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Firstly, this gorgeous Feather and Fan Stitch Pattern is also known as the Old Shale Pattern.
In fact, it is probably the most popular openwork pattern around. It originated in Shetland and is often used in their famous lace shawls.
It is hard to believe that this gorgeous lace pattern is just knitted over 4 rows.
There are dozens of different variations of this pattern. However, the basic principle always stays the same.
Whereas purl bands can be spaced differently or placed on another row, the pattern row is always the same. In fact, half is decreases grouped together and the other half is increases that are also grouped together.
So, you can use the Feather and Fan Stitch Pattern for many different types of knitting projects. It has a beautiful scalloped edge. This makes it perfect for finishing sleeves, necklines or hems.
In addition, you also see this delightful lace pattern used in blankets. Furthermore, it is a great stitch pattern to use for cowls.
Techniques Needed for the Feather and Fan Stitch Pattern
Abbreviation Description Tutorial
k knit Knit Stitch Continental Style
Knit Stitch English Style
p purl Purl Stitch Continental Style
Purl Stitch English Style
sl slip Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise
yo yarnover Open Yarnover Increase
k2tog knitting 2 stitches Basic Right-Slanting Decrease
ssk slip one, slip one Basic Left-Slanting Decrease
knit 2 together
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
Multiple of 18 sts
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: * (K2 tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2 tog) 3 times; rep from *
Row 4: Knit
Repeat Rows 1-4 until you have reached desired length
If you love lace patterns, check out this other gorgeous lace pattern: English Mesh Lace Pattern