Having been in my queue for years and years I decided to cast on the ever popular Shalom Cardigan the day before Christmas, using yarn I was gifted the Christmas before. The yoke flew by and having worked on quite a few gifts in the run up to the holidays the speedy contrast to working with bulky yarn satisfied my insta-knit requirements… kind of. The yoke was fast and interesting and I added in 3 button holes to fasten. I slowed down on the body, having deciding not to do any shaping and the straightforward stockinette – it bored me a little. This was also my ‘me time’ project in between other things and often the last on my priority list. However it was the sleeves. Yes, I’m a broken record, but they are most definitely my least favourite part of knitting a sweater or cardigan. I would easily pick up 400+ stitches over knitting sleeves*. A round here, and a round there, these two simple long tubes took me the good part of two months to work up. Sleeves are not written into the simple recipe of a pattern, but I’ve added my mods and extra notes on the project page.
I think this is the most comfortable cardigan in my wardrobe to date – handmade or store bought. The yarn is incredible. Techno by Blue Sky Alpaca is a crazy interesting yarn as alpaca fibers along with a little bit of wool are blown into a silk mesh casing. I’d love to see how that works in a mill. It leaves you with a warm, soft and oh so light fabric, that is strong! You would believe how strong it is – yet so delicate looking.
As the weather is now warming up I’m a little bummed I didn’t get my butt into gear and have it finished up earlier to take advantage of the cooler months. But regardless, this is going to be my go to throw-on cardi, wherever I am. It’s going to be loved until the bitter end.
And then I’ll knit another one.
* I’m happy to report, having failed to click with the technique SO many times before (DPNs all the way!), that I seem to have mastered and am actually enjoying (!) working two sleeves at a time on a current cardigan!
Also – On the topic of alpaca yarn – have you seen Quince and Co’s new all American wool/alpaca blend, Owl!?!