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  1. Sun Glitter KAL promo

    I'm excited to announce that a free shawl pattern and KAL coming next Friday 28th June!

    The Sun Glitter shawl is a 1 skein asymmetrical shawl designed to use 400m or 425m, 100g of 4ply / fingering / sock weight yarn. 

    There are 2 versions of the pattern, a stockinette stitch and a garter stitch version and the pattern compliments either a solid colour or colourful variegated yarn.

    Knit on a 3.75mm 80-100cm circular needle, this shawl pattern is a perfect quick summer knit and with the easy-to-memorise pattern it makes for an excellent travel project.

    The pattern will be free for the duration of the KAL which will run from Friday 28th June all the way through to Saturday 31st August. The KAL will be hosted in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group and on Instagram using #sunglitterkal. There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs too, including a gorgeous skein of hand dyed yarn from The Ironbridge Yarn Studio  and a pretty summer project bag from Knitting Needle Lane.

    More details will follow next week but now is the time to go stash diving, or if you need any inspiration there are plenty of 4ply yarns available in the shop - including the pretty Fiesta Beach which was used in the original sample.

    Once you have chosen your yarn why not come and show it off in the Facebook Group? I hope to see you there!

    If you are not already subscribed to my newsletter, sign up now and be the first to know when the pattern is released!

    Jem x

  2. I have a new sock pattern available - these are the Coxswain Socks! The pattern is available on the website and on Ravelry.


    About this Pattern

    Coxswain Socks are worked from the top down, launching with a ribbed cuff and transitioning to a lace panel down the front. Choose a solid or semi-solid sock yarn to let the lace stand out. Triangles of purls along the midline are like the hull cutting through the surface. Eyelets form the oars as they dip into the water, all in sync. You’ll stay on course until it’s time to work the eye of partridge heel flap and gusset. Then, it’s back to the lace and a race to the finish!

    Coxswain Sock

    Suitable for a beginner sock knitter, the pattern is supported with links to video tutorials for the techniques used.

    The pattern is written for 3 adult sizes and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks.

    Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, slip stitch, short rows, eyelets, decreases

    Sizes and Measurements

    Hand knit socks are designed to be slightly smaller than the foot length to give a small amount of negative ease. This means that they will hug the foot and leg and stay in place. The sizes given are a ‘to fit’ size. The actual socks will be slightly smaller to allow a little stretch for a snug fit.

    The sizes given in this pattern are for adult sizes in small, medium and large.

    •    Small Adult - 8” / 20.5cm foot circumference and 8.5” / 21.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    •    Medium Adult - 9” / 23cm foot circumference and 9.25” / 23.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    •    Large Adult - 9.75” / 25cm foot circumference and 10” / 25.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel

    Full details on how to take the correct measurements to determine your size are given in the pattern. 

    The size shown in the pattern photographs is for the small adult.

    Materials Used

    When choosing the yarn for your socks you want to be looking for a yarn with nylon content or a high twist as this adds extra durability and strength.

    •    1 x 3.5oz / 100g, 440 yd / 400m skein of 4ply sock yarn. The yarn used in the pattern is the Under the Olive Tree 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon Chora 4ply yarn in the Clear Water colour
    •    1 set of 2.5mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    •    3 Stitch Markers
    •    1 Tapestry Needle

    Gauge: 32 stitches and 44 rnds 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 Linda, Anna, Anna H and Teresa!

    Coxswain Tests


     Get this pattern for FREE!

    This pattern is available for free on purchase of a Coxswain sock kit. Click HERE for more details.


    Until next time, happy knitting!

    Coxswain Socks