Monday, 23 November 2009

Modification Monday: Problem Solving and the Case of the Cashmere Veronique

Original Pattern: Veronique

Knitter Extraordinaire: Aimee (Rav Id)

Mods: Made the back portion less voluminous by casting on fewer stitches. Added ruching to the sleeves, using crochet to keep the gathered folds in place. The edging was done as a single crochet cast off, and then has a delicate crochet trim.

What Makes This Awesome: How pretty are those sleeves?! I love that detail. And you saw the word 'cashmere' up there, right? I can just imagine how buttery soft this little shrug must be. Or I should say, must have been. You see, Aimee was not entirely happy with it. The sleeves worked out great, but the neckline was problematic- it just kept falling off her shoulders, and you know how frustrating it is to keep fussing with your clothes. So, she didn't wear it. And rather than waste delicious, delicious cashmere... she frogged it.  Her new plan is to knit up the Whisper Cardi in the same yarn, and incorporate the same sleeve detail that she tried on this project. I really commend Aimee on this. Sometimes it's hard to let go of a knit that just didn't quite meet your needs, and you keep delaying that trip to the frog pond, even though you know it's the best thing.I can't wait to see it knitted up as the Whisper Cardi with the sleeve detail!

Project page, including sleeve mod details, is here.

I've always thought that the best part about Ralvery and the community of knitters is to share what works and what doesn't, so that others can learn from the process and be inspired, or at least just see the danger zones. So, I scoured the Ravelry project pages to see what others had done with Veronique, and it turns out that most people had this problem with the lack of shoulder structure, and seem to just treat it like a shawl with sleeves. 

 I've given it a lot of thought, and I can only think of two straightforward possibilities to fix that problem: either deliberately make the shoulder section in smaller size than called for in the pattern, or just let it fall off one shoulder for an "oh no, my sexy bare shoulder keeps escaping from this delicate shrug, whatever can I do!" sort of thing. I'd channel my imaginary self inner French Girl and be all mysterious and alluring, with my bare shoulder. Naturally there would be candlelight. Except I don't think my husband would take me seriously at all if he thought for a moment I was flirting with him, especially with a bare shoulder. So... I guess I'd make it smaller.

Put on your problem solving hats, everyone- if you were going to knit this, and you knew that the shoulders were going to slip off and generally give you problems, what would you do differently? 


Siga said...

I couldn't quite figure out how this garment is constructed - knit in one piece from one sleeve to the other? This is a nice shrug, but what I would do were I to knit it, I would knit the sleeves raglan style (see:; of course, the pattern has to be adjusted for lace/fingering yarn). Then I would pick up the stitches for the body & neckline...
And now I want to go and start knitting this!

eliza said...

i'm with aimee.... i would incorporate some ribbing into the neckline to hold it on. it changes the look of veronique utterly, but i don't see a way around that, as the look of veronique is also the cause of the problem.

if i were to wear this in its original form, i would look less 'chic flirty french girl' and more 'didn't anyone teach the girl how to dress herself?' with it constantly falling off my shoulder.

Allyson said...

I love that sleeve detail! It is so pretty.

Kara said...

Oh yes, that is lovely, but I see your pickle. I am not quite sure how to fix it, but I am interested to see what you come up with. Good luck!

weezalana said...

Hmmm...well, that looks very similar to the Whisper Cardigan from IK. I would probably use the Whisper pattern and modify it to round out the bottom edges and add in the sleeve ruching.

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CanarySanctuary said...

I've heard there's people brave enough out there to actually take a sewing machine to their knitting. If this be the case, then perhaps some bias tape stitched across there may do the trick (though guts enough I would not have).
I actually had a similar slipping-off-shoulder problem. The knit just sits there. Frogging it would be much better!