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Yes, I have been knitting the back of the sweater. Still so far so good and I am loving the Rowan yarn. I’m almost up to the armholes (which have not yet been designed) so I’ll be stopping there and moving on to another piece, either sleeves or shawl collar. I’ll show you photo updates next time.
Ta Da Moment
We have embarked on a design that uses the Showy Decrease in a series of more complex stitch patterns. I realized however, that many of you have not yet tried simpler applications.
That means, I have a bit of homework for you (I love homework, as long as it involves knitting).
I have put together a quick Showy Decrease tutorial for you that will show you how the technique is worked. It’s a modification of the introduction materials I have been using for my Jimmy Beans students. Until I can convince all of you to come to the Reno/Tahoe area to visit me in person (yes please) we’ll try the home schooling method which includes some video support.
A two-page PDF tutorial that includes two swatches. The first is a ‘before’ swatch with standard k2tog decreases and garter stitch non-rolling edges. The second substitutes the Showy Decrease to show you how it’s knit, how to spot in in your knitting and why it’s not more difficult. I also added an alternative non-rolling edge for you to test out. I call it the Hatch Stitch edge.
The Manchester Scarf is a very good introduction to the techniques. I’m hoping someone knits a wide baby blanket version because I know it would be beautiful and I just don’t have the time.
The stitch pattern in this pattern has both right and left leaning decreases but it’s simpler because they don’t overlap as they will on the sweater.
So here’s your homework:
Download the Showy & Subtle Decrease Summary tutorial from our bonus materials page. Then grab some smooth swatching yarn and knit both swatches. Yes, I know you’ll want to skip the first one, but you can’t really appreciate the after swatch unless you do.
I’m preparing chart and written instructions for you so you can try the sweater stitch pattern once you’ve tried the technique. Back soon …