Many of you read in my earlier post that I have been working on the Downton Abby KAL offered by Jimmy Beans Wool. I dyed my own wool, eager for the thrill of a Downton experience. And Now, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finished it!
Right from the start I realized that I was not going to be able to knit and focus on the show. Although, I did pay careful attention and watched for the clues presented in the pattern so that I could remember the scene as I knit later on.
This project has been an interesting journey. There were some initial problems with the pattern itself, particularly with what they called the “Intermediate” version. So rather than risk further confusion, I opted for the “Beginner” version which seemed to be problem free. I did, however, switch over to the Intermediate for the final rows. I thought it would be prettier that way. I’m glad I did. I love the result.
After many, many increase rows, I began to think I would never finish ( cast off row was 632 stitches!). The knitting was not difficult, not overly interesting, but easy to memorize.
I think they could have left off 2 full sections for a more traditional shawl size. The Shawl as it is seems to be a bit hard to wear. It’s quite long. Too many wraps around your neck would hide the stitch work.
But with a bit of fussing, it looks good.
I’m very happy with the way my dye job looks all knitted up! I think the Dowager Countess would be proud!