Friends, I am over-the-moon excited to announce that my first "official" knitting pattern, the Fauna Shawl, is now available to purchase on Ravelry! Fauna is an asymmetrical shawl knit up in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, making it warm yet light at the same time. The shawl features alternating sections of stockinette stitch, an easy eyelet lace, and rows of garter stitch. It's the perfect piece to layer up under or over your coat as we go into fall and winter.
I started working on this design way back in the spring as part of a design challenge organized by Aroha Knits. It went through lots of trial and error, ripping out and erasing before landing on what would become this final design. The initial inspiration for this shawl was a scene from the 2005 production of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley. In this particular scene, Lizzy is traveling in the English countryside with her aunt and uncle and the sun is shining down through the trees casting these beautiful shadows over her face. There's such a sense of joy and peace in this scene that I wanted to recreate with this project. To do that, I decided on an eyelet stitch pattern that played with light and shadow in a similar way. But it's not a complicated pattern and it's complemented by simple stockinette, making this a peaceful yet engaging knit for new and experienced knitters alike .
I had so much fun working and learning through this design process, and I'm so happy with how Fauna turned out. I pick up my shawl almost every morning as I head out the door, and I think you'll love it as much as I do! Today, October 28 through Monday, October 31 at midnight you can get 25% off the Fauna Shawl pattern using "hellofauna" when you check out. After you cast on, tag your knitting with #faunashawl and #elizabethstreetknits so we can all see your beautiful work! Happy knitting!