Feather & Fan Lace
Baby Blanket Exchange to crochet
I am a big fan of the feather & fan lace pattern. It's easy, beautiful & I use it based on the gauge of the yarn I'm using & what I want to make. Gauge should usually be 5 stitches to the inch or more.
Cast on a multiple of 18 stitches + whatever you want for a border, but at least 1 stitch on either end. Assuming 1 stitch at each end, work the following 4 rows until you reach desired length:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k1, * k2 tog 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, k2 tog 3 times * repeat from * to * until last stitch, k1
Row 4: knit
I have made baby blankets in this pattern with a garter stitch border, 8 rows top & bottom, and 4 stitches at each end. I have won an honorable mention at the State Fair of Texas for one of these blankets. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. email@example.com.
Note from Catherine. I normally use double knitting weight yarn, a size 6 needle, and cast on 208 stitches, which includes 5 on each end for the border. I am a loose knitter, and this comes out about 40" by 40".