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The Sun Glitter shawl is a one skein asymmetrical shawl designed to use 400m or 425m, 100g of 4ply / fingering / sock weight yarn.
There are 2 versions of the pattern, a stockinette stitch and a garter stitch version and the pattern compliments either a solid colour or colourful variegated yarn.
Knit on a 3.75mm 80-100cm circular needle, this shawl pattern is a perfect quick knit and with the easy-to-memorise pattern it makes for an excellent travel project.
Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, increases, decreases, K2tog, yo lace stitches (a video tutorial on how to work the yo, k2tog stitch is included in the pattern as well as links to other stitches used)
There is also a helpful tip included on how to 'read' your stitches so you don't have to rely on moving markers!
Measurements – The finished blocked item measures approx 77” (195cm) wingspan and 22” (56cm) depth (these measurements are for the stockinette version so will vary for the garter stitch version)
• 3.5 oz / 100g, 437-464yd / 400-425m 4 ply or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is:
o Solid colour version – Under the Olive Tree Milia Merino 4ply yarn, 100% Superwash Merino in the Aqua Breeze colourway
o Variageted colour version - Under the Olive Tree Chora sock yarn, 75% merino / 25% nylon, in the Fiesta Beach Colourway
• US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• 1 stitch marker
• 1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
Gauge - 22 stitches and 33 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking.
Looking for the perfect yarn for this pattern? Check out our range of hand dyed skeins of 4ply yarn HERE
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Facecloth, Dishcloth and Make-up Remover Pads
These cloths are great to have around the house. Use for the dishes, general cleaning or for personal care. Made with cotton they are reusable, eco-friendly and super quick to knit which makes them a great last-minute gift! Use the cloth to wrap a bar of soap or some toiletries, tie a ribbon around it and bingo - you have a lovely present!
The cloths are all made using just the knit stitch so are a great project for a beginner knitter. If you are new to knitting there is a free 'Learn to Knit' course available which will teach you everything you need to know and get you started. Click Here to access the course.
Skills / Techniques Used – Knit stitches
The cloths are really easy to make smaller or larger depending on your requirements but as a guide the samples in the photo measure:
Cloth - 6.5” / 13cm length and depth
Make-Up Remover Pads - 3.5” / 9cm length and 3" / 7.5cm depth
- Double Knit Cotton Yarn
- Cloth - 25g / 0.88 oz, 23.5 yds / 21.5m
- Pads - 8g / 0.3oz, 7.5 yds / 7m
- 1 set of 4mm needles
- A tapestry needle for weaving the ends in
Dishcloth / Facecloth
Cast on 30 sts
Knit 50 rows
Cast 15 sts
Knit 22 rows
Make the cloths bigger by casting on more stitches and knitting more rows.
Diamond Lace Purse
This cute little clutch purse is the perfect accessory – big enough to hold your essentials and small enough for a quick knit project. The pattern is designed for beginner knitters looking to try some new techniques such as increases, buttonholes and a simple lace pattern. Or if you don’t fancy the lace you could just knit the front flap without the lace pattern, or maybe use a contrast colour for a really striking look!
The purse in the pattern photo was knit using a chunky yarn, although you could use any weight. The trick is to go down a few needle sizes to what you would usually use with the yarn weight so as to produce a nice sturdy fabric with tight stitches that will hold the shape and not be too flimsy.
The purse is cast on at the flap edge and worked as one flat piece with garter stitch rows used to mark the folding lines. The edges are then sewn together at the end and a pretty button added for a final flourish!
The I-cord wrist strap is optional. Video tutorials for the I-cord, the buttonhole and the stitches used are linked in the pattern.
The purse is easy to customise to make it longer, or make it into a shoulder bag, details are given in the pattern.
Skills / Techniques Used – Slipped, knit, purl, lace, increase and decrease stitches
Measurements –The finished purse measures 9.5” / 24cm length and 5.3” / 13.5cm depth when blocked.
- 60g / 2.1 oz, 110 yds / 100m Chunky Yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Votsi Chunky, 100g / 166m - 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Wool in the Clear Water colour
- 1 set of 4mm needles
- A button, about 1” in diameter
- 6 pins
- Tapestry needle for sewing up the sides and weaving the ends in
- Optional – 2 x 4mm double pointed needles for an I-cord wrist strap (a video tutorial is provided in the pattern)
Gauge: 19 stitches and 29 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
Coffee Shop Cowl
The Coffee Shop cowl is a beginner friendly pattern, designed to use just knit and purl stitches. Knit with soft DK yarn, the cowl is textured, reversible warm and lightweight - the perfect accessory for when you are out and about!
The easy to remember pattern repeats provide interest for established knitters, whilst a beginner knitter will find it an ideal project to practice knit and purl stitches.
Worked lengthways, the cowl is knit to the desired length and then seamed at the end to make a loop. There are ideas given at the end of the pattern on how to make the cowl into a double loop, a scarf or even a wrap – and also a handy hint on how to calculate the yardage required for your new projects!
