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!


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

  1. I like how Mr. Carson keeps up the standards in the house. And Lady Sybil how she stood up for herself.

  2. Pia

    That coat is pretty neat! Since I can’t enter the draw, I guess I don’t have to pick a character. ;-)

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. I don’t watch downtown abbey, but I do love the coat! How simply elegant. I would spin some nice Finn for it, leave it natural brown.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Debbie Winn

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

  11. Sandra LaPorte

    Favorite Character is Mary and I love the Garden Bouquet Shawl.

  12. Jenny K

    Favorite character is Mary, and love the Elegant Traveling Coat.

  13. SO hard to pick a favorite. Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham makes me laugh out loud. Rav amchart

  14. I like them all but Mary is my favorite. My Ravelry name is glongley.

  15. 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

  16. Like so many, Violet cracks me up! The travelling coat is scrumptious!
    jeaniebabb on Rav

  17. I kind of like the chauffeur, Tom Branson. He’s such a fish out of water, often obnoxious but inherently likeable.

  18. Sarah

    I like Anna the best. My favorite pattern is the traveling coat.

    wildaboutkniting on Rav

  19. Patsy Coatd

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

  20. I like Mr. Carson. My favorite pattern is the Garden Bouquet Shawl.
    knittingdancer on Raverly

  21. 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.

  22. Oh, and I’m loving that Chilly Morning Vest pictured here. I’m kind of in a vest phase right now!

  23. 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

    • 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

  24. 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

  25. I also pinned this (to my Knitted Happiness board), tweeted it and posted to facebook. I am either jjlrdomom or Amy Jajliardo on those sights.

  26. 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

  27. My favorite is Mary. I would love to knit the traveling coat. Thanks
    gussek on Ravelry

  28. 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.

  29. Valerie DeAngelo

    I love Sybil and will make that gorgeous shawl!!

  30. Lee

    I really like Anna. I would start with Lady Denman’s vest-so pretty!
    Lee (mamagiff on ravelry)

  31. The Dowager Contess cracks me up! And the waistcoat (I love the British term) is very nice. d4obrien – rav name

  32. 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

  33. Monica

    The Dowager Countess and I love the traveling coat! Rav ID~ Sweeetpeaches

  34. ros

    Anna Bates absolutely! I would do the Mary gown that I saw it was sleeveless

  35. 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

  36. Ann McGrath

    My fave character is Sybil and I would love to knit the Chilly Morning Waistcoat.

  37. 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!!

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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 :-)


  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. Connie Kline

    I love Violet, and I would make Lady Denman’s Vest. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  44. 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)

  45. Lorraine

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

  46. Pam

    I love Carson and I would make the chilly morning waistcoat first. Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Mary

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