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  1. Yarn Advent - Pre-Orders are now open!

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    I know, I know, it's not even Summer and already I'm talking about Advents!

    It takes quite a lot of prepping and organising to create each individual advent so I need to allow as much time as possible to put them together. Hence the early call.

    But I'm super excited to be doing this, my first ever advent! The sample yarns have been dyed to make sure they work together and the pattern is being worked on as we speak. I already can't wait to share them with you!


    Join me for a yarny adventure into the Enchanted Forest!

    Every day in December you will unwrap a 10g mini-skein which you can use to knit an exclusive pattern for the advent!

    The skeins work together to create a fade for a large wrap pattern which uses simple lace stitches.

    The Advent includes:

    • 24 x 10g individually wrapped mini skeins which work together to create a fade. The yarn base is 4ply 75% Supwerwash Merino / 25% nylon
    • An exclusive pattern for the mini-skeins
    • A presentation box
    • Tracked UK postage

    You can also choose to add on:

    • A full skein of sock yarn in an exclusive Christmas colourway to open on Christmas day (100g / 425m - 75% Superwash Merino / 25% nylon)
    • Some extra gifts throughout the month

    About the Pattern

    The pattern included will be for a large, rectangular wrap.

    Stitches Used: Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, yarnover, k2tog, ssk, sl2tog-k1-psso

    You will recieve a paper copy of the pattern in your Advent. The pattern will be officially released in January 2024 after which a digital copy can be sent to you via email or on Ravelry.

    There are a limited amout of Advents available so don't miss out!

    Order a Yarn Advent Calender

  2. New Pattern Release and Knitalong! Bring out the Bunting

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    I have a brand new pattern release! The Bring Out the Bunting shawl is now available to download directly from the website and Ravelry.

    About this Pattern

    Nothing evokes the feeling of Summer like seeing streets adorned with bunting. Whether it’s in readiness for a celebration or a good old-fashioned Summer fete, it’s always a joy when the sun comes out and the bunting goes up!

    This half-circle shawl was inspired by the street parties of the Royal Jubilee in 2022. The simple shaping and body of stockinette stitch makes it a really nice project to showcase a colourful skein of yarn. Go as bold and bright as you like! When you reach the border, yarnovers and double decreases work together to create triangular pennants along the bottom of the shawl. The sections between are worked in garter stitch to showcase your smooth, colourful ‘bunting’ and to add a final flourish of texture!

    When the daytime festivities spill over into long, cool evenings, you can wrap this light shawl around your shoulders to keep the chills away. And when the colder seasons creep in its versatile shape makes it perfect to wrap around as a scarf; a cheerful reminder of those warm, sunny days of Summer.

    Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kyok (knit-yarnover-knit), sl2tog-k1-p2sso, yo

    Sizes – One size

    Measurements – The finished blocked item measures 66” (167.5 cm) wingspan and 15” (38cm) in depth


    • 464yd / 425m, 3.5 oz / 100g, 4 ply or fingering-weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Chora Sock Yarn - 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon, in the Bougainvillea colourway (1 skein)
    • US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
    • A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
    • 16 stitch markers (optional: to mark off the lace repeats)
    • Pins for blocking


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

    Join the Knitalong!

    This shawl would be a lovely accessory for anyone celebrating the Kings Coronation at a street party, or anyone looking for a quick Spring project, so I am running a Knitalong if you would like to join in.

    Simply post a photo of your shawl in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group, on Instagram with the hashtag #bringoutthebuntingkal or email a photo to [email protected]

    The KAL will run until the end of May and there will be a prize draw at the end to win a skein of yarn.

     Download Bring Out the Bunting on Ravelry

    Download Bring Out the Bunting from the Website

     Bring Out the Bunting Shawl Kit

    'Choose your Yarn' Kits are available for the Bring Out the Bunting shawl with everything you need for the project.

    The kit includes a skein of Chora Sock Yarn (75% Superwash Merino / 25% nylon) at 425m per 100g skein.

    The sample was knitted using Bougainvillea but you can choose from any of the colourways available on the website.

    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!

    shawl knitting kit

     Buy a Bring out the Bunting Shawl Kit 

    Thank you Test Knitters!

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

    Thank you Ewa, Fabiana, Fiona, Jacqueline, Nicola and Pat.

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

    ‘I have enjoyed knitting this pattern, it was very relaxing with a nice and easy but pretty border and will definitely be knitting another! Also the pattern is very good for showing off the yarn as not much stitch pattern so the colours of the yarn can show and add extra interest’ – Nicola 

    ‘This pattern was very easy that a beginner could do this and enjoy a very pretty Shawl’ – Pat 

    ‘Yet another lovely knit from Jem at under the olive tree knits , well structured with the eyelet edging and the lovely bunting effect around the crescent shape of the shawl, a lovely knit for the summer’ – Jacqueline 

    ‘The pattern was relaxing to knit with a large section of stocking stitch. The lace border pattern was straightforward to follow and produces an interesting lace section. Highly recommend this shawl!’ - Fiona 

    And a big thank you also goes to Fabiana for inspiring the Bougainvillea colourway! Fabiana sent me a photograph of the pretty plant that she had taken on holiday.

    Bougainvillea makes me think of sunshine, summer, holidays and good times, so it was the perfect match for the Bring out the Bunting shawl!


    You can buy a skein of Bougainvillea from the website: 

    Until next time, Happy Knitting!