I chose to knit the Feather and Fan short scarf because I was looking for a pretty scarf to knit. But when I read the pattern, I discovered it was also a very simple lace knit.
This scarf is simply Feather and Fan stitch, which is an old Shetland lace stitch also known as Old Shale. Old Shale (sometimes also called shell stitch – how many names does it want?) consists of equal decreases grouped together and equal increases grouped together. The pattern was originally named Old Shale because it was thought to resemble the print the waves leave the on shale sands.
Apparently, in Shetland, it used to be said that no two families knitted the pattern the same. The Feather and Fan short scarf pattern is a four row repeat; the pattern row repeating groups of six k2tog and six yo, K1: the other three rows are purl, knit, purl. It is therefore a very simple lace pattern, suitable for those taking their first steps in lace knitting.
For my scarf I used one 50g ball of Blacker Yarns bluefaced Leicester laceweight.
The resulting scarf is 39inches long x 12 inches wide.
Its simple structure made it great to knit when I had an odd 2o minutes to knit up four quick rows – always stopping before a pattern row so, although I attached a row counter, I didn’t use it. I barely felt as if I was knitting it and it seemed to be finished very quickly.
However I think my lace would have been neater and more even, if I’d knitted it in larger chunks of time that allowed me to build up a more relaxed even knitting rhythm. So I’ve learnt a lesson there about cramming in stitches for NaKnitMo!
I certainly can’t think of a simpler way to make a gorgeous lace scarf and definitely recommend it to anyone knitting lace for the first time.
Apologies for the constant colour changing. Not only is this a difficult colour to capture, it was so dank and dark when I took the final photos yesterday, there was no good light to be had. The second photo down is most true to colour.
Hope your final Christmas makes are going well.