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Downton Abbey Is Back!

Jan 6, 2014

Did you watch Downton Abbey last night? I did! I'm so glad to immerse myself in the world of the Gilded Age again, with my Lord and Lady TV friends.

    
The Half-Day Off Mitts by Sara Lamb
I'm so looking forward to seeing what will happen to to Lady Mary, and Lady Edith, too, with her married love interest.

I secretly hope that Tom and Mary end up together. Is that too far-fetched?

Last year I knitted a cowl during Downton, and this year I'm finishing a sweater that I started this fall.

If you're in need of a Downton knit-along, we have the perfect thing for you: A knit kit—the Half-Day Off Mitts from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits!

Designer Sara Lamb designed these knit fingerless gloves to protect the wearer's hands from sun, wind, soil, and cold. The mitts protect the hands like gloves, yet allow fingers the ability to function: fingers are free to pick up a hymnal or a tea cup, or use a knife and fork when having a meal out.

According to Sara, on their half-days off, their Sunday outing to church, or home to visit family, the work-hardened hands of female servants who work "downstairs" could be covered with soft mitts.

My favorite thing about the Half-Day Mitts is the picot detail. It adds the perfect flapper touch!

You begin the mitts by casting on using a provisional cast on (this is my favorite method). Here are the details of the picot hem and cuff:

Hem
Using a provisional method, CO 48 sts. Pm and join to k in the rnd.
K 7 rnds even.
Picot Turning Rnd: *K2 tog, yo; rep from * to end.
K 7 rnds even.
Remove waste yarn from CO and place 48 sts onto spare needle. Fold hem to WS with purl sides tog. Hold needles parallel with working needle in front and spare needle with CO sts in back.
Joining Rnd: *K 1 st from front needle tog with 1 st from back needle; rep from * to end.

    
Picot hem detail
Cuff
K 1 rnd even.
Next Rnd: *K2tog, yo; rep from * to end.
K 4 rnds even.

The joining round may seem like it's awkward to knit, but it's really quite easy. Just go slow and be sure to catch both stitches as you work each knit stitch. It's very much like working a three-needle bind-off.

Ready to start? Get your Half-Day Off Mitt Kit now, and in no time you'll be knitting these mitts while enjoying Downton Abbey!

Cheers,

P.S. What are your Downton Abby predictions? Share them with us in the comments!


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Knit the Servant's Half-Day Off Mitts featuring in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits magazine. This knitting kit includes 2 skeins of Tahki Yarn's Cotton Classic Lite yarn in either Almond or Light Silver.

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nearlynarly wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 1:53 AM

Are both of the yarn colors on back-order?  I placed an order for the kit but had a message at my "cart" that the item was not available at time of order.

nearlynarly wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 1:53 AM

Are both of the yarn colors on back-order?  I placed an order for the kit but had a message at my "cart" that the item was not available at time of order.

nearlynarly wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 1:53 AM

Are both of the yarn colors on back-order?  I placed an order for the kit but had a message at my "cart" that the item was not available at time of order.

nearlynarly wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 1:53 AM

Are both of the yarn colors on back-order?  I placed an order for the kit but had a message at my "cart" that the item was not available at time of order.

nearlynarly wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 1:53 AM

Are both of the yarn colors on back-order?  I placed an order for the kit but had a message at my "cart" that the item was not available at time of order.

nearlynarly wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 1:52 AM

Are both of the yarn colors on back-order?  I placed an order for the kit but had a message at my "cart" that the item was not available at time of order.

on Jan 12, 2014 9:00 AM

I, too, love Downton Abbey! A friend gave me a brooch of officially DA-inspired jewelry for Christmas. I read that Mary and Tom won't be getting together romantically, but who knows what Julian Fellowes may do to the plot? I'm getting nervous about Anna and Mr. Bates. There's something about them that the promos purport to be ominous. I do love these gloves, and I hope to try them as soon as I finish a commission. I love to knit during The Abbey, too!

on Jan 12, 2014 9:00 AM

I, too, love Downton Abbey! A friend gave me a brooch of officially DA-inspired jewelry for Christmas. I read that Mary and Tom won't be getting together romantically, but who knows what Julian Fellowes may do to the plot? I'm getting nervous about Anna and Mr. Bates. There's something about them that the promos purport to be ominous. I do love these gloves, and I hope to try them as soon as I finish a commission. I love to knit during The Abbey, too!

KathyS@105 wrote
on Jan 11, 2014 2:46 PM

Your wishes for Mary and Tom are not far-fetched.  I'd thought the exact same thing at the end of last season.  If I can finish the sweater which I'm knitting back and forth on 12 sts for a totally monotonous border, I'll be thrilled.

on Jan 6, 2014 9:25 PM

I live in America but British uncle has recorded them for me and I am up to the end of Season 4.  

Love the story and the characters but a bit cross at the writers.  Waiting for Season 5!

MaryF@2 wrote
on Jan 6, 2014 11:39 AM

1. The mitts are very pretty: however from your commentary I thought the were a new type of design. Cotton would not be the fiber I'd choose.

2. My prediction: as the 20th century progresses the entitled people of the "upstairs" become less and less relevant. They will have to survive on their strength of character and their abilities. Since they have little of either, they'll end up trying to keep things together by opening the Abbey to the public. The staff will move off to jobs in cities where they'll make more money and have actual weekends off and vacation time. They'll be unionized and make a living wage.

KBialek wrote
on Jan 6, 2014 7:39 AM

Living in UK I know exactly what'll happen, as we are over the next series now, so not wanting to worry you (as you seem as big fan as I am) please, do prepare yourself for some heavy dissapoinments on behalf of the both sisters... :(. Enjoy the series though, as it is well worth watching!

And I love the mitts! I'll make a pair for my cold office.

All the best

Kate