Old Shale Stitch Pattern

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.

old shale


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 this stitch pattern and I really wanted to know which one to use. Somehow the name Feather and Fan never seemed to fit this pattern. So I just had to check into it a little further.

That led me to this very interesting post, 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 almost sounds like Shells.....

So on to the knitting and making...

I bet you think this looks really difficult to knit right?  I mean I sure would.

But guess what? It 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. 

Details for the Old Shale Pattern

Skills Required:



YO - yarn over (Bring yarn to front of work)

K2tog - knit 2 together

This pattern is knit over a multiple of 18 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.

Enjoy this pretty stitch pattern!

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