Shalom Cardigan Knit Along (KAL)

Shalom Cardigan 2010

My neighbour Sue and I have started knitting Shalom Cardigans and I thought it would be a lovely idea if I opened this project up here to see if anyone would like to cast on with us and knit along. I really love this pattern, it is so beautiful and quite a quick knit too. How nice it would be if there were a few of us from all over the world knitting the same project at the same time:) The pattern is a free pattern and it can be found on Meghan’s blog called Involving the Senses on her right hand sidebar. If you do a search on Ravelry, you will also find it there and you will be able to see how many of these cardigans have been knitted and the pattern notes that people have made etc… I knitted my first Shalom cardigan last year and it is wonderful, I added long sleeves by picking up stitches around the armholes. You can see it here. The one I have just cast on is being knitted in a handspun natural beige Merino wool.

If you feel you would like to join in, just leave a comment and I will add your blog link in this blog post:) This button will be added to my sidebar and you can also add it to yours if you wish:) This way we can pop over to one another’s blogs by just clicking on their links to see their progress and be inspired by visiting new blogs too. I will be posting my Shalom Cardigan progress each Wednesday.

I have started a new thread on my Mamma4earth Ravelry page for all those on Ravelry who would like to discuss their Shalom progress and post photos etc…

Linda from Natural Suburbia
Suzanne from Down in the Meadow
Regina from And a Baby
Jill from Simply Beautiful Sundays
Crystal from Green Mittens
Gea from Wollig
Rene’ from Stamping in Sunny SA
Nicole from Frontier Dreams
Heather from Shivaya Naturals
Jessica from Jimble Jamble
Valarie from A Place Like This
Amanda from One by One by One
Maria from Kreativberg

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51 Responses to Shalom Cardigan Knit Along (KAL)

  1. Donna April 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Wish I could join, the cardigan is beautiful, but I don’t knit a stitch!

  2. regina April 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    arg! the shalom has been in my to do list FOREVER. but i have a dress i have to get done by july (that has not been started yet) hmmm do i dare attempt both at the same time?

  3. regina April 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    aww heck I’m in! if i don’t do it with people (even if they are clear across the world) i’ll never do it!
    are you going to modify the cardi? i really want to do sleeves and full buttons but i don’t think i am skilled enough….
    I’ll post on wednesday about casting on(

  4. Linda April 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Welcome Regina! How exciting you are joining in:) I am looking forward to your Wednesday post.

    I am going to modify the cardi, I have added more sitches for a slightly larger fit and I am adding 3 buttons instead of 1. Mine will be straight down with no shaping and long tapered sleeves. I will post more on Wednesday.

  5. K April 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    You know, I just had the funniest moment. I read the word “Shalom” and saw the shot at the top, and thought, “Wow – that looks SO like an Egyptian royal collar!!” And it all got mixed up with Easter in my head. When I came back around to knitting a sweater, I was really confused. I hope that’s not just old age settling in –

    I’m not going to join. I have lions to do, and puppies. But I’ll watch and cheer you on.

  6. Kelly April 26, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    This is a great idea — and I love the sweater — but it’s warming up here in the U.S., and it’ll be too warm to wear a bulky-weight sweater (even with short sleeves!) by the time I’m done knitting it. Maybe I’ll tackle it late in winter for next spring.

    I look forward to watching your progress each Wednesday.

    Kelly @ Creating a Family Home

    p.s. Please check out my new knitting blog:

  7. Simply Beautiful Sundays April 26, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Hi! I want to join-=) I liked this sweater when you posted your completed one, put in on my to do list…and then I saw this post, and have been wanting a reason to slow down and get my knit on…Now to pick out yarn! Yay! I actually haven’t knit a whole sweater for myself…just my kiddos, so I am excited! Happy knitting! See you soon=)
    my blog is

    =) Jill

  8. Linda April 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Jill, how lovely that you are going to join us!

  9. Crystal@GreenMittens April 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi! I would like to join in – this sweater pattern has been on my list for a long time – It’s so pretty! OK, I’ve rounded up my yarn, and I’m ready to go 🙂

  10. suzanne April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks Linds

    So excited about this cardigan. As I knit this one, I am dreaming of my next colour. One for every day I say~!


  11. Linda April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Welcome Crystal! Thanks so much for joining:) It is lovely to have you here:)

  12. Frockfarie April 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Lovely idea, I have already done one and love it. Good luck to all you Shalom knitters. If my modifications can help anyone then please use them. You can find them here:

  13. meli April 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    I love sitting down and reading your blog it leaves me feeling so very peaceful and your beautiful Shalom has inspired me to give it a try. I have only ever knit accesories never clothing so although I dont have a blog I will join in. I am making one for my sister first as she is the size the sweater is written for, if I am successful I will make one for myself hopefully using someones great mods. Thank you again for sharing such an inspiring blog.


  14. Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Well, how exciting. I fell in love with this pattern quite some time ago. I bought the yarn (Eco Wool) but just haven’t started it. Being part of this wonderful worldwide group is certainly incentive enough. I have the pattern saved and many modifications of it as well, in my ravelry favorites. Off to look them over, get the yarn from hiding and get started. I don’t have a blog but am kennedy444 on ravelry. Thanks for including me 😉 —Kim

  15. Gea April 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    I find this very nice vest
    but the size is an s
    I have size L: (
    is too small for me,
    if anyone has the same problem
    maybe we can help each other?

