14 January 2015

One of the first big projects that I knit from myself was one of these.  I was really disappointed that it looked awful on, it was a hard way to find it out but raglan shaping really does not suit me at all.  I was torn over what to do with it, part of me wanted to like it as I have invested so much time on it the other part said give it away.  I am so glad I didn't give it away as eventually I realised that I could undo my knitting and reuse the yarn to make something I would wear.

So nearly a year a go I cast on that yarn to make myself a second shalom.  My original was a good fit but it has no sleeves and the 'button band' does not meet in the middle (it is not designed to!) I wanted  to have both so I had to adapt the pattern.  I know how useful I found other knitters notes on adapting this pattern to include sleeves and more buttonholes, I made extensive use of these notes, so I thought I would add mine into the pot too.

I shortened it a bit last time which was fine as a sleeveless cardigan but I wanted it longer to keep me warm in the winter. I decided that I wanted to knit this shalom as long as the original pattern, so I knitted the same number of rows.  The increases in the yoke were calculated using this useful calculator.  It took two attempts to get this to fit right.  The first time I increased too much (using the increases suggested in the pattern notes link above) and it was far too big. I hadn't measured quite correctly, I thought I needed to knit the same size!  I knit seven rows of twisted rib rather than the nine in the original pattern I wanted the yoke to finish higher up.  I wear a UK Size 10/Small.  So herewith my adaptation:

CO 67
Follow pattern knitting seven rows of twisted rib and with changes on the following rows:
8 increase evenly across row to 109 sts - see above for a useful calculator
18 increase evenly across row to 151 sts
28 increase evenly across row to 193 sts
37-39 K all stitches
40 - 44 St st
45 Divide for sleeves K30 place next 38 stitches on scrap yarn, K57, place next 38 stitches on scrap yarn K30 (117)
46 K25 P25 CO6 P57 CO6 P25 K5 (139)
47 K33 pm K63 pm K to end
55, *K to 2 sts before marker ssk sm k2tog rep from *, K to end
63 repeat row 55
69 repeat row 55
75 repeat row 55
83 *K to 2 sts before marker kfbl sm kfbl rep frp, *, K to end
91 repeat row 83
99 repeat row 83

Buttonholes were knitted using the instructions as per row 6 in rows:
6, 23, 40, 57, 74, 91, 109

I worked out the length I wanted these to be and used my gauge to work out how many rows I needed.  I measured the width I wanted at the cuff and worked out how many stitches I needed to have.  I knitted 83 rows, starting with 54 stitches and ending up with 24 before knitting a 5 row cuff.  My wrists are 15.5cm/6" and this gives a good fit on me.

With RS facing pick up 16sts, K38 stitches on scrap yarn K8 place marker for begining of round
1. K
2. K1 K2tog K to last 3sts ssk K1
3-6 K
7 repeat row 2
Repeat rows 3-7 until 24sts
84. P
85. K
86. P
87. K
88. P
89. BO all stitches

I had no idea if I would have enough yarn for this project, I could not really compare with the yardage that others had used.  I had a rough idea of how much I used originally, but when I started to knit the sleeves I realised that I was not going to have enough, then I remembered that I had not used all the balls I bought originally and there at the back of my yarn drawer were two more balls!  I had this much left:

This was the first time I have dramatically altered a knitting pattern.  It was most definitely a stop start process, each step needed carefully thinking before starting and I didn't always get it right first time.  I ripped a lot of stitches out but for me that is part of the learning process.  I am so glad I knit this by rewriting the pattern for myself as I have ended up with a cardigan which is a perfect fit.  I have fairly long arms, if you stretch your arms out from the tip to tip of your middle finger is your height.  I have a short body and very long legs so I can either find cardigans that fit in the body which end up sitting quite a long way up my wrists or are long enough in the arms and I could fit a small child in the body with me!

I bought some yarn a while ago which has been sat in my yarn drawer waiting for a project, this is most unusual for me I usually buy yarn for specific projects, it was a bargain and too good to miss!  I found the perfect pattern for it and then realised that it was knit in pieces which are then sewn up, I really don't enjoy that part of knitting.   It is a fairly simple pattern which I thought I could adapt knitting and adapting the shalom has given me the skills to understand a patterns construction.  So I am attempting to knitt all in one.  I have ripped all the stitches out once when I realised that I was knitting on too small a needle size!  I am keeping notes again so will update when I have finished, if I get that far!

