Knitting Exercize: Feather and Fan / Old Shale
We're not sure if this design is called "Old Shale",
for the wavy lines seen on shale rocks, or "Old Shell",
because it might resemble seashells. Another name for the design
is "Feather and Fan". There are numerous variations
on the design, but they all have a wavy design resulting from
the clustered increases and decreases. This pattern is often used
for borders on shawls, but can also be seen used by itself for
scarves, shawls, and baby blankets.
Feather and Fan is actually an easy design to knit. There are
just four rows to the pattern: two rows of knitting, one row of
increases/decreases, and one row of purling.
Cast on 58 stitches (three repeats of the pattern, plus 4 sts for border).
Knit 4 rows (garter stitch border).
Row 1 (RS - right side): Knit.
Row 2. (WS - wrong side): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: k2, *(k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times; rep
from *, k2.
Row 4. (WS): Knit.
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip, slip, knit
yo = yarn over: wrap yarn over needle, making a new stitch
rs = right side
ws = wrong side
For help with basic knitting stitches, see www.knittinghelp.com