Clapo-Ktus: An Experiment

I’ve never been a shawl knitter. I don’t enjoy charts as they don’t make sense in my brain. And honestly I’m a bit sporty in my attire and shawls just didn’t fit my esthetic. But I’ve recently changed employment. It was a good career move and got me out of an unhealthy emotional environment. But I’ll leave that part at that. My new building is an ice box with A/C and I hear the heat is wimpy on the flip side. I’m going to need some business casual options for keeping warm (and possibly a space heater)!

I have a pretty skein of Cascade Heritage Silk in a lovely blue. It’s a merino silk blend and just gorgeous. Here is a terribly lit picture of my skein after Jellybean went to bed.

I’ve decided to to knit a Clapo-Ktus by Loredana Gianferri. It’s a cross between a clapotis and a baktus. It’s a free download and designed to use every bit of your skein. The pattern is written and it should be easy to memorize.

I’ve printed and read the pattern 15 times. It took me a bit to wrap my head around how it worked but I think I have it now. And I’ve hand wound my yarn and pulled needles. This is worked on size 6s. I’m not going to swatch per se, I’m just going to go with the flow as “fit” isn’t a huge thing with a scarf/shawl. Those could be famous last words….

Wish me luck!

13 thoughts on “Clapo-Ktus: An Experiment

  1. Have fun! I adore knitting and wearing shawls. I have always found myself working in historic buildings which are either freezing cold or boiling hot depending on what room you’re in, so with a shawl you can bundle up or cool down as necessary. Added bonus–non-knitting coworkers are always so impressed by accessories you made yourself!

  2. I knitted a shawl for the first time a year ago and I continue to make them. They’re as fun to knit as socks, I think you’ll discover.

  3. I’ve knit each of those separately (clapotis and baktus) and liked them both. Both were gifts, but I liked the knitting process for each. I’ll be interested to follow your progress on this combined pattern. There is something scary and exciting (“and though scary is exciting, nice is different than good” – Into the Woods) about dropping those stitches!

  4. Don’t be “afraid” if you don’t understand all of the instructions at once. It’s important to read everything to avoid nasty surprises but I think it’s best to start and most things are clear when you are at that point in your knitting even if the instructions wasn’t at first. Good luck and have fun πŸ™‚

  5. All the best. I know you will knit the perfect shawl. I knitted my daughter a little wrap to keep in her office over her chair for the cold AC days. It seems to work. πŸ™‚
    Love your yarn, it is such a vibrant blue.

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