I had read so much about the show, ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS, and the knits and costumes, so I had to go and check it out. Settling down to watch from the beginning – it started from two years ago – I also picked up the Casablanca Cascade yarn that I had finished winding up and started a new project. As if I needed another WIP lying around the house …
After a couple hours of knitting, this is how much I got done … maybe an inch and a half wide. I really wanted to try the Linen Stitch again, and this time, I resolved to do it the proper way … whatever way that is.
So I casted on about 400 stitches. I say ‘about’ because again I lost count. And because it was another cowl, the pattern stitch was slightly modified again. There’s no purl here; I just go round and round in the following pattern: k1, sl1 wyif *
*Edited – It’s just the two stitches, repeated throughout, knitting in the round continuously. Just make sure that the k1 stitch is above the sl1 stitch from the row below; and the sl1 stitch is above the k1 stitch from the row below.
For this pattern to work continuously, the stitches cast on must be an odd number. If you end up with an even number, then just knit two together, to reduce it, and continue on.
This is what the pattern and stitches looks like, close-up. The tension is a little tight, I think. but I was liking the effect of the variegated colours.
Two seasons and three days later …
Another three inches added, and I’m almost done with the first ball of yarn. A second ball should bring it to about seven inches wide, which shouldn’t be too bad.
My tension is still a little tight; I tried to loosen up a bit, so that the stitches would show up better. But I’m really liking this effect. I have plans to make another one, this time using two different solid-coloured yarn. That should make the ‘v’ in the pattern stand out more.
Oh, and the only knits I’ve seen in ‘Downton Abbey’ is Daisy sitting at the kitchen table knitting, and wearing a tam while out in town (which I thought look crocheted), and vintage crocheted tablecloths. There’s lots of beautiful embroidery, and of course there’s lots of woolen clothing. Maybe I just didn’t see it, I was busy knitting. But do go and watch it. I still have Season 3 to go … maybe I’ll finish this by the last episode too