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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)..
A cozy, winter-weight poncho that knits up quickly with chunky yarn, this poncho has a strong graphic look with its stylized snowflake and heavy contrast between the main and the contrast colors used.
The poncho starts at the top rib, working in the round through the colorwork and then evolving into a swingy, cabled base. The finish is a few rounds of garter sts and then finishing with a BO in the main color.
A fun, quick knit with lots of variety to keep the knitting interesting.
The directions are charted and round by round and the final poncho fits adult S-L (as shown) with directions for making a larger size to fit up to 3X in parentheses.
Chunky wool/wool-blend yarn - sample shown used Plymouth Encore Chunky in Winter White as MC and Black as CC:
oMC = 430 (580 yards)
oCC = 143 (200 yards)
11 sts x 17 rnds = 4" stockinette (worked in the round) on larger needles