|Women, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized|
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website (www.marygildersleeve.com) where I discuss my work, my findsÃâÃÂ (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA.
I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately).
I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..
This shawl, knit from the center top down, is a half-circle sampler of lace patterns. From the leaf edging (that's knit as you go) to the four tiers of different lace stitches, this shawl is a great lace tutorial. Using approx 450 yds of color-changing cotton fingering yarn (sample used Wolle's Yarn Creations in "Magnolia"), the shawl is a slice of summer ... perfect for summer days by the pool ... or summer evenings at a candle-lit dinner. Directions are both charted and written-out.
C'mon, grab a slice of summer!
shawl is started at the top with a garter tab of 9 sts.
there is a Lace Edging along the straight-edge of this shawl
lace pattern tiers are separated by inc rows to achieve the half-circle
all stitch pattern directions/charts are placed near where you will use them in the pattern
to make this shawl longer (after obtaining more yarn, of course), rep the final lace pattern (a 2-row rep) up to a total of 20 times to maintain the ratio
18sts x 24 rws = 4 inches stockinette (worked flat and blocked)
450 yards of Fingering weight