I just finished this Clapo-Ktus wrap and it came out beautifully! I was itching to work with some of the Handmaiden Flyss on our shelves, a Canadian hand-dyed blend of Silk and Linen, and I was looking for a one-skein project that wouldn’t take too long and would show off the textile – I think totally NAILED IT.
Clapo-Ktus (terrible name, but the pattern is free) is actually a combination of two popular patterns, the Clapotis scarf/wrap, which involves dropped stitches, and the Baktus scarf, which is knit from side to side. The dropped stitches are gorgeous and make great use of the yarn’s natural drape (linen and silk are both fibres that are ALL drape, and have zero body). The Baktus part of the design give it a triangular shape, and allows you to use exactly as much yarn as you have on hand (hence a one-skein project).
The Finished Product
I wasn’t initially sure the one skein would be enough, but as I dropped the stitches it expanded beautifully, and after blocking it was magnificent. If you are interested, I would definitely also recommend making a Clapotis with this yarn, it would be a stunner! I originally envisioned this project as a wrap for the spring and summer, and I think it will hold it’s own in this department, but when it was finished and I tried it on I actually ADORED wearing it as a spring scarf. The fabric isn’t heavy or dense, and the textile is soft but has just enough texture to make it interesting. The Handmaiden Flyss is definitely knit-worthy, I’d like to make a sweater with it next!
Just one caveat – I ended up with these weird open stitches on one side, where the dropped stitches were initially created (you can see them in the picture below with the hanger). I thought I followed the pattern, so I’m not sure what went wrong or how I ended up with this. With all the dropped stitches in the fabric I don’t think it’s a big deal or unsightly, but if you have any idea what I’ve done please leave a comment!
A client showed me this gorgeous, diaphinous top and I thought how great would it look knitted up with Handmaiden Flyss or Quince & Co Sparrow?! Both are sublime summer yarns; Flyss is a soft, summery blend of % silk and 35% linen, and comes with lots of yardage, and Sparrow is 100% organic linen. And since it knits up on 6mm/US10 needles it will go FAST!
Sea Vines is a pretty new pattern from Handmaiden yarn, made with their beautiful Handmaiden Flyss (ON SALE NOW). Flyss is a soft, summery blend of 65% silk and 35% linen, and comes with lots of yardage. Both linen and silk are fibres that tend to grow so there will be extra drape and ease in your garment. As always, make a swatch first and see what the textile can do for you. Want a tank rather than a dress, no problem, just make it shorter. Handmaiden Flyss is made in Canada.
My friend Reney brought this little number to my attention, and I’m super grateful she did because I think this tank is going to be a great addition to your summer wardrobe. It’s made with Handmaiden Flyss (ON SALE NOW), a soft, summery blend of 65% silk and 35% linen. Flyss also comes with lots of yardage, so if you’re an average size you’ll only need a couple skeins (if you’ve been blessed with a petite frame you only can get away with ONE). Both linen and silk are fibres that tend to grow so there will be extra drape and ease in your garment. As always, make a swatch first and see what the textile can do for you. Plus, Handmaiden is made in Canada.
Finished bust: 30 (34, 38¼, 42½, 46, 50, 53½)” or 76 (86, 97, 108, 117,127, 136) cm
To be worn with 0-5 cm/ 0-2” positive ease
Sample shown is in size 2 with approx 5 cm/ 2” positive ease on model
I love the simple lines of this summer top, and I love the clever REVERSIBLE design! That’s right, it;s a crew neck on one side and V-neck on the other! It’ll work up reasonably quickly on 4.5mm/US7 needles because it’s worked with 2 strands of yarn held together (a great opportunity to add a beautiful marl to your wardrobe). I think it would look stunning knit up with Handmaiden Flyss, a blend of silk and linen, or Quince & Co Sparrow, 100% organic linen. Linen is natually cool in warm weather, and makes a perfect summer garment. The pattern is unfortunately not a freebie, but I think sometimes it’s worth it to pay for something good.
36½ (40, 43½, 47, 50½, 54) inches
To fit actual chest circumference of 30–33 (34–37, 38–40, 41–44, 45–47, 48–51)”, with approximately 3-6 inches of ease.
I love the look of this loose summer top, it’s right up my knitterly alley. The shape and style are so simple, and there’s lots of ease built in for an easy, gentle fit. The stripes are cleverly made by holding 2 strands of the same yarn, and the designers have blogged the entire thing HERE.
S(M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Finished bust: 39(44, 48, 53, 57½, 62½)”
Both of these light summery yarns would work up beautifully for this project!