Reason & Passion - Free Shawl Pattern

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This free shawlette pattern is an exclusive Designs by Jayalaskhmi for Biscotte Yarns with our Dk Pure hand-dyed yarn.

In the novel “Jane Eyre”, Charlotte Bronte uses her characters to embody aspects of reason and passion – two opposite aspects that also serve as constant themes throughout the book. Jane’s actions and reactions are governed by her rational thoughts and passions. Jane’s sense of reasoning overrides her passion in her decision making. She fights to remain as she is instead of conforming to Mr. Rochester’s standards.

This shawl is an ode to the two polarizing aspects of Jane Eyre. The shawl is a two-color crescent-shaped shawl with an embossed leaf/vine running horizontally across the bottom of the shawl and a garter/stocking stitch body knit vertically to the top cast off edge. This is perhaps the most graceful of all the embossed leaf lace patterns. The leaf lace pattern is knit first using main color (MC) for the total length of the shawl. Using a contrast color (CC), the stitches for the body are then picked up along an edge of the lace, and knit to a crescent shape using German short rows. The design provides a choice of either a garter body or a stockinette stitch body, followed by an eyelet border.


  • Yarn: Biscotte Yarns DK Pure (90% Merino Superwash, 10% Silk; 260 yards [238 meters]/115 grams):
    Colors used for model:
    Betterave semi-solid (1 skein), La Vie en Rose speckled (1 skein).
    You can also select 2 contrasting colors of your choice!
  • Needles: US size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles
  • Notions: Tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends

    Gauge - 18 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

    Size: 55” [114 cm] along top edge, 75” [140 cm)] along bottom edge, after wet blocking.
    14” [36 cm] deep at center x 10” [25 cm] wide at the ends.

    Pattern is in PDF format : a link will be sent by email after you place your 0$ order. Enjoy knitting our free Vane shawl pattern.


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 14 reviews
    Franca Troisi

    Reason & Passion - Free Shawl Pattern

    Carol Youngs

    Reason & Passion - Free Shawl Pattern

    Lynn Russell
    Reason & Passion Free Shawl

    I have started trying this pattern on practice yarn. I need something to knit on a trip. Looking forward to this pattern.


    As of yet, I have not used the pattern. I have been finishing other projects.
    Thank you

    Kathleen Sulyma
    Reason & Passion

    Beautiful pattern and shawl.