FO: shalom.

Boh is anxious about button selection.

And here’s what I settled on. (Boh’s anxiety was completely valid, by the way. Turns out I made four buttonholes. Didn’t realize that until I sewed on three buttons and tried on the sweater. I’m not sure yet if I’ll move the top button down, leave it as is, buy another funky orange button, or swap the buttons entirely. Thoughts?)

Here’s a full length shot, even though the brilliance of the sunshine puts me (and shalom) in shadow.

Have I told you lately that I love this sweater? School and life got in the way of me finishing this earlier in the spring. Despite the fact that it took me a few months to knit, this is actually a super quick, super rewarding knit.

Yarn:  2.75 skeins of Cascade 220

Mods: I followed the pattern, but I used worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles (thanks to all the shalom knitters on ravelry for their detailed notes). To account for my smaller gauge, I added a repeat of the twisted rib yoke section, and then pretty much knit until it seemed to hit me at the right spot. Oh — and I added a fourth buttonhole, even though there is not currently a button to pair it with.

Even though all of my decisions about sizing occurred totally on the fly, this might be my best fitting sweater to date. Go figure. The weather around here is spring-y, and not too hot, so I should have lots of opportunity to wear my shalom this week!

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8 thoughts on “FO: shalom.

  1. Love the buttons! Do you think you’ll use the fourth buttonhole? If not, maybe you can just sew it up.

  2. Love the sweater! Agree with mick, just sew it back up! Also noticed you have the book Half-Broke Horses, one that I also have. I started it awhile back but got busy so may have to start over. I liked her other book, even though I can’t remember the title just now.

  3. BEE-U-TIFUL! I would probably end up leaving the buttons like they are. It looks good and, I have to admit, I am a little lazy about things like that!

  4. I always liked the Shalom cardigan. And would like to knit it sometime… You always pick the coolest projects. It fits great. You are such an inspiration. I always like looking at what you have knitted, spun, or cooked. And Boh is the cutest dog in the world.

  5. Oooh, pretty. I love the orange buttons: definitely keepers, if you ask me. Maybe just sew up the extra button hole? Or get another button if it bothers you? Super cute!

  6. Well done! That looks fantastic! The buttons are awesome…I think it would look nice with a fourth button, but I also like mick’s suggestion to just sew up the buttonhole if you don’t think you’ll use it. I don’t think anyone would notice. Yay for new sweaters!!

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