This shawl is named for a children’s book, “Aunt Fanny’s Story Book, for Little Boys and Girls“, published in 1853; available online through a Google book search. I think Aunt Fanny would definitely have worn lace shawls, and as this stitch resembles a sequence of fans…! The book would never be published today, as child-rearing and punishment methods have changed quite dramatically as we have recognized the equality and rights of children. On page 33, for instance, “So his Mother took a birch-rod out of the closet, and gave Edward a very severe whipping…” which punishment was for shaving his little brother and cutting him quite badly–in those days, of course, straight razors were used, and the mere idea of one of these in the hands of a child is terrifying. (There is an article about these razors in Wikipedia; the photos makes one quite thankful for the invention of the safety razor!) Nonetheless, uncles should not leave their razors–straight or safety types–where young children can reach them; and while it is not noted in the book, one can only hope that Mother as severely chastised the uncle.
The shawl uses a stitch I saw online and copied into my notebook, but I don’t remember which stitch-list it comes from. I started out with one repeat of the pattern, and add one each time the 6 row pattern repeats. It’s really easily memorized, so will be a good take-along project. The joy of crocheting is that it’s so much more portable than knitting, too–no worries about dropping stitches! At worst, you might pull out a few stitches to re-do. I’m using a turquoise-blue size 10 thread I found at a thrift store; the cone has a label inside that says “Montana 300 gram; 100% cotton; Pampas 43; made in UK”.