Pattern Hacking - Renfrew Cardiganized


 What do you get when you have a semi-large stash of sweater knits and every cardigan pattern disappoints?  You get out your trusty Renfrew pattern and hack it up! (After tracing off a copy of course.)
Renfrew Cardigan Buttons
Renfrew is always there for you.

I really like those RTW sweater with gathered yokes so I did a little slashing and spreading as well.
Renfrew Cardigan Front gathers
Yoke Gathers!

I selected a nice firm knit from the sweater knit stash, an acrylic/polyester/wool blend purchased from Mood last year.  About 2 hours later we had what I like to call Librarian Chic. (Pants are Colette Clovers in stretch Corduroy BTW)
Renfrew Cardigan 4
I have just the book for you!

Also doubles as personal assistant chic.
Renfrew Cardigan 3
Yes, yes pick up your dry cleaning and then file the Peterman account.

And look the back is really pretty.
Renfrew Cardigan Back
More gathers cause they're awesome.
After giving this a really good pressing I'm super pleased with it.  The pattern changes aren't too hard to do and I'll explain them in my next post.


  1. Oh I love that version and the Clovers! I think I might have to jump on this converting renfrew business! Great job, x

    1. Thanks Stevie! Renfrew is such a great pattern isn't it.

  2. It looks so good! I'll definitely have to try this with my Renfrew at some point.

    1. You should, it's still a pretty quick project except for maybe the button hole/button part. :)

  3. Love the patterned knit you've sewn this up with! It's gorgeous, and a perfect librarian match with those lovely clovers :)

    1. Thank you! It was a happy accident that the sweater and clovers went together. Hooray for Mood and all it's awesome fabric.


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