The Amazing Swarf
It’s Friday, and we’ve reached the last stop on our tour of the projects from MDK Field Guide No. 19: Marls. We saved the best (dickie) for last. We love this thing like a baby, and hope you will, too.
Dear Cecelia Campochiaro,
Please forgive us for plotzing when we first learned of your idea for the Field Guide No. 19 project that is now known as the Swarf.
And also for raving incoherently during that Zoom call where you showed the sketch to us.
And that other Zoom call where we shrieked when we saw the gradient of marled stripes, in Woolfolk’s heaven-sent yarn, Tynd. (It was dispatched to MDK World Headquarters by actual angels. That’s what we’ve been told.)
While we love a newly invented garment, Swarf is just a new name for an old idea—a very clever idea called the dickie.
The genius touch here is the long front. It looks like a sweater even when your coat is unbuttoned.
When it’s cool but not cold outside—jacket weather, but not full-on puffy coat of doom season—it’s lovely to have a soft, warm collar encircling the neck. A dickie provides warmth and a flash of style, with nothing to bunch up when you stick your arms into a coat. We’ll want that bundled-up feeling later, when it’s colder, to be sure. But in spring and fall, and on milder winter days, an illusion of sweater is exactly the right amount of sweater.
It’s surprising how versatile a partial sweater—or an augmented scarf, depending on your perspective—can be, especially when you’re running errands that take you in and out of buildings, or walking the dog.
And there’s one other great benefit of the Swarf lifestyle—a swarf is a speedy, fun knit. With hardly any shaping, it’s a breeze from start to finish. You get to play in soft fields of marls, without distractions.
We are declaring it: this is the Year of the Dickie. And our pattern of choice is your luxurious, marl-enriched invention: the Swarf (Ravelry link).
Ann and Kay