Probably the simplest stitch and the first stitched learned in smocking is the cable. I, personally, feel it is the most difficult. That's because it needs to have perfectly stacked threads and thats not easy to do. I decided on my last project I really needed to pay attention and do this stitch better. So I have been stripping my threads, running them thru dryer sheets, and very slowly and carefully making the stitch. I think they have gotten better. I really need to slow down some times and pay closer attention.
ETA: If you click on the pic it will enlarge to give you a better idea of the stitches.
Guilt has set in. I cut a pair of white twill pants out from my sloper yesterday. I need to fire up the serger and get a zip and then I can whip them out pretty quickly. The big question is do I dare to show my butt on the web in white pants, Oy,,,Maybe I can borrow Lindsay's daughter to model. When done the pants, I can start making one of those cute tops. Lata'...Bunny