Knitting Stitch: Feather and Fan Stitch

It makes all hand-knitted garments look original and intricate: the Feather and Fan Stitch gives a super fun result with little to no effort. In other words, a knitting evergreen 🌟

This design reminds of the peacock’s back feathers (here’s the explaination to its name) in such detail that it also reproduces their typical “eyes” on the tips. Each fan is made by alternating two stitch sequences: groups of yarn-over stitches and knit stitches, then groups of K2TOG (knit 2 stitches together) decreases. You could say that the two sections “undo” each other, since every increase (yarn-over stitch) pairs with a decrease (knit 2 stitches together). Even if you only have the knitting basics, you can give this easy stitch a go too.

Great for scarves, summer tops, t-shirts or bell-sleeve pullovers!

With the Feather and Fan Knitting Stitch you will get a pattern that reminds of the peacock's back feathers. For its high definition, it is a great stitch for twisted and thin yarns. To knit this stitch, knitting basics are required.

Feather and Fan Knitting Stitch

To get a swatch as the one pictured above:

What knitting techniques do you need to know?

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Yarn over
  • Decrease: knit 2 stitches together


Feather and Fan Stitch Tutorial

Cast on a multiple of 18+ 1 stitches.

Rows 1 and 2:

Work in Garter Stitch.

Row 3:
  • *Knit 1, (knit 2 together) 3 times, (yarn over, knit 1) 5 times, yarn over, (knit 2 together) 3 times*.
  • Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. End with knit 1.
Row 4:

Purl row.

Continue working repeating Rows 1 – 4.

Feather and Fan Stitch Chart

For the visual-learning knitters, here is the chart:

The Feather and Fan Knitting Stitch Chart is easy to follow: it develops on a multiple of 18 +1 stitches and a 4-row repetition. Suitable for beginner knitters who only mastered the knitting basics.

Feather and Fan Stitch Chart


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Bettaknit - Feather and Fan Stitch


Let us know in the comment section below what you’re going to knit using this stitch and share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #bettaknit!

If you like this stitch, check out our Estonian Starflower Stitch tutorial!