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Downton Abbey Dowager Shawl

Downton Abbey Dowager Shawl
Downton Abbey Dowager Shawl
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If you're addicted to the show on PBS, you'll be just as obsessed with the Downton Abbey Dowager Shawl. Premier Yarns has come out with a whole line of yarn inspired by Downton Abbey. This crochet shawl is made from Downton Abbey Lady Sybil yarn, which is a lovely gray hue and is a fine weight yarn, and you just need an F crochet hook to work it up. We could see the prideful Dowager Countess wearing this crochet pattern or even Lady Sybil sporting it along with her revolutionary ideas. The shawl has a gorgeous design that only the v stitch can achieve so beautifully. 


Crochet HookF/5 or 3.75 mm hook

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge7 rows = 4” in pattern. Save time, check your gauge.

Finished Size24 inches by 50 inches

Materials List

  • Downton Abbey Lady Sybil by Premier Yarns (80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Polyamide; 85gm/380 yds) • #DA4003-08 Gull Grey – 2 balls
  • Hook: US Size F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle


Pattern Notes
V st – V stitch - (dc, ch 1, dc) into next st/sp


  • ch - chain
  • dc - double crochet
  • hk - hook
  • rep - repeat(ting)
  • sk - skip
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
  • sp(s) - space(s)


  1. Row 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc), (6 dc) in 4th ch from hk – 7 dc. 

  2. Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1 here and throughout), dc in first dc, ch 1, (dc, ch 1) in next 2 dc, V st in next dc, ch 1, (dc, ch 1) in next 2 dc, V st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4. 

  3. Row 3: Ch 4, (counts as dc, ch 1 here and throughout), dc in first dc, ch 1, (dc, ch 1) in each dc to the center V st, V st in ch-1 sp of V-st from previous row, ch 1, dc in second leg of V st, ch 1, (dc, ch1) in each dc to end, V st in third ch of beg ch 4 – 13 ch-1 sps. 

  4. Rep Row 3, 33 more times – 145 ch-1 sps. 


  1. Row 1: Ch 1, sc in dc, *ch 4, sk next dc, sc in next dc; rep from * to center V st ch-1 sp, ch 4, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 4, sc in next dc, *ch 4, sk next dc, sc in next dc; rep from * to end. 

  2. Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as sc, ch 4), sc in next ch-4 sp, *ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp; rep from * to end, ch 2, dc in sc. 

  3. Row 3: [Ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hk, ch 2, sc in next ch-4 sp] twice *([2 dc, ch3, sl st in 3rd ch from hk]3 times, 2 dc) in next ch-4 sp, [sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hk, ch 2, sc in next ch-4 sp] 3 times; rep from * to last 3 ch-4 sps, ([2 dc, ch3, sl st in 3rd ch from hk]3 times, 2 dc) in next ch-4 sp, sc in next ch-4 sp, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hk, ch 2, sc in next ch-4 sp, (ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hk, dc) in last ch-4 sp. 

  4. Fasten off. 


Weave in ends.

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I've never seen the show but I wanted a light weight easy shawl pattern. There is something very wrong here. I've followed directions exactly but even with 12 extra rows it still only measures 20" by 43". I will keep going until it is wearable.

I'm not very excited about Downtown Abbey shawl as it is too short, and too flimsy. Very short shawls are very difficult to wear as it will constantly fall off the shoulder. There are really beautiful shawls but this one is not one of them.

This type of shawl is timeless. I was really expecting the price of the yarn to be much more than what I found on line. The grey would be timeless but I am thinking of black or white as my first option to make this. My first search yielded both of those colors out of stock.

From winter to summer formal functions, this downtown abby dowager shawl would be a great accessory piece. This is not too frumpy but shows you have class. It could also be used on the opposite side of the spectrum and dress up a pair of jeans.

This shawl looks very elegant. It looks like the perfect accessory to wear for a company Christmas party. I will have to find some light weight yarn and try this out. I am not really a neutral color person though, so I will probably go for black or a bright color.

I am currently working on this -- on gauge 7 rows to 4" in pattern, have completed 28 rows and am thinking it's still way to short for me. At 36 rows, I will have to continue -- size of models wearing this stuff should be given. I'm 5'6" tall and need more length. Also have only used almost one skein and it calls for two (must have a lot left over)

I have not watched a single episode of this long running PBS television show. I have seen the Downton Abbey line of yarn by Premier Yarns at my local yarn store earlier this week. The colors are neutral colors for the most part but are still very nice. This shawl looks very light weight and perfect for chilly evenings.

I love this shawl, but when I started it with the f hook, it didn't work, so I switched to a g hook and that wasn't right either. I don't crochet tight, so I am using a h hook and it looks better. Would like to know if anyone else had this problem.

I have not started this project yet, but did you use a #2 fine weight yarn?


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