It’s summer, but you still want to knit. Here’s a great summer scarf pattern that is good for beginners. I’m serious! Even though it looks complicated, it’s not. Every knitter should know how to do Feather and Fan Lace.
So that you become a superstar at doing feather-and-fan lace, this is the first of four blog posts on how to do this pattern.
“The Palm Springs” Basic Feather And Fan Lace Scarf
Yarn: 400-600 yds (360-550 m) of any sport-weight summer yarn (cotton, linen, or silk, or a blend of any of those). Shown here: 2 skeins of Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk (83% cotton/17% silk) in “Berry Rich – TPS11”
Needles: US size 4-6 (3.5-4 mm) straight needles
Gauge: 20-22 sts/4 in (10 cm) in St st.
Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle
Finished Measurements: 7.5 inches (19 cm) wide x 8.5 feet (2.5 m) long or whatever length you prefer
The basic feather-and-fan lace pattern is a repeat of 18 stitches. This scarf consists of 3 repeats of the feather-and-fan lace pattern plus a 2-stitch garter-stitch border on either side to keep the edges clean.
CO 58 sts using the Chinese Waitress cast-on or any stretchy cast-on
Row 1: K
Row 2: K2, p to last 2 sts, end k2.
Scarf pattern (repeat for rest of scarf):
Row 1 (Lace row): K2, *k2tog 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, K2tog 3 times, repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2.
Row 2: K
Row 3: K
Row 4: K2, p to last 2 sts, end k2.
Repeat rows 1-4 until scarf is desired length (remember that the scarf will stretch at least 20% when you block it).
BO using a traditional bind-off over the k2togs and a stretchy bind-off over the YOs (coming this week – a video on how to do this).
Video: How To Do Basic Feather And Fan Lace
Tips on Feather and Fan from the video:
- Use pointy needles like my favorite Signature Needle Arts stiletto tips
- Knit 2 knit stitches on either side of the scarf for your garter-stitch border
- Spread out your stitches so you can count them easier
- Where the repeats come together you’ll have six K2togs in a row.
Coming up next: Choosing yarn for summer knitting projects
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