Crochet Basics: Fantail Stitch
Crochet is an art form, a passion, a therapy, whatever you want to call it, to me it is the most fun you can have with yarn. So, let’s continue to create yarn magic, one stitch at a time! Today’s stitch is the Fantail Stitch. Fantail is an easily recognized stitch based on a four-row repeat. The pattern is built by offsetting rows of small and large fanlike clusters, held together by a framework of chain. This stitch would work well in a variety of yarns. The patterning could be further emphasized by working rows two and four in one color or type of yarn and then rows three and five in another. When worked over large areas, the stitch has good drape and would make a lovely bedspread. Time to jump in and learn the Fantail Crochet Stitch.
I love all types of shell stitches, but when I came across the Fantail Shell Stitch, it just hit the nail on the right spot! The combination of a normal shell stitch with a V stitch elevates it to another level giving a stitch so beautiful, it blew my mind off!! The Fantail Shell stitch provides for a dual texture, one the shell stitch makes it solid and gives it the shape, and two the use of the V stitch creates a beautiful drop shape lace, that makes this stitch perfect for all the fall, spring projects.
● Ch – Chain
● Sc – Single crochet
● St(s) – Stitch(es)
● sk st(s) – skip stitch(es)
● Dc – Double crochet
● V stitch – (DC, ch1, DC) in the same stitch.
Row 1: Make any multiple of 8 ch plus 1. ( for the sample I’ll be making 24+1 =25 chs). Add additional 1 more ch to give it height.
Row 2: Turn. In the 2nd ch from the hook, make one sc, * sk 3, 9 dc in the next st (1 cluster), sk 3, sc in the next * Repeat instructions from * to * till the end.
Row 3: Turn. Ch3, dc in the same st, ch 2, sk 4, * sc in the 5th st of the cluster, ch 2, sk 4, V st in the sc from previous row, ch 2, sk 4 * Repeat instructions from * to * till the last cluster, Sc in the 5th st of the last cluster, ch 2, sk 4, 2dc in the last st.
Row 4: Turn. Ch3, 4 dc in the space between the 2dc of the previous row, sk 2 * sc above the sc from previous row, sk 3, 9 dc into the ch sp of the V st, sk 3, * Repeat * to * till the last V st, sc above the sc from previous row, sk 3, 5 dc in between the dc and ch3 of previous row.
Row 5: Turn. Ch 1, sc in the first st, * ch 2, sk 4, V st in the sc of previous row, ch 2, sk 4, sc in the 5th st of the cluster * Repeat * to * till the end.
Row 6: Turn. Ch 1, sc in the first st, * sk 3, 9 dc in the ch sp of the V st, sk 3, sc in the next * Repeat instructions from * to * till the end. Repeat rows 3 – 6 for required length. End on row 3 or row 5 repeat
● If working in flat rows, this stitch is worked in multiples of 8 plus 1st. If working in the round, this stitch is worked in multiples of 8 st.