knit/lab/feather & fan crescent

A light and airy crescent designed to make the most of one skein of Ellie and Ada sock yarn.

The traditional feather & fan lace pattern is tailored to gradually increase the stitch count and to create areas of plain knitting between the the tips of the feathers.


The pattern is entirely written out and comes in three sizes - small, medium and large - all three sizes share the feather & fan rows and there is a choice of options for the lower borders depending on yarn quantity.

The lower borders have plain knitting, ribbing and simple lace stitches. The medium and large sizes have options for beading - the pattern includes a phototutorial for adding beads with a crochet hook.

The pdf also includes instructions for adding extra feather & fan rows, if desired.


This is a good project for using up various colors of leftover sock yarn or yarn of similar weight, as the waves of the feather & fan pattern are enhanced by color changes - there's also a phototutorial for splicing yarn ends.




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Medium version (main image, top)

Knit on 5mm/US8 needles with 1 skein, 421m/460yds of Ellie and Ada Sock yarn in turquoise

Finished dimensions after blocking: approximately 23.5in/60cm x 52in/132cm

48 metallic gold glass beads are added with a crochet hook to the lower border



Small version (below)

Knit on 5mm/US8 needles with 1 skein, 384m/420yds of Malabrigo Mechita, colorway Ninfas

Finished dimensions: approximately 20in/51cm x 60in/152cm

Thanks to pinkpetals for knitting the sample!

Large version (below)

Knit on 5mm/US8 needles with approximately 1.5 balls, 630m/690yds Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball, colorway Blackberry

Finished dimensions: approximately 30in/76cm x 70in/177cm

There's an option to add 31 or 62 beads to the pointed border

Thanks again to pinkpetals for knitting the sample!!

Below: prototypes knit in Ellie and Ada sock yarn in purple, and Coolree merino/silk in blue