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

    About this Pattern

    One of the things I love to do when travelling (remember those days?!) is to take lots and lots of photographs of everything around me, focusing on small details or picking out patterns in architecture or landscapes in the hope that they could inspire a future knitting pattern. On a trip to Rome a few years ago and surrounded by so much history and art, I was spoilt for inspiration. When I got home and developed the photos, I kept coming back to one of a blue and gold door panel taken at St. Peter’s Basilica. I really liked the simple shape and the filigree patterns on each side. And so a design was born!

    When in Rome is a top-down crescent shawl that embraces the beauty of lace right from the start. Working in set repeat sections the stitch pattern works to create solid sections of stockinette indented by circular filigrees.  These shapes continue all the way down the body where at the border they open out into lacy fans along the edge of the shawl. This pattern is a reminder to stop for a moment and take notice of the small intricacies that fill our world with beauty, be it in Rome, down your local street, or wherever your future travels may take you!

    The shawl uses 1 skein of 100g 4ply, sock or fingering-weight yarn. The sample shawl was worked in Under the Olive Tree Knits Steni Vala 4ply yarn, a lustrous and velvety blend of merino and silk.
    Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, increases, decreases, lace stitches 

    Sizes – One size
    Measurements – The finished blocked item measures 64” (162.5 cm) wingspan and 20” (51cm) in depth 

    Materials  Gauge - 23 stitches and 32 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
    Shawl knitting kit
    Kits for the When in Rome shawl are also available on the website. And when you purchase the kit you get the pattern for free! 

    The sample was knitted in Steni Vala - Shades of Caramel colourway. You can order the kit in a colour of your choice from the Steni Vala yarn page. 
    Steni Vala yarn is a luxurious blend of 50% Silk and 50% Merino. This pattern perfectly compliments any of the colours in the 'Shades of...' range. These yarns combine 3 different shades which subtly blend together to give a beautiful depth of colour and tonal interest to your stitches. 

    Each kit comes with the yarn, pattern, stitch marker and is presented in an organza project bag. You can also choose to add the needle if you wish.
    Click here to order your When in Rome Shawl kit.

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

    Thank you Citra, Fabiana, Jaynie, Karen, Lila, Nahed and Sabina!
    WIR Tests (2)
    The "When In Rome" shawl is utterly gorgeous! It knits up so quickly, with well written instructions so you always know where you are. I've had so many compliments on mine already! - Sabina

    I’m really happy with my shawl, instructions & charts very clear to follow -Nahed

    Lovely shawl, good instructions that are easy to follow. Perfect for that special skein in your stash! - Jaynie

    Your design is beautiful, and the pattern is well written - Lila

    I loved it so much I made a 2nd right away! - Karen

    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!

    Until next time, happy knitting,
  2. CCF (3)

    Save the Date! Knitting Needle Lane and I are proud to announce Cambridge’s brand new online craft festival on 5th June!

    Vendor Applicants are welcome to apply - if you are a maker/crafter and would like to get involved please head to the website to find out how! We would be delighted to have you onboard this brand new exciting virtual Instagram event - which fingers crossed will be an actual real life event when times are safer.

    So if you knit - crochet - dye yarn - make clothes - create candles any type of craft and own an independent business bricks & mortar or online please join us !

    Head on over to @cambridgecraftfestival on Instagram and give the page a Follow to stay up to date on all the latest news and spread the online word !

    Applications are open until 31st March.

    Email  [email protected] to apply for your spot.