Clapochet

You know, I talk about The Animator's Wife a lot and our crocheting adventures together, but it's not often that I mention The Animator. It's not that he's any less interesting--it's just that I don't really do much with him other than sneaking sandwich meat from him in the kitchen or waking him in the middle of the night for a back rub. Oh yes, I've got him wrapped around my paw to the point he won't even yell at me for sleeping on the dining room table for fear of hurting my feelings. Even Osiris doesn't get that privilege! I guess I'm a bit of a "daddy's girl" that way. But I digress. The Animator is a good man, and if you'd like to know more about him, you can check out his new blog, Animation Caffeinated.

And now back to The Animator's Wife. I had mentioned back in December that she had been crocheting like a lunatic to finish her gifts for everyone. One good thing to come of that lunacy was the Charmed Wrist Warmers pattern. Another good thing is our new Clapochet pattern.

Have you ever seen Knitty's famous Clapotis pattern? If not, you're missing out. It's a lovely little number that can either be worn as a scarf or a shawl. It's knit on the diagonal with variegated yarn, so that it stripes in the opposite direction as the texture. The Animator's Wife has been longing for such a scarf, but lacking the skill to knit, has come up with a crochet version.
Clapoche 1
Our crochet Clapochet is also worked on the diagonal, with chain spaces peppered throughout to create a texture similar to the original Clapotis. If variegated yarn is used, it will stripe with the texture instead of against it, but the final result is just as versatile as the original in that it may be scrunched up and worn as a scarf or spread out and worn as a shawl. We hope you enjoy it!
Clapoche 3Clapoche 2
Finished Size:
18" wide x 72" long

Skill Level:
Easy.

Materials:
650 yd 4/worsted-weight yarn
Size J-10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook

Special Stitch 1: Tr cluster
YO twice, insert hook in first indicated st, pull up a loop, (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice, *YO twice and insert hook in next indicated st, pull up a loop, (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice; rep from * once. YO and pull through all loops on hook. Tr cluster complete. Counts as 1 tr.

Special Stitch 2: Tr mini cluster
YO twice, insert hook in first indicated st, pull up a loop, (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice, skip next indicated stitch, YO and insert hook in last indicated st, pull up a loop, (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO and pull through all loops on hook. Tr mini cluster complete. Counts as 1 tr.

UPDATE: For those of you who are into crochet charts, the Clapochet now has one here!

Ch 5 (first 4 ch count as 1 tr now and throughout).

Row 1. 6 tr in 5th ch from hook. 7 tr.

Row 2. Ch 5 (count as 1 tr and 1 ch); turn. Tr in first tr, *ch 1, skip next tr, tr in next tr; rep from * across to last 2 tr. Ch 1, skip next tr, (tr, ch 1, tr) in last tr. 6 tr.

Row 3. Ch 4; turn. 2 tr in first tr, tr in first ch-1 sp, *tr in next tr, tr in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to last tr, 3 tr in last tr. 15 tr.

Rows 4-13. Rep rows 2 & 3. 55 tr. Note: Each even-numbered row will increase by 4 tr from the previous even-numbered row, while each odd-numbered row will increase by 8 tr from the previous odd-numbered row.

*If a wider clapochet is desired, continue to repeat rows 2 & 3 until the desired width is acheived.

Row 14. Ch 3; turn. Skip first 2 tr, tr in next tr (beg ch 3 and first tr count as 1 tr), *ch 1, skip next tr, tr in next tr; rep from * across to last 2 tr. Ch 1, skip next tr, (tr, ch 1, tr) in last tr. 28 tr.

Row 15. Ch 4; turn. 2 tr in first tr, tr in first ch-1 sp, *tr in next tr, tr in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to last 2 tr. Tr cluster over next tr, last ch-1 sp, and last tr. 55 tr.

Rows 16-55. Rep rows 14 & 15.

*If a longer clapochet is desired, continue to repeat rwos 14 & 15 until the desired length is acheived.

Row 56. Ch 3; turn. Skip first 2 tr, tr in next tr, *ch 1, skip next tr, tr in next tr; rep from * across to last 4 tr. Ch 1, skip next tr, tr mini cluster over last 3 tr. 26 tr.

Rnd 57. Ch 3; turn. Skip first tr, dec 1 tr over next ch-1 sp and next tr, tr in ea ch-1 sp and tr across to last 2 tr, tr cluster over next tr, last ch-1 sp, and last tr. 47 tr.

Rows 58-69. Rep rows 56 & 57. 3 tr. Note: Each even-numbered row will decrease by 4 tr from the previous even-numbered row, while each odd-numbered row will decrease by 8 tr from the previous odd-numbered row.

*If the number of repeats of rows 2 & 3 was increased to make a wider clapochet, then continue to repeat rows 56 & 57 until 3 tr remain.

Row 70. Ch 3; turn. Dec 1 tr over last 2 tr. Finish off. Weave in all ends. 2 tr.

Abbreviations:
beg beginning
ch chain
dec decrease
ea each
mm millimeter
rem remaining
rep repeat
sc single crochet
sp space
st stitch
tr treble crochet
yd yard
YO yarn over