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Here’s another Showy Garter pattern I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you.
It’s the first of a series of holiday gift knitting ideas I’ll be posting in the next few months.
As you can see, the photos were taken last winter. I took advantage of my son’s college break visit to Tahoe to snap a few photos. One might even say I ambushed him as he was peacefully out snow shoeing in shorts (I don’t know what to say about that).
This tendency to photo ambush unsuspecting people in my life is well known to members of my family. Few are safe when I have a finished project around. In this case, not even our dog, Domino.
What is the Showy Decrease again?
It’s a simple modification to a line of decreases that turns them into a decorative element.
The line can lean right, left, curve or run vertically. We’ve used the Showy Decrease is a lot of ways, but focusing on the Vertical Showy Decrease for now, it works to make dramatic ribs, decorative lines and even pleats.
In this pattern, the bricks are formed by starting and stopping short offset lines instead of continuing them from the beginning to end of a project.
Add a color change to match the pattern changes and, ta da … you get bricks!
I am definitely not saying this design isn’t for women but I will say that the men in my life are really hard to knit for so I’m pleased to have an option that works for them.
Just think about using sports or college team colors – it would make the perfect holiday gift. I’d take the two team colors and add a neutral (white, gray, tan) so the scarf isn’t too stripy.
This is still a mostly knit stitch project so it works up quickly. It would also make a fabulous baby blanket. Please, somebody knit a baby blanket! I’d love to see one.
As I’ve mentioned before, I wish I had time to knit more of this project but once again I am moving on to the next design in this theme and this one is time dependent. Mmmm, I wonder what it will be…
As always, this pattern is available on Ravelry. This pattern is free as it will act as a tutorial for future brick patterns. I am hoping to see lots of different colors and sizes in the projects you knit for you and your family.
And one more photo to show what a trooper my son, Graham was.
This is what happens when your mom asks you to sit in a snow bank to get a better angle for a shot.
Not my fault he was wearing shorts!