Clapotis 1

Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Mystical Creation Yarns Sport Silk Merino in "Hummingbird"
Needles: US 6 circulars
Started: 6/28/2005
Completed: 7/19/2005
Recipient: Undecided

Notes: Yes, people, for you I put on pants to take these photos. Hospital pants, true, but pants. I'm home sick from work today (as you can tell from the unruly bed head, the pajamas, the pallor), but I couldn't pass up the daylight to post photos of Le Clap.

So here's Le Clap Fini! There's not much to say about this pattern that hasn't been said, so I'll try to share anything that struck me along the way that I wasn't prepared for.

First, the finished product is indeed lovely. Useful, versatile... although my Clap is actually nearly the size of the one made with worsted-weight yarn, if I were to make this again I might actually go slightly wider and longer. It's very wide stretched out, but when you actually wear it the drop stitches kind of collapse to make it narrower in use.

As a scarf, it's perfecto. Soft, cushy, and mildly Frenchifying, as Kate promised. I like it the "wrong" way out, as it's pictured in Knitty... comme ca:

Clapotis 2

My main beef is with the colorway, not the pattern. You see, there's a saga about this yarn. Not only was this not my first choice of colors, but it isn't even remotely the same as the color from the photo on the website from which I ordered it. But c'est la vie. I have someone else in mind who would adore this color, and I will be mulling over whether I can give it up.

Second, I was not prepared for how tedious I would find this pattern. My friend Sue has been working on hers in SW Trading Company Oasis for what seems like 4-evah, and now I know why. If Penelope really wanted to keep her suitors away, she should have worked on this pattern instead of whatever she actually did.

Third, if you're going to order yarn from Mystical Creation for this pattern, buy the sport silk, not the DK or worsted weights! Also, caveat emptor with regard to colorways - what you see on the website is not what you will get, and sometimes the colors that are actually described to you are not what you'll get either. (read: "sage" = turquoise?!?!). The price is right, though - you're getting about the same quality as the Lorna's and the same softness for $47, with yarn left over.

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Posted by jess at July 21, 2005 6:59 PM

"If Penelope really wanted to keep her suitors away, she should have worked on this pattern instead of whatever she actually did."

LOL! Gosh I've not heard the Clap described as a work of Penelope before! It is lovely. I will knit Clap again once I find some yarn that captures my attention. I don't have the wonderful array of stores that you do. Lucky you! Again, beautiful!

Posted by: la chica alta at July 21, 2005 7:08 PM

That is gorgeous!! I actually printed the pattern out today - that's a step. The tediousness of it does terrify me greatly though. I'd hate for mine to end up a half-finished thing, too lazy to frog it and too bored to go on. Is it really that bad??

Posted by: peggy at July 21, 2005 8:20 PM

I like the colors and think you carry off Clapotis perfectly. Why no DK or Worsted from them?

Posted by: Lauren at July 21, 2005 8:25 PM

Peggy: No, it's not so bad, but it is the kind of pattern where you might just want to resolve to do one or two repeats a day, and stick to it. I think it involves a bit of discipline. I worked on it a little every day on the subway, and finished in about a month. I just prefer to work on stuff with more shaping, I think.

Lauren: There isn't nearly enough yarn in the DK or worsted weights, unless you buy a whole "pound" of the yarn. I ordered a 1/2 lb., received only 7 ounces, and it became crystal clear at once that there would not be enough for a serviceably-sized Clap.

Posted by: Jess at July 21, 2005 8:36 PM

I love the colors. I haven't yet jumped on the clap-wagon. But I think I might soon. Hope you are feeling better.

Posted by: Kristin at July 21, 2005 8:45 PM

stunning clap, jess. and a great modeling job as well. you give those interweave knits model a run for their money.

btw, love your glasses! where did you get them?

Posted by: Sandra at July 21, 2005 9:06 PM

It looks fabulous on you! Sorry the colorway is quite what you were looking for, but from this side of the screen, it's stunning. Nice work...

Posted by: Suzanne at July 21, 2005 9:33 PM

merci, everyone! re: the color, thank you... if you can believe it, the yarn was supposed to be green, gold, and purple (if i recall correctly). not bad, just different.

sandra: as for my glasses, thanks! they're alain mikli:

i got them at a sample sale for like $70. my arm was mighty tired from patting myself on the back about that one.

and that's a nice compliment about interweave knits, but among all the wacky things i've seen the interweave models wearing, hospital pants are not among them. i think the secret is this: i cannot look straight at the camera without taking a super goofy photo (except on rare, rare occasions), so my model shots tend more toward "looking off into the distance, contemplating the street scene outside," just like Interweave. Everyone looks plaintive in Interweave, just everyone!

Posted by: Jess at July 21, 2005 10:40 PM

Wow, this is really beautiful! I'm not a knitter so I'll have to admire from afar :) I know they are not the colors you planned on but they look really terrific on you anyway!

Posted by: Cassi at July 21, 2005 11:01 PM

Your Clapotis looks lovely! I really like it as a shawl. Thanks for all the info about Mystical Creations too - if I knit one, I'll keep them in mind!

Posted by: Diana at July 22, 2005 10:08 AM

Don't you know that toussled hair is supposed to be sexy? That's an awesome model shot. Definitely competes with IK.... and I haven't seen a nicer photo of someone modeling their clap.

Posted by: Laura at July 22, 2005 10:58 AM

Regardless of disappointments, the colors are really beautiful on you. And the bed head DOES look more like model-ish curls, so all the better. It's a gorgeous piece!

Posted by: Sarah at July 22, 2005 12:24 PM

Clapotis looks great! I bought the Hummingbird colorway in the dk weight superwash from Mystical Creations. I do like the colors but they are different than what yours look like. Different fibers take dye differently so that's probably what explains it.

Posted by: jillz at July 22, 2005 3:05 PM

It looks absolutely fantastic, and I love the colourway. :)

I know what you mean though, about the pattern being tedious. I feel like I've been knitting on mine forever and I still have 2 repeats of the straight sections to do... Can't wait for this to be done.

Posted by: Iris at July 23, 2005 4:52 AM

Sooo beautiful and it looks so soft! I like the yarn and colorway and.... awww, such a nice clapotis! Makes me think of really chilly mornings in the fall when you can drink some coffee on the porch (if only I had one...) and wrap this comfy warming thing around your shoulders:-)

Posted by: Julia at August 5, 2005 7:28 AM

It's gorgeous. Is it done with sport silk or sport silk merino? (forgive my ignorance...i'm new to this and don't want to buy the wrong stuff...your clapotis is the nicest I've seen.)

Posted by: zoom! at October 21, 2005 4:45 PM

Would you be interested in selling your clapotis? I made one once and gave it away. It does take forever to make and I would rather buy one now.
Let me know!

Posted by: jean herbold at November 9, 2007 1:46 PM

You need to go to and read the 8000+ messages about what Mystical Creation Yarns has done to its clients.

Posted by: Nicole at April 16, 2008 10:28 PM
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