The beautiful Gather hat and cowl that Alexa designed for Knit City uses an interesting technique called smocking. This technique gathers stitches together to create a richly textured fabric.
Smocking is simple to achieve (it’s less fiddly than cabling), and all the steps are described below!
Smock 6: insert RH needle front to back between 6th and 7th stitch on LH needle, draw through a loop, place this loop on LH needle and knit it together with first stitch on the LH needle, k1, p2, k2
(RH = right hand, LH = left hand … find a full list of knitting abbreviations here)
You can break this down into 6 steps:
- insert RH needle from front to back between 6th and 7th sts on LH needle
- wrap working yarn around RH needle tip (just like when you knit)
- draw up a loop (just like when you knit)
- place this loop in LH needle
- knit the loop together with first stitch (use k2tog)
- k1, p2, k2 (work the remaining 5 sts)
Let’s take a close look at the process in photos:
There you have it! Smocking is a great, simple technique. Get the Gather pattern now, and try it out!
Having a hard time understanding the photos? There is a great video that explains various ways of using elongated stitches, including this method of smocking, here.
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