The Feather and Fan Lace Stitch

Example of the Feather and Fan Lace Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

The feather and fan stitch is a classic lace knitting pattern. It consists of equal amounts of yarn overs and decreases, creating a lace fan with alternating waves. This stitch can be created with many different variations, but it’s a great pattern for lace scarves, shawls, and even blankets.

Also known as: Old Shale

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

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Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 24 sts

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 24

  • 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 these 4 rows until you have reached your desired length.

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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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7 thoughts on “The Feather and Fan Lace Stitch

  1. sewsassy1 says:

    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. Cindy Ball says:

    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.

  3. OLIVIA says:

    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.

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