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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)..
After skiing (or shopping!), pop this comfy poncho on while sipping hot-toddies by the fire and you'll be cozy warm in no time.
Apres Ski is a fun, knit-in-the-round from the top, yoke-styled poncho that is as fun to knit as it is to wear.
The full poncho is 24-inches form neck to hem with a 100-inch circumference at the hem. If you'd like to make a shorter version, I include directions for making a 14-inch (neck to hem) with an 80" circumference (basically finishes after the final colorwork panel and then adds the garter hem).
This roomy design will fit most. The colorwork is charted with written directions for the hidden increases which give the design the curved shape.
Knit in a wool/acrylic blend, this beauty requires approx 400 (1000) yards of MC and approx 200 yards of each of four contrasting colors. Sample used Kraemer's Perfection - 30% Superwash Merino/70% acrylic.
16sts x 22rnds = 4" stockinette in MC in the round
1800 yards of Worsted weight