Once more, with feeling

Completed on 29 September 2007

The Clapotis pattern (or the "clap" as it is known) is such a fun knit, so I decided to make another one.

I'd had this pumpkin alpaca in my stash for quite a long time, so I thought I'd finally put it to good use.

I used an entire 400 grams for the clap. It is quite big and long----more of a shawl than a scarf.

I couldn't help myself and blocked the heck out of the clap. The final blocked clap is 16 inches wide by 9.5 feet long.

With the remaining 100 grams, I knitted a hat, using 16 inch Holz & Stein brand ebony wood circulars, 3.5mm. I cast on 144 sts provisionally, then k one round, then started the pattern on row 11.

This is the Shedir hat from Knitty, with the twisted sts.

This was an interesting and challenging knit. But, I don't think I'll make it again. A twisted st is basically a cable, but you only cable one st back.

For me, if you're going to go to the "trouble" of cabling, you might as well cable two back so as to get a nice beefy raised cable. These twisted sts below are fine, but a little wimpy for my taste.

I am nothing if not a blocker, and, once again, I couldn't help myself. I had to block this hat over a dinner plate. I much prefer the tam look to the ski hat look.

Knitting specs:

Blue Sky Alpaca yarn, 100% alpaca, sport weight, 500 grams total.

Total yarn cost for this project, including tam and clap, was US$60.

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