Feather and Fan vs Old Shale

I am new to knitting… First off let me say my name is Rebecca. I have a question…I would like to knit my first scarf in old shale pattern, but I see feather and fan is the same directions… what is the difference?

Thank you,

Welcome to KH!
Here’s a link that shows and explains the difference. These are both lovely stitch patterns.

Thanks so much for this question. I’ve often confused the two patterns myself but now I know.
I hope we get to see you finished scarf.