Back to knitting basics with garter

Viola Henslowe

Two weeks ago, I had eye muscle surgery to correct the crossing that had become progressively worse since my late 20s, the reason why I donned sunglasses for my sweater FO shots in recent years. While my surgeon did an amazing job, my brain has been working overtime processing the images from both of my eyes instead of only one. Since knitting takes a bit more focus, I decided that the best way to get back into it was a comfy garter-stitch shawl. So, last week I cast on my third Henslowe, a combination of garter and a relatively easy lace edging that I’ve worked on a little at a time while listening to audiobooks (and feeling old now that Bridget Jones is now in her 50s).

So, I thought I’d pull together a list of some of my favorite mostly-garter shawls, comforting knits that are perfect for when you need some mindless knitting.

Pendulum by Amy Miller

Pendulum by Amy Miller

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki

Welcome Back Garter by Casapinka (I started this before surgery and am at the point where I need to pick up stitches)

Welcome Back Garter by Casapinka (I started this before surgery and am at the point where I need to pick up stitches)

French Can Can by Mademoiselle C

French Can Can by Mademoiselle C

Marrakesh by Janina Kallio

Marrakesh by Janina Kallio

Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur

Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur

Nangou by Melanie Berg -- with a post-surgery selfie

Nangou by Melanie Berg — with a post-surgery selfie

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