Smocking is a technique in embroidery and sewing where you gather the fabric and stitch it together with parallel stitches so that it can stretch. The stitch looks like an embroidered smocking and that is how it gets its name.
Smocking Stitch Pattern is a textured pattern that looks like the smocking of standard 2×2 rib stitches.
You can use Smocking Stitch Pattern in projects like pillow covers, dishcloths, gloves, or even caps. Unlke embroidered smocking, the knitted fabric is not very flexible or stretchy. So avoid making this in projects requiring a bit of flexibility, like the brim of a cap or cuffs of socks.
Multiple of 8 + 2
This free knit pattern is written in US terms. You can also check out other common knit abbreviations.
|st (s)||Stitch (es)|
Smock st: yb, insert right-hand needle from front between 6th and 7th sts on left-hand needle and draw through a loop, slip this loop onto left-hand needle and knit it together with the 1st st on the left-hand needle.
CO Multiple of 8 + 2.
|Row 1:||(WS) – k2, * p2, k2; rep from * to end.|
|Row 2:||p2, * k2, p2; rep from * to end.|
|Row 3:||Rep Row 1.|
|Row 4:||p2, * smock st, k1, p2, k2, p2; rep from * to end.|
|Row 5:||Rep Row 1.|
|Row 6:||Rep Row 2.|
|Row 7:||Rep Row 1.|
|Row 8:||p2, k2, p2, * smock st, k1, p2, k2, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, p2.|
Repeat this free knit pattern (8 rows) until you have reached the desired length for your work.
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