|Row 3, 1st half of repeat.
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|Row 3 completed.
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Easy Knitting Tutorial: Feather & Fan Stitch
The Feather & Fan stitch, found in many popular stitch dictionaries is an easy pattern that you can apply to your garments as a decorative edging. You can also use it as an all-over pattern for a wrap, or an afghan. You can also see the use of this popular stitch pattern in my one-skein Sassy Scarflette.
This pattern stitch can often be confusing because of the series of decreases and yarn overs. In reality, this is one of the easiest stitch patterns out there, and in my tutorial, I’ll show you step-by-step how to work this fun pattern.
The pattern stitch consists of 4 rows and a multiple of 18 stitches, plus 2. It’s best to work the multiple at least twice across in order to get the “wave” effect. You can also work the multiple several more times for a wrap or an afghan. In our example, we’ll cast on 38 stitches.
Feather & Fan Pattern:
Row 1: (RS) Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K1, *k2tog 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, k2tog 3 times, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 4: Knit.
After you’ve worked the first two rows, you’ll see that Row 3 consists of a series of decreases and yarn overs, which gives you the “wave” effect as illustrated in the two examples below. You lose stitches when you knit 2 stitches together, but then you gain them back after working the yarn overs.
Row 3 is where things get a little tricky because of the series of decreases and yarn overs. As you can see in the example below, you start off by knitting 1 stitch, then you knit 2 stitches together 3 times, then the section: [yo, k1] 6 times, which results in 6 new stitches. You should now have a total of 16 stitches resting on your needle.
The example below represents Row 3 completed. You should have maintained 38 stitches, which is the same number of stitches that we started with.
Question: How did we maintain the same number of stitches?
Answer: It all boils down to simple math.
On this row, we lost a total of 12 stitches by working a series of decreases, (3 on each side, and 6 in the center) and then gained them back when we worked the yarn over sections. (6 on each side of the repeat, resulting in 12 new stitches) Viola, 38 stitches!
Tip: If you’re working this repeat several times over for an afghan or a shawl, stitch markers would be very helpful. You can place them every 18 stitches, but remember that you’ll have one extra knit stitch at the beginning of the row and one at the end in order to even out the repeat.
I hope you found this tutorial useful, and if you have any suggestions for future tutorials, I look forward to your feedback!