The Downton Cowl Pattern - New Pattern Release!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Downton Cowl - BUY NOW
you all know that i love cowls and i love me some downton abbey.  i'm so excited to tell you that i've been a busy bee working away bringing a sketch of mine to life for you all since the winter when i became hopelessly addicted to downton abbey.  you see during the commercial breaks they show a black screen with the illustration like image of downton and i just couldn't resist the peaks of the roof of that gorgeous castle.  i instantly got inspired to whip up a cowl that easily could have been worn by any of the ladies of the manor - whether by the help or by the ladies of the house. knit up in glorious madelinetosh tosh dk in glazed pecan (from urban yarns) i'm so excited to finally be able to show you all "the downton cowl".


i am hopelessly in love with the chevron lace on this cowl.  the ups and downs and peaks and valleys are so pretty.  i love the garter like effect for the border that to me symbolizes the stability of a home - the foundation and the roof.  and don't we all know how up and down love and life is in between :) i am pretty excited to have designed a new cowl and to also do one in a lace pattern in a dk weight! the downton cowl takes only (1) skein of yarn and can be made in one evening no problem. how's that for fun! i love quick projects like this that are both satisfying in design but fast in execution.


if you've been scared to try lace before this is a great beginner lace project. don't let it intimidate you. if you know how to do simple increases/decreases, knit in the round and read knitting directions you can do this! i promise :)  the pattern is easy to follow and i've given you both written directions and a lace chart.  as a knitter i like to have both to work from. i usually start with the written instructions and as i get the feel for the lace i move to the chart.


i was thrilled to find a good use for my very first skein of madelinetosh and i hope i did it proud.  i think the lace shows off the depth and tones of this gorgeous yarn.  my sister camille didn't hurt it either. yep, that's my baby sister modelling for me in the photoshoot.  she's pregnant with my soon to be niece/nephew and has that soon to be momma glow about her. i think she looks gorgeous and every time i photograph her i realize why i am so horribly unphotogenic...lol.  she got all the good genes..lol.


we had a lot of fun on this shoot and we took our downton cowl and both my kidlets up to one of our cities very own castles - craigdarroch castle.  it's gorgeous up there and i knew it would be the perfect place to take pictures for this pattern.


the downton cowl is a great cowl for all seasons too.  it's lightweight but has enough oomph to keep you warm when you need it and it's not too hot when you don't want the extra heat.  style it loose or stand it up for a bit more of a structural appeal.  feel the romance of downton abbey and the fun of life and remember to enjoy all those peaks and valleys in between too.  after all...where do you think downton abbey gets all it's story lines from?


a big thank you to my gorgeous sister camille and to all of you who let me slide on other knitterly duties as i worked on this cowl.  i hope you all love it as much as i do.  i cannot wait to see pics and yarn choices and all the fun goodness that comes along with releasing a new pattern from my home to yours <3

The Downton Cowl - BUY NOW
you can purchase the downton cowl on ravelry now, my etsy shop here and my craftsy shop here. you can also look for it soon at magpie patterns as well! happy knitting!

what do you guys think? do you likey?  i'm really happy with it and hope you will be too.  has a tv show inspired you lately?  let's chat! coffees on...

21 comments:

  1. gorgeous! love the texture and really wishing i could knit! maybe i'll give it another go this winter :)

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  2. it's beautiful shan! love it!!! xoxox

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  3. it's gorgeous!!! I was just telling DH last night that I need to knit myself a cowl...but couldn't find a pattern I loved...this is IT!! ♥

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  4. I love it!
    I was also about to ask if she was your sister, you two look alot alike, so pretty!

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  5. Shannon, this is gorgeous! The lace is perfect, and the yarn is delicious. Of course the Downton inspiration is great too ^_^
    I also totally knew your model was related to you, even from the first picture. If she had the same eye color as you I would have thought it WAS you. Ha. Your family has some seriously beautiful eye colors and skin tones going on. Lucky!

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  6. it's so gorgeous shannon! and that first picture = award winning. :)

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  7. It's lovely Shannon! That Pecan color is to die for. And don't sell yourself short, lady, you are a beauty too! ;) The pics of your sis are lovely, though, and that cowl is amazing!

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  8. Cool Shannon! Well done - it's gorgeous!!! Your sister is so photogenic isn't she? Beautiful. Mind you - those eyes seem to run in your family :)

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  9. You definitely did MadTosh proud ... and one of my favorite colors is the glazed pecan. Gorgeous, Shannon!

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  10. Downton inspired! Fantastic. Great design, Shannon.
    :)

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  11. oh...my...gosh. this is so beautiful. I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO KNIT!!!!!

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  12. Just gorgeous! Love the color, it really shows the pattern. Also the first shot is really, really good. I might have to try this pattern!

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  13. Just loved everything about it-pattern and color! Just got done buying pattern and downloading it to ravelry!
    Thanks so much for a great summer knit!!! Love your blog

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  14. Nice work Shannon! It's awesome!

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  15. Awwwww...thanks everyone! So happy you all love it too! It really is a fun knit and I've been wearing it a lot...yes...even in the summer. It's great with a tank or a tee out and about town. I think I will need a few more of these by the time the year is over.

    xoxox

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  16. Congrats, Shannon! It's a beautiful design!

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  17. Aww, why do I have to be knitting-inept?! Not fair! I love this cowl though... And Downton Abbey too :).

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  18. It IS gorgeous! And so is your lovely sister;) my oldest is called Camille (but french prononciation) you must be very proud it's a lovely pattern and the choice name's awesome! Love Downton Abbey!
    Keep the good work up and now off to go like it on ravelry!
    Josée

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  19. LOVE THIS! i have the pattern, but don't see a final yardage amount for the cowl (in dk)...

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    1. I didn't note a final yardage amount as I used almost my whole skein that is listed and also it's a matter of size for some people. You can make the cowl as high as you'd like I simply give you a recommended height and pattern repeat.

      Thanks for the comment! Please let me know if you need any more info or have questions.

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