Still Knitting The Jumper…And An Adapted Cowl Neck For The Sewaholic Renfrew

Happy New Year and yes I’m still knitting the jumper. The end is near, I have another 5 or 6cm to do on the sleeves and then it’s the roll neck and sewing up. I took the advice I was given and knitted the two sleeves at the same time. One set of needles, two balls of wool. Half way up the sleeves I swapped to slightly longer needles to cope with the width. 40cm instead of the 35cm I had been using. 5cm does make a bit of difference and they were only £2 to buy.


I have found that this jumper has taken over my life. I feel like I should be knitting now and not typing a post…. The sleeves have taken longer than anticipated, manly due to evenings out in the run up to Christmas and no knitting was done during Christmas week.

Knitting hasn’t left much time for sewing but I did manage to run up a Sewaholic Renfrew in November. I’ve made a few of these now but this time I wanted to alter the cowl neck line. I wanted more of a roll neck look. The neck line on the original pattern is quite wide and deep so I raised the neck line on both the centre front and back and extended the shoulder up closer to the neck. I had some polyester stretch fabric which I used for a toile, it took me a couple of tries to get it fitting how I wanted it to.

The collar piece isn’t quite a straight tube. The edge sewn to the neckline has a slight curve, just like the original pattern and the centre back seam slants outwards so the top width is slightly wider than the bottom width.

I really love the fabric and it was such a bargain. It is a wool mix, I bought it in Abakhan so I don’t know the exact fibre composition but I’m supposing it is mixed with polyester and I think there maybe some elastane in it. The piece I bought measured 2.20mts at 150wide and cost only £7.50 when weighed. It is a light weight rib construction, maybe referred to as a ‘sweater knit’ and it is seriously warm.

When doing some Christmas shopping I came across this thimble shaped desk tidy in John Lewis, I just had to have one!


So hopefully the  jumper will be finished in the next few weeks and I can get back to making myself some new clothes. I could do with some inspiration. I popped into John Lewis last week and was seriously disappointed with the fabric offering, in the past I’ve picked up some really bargains in the sales. I was hoping for some interesting prints  but there was nothing. Every other area in the shop was busy but the fabric and yarn department was dead.

The latest Boden catalogue has just come through the door and I really like the look of the printed trousers. The fabric is cotton with 3% elastane, I remember trying to find similar printed fabric in a trouser weight last year but didn’t have much luck so if anybody knows a source I’d be grateful. I have the pattern I made for these trousers which would be perfect. I also like the printed shirts and haven’t made myself a shirt for a while so maybe that’s where I should start.





14 thoughts on “Still Knitting The Jumper…And An Adapted Cowl Neck For The Sewaholic Renfrew

    • Thanks for the tip, I’ve just had a quick look. I haven’t looked at their site for a couple of years as it was such a headache. I bought from them once and didn’t get what I was expecting and never bothered again but it looks so much better now.

  1. You are absolutely right about John Lewis. I have been very disappointed too. I can remember when there was a wide selection of fabrics there. Maybe now that Christmas is over and also that the department will not be closed we might see some improvement.
    I think that your Renfrew hack is a great idea.
    I am looking forward to seeing your completed knitting.
    Happy New Year.


    • I’m just hoping that JL don’t just run the departments down then say they weren’t viable and then close them down. Let’s see what the new year brings.

  2. Knitting takes forever. I’ve still got to finish a cardigan I started 2 years ago. Have to sew it together. But I can’t actually remember which of the patterns in the book I was making. Warm t-shirts styles are a much faster option. I like the new neckline. 🙂

    • I’ve spent nearly all my making time since early October on this. It’s going to be about 3 1/2 months in the making. I’m enjoying it but if I choose to knit my clothes it would only be 3 or 4 garments a year.

  3. I heard JL is going to stop doing habby. I am not surprised as there is a lot more choice now with independent shops, the internet and discounters. But it may be the beginning of the end. I am so excited by the Aran sweater and I really look forward to seeing it on. I did two sleeves at once when I made my Cyrene jacket but I reverted to one at a time since. It didn’t seem to help me stay on track – it just made the knitting heavier and more fussy.

    • With regards to JL I think you are right about it being the beginning of the end. I was looking for buttons and when I pulled out the tubes they would be empty or just a few and the knitting needle rack was understocked.
      The two sleeves at once method seemed to work fine up to a point. But it has got bulky and heavy. The 40cm needles are also a little bit unwieldy. I’m only a few cm from the end now. I’m really hoping this jumper lives up to my expectations!

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