Bennet Sister Shawl by Lindsey Fowler

Bennet Sister Shawl

Knitting
December 2018
Wool Berry Fiber Co. Berry Mohair
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Unblocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 - 1300 yards (1097 - 1189 m)
One Size - about 70" x 27"
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“Do not make yourself uneasy, my love. Wherever you and Jane are known you must be respected and valued; and you will not appear to less advantage for having a couple of—or I may say, three—very silly sisters.”

This shawl was, of course, inspired by one of my favorite sets of literary sisters. I didn’t grow up with sisters, but I like to imagine if I had, they would be like the Bennets. We would squabble and tease, but when the going gets tough, we would ride or die with each other. When designing a shawl for the modern Bennet sister, I created something that was practical but included a little bit of luxury for Lydia and Kitty.

This shawl is perfect for wrapping around your shoulders on long morning walks through dewy meadows, or covering up when Lady Cathrine de Bourgh barges in late at night to call you out.

Shape / Construction:

This shawl is a long triangle shaped shawl written from end to end and uses simple stitches to create graphic shapes and dynamic lines. The finished shawl at gauge is approximately 70” long with a 27” depth, perfect for wrapping around your neck like a cowl or over your shoulders.

Materials:

  • Size US 6 Needles
  • 50g/400yds of lace weight mohair
  • 200g/800yds of fingering weight yarn
  • Scrap yarn that coordinates for tassels (optional)
  • Darning Needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors

Yarn Recommendation:
Sample knit with 2 skeins of Berry Merino Fingering in “Bouquet” and 1 skein of Berry Mohair in “Orange Blossom”, both by Woolberry Fiber Co.

I recommend pulling for this pattern in one of two ways…

If you have a single skein of really special mohair in your stash, I would pair it with two skeins of a very simple semi solid in a similar base color and shade to your mohair. Or pair it with two skeins of undyed natural yarn for a really dramatic look. When you add the mohair on the second half, it will add a whisper of color and speckles to the piece and show off how the mohair changes the look of the yarn. This is how the pictured sample is worked.

The other recommended option is to find 800 yards of a special speckled color and add a simple plain mohair to the second half to change the texture but let the base yarn shine.