Elizabeth Bennet by Zhora Designs

Elizabeth Bennet

April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
750 - 800 yards (686 - 732 m)
one size
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’It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a knitter in possession of a good yarn stash, must be in want of a shawl.’

Elizabeth Bennet is one of the greatest, most beloved heroines in literature. She is clever, smart, and is described as having a spirited wit and good sense. Towards the end of the novel she has a showdown with Mr Darcy’s Aunt, and is called, “Obstinate, headstrong girl!” because she won’t let herself be bullied and stands up for herself and her family. I think it is such an important trait and wanted to design a shawl inspired by the charming Elizabeth.

I opted for a large asymmetrical shape with bands of pretty slipped stitch motifs which really seemed to fit the Regency aesthetic to me. The shawl ends with a floral lace edging, and a garter stitch border with picot bind off. Perfect for semi-solid yarn in your stash, I chose colours I associate with Elizabeth’s gowns. It would work well in variegated too, with a solid contrasting colour to set it off

You’ll need:

4mm circular needles
Fingering weight yarn, in a main colour and a contrasting colour. I used approx. 350yds of each colour.
Cable needle
Blocking materials