Fan stitch in crochet is one of the most decorative and beautiful of all. It’s based on shell stitch, but it’s more intricate and creates larger shells, which resemble fans or feathers. This technique is perfect for lacy designs such as light shawls, wraps, tablecloths or other delicate and airy crocheted goods. Classy Fan Stitch Shawls are exceptionally elegant and will compliment many outfits, both formal and informal. They will work great as light beach covers or summer dress companions. In other words – they will come in handy everywhere you need to cover your shoulders without getting hot and sweaty. The gauge is not important here, however the final look will differ a lot, depending on what type of yarn you will choose. The finer the yarn, the more flowy look you will achieve, so play with colors and decide for yourself! Check out the use of fan stitch in the examples below. Links to free patterns are under the pictures.
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Croissant Shawl Free Crochet Pattern
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Sweet Scallops Shawl Free Crochet Pattern
Big shells, or fans, if you prefer, create a lovely scalloped edge. You can use it in your blanket designs, too!
Go to the pattern: Sweet Scallops Shawl
Fantasm Free Crochet Pattern
Amazing flow of colors reminds me of sea breeze, and little fans look like shells caught in a web.
Go to the pattern: Fantasm
Small Fans Shawl Free Crochet Pattern
Fan stitch is perfect for triangular shawls! This one has beautiful detail at the center.
Go to the pattern: Small Fans Shawl
Fan Shawl Free Crochet Pattern
Simple fan stitch will work great in two colors, too. This project uses mint and pink for a candy-sweet design.
Go to the pattern: Fan Shawl
Lacy Feather and Fan Wrap Free Crochet Pattern
This wavy design uses amazing openwork to create light and flowy knitwear. It looks amazing!
Go to the pattern: Lacy Feather and Fan Wrap