Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Clappy is Complete



Thanks so much Joan for hosting the Fashionably Late in '08 Clapotis Knit-a-Long! I've enjoyed the inspiration and seeing SK's wonderful variations. Tempting me very strongly to go for the 'coin-lace' variation....we'll see. But enough of the chit-chat! Here without further ado is the finished basic Kate Gilbert Clapotis.



Specs: Elann.com Sonata (100% cotton)in 'Rose Garden' colorway. 8 skeins. Every last bit. In fact I had to do about 10 1/2 " of the crochet edging in a different colorway...just for that special handcrafted look you know! I.Love.This.Yarn. (and I don't like cotton so there!) It has a gorgeous sheen and comes in amazing colors. I think though that I liked the idea of this colorway more than how it actually behaved in the fabric. The drop rows enhanced the colors by breaking up the intense variagation.



Knitted on KPO size 6s....I'd do it on 5s if I was into the do-overs. Cotton's heavy, and it stretches.

Size: Unblocked, unstretched: 84"x 24". I'm going to run an iron over it. I don't think I'm going to block it.

Mods to the Pattern: Used the 'no stitch marker method" of purling the drop stitch. I twisted the bracketing knit stitches only, if doing cotton again, i'd twist the bracketing purl stitches too. I also did a simple single crochet edging for stability and to help decrease snagging from the dropped stitches. It still curls most becomingly, yet seems more polished overall.



I sure hope the recipient likes it. I had bad luck with my first Clapotis givaway ("well, you know, I really don't wear purple"...harumph!)


So that's that! Next up you'll see not one but 2 (count em' TWO) surprise FOs. Stay tuned! And have a Great Knitterly Day!

11 comments:

CatBookMom said...

That looks great, Lisa! In the last photo, you can see a bit of the flashing/pooling/whatever that Sonata seems to do, but it still looks particularly nice with the breaking-up that the dropped sts do. Like you, I'm thinking about twisting the purls next time. And I have you to thank for the idea to skip the stitch markers (much as I love them, including yours!) and just purl the stitch to be dropped.

I'm kind of stalling out on several projects right now, probably because the newest shawl in fingering weight, a variation of Eunny Jang's Print o' The Wave, is kicking my butt - knit one row, purl one row, knit one row, frog. Slow progress.

Holly Jo said...

WOW! It looks great! I think the purl of the dropped stitches is ingenious. I heard it was a lot of stitch markers. :)

sk said...

Five stars!

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Very nice Clapotis!

Grace Yaskovic said...

I love it, looks like a work of art!!!

junior_goddess said...

Good match of pattern and yarn. Looks great, do you feel chic when you try it on?

I was thinking about this-do you think Clappy is Bondable (after setup, of course!)

Scrabblequeen said...

Beautiful. I'd love to see a close-up of the edging.

hakucho said...

Very attractive clapotis!! I need to make one some day :)

Allison said...

It looks fabulous! I love it and if the recipient doesn't like it I know you'll have a line of other droolers!

TracyKM said...

That's beautiful! I really resisted the urge to knit one when it first came out (I try to avoid trends, LOL), but I still like it so I think I might have to give it a go. Or maybe that similiar one from knitty that has cables.
Do you find it heavy, being cotton?

fuzzywhitedogs said...

That is SO beautiful!! Kudos to you! Raspberries (the kind you blow, not the kind you eat) to whoever said they don't wear purple when gifted with one of your creations!

If this person doesn't appreciate Clappy, I'll be more than happy to supply you with my address. (grin)