30 July 2008
Festival of Feather and Fan
I hadn't knit the feather and fan stitch for years. Associating its old fashioned pattern with all the baby matinée jackets (please note new accent skills thanks to Pav) that we received from various great aunts when first with child, I hadn't given it much thought for grown up garments.
But when a certain fish commissioned a scarf from my 'Ocean Jewels' hand dyed mohair wool yarn, I knew the gentle undulating waves of the feather and fan stitch would be perfect.
Fit for a mermaid.
I hope she likes it.
That final shot is post blocking, while the first two were taken before it was blocked. I wanted to have evidence of the difference it made, and I do think it's helped define the stitch pattern, despite what was a very gentle blocking. The fish can manipulate the width and laciness to her heart's content the first time she washes it if she is after a more open, lacier effect.
Then because I was on a roll, I whipped up a traditional feather and fan baby hat, in non-traditional lavender blue.
The pattern is from an ancient, fragile black and white Paton's pattern I found in the op shop, but if you're keen to make one yourself there are similar patterns here and here.