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The “Intro to Showy Garter e-Book” announcement in January was just the first of five (yes, five!) Showy Garter e-books, each of which illustrates a different way to use the Showy Decrease to give garter stitch a kick. It was my most ambitious effort yet, with 21-pages of tutorials and patterns. I’m in love with (and addicted to) Showy Garter and can’t wait to share more with you.
This was a big turn around for me, since I really disliked traditional garter stitch. If you haven’t had a chance to download the free intro ebook in Ravelry, now’s a great time to do so because we’re about to take the next step.
Showy Garter e-Book 2: Garter in Motion
The next series of patterns use the contrast of the raised Showy Decrease vertical lines and the horizontal garter lines to create designs on the knit fabric. The first of these patterns is a sock weight shawl that’s perfect for warm weather knitting.
It has fun color blocking, interesting construction and bold colors. I’ve knit 2 samples already and I’m diligently working on the pattern.
Your Help Needed
I am struggling a bit trying to balance detailed and conceptual instructions. My concern that too much detail may make the design look difficult when it is not. I designed a swatch that mimics the flow of the lines in the shawl to test it out.
As you can see, the vertical lines stop and start to create triangles. On the shawl design, these connect to form dramatic angular patterns.
Want to Try it Out?
I’m going to switch things up a bit and test the swatch tutorial before publishing the pattern to Ravelry. I’d love to hear your feedback on the content and layout of this mini-pattern. Here’s what to do:
I can’t wait to get this shawl published. I think you’re really going to like it.