Just published today: Oliveta, a stockinette-and-lace shawl knit in three colors of fingering weight wool. It's now available in my Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy pattern stores.
Pattern: Oliveta, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in Olive Oil, Ginseng, and Buff
I thought of spring the whole time I was knitting the sample. Very few flowers are blooming yet here in western Massachusetts and the trees aren't leafing out yet, either. So it was good, each time I picked up Oliveta to work on it, to be reminded of early spring leaves, snowdrops, and robin's eggs.
In celebration of the Yarn Over KAL, which starts this Friday in the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group, I'm having a sale: When you purchase Oliveta on Ravelry, you can take 30% off any other individual Blue Peninsula pattern (ebooks excluded). No coupon code is needed—when you put Oliveta and one other pattern in your cart, the discount will be applied to the second pattern.
The sale ends at midnight EST this Friday, April 17. (A note to EU customers, who are currently being redirected to Loveknitting due to VAT regulations—unfortunately, Ravelry promotions don't work on Loveknitting. So sorry! Things will improve in June, when Ravelry begins collecting VAT.)
Oliveta is worked from the top down, beginning with the green color. The stockinette stitch then transitions gracefully into a pretty—and easy to work—lace stitch with a scalloped edging. It would make a great first shawl project, but it's interesting enough to hold the attention of experienced shawl knitters, too.
The pattern provides instructions for two sizes, medium and large (I knit the medium). It also includes instructions for special techniques, such as the garter stitch tab cast-on and a stretchy, attractive lace bind-off that will enhance the edging's scallops.
I hope you'll come join us in the Yarn Over KAL. It starts this Friday and ends on Sunday, May 17. You can make any of my designs that has lace in it—and since lace stitches are one of my favorite design elements, there are lots of patterns to choose from. One knitter has already bought her yarn for Oliveta—she's using dark grey, red, and cream. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
Thanks go to my sister Jenny for editing the pattern (she is so good—the tiniest little errors and omissions never escape her eagle eye), and to all of my sisters for offering their thoughts on pattern name ideas. I also want to say "welcome" to all who recently joined the Blue Peninsula group. We now have more than 500 members!
Are you ready to cast on this Friday? There's more information about the KAL and prizes here.
As always, thank you very much for reading.