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Updated on August 11, 2012

What Is a Clapotis anyway?

Clapotis is a wildly popular pattern published in the Fall, 2004, issue of Knitty. When I started this lens back in 2006, I had just started my first Clapotis. I have since made two more and have to restrain myself from casting on for another--something about this pattern is irresistible.

If you are a member of Ravelry, there are more than 16,000 Clapotis projects listed. Browse the list for some great yarn ideas. (login required)

In case you've wondered, the correct pronunciation is "Clap-o-tee".

According to Merriam-Webster, clapotis is defined as a standing wave pattern caused by water lapping against a barrier.

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      5 years ago

      I had never heard of it. Very pretty.

    • Soapmarked profile image


      6 years ago from TX

      I'm on my third! My first one is out of Noro silk garden and it just keeps getting softer and nicer with age.

    • Lemming13 profile image


      7 years ago

      You live and learn - I've been needlecrafting 30 plus years and never heard of it before. Cool.

    • grandma deal profile image

      grandma deal 

      7 years ago

      I had to check out this lens when I saw the title. Clapotis - You have enlarged my vocabulary. It's a pretty pattern.

    • grandma deal profile image

      grandma deal 

      7 years ago

      I had to check out this lens when I saw the title. Clapotis - You have enlarged my vocabulary. It's a pretty pattern.

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      I have not even heard of this. I enjoyed learning. Nice photos. this lens is blessed by this squid angel.

    • Kstewart22 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @GonnaFly: It is hard to find time for a lot of hobbies!

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      7 years ago from Australia

      I haven't knitted that much in the last few years - just a few teddies. My time seems taken up with other projects.

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      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This pattern looks quite sharp as a garment.

    • Kstewart22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @juliannegentile: Thanks! and yes, Ravelry is great

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      Julianne Gentile 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      It looks wonderful. Don't you just love Ravelry?


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