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  1. it's lovely. well done on making it made to measure x

  2. You did a great job! It looks wonderful. As soon as I saw your first photo I knew it was a shalom, I have one too, in the same colour. I love it. And I love yours with sleeves and buttons. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the next project.

  3. Great skills to adapt the knitting pattern, well done. Love the colour too X

  4. It's beautiful!! I love the tweed and the buttons, well done!!

  5. I love your adaptation of the shalom, and it fits you just perfectly. I ripped mine out and made something else too as it didn't fit right but I think I'd like to try it again with sleeves and buttons.
    Just popped over to visit your new project, you have chosen a wonderful color. Good luck on modifying the pattern so much! I don't enjoy sewing pieces together either but I don't think I'd be brave enough to try what you are doing!!! Look forward to seeing your progress....

  6. You did a great job and now you have your own customi made pattern!

    Looking forward to seeing the results of the next project x

  7. What a beautiful cardigan, I love the buttons! Must be such a great feeling. I'm with you on the finishing work, things usually come out lumpy and uneven. The last few things I tried knitting in pieces, which were sweaters for little ones, I took lots of time with the finishing work, often undoing my work and starting over, lots of YouTube videos...and they actually came out okay! It pays to take your time. : )

  8. this turned out great!!! (I have the same problem with daughter ends up getting a lot of sweaters that way!!! can't seem to stop knitting if my no-shoulders problem will go away!?!?!) I'll have to put this one (and your notes) in my to-do it.

  9. It is lovely! Those buttons are so pretty.

  10. what a great job you did... the buttons look perfect with it! Such a versatile color. You will get a lot of wear out of it I'm sure!

  11. Always loved this pattern - looks so warm and cozy with yarn you chose. Pretty buttons.

  12. Lovely, lovely. And thank you for your notes! Oh my, what a lot of time it must have taken to type them all out in such a neatly done post. Btw, love the pic of your leftover yarn...

  13. Good for you! I don't know if I would have been able to figure out all the modifications. It looks wonderful. And talk about playing yarn chicken....

  14. It's beautiful! Great how you made it a perfect fit. And those buttons are so special!

  15. It turned out great. I know you will love wearing it this winter! The perfect color.

  16. Love the gray - and the buttons are perfect!

  17. Oh my, the sweater is just lovely. I love those pretty little buttons.

  18. Beautiful sweater! I love the buttons!

  19. The sweater is just lovely! The color is one of my favorites and looks great on you! :)

  20. It's so beautiful, I really love the pattern, very nice!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Lluisa xoxo

  21. Fabulous. Well done on the alterations, I have to confess that I usually stick to a pattern as I'm not confident enough to change it. I love your pretty buttons.

  22. Lovely job (lovely photos too)! I hope you will find that no that you know you can alter patterns to suits your needs, you will feel much more freedom in knitting what you like. I hope you will enjoy your new sweater for a very long time - I would :) xo

  23. Whoa, wait. You tore out the whole sweater and knit a new one??? That is a brave and scary thing to do. My first sweater is very small and not very flattering, but I think I'd rather try to lose 50 pounds than rip out a sweater. Love the way yours turned out and the buttons are gorgeous.

  24. Very nice! Your photos do a great job of capturing the sweaters beauty.

  25. Wow, fantastic job! I love the buttons you chose. Hooray!

  26. Beautiful sweater! I really love the buttons, wood buttons just look so great on a nice handmade sweater, in my humble opinion.

    I'd love to have you link up to my weekly Yarn Fanatic Party!

  27. It turned out really well. I don't knit much, but I'd love to learn someday. Good for you sticking with it.

  28. So lovely... the knitting, the buttons! Beautiful work.

  29. Its gorgeous! I have been eyeing this pattern off for years and still never made it. You have inspired me to once again go yarn hunting. Love the colour and yarn you have used.

  30. PS I also LOVE those buttons. Nice choice! :-)

  31. Just catching up here. Great job on the cardigan, it's gorgeous, and well done on the pattern alteration :)

  32. It looks wonderful - and so lovely that you now have something that fits you and that you love to wear made out of such gorgeous yarn!


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