A Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl

The Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl is a popular free pattern that’s been waiting for my attention for a few years now.

Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl Knitting PatternI love the feminine, homey stitch pattern that lends itself so well to stripes of coordinating colors and I’ve dreamed it into existence with so many different combinations!

Feather & Fan Shawl Knitting PatternThis large shawl came to be using a skein of handspun polworth wool that I blogged about here, along with 4 skeins of light green and one skein of a turquoise  llama/silk blend.

Feather & Fan Shawl Knitting PatternThey actually played together surprisingly well – combining into a medley of warm glowing tones – just waiting to wrap up a faraway friend in a surrogate hug.

Feather & Fan Shawl Knitting PatternWhen she draws her pretty new shawl around her shoulders, I hope it helps her to remember that although she travels alone, she’s held in others’ hearts.


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  1. Linda
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I have not made a shawl before starting at the center like this one does. do you just go back and fourth on the rows like you would a scarf?

    • Mom
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 5:22 am | Permalink

      Yes Linda – you go back and forth, increasing on each side of the center. Do give the very popular free pattern a try. It’s popular for a very good reason – easy and a beautiful result!

      • Linda
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 6:09 am | Permalink

        thanks so much!

  2. Posted September 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    So lovely <3

    • Mom
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words, Andrea! :-)

  3. Posted September 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I have always loved feather and fan, it goes with
    anything, baby stuff, ladies etc. It is easy too. It
    looks lovely on a shawl!!
    Cheers, Anita.

    • Mom
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 5:25 am | Permalink

      So true, Anita. It’s one of those classic stitch patterns. I even love it for cotton washcloths!

  4. Radwa ElShami
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    This shawl is impressive and the colors are mesmerizing. I am giving it a try with wool skeins, but I cannot do the math of the final count of stitches I will be working on. At 240 stitches currently, I am perhaps half way through. Does it increase beyond 300 to yield a full shawl for grownups?
    I am only concerned about the length of the needle; I doubt there will be enough room :( I am using a 5 steel needle, the longest I have around.
    Please advise.

    • Mom
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 8:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Radwa! Yes, it does increase as large as you want it to be by just continuing to follow the pattern. You may have to buy a longer circular needle if you think it’s going to outgrow the one you have. Sounds like you must have plenty of yarn to keep going! Hurray! :-)

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