We hope you’ve been enjoying our week of introducing the Downton Abbey Yarn Collection, new this season. There are four different yarns in the collection, and we’ve had a great time just starting to play with two of them – the sparkly Lady Mary yarn and the tweedy Matthew yarn. Today we’re wrapping up the week with a few project suggestions for the Matthew yarn, which is a worsted weight blend that has a great tweedy wool look. This is a great choice for winter comfort knitting.
In an earlier post this week we took a glance at the Crawley vest pattern that was designed specifically for the Matthew yarn. However, this is a very versatile yarn and weight, so you can choose almost an endless number of projects to knit with! The Matthew yarn is worsted weight and would be appropriate for textured patterns or simple cable patterns.
One great idea is the Irish Hiking Scarf (Ravelry link), which is a free pattern by Adrian Bizilia and has been a favorite of many knitters for many years! It would take just 2 skeins of the Matthew yarn, and uses a simple cable pattern that’s easy to remember and looks great in the tweed. If you enjoy that pattern, you can keep the cabled comfort going with the inspired Irish Hiking Armwarmers and the Irish Hiking Hat.
If you’re keen to get some winter accessories knitted, another great option is the Turn A Square Hat (Ravelry link) from Brooklyn Tweed. You can choose two different colors of the yarn to create the simple stripes used in the pattern – the off-white and dusty purple shown above would be a great combination for stripes! Or, for an even simpler hat, try the Regular Guy Beanie for an easy hat for yourself or your favorite “regular guy.” The Tyson hat (Ravelry link) is another simple hat with a feminine slouchy style.
To up your cabled knitting game, why not try the Vancouver Fog finger-less mitts? And the simple texture and cabled combination used in the Shilling hat pattern would be another winner. Finally, the texture of the Bus hat pattern (scroll down) would be simple to knit up and versatile for many different color choices. The Matthew yarn comes in many different neutral and muted tones!
These are just a few great ideas to get you started. We hope you’ve got some great knitting projects planned in the months ahead, especially if you’ll be knitting along to your favorite Downton Abbey episodes! These yarns are a great choice for winter comfort knitting.