Saturday, November 12, 2016

A well worn smock

In 2012 I knit the Kate Davies pattern Warriston. She describes it as an outdoors smock. I don't remember how I thought I was going to wear it, but when I finished it it was larger, looser and well smockier than I expected. This is the picture from when i finished it:

I didn't think I'd get a lot of wear out of it, but it turned into my everyday evening winter house jumper. Leon and I heat the house less and less, and this warm, cosy comfortable sack  smock, has done a brilliant job of keeping me cosy.

But now it's pretty dead. The yarn was never very soft, but it has pilled like crazy:

The sleeve decreases were done without leaving stitches in between, so they are gappy, and there are holes under the arms.
And in the back, as well. It's like I cut the ends too short when I sewed them in or something. Which may well be what I did.
The collar doesn't sit right anymore, partly because the I-cord cast off is a bit tight, partly because the shoulders have sagged over four winters of constant wear. Also, I want a softer collar, because it's right in my face.
So that's why I've cast on another one of these, in a rather more luxurious yarn. I'm hoping to make a smock almost identical to this one, because I love it so, so much.

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