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  1. New Pattern Release! Shallow Tide Shawl

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    Hello ,

    I am excited to release a brand new pattern today! The Shallow Tide shawl is now available to download directly from the website and Ravelry

    One skein shawl

    Isn’t it a lovely, refreshing feeling to roll up your jeans and take a paddle through gently rolling waters on a warm, sunny day. It’s also a lovely feeling to skein up your yarn and cast on a fresh new project!

    The Shallow Tide shawl is a one-skein, asymmetric shawl that uses texture to create ruched waves by combining stripes of classic stockinette and reverse stockinette. In addition, yarnover increases play with decreases to pull the stitches in different directions to add an extra splash of interest to the pattern. The result is a simple, classic shawl that would work equally as well in a highly-variegated yarn as it would in a solid colour. And when it comes to cast off your shawl, a pretty picot bind-off completes the final ripple. A video tutorial is linked in the pattern for how to work the bind-off.

    This shawl would be a good project for an adventurous beginner, while more experienced knitters will find it a relaxing yet engaging project.

    A handy stitch count checklist is also provided.

    Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kfb, k2tog, ssk, yo

    Sizes – One size

    Measurements – The finished blocked item measures 75” (190.5 cm) wingspan and 16” (40.5cm) in depth


    • 464yd / 425m, 3.5 oz / 100g, 4ply or fingering-weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Chora 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon, in the Sea Breeze colourway (1 skein)
    • US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
    • A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
    • Pins for blocking


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

    Shallow Tide



    Shallow Tide Shawl Kit

    Shawl pattern and yarn kit

    Kits are available for the Shallow Tide shawl with everything you need for the project.

    The kit includes a skein of 100g skein of Chora Sock yarn (75% Superwash Merino / 25% nylon) at 425m. Choose the new 'Sea Breeze' colourway or from any of the other colourways in stock. (If you the colourway you would like is showing out of stock you can still order it and it will be dyed to order for you)

    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!


    Thank you Test Knitters!

    Shallow Tide Test


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

    Thank you Angela, Cindy, Jayne, Karen F, Karen R, Sabina and Sharon.

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

    “This is a wonderfully summery pattern! The increases and decreases creating waves through the shawl give a feeling of the shallow waves at the edge of the shore. I know I’ll be wearing this to beat the chill of a summer evening!” – Sabina

    “This shawl is as flattering with a dress as it is with a pair of jeans.” – Karen

    "Lovely pattern, straightforward, but interesting enough to keep attention. Another triumph for Jem!" – Jaynie

    "Jem’s patterns are top rate. Always clear and I love the row by row stitch count chart. This one was a breeze to knit up and will be a wardrobe staple in any color." – Karen

    "Jem is a master at creating new and interesting one skein patterns. Each pattern is always well written and includes a very handy Stitch and Row Counter!" – Sharon

    "Another triumph from Jem. This well written pattern keeps the experienced knitter engaged and is just challenging enough for novice knitter to gain confidence in expanding their stitch competence (lots of k2tog, ssk and yo’s!). A beautifully squishy, textured and very attractive fabric is produced - I’m certain I’ll receive plenty of compliments when I wear this shawl!" - Angela

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like the new pattern!

  2. Trail and Blaze - Download the Free Pattern and Join the Summer Knitalong!

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    The Trail and Blaze shawl is now available as a free download and on Ravelry or by using the download buttons below!


    Trail and Blaze!

    Make some trails with your stitches and watch the colours of your yarn blaze brightly with this one-skein shawl.

    Trail and Blaze is designed to make the most of your colourful yarn with stretches of smooth stockinette and paths of simple lace yarnovers.

    As you work your shawl, parallel tracks of lace emerge and border a path that zig-zags its way to the edge. Once you near the end of your shawl, the lace and stockinette become straight paths to decorate the edges of your shawl. A reminder that, even though a journey might take you in different directions, ultimately, you’ll always find a path to your home straight!

    So trailblaze a path with your knitting and make your own tracks with this fun project!

    If you are new to knitting lace, this shawl would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Using just yarnover and k2tog stitches to create the lace, each section is worked between markers so you can easily keep count of your stitches. A video tutorial on how to work the [yo, k2tog] stitch combination can be found here 

    Trail and Blaze (1)

    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 73” (185cm) and a depth of 20” (51cm)


    • 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 Chora sock yarn, 75% merino / 25% nylon in the Summerdaze colourway
    • US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
    • 5 stitch markers
    • A 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, Aurelie, Cat, Isla, Sharon and Suzanne!

    TandB Test

     New Summer Yarn Colourway!

    Yarn for Blog
    This is Summerdaze, a new summer colourway for 2022 that captures all the colours of summer with grass greens, pansy purples, rose pinks and sunshine yellows.

    Summerdaze was used to knit the sample that you see in the pattern pictures and it is now available to buy on the website.

     Join the Trail and Blaze KAL this Summer!

    The KAL will run until 31st August 2022 and the pattern will be available as a free download for the duration.

    There are some fantastic prizes waiting to be won including:

    Full details of the prizes and the generous people who have donated them will follow in the next newsletter.

    The KAL will run on Instagram, The Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group and via Email. To be in with a chance of winning make sure you post a picture of your finished shawl either on:

    Instagram - tag @olivetreejem and use #trailandblazekal
    Facebook - In the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group
    Email - send a photo of your finished shawl to [email protected]

    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 draw! The draw will take place Live on 1st September

      Watch a Video of the Trail and Blaze Shawl

    This video shows you all of the techniques used to make the shawl, from casting on to blocking. If you are knitting the pattern, this video shows you some key points which you might find helpful if you are new to any of the stitches.

    I hope you enjoy this free pattern and I look forward to seeing your Trail and Blaze Shawl in the KAL :)