New Pattern: Clafouti

Clafouti, published in Knitty, Spring + Summer 2018. 

Knitty is celebrating their 15 year anniversary–an amazing number for a digital publication. To celebrate, Knitty asked designers to create new designs taking inspiration from their past issues. 

A long time ago, while looking around online for some help with a knitting pattern, I stumbled upon Knitty. This was the dark ages of the Internet for knitting, before Ravelry or YouTube or even Facebook. Through Knitty I found the instruction I was looking for and so much more. At that time there was the Knitty Coffeeshop, which became my first online community — there were so many members, it was so informational, and so much fun.

Every season there was (and still is!) a new Knitty issue with many wonderful new patterns. Most especially, there was Clapotis by Kate Gilbert. One of the most famous Knitty patterns, for a long time it was the design with the most projects on Ravelry—and still is in the top 5. I’ve never tired of the delight of knitting on the bias and dropping stitches to watch them run. Clafoutis (a delicious baked cherry dessert) has been inspired by, and borrows from, Clapotis. Meant to be a light layer that looks great over a tank top or a long sleeve shirt. Created with a hand painted yarn, like the original. Clafoutis is a swingy, easy layer, knit top down, with panels of Clapotis worked separately and attached in place.

So happy fifteenth, Knitty! My how you’ve grown. Here’s to many more issues of beauty, humor and inspiration. Congratulations.

Modeled by the lovely and talented, Emily Langtiw. Check out her cheery and insightful blog at

For women’s garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X]
Shown in size XS with 0 inches/0 cm of positive ease

Chest/Bust: 34[36, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66] inches/ 86.5[91.5, 96.5, 107, 117, 127, 137.5, 147.5, 157.5, 168] cm
Length: 21.25[21.75, 22.25, 23.5, 24.7, 26, 27.25, 28.5, 29.75, 31] inches/ 54[55.5, 56.5, 60, 63, 66, 69.5, 72.5, 76, 79] cm

Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Drama [100% Linen; 270 yds per 100 g skein]; color: Lipstick; 3[4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6] skeins

1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32 to 40 inches/80 to 100 cm long
1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 16 inches/40 cm long

24 sts/32 rows/rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Link to free pattern

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