October 22, 2016

Fancy knitting a Mansfield Parka? New book features knits inspired by Jane Austen


Yet her finest works have been turned into kniterature for a book that hopes to have Christmas all sewn up.

If you are still searching for a perfect present for the nimble-fingered bookworm in your life, then look no further than Pride & Preju-Knits, 12 genteel knitting projects inspired by Jane Austen.

Featuring patterns which recreate the most famous scenes in the 1813 novel of manners, from Elizabeth Bennet meeting Mr Darcy at the Meryton Ball (complete with knitted chandelier) to his stiff-upper-lipped proposal in the grounds of Netherfield Park, no detail is overlooked in the painstaking quest to retell their compelling love story through the medium of wool.

Also featured in the 112-page book are scenes from Austen’s other novels including Emma, Sense And Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey.

Author “Trixie von Purl”, 49, who previously needled the publishing world with Knit Your Own Kama Sutra, took four months to cast on and off the charming dolls.

“As a lifelong knitter I got a bit bored of doing jumpers, hats, gloves and socks so I thought to myself, ‘Why not try something different?’” said the mother of one from Lewes, East Sussex, whose real name is Geraldine Warner.

It’s a very literal interpretation from Mr Darcy’s tailcoat to Fanny Price’s cat. The patterns are fairly complicated so it is for the accomplished knitter, but really I just want people to have fun with it.”

Mary Ellingham from publisher Search Press said: “Knitting is huge these days, especially novelty knitting which has been big for ages. There’s a real demand for more quirky stuff. Russell Crowe, Julia Roberts and Madonna are all accomplished knitters.”

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