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  1. New Pattern! Meet Me at the Station Shawl

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    My new shawl pattern Meet Me at the Station is now available on Ravelry and here on the website >>HERE<<



    Meet Me at the Station was inspired by a wooden canopy at the local train station. With pointed edges and cut out vertical lines it got me thinking about a design that would be the perfect accessory for the everyday commute or train trip.



    This shawl pattern is designed to use 1 skein of 100g / 425m of 4ply sock yarn and the pattern is easy to work with a stockinette body and a simple lace section completing the border. The picot edges are created naturally by the lace stitch pattern, although pinning them out whilst blocking at the end is highly recommended as this will really open them out.
     
    This pattern works beautifully in a solid, or semi-solid yarn as it lets the lace pattern take centre stage. However, you could knit the stockinette body section in a variegated yarn and then switch to a solid colour for the lace as some of my testers did, see the pictures below. Instructions are provided on how to adjust the depth of the stockinette body and / or the lace section so you can customise the design and make it your own.

    The shawl was test knit by a wonderful group of testers, a big thank you to Jo, Bonny, Anne, Clau, Maya and Tammy. I really enjoyed seeing your versions come to life! And a big thank you to Allison at Kniterations for tech editing the pattern.



    Meet Me at the Station is a quick and easy-to-remember pattern, making it ideal for gifts, or why not knit up a few in different colours. It’s the ideal accessory to grab as you run out of the door this winter!

    For more details, check out the pattern page HERE

  2. Christmas Comes Early with a FREE Pattern!

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    I know, it's early November and I'm already talking about Christmas, but I wanted to drop by with an early present :) 

    As a knitter I know how busy our schedules can get this time of year and I wanted to gift you this free pattern before things start to get really hectic! These mini stockings are super quick to knit, and make excellent gifts or decorations to hang around the home. 

     Cropped stockings
     
    These mini stocking are worked in aran weight yarn on 4mm double pointed needles which means they knit up nice and quick AND the whole pattern is supported by a full video tutorial!

    Although the pattern is written and demonstrated using dpn's, you can adapt to knitting them using the magic loop method if you prefer.

    If you have never knit a sock or used double pointed needles before then this is the perfect introductory project. The written pattern is fully supported with a step by step video tutorial to guide you through each stage of knitting the stocking, and the video times are annotated so you can skip to the part you want to watch straight away!

    The pattern is available by clicking on this link or by visiting https://www.undertheolivetreeknits.com/free-patterns.html
     
    Pattern Details and Materials

    Skills / Techniques Used: Knit, purl, slipped stitches, short rows, decreases

    Sizes and Measurements: The finished mini stocking measures 5” / 13cm from the top of the cuff to the bottom of the heel and 4” / 10cm from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe
     
    Materials Used
    • Yarn A - For the cuff: 0.25oz / 7g, 13 yd / 12m of Aran weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern photos is Under the Olive Tree 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Aran in the Snow colourway
    • Yarn B - For the stocking: 0.50oz / 14g, 25 yd / 24m of Aran weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern photos is Under the Olive Tree 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Aran in the Maraschino Cherry colourway
    • 1 set of 4mm double pointed needles*
    • 1 x 4mm (or close size) crochet hook (optional for making the hanging loop)
    • 1 Tapestry Needle
    Gauge

    Gauge is not vital to this project but as a guideline the yarn should 20 stitches and 28 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
     
    3 x Mini Christmas Stockings Kit
     
     Xmas stocking kits
     
    Kits are available for this project and contain enough yarn to make 3 Mini Stockings. A printed pattern and Christmas coloured hanging twine is also included, and the whole kit is presented in a pretty silver organza bag with a Christmas Tree stitch marker.

    Each kit includes:

    • 50g of Maraschino Cherry and 25g of Snow – Aran hand-dyed 100% Bluefaced Leicester Wool
    • 1 pattern
    • Hanging twine
     
    In addition, you will need:
    • 1 set of 4mm double pointed needles*
    • 1 x 4mm crochet hook or close size (optional for the hanging loop)
    • A tapestry needle

    *There will be an option to purchase this additional item on your order.

    Kits can be purchased by clicking HERE
     
    Xmas stocking kits (1)

    I hope you enjoy this free pattern, if you make a mini Christmas stocking (or two) why not come and show it off in the 'Under the Olive Tree Knitters' Facebook Group - I hope to see you there!

    Until next time, happy knitting! x