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How to Knit The Feather and Fan Lace Stitch

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The feather and fan lace stitch is a standard lace pattern and creates the illusion of alternating waves. It is a good pattern to use when designing scarfs, shawls, and hats.

Also known as: Old Shale

Skill: Intermediate

Cast On: Multiples of 24

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:

Knit – k

Purl – p

Yarn Over – yo

Knit Two Together – k2tog


Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: *(k2tog) 4 times, (yo, k1) 8 times, (k2tog) 4 times; rep from * to end.

Row 4: Purl.

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Feather and Fan Lace Stitch

Example of the Feather and Fan Lace Stitch



  1. sewsassy1

    February 19, 2011

    I can't believe how crystal clear the video and instructions are. I watched it once and then grabbed a ball of yarnd and my needles. I knit right along and wonder why I have not taken the time to do more feather and fan. This will be on my must see for students learning to knit. Thanks

  2. Johnny Vasquez

    February 19, 2011

    I'm glad you are enjoying the videos!

  3. Patricia

    February 20, 2011

    Love your videos..and love the gypsy jazz playing in the videos!

  4. Johnny Vasquez

    February 20, 2011

    Thank you! The music kind of reminds me of the cantina scene in Star Wars.

  5. Cindy Ball

    February 26, 2011

    I am puzzled: does the picture of the feather and fan lace stitch only have 24 stitches casted on? I am struggling, shouldn't row 3 read only: (k2tog) 4 times, (yo, k1) 8 times: repeat to end….because that would be up down then repeating but what I am seeing is up down up and up down up and up down up… that is not making any sense to me. As it reads (k2tog) 4 times, (yo, K1) 8 times, (k2tog) 4 times. Please be kind I am truely a beginner.

  6. Johnny Vasquez

    February 26, 2011

    The photo shows two repeats so you can see how the pattern progresses across the row.


    January 6, 2013

    Lovely pattern. Making a scarf right now with a variegated yarn (monet colors).
    Enjoying the simplicity of the pattern repeat while getting a nice lacey look.