Nouvelle Vague by Kate Gilbert

Nouvelle Vague

October 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
650 - 700 yards (594 - 640 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

It’s 17 years later and I’m no longer in Paris, but I’m still wearing scarves all the time and missing French cafés and pastries. I’ve always wanted to make a variation on the original Clapotis, (clap-o-TEE, if you want a reminder of how to pronounce it) so when Amy asked if I’d be interested in doing a reboot, I was excited for the excuse to revisit it.

After trying curved and semi-circle versions, along with some other ideas along the way, I finally decided that making a simple shape with a pattern you could learn by heart was the most satisfying way to do it. So here’s an extended triangular version that you can use to play with fades and color possibilities. The La Bien Aimée yarn here was a dream to use, and the color fade was so satisfying to watch happen. Information is included below if you’d like to make your scarf wider and longer.

The name? Nouvelle Vague (“vague” is pronounced “vagg”, with a hard “g”) means new wave in French. Since the original Clapotis name means ripples, we thought it worked.