|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)..
Fall is in the air ... the crisp sunny days are upon us.
And this shawl is the perfect accessory for this time of year. Starting with a mere three stitches, this shawl quickly grows to warm your shoulders and hug your neck. The eyelet pattern, an abstract design, keeps the knitting interesting while the sweetheart shaping means the shawl will stay put!
Directions are both charted and row-by-row for this seasonal beauty in pure cashmere.
This design starts with a three-st garter tab (check YouTube or online for info about this start) and then continues to grow toward the hem, with two increases on each side and one either side of the center back.
Stitch markers are wonderful for making sure you're increases line up properly PM = place marker; SM = slip marker
An abstract eyelet design is done on either side of the center-back line; the directions for this eyelet pattern are charted and row-by-row.
Final dimensions (the shawl curves at the neck, due to the double increases each end):
45" from end to end
18" from back neck to point
36" along the side
20sts x 26 rws = 4" stockinette (worked flat, blocked)
250 yards of Fingering weight