  16. Linda April 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Hi Gea:)
    If you have a look here on Ravelry at all the shalom projects:
    You will be able to see all the modifications that people have made for increasing etc…
    Welcome to the KAL!

  17. Gea April 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    o thanks !!
    there are more bigger girls :))

    join me in 🙂

    i start tomorow i think

  18. meghann April 27, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    I wish I had *time* to join in – I love that cardigan & it is on my list of “to-do” knitting before autumn arrives here. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s progress, though! xoxo

  19. Linda April 27, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    A warm welcome to Kim, Gea and Melissa!

  20. Rene' Sharp April 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I would love to KAL with you, but don’t have any yarn. What thickness yarn are you knitting with?? I only have a small Indian shop that sells yarn here in Dundee. Would you have any recommendations as to what I could try and buy?

  21. Linda April 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Rene’, I would love for you to KAL with us. I am knitting in a merino single handspun, don’t know if you would like to knit in something like that? I am knitting on a 5mm needle, you would just have to check your gague as it is a handspun.

  22. pj stitches April 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi to all!

    I would like to join your Shalom KAL; however,I don’t have a blog link. Can you add me by way of my email?

    I really like the yoke that you have shown.

    pj in soggy Missouri, USA

  23. Linda April 28, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Welcome PJ! Do you have a Ravelry page I could link to instead of an email address?

  24. Fallingladies April 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Lovely idea, ish I knitted!

  25. Mrs A April 30, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    ohhh, lovely cardie, i have very similar wool to the your natural colour, might have to give this a go, thanks!

  26. Kim May 1, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Would it be easier (or even possible) to start a naturalsuburbia group for this kal on ravelry? Just a thought.

    Thanks again for your wonderful blog. It always makes me wish I lived near you and could come over for tea!

  27. Linda May 1, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Dear Kim,
    I have added the Shalom thread to my Mamma4earth Ravelry Group:)
    We would love for you to come for tea

  28. new dawn May 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Hallo Linda, ik ga ook proberen een shalom vest te breien en als die af is proberen een foto te plaatsen.
    dank voor je mooie blog.
    groetjes Nel

  29. Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) May 5, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Count me in Linda! I am just waiting on my yarn to arrive.

  30. Michelle10n. May 8, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    I’d love to join you and knit this sweater
    I’ve admired it for ages & am excited to knit along with you. Great mod’s. I am going to use them also
    Michelle Tennen -Ravelry – michelle10n

  31. Linda May 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Welcome Nicole and Michelle!:)

  32. Heather May 17, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I would love to join in with all of you. I saw this last week and cast on to start making something special for the winter :). Thanks for the inspiration.

  33. Linda May 17, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Welcome dear Heather:)

  34. mamaacorn May 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Just saw this on Heather’s blog and I think I’d like to join y’all!

  35. Faerie-Dancer May 19, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    I think I’m going to join in! It looks like a great beginner project into clothes. Plus I’ve seen different styles of it on ravelry and how easy it was to add a little spice to the shalom.

  36. Linda May 19, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Welcome Mamaacorn and Faerie-Dancer:)

  37. Valarie May 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi Linda! I’ll be joining you. Casting on right now!

  38. Amanda Greco Holmes May 24, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    Is it too late to join? I started my first Shalom last week, but I have accomplished far more unravelling than knitting! I would love to knit along with you all, and would especially appreciate some guidance in adding additional button holes… I thought I was doing it right but it threw off my ribbing. I’ll be ripping out more rows tonight…

  39. Linda May 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Welcome Amanda!

  40. kreativberg May 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Is it too late to join in?
    Greetings from Austria 😉

  41. Linda May 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Welcome Maria! 🙂

  42. renesews May 27, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    I posted earlier today that I would like to join the KAL but I too do not have a blog…..I am a member at Ravalry though……Rene in Central TX.

  43. therese June 2, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Simply georgous!

  44. kirschkernzeit June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    well… that’s a great challenge! I’d LOVE to join this group… but haven’t my yarn yet and guess I’ll be simply struggeling to get some time to knit this wonderful cardigan… BUt, please count me in!
    Bora from Switzerland

  45. Anne July 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I would also like to join the group to begin knitting the beautiful Shalom sweater. I tried to find the pattern at Ravelery but was unable to do so. I look forward to getting started!

  46. Lydia Gomez August 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Lydia from Bakersfield, CA I would love to join you ladies this will be my first sweater to knit and I hope to finish.

  47. Lydia Gomez August 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I would like to join your knitting so I can knit a sweater it will be fun

  48. Emma September 14, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Hi all, I would love to join you. I know i’m a bit late but i’ll try and knit fast, I promise!

  49. Sangeeta January 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Would like to see the pattern

  50. Rosemary September 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    I would like to join this for knitting the shalom cardi

  51. Rosemary September 25, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    I would love to see the full pattern with sleeves. Can you direct me to it?

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