Saturday, 5 September 2009

Shetland Cowl aka feather & fan

 this vintage inspired knit pattern includes my love of cowls & that of the shetland stitch pattern sometimes called feather & fan, or even ol' shale.

the Shetland Cowl
aka the feather & fan cowl

you will need:
suggested wool weight: medium/10 ply
suggested 11US/8mm circular needles
1 tapestry needle
 (these are just suggestions, as this pattern is perfect for experimenting with & achieving many results)

CO 72 sts. onto circulars & place marker & knit in the round
Row1: Knit
Row2: Knit
Row3: *K2tog 3times, (YO, knit one ) six times, K2tog 3times*. Repeat across the row.
Row4:Purl (although it may seem odd to purl on circulars, you need to)
these four rows will make up your pattern, repeat row1-4 until you reach desired length,
& i always prefer to bind off on the last row of the pattern
now just seam & block if you prefer

edited to add: i am sorry, at the time i shared this pattern, i hadn't realized how many people might enjoy it, so i am sorry i was not more prepared with finished measurements, or gauge, but i hope you will have some fun with it.

ALSO, here is the basic shetland pattern (for straight needles & for the long scarf), its is such a pretty lacy pattern, that achieves wonderful scalloped edges

the basic feather & fan stitch (now you can experiment & use this stitch in many projects)
CO 18 sts. (on straight needles)
row 1: knit
row 2: purl
row 3: *k2tog 3times, (YO, knit one ) six times, k2tog 3times* repeat across the row
row 4: knit

for the feather & fan scarf (pictured below)
CO 36 sts. onto straight needles (11US/8mm)
row 1: knit
row 2: purl
row 3: *k2tog 3times, (YO, knit one ) six times, k2tog 3times* repeat across the row
row 4: knit
repeat rows 1-4 to make up pattern
also, why not try adding a border of garter or seed stitch


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I love all the stuff in your etsy shop and I think perhaps a beret would compliment any of these patterns very nicely.

  2. Those scarfs are really nice! I love the colour!
    Unfortunatly I don't know how to knit, but I definetly apreciate it.

  3. I love your hat so much! Its adorable.

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