Feather and fan is a classic for several reasons.
- Firstly, the stitch pattern gives you a lot of result for little work. Most variants of the pattern have action on every-other right side row -- i.e. every fourth row. That means three easy rows of knit all or purl all.
- The clustering of increases and decreases bends the fabric to create a wonderful wavy edge. If you are ever looking for a stash-buster, a scarf or afghan of striped feather and fan is a satisfying solution.
- The skill level is typically intermediate. It is a basic lace in that all the increase-decrease pairs are usually in the same row.
- Finally, it is a pattern that offers opportunity for variation -- throwing in a row of purls, trying different numbers of yarn-overs or decreases, working more or fewer plain rows, even putting the yarn-overs on one row and the decreases on a different row. (See Jan Eaton 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns Iola WI: KP Books 2006, for an amazing array of ripple and chevron patterns, both knit and crochet.)
Feather and fan from the knit side:
Here is feather and fan worked from the purl side. While this is fiddly in places, the decreases I am using will match the decreases I worked for the knit side version. Thus, your fabric will be reversible. Glee!