This stitch is not for the faint of heart. In fact I made nearly two full stockings and then undid them because I couldn't get it to work with the heel and toe of the stocking. Part of the problem I have had is that I knit very tightly and have had to increase my needle size several times. It does make for a lovely pattern.
I'm giving up for a bit and will try again perhaps on another pattern. I'm okay with failure, it's good for me. It's good for people in general. I will put my knitting away for a while and work on something else and then when I come back I will feel inspired again.
Smocking Stitch (multiple of 8 + 2)
row 1 and every odd numbered row (wrong side): K2, *P2, K2; repeat from * to end.
row 2: P2, *K2, P2; repeat from * to end.
row 4: P2, *yb (yarn back), insert right-hand needle from front between 6th and 7th stitches on the left-hand needle and draw through a loop, slip loop onto left hand needle and knit it together with the first stitch, K1, P2, K2, P2; repeat from * to end.
row 6: repeat row 2
row 8: P2, K2, P2, *yb (yarn back), draw loop as before from beneath 6th and 7th stitches and knit it with 1st stitch, K1, P2, K2, P2; repeat from * to last 4 sts, K2, P2.
Repeat rows 1-8.