Skills / Techniques Used – Slipped, knit and purl stitches (the slipped stitch is optional and can be knit if preferred)
Measurements – The finished cowl as shown measures 30” / 76cm circumference and 7” / 18cm depth when blocked.
- 60g / 2.1 oz, 148 yds / 135m Double Knitting Yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits 100% Superwash DK Merino, 100g / 3.5oz, 246 yds / 225m per skein in the Pistachio colour.
- 1 set of 4mm needles
- 1 x removable Stitch Marker
- Tapestry needle for sewing up the seam and weaving the ends in
Gauge: 20 stitches and 30 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
Looking for the perfect yarn for this pattern? Check out our range of hand dyed skeins of DK Yarn HERE
Little Skein Scarf
The Little Skein Scarf is a simple scarf pattern designed to showcase 5 x 20g skeins of 4 ply hand dyed yarns.
And it also works for using up any odds and ends of 4 ply yarns! Use as many colours as you like, simply move onto the instructions for the next section every time you add a new colour.
Using just knit and purl stitches, explore the colours of your yarns through a mix of alternating garter and stockinette stitch sections.
As a guideline, each row will use approximately 34” / 85cm of yarn.
Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, slipped stitches
Measurements – The finished blocked item as shown measures 78” (198cm) length and 8” (20cm) width
- 5 x 20g / 0.7oz, 88yds / 80m 4 ply mini-skeins, or 100g / 3.5oz, 440yds / 400m of odds and ends of 4 ply yarns
- A set of US size 5 (3.75mm) knitting needles
- 1 stitch marker
- 1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
Gauge: 25 stitches and 26 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
Pebble & Beach Shawl
Ideal for the beginner knitter, Pebble Beach is a simple, quick knit designed to use 1 skein of 100g / 3.5oz, 246 yds / 225m DK yarn.
With no stitch counting required, the shawl is knit in stockinette and the lace border can be introduced at any time.
This makes it a fun and adaptable pattern – you can also swap the stockinette for garter stitch for a squishier version. The pattern is easy to remember making it perfect for TV or travel knitting.
And it’s a quick knit, perfect for those last minute gifts!
The resulting shawl is warm and adaptable to wear, throw it over your shoulders, use it as a scarf or wrap it round into a cowl.
Skills / Techniques used: Knit and Purl Stitches. Simple lace (yo, k2tog - a video tutorial on how to do this can be found HERE)
Sizes: One size
Measurements: The finished blocked item measures 54” (137cm) wingspan and 18” (46cm) depth at the longest part
- 1 x 3.5oz / 100g, 246 yd / 225m skein of DK Yarn. The yarn used in the pattern is Under the Olive Tree 100% Superwash Merino DK in the Pistachio colourway
- 1 x US size 10 (6mm) 32” - 40” (80 - 100cm) circular needle
Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking.
Looking for the perfect yarn for this pattern? Check out our range of hand dyed skeins of Merino DK HERE
Download a PDF of the Pebble & Beach Shawl HERE
The Aloni Hat
Worked in the round, this unisex beanie hat was inspired one summer by a sea urchin shell and the zig-zag of a jetty.
Incorporating simple cables and an interesting wavy lace pattern, this hat is fun to make and quick to complete, making it ideal for last minute gifts or a weekend project.
The pattern is written in 2 adult sizes.
Skills / Techniques used – Decreasing, simple lace and cabling
Sizes: Small and Large Adult
Measurements: The finished item is designed to fit an adult head:
Small Adult – 19” - 21” (48 – 53cm) circumference and 8” (20cm) length
Large Adult – 22” – 24” (56 - 61cm) circumference and 9” (23cm) length
- 1 x 4mm / US 7, 9” / 23cm circular needle
- 1 x 4.5mm / US 7, 9” / 23cm circular needle
- 1 set 4.5mm / US 7 dpns
- 1 x 50g ball (100m / 109 yards) Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed (colour shown - Red Earth 370)
- Stitch marker
- Tapestry needle
Gauge: 26 rows x 18 stitches to 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch using 4.5 mm / US 7 needles
Download a PDF of the Aloni Hat HERE
Mini Christmas Stockings
Ho-ho-Holiday Season is always on a knitters mind, and what better way to start planning your festive knits than with a free pattern! These mini stockings are fun to knit and make for a quick project - you can fill them up with treats for a Christmas gift or make a few and hang them around the home.
And this pattern is not just for Christmas. If you are new to sock knitting, or using double pointed needles then this pattern is the perfect introduction to both. 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 tutorial is demonstrated using 4 double pointed needles, but you can adjust to knit with the magic loop method if you prefer.
The video can be accessed below or through the Under the Olive Tree Knits YouTube channel.
INDIVIDUAL STOCKING KITS OR KITS TO MAKE 3 MINI STOCKINGS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
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
- 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 is not important to this project but as a guideline the yarn should 20 stitches and 28 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
Here is the full tutorial video. Happy Knitting!