Which Jane Austen Heroine Should You Knit As?

Living Jane Austen

During the photo shoot for Jane Austen Knits 2014, we enjoyed pretending that we were living in one of her novels. The magazine is more homage than literal interpretation—there are women's sweater knitting patterns, a men's Fair Isle vest pattern, and children's knitting patterns that the Authoress might have found to be a little unusual—but the spirit of Jane is definitely alive in the pages.

This urge to picture yourself as one of her characters is a common and fun one–which must be why there are so many "Which Jane Austen Character Are You?" quizzes. Here are a few of our favorites–plus what patterns you might knit based on your results!

Taking the Jane Austen Character Selector quiz, my highest score was Catherine Morland—which pleased me, because Catherine is one of my favorites. I also love knitting socks, so maybe I'll set my needles to the Almost Pretty Stockings by Hannah Poon. The sock knitting pattern takes its name from the famous remark in Northanger Abbey: “To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.”
There's a reason Mr. Darcy is the dream hero for so many… and my answers to "Which of Jane Austen's Gentlemen Would You End Up With?" just might have been calculated to tilt the quiz in his favor. Elizabeth Bennet could hope for no lovelier handknit shawl than Fitzwilliam's Gift by Karen Joan Raz. 



 Not a quiz, but "How To Tell If You Are In A Jane Austen Novel" is awfully funny. My favorite Austen situation offered is this one: "You are in a garden, and you are astonished." If you find yourself in a garden and astonished, I suggest that you pick up your Accomplished Ladies' Reticule (also designed by Hannah Poon) and stitch a little until you feel better.
Just for fun, I answered the questions in the Quibblo "Which Jane Austen Character Are You?" quiz in a way that I knew would result in it telling me that I'm Kitty Bennet. Maybe because I just wanted to show a picture of Kitty's Chemise by Katya Frankel. 
 The fun Buzzfeed "Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?" gave me the surprising result of Emma Woodhouse–which is perfect because I'm itching to cast on for A Shawl for Emma by Susanna IC. 
There are dozens more diverting quizzes to sample, of course, but by now we're practically packed for the Lake District and looking around for our bonnets, so it's probably wise to stop here. If you want to kit your way through Austen, pick up a copy of Jane Austen Knits today.

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