How to Feather and Fan Easily in Knitting

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How to Feather and Fan Easily in Knitting
The feather and fan stitch is a simple pattern repeat that works beautifully in any yarn or colour. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

The feather and fan stitch, or old shell stitch, is a simple pattern repeat popular in knit patterns for its simple yet complex look. It is a lace pattern that resembles an open hand-held fan or shell. Feather and fan creates a scalloped edge, which makes it a great stitch for edging garments or blankets. Choose your pattern and work a gauge swatch in the yarn to ensure proper sizing before beginning.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles

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  1. 1

    Cast on any multiple of 18 stitches, which are required to work the pattern properly.

  2. 2

    On the first row, knit all of the stitches. On the second row, purl all of the stitches.

  3. 3

    On row three, knit two stitches together three times. Pass the yarn over the needle, then knit one stitch and repeat six times. Knit two stitches together three times. Repeat to the end of the row for the desired number of pattern stitches. Knit row four.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps two and three for the desired length of the feather and fan pattern, ending after row four is completed on the pattern. Work the rest of the pattern as desired.

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