The clapotis is done! Yay! It took only a couple weeks more than I wanted, but it’s finished, and it’s lovely. It even got a nice bath with shampoo and a lay down on a towel.

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Folded Clapotis Shawl

Clapotis Shawl From Above

Clapotis Full Length

  • Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert, free pattern on Knitty.
  • Yarn: KnitPick‘s Gossamer (100% Merino Wool, 2/16 NM, 440 yards / 50 grams per hank), two hanks in Rose Garden (dyelot: 60455).
  • Needles: 4.5 mm Bamboo Addi Circulars, 100 cm long.
  • Gauge: 25 stitches and 25 rows to 10 cm / 4 inches in stockinette stitch.
  • Size: 60 cm wide and 176 cm long (24 in wide, 70 in long)


  1. First of all, I always thought that the yarn used on the original pattern was too thick for my taste, so I chose a laceweight to make a lighter version.
  2. I also prefered using a looser gauge than the right for the yarn, so it’d be more airy. I wanted the clapotis to become more of a summer night / spring evening shawl.
  3. The math involved! I did 9 whole repeats of section 2 – increases (and of section 4 – decreases), and 16 repeats of section 3 – straight rows. How I got to this amount of repeats? I used 1/5 of my total yarn, that is, 20 grams, for sections 1 and 2, another fifth for sections 4 and 5, and the remaining 3/5 (60 grams) for section 3. Thanks to Suemoon for this tip.
  4. I slipped the first stitch of every row knitwise, instead of knitting or purling, as directed by the pattern.