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  1. 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
     
  2. New Knitting Pattern - Upstream Shawl!

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    My new shawl pattern Upstream is now available on Ravelry and on the website HERE

    Pattern Pic

    Upstream is a lightweight asymmetrical shawl and the pattern is deceptively easy, there are no complicated lace stitches involved, it’s all just knit and purl stitches with the occasional drop stitch which is done on purpose to create the wavy shaping. 

    The shawl combines knit and purl stitches which give it a lovely texture, and it is reversible too!

    The picot edges of the shawl are created by casting off stitches at the start of a row on one side, and by a bind off at the end. The pattern is supported by video tutorial which walks through how to do this step-by-step.

    The pattern is designed to showcase a sock blank gradient or pretty skein of 4 ply sock yarn. I would recommend using a yarn that has a range of similar colours, as the drop stitch pattern could get lost in a busy yarn. It looks fantastic in a solid yarn too as my testers can testify.

    Tests PDF

    Thank you to Jo, Anna, Meghan, Dari and Clau for such a brilliant job with the test knits. And to Allison at Kniterations  for tech editing the pattern.

    The pattern version of the Upstream shawl was knit from a sock blank, which if you haven't used one before is a rather fun way to knit up a gradient. The blank is dyed 'pre-knitted' so all you have to do is untie the end attached to the label and unravel the blank as you knit!
     
    Blocking your finished knit from a sock blank is highly recommended as this will remove any kinks in the yarn. There are a couple of skeins of the Aquamarine gradient currently available in the shop as well and some others too. 

    Gradients

    You can view the shop page HERE

    Below is a video of the Upstream Shawl as it was being knitted up. For full details of the pattern visit the pattern page HERE

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