Wondering How You Can Use the Showy Decrease?
We’ve come a long way in our exploration of the Showy Decrease. It accounts for almost half of the existing blog posts and for good reason – there are just so many ways in which to use it, it’s easy to do and it’s just plain fun.
Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been discussing so far:
- The Showy Decrease adds a design element on top of stockinette. The Diamond Points Scarf & Blanket is the perfect example of this.
- It’s very versatile. The decreases can lean to the right, lean to the left, join in a point and be worked vertically.
- These pretty decreases work well in shaping armholes and neck lines as shown in our Fiftyfifty Shell published in Knitty this Spring.
- Hats! I confess, I’m in love with how the Showy Decrease hides the decreases in plain sight with a decorative pattern.
- They match! No more wonky left leaning decreases. This post lead to our most popular pattern – the Manchester Scarf (pssst … it’s free).
- Add Contrasting Color in a new way! Take a peek at the striking color combo in this Embossed Leaf Hat!
- They transform stitch patterns. We’ve only just scratched the surface on this one. The Tranquility Shawl uses a Showy Decrease to add height and clean lines to a well know stitch pattern.
Deep deep ribs too!
And that leads us perfectly to our next step – the Double Showy Decrease! If you thought the single Showy Decrease was dramatic (and I know you did), wait until you see what happens when you pile on top of two stitches. I’m busy knitting a swatch for you. I’ll post it in just a day or two with lots of charts and instructions.
If you haven’t tried the Showy Decrease yet, now would be a good time to pop on over to this blog post to try a swatch. Things are only going to speed up from here.