold, heliotrope, buttercup, cedar, beech, oak
Stones: Amber, sunstone, red agate, tiger’s eye
Deities: Apollo, Brighid, Lugh, Belissama
Associations: Health, happiness, contentment, music, poetry, success, family, career
Symbolic Object: Disc
The Days of the Week for Healing
Healing Ability: Emotions, home, family, children, female issues and healing in general
Colour: White (new), silver (full), light blue (waning)
Herbs: Lotus, sandalwood, cypress, camphor
Deity: Artemis (New), Isis (full), Hecate (waning)
Healing Ability: Positive change, improved health and vigour
Herbs: Lavender, coriander
Deity: Brighid, thoth, Thor, Woden
Healing Ability: Courage, strength
Herbs: Rose, geranium, caraway
Deity: Tyr, Thoth, Hermes
Healing Ability: Justice, change of fortune, protection
Herbs: Honeysuckle, nutmeg, oak
Deity: Thor, Hera, Zeus
Healing Ability: Relationships, fertility, motherhood
Herbs: Rose, myrtle, vervain, violet
Deity: Demeter, Aphrodite, Branwen
Healing Ability: Understanding the limitations of an illness, karma, release, endurance
Colour: Indigo blue
Herbs: Cypress, evergreens
Deity: Cronos, Nemesis
Healing Ability: Health, vitality, success, male issues
Colour: Orange, gold
Herbs: Frankincense, marigold, bay, laurel
Deity: Sekhmet, Lugh