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.


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).