Feather & Fan Pullover by Elizabeth Zimmermann
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Feather & Fan Pullover

November 2000
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using size 4 (3.5mm) needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1800 - 2700 yards (1646 - 2469 m)
Underam: 37 (41, 44, 47)"

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: P (S, M, L). Shown in S.

Finished Measurements:

  • Underam: 37 (41, 44, 47)“
  • Shown 27½“ long with 21½” sleeves; adjust as desired.

Yarn: Jamieson & Smith Jumperweight Shetland (1oz/28g; 150yds/137m; wool) 9 (9, 11, 12 skeins Dusty Rose #FC50 (MC), 3 (4, 5, 6) skeins Creme #1a (CC)

Needles: Size 4 (3.5mm) needles in double-pointed needles (dpn) and circular, 16” and 24” (41 and 60 cm) long, or size to obtain gauge


  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn

Blocked Gauge: 24 sts to 4”/10cm in Stst using size 4 (3.5) needles


  1. Those familiar with EPS (Elizabeth’s Percentage System) will see it reflected in this design: the body circumference is 100% or k which stands for Key Number and equals gauge times inches around the widest part of the body. The number of sts to cast on for the cuff is approximately 20% of k; sleeves are increased to around 35% of k and the yoke is decreased to roughly 36 - 40% of k for the neck opening On this sample, 6 sts to 1” x 41” around = 244 (adjusted down 2 sts so that when the sleeves are joined to the body, the total number of yoke sts will be divisible by the lace motif).
  2. A vertical repeat of the Feather and Fan lace is 5 rnds: 1 pat rnd, 3 knit rndds, plus 1 purl rnd.
  3. As I struggled (and failed) to make Elizabeth’s numbers work, I was forced to analyze this lace pattern. It broke down to increasing and decreasing over two equal numbers plus a number that is one less than the other two. For example, a 20-st repeat is comprised of 7 yo’s + 7 k2tog’s + 6 knits, a 17-st repeat is 6+6+5, A 14-st repeatIS 5+5+4,etc.
  4. See Techniques, p. 162, for EZ’s Sewn Cast-Off, M1, and St st grafting.