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Feather and Fan Stole


Feather and Fan Stole

Feather and Fan Stole.

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Lace-like Comfort:

Feather and Fan or Old Shale is not technically a lace pattern, but it teaches you a lot of what you need to know to master lace knitting and it has a lacy look thanks to the eyelets. But it's also got a lot more substance than a traditional lace knit project, meaning that a stole or scarf knit with the pattern will still keep you warm.

This Feather and Fan Stole uses three different colors of a bamboo blend yarn, making it colorful and a little lighter than the same project would be knit in wool. But any fiber you use will make lovely use of this stitch pattern.


  • 150 yards each of three different colors of a medium weight yarn of your choice (I used Bamboospun, a bamboo/polyamide blend distributed by Hobby Lobby, in Olive, Denim and Sea Blue)
  • one pair size8 US (5 mm) knitting needles
  • stitch holder or strand of smooth yarn
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle


27 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (about 5.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Feather and Fan. Gauge is not critical, but at this gauge you'll use almost every yard of yarn, so you made need extra if your gauge is bigger.


Finished stole is 7 inches wide and 72 inches long.


  1. Decide the order in which you would like to use your colors. Cast on 38 stitches with the first color.
  2. Work in Feather and Fan pattern (see below) for 12 inches.
  3. Change to second color and continue in pattern for 12 inches.
  4. Change to third color and continue in pattern for 12 inches.
  5. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail to weave in, and slide the stitches onto a stitch holder or long piece of yarn threaded through the stitches and tied to secure.
  6. Make another piece the same way.
  7. Cut the yarn, leaving a rather long tail.
  8. Slide the held stitches back onto a knitting needle, ensuring that the stitches are placed so that your two sides can be placed wrong sides together to graft.
  9. Thread the yarn needle with the tail and graft the two sets of live stitches together.
  10. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Feather and Fan Stitch:

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Knit 1, *knit 2 together 3 times, (yarn over, knit 1) 6 times, knit 2 together 3 times. Repeat from * across, end knit 1.

Row 4: Knit.

Repeat these rows for pattern.

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