ClapotisThis is Clapotis, the most popular pattern ever from Knitty. And just to the left is Phoebe wondering if she dare lay on Clapotis. She dare not.
It's for good reason that Clapotis is such a favorite pattern among knitters. It's a fun and easy pattern (at an intermediate level, I'd say) that makes an extremely versatile shawl/wrap/sofa blanket that will be the envy of all your friends. No seriously, it will. Whenever I wear mine in public, I get compliments on it from strangers on the street. Even a gay male airline flight attendent expressed his admiration of it the last time I flew. And I think it only took me about two weeks to make it.
Another great thing about it is that you can use just about any medium weight yarn to make it. I chose Noro Silk Garden, one of my all-time faves. Clapotis is knit on the bias, and the fun thing about using a self-striping yarn like Silk Garden is that the striping will come out in the opposite direction of the diagonal which makes it look like it was a much harder knit than it actually was, thereby elevating the knitter into genius master craftsperson status. And let me tell you something, I'm not too proud to admit that I love posing as a genius.
Here's a close up.