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  1. New Pattern! The Nightwatch Shawl

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    I am excited to start off this week with the launch of my new pattern - The Nightwatch Shawl. This is now available to download from the websiteRavelry and Payhip.

    About this Pattern

    The vast night sky, filled with its twinkling diamonds, reminds me to take a breath and remember that we are but a small part of the universe. Designed as a big sister to the Stargazer shawl, Nightwatch is a one-skein shawl with wide, alternating bands of eyelet mesh and stockinette to show off the beauty of your yarn. 

    Here, the eyelets are like the millions of stars that dazzle through the night. Watch as a colorful new galaxy is created while you work with a variegated yarn. Whether you’re contemplating the universe or just watching the stars, Nightwatch will be your perfect companion.

    If you are new to knitting lace, this shawl would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. A video tutorial on how to work the [yo, k2tog] stitch combination is linked in the pattern and can be found here too


    For details on the measurements and materials required please take a look at the pattern page

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

    Thank you Donna, Jacqueline, Jo, Karen, Kim, Lesley, Lexi, Nahed and Sabina!

    If you are interested in test knitting a future Under the Olive Tree Knits designs you can sign up to my Test Knitter Newsletter HERE and receive an e-mail when a new pattern is ready for testing.
    I also want to say a big THANK YOU to my Patrons for helping me to decide on the main pattern image for this one. 
    There will be an informal just-for-fun KAL for Nightwatch running on the Facebook group if you fancy joining along!

    Thanks for stopping, I hope you like the new pattern - I also made a little video to show the shawl and talk a little bit more about it which you can watch on the pattern page.

    Until next time, happy knitting!
  2. New Pattern! The Bud and Blossom Socks

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    It's been a while since I released a new sock design so I'm excited to let you know that the Bud and Blossom Socks are now available on the UtOTK website, on Payhip and on Ravelry!

    About this Pattern

    I think that hand knit socks are the equivalent of giving your feet some flowers! Our feet serve us well every day so why not treat them to the softest and cosiest socks? With gentle, sweeping faux cables that bloom like leaves from a central spine of zig zagging stitches the Bud and Blossom socks make the perfect gift for feet that need a little love.

    Starting at the cuff, the cascading ‘cables’ decorate the leg with a pattern that is satisfying to work. Each pattern repeat is worked over 8 rounds, so you can easily customise the length of your sock to preference. The heel flap is knit in an eye of partridge stitch for extra strength and then the socks are gusseted for a cozy and comfortable fit.
    As you continue onto the foot, the final two curves blossom out to hug and decorate the foot with extra eyelets. The final flourish comes as a new spring of eyelets shoot out to form a diamond-shaped bud, encasing a pretty floral motif.
    Bud and Blossom is available in 3 adult sizes, and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks.

    Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, slip stitch, short rows, increases and decreases 

    Sizes and Measurements
    Hand-knit socks are designed to be slightly smaller than your foot 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 ‘to fit’ sizes.
    This pattern has adult sizes in small, medium and large. Instructions are provided in the pattern on how to measure your foot to determine the correct size to knit.

    • Small Adult - 8” / 20.5cm foot circumference and at least 9” / 23cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    • Medium Adult - 9” / 23cm foot circumference and at least 10” / 25.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    • Large Adult - 9.75” / 25cm foot circumference and at least 10.25” / 26cm length from tip of toe to back of heel

    The size shown in the pattern photographs is 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.

    Gauge - 32 sts and 44 rnds to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking

    The pattern has been professionally tech edited by by James Bartley at and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too! Thank you Donna, Hazel, Karen, Kim, Rosie and Teresa.

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

    Kits for the socks are also available - click HERE for more information.