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Garter Stitch Has Never Looked so Good

Intro to Showy Decrease Blog Post 1

I’m really excited. Today we are announcing the first of an entire collection of projects  using the Showy Decrease.


I don’t knit a lot of garter so it took me longer than it should to discover that the  Showy Decrease works even better on garter than it does on stockinette. That’s because the Showy Decrease has a longer row gauge than the squat garter gauge so it really pops up on the knit fabric.

zephry_foldedHere’s why you’ll love Showy Garter:

  • The Showy Decrease lines make garter pretty
  • Knitting Showy Garter projects is less boring
  • These are wonderful next step projects for new knitters
  • There a fantastic way to learn continental style knitting
  • They make great travel projects, they’re interesting but easy.

Hardly Any Purling

These projects are mostly knit stitch, not 100% knit but on average, only 5% of the stitches are purl stitches. These are the partner stitch in the k2tog Showy Decrease.

That means you can power through this knitting and, if you’re new to knitting, have just enough purls to learn the concept. I like the opportunity for new knitters to gain additional skills, like the purl stitch, slip stitches, k2tog decreases and a variety of increases while they work on their muscle memory. I’m also an avid fan of the continental style of knitting and I’m so glad I converted about ten years ago. I really urge you to try it.

Showy Garter Stripes

Knitting stripes with this technique is particularly stunning, The horizontal lines of the color changes run perpendicular to the Showy Decrease lines which adds a lot of interest. We’ve used a variety of striping patterns in the different projects to inspire you to try your own version.


dish_multi1Free Intro to Showy Garter eBook 

Part of the reason I am so excited about this announcement is that there’s so much  more than just a few patterns. This 20-page e-book includes pages of tutorials, 4 dish cloth  patterns with some striped variations and 3 scarves.

The projects will be announced over the next few weeks on Ravelry and with related blog posts. And I’ll tell you a little secret, there are 3 more Showy Garter e-books in the works that use this idea in different ways. Did I mention I’m excited?

More for LYSs, Teachers and Designers

showy_garter_classI have a goal and it’s not a secret at all. I’d like these new ideas to be used by knitters everywhere in kind of the same way that Judy’s Magic Cast On became a standard. That’s why the techniques are always free and why I write so many tutorials. Since these would make such great teaching projects I’ll be adding even more materials; these include a class plan and a quick how-to summary that other designers can use in their patterns. You can expect those in the next month. Send me a note if you’re interested.

Next Up

There is an entire series of blog posts heading your way.

  • Four dish cloths designs shown in solid colors plus some fun stripes.
  • The mega chunky and fun Rubicon Scarf
  • A beautiful asymmetrically striped Zephyr Cove Scarf in a DK weight
  • A side-to-side Carnelian Bay scarf with starting and stoping Showy lines and pretty ends.

If you go to Ravelry and download the free e-book the dish cloths and the first scarf are already there. I want to write a blog post for each project so I can provide you more detailed information on each.


Estrellita Blanket


If you are new to the blog and our Nuances you’ll want to get caught up on the Showy Decrease and some of our other Nuances. We’ve organized the blog categories to make this easier and don’t forget to stop by our website for a list of free patterns, like the Estrellita Blanket, that demonstrate these ideas.

I’ll be back very soon (tomorrow) with more!

p.s. Thanks to my friend Nikki for modeling during a break in the snow storm (and our dog Domino too).

27 comments on “Garter Stitch Has Never Looked so Good

  1. Kathy Pellenz
    January 23, 2017

    I am very excited about your e-book and your blog. Much of what I see is what I love to make!

  2. Deb
    January 23, 2017

    Oh those patterns are very pretty. I love the dishcloths. Dish clothes are going to be my next favorite thing to make.

  3. Lisa
    January 24, 2017

    More for LYSs, Teachers and Designers

    I would love to know more about this. I am a teacher at my LYS and love teaching students new techniques.

    • Laura Cunitz
      January 24, 2017

      Lisa, I’ll be working on this next week. I keep losing power in the snow storms! email me at and I can show you a draft. Thanks for stopping by.

    January 24, 2017

    Your “Free Ravelry” links do not end up with free pattern links……..rather take you to the page showing the pattern, creator, but no pattern ! ???

  5. Maria
    January 25, 2017

    Hi! I am a knitting teacher In Greece and as I love teaching my students all new techniques I am interested to all of your tutorials. So I would like to know more about this.

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  8. Neulisti
    February 10, 2017

    Really nice variations on basic garter stitch. 🙂

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  12. Rebecca's Room
    April 24, 2017

    Love these dishcloths. Adding them to my project list!

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  14. Maya
    May 23, 2017


    I’m a new knitter(so lots of questions are going to be asked)
    I recently bought a couple of skeins from We Are Knitters, have you ever worked with their yarn?? Do you recommend it?

    I love the narrow striped scarf, can’t wait to start my new project!!


    • Laura Cunitz
      May 25, 2017

      I’m afraid I have not used that yarn yet. Although with my huge stash, I am surprised by that! Enjoy the knitting! Laura

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