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  1. The City Lights shawl is now available as a free download from Under the Olive Tree Knits and Ravelry or by using the download buttons below.

    This pattern is available as a free download until 30th November 2022.

    City LIghts

    When I worked in the city, one of my favourite ways to spend a rainy lunch break was to sit in the window of a coffee shop and watch people being hurried and impatient, quickly trying to make it to their next destination. As the skies grew darker, the colours that were reflected off the street grew brighter. Colourful puddles appeared under illuminated shop windows and raindrops trickled down the window, breaking and blurring the colours outside like an abstract painting.

    As one of the organisers of the Cambridge Yarn Festival, one of the events we have put together is a London Yarn Crawl in November. Being in London in November brings back these memories of rainy, colourful days. The City Lights shawl was designed for this event and it’s a one-skein shawl that will really showcase all of the colours in a variegated yarn.

    A shawl of two halves, this one-skein-wonder begins with a section of stockinette that sets out the colours and lets every stitch shine brightly. Then halfway through, the lines of colours start to break up with ‘yo, k2tog’ stitches. This simple lace stitch displaces the colours of your yarn like broken raindrops yet keeps things interesting as you work each row.

    The end result is a quick-knit shawl that will keep you warm and cozy on those rainy days - whether you are the one scurrying to find shelter, or the one sipping your coffee and watching the blurry world from the other side of the window.

    If you are new to knitting lace, this shawl would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try as it uses just yarnover and k2tog stitches to create the lace. A video tutorial on how to work the [yo, k2tog] stitch combination can be found here

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    City Lights

    Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kfb, yo, k2tog, ‘yo, k2tog’ lace stitches

    Sizes – One size

    Measurements – The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 81” (205.5cm) and a depth of 17” (43cm)


    • 437-464yd / 400-425m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4 ply, sock or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Sparkle sock yarn, 75% merino / 20% nylon / 5% Silver Stellina in the Purple Skies colourway
    • US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
    • 1 stitch marker
    • 1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

    Gauge: 22 stitches and 33 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking

    The pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too!

    Thank you Angela, Jacqueline, Mari, Mel, Pat and Sharon!

    City Lights Test 

     New Yarn Colourway!

    The sample pattern used a skein of Purple Skies, a new colourway for Autumn 2022 which has flashes of pinks, purples, yellows, blues and greens.

    Purple Skies is on a Sparkle Sock base so as well as all of those lovely colours you also get lots of sparkle too! A 100g skein has 400m and is a mix of 75% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon and 5% Silver Stellina.


    Kits are Available too!

    Choose any skein of Chora or Sparkle sock yarn available on the website!

    Kits come in an organza bag with a stitch marker. You can also choose to have a printed copy of the pattern and a 3.75mm circular needle included if you wish.

    Buy a City Lights Shawl Kit

    I hope you like the new pattern - don't forget to download your free copy by 30th November.


  2. The RiverRay wrap is now available to download directly from the website and Ravelry!


    This pattern spent a long time without a name. As I was knitting it, the stitch pattern was making me think of a rippling stream, so this was always in the back of my mind.

    The idea for this wrap was to use two sock-blank fades which both start off dark in colour but slowly transition to the natural yarn colour as you knit them. The wrap starts by casting on the first colour at the darkest end and then knitting on the bias which creates this lovely horizontal stockinette and lace wave pattern. If you are familiar with my designs you may recognise this stitch pattern from ‘Reach for the Stars’ or ‘Lasso the Moon’, the stitch pattern is the same for this wrap. If you are new to knitting lace, a video tutorial on how to work the [yo, k2tog] stitch combination can be found by visiting

    Once you reach the end of the first blank, the next one is cast on from the lightest point. So in the centre you get a lovely pool of light yarn, and when the wrap was on the blocking mats it looked like a ray of sunshine was shining across the middle – so the name became the RiverRay Wrap!

    Instead of using sock blanks, you could use 2 x skeins of 4ply sock yarn at 400-425m per skein, or ten mini skeins at 20g / 85m per skein. The wrap would work beautifully with 2 x sets of 5 gradient mini skeins fading into each other.

    I used mini-skeins for the pink and blue version shown below. You can see here that the wrap also doubles up as a lovely scarf or a big, cozy cowl!

    Whatever yarns you decide to use, the end result is a large, versatile wrap or scarf which will keep you as warm as a ray of sunshine wherever you go.

    Download RiverRay from the Website

    Download RiverRay from Ravelry

    RiverRay (1)

    RiverRay Wrap Kit

    Kits are available for the RiverRay wrap with everything you need for the project.

    The kit includes 2 Fade Sock Blanks. Each blank has the same yardage as a 100g skein of Chora Sock yarn (75% Superwash Merino / 25% nylon) at 425m.

    The kit also includes a copy of the pattern, either digital or printed and posted.

    Buy a RiverRay Wrap Kit

    Knitted wrap pattern kit

    The pattern has been professionally tech edited by Julia Targett and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too!

    Thank you Donna, Fabiana, Hazel, Mel, Pat, Sabina and Sharon.

    RiverRay Test 

    Here's what they had to say about this pattern: 

    “This is such a satisfying knit. Once you get on to the main body of the wrap, you can get in to a groove and the rows just fly by, and the finished product is just wonderful!” – Sabina

    “Lovely well-written pattern. Easily memorised for holiday travel knitting. Perfect pleasure / leisure pattern” - Hazel

    “Lovely size shawl / wrap and unusual as it looks like its worked on the straight but with the diagonal, it looks more complicated than it was” – Melanie

    “The pattern is well written and easy to get into a rhythm when you are on the even section of the shawl. I love the outcome of the pattern” – Pat

    “Once again, a very well written and easy to follow pattern. Your knits are a pleasure to test and Knit” – Donna

     And if you want to find out more about this design you can watch the latest YouTube episode where I talk about the pattern, using sock blanks and how you can easily adjust the pattern to make the most of your yarn.

    Watch on YouTube