Garter Stitch: It’s New Again

    
Fiona is a beautiful knit cardigan that showcases one of the unsung heroes in the craft: Garter stitch.

Garter stitch is probably the first stitch you learned when you started knitting. It was for me, and I knit project after project in garter stitch. Hats, mittens, scarves, felted stuff, hot pads, wash clothes, and so on.

I still have many of those projects, but I abandoned garter stitch after I had it mastered, and I'll bet a lot of you did, too.

I've come across a cardigan knitting pattern that might bring me back into the garter-stitch fold, though. It's called Fiona, from the new book Essentially Feminine Knits by Lena Holme Samsøe.

Lena has this to say about her lovely pattern:

Garter stitch is one of the easiest patterns to knit. You knit all the stitches on every row for an even, ridged structure that looks great on both sides. Fiona is a garter stitch coat with tucks. The tucks are made by knitting one stitch in the row below running all the way up from the lower edge-straight up the tuck.

The coat is knitted with two different yarns that combine for a lovely, lofty texture: a fine and sturdy wool yarn plus a light and fluffy kid mohair and silk yarn.

—Lena Holme Samsøe, from Essentially Feminine Knits

The tucks are the star of this pattern; here's how you make them:

    
The tucks are my favorite! Cute, huh?

Left Tuck (tuck folds toward the left)
Worked over 9 stitches.

Place the next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold in front of work, place the next 3 stitches on a second cable needle. Arrange the two cable needles with the left needle at the back, the second cable needle in the center, and the first cable needle in front. *Knit the first stitch from each needle together*; repeat from * to * 2 times more, making sure to knit the last stitch of the top needle in the row below-6 stitches decreased.

Right Tuck (tuck folds toward the right)
Worked over 9 stitches.

Place the next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold in front of work, place the next 3 stitches on a second cable needle. Arrange the two cable needles with the left needle in the front, the second cable needle in the center, and the first cable needle at the back. *Knit the first stitch from each needle together*; repeat from * to * 2 times more, making sure to knit the first stitch of the top needle in the row below-6 stitches decreased.

Isn't Fiona a beauty? And versatile, too. You could easily make the cardigan a little shorter if the amount of garter stitch is daunting to you. Just make sure you knit it long enough so the tucks stand out well.

Essentially Feminine Knits will be available soon, so reserve your copy now!

Cheers,

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