View Full Version : Think this yarn would work for a clapotis?

02-27-2006, 12:25 AM

I'm thinking about starting a clapotis for the Chemo Kids KAL. I was thinking this yarn would be super soft and machine washable and look really pretty knit up. So what do you experienced clapotis knitters think?

02-27-2006, 01:34 AM
There was about a month in between my 1st and 2nd clapotis. When I started my 2nd one, I forgot things that I figured out the first time around. :rollseyes: That said, I wouldn't consider myself an "experienced" clapotis knitter. But, I DO think that yarn is gorgeous! I think it would knit into a beautiful clap. You should do it...and if you don't like it, you can always give it to me! ;)

02-27-2006, 02:10 AM
It's very pretty, but it does say dry clean for best results. :thinking:

02-27-2006, 08:30 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!!! It would make a gorgeous clapotis........and what a generous thing to make for the KAL. :cheering:

02-28-2006, 03:28 AM
Er, um, what are clapotis?

02-28-2006, 08:30 AM
(Its a scarf/shawl pattern from Knitty)

THAT is BEAUTIFUL yarn! With that sheen and the color variations, you cant go wrong!

02-28-2006, 09:00 AM
:inlove: :inlove: It may say dry clean, but how often are you really going to need to clean the clapotis? It is beeeeeutiful!!

02-28-2006, 12:20 PM
I would love to see clapotis in that yarn...or anything else for that matter :)

02-28-2006, 02:11 PM
That would make great clapotis yarn!!

The colors are great too! I'm falling towards the green yarn(it's so beautiful!) :inlove:

03-01-2006, 02:08 AM
It is really gorgeous, isn't it!?! I can't wait to order some and actually feel it! :heart:

I'm not concerned about the washability of the yarn -- I have several articles of 100% viscose clothing that I machine wash on the gentle cycle all the time. Plus, as Ingrid mentioned, how often will a clapotis be washed, anyway?!?

I think I'm leaning towards the blues. If it were for me, I'd get the green, too, Jenelle, but I know not everyone is a green person. The blues seem more universal, to me.

I'll let you all know how it goes. :thumbsup:

03-01-2006, 02:18 PM
Darhain, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! I want some now. :oops: Oooo ... and to think I might actually get to FEEL it when you finish your Clapotis. http://static.flickr.com/32/56100942_f865eff6e7_o.gif

Funny you brought this topic up. I need to make a shawl, shrug, bolero or something for my DD's First Communion, and I am considering some silky-ish tape yarn w/ a very short fringe on the sides. I think I'm going to give it a try here later today & see what happens.

03-01-2006, 05:18 PM
:drooling: :drooling: :drooling: :heart: :heart: :heart:

05-07-2009, 02:46 PM
A few people have expressed interest in making a Clapotis out of a single (large) skein of sock yarn, so I thought I’d post some more details about my Clapotis as well as some tips based on my experience.

Here’s what I did:

1. I weighed my yarn before starting - it was 118 grams.
2. I chose US 5 (3.75 mm) needles, which was what my friend Peggy used and a size bigger than my last sockweight Clapotis (pictured here and detailed here). My gauge in the pattern before dropping any stitches was 25-26 stitches over 4 inches.
3. I started knitting according to the pattern. When I got to 6.5 increase repeats (99 stitches [edit: although I wrote down 99, the math doesn't work right - I think it must've been 95 stitches]) and had 96 g of yarn left, I stopped increasing (and worried that I should’ve stopped increasing earlier). I subtracted that 96 g from 118 g and kept this number (22) firmly in my head, as it was the amount I would need for the decrease section.
4. I moved on to the straight section, weighing the remaining yarn as frequently as I could. It fluctuated quite a bit, but I seemed to be using 5 to 7 g of yarn per repeat.
5. After 6.5 straight repeats, I knew I was halfway through the pattern if I kept the original number of straight repeats. I held it outstretched, trying to gauge how much additional length I’d have after dropping the stitches. I had no idea if it would end up long enough, but the knitting was so enjoyable that I knew I wouldn’t be too devestated if I had to frog and reknit it.
6. After 12 straight repeats, I had 30 g left - plenty for one additional straight increase followed by the decrease section. I still put in a lifeline - in case I ran out of yarn, I could easily go back to before the last straight repeat and start the decrease section there instead. And in case I had enough extra yarn for another repeat, I could also go back and add it in.
7. After the thirteenth straight repeat with 25 g left, I started to decrease.
8. I bound off with only 3 g of extra yarn - not enough for another repeat. I removed the lifeline and dropped all the stitches down.
9. It was a little on the short side, so before cutting the yarn end and weaving in the ends, I tried to estimate how much length blocking would give me by stretching it. It was hard to gauge, so I went ahead and blocked it by spritzing it with water and pinning it as long and wide as I could.
10. Once it was dry, I tried it on. At about 48 inches, it was long enough! It was also wide enough at 11 inches that it could function as a small stole around my shoulders. I cut the yarn end, wove in the ends, and did a full wet block.
11. I’ve been carrying it with me happily since. The weather cooperated long enough for me to wear it as a scarf on a couple evenings, but summer weather has hit Los Angeles so I think it’s switched its function to being a light stole instead.