Back in July my local yarn shop had a big sale and I bought an excessive amount of sock yarn for someone who doesn't knit socks. But it was all just so PRETTY and such a great price. I'm not the kind of knitter with a huge stash. I like to have projects lined up for my yarn and I like to move things through so that I can buy more yarn. I've got a few "too special to just knit any-old-thing" yarns, but these sock yarns didn't fall into that category, so I needed to find patterns that used just one skein of sock yarn. I searched online for patterns, but didn't really come up with anything. Then I thought of the old standby - Feather and Fan or Old Shale. There are a lot of Feather and Fan haters out there, but it's a great basic lace pattern which will teach the beginner some solid skills or for the more advanced (or lazy) it's an easy to memorize television watching project that turns out looking more complicated than it is. I think it looks best in variegated yarns and in the fine gauge of sock yarn I think it's very elegent. My finished scarf is about 6 feet long and about 6 inches wide and the colours and pattern together make me think of sun dappling through autumn leaves. In the photo it's wound around many times and what looks like pooling in the yarn is just shadows. I was lucky enough to find a charming model, although she was a little shy about posing. I don't claim to have invented this scarf pattern, I'm sure it's been done by generations of knitters before me, so we'll just call this a scarf recipe.
Feather and Fan Sock Yarn Scarf
You Need : one skein Fleece Artist Merino 2/6, or sock yarn of your choice.
: one pair straight needles, I used 3.25 mm.
Gauge: it's a scarf
Cast on 42 stitches
Knit 5 rows
From this point on the first and last 3 stitches of every row will be knit to form a border. The 36 stitches in the middle are your Feather and Fan. Feather and Fan is knit in multiples of 18, so if you would like your scarf to be wider and shorter you can add 18 stitches to this pattern and no less. You will still have your 3 stitch border on each side and your lace in the middle.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit 3, *[K2 tog] 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2 tog] 3 times, rep from * to last 3 stitches, Knit 3
Row 4: Knit
Continue these 4 rows until you're almost out of yarn. End with 5 knit rows, cast off, block and there's your scarf! Do take the time to block it. It will stop the curling, even out the stitches and just make it look so much better.