The ‘Ren’ – Top-down Seamless Summer Top

Ren is the latest of my Cotton & Cloud designs to appear in The Knitter – Issue 58. The garment is knitted using the excellent 4-ply, Light Kiss yarn you can buy online from Ruth & Belinda of Devon.

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Pure inspiration

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Top tip

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!

Responses to “The ‘Ren’ – Top-down Seamless Summer Top”

  1. Kajsa

    ‘Ren’ is a name that fits the garment perfectly. In Swedish it also means ‘reindeer’, and it’s never wrong to associate a knitted top with reindeer and Lapland and Northern Lights as well!

    • Kyoko

      Hello Kajsa!
      Oh I never knew that Ren also means reindeer. How wonderful! Thank you so much for your lovely comment:)
      x
      Kyoko

  2. Pili

    This piece looks absolutely stunning! You’re so talented, Kyoko, creating this great patterns!

    • Kyoko

      Hello Pili!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I can’t wait to have the sample back so that I can wear it ;)
      x
      Kyoko

    • Kyoko

      Thank you Chrissy :D I rarely have summer knitted top, but when I get the sample back, I now have one!
      x
      Kyoko

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