There is something very calming about garter stitch — endless rows of knitting without needing to count stitches or constantly check my progress against a pattern is ideal when I’m trying to multitask (say, helping with Leah with math or listening to Adam read me paragraphs of his English essay).
At some point, though, the knitting threatens to move from calming to monotonous, and at that time I’m grateful for the sections of two-row stripes, which break up the boring swaths of a single colour and force me to pay a little more attention.
Peach Tree is a fantastic pattern for pairing two single skeins — the variegated Purple Finch colourway was a bit busy on its own but I love the way it’s muted somewhat by the very dark grey.
While I’d had this pattern saved in my favourites for a while, I kept putting it off because I didn’t have quite the right yarn. It’s actually written for DK-weight yarn but I didn’t want to break up a sweater quantity so I opted for single-ply fingering instead. I had planned on knitting extra stripes towards the end if it didn’t seem large enough, but working the pattern as written netted me an impressive-sized shawl (over 84″ long!) — it is lightweight and squishy and perfect for spring days (which I hope are coming soon).
In fact, I think if I were to knit this pattern again, I’d stick with fingering weight yarn since it gives the shawl a fantastic drape that I don’t think I would have achieved otherwise.