Look through the eyes of Downton Abbey with this new special issue from PieceWork magazine. Enjoy knits inspired by the lavish sets and styling of the hugely popular television series, which tells the story of the Grantham clan and their servants at England’s Downton Abbey.
Step into a world of elegance, sophistication, a world of aristocrats and a world of upstairs and downstairs. Inside the Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits, you will find a collection of 27 knitting patterns that include a knitted lace waistcoat, shawls, hats, knitting for the troops and more! I love how this magazine is broken down into sections, all of which will inspire you to knit, especially the lace pieces.
- Upstairs – Indulge in luxury patterns fit for an aristocrat. Beautiful lace detailing, beaded embellishments and classic colorwork mark these elegant garments and accessories. From airy shawls and blouses, to warm coats and gloves, you will feel like royalty!
- Downstairs – These patterns reflect the downstairs at Downton Abbey. While the details are more subtle, they are just as engaging as the Upstairs patterns. From cable work to eyelet lace, the vests, hats, blouses and jackets here are casual yet sophisticated.
- World War I – Knitting was a huge part of war-time history, whether it was women knitting for the troops or knitting to occupy time while they waited for their loved ones to return home.
I have three favorites in this magazine, one is the Garden Bouquet Shawl design by Kyoko Nakayoshi. This gorgeous lace creation is knitted using two skeins of Jamieson’s of Shetland Cobweb Ultra lace weight and a size US 5 knitting needle.
The second is the Elegant Traveling Coat designed by Vicki Square. This cozy coat is knitted using 7 to 11 skeins of Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool and a size US 8 knitting needle.
And the last favorite, the Chilly Morning Cosycoat designed by Laurie Sundstrom. This cozy warm vest is knitted up in Cascade 220, 100% Peruvian Highland wool yarn and only requires 3 to 4 hanks and a size US 8 knitting needle.
But the patterns aren’t all The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits magazine has to offer. As with any PieceWork magazine, the feature articles provide the historical background. From the behind-the-scenes glimpse of the British castle that is the setting for the show, to marrying an English Lord, the feature articles in this issue are enticing and informative. All in all, this is a magazine that is perfect for your special collections.
This special issue is currently on the bookstands and in many shops, and you can always purchase online at Interweave by clicking here.
Also, you can knit along with other Downton Abbey fans online at Ravelry ….
I am very excited to announce that the publishers at Interweave/F&W Media have provided two brand new copies of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits to two lucky blog readers.
Simply leave a comment telling me who your favorite Downton Abbey character is and what project you plan to knit first from this collectors magazine. If you have Ravelry ID or Twitter ID, be sure to include that along with your comment.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on Saturday, October 26 at 6:00 pm Pacific Time with the winners being announced on Sunday, October 27th.
Disclaimer: I have been provided a review copy of this magazine from the publishers of Interweave, F &W Media. The comments and opinions are my own.
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