Smocking Stitch (Knitting)

Ask Me Monday: Smocking Stitch (knitting)

Smocking Stitch

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!

How to knit Smocking Stitch

Swatch Shown on Vickie Howell Montoya Merino (Heavy-Worsted), worked on size US 9 needles.



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.


Make Me!

Sunny Smocking Stitch Baby Dress by Vickie Howell

Sunny Smocking Stitch Baby Dress by Vickie Howell | Show in Montoya Merino Light, color: Aura. Get the kit here.


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