Monday, October 28, 2013

Lacy Shalom

I have a way to deal with disappointment. I make something. Besides knitting in my teens and early twenties I kept sewing new stuff (my cousine kept telling she would like to be heartbroken like me, and ending up with a new shirt, or skirt). My late twenties, I made quilts. Nowadays more than anything I knit.
So when faced with a disappontment, and needed to restore the world's order, I took out something from my stash I wanted to knit for ages. I had the pattern and the yarn for about four years. Every fall I took it out of the box I kept it, only to get distracted and put it bck next spring. Last year I went as far as winding the skeins into balls. Now, I finally knit it.
As much as I love the Shalom cardigan I could not just leave it alone. My gauge was way off, and I wanted a more open neckline, I started with about 220 stitches, and went from there. Added lace panels to the front and the back, and naturally generous waist shaping (I don't even know what the pattern said about that, I didn't read it that far. Probably didn't read it past the yoke.)
Knitted a couple rows of garter stitch to finish off the sleeves. At the end I finished the knitting with this much to spare.
And for the technical details:
Shalom cardigan,
Artesano Aran (50% merino, 50% alpaca), 400 gramms,
3.5 mm addi circular needles. 3.5 mm Brittany DPN set.
(Pictures: Krisztina Tóth)


Anonymous said...

Your cardi is gorgeous! And I really love the bright and cheery color :-)

kristieinbc said...

The Shalom is so pretty! I wish I had your confidence and skill, and could just abandon a pattern and do my own thing. If I did it would never come out great like your sweater did. Ha!