Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: “It’s the job of grandmothers to interfere!” I am a grandmother, but I do try my best not to interfere. While you work on your shawl, your grandchildren (or children) can amuse themselves with Downton Abbey paper dolls, by Kyle Hilton. Download them all when you go to their webpage!
I first intended to name my shawl the “Tea With Lady Violet” Shawl but quickly realized how it may offend her sense of etiquette, as her proper title is not “Lady Violet” but “Lady Grantham.”
“TEA WITH LADY GRANTHAM” SHAWL uses stitch patterns that are different from “LADY EDITH’S LONDON NIGHTS” SHAWL. Both of the shawls will have the same size and shaping–a crescent shaped shawl that is worked from the top down. However, the Lady Edith Shawl is single crochet based, and the Lady Grantham Shawl is double crochet based.
For this shawl I am using a 3.5mm hook and Berroco “Ultra Alpaca Fine;” it is a soft, heathered wool/alpaca/nylon blend yarn that is widely available–ask for it at your LYS; I purchased mine at Uptown Yarns in Courtenay, BC. You can also order it online at outlets like Jimmy Beans Wool, who are hosting the knitted “Downton Abbey Mystery KAL 2014” that inspires my crochet pattern. I chose to use a soft pink-violet shade (12176 Pink Berry Mix).
The colour is not accurate in these photos, but you can see the granite stitch border (at the bottom of the strip) which has interesting texture, and you can also see that–so far–the shawl is reversible.
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TEA WITH LADY GRANTHAM: WHAT INSPIRED MY COLOUR CHOICES
Lilac/violet/purple colours are often seen in Downton Manor; it was the colour you could wear for the “half-mourning” period, beginning 6 months after mourning the death of a family member began. In Episode 1 of Series 4, you notice that Anna offers Lady Mary a lilac coloured shawl to take downstairs in case she decided to go outside. Lady Mary–dressed in black–replies rather shortly, “Where is the black one?” Her husband Matthew has been dead for 6 months. Later in the show we see her wearing lilac. The first photo, below, is a scene at the christening of Sybil and Tom Branson’s infant daughter–they are, of course, in mourning still for Sybil.
Copyright Note: the Downton Abbey tv set photos are not my copyright; they were found on the internet but clearly Copyright is held by the TV studios. I am using them only demonstrate fashion and social norms of the era.