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  1. I have a new shawl pattern available! This is the Lake Louise Shawl and it is now available to download from the websiteRavelry and Payhip.

    Lake Louise Wall

    This shawl was inspired by a winter trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada a few years ago. One of the many highlights of the holiday was snowshoeing across a frozen, and snow-covered, Lake Louise. The scenery was beautiful, of course, but so was the new terrain we were creating and I loved making paths of deep, snowy footprints into the smooth expanse of pristine snow.
     
    The top-down triangular shawl is worked in sportweight yarn for a large and cosy shawl that is perfect for winter strolls, whether on a frozen lake or on solid ground! Single and double yarnovers create tracks of large eyelets through the sweep of pure stockinette. This 8 row repeat lace pattern is fun to work, and the same stitch pattern is used for the both the coloumns and the border of the shawl. The Bluefaced Leicester used in the sample offers exquisite drape and sheen to the smooth stockinette bands and also shows off the detail of the lace, all without being too bulky. Choose a solid or semisolid colourway to let the lace shine.
     
    May the lacy footprints of this shawl inspire you to never be afraid to create your own path, and to enjoy new experiences with a sense of peace and wonder.
     
    A video tutorial on how to work the double yarnover stitch pattern used throughout the shawl is linked in the pattern and also available on the website, you can take a look here

    Kits for the Lake Louise shawl are also available on the website. And when you purchase the kit you get the pattern for free! 

    The sample was knitted in the Snow (undyed) colour but you can also order the kit in a custom dye colour of your choice. 

    Click HERE for more details on the kits

     


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

    Thank you Kim, Beth and Hazel!
     

     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 this shawl do come and share your progress and photos in our friendly Facebook Group - Under the Olive Tree Knitters - I'd love to see it!

     

  2. 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!