ClapoKAL16 – Kickoff!

Are you guys excited?


Well, I will pretend as if there are hundreds of you all out there, just itching to get started on this. I seem pretty dang pathetic, otherwise.

Tomorrow starts the first KAL I’ve ever hosted. The pattern is the very popular Clapotis – a drop-stitch scarf knit on the bias, designed to hearken back to the great scarves French women wear nearly year-round. (And, yes, they really do – I’ve bought a scarf every time I’ve gone to French, mostly to attempt to fit in better.)

What You’ll Need

In case you’re one of the 100 people who’ve never knit it before, here are the pattern requirements for Clapotis:

  • 815 yards of Worsted weight – original pattern was in a single-ply wool
  • Needle size US 8 (or size needed to obtain gauge, not that it’s particularly important)
  • 18 (yes – 18!) stitch markers

The pattern, as written, winds up at a size of 21″ x 55″ which is rather wide but not quite as long as a typical scarf for the average women (usually about 65″).

Helpful Resources

Oh! Before we get started, here’s two great resources if you face issues with the construction or following the pattern:

  • Ravelry group about Clapotis – it’s been dormant for awhile but you’ll still find some excellent tips
  • Google Docs folder for an Excel and PDF tracker/cheat sheet version of the pattern (I’m going to use the PDF, as I did for my other version of this scarf)


My Version
I decided to use the rest of the gradient kit from Neighborhood Fiber Company. Isn’t it pretty? Plan is to start with the dark orange then proceed in order, ending with the lighter yellow. I have more yardage than called for, so I’m probably going to keep the width but make it longer. (I’ll share my plan for making sure I have enough for the last section in a later post.)

(Weird picture because today was our first day of mostly sunlight in, oh, two weeks, and I really wanted to get the photo out of the way so I could get out of the house and enjoy the sun.)

Getting Started

The scarf is done in three sections – increase section, straight section, and decrease section. You start with only two stitches then increase one stitch per row, at the end of the row. Make sure you read the helpful tip about when to twist stitches.

So, go on – get started! I won’t tell if you start before Midnight in your timezone. This is just for fun, afterall. If you decide to join me, tag your project/post/photo/whatever with #clapokal16.

Next week…my progress!

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