Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Citron three ways

How do you take a wildly popular pattern and make it uniquely your own? It's easier than you think! At left, see three versions of the Citron shawl from the Winter 2009 issue of Knitty. As you can see, each one is strikingly different from the others.

(How popular is this shawl? Here's one measure: more than 1200 of them have been started on Ravelry.)

The largest version has already been glimpsed on this blog. It's knitted by Sarah in a combination of multi-colored Noro Silk Garden and a lavender sock yarn by Sereknity Yarns (one skein each).

The smallest version (at right and above, top), was knit and blocked to pattern size by Becky in another lovely handpaint: Bashful Fibers' fingering-weight merino in a dark, wine-red multi. This luxurious yarn has a generous 900 yards, so you could get two of these neck-scarf size Citrons out of a single skein.

Finally, shop owner Karen used a skein of Schaefer Susan, a pima cotton handpaint in a peachy colorway. The complete pattern took just a tiny bit more than one skein (don't you hate when that happens?). The resultant shawl makes a great summer shoulder-warmer.

Have you started a Citron? What yarn did you choose?

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