Monday, May 19, 2014

Knitting Smocked or Wrapped Stitches

I have knit several pairs of socks which use smocked or wrapped stitches as part of the design. I recently completed Lord What Fools by Claire Ellen which has a 6 stitch wrap. While not difficult, the stitch can be a bit tedious because you are slipping 6 stitches back and forth several times between needles. I discovered a simple way to speed up the creation of this stitch. All it takes is a cable needle, short double point, or a tapestry needle. I used a tapestry needle, because it was what I had on hand.

Use your cable needle, double point or tapestry needle (what I used) and to slip the stitches onto the needle.
The 6 stitches are now on the tapestry needle.
Bring your yarn to the back of the work, behind the tapestry needle.
...and wrap the yarn around the stitches and then bring it to the front.
The pattern calls for 2 wraps, so bring the yarn behind the stitches.
...and then back around the front.
Move the yarn to the back of the work, and slip the stitches back to the working needle. (Of course, if you are on a cable needle or small DPN you can work straight from the needle, with no need to slip them back to the working needle.)
Make sure the yarn is to the back. Tighten the wraps as necessary for the stitch. I tighten just to remove slack.
This pattern calls for working the 6 stitches in patter, in this case k2, p2, k2.
The finished stitch.

This project can be seen at Summer Violets.

Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. "Lord What Fools" pattern copyright by Claire Ellen..

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