Pattern Spotlight: Fortis

I love fall – it’s time for all the shawls! Fortis is the perfect shawl for the quickly cooling weather.

Fortis is a top-down crescent shawl with a knitted-on border. The body of the shawl is worked in garter stitch, which makes the already squishy Anzula Gerty yarn feel extra bouncy! The border is a simple six-row repeat, making it easy to memorize. A simple six-stitch cable adorns the border, so it’s super easy to cable without a cable needle. I think it would actually make a great first pattern for trying that technique – you’ll get lots of practice on that beautiful border.

I chose the bright and cheery Arizona colorway for my Fortis shawl. It caught my eye while at TNNA and I wasn’t leaving without it. It reminds me of a sunset and the Southwest and autumn all at the same time!

The pattern is now available on Ravelry and retails for $6.50. With the coupon code “gertygoodness” you can get the pattern for just $4 at checkout, thru September 24.


Gerty is available in the shops listed below, all of whom are happy to ship!

Baskets of Yarn - Charlotte, NC - (704) 733-9053
Wasatch and Wool - Park City, UT - (435) 575-0999
Yarn Refuge - Reno, NV - (775) 384-1600
Knit One Purl Two - Rockford, IL - (815) 904-6030
Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - (234) 208-9482
Avenue Yarns - Albany, NY - (510) 526-9276

Special orders only: Swatches - Fresno, CA - (559) 435-2813
Special orders are dyed to order and are typically ready in 3-5 weeks.You can place a special order for Gerty (or any of our yarns) at your favorite local shop. See a list of shops here and our map here