On January 5, 2014, 'Downton Abbey' fans will welcome its return to PBS with season four. Since 1920's era fashion and particularly cloche hat patterns have roared back into style at the behest of the popular British broadcast, knitting for Downton followers is easy with free patterns.
Many of the hats in 'Downton Abbey' are felted, first using a cloche hat knitting pattern, then fulled in your washing machine, dried over a bowl, or mannequin head, and trimmed with ribbon, flowers, broaches, or knit-in i-cords. You'll find an easy cloche hat pattern here for the 'Downton Abbey' look.
And another cloche hat pattern here is knit in brioche stitch, is a free pattern written in French and English by Valdis Vrang, and requires NO felting. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the rhythm of the stitch and calming aesthetic while knitting brioche. This is a darling Downton Abbey-inspired hat and knit from side to side on US size 6-7 (4-4.5mm) needles, depending on your yarn gauge. You can use a worsted weight yarn or two strands of fingering yarn held together.
The Brioche stitch begins with an even number of stitches and one set up row, then multiples of just one row as in this hat: k1 "yo, sl1(pwise), k2tog (next stitch with the yo from previous row)" (repeat "---") slipping the last stitch to make a nice crisp finished edge.
Get more knitting ideas for 'Downton Abbey' fans on this Pinterest board pinned just for Downton knitting.