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  1. New Pattern! The Dappled Days Shawl

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    I have a new pattern available for download here and on Ravelry - this is the Dappled Days shawl. If you are new to reading charts or knitting lace then read on, this one has been designed just for you!

    About this Pattern

    Take a walk through morning streets of dappled sunlight wrapped in the hug of a big, cosy shawl. Dappled Days was inspired by the start of a new day and the promises it can bring. As the sunlight filters through the leaves, paths become illuminated with a million patches of light, each one lighting the way to something new. These tiny pools of light are reflected in the simple lace stitches of the Dappled Days shawl, and the straight and bold garter stitch stripes are horizons expanding before you.

    Dappled Days is a top-down triangular shawl designed with the new lace knitter in mind. Each lace stripe expands on the skills used in the previous stripe, so you progress from a simple 6 stitch repeat pattern to learning how to use varied stitch counts to create the wavy border shaping.

    If you are new to knitting lace or working from charted instructions before then this project would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Choose the 'Charts Explained' version of the pattern for a full tutorial on how charts work and how they can help you to read your knitting. There are lots of helpful hints and tips to help you along the way.

    Don't let the thought of charts or lace deter you from casting on. Dappled Days is an adventure to be had, just like the future that awaits you. Expand your horizons and never stop dreaming - or knitting!

    And you won't be alone in your adventures as there is a KAL running until 31st October where you can share your progress and ask any questions along the way. You can join in the KAL on Instagram using #dappleddayskal and tag me @olivetreejem, in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook group or in the Ravelry Group.

    The pattern uses 2 x 100g / 245yd / 225m skeins of DK Yarn. And when it comes to selecting yarn colours, solid light-coloured yarn will work best for the lace sections to really showcase your stitches.

    Skills / Techniques used: Knit, purl, yo’s, decreases

    Sizes: One size

    Measurements: The finished blocked item measures 74” (188cm) wingspan and 37” (94cm) depth at the longest part 

    Materials Used 

    Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 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 Claire, Donna, Jo, Linda, Roz and Suzanne for testing!

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

    If you are looking for colour inspiration there are lots of lovely DK yarns on the website, including the colours used in the pattern pictures. Or why now buy a Dappled Days kit and get the pattern for free?

    Until next time, 

    Happy knitting!

  2. New Pattern! The Light as a Feather Socks

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    Now that Autumn is here what better way to celebrate than with a new sock pattern! These are the Light as a Feather socks, now available on Ravelry and on the website.

    Pattern Pic

    Whether you’re twirling to music in your kitchen or flitting about your hectic day, these socks are sure to keep you light on your feet. Light as a Feather Socks feature a panel of lace that flutters from the cuff all the way to the toe. Once the feathery lace pattern is established, you’ll find it easy to read and remember. After you’ve knit the heel flap and gusset, these socks will float off the needles!
     
    Light as a Feather is a basic adult sock pattern with panels of simple texture and lace running down the front of the sock. The pattern is written for 3 adult sizes and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks.

    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.

    Light as a Feather

    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.

    The sizes given in this pattern are for adult sizes in small, medium and large.

    • Small Adult - 8” / 20.5cm foot circumference and at least 8” / 20cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    • Medium Adult - 9” / 23cm foot circumference and at least 9” / 23cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    • Large Adult - 9.75” / 25cm foot circumference and at least 9” / 23cm length from tip of toe to back of heel

    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 Biscuit 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 


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


    Thank you Hazel, Karen, Proby, Sabina, Elena and Teresa!

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

    So now that the coolers season is upon us, why not treat your feet to a cozy pair of hand made socks! If you are new to sock knitting then take a look at the Let the Yarn Shine sock pattern, a pattern written for the new sock knitter with step by step photos and links to video tutorials.