I first came across, Ren, when I was doing an online search for a word meaning, pure, to name my new design. When I caught sight of the word, ren, it just sounded so clear, fresh and perfect! Ren means ‘clean’ or ‘pure’ in Swedish and although I don’t speak any Swedish, I loved the sound of this short and expressive word!
Cool, clean lines
My aim was to create a beautiful garment with ‘clean lines’ that would be perfect for wearing in warmer weather. And as I generally prefer plain fashion clothes, I decided against all-over lace. But as lace patterns always look so attractive in summer garments, suggesting youthful purity, I added a dainty lace section to decorate the centre-front.
The Ruth & Belinda exquisite yarn company
Ruth & Belinda is a hand-knit company in Devon, which sells its own knitting pattern designs, and a range of beautiful, high-quality yarns, online.
Light Kiss is a fabulously light, 4-ply yarn made from 50% merino, blended with 50% silk yarn and sold in 400m/100g skeins. It’s beautifully smooth and soft, making it perfect for my summery Ren design!
What I love about knitting garments with 4-ply is how the small tension produces such a perfect, finished texture. And fresh, clean white always looks wonderful in bright sunshine!
Ren – Construction
Everyone is busy these days, so wherever possible I try to design time-saving, seamless garments to avoid any sewing together of the pieces.
The neck ribbing is worked first, followed by a top-down seamless raglan construction, which is worked at the same time as the inverted triangle, double-eyelet lace motif. The rest of the body is worked in stockinette stitch. And this means that once you’ve worked the lace section, it’s a perfect project to knit while you’re watching TV, without needing too much thought!
My top tip for knitting this garment is to work the lace section in a slightly tighter tension than the rest of the stockinette-stitch segment. This allows you to create a beautifully tailored top, as the pattern is worked to make the ease fitted. If you want an over-size top, just double-check the measurements and compare with your favourite knit to get the right fit and then knit to the correct size!
Usually, I love to design and knit warm, winter jackets and shawls. However, after designing the Ren summer top, I’ve become completely obsessed with knitting light and trendy summer garments!
Enjoy the knitting and the sunshine!