Jane Austen Knits, Fall 2015 was released last week and as always it is an issue filled with lots of beautiful projects inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and the Regency era. The Colonel Brandon Sweater looks like an interesting project I might tackle this winter and I particularly like the look of the Garden Walls Wrap that makes the cover, although knitting endless rows of stockinette is most likely to stop me from knitting it.
The patterns are divided into themes – country, town, garden and manor – and I’ve contributed three patterns to different section. My country pattern is the Gentlemen Hunting Socks, since hunting was a popular sport during the Regency era. The bicoloured socks in shades of field and forest, knit in mosaic technique, were designed with masculine hunting parties in mind.
When I thought about a pattern for the garden theme, what came to my mind first were the rose gardens of that era. At that time roses were more of bushes, with some of them several feet tall and shrubby in nature. Their flowering season was a short summer flowering with the entire bush covered in hundreds of blooms. The Rose Garden Mitts with their delicate lace and rose colourwork pattern enable you to carry your rose garden with you at all times.
My contribution to the town theme is a pair of elegant gloves. During the Regency era gloves were always worn outside the house. They varied in length from above the wrist for day wear to above the elbow for evening wear. Cassandra’s Gloves, knit in a fingering-weight yarn, make a great pair for everyday use and will not only keep your fingers warm but with their subtle ribbing and cable pattern they will add an elegant touch to your wardrobe.
If you are interested you can get your copy of the magazine here.