A Tranquil Storm of Linen

February 21, 2014

Ah! The linen Clapotis is finished and what a delightful journey it has been.

IMG_1799It has been my summer companion at the children’s swimming lessons, camping, long drives, school and kinder pickups.  I finished it a couple of weeks ago but I had to wait for the smoke haze from all the bushfires to clear. A little rain, and the sky turned blue again. Perfect.

IMG_1785Clapotis by Kate Gilbert is one of those superstar patterns with 21,157 Ravelry projects logged since it was first published in in 2004. This one truly deserves its popularity. It is spare and elegant but not basic.  By tilting the simple drop stitch pattern, Gilbert infuses the fabric with dynamism and energy.

IMG_1782I really enjoyed the cleverness of the stitch pattern itself where twisted stitches sandwich the dropped stitch firmly in place.

IMG_1805The Shibui linen was everything that Sharron at Woolarium said it would be.  It is lustrous and drapes beautifully. I never got tired of the graphite colouring.

IMG_1793I blocked it really hard and although it dried stiffly, as soon as I wore it, it became as fluid as the sea.  It will always be my Thousand Yards of Sea which seems to have got knitted in while I was listening to the story.

Yards of Sea Clapotis

Needles: 5mm

Yarn: Shibui Linen in Graphite

Dimensions: 34cm x 180cm (13 1/2″ x 71″)


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  1. Beautiful photos!
    I like that idea of dropping a stitch or leaving something out, in order to create an entirely different thing. Cool!

  2. That is truly lovely! I like how you showcased the anchoring of the dropped stitch with the twisted stitch. SOOOOOOO, maybe I will get this pattern. I do have some fine linen on cones but I need another 24 hours in each day!!!
    Wear it with pride and panache!

  3. Oh, lovely! Isn’t linen amazing? I love the fluidity after blocking. I blocked my linen knit by hand, feeling the transformation as I squished it in the sink. Wonderful. Your Clapotis is gorgeous! (I still haven’t knit one yet…)

  4. This is STUNNING. I had a look on Ravelry, and can’t believe that you’re the only person to use this yarn for this project. It’s perfect for summer knitting.

    Thanks so much for your inspiring comment on my blog! I have enough Shibui linen in my stash, and haven’t knit a Clapotis in far too long. I’ll be casting on today.

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