Smocking fabric is on my crafting bucket list. I adore the look of smoked yokes on little girl dresses. I recently watched a video tutorial on honeycomb smocking that I think would make a fabulous pillow cover. Someday…
While browsing patterns for Sprout’s winter hat, I found this knitting pattern. The picture looked cute, the size was appropriate, the required yarn matched with the leftovers from Sprout’s sweater. Perfect. I downloaded the pattern.
As I read through the instructions, I came across a stitch abbreviation for a “smocked” stitch. Hm. As I read further and visualized how the knitting would go, I understood that this pattern incorporated a stitch pattern I later learned is called “smocked rib.” The ribbed knitting acts like pleated fabric, with hills and valleys.
Very interesting. I just had to knit it. 🙂 And I’m very glad I did. It turns out, the brim of this hat is the knitted version of honeycomb smocked fabric.
Started — July 16
Completed — July 16
Yep! my hands have been busy lately. 🙂 This hat probably took about 5 hours total to knit. The majority of that knitting was accomplished late into the night after Sprout’s bedtime.
Herriot Hat by Nicole Montgomery
This is a good pattern — comes in four sizes (baby, child, small adult, large adult). The written instructions for the smocked stitches were not very clear, but the designer has included a link to a video showing the technique in the pattern. The video made it all much more clear to me.
I knit the child size that finishes with an 18″ circumference. The pattern gauge is significantly tighter than the suggested gauge for a bulky weight yarn (18 stitches per 4″ as opposed to 12-15). I found it difficult to knit this yarn at such a tight gauge. But the fabric created does look good, so I suppose it was worth it. 🙂 Also, I shortened the hat by 1/2″ (finished at 7″). I was concerned about running out of yarn.
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky
0.60 skeins = 82.2 yards used
Recognize this yarn? That’s right, it was leftover from Sprout’s sweater.