This wouldn't have closed at all after only six repeats so the eight were necessary. I unfortunately made a mess of the last SCMR but hopefully it's not overly obvious!
I also added a couple of stitches to the chains to give the motif a bit more "breathing space". I think my tension must be a bit tighter than Crafter's as the six stitches called for definitely felt too short! I also wondered if it wouldn't be better to join the flowers at the second and penultimate petals instead of the first and last... I think I'll have to try that next.
Here's the original again, as reference,
and so you can see how different the two are.
The sun is shining at last and it definitely feels like summer today! This enabled me to collect some more elderflower and I have another batch infusing as I write this. I was delighted with the nice response to my previous blogpost about making cordial. Thanks for writing everyone!