The Feather and Fan stitch is an old and timeless pattern. I have come across patterns with this stitch dating back to the 1930’s. I am not sure the exact date when this was introduced but it is popular today as it was then. There are many different variations of this stitch. This is a lace pattern; therefore you can see the feathers and fans in this pattern once the 4 rows are established.
I decided to make washcloths for gifts. The yarn i used was very soft and I would not use as a dishcloth.A dishcloth needs to be a yarn that feels more rough. Yes, it will shrink in the dryer. It is 100% cotton. I usually wash in the washing machine and lay flat to dry. In the picture below, the washcloth has not been washed or blocked yet. Blocking will stretch the washcloth to the desired size and the pattern will show up nicely too.
The pattern I used can be found Here. I am in process of making others to go along with this one. It is a easy 4 row repeat pattern. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did.