Fabulous Feather and Fan

There are so many fun and unique stitch patterns to explore in knitting. Feather and fan patterns are particularly intriguing because a natural wave is created in the fabric due of the placement of the increases and decreases. There are hundreds of variations on this classic stitch pattern, and it can be easily adapted to be incorporated into just about any knitting project.

Feather and Fan in Rows

Let’s take a look at working a feather and fan pattern in rows. For this particular variation, the stitch pattern is worked over a multiple of 17 stitches.

If you simply want to add this stitch pattern into a project, the instructions will look like this:

Worked over a multiple of 17 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): Knit all sts.

Row 2 (WS): Knit all sts.

Row 3: *K2tog 3 times, (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, ssk 3 times; rep from * to end.

Row 4: Purl all sts.

Rep Rows 1 – 4 for pattern.

But what about if you want to add a garter stitch border to each side edge? Adding this border will prevent the fabric from curling and will make it great for a feather and fan scarf or dishcloth. To add the garter stitch border, you’ll work over a multiple over 17 plus 4 stitches as follows:

Worked over a multiple of 17 plus 4 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): Knit all sts.

Row 2 (WS): Knit all sts.

Row 3: K2, *k2tog 3 times, (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, ssk 3 times; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 4: K2, purl to the last 2 sts, k2.

Rep Rows 1 – 4 for pattern.

For a dishcloth, try casting on 38 stitches. For a scarf, you could also cast on 38 stitches, or even try 55 stitches for a wider, cozy scarf.

Feather and Fan in the Round

Working feather and fan patterns in the round is just as easy as working them back and forth in rows. Once again, for this variation of feather and fan, you’ll need a multiple of 17 stitches.

Worked over a multiple of 17 stitches in the round.

Round 1: Knit all sts.

Round 2: Purl all sts.

Round 3: *K2tog 3 times, (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, ssk 3 times; rep from * to end.

Round 4: Knit all sts.

Rep Rounds 1 – 4 for pattern.

Feather and fan in the round is great for projects like cowls, hats, and sweaters. No matter how you choose to knit this stunning stitch pattern, you’re sure to have a project that will “wow” all your family and friends!

Abbreviations

k: knit
k2tog: knit two stitches together
p: purl
rep: repeat
RS: Right Side
ssk: slip a stitch as if to knit to right needle, slip a second stitch as if to knit to right needle, slip both stitches back to left needle and knit together through the back loops
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: Wrong Side
yo: yarn over

Related Videos: Working a Slip, Slip, Knit Stitch, Knitting Two Stitches Together, How to Work a Yarn Over

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16 Responses to “Fabulous Feather and Fan”
    • Mary Hoge
      Mary Hoge

      I want to do a fan and feather border on a shawl xwhere there is an increase at each edge of every row and on each side of the center stitch every right side row. How do I account for the increases in the pattern stitch?

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  1. Laureen
    Laureen

    Thank you ,I love you patterns ,I had forgotten how to do the lovely old pattern of feather and fan,my Grandma used to knit it ,and now I am 87 ,older than she was,i love knitting an crochet and have so muck I want to do in my life yet,,,,,,,,,THANK. YOU

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  2. Linda Eisenberg
    Linda Eisenberg

    How many stitches for a baby blanket using size 8 needles and worsted weight yarn?

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    • Customer Service
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      Hello Linda,
      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      Using the instructions for feather and fan for a multiple of 17 plus 4 (so that you have the nice garter stitch edges), I would cast on 106 stitches for a car seat size blanket or 157 stitches for a crib size blanket.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions
      Sincerely,
      Danesha
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  3. Diana Hirsch
    Diana Hirsch

    I believe the more accurate name for this stitch pattern is “Old Shale,” translated as “Old Shell.” Feather and Fan belongs to another stitch pattern, but this is a very common mistake.

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  4. Effie
    Effie

    There is a narrower version of this pattern for smaller projects. It uses two K2tog at beginning & end of each design repeat, then 3 YO-K plus one more YO. I use this on my homemade sock legs and it fits perfectly. Also looks nice on a scarf. If used in the round, all even rows are a plain knit row. I should have mentioned that the YO-K go in between the k2tog’s. Sorry for any confusion.

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  5. Samira
    Samira

    Le français est ma langue maternelle; j’apprécierais de recevoir ce patron en français.

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    • Customer Service
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      Bonjour Samira,
      Merci de nous contacter.

      Malheureusement, nous n’avons que du contenu en anglais.

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      Sincèrement,
      Danesha
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  6. Sigrid
    Sigrid

    When knitting a lace shawl, how tight should the yarn be on your needle? Thanks in advance.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Sigrid. Typically, when knitting a lace shawl, you’ll want the yarn to be loose on the needle. Every pattern is different, but for a fingering weight shawl, you might want a gauge of 4-5 stitches/inch. Typically fingering weight yarn is knit at 7-8 stitches/inch. You just want to have a fabric that has a nice drape to showcase the lace. You’ll be usually increasing the needle size for the yarn by 2-3 sizes (or more) to achieve a nice, loose fabric for your shawl.
      Jen
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  7. jessica fullerton
    jessica fullerton

    How to add this at the bottom of a sweater knitted from the top down?

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    • Customer Service
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      Hello Jessica,

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      Sincerely,
      Sarah
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