I recently finished a lovely garter rib v neck sweater for grandson Theodore. It is from Patons Dreamtime 4 ply book 1271. The garter rib is very easy, just a K3, P3 repeat on every row. It gives a nice ribbed effect and the colour contrast on cuffs and lower edges is very attractive.
Just an update on this as someone has requested details about how the lower body and cuffs were done. Well this couldn't be simpler. Using the main colour knit 2 rows, then using the contrasting colour knit 2 rows. Alternate 2 rows of each colour for as long as you like. In this instance the alternating colours were kept to the lower parts of the body and the sleeves.
I have always liked the lovely effect that brioche knitting creates. I discovered this design in an old Mon Tricot knitting dictionary.
It incorporates a few brioche stitches in a background of reverse stockinette. The brioche stitches pop to the surface giving a very textual design. In this example the brioche stitches are formed using K1B (below). The pattern is a two row repeat.
Cast on a multiple of 11 + 4. I added some edge stitches to prevent the stockinette rolling.
Row 1: *P4 (K1B, p1) 3 times, K1B* p4
Row 2: *K4, P1 (K1B, p1) 3 times* K4
Very effective and easy to do and memorise. I have not seen this in any design work so quite an interesting find. I will experiment some more and play round with changing the background.
Here are just a few rows of my knitting and you can see you get a nice slight scalloped edge when incorporating some rows of garter stitch before beginning the pattern.
The wrong side of the work is very acceptable and looks better than the photo suggests.
Grandmother and knitter from the land down under of fine merino wool.