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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.
Here’s why you’ll love Showy Garter:
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.
Free 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
I 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.
There is an entire series of blog posts heading your way.
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.
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).