Most of us are familiar with Feather and Fan, right? It is one of many related patterns of undulating bands, all built around increases and decreases alternately grouped together. I showed the basic Feather and Fan a few weeks ago:
This one is built on a sequence of 4 rows: Knit, Purl, Knit Pattern, Knit plain.
Below is a project I am using for time-filler at the moment:
and a close-up:
This one is also built on a 4 row sequence: Knit, Purl, Knit Pattern, Purl; so you are making a stockinette pattern without purl ridges on the front side, and you change colors after each 4 row repeat.
Instead of the [YO, K1] repeat for the open eyelets of Feather and Fan, you are doing [Kfb] into the same group of six stitches. This type of pattern is wonderful for things like baby blankets where you don’t want a lot of holes for infant fingers to become stuck.
Here are the charts for both of the variations shown above.
The red and blue sample is worked on a field of 3 repeats wide (3x18sts), plus a 5-stitch garter border, so the whole is 64 stitches side, and I am using 2 balls of Phydlbitz Sock yarn. You can take any dissimilar/mismatching sock yarns and create your own version, just changing yarns after each 4-row repeat. OR… collect all your sock yarn leftovers and randomly select some other color after each repeat. Using a weaving-as-you-go technique, you can readily hide the tails as you knit: weave in a new color as you finish purling Row 4, then weave in the old color tail as you knit Row 1 with the new color. Since I am alternating red and blue, I simply catch the non-working yarn into the work to carry it up the side and keep it ready when I need it.