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How a decrease becomes a decorative element.
The Perfect Eyelet in the Late Harvest Shawl used a slip stitch to minimize the impact of the decrease. But what if you wanted the decrease to show? Could a decrease become a decorative element in the pattern? Let’s see what happens when you use the slip stitch to pop the decrease.
Take a look at the chart – the slip stitch is now the first one your needle enters as you work the k2tog decrease, so the elongated stitch will sit on top of the other. Mmmmm, what if you were to slip that resulting stitch on the next wrong side row and do it all again? Wouldn’t the decreases all run together in a nice long line that pops up on the right side of stockinette? You bet.
Want to try a swatch? Here you go. And this is just the beginning. The Showy Decrease can lean right, lean left, run vertically and act as a single or double decrease. Amazing! Just wait till you see how the Showy Decreases transform hat tops.
This post is the basis for so many future ideas and posts. We’re going to use the Showy Decrease again and again, to shape hats, to knit ribs and to punch up stitch patterns.