Jan's Shawl by Jill Chatelain
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Jan's Shawl

August 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
675 - 750 yards (617 - 686 m)
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My sister-in-law, Jan, choose a life that involved helping people. She became a fire fighter knowing the risks. Jan worked her way up the ranks and became the first female Fire Captain for LA County. One of the risks I never thought about was cancer. Fire fighters have a far greater chance of getting cancer from all the toxins they encounter on the job than the average person. Jan had another first when she became the first female Fire Captain to pass away on active duty when she lost her battle with job-related cancer this year.

In honor of Jan I’ve designed this shawl. It’s not a fussy shawl but is strong with some unexpected details including a small wedge in the center to soften the tip. Like Jan, it commands respect but has a softer side with the lace. I think she would have liked this shawl.

Jan’s Shawl is knit with 1 skein each of 2 colors of fingering weight yarn. The sample was made in Arucania Ranco (376 yd/ skein). The main color used virtually all of the skein while the second color had about 20% left. Jan was a strong person, physically and mentally so I didn’t want the shawl to be fussy. She also had her soft side so I added a simple lace edging. The shawl, like Jan, has some unexpected details - the center is a slight wedge which creates a softer edge to the tip.

All profits from the sale of this pattern will be donated to a fire fighter support group in memory of Jan.