This week on Ask Me Monday I show how to knit the Smocking Stitch, a technique for creating texture and decoratively cinching in of fabric, perfect for a cuff, waistband, or even pillow. Work the swatch below and if you’re hooked, check out my newest kit, Sunny, which uses Smocking Stitch to create the bodice of a sweet, baby dress. Enjoy!
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Smocking Stitch: Swatch it!
Smock: Smocking Stitch (worked over 6 sts)
Insert RH needle between the 6th and 7th sts on LH needle and draw up a loop; keeping loop fairly snug, place it on LH needle; k2tog (working the picked-up loop together with the first st on LH needle), k1, p2, k2.
Smocking Stitch Pattern
Worked in Multiples of 8+2
CO 26 sts.
Row 1: *P2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 (and all WS rows): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 3: *P2, Smock; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 4: Rep Row 1.
Row 5: P2, k2, *p2, Smock; rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k2, p2.
Row 6: K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end.
Rep Rows 1-6 until piece is square.
BO in pattern stitch.