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  1. New Pattern! The Leadenhall Market Socks

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    I have a new sock pattern available! These are the Leadenhall Market Socks, now available on Ravelry and on the Under the Olive Tree Knits website.

    Leadenhall Market

    Pick up your needles and take a stroll through the cobbled streets of Leadenhall Market. One of London’s oldest markets, Leadenhall Market dates back to the 14th century and is situated in what was the centre of Roman London. Once a popular and thriving meat and poultry market, the site is now an arcade with a host of boutique style shops housed under ornate roof arches and skylights.
    Leadenhall Market Socks are worked from the top down, starting with a ribbed cuff. Then you will work the cobbled paths of reverse stockinette either side of a delicate eyelet lace pattern inspired by the rooftop skylights that run the length of the market.

    Leadenhall Market (1)

    Suitable for a beginner sock knitter, the pattern is supported with links to video tutorials for the techniques used.

    The PDF pattern is available for £3.60 / $4.50 on Ravelryor from the Under the Olive Tree Knits Website  where you can also choose to have the pattern printed and posted to you for an additional £1.50.

    The pattern is written for 3 adult sizes and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks.

    Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, slip stitch, short rows, eyelets, decreases

    Sizes and Measurements

    Hand knit socks are designed to be slightly smaller than the foot length to give a small amount of negative ease. This means that they will hug the foot and leg and stay in place. The sizes given are a ‘to fit’ size. The actual socks will be slightly smaller to allow a little stretch for a snug fit.

    Full details on how to take the correct measurements to determine your size are given in the pattern. 

    The size shown in the pattern photographs is for the small adult.

    Materials Used

    When choosing the yarn for your socks you want to be looking for a yarn with nylon content or a high twist as this adds extra durability and strength.

    •    1 x 3.5oz / 100g, 440 yd / 400m skein of 4ply sock yarn. The yarn used in the pattern is the Under the Olive Tree 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon Chora 4ply yarn in the Fruit Punch colour
    •    1 set of 2.5mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    •    3 Stitch Markers
    •    1 Tapestry Needle

    Gauge: 32 stitches and 44 rnds to 4” / 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 Anna, Faith, Karen, Sabina and Teresa!

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

    Thanks for stopping by and until next time - happy knitting! x

  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 :)