As promised, here’s block # 2 in my Build-a-Block Series. This second knitted stitch block includes some useful techniques that are amazingly simple. You’ll learn how to wrap stitches to create decorative smocked accents that give this knitting pattern an intricate and dimensional look.
In this Stitch Block Series, I chose stitch patterns that would coordinate well together to make a beautiful finished afghan. Several of these knitting patterns create rich depth, while others offer simple surface design with basic knit and purl stitches.
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Have fun stitching!
Block #2 Smocked Trellis by Lisa Carnahan
- Worsted weight yarn
- Size 9 (5.25mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Cable needle
20 sts = 4 inches/10cm in St st.
10-stitches wrapped (10-st wrap): Slip next 10 sts to cable needle, wind yarn around sts on cable needle 3 times from back to front and then k2, p6, k2 across those 10 sts.
A chart is provided for those preferring to work pattern
stitch from a chart.
Cast on 52 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Next row: Knit, inc 32 sts across row—84 sts.
Work pattern as follows:
Rows 1, 3 and 5 (RS):
K4, p1, k2, p6, *[k2, p2] twice, k2, p6; rep from * to last 7 sts, k2, p1, k4.
Row 2 and all even-number rows:
K4, then knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 7: K4, p1, [k2, p2] twice, *work 10-st wrap, p2, k2, p2; rep from * to last 7 sts, k2, p1, k4.
Rows 9, 11, 13 and 15: K4, p1, [k2, p2] twice, *k2, p6, [k2, p2] twice; rep from * to last 7 sts, k2, p1, k4.
Row 17: K4, p1, *work 10-st wrap, p2, k2, p2; rep from * to last 15 sts, work 10-st wrap, p1, k4.
Row 19: K4, p1, *k2, p6, [k2, p2] twice; rep from * to last 15 sts; k2, p6, k2, p1, k4.
Row 20: K4, then knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to last 4 sts, k4.
Rep Rows 1–20 until piece measures 11 inches, ending by working a RS row.
Next row: Knit, dec 32 sts across row—52 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Bind off all sts loosely.