Citron, finished

The fact that I last wrote about my Citron scarf in September should tell you a bit about the speed of my knitting. It might also say something about the pattern, which is appealingly simple, but that simplicity also makes for an uninteresting knitting experience. After 500+ stitches in stockinette on the last repeat, a complicated lace pattern suddenly looks very attractive indeed. Still, it’s an elegant scarf and easy to make, if you have the patience.

As I wrote in my previous post, I used Fiddlesticks Exquisite in Sapphire, a 50/50 merino/silk laceweight. It’s a smooth yarn and easy to work with. It’s also extremely warm–I was quite comfortable in the photos below even though it was a chilly day, even indoors:

I like wearing it as a small scarf rather than a shawl, but here you can see the orange-slice effect that gives it its name:

I really enjoyed the beaded bind-off, with 8/0 glass seed beads on every other stitch. I used Splityarn’s tutorial, and discovered very quickly that I needed to bind off much more loosely than usual. I’ll probably use this technique again (I certainly have enough beads left over…).

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9 Responses to Citron, finished

  1. Kim W says:

    It’s lovely! I cast on for mine a couple of weeks ago, and after the first repeat went out and bought Addi lace needles – all those M1s were a nightmare on blunt-tipped needles.

    • Leslie says:

      Yes, pointy tips are a must! I did the traditional M1, which leaves a small hole, but it’s not bad-looking in this pattern. If I were to do it again I might do one of the other versions, which are more invisible but also slant one way.

  2. Emily says:

    That’s a very elegant scarf, but I can understand why it took you so long. I’m a terribly impatient knitter, so working stockinette for so long would get old for me, but the final product is lovely!

    Thanks for your comment on my newbie blog, by the way. :) Buying knitting gifts for yourself is just as good as receiving them from someone else… knitting gifts are knitting gifts!

    Take care!

  3. Geraldine says:

    I love the colour! Really pretty. I made a Citron scarf once, and it was painful ’cause I’m not a very patient person. Hur hur next time I’ll do a beaded bind off too. Looks lovely. :)

  4. Milly says:

    Beautiful! I love the beadwork.

  5. Alyson Champ says:

    Truly exquisite! The model is lovely, too.

  6. mary says:

    Ohhh, I love this!! It looks so wearable in all these different forms, and the beaded bindoff is fantastic. Well done you!

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  8. Fanie says:

    This is one elegant scarft! :-D Such work it must have been. And I love the details of the beads.
    Congratulations on making such a beautiful piece. :-)

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