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Add Texture to Your Stockinette with the Showy Decrease

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.

Texture on Stockinette

Showy Decrease

Showy 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.ShowyLine 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.



There are so many ways to use the Showy Decrease!

diamondptcoverThis 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.


24 comments on “Add Texture to Your Stockinette with the Showy Decrease

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  18. Marissa Chiapperino
    February 17, 2018

    Thank you for this video. I am doing the JBW project and I notice you keep doing a M1L at the end of the RS row but I do not see that anywhere in the pattern except in the set up. I am just doing a yarn over per the pattern. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

    • Laura Cunitz
      February 17, 2018

      Marissa, You’re right. I originally had make one loop in the pattern, but when I taught it in class too many knitters had a hard time with it. Sooo, i switched to a yarn over and knit 1 thru the back loop instead. Sorry if it was confusing. Laura

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  22. M-R
    July 8, 2019

    Oh, Laura … I want to master everything; but I can’t get started. Links to links to links: what I need is a simple one document instruction to make bloody ANYTHING using the showy decrease, from go to whoa – which would, presoomably, include one of your amazing cast-ons and one of your bind-offs.
    Do you think I’m your only follower who is thus imprisoned by her own inability to roll her sleeves up and read everything first ?
    Probably. It’s a form of ADO for very old people. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
    You are the most amazing woman.

    • Laura Cunitz
      July 8, 2019

      I am cracking up here! I’ll put you firmly in the maybe column. 🙂

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