Clapotis Question...


So, I'm making my first Clapotis. I didn't expect to make one. To be honest, while it looks great in the photo on Knitty, the way it is shown in the main photo looks a bit bulky, so I didn't think it was "for me." But then I kept running into it over and over again.

I saw that SequinK is making one in Noro Silk Garden. Then, following a link from Sharon at KnitKnacks, I ran headfirst into Kari's Thirteen Ways of Looking at Clapotis.

For the first time, Clapotis really caught my eye.

In her photo essay, I started visualizing it more as a shawl and less as a bunched-up-around-the-neck scarf. I was really seeing the wonderful dropped-stitch lines. I was captivated.

I started toying with Clapotis in my head.

Then Jodi at SavannaChic blogged about hers. She's using Over The Rainbow's 50/50 silk/merino in a really beautiful colorway.

The reality set in... I had to make one.

Realization dawned...

I could make one for the auction.

Lightbulbs went off...

Something in my stash could no doubt be put to use for Clapotis.

And, bingo, Clapotis went from being on my radar, something that just kept hitting the edges of my consciousness in other people's blogs, to something on my needles.

Indeed, we found yarns in the basement stash that are perfect for this. Back when we first started knitting, we bought several colorways of a yarn called Mouton Bleu. I made my first cardigan from it. It was Hearty by Kim Hargreaves from the Tweed Collection. I had to use the yarn doubled, and it's a huge cardigan, much too large for me now, sadly. But, it'll always be special to me, and when I was very pregnant with Spencer, I wore that cardigan numerous times to Matthew's music class because it offered some coverage when my belly was so big that all my maternity shirts were just a little too short and my maternity pants refused to stay up on my protruding belly!

I brought up a colorway of Mouton Bleu and got started. I love the pattern. It's fast, easy, and addictive.

Plus, the colorway is working up beautifully. I promise pictures in my next entry.

But, I have a question.

As I look ahead to how the stitches get dropped, I'm confused...

When I drop that stitch and go on, and then I later unravel it to the edge, what am I left with at that edge? Do I have to cut the yarn at the edge and then tuck ends? Probably this is all obvious, and once I get there will be painfully clear. But I'm having trouble visualizing what happens.

Can someone who has already dropped stitches clue me in? I'd really appreciate it!

(The one thing I hate is that for whatever reason, the word "Clapotis" sounds like some kind of disease you'd rather not talk about. Maybe it's just how I'm pronouncing it, but I wish for another name for it!)


When you do your set up and increase rows you do yo's which leave a hole, this is where your dropped stitch will unravel to, so you don't have to cut anything at all, it just stops unravelling at the bottom and there is still another stitch under it at the very edge!

My Clapotis is more like a shawl than a scarf as I made it from thicker yarn than the pattern called for. I can see myself using it more in summer than winter to be honest.

Happy knitting!


think Cla-poe-TEE, like cup -o- TEA. It means "waves lapping" or something like that, so visualize the dropped stitches as that, and it'll help. :)

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