Feather and fan shawl

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My sister in law got married this summer, and I bought a new dress for this special occasion. It was a beautiful sleeveless blue and green silk dress with subtle Chinese embroideries. Of course, I needed an equally beautiful shawl to cover my shoulders. It was the perfect excuse to splurge on luxury yarn.

I spent at least one hour at Mouliné to decide which yarn would be the perfect one for this project. Finally, I elected Louisa Harding’s Impression (84% nylon, 16% mohair, color #04) because it perfectly matches the green details of my dress. Plus, I thought the shimmering bright-colored nylon paired well with the hazy neutral-colored mohair. And it was so soft. In short, it was irresistible.

I wanted a lacy shawl, but with an easy pattern I could remember and knit everywhere on the go. There were two months left before the wedding and in the meanwhile I was going to Scotland, so I knew I would have lots of time to knit in airports, trains and buses. To stay in the ambiance of Scotland, I chose a beautiful traditional pattern from the Shetlands : Feather and Fan.

Here are the instruction for feather and fan stitch pattern:

For a multiple of 12 stitches (My shawl has a pattern of 36 sts):

Row 1 : Knit

Row 2 : Purl

Row 3 : * (k2tog) 3 times, (k1 and YO) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times*. Repeat between ** to the end of the row.

Row 4 : Knit

Repeat these 4 rows until you have reached the desired length of the shawl.

I added a 3-stitches garter stitch border on each side to keep the edges neat. This pattern doesn’t tend to roll too much because it is well balanced, e.g. there are a similar number of knit and purl stitches on each side of the work.

As you can see, row 1 and 2 make a stockinette pattern (which is on the “right” side). Row 3 is the lace row where all the magic occurs. Row 4 is quite interesting because it is knit on the “wrong” side, which makes a purl row on the “right” side. This makes a contrasting texture that emphasize the waves in the pattern and balance the fabric (keeps it from rolling). Isn’t it wonderful?

I have good memories of knitting this shawl while drinking cider and listening to music in my small room in London. Nostalgia…