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  1. New Pattern! The Dappled Days Shawl

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    I have a new pattern available for download here and on Ravelry - this is the Dappled Days shawl. If you are new to reading charts or knitting lace then read on, this one has been designed just for you!

    About this Pattern

    Take a walk through morning streets of dappled sunlight wrapped in the hug of a big, cosy shawl. Dappled Days was inspired by the start of a new day and the promises it can bring. As the sunlight filters through the leaves, paths become illuminated with a million patches of light, each one lighting the way to something new. These tiny pools of light are reflected in the simple lace stitches of the Dappled Days shawl, and the straight and bold garter stitch stripes are horizons expanding before you.

    Dappled Days is a top-down triangular shawl designed with the new lace knitter in mind. Each lace stripe expands on the skills used in the previous stripe, so you progress from a simple 6 stitch repeat pattern to learning how to use varied stitch counts to create the wavy border shaping.

    If you are new to knitting lace or working from charted instructions before then this project would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Choose the 'Charts Explained' version of the pattern for a full tutorial on how charts work and how they can help you to read your knitting. There are lots of helpful hints and tips to help you along the way.

    Don't let the thought of charts or lace deter you from casting on. Dappled Days is an adventure to be had, just like the future that awaits you. Expand your horizons and never stop dreaming - or knitting!

    And you won't be alone in your adventures as there is a KAL running until 31st October where you can share your progress and ask any questions along the way. You can join in the KAL on Instagram using #dappleddayskal and tag me @olivetreejem, in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook group or in the Ravelry Group.

    The pattern uses 2 x 100g / 245yd / 225m skeins of DK Yarn. And when it comes to selecting yarn colours, solid light-coloured yarn will work best for the lace sections to really showcase your stitches.

    Skills / Techniques used: Knit, purl, yo’s, decreases

    Sizes: One size

    Measurements: The finished blocked item measures 74” (188cm) wingspan and 37” (94cm) depth at the longest part 

    Materials Used 

    Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 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 Claire, Donna, Jo, Linda, Roz and Suzanne for testing!

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

    If you are looking for colour inspiration there are lots of lovely DK yarns on the website, including the colours used in the pattern pictures. Or why now buy a Dappled Days kit and get the pattern for free?

    Until next time, 

    Happy knitting!

  2. Sun Glitter KAL - Winners Announced!

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    And just like that, the 2 months of the Sun Glitter KAL are over! If you took part in the KAL, or downloaded the pattern for a future knit - THANK YOU! It's been amazing to see all the wonderful projects appear in the UtOTK Facebook Group, on Ravelry and on Instagram.  Here are just a few of the projects shared on the Facebook Group.

    Sun Glitter Gallery 1

    There were well over 100 entries to the KAL prize draw and the winners were drawn today. Drum roll please...

    ...and the winners are...

    Skeinbrain - Ravelry

    Winner of the hand dyed skein of Beauties, 100g / 400m of  soft merino and bamboo by Nicola from Fleabubs & Lala

    Caroline Mayson - Facebook

    Winner of the hand dyed skein of sparkly Seafoam yarn by Felicity from The Ironbridge Yarn Studio
    AuntyTink - Ravelry

    Congratulations on winning a pretty flower project bag - hand made by Camilla at Knitting Needle Lane!
    wildmustard - Ravelry

    Congratulations on winning a free pattern from Frenchie of Aroha Knits!
    bearfoot63 - Instagram

    Congratulations on winning a free pattern from Carlie Perrins!
    jolly.jameson - Instagram

    Congratulations on winning a free pattern from Jenessa of Just 1 More Thing Designs
    Babellchen - Ravelry

    Congratulations on winning a knitting kit from Under the Olive Tree Knits! Choose from any one skein shawl or sock kit.
    All winners have been contacted and prizes on their way.
    If you enjoyed taking part in this KAL then do keep an eye out for my next one, Dappled Days coming soon! The pattern is a 2 skein DK weight shawl and one version of the pattern has been specifically written for those new to working with charts! Keep an eye on your inbox as more details will follow later this month.

    Until next time I'll just leave you with some more fabulous pics of the Sun Glitter shawl!
    Sun Glitter Gallery 2