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FO Friday
March 11, 2011, 11:09 pm
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Pattern: Shalom from Involving the Senses

Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed in colorway 420 Eden (4 balls) and Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in colorway 142 Taffeta (3 balls)

Modifications: I bought the yarn from Wooden Spools and they only had three balls of the aran in taffeta.  Now, the pattern doesn’t actually give yarn requirements, just gauge.  The Ravelry page for the pattern calls for 425 – 475 yards of bulky yarn.  The tips page by the designer says you can also use 880 yards of DK or light worsted doubled.  However, the projects posted on Ravelry of this pattern seem to be all over the map in terms of yardage.  Therefore, I convinced myself that 312 yards of aran held doubled with 441 yards of DK would work.  What actually ended up happening was that, in an effort to conserve the aran, I knit the garter stitch collar with two strands of the DK thinking I could do the same on the bottom edge of the sweater if I ran out of the aran before it was long enough.  Then I switched to one strand of DK and one strand of aran for the body of the sweater.  Unfortunately, I ran out of both yarns before the sweater was really long enough to call it finished.  Luckily, Wooden Spools still had the DK in stock so I got two more balls of that and ended up using half of each knitting a garter stitch hem to finish the bottom of the sweater.

Comments: Apart from the minor yarn panic, this was a really enjoyable knit.  The deceptively simple pattern has a few clever tricks up its sleeve including the through-the-back-loop ribbing in the yoke and the easy but effective shaping.

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[…] pattern that I like and have made a few of.  I started with one out of the yarn left over from Shalom, but it ended up being a little big and I decided that purple wasn’t the most gender neutral […]

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