Some say Old Shale and some say Feather and Fan. This beautiful stitch pattern has been called Feather and Fan by many and still is. In fact if you do a search for Feather and Fan online, more than likely you’ll find this stitch pattern.
But as I was preparing to build this page I started doing a little research as I often do. You see I noticed that there were a couple of names associated with the Old Shale stitch pattern and I really wanted to know which one to use.
Somehow the name Feather and Fan didn’t seem to fit this pattern. So I just had to check into it a little further and that led me to this very interesting post on Feather and Fan versus Old Shale by Elizabeth Lovick and I wanted to share it with you.
After reading Elizabeth’s post I felt it made much more sense to call this pattern Old Shale. It always reminded me of the ocean; waves and pretty sea shells. Even the word Shale sounds like Shells…..
So on to the knitting and making…
I bet you think this Old Shale pattern looks really difficult to knit right? I mean I sure would.
But guess what? Old Shale really isn’t hard to do at all. In fact this is one of those stitch patterns that looks really difficult when it really isn’t. It just has one pattern row, that’s it. The other rows are knit and purl. I like that.
If you are just beginning with lacy knitting this is a perfect lace stitch pattern to work with as well.
And if you knit up a baby blanket or a shawl with this lovely stitch, people are going to think you are a knitting superstar. And you will be!
Besides making blankets and shawls you can also use this pattern for scarves, fingerless mittens, hats and even skirts and dresses. Just look at the beautiful border that it creates all on its own.
Old Shale Pattern Details
YO – yarn over (Bring yarn to front of work)
K2tog – knit 2 together
Stitch Pattern Notes: Be very careful with the pattern row (3rd row) and go slowly so that you don’t miss a step. Do one thing at a time.
Old Shale Pattern Instructions
This stitch pattern is knit over a multiple of 18 stitches
If you’d like to knit up a swatch you can cast on 18, 36 or 54 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *K2tog 3 times, (yo knit 1) 6 times, k2tog 3 times, repeat from *
Row 4: Knit
These 4 rows complete the pattern.
Note: If you’re having difficulty with the 3rd row, here it is completely written out for you:
*K2tog, k2tog, k2tog, yo knit 1, yo knit 1, yo knit 1, yo knit 1, yo knit 1, yo knit 1, k2tog, k2tog, k2tog, repeat from *
I hope this helps. Enjoy this pretty stitch pattern!
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