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  1. I am excited to share my new shawl pattern with you today! This is the Quietude shawl and it is now available to download from the websiteRavelry and Payhip.

    Having grown up in the countryside, I enjoy the quiet stillness of nature. Whenever I find myself in a new place, I like to take a walk and immerse myself in the surroundings, enjoying the fresh air and birdsong and taking in the beautiful scenery that nature has to offer.

    Quietude is a shawl for those contemplative walks. Shaped with three panels, stockinette side panels highlight a centre of diamond lace which grows like a mountain coming into view on the horizon. A single bead at the bottom of each lace motif accentuates the border colour, like shiny pebbles dotted along the path. A classic ribbed border in a contrasting yarn adds a clear road to the end of your shawl. A solid colour for the body of the shawl is best, but the border can stand up to variegated yarns. 

    The border uses 1.75oz / 50g or 218yds / 200m of yarn. If you start a full skein for this section, you can keep hold of the remainder as there will be a Quitetude cowl coming very soon, which has been designed to use the rest of your skein.

    The pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knitted prior to publication.

    Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, sl2tog-k1-psso, k2tog, ssk, yo

    Sizes – One size 

    Measurements – The finished blocked item measures 70” (178cm) wingspan and 21” (53cm) in depth once blocked


    •    Yarn A: 437yd / 400m, 3.5 oz / 100g, 4-ply or fingering-weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree, Steni Vala - 50% merino / 50% silk, in the Snow colour (1 skein) 
    •    Yarn B: 218yd / 200m, 1.75 oz / 50g, 4-ply or fingering-weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree, Steni Vala - 50% merino / 50% silk, in the Emerald colour (1 skein) 
    •    153 x size 6 (4mm) beads
    •    A 0.75mm crochet hook 
    •    US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
    •    2 stitch markers (optional: 18 contrasting markers for the lace repeats)
    •    Pins for blocking


    23 stitches and 32 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking 

    Kits are available for Quietude Shawl and when you buy the kit you get the pattern for free! Choose from three colours: Emerald Green (as pictured), Royal Blue or Raspberry Swirl. The kit comes with 2 skeins of yarn and the co-ordinating beads.

    Kits are presented in organza bags, you can add a needle if you wish and they make great gifts too!
    Quietude Kit (1)
    The pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley and was tested by Jacqueline and Sabina - thank you! 
    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.
    Until next time, happy knitting!
  2. This weekend I shall be celebrating another year around the sun and I'd love for you to join me in my celebrations!

    From 9am (UK time) on Saturday morning you can enjoy 15% off all stock items on the website AND free UK postage on all orders until midnight on Sunday. Just use the code CAKE at the checkout.

    Please note that the offer applies to in-stock items only and cannot be redeemed against Gift Vouchers or Custom Dye orders. All orders will be posted out via 2nd Class post early next week.



    (Image credit: This cute cake pattern is called Birthday Cake by Amanda Berry and it's available on Ravelry here:

    Facebook Party!

    You are also invited to join my Facebook party this weekend! If you are on Facebook but not already in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group, you might want to join for this as there will be lots of games and prizes up for grabs, including patterns, stitch markers, yarn and much more!

    Join the Facebook Group Here

    If you get chance to join in the fun, please do, it will be great to see you there and you never know - you could be a lucky winner!