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  1. My new shawl pattern, the Sparkling Spruce Shawl is now available to download from the websitePayhip and Ravelry!

    About this Pattern

    A night-time walk through a city during the holiday season is one of my favourite things to do. There is something so magical about holiday lights that glitter in the the shop windows and light up the streets. I love the surprise of turning a corner and getting my first glimpse of a big, sparkling tree standing in the centre of the square. The tree not only lights up the sky, it lights up my heart.

    Sparkling Spruce was designed to capture that magic. The body of this top-down crescent shawl is worked in reverse stockinette, making this good social or TV knitting. Triangles of beaded lace are then worked along the bottom. Go traditional and use all white or clear beads, or be merry and choose several colours. With a touch of ribbing and eyelets, stout trunks are added to the final rows, revealing that these triangles are indeed decorated trees. To celebrate the season with this cheery shawl, choose a 100-gram skein of 4-ply yarn in a solid colour to let the lace and beads stand out.

    The pattern is written to match the sample pictures, with a 3-colour bead pattern. However, if you want to try out some different combinations for your tree, there is a blank chart provided in the pattern that you can use to create your own beaded colour scheme. 

    A video tutorial on how to add beads with a crochet hook is provided in the pattern, and a handy stitch count checklist is also provided to help you keep track of your progress.

     
    For full details of the pattern including sizing and materials, click HERE

     
    SS Kit
     
     
    Customisable kits for the shawl are available to purchase. And when you purchase the kit you get the pattern for free!
     
    What's in the Kit?

    Each kit comes with a full 100g skein of 4ply sock yarn in a colour of your choice. Choose from any of the colours in stock or pick your favourite colour from any of the 50+ custom dye colours available! 

    You also get to create your own colour combination of bead baubles. Choose a mix from Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ivory, Red, Blue or Green. 

    To complete your kit you can add a 3.75mm KingPro Zing circular needle if required. Kits come in an organza bag and make great gifts either to yourself or a knitting friend!
     
    Click HERE to purchase a kit
      

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

    Thank you Doug, Tori and Yvette.
     
     
    Doug is actually making another version using a Double Knit yarn, I can't wait to see how it turns out!
     
    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like the new design - don't forget if you aren't already signed up to my newsletter, you can sign up using the form below and get 20% off this pattern!
     
    Thanks for stopping by, Happy Knitting!
  2. There are some new additions to the Christmas shop this week...meet the Yarnie Baubles!

    These wooden Christmas baubles are the perfect festive decoration for any knitter, yarnie or crocheter! With 6 designs to choose from and options for personalisation you can hang them on the tree, use as present tags, decorate bunting and garlands, or send a message to your crafty friends.

    These baubles have been exclusively designed by Jem for UtOTK. Each one is laser cut from 4mm plywood and the fronts are finished with several coats of fine glitter gold varnish for plenty of sparkle.

    Each bauble comes with a length of red, green and white hanging twine.

    Add message to bauble

    The backs of the baubles are unvarnished but can be personalised with your own message. They would make a great alternative Christmas Card to your crafty friend, and one that could be used for years to come too!

    To find out more or to order a Yarnie Bauble click HERE