Veronique shrug in mohair
Completed in October 2010

This is a photo of the model in the knitting pattern, to give you an idea of how the garment is supposed to hang.

The pattern is the Veronique shrug published in the book, French Girl Knits.

The yarn is Kid Seta, made in Italy.

Fiber content is 70% super kid mohair and 30% silk, with a 25 gram put-up.

This is the same fiber content as the wonderful Rowan KidSilk Haze, which, of course, I love so much, especially in the green jelly shade.

The color that I used in this shrug was #049, lot #56848. It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the yarn is variegated grays and pinks. I was trying to knit outside the box. The gray/pink colorway is not bad, but suffice it to say, whenever I knit beyond my natural (green) realm, I am disappointed.

I purchased this yarn at The Stitchin' Den in Estes Park, Colorado, which is such a nice yarn shop, way up in the mountains, at the gateway of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

A note about the pattern: It's an interesting design. I was obedient and knit this to pattern.

It's knit all in one piece, basically, but with two seams that hit precisely where a bust dart would be.

I can't say I'm a big fan of mattress stitching seams with mohair laceweight.

If you look closely, you can see the bust dart with the mattress stitching.

Another note about the pattern: It ticks me off that the pattern called for more yarn than necessary. It's so wasteful when patterns over-estimate like that.

Four balls of Kid Seta is a bit pricey, at US$11.95 per ball.

The pattern called for four balls of yarn, and that's knitting to pattern with three-quarter length sleeves. I instead knit it to pattern but extended the sleeves to nearly wrist length and yet still I used less than three balls of yarn!

The pattern suggested using 5.0mm needles but of course I dropped it and went with 4.0mm needles, and still (still!) I used less than three balls of yarn! I feel like writing an acid-pen letter to the designer.

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