There is a multitude of smocking books available. These are a few of my best sellers. There are many more in my shop, so if you don't see it, ask, it may be here.
Designer Smocking from Tots to Teens: $22.99. Patterns, smocking designs, stitch instructions and more.
The A - Z of Smocking: $19.95. This book is a valuable reference for anyone who smocks. It covers pleating, construction as well as many smocking stitches including counterchange and picture smocking.
Ellen McCarn on English Smocking: $12.00. This basic book on smocking includes basic smocking stitches as well as decorative and embroidery stitches. The illustrations make each stitch easy to master. There are 7 of Ellen's smocking plates included, as well as tips on construction, pleating and stacking cables.
Picture Smocking With Ellen McCarn: $12.00. This book covers everything to do with picture smocking. From centering your design, stacking cables, backsmocking, and tips on construction. There are 7 of Ellen's smocking plates included as well as interchangeable designs and borders.
The Joy of Smocking: Martha Pullen. $14.00. The Joy of Smocking has been a great beginner book on smocking. There are pleater instructions, detailed stitch guidelines, tips on preparing your fabric, floss and needles. There are 13 smocking designs included and a pattern for an easy smocked nightgown size 6 mo. to 14 yr.
Geometric Smocking: $23.00, by Juliet Macdonald. This book contains over 40 geometric designs for yoke dresses as well as several bishops. The graphs are easy to follow and there are basic smocking stitch instructions included.
The Pleater Manual: Sarah Douglas. $25.00: If you have ever taken a class from Sarah Douglas you would be amazed on how much there is to learn about pleating. This book outlines techniques on pleating curves, bishops, yokes, wide widths and much more. Pleater care and basic instructions are included. This is a must reference book.
Lattice Smocking: Laura J. Thompson. This step by step book of lattice smocking (or North American Smocking) will take you through the marking, measuring and construction of lattice smocked garments. There are several designs included for garments and non-wearables. The directions are clear and easy to understand. $12.00