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  1. I've been very busy over the past couple of weeks, putting together a whole programme of video tutorials for my beginner sock pattern - Let the Yarn Shine.

    This pattern was released a couple of years ago as a basic pattern for knitting a top down sock using double pointed needles. It includes of photo's and handy hints for each stage of knitting the sock, and it's a great pattern for showing off a lovely colourful skein of yarn too!

    I have been meaning to update the pattern with a full programme of supporting video tutorials for a while now and I am pleased to say the new and improved pattern is now available!

    So if sock knitting is on your future to-do list, look no further!

    This pattern has been written for the knitter who is brand new to sock knitting. You will need to be comfortable with working knit and purl stitches and k2tog, ssk and p2tog decreases. Using the pattern and the programme of supporting video tutorials, we will go through every stage of sock knitting step-by-step. There are also lots of photos and handy hints included in the pattern too.

    The pattern has 3 sizes, although these are easily customisable and details are given on how to adjust for a perfect fitting sock

    In this pattern we cover:
    • How a top down sock is constructed
    • How to choose your materials
    • How to use double pointed needles to knit in the round
    • How to measure a foot and easily adjust your sock lengths for a perfect fitting sock
    • How to cast on and divide your stitches over the double pointed needles
    • How to knit a slip stitch heel flap
    • How to create a gusset for a snug and comfortable fitting sock
    • How to shape the toes
    • How to work Kitchener Stitch to finish your socks
    • How to block your socks for a smooth and professional finish


    Why Knit Socks?

    Hand knitted socks are a real treat for the feet. Not only are they cozy and comfortable but there's also something extra special and luxurious about slipping on a pair of soft hand knitted socks.

    As a knitting project they have many elements to keep you interested as well as sections that don't require much concentration, so they can be great for social or TV knitting. And as they are a small project you can pop them in your bag and knit them whenever opportunity strikes!

    You can download the pattern from Ravelry or Payhip or request a print and post version from the website! For more details, click on the button below. This will take you to the website which contains further information and links.

    >>Download the Let the Yarn Shine Sock Pattern<<


    Knitting Kits

    'Choose your Colour' kits for the socks are available too! 

    The kit contains a copy of the pattern (sent to you via e-mail, Ravelry or printed and posted), your choice of Chora or Sparkle Sock yarn from any available on the website, and a stitch marker. And you can also add on the double pointed needles if you wish.

    The kit is presented in a silver organza bag.

    >>Purchase a sock knitting kit<<


     To find out more about the pattern and to watch a short video head on over to

    If you use this pattern to make your first pair of socks, please do let me know as I would love to see them. Or if you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.

    Until next time, happy (sock) knitting! 

  2. It's getting noticeably warmer and lighter here in the UK and that means more time being spent in the garden. Now, I'm not a natural gardener by any means, I'm more into sitting in the garden with my knitting and enjoying the sunshine. But I do appreciate all of the hard work that goes into cultivating and maintaining a beautiful, blossoming garden.

    And gardens don't come more beautiful than Monet's Garden in Giverny. Even though I have never been there (it's on my 'one day' list) I couldn't help but be inspired by the beautiful views and colours from photographs. And so here are the Giverny Garden socks, a new pattern which is now available to download from the 
    websiteRavelry and Payhip.

    lace ankle sock

    About the Giverny Garden Socks

    These sweet ankle socks were inspired by images of the paths and the rows of flowers at Monet’s house in Giverny. The socks are knitted from the top down, starting with a ribbing that incorporates a twist stitch. This then develops into an open lace pattern that creates columns of flower motifs repeating all the way around the sock.

    The 4 row lace pattern is easy to remember making the socks an ideal project when relaxing outdoors, surrounded by blooming flowers and soaking up the sunshine. The end result is a pair of light, lacy socks, perfect for stepping into Summer!

    If you prefer a longer leg of lace you can easily adjust the length to make a longer sock before working the heel.

    The Giverny Garden socks are available in 3 adult sizes, and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks. The socks are constructed with a heel flap and gusset to give them a nice, comfortable fit.

    Giverny Garden Socks

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

    Sizes and Measurements

    The sizes given are ‘to fit’ sizes.

    • Small Adult - 8” / 20.5cm foot circumference and at least 9” / 23cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    • Medium Adult - 9” / 23cm foot circumference and at least 10” / 25.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    • Large Adult - 9.75” / 25cm foot circumference and at least 10.25” / 26cm length from tip of toe to back of heel

    The size shown in the pattern photographs is Small Adult.

    Materials Used

    When choosing the yarn for your socks, I recommend looking for a yarn with nylon content or a high twist as this adds extra durability and strength.

    • 306yd / 280m, 2.45oz / 70g of 4 ply sock yarn. The yarn used in the pattern is the Under the Olive Tree 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon 4ply yarn in the Cherry Blossom colourway (1 skein)
    • 1 set of US 1.5 / 2.5mm double-pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    • 1 Stitch Marker
    • 1 Tapestry Needle

    Gauge - 32 stitches and 44 rnds to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking

    GG Sock Kit

    Kits for the Giverny Garden socks are also available. And when you purchase the kit you get the pattern for free!

    You can order a kit in a colour of your choice from any of the sock yarns in stock, or from the colours in the Custom Dye range.

    Click HERE for more details.

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

    Thank you Donna, Proby, Hazel, Claire, Sabina and Beth! Hazel and Sabina used contrast yarns for for the cuffs and toes which is always a good opportunity to use up any scraps. And Proby made a fabulous pair of mis-matched neon socks - aren't they great!

    GG Tests


    Yet another stunning sock pattern from Jemma. The pattern is reminiscent of garden paths through flower beds, I love them! - Sabina

    This pattern has an easy to remember repeat with enough interest to make an enjoyable knitting project with a very pleasing result – Hazel

    Enjoyed the pattern, and seemed to go quickly due to the stitch pattern used – Beth

    A well written pattern. Very easy to follow resulting in a very pretty end product. – Claire

    If you are interested in test knitting a future Under the Olive Tree Knits designs you can sign up to my Test Knitter Newsletter HERE and receive an e-mail when a new pattern is ready for testing.

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like the new pattern! If you make these socks do come and share your progress and photos in our friendly Facebook Group - Under the Olive Tree Knitters - I'd love to see them!