Northanger Abbey Hood
Errata: Knit the trim with the smallest, size 6 (4mm) to keep the hood a closer fit.
Finished Size: 31-3/4” along neck edge, 55” wide at lower edge, and 19-1/2” tall at center back, excluding hood.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% wool, 35% silk, 20% nylon; 191 yd (175 m) /50 g): #60 granite, 4 skeins. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.
Yarn Weight: #3 - Light
Needles: Body and hood—sizes 6, 7, and 8 (4, 4.5, and 5 mm). Drawstring— size 6 (4 mm): set of 2 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; 2 Turkish needle lace fl oral trims or other decorative trim as desired. (Oya may be purchased by contacting Catherine via her website.)
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” in charted diamond patt on smallest needles.
Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits, 2011
Notes from the designer, Catherine Salter Bayar:
While I was first attracted to the heroine’s name (Catherine Morland) in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, tales about the lives of real and literary women intrigue me, especially women who challenge convention. This silk and wool lace wrap was inspired by the intricate social structure of the novel as well as the decorative appeal of Regency-era clothing. I created the cropped front and dipped back shape by varying the needle sizes and integrating geometric forms. The hood is held to the body at the neck by an eyelet row and drawstring, ornamented by an intricate Turkish oya, in a nod to similar tales these needle lace floral trims have traditionally told about colorful, convoluted village life in my adopted Turkish homeland.” - Catherine Salter Bayar