Within the knitting community there are definite sub-communities. Groups of us who knit certain projects, or repeatedly use certain techniques and patterns. Sock knitters, lace knitters, felting fanatics...and Those Who Have Knit the Clapotis. Since Kate Gilbert's Clapotis pattern came out in 2004, I'm going to guess that it has been knit tens of thousands of times in any yarn you can imagine. I didn't even try to resist the call.
My good friend Sean confirmed my guess that the Atacama alpaca I had in my stash would work well for this pattern, and he was so right. (All photos enlarge on click)
Needles: Knit Picks Options US 7 (4.5mm), 32" cable
73" long x 25.5" wide when slightly stretched
Auracania Atacama Alpaca - 100% Alpaca (110yds per 50g skein); Color #506
I love the length on this. I can have my ears, arms and most of my back covered all at once.
These photos show the Clapotis unblocked, and I think it will stay that way.
I used a row by row spreadsheet of the pattern to keep on track. I used the suggestion to purl the stitches that were to be dropped, which worked great, but I still used stitch markers all the way across -just in case.
Yarn Sources: 6 balls at Knit New York (January 2007); 4 balls from EBay (June 2007)
Silver & Wood Elephant Shawl Pin
Source: Stitches Midwest (I have misplaced the vendor's name)
There are a few other photos available in a slideshow here. As always, if you're planning to make one and I can help in any way, let me know. I've got the row by row instructions available for sharing.
Once again, a huge thank you to my wonderful hubby for not only taking photos of this project, but for going that extra step by complementing this project profusely and actually asking me if I was ready to have some pictures taken of it this morning. I'm a lucky lucky girl.