Thanks to novenas to the Yarn Goddess and candles to St. Jude, here is an enlarged and completed Citron – with about 5 yards of yarn to spare!
That’s right, the generous yardage of Sundara Fingering Silky Merino – billed as 500 yards, but always more – allowed for completion of a 6th pattern repeat and a complete ending ruffle.
About the pattern: Just what the doctor ordered. An unfussy knit that required no concentration. Another shout-out here to Lilia who unselfishly shared the math to preserve the remaining sanity of one overtaxed Owl.
About the yarn: Yummmmm! It feels wonderful and it hasn’t yet had a bath! I do love semi-solids, and in this case, I’m delighted with the marriage of yarn and pattern. The tonal color changes add depth to the pattern’s simplicity.
About gauge: I went up one needle size from the suggested 6 st/in for laceweight to account for the slightly heavier yarn while maintaining desired drape. Actual gauge (pre-blocking) of about 5.5st/in. It will undoubtedly open up a little more with blocking. I also used a needle 2 sizes larger for the bind-off to keep the ruffle from drawing in.
My only caution regarding FSM is that if you are using lifelines, be sure to use a blunt-tipped needle. The FSM can catch a needle in weird parts of the loops if you’re not using a really a fat tip.
Yes, I used a couple of lifelines – because I could. I believe in idiot-proofing wherever possible. Had I run out of yarn, no big deal. I mean, it wasn’t in any way a tricky knit. Word has it that a number of knitters have felt the project to be a little small. I will follow the advice of Sprocket and block it a little harder along the straight edge to get more length. With the extra pattern repeat, it’s more than a half-circle anyway, and the extra repeat will help preserve the ruffle in so doing.
The tricky part as it were, involves the time/inclination to clear out the guest room from our vacation bags to have room to block this. Yes, I know we went away a bit ago, but they’re all summer clothes that need to be put away somewhere.
Wouldn’t you rather knit instead?
I thought so.