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The Showy Decrease is an amazingly versatile skill! So far we have used it to add detail to the front of Stockinette, shape hat tops, create decorative hat tops, add contrasting color and knit very deep ribs.
But wait, there’s more! Now we’re going to use the Showy Rib to knit hat brims that are a feature in their own right. And here’s the good news (not that there’s any bad news), the Showy Decrease is even easier when knit in the round.
There are a lot of photos in this post, so let’s get started.
Before & After
The three swatches above compare a standard 1×1 rib, a 1×1 Showy Rib and the highly dramatic 1×2 Showy Rib used in our free Telluride Scarf pattern. These aqua swatches were knit with a bulky yarn that’s easier to photograph, but the impact is as dramatic in a Sport or DK weight. Check out this brim knit with Cascade Highlands Duo alpaca/merino blend.
Let’s take a closer look at how the Showy Brim options compare to a standard 1×1 rib.
Try an Alternative Cast On
The Showy Rib provides you with a very elastic rib so I recommend you start off with either the Resilient Cast On (as shown in the light blue hat up top) or the alternating long-tail cast on used in the gold hat above.
Gauge May Differ
The gauge of the 1×1 Showy Brim is just a bit wider. You’ll want to take that into account when determining the cast on for a hat pattern you are modifying. I would, of course, recommend knitting a swatch. The extra purl stitch in the 1×2 Showy Brim condenses more.
I’ve included charts and written instructions below, however, there’s lots of additional information available for you:
I hope after my long absence, I have given you enough to sink your teeth into and I thank those that sent notes wishing me a return to better health. The Highlands Duo brim I showed you above is just that – a brim with no top. I haven’t decided how to finish this ‘swatch’ but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do.