I must admit, I am in love with the garter stitch. For most knitters this is probably the first stitches you learned once you mastered casting on.
One of the things I love the most is that it doesn't need pressing. Whenever I use the stockinette stitch (knit one row and purl the next) I always have to press my project, and I am not the best at blocking and making sure it lays just right. In all honestly it would probably end up in a corner for "another day". Yes I am a bit of a lazy knitter that way!. But this works for me right now. I feel less stress and enjoy watching my project grow from my needles while watching some funny shows on TV. This calms me and sets me up for a good sleep.
I wanted some very simple knitting projects to get me back into it, and although I love the simple garter stitch it can look a bit boring. The answer to that for me, was to use variegated yarns that have different hues of colour in them.
Different Hues All in One Ball
By using different hues in your knitting, a sort of pattern will emerge and that is what will be seen, rather than your simple stitches. So you can make the most simple stitch come to life and look great. I have included a picture of my latest scarf. I am going to wear this one with my spring coat if winter will ever let go of its clutches on our Ontario spring!
We just woke up to hopefully the last of the winter storms today. But it is meant to get a bit warmer. My spring coat is slightly lined for warmth but a very dark blue and plain, so began wearing scarves to brighten up my coats.
There are many different ways to make fringe. But I basically wrap the yarn around my palm a few times and then cut. and using a small crochet hook I put one fringe in each stitch. You can make more or just put a few together, there are many options but this works for me.
Five Feet Long
I also like to knt them to a minimum of 5 feet, so that I can wrap them around a couple of times in different ways to look great.
I have just started working on a cotton scarf now for the summer that I may loosely wear over a t-shirt. I never did catch on to the scarf as an accessory craze until I started knitting them myself. I have had many compliments on my heavier one I created for my winter coat. The dyed hues of colour you can get now in balls of yarn or wool are brilliant especially from the RED HEART lines of yarns.
Plain Garter Stitch
So if you feel the garter stitch simply looks "too homemade" try changing your yarn to variegated hues of colour and watch your own pattern come to life and all you did was the garter stitch.
This is the yarn I used. It is RED HEART UNFORGETTABLE DRAGONFLY and is really nice to work with and beautiful hues of colour. I really love turquoise type colours, so this one will go great with my navy blue coat. Below are some more varieties you can purchase online with Amazon. I try to support my local craft stores, but sometimes they simply do not have the variety I would like to try. So online shopping is a great way to compare colours and prices. Enjoy Your Knitting Journey!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.