Discover An Era of Elegance with The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits – Review with a Giveaway!

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.

Courtesy of Interweave/F&W Media $14.99

Courtesy of Interweave/F&W Media $14.99

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.

Categories include:

  • 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.

Garden Bouquet – courtesy of Interweave

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.

Front of the coat – courtesy of Interweave

Back of the coat – courtesy of Interweave

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.

Chilly Morning Waistcoat – courtesy of Interweave

You can find all the project photos for this collectors edition online at Knitting Daily and online at Ravelry.

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 ….

Downton Abbey

This is about the lives of Upstairs/Downstairs members of Downton Abbey household in Pre-War England set in a country estate, everyone knows their place!
2907 members, since Jun 14 2011

The Downton Club

A knitting club for Downton Abbey devotees!
395 members, since Sep 15 2012

Downton Abbey Knitters

A wonderful period drama that explores the intricate relationship between the aristocracy and those who serve them!
528 members, since Jun 17 2012


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.


Thank you for entering, this giveaway is now closed!

49 thoughts on “Discover An Era of Elegance with The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits – Review with a Giveaway!

  1. Beth J

    The dowager Countess violet Crowley played by Maggie Smith is my favorite. She has mellowed but she is always up for meddling and starting trouble. When things are really tough she can be relied on to help.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Robin D

    I love a lot of the characters Mr Carson is one of my favorites as well as the dowager Countess. I love the coat
    Thanks for the chance to win

  3. Moby Knit

    My favorite is the Dowager Countess. As for the first pattern I’d knit, it would be the Garden Bouquet Shawl. I love how delicate it looks.

  4. AnnP

    Violet, The Dowager Countess is my favorite character. I would knit the Chilly Morning Cosycoat so that I can wear it as soon as possible before the Winter chill really sets in.
    MaidMarrion Ravelry ID

  5. Andrea B

    Mr. Carson is my favorite. I’d have to knit the fairisle cap first, and then on to the rest… alcbrooks on Ravelry

  6. Kitten With A Whiplash

    Among the women, Violet. Maggie Smith is delightful in the role, and delivers Violet’s little asides so beautifully. Among the men it is Thomas, I’m glad the writers have given him some better qualities and added a little sympathetic understanding of his difficulties to balance out all the delicious trouble he can stir up. I’d rather have either of these two on my side than working against me! As for a pattern, I’ve always wanted to make Mom a sun hat with a wide brim, and the English Garden Wedding wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway. KittenWhiplash on Rav.

  7. Debbie Winn

    I like Maggie Smith’s character. I really want to knit the Elegant Traveling Coat – it is very beautiful!
    warbler01 on Ravelry

  8. Purlescence

    John Bates was my favorite character. I’d love to knit the Walking Out Eyelet Panel Blouse.

    Thank you so much for the contest!!
    Purlescence on Ravelry

  9. Patsy Coatd

    My favorite character is violet- Maggie Smith and my favorite pattern is the Stunning Sunflower Lace Stole. sparky136 on Ravelry

  10. Karen Bledsoe

    Ooh, what a nice giveaway! As for favorite characters, I’ve got a soft spot for Bates for his courage and sense of honor, and his lady-love, Anna, for her pluck and her own brand of courage.

  11. Sherry Glover

    My favorite character is Violet. I think Maggie Smith is fantastic.mmi would love to knit the Garden Bouquet Shawl.

    sherryglover1 on RAV

    1. Sherry Glover

      Edit to correct fat finger spelling: My favorite character is Violet. I think Maggie Smith is fantastic. I would love to knit the Garden Bouquet Shawl.
      sherryglover1 on RAV

  12. Amy Parent Jajliardo

    Mr Carson and Mrs. Hughes are my favorites. SO MUCH depth to their characters. They’re servants, but proud of their place and proud to care for “their” family both upstairs and downstairs.
    As to the patterns, I really like the Walking Out Eyelet Panel Blouse….the patterning is beautiful!
    I’m jjlrdomom on Ravelry

  13. Sara B.

    I love the elegant traveling coat, but I don’t know if I could ever knit it. SO much stockinette! My favorite character was Sybil. :-( I was very sad.
    SareBearKnits on ravelry

  14. Terri

    Cora Crawley is my favorite character, and I would knit the fair isle hat first, as it would work up quicker than the other patterns I like from this publication (including the coat, garden shawl and brocade vest). Thanks for the contest! Knotanother1 on Ravelry.

  15. Nick

    My favorite Dowton character is the Dowager Countess. Mary is a close second. The first thing I would knit would be the 1918 Bolero Jacket for my wife :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ravelry ID – NLemonds

  16. Heather

    I just love Anna and Mr. Bates! What a sweet couple!!! I would love to knit up the Elegant Traveling Coat, it is simply amazing!!!
    Ravelry ID- heatherbaby

  17. karen

    Oh it’s a toss up of Lady Mary or Mr. Bates….so I choose both. My rav name is Swanski :) and since I’m addicted to shawl knitting I pick the garden bouquet of course!!

  18. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton

    I love Lady Edith and root for her to find love this season. I love the garden bouquet shawl.
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  19. Rhea

    I’ve never seen Downton Abbey but that coat is gorgeous! I would love to make that and, I agree, the Garden Bouquet Shawl is very pretty too. Ravelry ID is RKohlman

  20. Stephanie

    Hello! I’m just popping in for the first time to say how much I have enjoyed reading your blog. I wouldn’t dare enter this beautiful giveaway as, living in France, I haven’t seen a single episode of Downtown Abbey (my loss, I know) but I am a huge fan of period costume and knitting so I’ll be ordering this stunning publication soon, I am sure.

    I’m very pleased to have found you :-)


  21. Danielle

    My favorite character is Lady Edith! I love the elegant traveling Coat, but doubt I would ever take the time to knit it up, so I have to give a shout out to the beautiful Walking Out Eyelet Panel Blouse! I love this top!

    yell737 on rav

  22. knitkriket

    Hard not to want to join the fun and hope to win a copy! I have to admit to loving Downton Abbey. My favorite character is Anna, because she is good and kind and gentle, and at the same time tough, loyal and never allows herself to be pushed around.

    What would I knit first? Since we’re dreaming here, it would absolutely be the elegant traveling coat. I don’t know how I’d afford that much yarn at once, but it would be so worth it!

    knitkriket on Ravelry

  23. Carmen N

    I’m probably one of the few that have never seen an episode. But I love the patterns! Thanks for the chance to win (asimplehomestd on Rav)

  24. Lorraine

    My favorite character is Lady Mary.
    The first pattern I would knit is Half-Day Off Mitts.
    My ravelry name is AzLorraine

  25. Mary

    Lady Mary is my favorite and I would definitely make the Elegant Traveling Coat. Thank you for the opportunity! Mary / knittingloulew on Ravelry

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