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How to Knit: The Smock Stitch

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The Smock stitch creates a raised diamond pattern that will give an interesting texture to designs like pullovers and bags.

Also known as: smocking stitch.

Skill: Intermediate

Cast On: Multiples of 6 + 2

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:

Knit – k

Purl – p

Slip Stitch – sl

Pattern:

Row 1 (Wrong Side): P3, *k2, p4,* rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 2: K3, *sl 2, k4,* rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 3: P3, *sl 2, p4,* rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 4: K1, *sl next 2 sts on spare needle and leave at back, k1, k 2 off the spare needle, sl next stitch on spare needle, and leave at front, k2, k1 off spare needle,* repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 5: P6, *k2, p4,* rep from * to last 6 sts, p6.

Row 6: K6, *sl 2, k4,* rep from * to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 7: P6, *sl 2, p4,* rep from * to last 6 sts, p6.

Row 8: K4, *sl next 2 sts on spare needle and leave at back, k1, k 2 off spare needle, sl next stitch on spare needle and leave at front, k2, k 1 off spare needle,* repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Repeat rows 1 – 8 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

The Smock Stitch

Patterns that use this stitch:

Cotton Bam Boo Smocked Top from Classic Elite Yarns

Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh

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Comments

  1. Islarosesmum

    June 9, 2011

    Probably a really silly question but I am a beginner and was wondering what you mean by right side and wrong side?? I bet the answer is so obvious and im being dumb!!

  2. Johnny Vasquez

    June 9, 2011

    The right side of your work would be the side that you ultimately want others to see when your project is finished. For example, when knitting stockinette, you have one side that is knit and one side that is purled. The knit side is nice and smooth and looks like rows of arrows pointing down. The purl side has a bunch of little bumps. The knit side would be the right side and the purl side would be the wrong side. If you were doing reverse stockinette, the right side would be the purl side. Hope that makes sense.

  3. Islarosesmum

    June 9, 2011

    Ahhh I see, feel a bit silly now haha! Thankyou so much. I know what i'm doing now. Great help :)