We love garter stitch. Knitting garter stitch is like a visit with a long-time beloved friend. We hear the same from you, too. Mention garter stitch and everyone in the room says, “Ahhh.”
Paula Emons-Fuessle’s Hyla Brook shows how easily garter stitch combines with other patterns. This time with a little interspersed yarn-over pattern to keep the knitting interesting. For another pretty example of garter stitch-plus from Paula, see her Pipers Journey.
Hyla starts on a few stitches at the center front edge and is worked out and down from there. In this version, the shawl ends with a garter stitch ruffle. But Paula also gives instructions in her pattern for a plain, unfrilled garter-stitch border. Note the shawl’s drape: Over the shoulders (above) and worn with point in front (below). That drape has much to do with Tern, the wool/silk blend used to knit it. The color here is Buoy. Perky and pretty, no?
It’s fitting that we photographed Hyla Brook in the woods. As Paula explains in her pattern intro, the shawl was inspired by the song of peepers (hyla), the little frogs that come to life in spring. If you aren’t familiar with Paula’s podcast, Knitting Pipeline, you might want to listen next time you pick up your needle. You’ll learn lots about knitting, and a little about flora and fauna (and pipes!) as well.