I go through periods of liking and not liking Garter Stitch. It’s the simplest knitting stitch out there, but that doesn’t mean it has to be basic. Garter Stitch can be combined with other techniques and stitch patterns to make projects more interesting, or it can be worked in different ways to create something that’s both fun to knit and to wear.
Garter Stitch Revival aims to get even more experienced knitters interested in this rustic and versatile stitch, with 20 projects ranging from sweaters to shawls, scarves to a halter top fit for a music festival.
The book is divided into three sections: one where Garter Stitch plays a minimal role as a detail in a larger design, one where it’s found in a supporting role and one where Garter Stitch dominates.
There are pretty projects in each of these sections. Some of my favorites include the Be True Fingerless Mitts by Jennie Santopietro, which use Garter Stitch and eyelets to make cute arrow designs on the hands; the Flapper Cloche by Megan Elyse Nodecker, using Garter Stitch and short rows to make a scalloped, almost floral brim for the hat; Kristen Tendyke’s Just Peach Saddle Shoulder Cardigan, a classic one-piece top-down design worked in bulky yarn; the Beachcomber Braided Poncho by Heather Zoppetti, which involves dropping stitches and picking them back up to form braids on the body of a basic poncho;and Courtney Kelley’s Ocean Waves Shawl, a Garter Stitch triangle with a multicolored wave embellishment at the edge. Check out all the projects on Ravelry.
Instructions in the back cover techniques you might not know, but I wouldn’t say this is a book for beginners. There are some easy patterns, but many of them include details like short rows, shaping and multiple pattern stitches that might be intimidating to newer knitters. Whatever your skill level, though, you’ll be rewarded with some lovely, classic, wear-with-everything garments and accessories when you stitch the projects from this book.
About the book: 144 pages, paperback, 20 patterns (no skill level given, but patterns range from advanced beginner to experienced). Published January 2017 by Interweave/F+W, retail price $24.99.