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How to Knit Feather and Fan Lace

Feather and fan (or Old Shale) knit lace creates an undulating line that’s great for borders, blankets, or wraps. You can find many feather-and-fan lace variations, but they all rely on a group of increases followed by a group of decreases to form the waves of the pattern.

The blue background shows off the pattern in feather and fan knit lace.
The blue background shows off the pattern in feather and fan knit lace.

This pattern is lovely in any sort of yarn, but if you use a yarn that shifts colors, or if you change yarns at every pattern repeat, you accentuate the rippled effect of the pattern.

Because the increasing and decreasing only happens every 4th row in this pattern, feather and fan gives you a chance to catch your breath between the lace rows, making it a good choice for beginners.

This version of feather and fan requires a multiple of 11 stitches:

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  • Row 1: Knit.

  • Row 2: Purl.

  • Row 3: *K2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2tog, repeat from * to end.

  • Row 4: Knit.

  • Repeat these 4 rows for the pattern.

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