Numerical Knitting

July 19, 2007

The tale of the Clapotis

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 12:12 pm

Once upon a time there was a knitter who liked to follow trends. She knitted whatever everyone else was knitting, but about a year behind. Sari Silk was a craze so she bought some, purely for stash enhancement. And then her SP9 gave her more. (Thanks Carol!) Hmmm… thought the knitter, now we might have enough to do something. This was, of course, BR (before Ravelry) so ideas weren’t easy to come by. Google searches, Flickr gazing, it brought up ideas, but not “the right thing.” And then, one day, it all became clear. Look to the trends! What did she discover, but Clapotis! There were even examples on Flickr and elsewhere. They looked great. But did she have enough yarn? She would do math and figure it all out, after all, our heroine is not only a knitter, she’s a math teacher. She crunched the numbers and figured out how much of the yarn she should use on the increases, how much on the straight part, and how much on the decreases. Work continued at lightning speed and then, near the end, trepidation set in. It was little, too wide and not long enough. Not to mention that clearly the calculating wasn’t quite right because the yarn was running out… She finished, but was disillusioned. It was folded away in a cabinet in hopes of divine intervention.

Fast forward to this week. I (I’m tired of writing in the third person) figured I would pull it out and see what my options were. I thought of frogging the whole thing, but the few stitches I had dropped made me think that was going to be more frustrating than fruitful. So I proceeded to drop all the stitches in hopes that that would provide enough growth to make something usable. Two episodes of Good Eats and one of Dirty Jobs later, I had all the stitches dropped and I laid out my 18″ x 28″ Clapotis. Hmmm, large place-mat? Short table runner? Artful couch throw? I decided to try stretching, can’t hurt right? So I soaked the whole thing then laid it out stretching as much as I could lengthwise. Some improvement, I got it to about 34″.

It’s been drying, so today I thought I would see what I could make of it. I wrapped it around my shoulders, not good, just not long enough to stay put. But then I realized, it could be a shrug. Now I know I have been saying all along that people with my figure should not wear shrugs (nor low rise pants, but that’s a whole other post) but I think this might work. I’m thinking snaps or buttons on the corners just enough to hold it on. I’ll take it to SLK tonight (if B lines up Bunny care) and see what the others think. And hopefully get a modeled shot!

In other knitting news, I have been kind of stalled on Bunny’s top-down raglan because I really wanted to do a tubular bind-off and was having trouble with all the directions I found. I was catching up on Grumperina’s posts and found this one where she refers to a tubular bind off in a book. I quickly hit the link for the book thinking about the Barnes and Noble gift card in my purse only to have it be this. So what you say? But you see, I got this book for my birthday from none other than the Unk of Funk. (B’s uncle and perhaps the only family member who reads this blog!!) Onward ho! I will go back to the raglan with renewed vigor!

And if I finish it, I can certainly start something new… and the Shedir is almost done… got to start looking at last year’s hot projects!!


  1. Oooh, a capelet sounds nice! Would that be scratchy though? That would be my only concern — I can’t remember exactly how that yarn felt. (BTW – what’s your name on Ravelry? I’m CarolB.)

    Comment by Carol — July 19, 2007 @ 2:20 pm |Reply

  2. Well then…I look forward to seeing your Jaywalkers!!

    Comment by JulieFrick — July 19, 2007 @ 2:46 pm |Reply

  3. This made me giggle a bit. I started to contemplate Clapotis this week, yup, a year or two behind the trend. I like to take my time.

    And even better, I’m sure I’ll be knitting it during Dirty Jobs and Good Eats đŸ˜‰

    Comment by Jen — July 19, 2007 @ 4:10 pm |Reply

  4. The dropped stitches of Clapotis make me leery of trying it. It just sounds like more trouble that it’s worth, to me. I hope yours works out, though!

    Comment by Nicole — July 19, 2007 @ 6:20 pm |Reply

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