Tutorial: Smocking 4 Stitches with 2 Wraps!

Step by Step 1/1 LslT RS (Left-slip-Twist) Knitting Tutorial


Today's tutorial will teach you how to Smock 4 Stitches with 2 Wraps in your knitting. This stitch can seem fiddley at first but it's very easy to develop a rhythm while working it & the finished look is really pretty.

The smocked stitch that I'm showing you today is done over 4 stitches, with 2 wraps and does not stay in-pattern, but you can do it over as many or as few stitches as you like, with as many wraps as you want, and work in whatever stitches you like (or that your pattern calls for). Just keep in mind that the smocks will suck in your fabric and can significantly alter the drape and gauge of your finished project.

You can make this stitch with a cable needle, but I'm showing you the way I do it because it's what I like. There's really no great difference between the two methods, I just don't like stopping the flow of my knitting to fuss around with a cable needle. It's your knitting so pick the method that you like best & have fun!

I've posted the video below along with supplies used and written instructions. If you have any questions, you can always email me directly:

Have fun & happy knitting!

Shaina ^_^

PS: The yarn featured in this tutorial is from from Toad Hollow in the Simply Fish Footman & When is a Raven Like a Writing Desk colorways. The project I'm knitting on is the Showers of Flowers Socks, which are part of the 2021 Indie Sock-a-Long.



  • Knitting project with stitches live on the needles

  • Knitting Needles appropriate to the yarn

Step 1:

Work in pattern to the 4 stitches you will be working the Smocked Stitch over.

Step 2:

With the yarn held to the back, slip 4 stitches purlwise (as if you're purling them) onto the right needle.

Step 3:

Bring the yarn to the front between the two needles.

Step 4:

Slip the 4 stitches back to the left needle.

Step 5:

Bring the yarn to the back between the two needles.

Step 6:

Repeat steps 2 - 5 once.

Step 7:

Knit across all 4 stitches.


Continue in-pattern until it is time to work another Smocked Stitch. Work steps 2-7 every time you want to work a Smock 4 (2 Wraps).

That's it!

Now you can easily add a Smocked Stitch pattern to any project you choose!


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