Ok, ok, so I might have been late to the party but now I’m here I’m going for it! Renfrew No2…
Look at the camera Louise!
I saw this fabric in the show about a month ago and straight away thought it looked perfect for a Renfrew.
Its a knit but it looks like a Fair Isle knitted pattern. Very Scandinavian hence the Sarah Lund reference. As I’m rubbish at knitting its the closest I’m ever going to get to one of these beauties!
I used at 14 on the top half including the sleeves and graded out to a 16 about the waist. I think it looks much better than the Stripy Renfrew I first made which was 16 all over.
I spent ages making sure the stripes matched up well, the side seams are great and I basted them first to check before sewing for good. I only had to resew 1 seam which was even better. The only thing I couldn’t work out was to match the stripe across my chest with the stripe on the sleeve. I spent ages walking the seamlines together to try to work out where they intersected but it didn’t work out. As least the two sleeves are the same so its not as bad as it could be but if anyone has any advice on how to get the shoulder stripes to match it will be great fully received!
I’m really pleased with this version, its lovely and cuddly and although I’m wearing casually with jeans and boots today I think it would look great for work paired with a black linen skirt and thick black tights, or even red/burgundy tights, what do you think? My only problem is the school where I work is really hot, I always wear lots of layers there and end up stripping off through the day!
So that's 2 Renfrews, I’m not done yet though, I’ve got loads of the stripy fabric left so I might try a round necked or v-necked version next time, maybe with short sleeves. I know everyone has said it but it really is a great pattern, very versatile, quick, straightforward to sew and so adaptable. I might even try a simpler version without stripes soon!