Hello, all, hope you are enjoying your Sunday! I definitely felt the need for a sweater on my walk this morning – my new Smookie is just the thing . . .
Smookie is one of the new pieces included in our new book – SARK. I worked on this pattern several months ago, and had to keep schtum about it, so as not to spoil the book’s surprise. I have found it really hard not to tell you about Smookie, because I just love it (and wear it) so much.
In old Scots, a Smookie is a smock or woollen shirt. When creating my own smookie, my starting point was the beautifully embossed embroidery with which traditional hand-made smocks were decorated.
I’ve thought often, over the years, about how the flowing lines and simple motifs of smocking stitches might be re-worked into knitting . . .
. . . and discovered that twisted stitches were the ideal way to explore this idea!
Like many of its hand-stitched namesakes, this hand-knitted smookie features a heavily embossed central panel and wide shoulder straps with a chain-like appearance.
The fit, much like a traditional smock, is comfortably oversized
But this is also a garment whose contemporary fit has been carefully thought through. The sleeves may be dropped, but the fit is not square: rather, the extended shoulder line is shaped with short rows to create a gentle slope and a garment that works around, and moves with, the wearing body.
I just love my smookie – it’s an interesting knit with a really versatile (and wearable) end result – ideal for these crisp days of early autumn!
And finally, a wee shout-out to fellow Scottish designer, Kaz Robertson, of whose resin jewellery I’m a huge fan, and whose lovely necklace I’m wearing in these photos.
Happy smookie knitting!