Downton Abbey Mystery KAL 2014
Starting with merely a basic shawlette pattern, this truly mysterious KAL is based on the film drinking games of our college years with a “Choose your own Adventure” sort of twist. The difference is that in this case we’re taking a more productive approach: instead of drinking when something happens on Season 4 of Downton Abbey, we’re knitting a specific stitch pattern into our shawlette! (Of course, we wouldn’t blame you for pouring a glass of wine or drink to enjoy with your project and Downton, but all we’ll be focused on is the knitting!!)
-The final design of our shawlette will be based on the events and dialogue of each episode of Downton Abbey, Season 4 (yes, we have a BBC connection and have watched/studied it already)!
-On the morning before each episode airs on PBS, you will receive a set of directions for that evening’s episode.
-There will be 2 options specified in the directions: one for beginners and one for intermediate knitters.
-Your directions could be something along the lines of: “When Bates sneezes, knit 4 rows of seed stitch.” (Or something like that!)
-The rules are designed so that rarer events require more complicated or laborious stitch patterns.
-For those of you that didn’t or couldn’t watch, we’ll release the “stitch pattern key” to the episode the day after the show airs.
Timeline and Materials:
-Sunday, Jan 5th: We’ll release the basic shawlette pattern instructions (first thing in the morning) on the JBW blog so that you can cast on and be ready to start the game the following week during Episode 2. Rules for episodes #2-8 will be posted each Sunday morning thereafter (just like last year’s KAL, if you participated.)
-Yarn Needed: We’ll be using 2 hanks of Lorna’s Laces Honor in the “Bated Breath” Limited Edition color, but you can also use 550 yds of any DK weight yarn with lots of drape.
-Needles: US 7- 40” circular needles
Please note: As of 12/31/13, the Lorna’s Laces Honor yarn, if not yet ordered, will not be shipping to customers until 1/10 after the KAL starts. (If you’ve already ordered and received an e-mail that says when your yarn will ship, go by that date.) We have already sold through the skeins we originally ordered for the KAL. If you want to start on time with the group, you are welcome to join in and use a different yarn. You can also opt to wait for the Downton yarn and then play catch up as you’ll only be about 2 episodes behind. It’s completely up to you, and we hope you’ll still join us either way!
If you are an LYS and would like to host Downton Abbey KAL Meet-ups in your shop, that’s great! We are thrilled to have you participate with us! Please feel free to share the pattern with your customers, as long as you give full credit for the content to the designer and Jimmy Beans Wool. Also, feel free to let us know you are participating (send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll happily give you a shout out on Facebook and our other social media accounts. We want your business to do well and receive some attention too! Thank you for participating!