Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Res Completa: Clapotis

Since I finished my pink Clapotis, Sophy has started and finished an entire blue one (which is gorgeous by the way) and already blogged about it. So before I put it off any longer...



Pattern: Clapotis, by Kate Gilbert for Knitty, Fall 2004
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb Solid, 2 skeins of Berry
Needles: US 8 straights
Start to Finish: March 8-27? Maybe?

Mods: With only half the yarn called for in the original pattern and a desire for a scarf rather than a shawl, I only did 3 of the increase sections and worked it straight until I was about to run out of yarn -- then did the decreases and bound off. The resulting scarf has the somewhat odd dimensions of 11" x 77".

Notes: The first few dropped stitches felt dangerous and fun, but then I got annoyed at the 50% wool content of the yarn making everything all sticky. The dropped stitches didn't want to seem to go more than a few rows down, then I had to use my needle to pick out each additional row. Anyway, I do like the scarf and the yarn is SO pretty. Even being half as wide as the original, I still think it works as a shawl, if I happen to be in that mood:



When I blocked it, I did stretch it and position it so that it would be more of a rectangle than a parallelogram, but I kind of wish I had left it as is. I think I would have liked the pointy ends more than the flat ones I have. I guess I can always re-block. (Yeah right)

I'm glad I made this if only to experience what tens of thousands of knitters have experienced before me. Plus that dropped stitch pattern, despite the sticky stitches, is pretty cool.

8 comments:

Kaet said...

that last picture is so amazing! i have a clapotis on the needles myself...i keep getting mad at it and seeing how beautiful yours is, i really should pick it up again! love the color!

barefoot rooster said...

gorgeous. i agree with kaet -- i was going strong on my clapotis for awhile there, but it has been a few weeks...i'm with you -- it's those sticky "dropped"stitches. i'll return to it soon. what beautiful yarn!

Team Knit ! said...

Your clap is so pretty, and I lvoe that yarn choice- the sheen is really lovely!

- Julie

Sophy said...

I LOVE the color! Though, "pink" hardly does it justice, dude!

...I finally got around to blocking my clapotis... it's 9.5' long! I'm afraid I'll trip over it!

CanarySanctuary said...

That's a pretty clapotis. I found my stitches stuck together too (I used Noro SG - but really wish I had searched out the LL. Yours looks so great!)

Ella said...

It's beautiful! All shiny and I love the color! Reminds me of raspberry sorbet... Mmmmmmm.

This is the first time I've seen this pattern knit up that I've actually *wanted* to knit it. So pretty!

Susan said...

That is so beautiful! I love the color and width. Much more wearable with your mods.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Just gorgeous! That color is so perfect on you. I like the Clapotis as a scarf and that's mainly how I wear mine anyway. It's rare to see a Clapotis knit in the recommended yarn - I can see why it's recommended(despite the sticking).