All rules can be broken.
I've made these same Malas about 10 times now. The knots didn't hold, the beads were too loose, the tassels broke leaving them with nubs that couldn't be removed and they were awkward to wind on my wrist and I could only wear them long.
I kept trying to make a traditional mala by the rules. It's a sacred piece meant to be a certain way right? One continuous circle...
I kept getting more and more frustrated.
Then I remembered that something can be sacred to me even if it's not the same as it's been for hundreds of years.
Who said it has to be one way only? I can make it MY way.
So instead of continual loop I put in a clasp. I hung the tassel so that its removable if it breaks. And I crazy glued the hell out of my knots just in case.
108 beads customized to work for me and for my connection. They aren't perfect.
My meditation doesn't have to be the same as a Tibetan Monk to be totally awesome. Even though Malas have always looked the same doesn't mean there's a hard core rule that they have to.
I forget that sometimes. I have to give myself permission to do things in a way that brings me joy. So we will see how this design works out. The best part is that it's just one more formula dropping out of my life...