Work from left to right and in a zigzag manner.The smocking stitches should be equally spaced on every 4th row. (Note: the artwork shows the stitches not tightened so the path of the needle can clearly be seen.)
1 Bring the needle with the smocking thread up at A. having secured it on the wrong side by running it through the edge of the knit rib with a few backstitches. Follow the row across and take it under the stitch at B from right to left. Take the needle across the front of the work between the knit stitches and take it under the knit stitch at A from left to right. Pull the stitch tight so the ribs lie next to each other without distorting them and work two more stitches the same, finishing with the needle down at B.
2 Count 4 rows up from B and bring the needle up at C. Follow the row across and take it under the knit stitch at D from right to left. Work two more stitches the same, pulling them tight as before and finishing with the needle down at D.Take the needle back down to the previous smocking row, 4 rows below. Repeat these two smocking rows across the rib fabric and up to the top of the piece.
Cast on a multiple of 4 sts plus 3 sts. Row I P3. * kl, p3; rep from * to end. Row 2 K3, * p I, k3; rep from * to end. These 2 rows form the rib pattern and are repeated.
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