My favorite thing about feather and fan is what it does to the border. It starts out straight like any other piece of knitting, but the combination of yarn overs and K2TOGs create this marvelously undulating wave that has always been my favorite edging. It’s just so pretty.
I’ve done it on scarves and shawls, I don’t know why it’s never occurred to me to use it in a cowl. There’s something so delicate about a scalloped edge up there by your collarbone. It even looks pretty just spreading out from the circular needles like some yarn-y flower petals. I grin every time I look at it.
I’m frustrated that I can’t
quite capture the right color of this yarn—a deep teal. It’s as if the camera can only register it as green or blue but not the marvelous in-between color that it is.
The ingenious combination of feather-and-fan interspersed with a single smart cable gives this piece a terrific texture and just enough heft to hold up against your neck. With just a few stitch tricks like these, an impressive accessory (and lots of compliments) are surely in my future. Not to mention—because this is Chicago, after all, a lightweight garment that will offer a nice bit of warmth without being too bulky.
Sure, I’m only a couple of repeats into the pattern, but sometimes that’s all you need to know you’ve got a good thing going.