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Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


May 2006

Old Shale or Feather and Fan Lace Pattern

This is a very old pattern which I am sure many people will recognize and it is most handy to have in your pattern library. It works very well in a scarf, a throw or a sweater. Recently, I saw it in Interweave Knits magazine incorporated into a skirt and it was very effective. For this sample, I used 2ply kid silk (Fleece Artist) and the pattern is below. -Heather Tunnah

Cast on 40 sts (with this yarn I used 4.5mm needles)
Always knit the first 2 sts and the last 2 on every row.
Pattern given for the 36 sts between the 2 knit selvage sts.
Row 1 - knit
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - (k2tog) 3x, (yo K1) 6x, (k2tog) 6x, (yo K1) 6x, (k2tog) 3x
Row 4 - purl
Repeat these 4 rows until length desired.

Seaman's Scarf with the Feather and Fan Stitch. Yarn is Inca Gold Baby Alpaca, and pattern is available at the shop.