Fancy Stitch Combo – Smocked Rib

Fancy Stitch Combo – Smocked Rib


In this Fancy Stitch Combo video, I’m going
to show you how to work a very cool stitch called, “Smocked Rib,” and I’m going to show
you how to work it just as a dish cloth. It’s really fun to work, but I can see how you
can substitute this stitch anytime you have just plain stockinette or plain 2 x 2 rib.
Really all you have to do is know how to work 2 x 2 rib and then the rest of it is pretty
easy. Let’s go ahead and take a look at the stitch. Here it is, dish cloth size and in the video
description field below, I’ll give you exact details on this yarn and how much yarn I used
to make this dish cloth. Actually I might have the notes here. I do not. It ends up
being, I think, close to 20 grams of yarn, but I’ll give you the details. Any time you
have some leftover cotton or cotton blend you can work up something like this. I think
it’s pretty in this color. The back of it looks like bamboo. Isn’t that interesting?
And one thing that’s kind of important, not the greatest substitute for 2 x 2 rib if you’re
looking for a lot of stretch because you’ll see here that the smocking part of it actually
kind of stabilizes the 2 x 2 rib and takes out a lot of the stretch of it. And here it
is in a different color, and in this one, on the edge, I chose not to smock. And this
one I chose to smock it a little bit. Kind of a different look. I just wanted to try
it both ways, and I was having so much fun with this stitch that I just kept wanting
to knit it and knit it. It would also make a cool scarf, because the wrong side is very
cool looking as well. It looks like its own stitch on the wrong side. Okay, so this is really just ribbing with
a cool thing going on. The cool smocking wrap part, and I am set up here to show you a little
bit of the 2 x 2 ribbing and then go right into the smocking. This stitch, I’ll give
you instructions for working this stitch in the video description field below as well
as on my website. This stitch is a multiple of 8 plus 10. And anytime you hear that, a
multiple of 8, you know you want to multiply by 8 and then add 10 stitches to that. And,
I’ll give you a link to a video I have that explains that a little bit more. But I’ll
show you… you cast on the stitches and you start right out with row 1, but here, I’m
just working 2 x 2 rib. Knit 2, yarn forward. Purl 2. Yarn back. Knit 2. And we’re going
to get up to the cool part of this. I’m all set up to do the cool row. The smocking row
only happens every 6 rows. Oh, I just knit onto the wrong needle, too. I should have
just knit onto the needle I had in my hand. Give me a second while I transfer these stitches.
I just did a tutorial working DPNs and so it did not feel weird to me to have 3 needles
in my hand. Okay. So now I’m ready to work the smocking row,
and the instructions say P 2, that’s my edge stitches, and then work smocking around the
next 6 stitches. So, I’m going to take an extra double pointed needle and slide 6 stitches
to the double pointed needle, and then take my working yarn, and you want to wrap it around
those 6 stitches twice. And I found that it’s not a good idea to really pull. I practiced
a little bit with different tensions on this and I found just kind of, just a relaxed,
loose tension looked the best. And now I’m going to work these stitches from this extra
needle, which is knit 2, purl 2, knit 2. Okay. And you can see I have the smocking finish
there. And it never looks quite right, right after you do it. The following row will look
good. And then I’m going to purl 2. And now I am going to work the smocking again. So
I take my extra needle, and slip as if to purl, 6 stitches onto the extra needle. Take
the working yarn, wrap it. Really if you just maintain the same tension with the wrap. And
I’ve got my working yarn in the back now so I can start with knit 2. Knit 2. Purl 2. Knit
2. And then I go back to purl 2 and work the smocking again. And the pattern is written
out really clearly exactly on row 6 and 12 and exactly what you do in between. I was excited to show you this stitch just
because it’s so easy to work and I think it looks so cool. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.
Good luck.

30 thoughts on “Fancy Stitch Combo – Smocked Rib

  1. This is easily one of my favorite stitches. Its just so pretty!

    As a side note however, the way ive done this stitch is not by using a third needle. Im not entirely sure how to describe it without actually showing it, but the way ive always done it is by putting my right needle into the space between the 6th and 7th needles, then drawing up a loop through that hole and adding it to the left needle. After that, i k2tog, k1, p2, k2, and then the rest of the pattern.

    Im not sure if this saves time for someone who uses DPN's often, but i dont, and i think it tends to be a bit faster (at least for me). Im not sure if it looks entirely different from the way youve done it here, but im kind of eager to try it out.

    Thanks for uploading!!

  2. I think if you did your Barber Pole Cowl design in a single colour with this stitch it would look so cute! Oh my, another on my to do list!

  3. @VeryPink Knits can you do a tutorial for the latvian braid or plait with two colors? There are some videos on youtube but most are not very clear on the process (beginning, end)

  4. I knitted a cardigan using this stitch, looks lovely but used a lot of yarn! Love your videos, keep up the good work. Xxx

  5. I knitted a cardigan using this stitch, looks lovely but used a lot of yarn! Love your videos, keep up the good work. Xxx

  6. That is a very cool stitch, I'm going to try it out on my next dishcloth project. I think it would awesome as pattern for a baby blanket as well. Thanks for showing it to us.

  7. Hi love the pattern, What size needles and wool ply, and how many stitches to cast on. I live in Australia, l am your biggest fan my name is Joanne

  8. You are a great lady to learn from. You have no idea how intimidated I've been to learn knitting, but you make it fun and easy.

  9. newer to knitting. how would you add garder stitch around edges? what to make a set (like the chevron pattern). similar, but with different stitches in the middle for gift dishcloth set

  10. Hi, what you made is very pretty. I followed the instructions, but what I got looks very different. The 2 legs of the "x"es are almost parallel, not at an angle. I wonder if your pieces had been blocked. …

  11. je suis française et je ne parle pas anglais, je souhaite connaitre la grosseur des aiguilles à tricoter, merci d'avance

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