Eyre Shawl


This pattern was kindly donated to us by Karie Westermann, and had appeared in Knit Now magazine. This is a lovely elegant shawl with a Victorian feel, great for keeping the draft off your shoulders whilst you sit and read the classics!

Eyre Shawl by Karie Westermann

Eyre Shawl by Karie Westermann

The pattern is written for 2 ply yarn, but was also designed to be fully adjustable, both in size and yarn weight.  Please bear in mind that you will need a different amount of yarn if you are using a different weight.

Eyre Shawl close up  Back of Eyre Shawl

Here’s what Karie (aka kariebookish on Ravelry and Twitter) had to say about her inspiration for the pattern:

I first read Jane Eyre when I was fourteen. I had this mad, mad notion of ‘reading all the classics’ before I turned fifteen. I did not get far, of course, because I read indiscriminately and without any real understanding of what I read. Jane Eyre was one of the books I did read and I remember thinking it was ‘okay but a bit dull’.

Then I decided to revisit Jane Eyre last year and the novel took my breath away. What an intelligent, passionate, fierce book it is. It is both a Victorian literary equivalent of a Mills & Boon novel (“Reader, I married him”) and a proudly feminist book about the importance of knowing your own mind. The many knitting references were just cherries sprinkled on top! I swooned and cheered.

There was even a lovely bit where the housekeeper, Mrs Fairfax, says something in the vein of, “Oh, hang on a sec. Must. Finish. This. Row. before you dash off with the Master” – any knitter would smile in recognition. So, how could I resist designing a shawl to match Mrs Fairfax knitting away?

 Eyre Shawl close up

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