22,000 other Ravelers have already knit a Clapotis, a free shawl/scarf pattern published in 2004. I guess this means I’m a little behind the fashion curve, but that’s nothing new. lol. There are now many versions to choose from, including the Clapochet, which is crocheted, but I’m going to stick with the original.
I’m using yarn from stash, Queensland Collection ‘Uluru’, – the fuzzy green – a fingering weight yarn of 55% cotton / 25% acrylic / 19% poly, which I got at a LYS’ going-out-of-business sale last fall. – $6.00
I found only this one example of a Clapotis knit from Uluru. I know this fuzzy yarn is not the best choice for a pattern that features columns of dropped stitches, but here I go, ready for whatever the consequence.
This yarn is delightful! I feel like I’m knitting air.
Clapotis Tips that I found through Ravelry:
- Pattern just says to slip the first stitch on all rows except Row #1. I know that usually means to slip as if to purl, but, having read many Ravelry project notes, I decided to slip as to purl on the RS and slip as to K on the wrong side. Bad idea. Took me awhile to realize the “slip as to P edge” looks so much better than the “slip as to K” one. But I’m not going to switch now because an abrupt change would be obvious. Maybe things will look better after blocking. Maybe I’ll add a crochet slip stitch edging? ?
Out of curiosity, I turned to “the web” to see what it had to say about slipping the first stitch. My findings? – quite confusing.
There are those who agree with the pattern. . .
Slip the first stitch of every row as if to purl, with no mention of where the yarn should lie.
Those who agree – but say to also knit the last stitch of every row.
But then there are those who say to – Slip the first of every row as if to purl, with the yarn in front – which is normal while purling – and knit the last stitch.
While others said to – Slip the first of every row as if to purl with the yarn in back.
Then you have those who say to – Slip the first of every row as if to purl, but with the yarn in back when on the knit side and in front when on the purl.
And finally, – only because I quit looking for any others – Slip the first stitch as if to knit when on the knit side and as if to purl on the purl side.
While doing that search, I came across this thorough explanation, with photos, of why we’re to twist the stitches next to those we drop, which I found to be Very Interesting. – scroll down to the part titled “To Twist or Not to Twist (Stitches) – Makes me think that if I ever make another Clapotis I should “do the twist” on its’ front and back.
There’s also a section entitled “Making a Clapotis Swatch”. . .
Yeah, that would have been a good idea! lol
Returning to my list of Tips, here are the ones that worked well:
- On the right side, P the stitches that will be dropped later and on the wrong side, K them. This eliminates the need for markers. Such a Clever Idea – Yay!
- While the pattern, which calls for an aran-weight yarn, has you increase up to 107 sts, I stopped after only 71 sts for a more scarf/less wrap version. That’s 4 1/2 repeats of the increase section.
- At the end of the increase section weigh how much yarn is left and figure out how much has been used. – 12 grams in my case – I must remember to stop the straight section with at least that much yarn remaining for the decrease section.
- On Row 8 of the straight section, “K this and foll st tbl” does not mean to K those 2 sts together tbl, but to knit 2 sts in a row tbl.