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  1. New Pattern Release! Harvest Moon Shawl

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    The Harvest Moon shawl is now available to download directly from the website and Ravelry

    A Harvest Moon is one that occurs closest to the beginning of Autumn and it’s when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Traditionally this was the time that the farmers harvested their Summer crops, working late into the night to make the most of the abundant moonlight.

    The Harvest Moon shawl is a one skein asymmetric shawl which sees a single ‘yo, ssk’ stitch take hold to grow rows of pretty lace. The lace columns cut their way through fields of smooth stockinette, creating rays that point to the lace border. The sections work together to allow the final lace to flourish and bloom as it reaches the edges of the shawl.

    Once you have worked the last row, it’s time to reap the benefits of all your hard work as you harvest your stitches and cast them off. 

    Harvest Moon is part of the ‘Shades of…’ range, a collection of shawl patterns and semi-tonal silk and merino yarns. Mix and match any of the patterns and yarns in this collection to create your next project! Visit the website to find out more.

    A handy stitch count checklist is also provided.

    Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kfb, yo, k2tog, ssk, sl2tog-k1-psso

    – One size

    – The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 73” (185cm) and a depth of 20” (51cm)


    • 437yd / 400m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4 ply, sock or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Steni Vala yarn, 50% Superwash Merino / 50% Silk in the Shades of Amethyst colourway
    • US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
    • 6 stitch markers (optional for marking off lace repeats)
    • A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends


    23 stitches and 32 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking

    Download Harvest Moon on Ravelry

    Download Harvest Moon on the Website

    Harvest Moon Shawl Kit

    Kits are available for the Harvest Moon shawl with everything you need for the project.

    The kit includes a skein of 100g skein of Steni Vala Silk and Merino yarn (50% Superwash Merino / 50% silk) at 400m per 100g skein.

    Choose from any of the 'Shades of...' colours including Amethyst (as shown), Emerald, Ocean, Summer Sun or Caramel.

    Kits are presented in organza bags and you can add a needle and also a printed copy of the patten. They make great gifts too!

    Buy a Harvest Moon Shawl Kit

     Thank you Test Knitters!

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

    Thank you Sharon, Lila, Jaynie and Caroline.


    Here's what they had to say about this pattern:

    "This is a lovely and relaxed knit with just the right amount of variety to keep your interest. The lace repeats are easy to memorise meaning this will fly off the needles"– Caroline

    "Harvest Moon Shawl is another lovely shawl by Jemma Arrowsmith. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. I would recommend it to a beginner wanting to try knitting lace or an experienced knitter wanting to make a shawl with lace inserts" - Lila

    I hope you like the new pattern!

  2. New Free Pattern! City Lights Shawl

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    The City Lights shawl is now available as a free download from Under the Olive Tree Knits and Ravelry or by using the download buttons below.

    This pattern is available as a free download until 30th November 2022.

    City LIghts

    When I worked in the city, one of my favourite ways to spend a rainy lunch break was to sit in the window of a coffee shop and watch people being hurried and impatient, quickly trying to make it to their next destination. As the skies grew darker, the colours that were reflected off the street grew brighter. Colourful puddles appeared under illuminated shop windows and raindrops trickled down the window, breaking and blurring the colours outside like an abstract painting.

    As one of the organisers of the Cambridge Yarn Festival, one of the events we have put together is a London Yarn Crawl in November. Being in London in November brings back these memories of rainy, colourful days. The City Lights shawl was designed for this event and it’s a one-skein shawl that will really showcase all of the colours in a variegated yarn.

    A shawl of two halves, this one-skein-wonder begins with a section of stockinette that sets out the colours and lets every stitch shine brightly. Then halfway through, the lines of colours start to break up with ‘yo, k2tog’ stitches. This simple lace stitch displaces the colours of your yarn like broken raindrops yet keeps things interesting as you work each row.

    The end result is a quick-knit shawl that will keep you warm and cozy on those rainy days - whether you are the one scurrying to find shelter, or the one sipping your coffee and watching the blurry world from the other side of the window.

    If you are new to knitting lace, this shawl would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try as it uses just yarnover and k2tog stitches to create the lace. A video tutorial on how to work the [yo, k2tog] stitch combination can be found here

    Download City Lights from the Website

    Download City Lights from Ravelry

    City Lights

    Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kfb, yo, k2tog, ‘yo, k2tog’ lace stitches

    Sizes – One size

    Measurements – The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 81” (205.5cm) and a depth of 17” (43cm)


    • 437-464yd / 400-425m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4 ply, sock or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Sparkle sock yarn, 75% merino / 20% nylon / 5% Silver Stellina in the Purple Skies 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” (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 Angela, Jacqueline, Mari, Mel, Pat and Sharon!

    City Lights Test 

     New Yarn Colourway!

    The sample pattern used a skein of Purple Skies, a new colourway for Autumn 2022 which has flashes of pinks, purples, yellows, blues and greens.

    Purple Skies is on a Sparkle Sock base so as well as all of those lovely colours you also get lots of sparkle too! A 100g skein has 400m and is a mix of 75% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon and 5% Silver Stellina.


    Kits are Available too!

    Choose any skein of Chora or Sparkle sock yarn available on the website!

    Kits come in an organza bag with a stitch marker. You can also choose to have a printed copy of the pattern and a 3.75mm circular needle included if you wish.

    Buy a City Lights Shawl Kit

    I hope you like the new pattern - don't forget to download your free copy by 30th November.