My search for Japanese Feathers

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
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I love Barbara Walker. Because of her (and of course Becky from Knitting Interrupted), I have this beautiful lace to look at:

Japanese Feather Stole from Knitting Interrupted

It’s the Japanese Feather Stole from knitspot, a blog that is starting to become one of my favourites. The stitch pattern is from Barbara Walker’s second treasury, and I have fallen head over heels in love with it. I love it so much that I went to Indigo yesterday trying to find the book so I could buy it just to discover the secret of this delightful 28-row repeat, but it wasn’t in. Not at the library, either. Sigh.

So I decided to do some detective work. I searched for Japanese Feathers and found two free patterns that were based on the Japanese Feathers stitch: Japanese Feather Socks, which I’d seen before and also drooled over, and the Wavy Feathers Wimple, which I’d seen before and… also drooled over. I believe there’s a pattern emerging.

I picked the socks from which to harvest the stitch pattern. I carefully went through all the directions and translated them into individual stitches using a bit of Find/Replace, and then I plopped them into my new best friend, the Chart Creator. And voilà:

Japanese Feathers Stitch Pattern

A round of applause for the internet, please…

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7 Comments to “My search for Japanese Feathers”

  1. Eve,

    I am knitting in this exact pattern right! I love it, itsn’t it beautiful. I have been going along slowly on it because I have been too busy to chart the lace pattern. So thanks for taking care of that for me. You’re the best.

    Comment by
    Duchess
    October 18, 2006 @ 4:28 pm
  2. ooooooooooooooooh thank you thank you I have been looking for a chart program!!
    This is just right!

    Comment by Denise
    October 18, 2006 @ 5:14 pm
  3. I’ve also been looking for this pattern on the internet till I found the pattern for socks. I think the idea with the chart is great, especially since I’m more used to using charts than having verbal instructions, but I think there might be a little flaw to it. The pattern is written for knitting in the round, therefore I assume that the odd rows have to be purled instead of being knitted if you want to achieve this stockinette lace look. I’ve been wondering for a while now why my knitting looks so weird. I checked the pattern instructions a couple of times till I realized that the Wavy Feathers Wimple is knitted in the round and I assume that the instructions for the Japanese Feather Socks are also for knitting in the round.

    Comment by Projektleiterin
    November 12, 2006 @ 3:16 pm
  4. Yes indeed, that’s how it works. I should have altered the legend to include instructions for modifying the purls and knits; I usually think of a chart as having the knits represent “k on RS, p on WS” and vice versa for the purls.

    Comment by Eve
    November 12, 2006 @ 3:26 pm
  5. Oh, maybe you are right. I’m actually not sure what the standard is, come to think of it, I’ve seen both. Also, most often they don’t chart the WS and you’re only informed that you have to purl them.

    Comment by Projektleiterin
    December 17, 2006 @ 12:27 pm
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