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  1. I know...its still October but now the nights are drawing in and the Autumn air is becoming crisp, my thoughts are turning to Christmas! And I know how organised us knitters like to be when planning projects for our needles, so I am excited to let you know that the Christmas Shop is officially open!

    There is a lovely selection of quick-knit decoration patterns to choose from. Each one is knitted using a chunky yarn and 4mm needles (US size 6) and these cute decorations look great on the Christmas tree or dotted around the home.

    A number of these patterns are available as individual kits too! These kits make a great weekend project and come with the instructions and yarn plus any extras such as beads and stuffing. You can shop the range of Christmas Patterns and Kits here

    Christmas Knitting Kits

    There is also a new range of Winter Season Yarns available. These semi-solid yarns combine different tones throughout the skein so you get a lovely depth of colour to your stitches. From the pale, frosty silvery blues of Glacier to the rich, deep purples of Crushed Velvet, these skeins are the perfect choice for your knits this winter.

    Hand Dyed yarn in winter colours

    These colourways are available in the shop on the 4ply Sparkle Sock base and the 4ply Steni Vala Merino and Silk base. Other yarn weights and bases are available on request. You can view the range of Winter Season yarns here

    Or perhaps you are looking to add some winter sparkle to your wardrobe. The Let It Snow shawl is a beautiful, large triangular shawl perfect for the festive season. Wear with your favourite dress for dinner, or wrap around your neck for a gorgeous glistening scarf for those fresh winter walks. The pattern uses just knit and purl stitches and the beads are added as you go along using a small crochet hook. A video tutorial for how to add the beads is linked in the pattern, and you can watch it here too.

    Christmas knitting pattern

    Kits for this shawl are available on request and the yarn and bead colours can be customised to your preference. If you would like to find out more about the kits, please just reply drop me a message through the Contact Form.

    And finally, don't forget to check out the tins of Christmas Stitch Markers

    Available in sets of 6 or 12, and a choice of silver, colourful or mixed, these festive markers are the perfect choice for your needles this Christmas. Each set comes in a little tin for safe storage, and they make lovely gifts too!

    Stitch Markers (2)

    I hope you enjoy all the new additions to the Christmas Shop this year. Stay tuned for some more knitty additions to the shop over the next few weeks, and there is a new one-skein Christmas shawl pattern coming very soon too!

    Thank you for reading and until next time - happy knitting! 

  2. I am excited to let you know that my new pattern, the Safe Harbour Shawl is now available to download from the websiteRavelry and Payhip!

    About this Pattern

    For many of us, knitting has become more than a hobby, but it can also be a place of comfort. In a chaotic world, we turn to our trusty yarn and needles for a few moments of calm. We can’t control everything in the world but we can at least be in control of our knitting.

    Safe Harbour is a top-down crescent shaped shawl that begins with a long stretch of relaxing stockinette. As you near the shawl’s edge, waves of zigzag lace ripple along the shore. A crooked jetty of stockinette stands firm amidst the lace, protecting the shallows from the uncertain waters of the deeper lace beyond. However choppy your seas, let knitting be your safe harbour.

    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, offering a soft, warm hug when you need it most. 

    While this might be considered an intermediate-level pattern, it is a good one for the adventurous beginner looking to dip a toe into lacework.

     
    For full details of the pattern please visit the pattern page here
     
     
    Safe Harbour (2)
     
    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!

    Safe Harbour is ideal for showcasing a semi-solid colourway, and is the perfect pattern to compliment any of the yarns in the Steni Vala 'Shades of...' or Winter Season ranges.  These yarns are a mix of 50% Silk and 50% merino, and have been hand-dyed using a close blend of colours to create a variance of tones throughout the skein.

    It also works equally as well with any of the yarns in the 4ply / sock / fingering yarn range.

    To complete your kit you can choose whether to add a 3.75mm KingPro Zing circular needle 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.

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

    Thank you Hazel, Teresa, Kim, Carron, Jacqueline and Susan!
     
     
    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, and until next time Happy Knitting!