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  1. There are Prizes to be Won in the Sun Glitter Shawl KAL!

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    The Sun Glitter shawl pattern was released last week and I am thrilled so see so many cast-ons already! I am loving seeing all of the pictures on FacebookRavelry and Instagram.

    In case you missed the e-mail last week, the Sun Glitter shawl is a 1 skein asymmetrical shawl designed to use 400m or 425m, 100g of 4ply / fingering / sock weight yarn. And the pattern is FREE for the duration of the KAL which runs until 31st August 2019.

    Knit on a 3.75mm 80-100cm circular needle, this shawl pattern is a perfect quick summer knit and with the easy-to-memorise pattern it makes for an excellent travel project.

    You can download a copy from Ravelry or from the website.

    And there is also now 
    Ravelry Forum thread open for you to join the chat and share your progress pictures! 

     Sun Glitter KAL - Prizes!

    Thanks to the generosity of my crafty friends, there are some lovely prizes waiting to be won if you take part in the KAL. Here is what you could win...
    Fleabubs & Lala
    ...this aptly named hand dyed skein of Beauties by Nicola from Fleabubs & Lala. This is a 100g / 400m skein of soft merino and bamboo.

    Based in Devon, Fleabubs & Lala is a dyer of yarn and maker of ergonomic crochet hooks, beautifully designed for maximum comfort. 

    Check out the Fleabubs website or Etsy shop to for a stunning array of hand-dyed yarns, on many bases.

    I am proud to mention that this very talented lady is my sister :)

    The Ironbridge Yarn Studio


    ...a hand dyed skein of sparkly yarn! This pretty skein of Seafoam is by Felicity from The Ironbridge Yarn Studio. Check out Felicity's Etsy shop for a gorgeous range of handpainted and speckled indie dyed yarns, all created from her small home studio in Shropshire, England.

    Knitting Needle Lane


    ...a pretty flower project bag - hand made by Camilla at Knitting Needle Lane!

    Knitting Needle Lane is a UK based online knitting shop, and Cambridge market stall, providing hand picked stock to bring you the softest yarns and high quality products. 

    Check out the website for all manner of lovely yarns, accessories and patterns.

     A free pattern from Frenchie of Aroha Knits!

    Frenchie is a Franco-Maori, American-Australian knitwear designer + coach living in Osaka, Japan.

    "At Aroha Knits, as a knitwear designer and coach, I inspire and empower fiber artists to transform their yarn so they can manifest Aroha, one stitch at a time. I’m passionate about creating meaningful and fulfilling work, shaking up the industry and fibre community, and serving as a catalyst for transformative impact".


     A free pattern from Carlie Perrins!

    "I'm a passionate knitter and new designer. Inspiration abounds in the Pacific Northwest, where I enjoy the outdoors with my young family. I'm a process knitter and strive to create interesting and enjoyable patterns. I love colour and texture and am a sucker for a quick knit".


     A Free pattern from Jenessa of Just 1 More Thing Designs

    "My family and friends often comment that they love the things I knit but feel like they could never knit something so “complicated.” I’ve set out to change that perception by designing well written and easy to follow patterns that empower knitters to confidently express themselves creatively. My designs explain why I used a particular stitch, not just how to do the stitch, and I encourage knitters to get creative with the yarn they already own and turn my vision into their own unique creations".


    Thank you to all of the above who have very generously given a prize for the KAL!

    To be in with a chance of winning any one of these lovely prizes simply post a picture of your finished shawl by 31st August either on:

    Each post of a finished shawl will count as an entry so if you post on all 3 platforms then you will have 3 entries in the prize draw!

    Until next time, happy knitting!

  2. Fancy a Free Pattern and a Summer KAL?

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    It's here! The Sun Glitter Shawl is now available as a free download from Under the Olive Tree Knits and Ravelry.

    About this Pattern

    As the wind ripples the water’s surface, a thousand tiny suns play on the waves. This sun glitter can be downright breathtaking. The water dances in the sunlight and puts on a dazzling show.

    Let everyone see how dazzling you are with the Sun Glitter shawl. This shawl is the perfect complement to variegated yarns yet also sparkles in a solid colour. Worked in your choice of stockinette or garter stitch, the asymmetric triangle breaks up any pooling and creates flashes of colour instead. Triangles of solid fabric alternate with eyelet mesh from the tip to the garter stitch border. The solid sections show off the twinkles of colour while the lace lets the sun shine through. 

    If you have never knit lace before, this shawl would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. A video tutorial on how to work the yo, k2tog stitch can be found here

    The pattern is easy to memorise too making it perfect for travel or social knitting.

    Download the Pattern >>HERE<<

    Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, increases, decreases, K2tog, yo lace stitches (a video tutorial on how to work the yo, k2tog stitch is included in the pattern as well as links to other stitches used)

    There is also a helpful tip included on how to 'read' your stitches so you don't have to rely on moving markers! 

    Measurements – The finished blocked item measures approx 77” (195cm) wingspan and 22” (56cm) depth (these measurements are for the stockinette version so will vary for the garter stitch version)


    •    3.5 oz / 100g, 437-464yd / 400-425m 4 ply or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is:
    o    Solid colour version – Under the Olive Tree Milia Merino 4ply yarn, 100% Superwash Merino in the Aqua Breeze colourway
    o    Variageted colour version - Under the Olive Tree Chora sock yarn, 75% merino / 25% nylon, in the Fiesta Beach Colourway 
    •    US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
    •    1 stitch marker
    •    1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

    Gauge - 22 stitches and 33 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking.

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

    Thank you Jo, Meghan, Sharon, Jane, Holly, Linda and Cindy!

    To view more testers photo's take a look at the project pages on Ravelry.

    Join the KAL!

    The KAL will run until 31st August 2019 and the pattern will be available as a free download for the duration.

    There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs including  hand dyed yarns from Ironbridge Yarns and Fleabubs & Lala, a pretty flower project bag from Knitting Needle Lane and patterns from Aroha Knits, Carlie Perrins and Jenessa Keller! Full details of the prizes and the generous people who have donated them will follow in the next blog post.

    The KAL will run on Instagram, The Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group and on Ravelry. To be in with a chance of winning make sure you post a picture of your finished shawl either on:

    Each post of a finished shawl will count as an entry so if you post on all 3 platforms then you will have 3 entries in the prize

    I hope you enjoy this free pattern and I look forward to seeing your pics in the KAL :)