Sometimes we knit something in plain stockinette and then decide that we don’t want it to be so plain after all. There are lots of ways to embroider or embellish the surface of a knit object, but if your garment is also a bit boxier than you’d like you can relatively easily add smocking after the knitting is done both to draw in the work and add interest and texture.
Classic Elite Yarns has a great little tutorial on how to do just that. All you have to do is run some yarn through stitches that are a few stitches apart, pull tight on the back and weave in the ends. It kind of makes me want to knit something big on purpose just so I can add a bit of pretty.
Have you ever worked smocking in this way or the more traditional way? What sort of project did you use it on? Spill it!
[Photo by Classic Elite Yarns.]
By Sarah White