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  1. 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

  2. It's here! I am excited to let you know that my new pattern, the Diamond Cascade Shawl is now available to download from the website, Ravelry and Payhip!


    About this Pattern

    This large, yet soft and delicate, top-down triangular shawl is ideal for romantic dinners, evening strolls or just adding a touch of sparkle to the everyday. Streams of diamond lace cascade outward from the centre spine, ending in a splash of lace along the border. Beads in the centre of each motif twinkle in the light, like the glinting of the sea at sunset. Thanks to the simple and repetitive stitch pattern, the adventurous beginner will find this a great introduction to beaded lace, whilst the seasoned knitter will enjoy the easy-to-memorize pattern.

    A video tutorial on how to work the Diamond Lace stitch pattern and add a bead to each centre is linked in the pattern. It also includes handy tips on how to read your lace stitches, so you can easily double check that your stitches are in the right place on each row.

    Choose a smooth laceweight yarn in a solid or semi-solid colourway to show off the stitch pattern. Opt for matching or contrasting coloured beads to let your personality sparkle.

    A handy stitch count checklist is provided at the end of the pattern to help you keep track of your progress.

    Skills / Techniques used: Knit, purl, yarnovers, decreases, beadwork

    Sizes: One size
     
    Measurements: The finished blocked shawl measures 73” (185cm) wingspan and 33.5” (85cm) depth at the longest part 

    Materials Used:
    • 3.5oz / 100g, 656 yds / 600m skein of laceweight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern is Under the Olive Tree Peristera Lace Yarn – 55% superwash BFL / 45% silk in the Thunder Blue colourway
    • 708 x size 8 beads – The beads used in the pattern picture are Gunmetal Peacock from Under the Olive Tree Knits
    • 1 x 0.5mm crochet hook for adding the beads
    • 1 x US size 4 (3.5mm) 32-40” (80-100cm) circular needle
    • 1 x Stitch marker for marking the centre stitch
    Gauge: 24 stitches and 38 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking
     
    Diamond Cascade Shawl
     
    Customisable kits for the shawl are available on the website. And when you purchase the pattern as part of a kit you get it for free! 

    What's in the Kit?

    The yarn in the Diamond Cascade kit is the Peristera Lace yarn, a gorgeous blend of 55% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester and 45% Silk yarn. This yarn gives you 
    all of the stitch definition, drape and warmth from the Blue-Faced Leicester, coupled with the sheen and softness of the silk. It really is a pleasure to knit with. Each kit comes with a full 100g skein at 656 yds / 600m in a colour of your choice.

    Also included are 750 x size 8 (3mm) Miyuki seed beads. Here are just a few of the colours available for you to choose from, you can click HERE to see the full range.


    To complete your kit you can choose whether to add a 3.75mm KingPro Zing circular needle, and / or a 0.5mm crochet hook to your order. Kits come in an organza bag and make great gifts either to yourself or a knitting friend!

    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 Sabina, Hazel, Kim, Anne and Karen!

     
    I loved seeing the different colours and combinations of the test knitter shawls. Sabina used Peristera Lace in Shell, and then rummaged through her bead stash for a lots of multi-coloured sparkles! And Anne chose not to add the beads but instead knitted the shawl in a gorgeous blue, pink and purple variegated yarn. It made my day when I saw her beach photoshoot capturing the same pose I did for the final pattern pics!
     
    I hope you like the new design, I've been so excited to get this one out and share it with you.
     
    Thanks for reading, and until next time, happy knitting!