Special knits for special people

Frederick & Anne Scarf, from Jane Austen Knits

I am a somewhat selfish knitter—I love knitting for myself! But I also enjoy knitting gifts, especially really luxurious gifts for the important people in my life.

I've knit cashmere scarves for my mom, silk scarves for my sister, fair isle hats for my brother and nephew, and pure merino hats for my sister-in-law. I've also knit really special items for new babies, such as bear snuggies, tiny intarsia sweaters, lacy booties, and so on.

I have a new category of people to knit for, which is actually sad for me. I have two friends who have just been diagnosed with breast cancer and they have a hard road ahead. So, I need some very special knits for these very special people. I've already got a couple of hats done, but I'd like to give them something in addition to a hat. I looked no further than Jane Austen Knits, which is full of unique, beautiful designs.

Kirsti Johanson's Frederick & Anne scarf, shown at left, is just beautiful; I know I'd feel loved and honored if someone knit it for me! I enjoy scarf knitting, and this lacy pattern has just enough going on to keep me challenged. I have this in mind for a fellow Austen fan, and I know she'll appreciate Kirsti's inspiration for this scarf:

"Persuasion is my favorite of all of Jane Austen's novels, and I am in agony every time I read it about whether or not Anne and Frederick will find their way back to one another. I came up with a delicate leaf to represent Anne's faithful belief and love for Frederick, ever resilient, as well as her renewed bloom upon reacquaintance with him. For Frederick, I chose an undulating wave pattern to represent his love of the sea and ever-present life force, much like his love for and dedication to Anne. To unite these two motifs, I chose a simple garter-stitch band with eyelets and a delicate Regency-esque edging. "

I just love that Kirsti chose a lace pattern for Anne and one for Frederick, and then fashioned a way to fit them together. What a wonderfully creative design!

Pemberley Slippers, from Jane Austen Knits

My other choice are the Pemberley Slippers by Kristi Schueler. They're so feminine, something that many breast cancer patients need reminders of. Kristi designed these in honor of Mr. Darcy's estate in Pride and Prejudice. When they toured Pemberley, Elizabeth Bennett and her Aunt and Uncle talked about the beauty of the grounds, and Kristi used a lace leaf edging pattern to commemorate that.

I think a hat and slippers will be a wonderful, comforting gift, don't you?

If you have a friend in need, especially if she's a Jane Austen fan, get yourself a copy of Jane Austen Knits and knit her one of these special designs!


P.S. What's your favorite Jane Austen book or movie? My favorite book is Persuasion and the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite movie/TV show. Leave a comment below and let me know yours. (And if you'd like to knit a shawl for someone in need, check out our free eBook, 3 Free Prayer Shawl Patterns!)

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