FO: Shalom!

With the timely arrival of some rescue yarn, I was able to finish my Shalom cardigan in about 2 weeks.  This was a fast, satisfying knit that should be a perfect transition piece as winter turns to spring.

  • Pattern: Shalom by Meghan McFarlane (free pattern and ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Cascade Covington in color 05, 3 skeins and a few yards of a leftover skein from a friendly knitter on Ravelry
  • Needles: US size 10 1/2, 6.5mm
  • Mods: The big modes: I cast on 77 stitches, giving the extra stitches to the body; made 3 buttonholes. More details on my Rav project page.

Here you can see just how much I changed the sleeves.  By adding stitches to the body and taking them away from the sleeves, I was able to close up the big gap that is shown in the original pattern.  When it was time to separate the sleeves from the body, I put them on waste yarn instead of binding off.  Then I went back and knit garter stitch to match the bottom hem.  This made for a bit more work, but I think it fits better and looks nicely polished..

The yarn, though beautiful, was a bit tough to work with.  It’s not bouncy and stretchy like pure wool, and the fact that I only had bamboo needles in the right size gave me problems.  The yarn stuck to the wood, so I had to push and pull it a lot which hurt my hands.  I thought buying the Addi Clicks last year would save me these needle woes, but the sizes are a bit different in millimeters, and I needed the 6.5 to get a gauge I liked.  Bamboo needles have their place, but knitting a bulky acrylic-blend yarn is not one of them!

And about that 3rd buttonhole: I only had 2 buttons!  This is a set of purple ceramic buttons I bought at Joann’s years ago that happened to match the purple in the yarn beautifully.  When I went back to the store to see if they had more, I was disappointed to see that while they still carry the same style of buttons, they did not have my color.  And so I ask you, dear readers: do you happen to have one of these buttons kicking around in your stash?  I would be willing to make a button trade.  This turns out to be my sweater of need as this is the second time I’ve asked for help finishing it! Humbling, indeed.

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13 thoughts on “FO: Shalom!

  1. Love this version – your mods make it better. I was on the fence with this pattern, but now I see how it can be changed a little to fit better, I’m all in! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful.

    I knit Shalom last winter, and it’s one of my wardrobe favorites. Considered knitting another, but wasn’t happy with the gap under the sleeves… I need to check out your changes, because I love your end result!

    The additional buttons are nice, too.

  3. This sweater fits and looks perfect! I hope you think that it was worth the effort of pushing through to the finish with the yarn and needle combo 🙂 I do!

  4. it’s gorgeous. Love the colour – i really like the armhole mods. I would have done something like that too. I never quite liked the cut away holes.

    And you look like you’ve had a hair cut!

  5. Lovely and you look beautiful in it. Sorry, I can’t help with a button, but I’ll bet someone can!

  6. Awesome knit, Sonia! You look beautiful in it- love the pretty new haircut 🙂 I don’t have that button in my stash, but I can check @ out Jo-Ann’s next time I’m there. Do you know the brand’s name? I’ll look this week… Hugs to you!

  7. Beautiful! I love the color and your modifications! I wear my Shalom all the time, it’s a great cardigan. I made lots of changes in mine too, I made the sleeves tighter and I added extra stitches to the front, so it would close.

  8. Oh, I love that color, and the buttons are perfect. Love your mods too – I’d thought about knitting Shalom, but didn’t like the sleeves. Yours looks fabulous.

    Happy Spring!

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