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.