Although it didn’t quite turn out the way I imagined, I LOVE my Shalom cardigan. I even considered wearing it before taking pictures, something I never do. In the end my practical side won, the side that reminded me I drop food on myself constantly and talks to me like this: you-don’t-want-a-stain-on-your-beautiful-new-sweater-before-you-even-take-pictures-of-it-do-you-young-lady-now-go-take-that-off-this-instant. Yes, ma’am.
I think you could make this sweater out of any solid or semi-solid yarn and have it turn out great, on account of the yoke being so gorgeous. It’s simple but very flattering. The yarn I used is MadelineTosh Rustication worsted, which is a 100% Cormo wool. The wool softens after you block it, but before it definitely feels more rustic, very scratchy, so much so that after one particularly knit-filled day the yarn ended up rubbing one of my fingers raw. The color is Tart, which has been selling out everywhere in a matter of minutes in every MadelineTosh base. To me the craze is worth it, as it’s the most perfect rich, saturated red.
Since the pattern was written for bulky weight yarn and I used worsted, I had to rewrite the pattern so it would work with my yarn. If you’re interested in making a worsted weight Shalom I’m posting my notes on my project page. Some of the details I borrowed from other knitter’s projects, but a lot of it I made up myself. Of course my notes will only work if you want to knit a 36″ chest, but you could easily do a little math and rewrite things for your own size.