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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 ...

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Christmas Collar

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Christmas Collar
Christmas Collar
Christmas Collar
Christmas Collar
Christmas Collar
Christmas Collar

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of lace patterns
  • knitting in the round
  • understanding of stitch repeats and multiples

Pattern Description:

Poinsettia leaves fall gracefully around your neck in this cowl knit with a blend of cashmere (50%), silk (25%) and merino wool (25%). A stylish, sophisticated classic to wear (or gift) throughout the Holiday season! This would look equally gorgeous in a dark green ... or a winter white with beads added to tip the leaves!

Directions are charted and row-by-row for your convenience.


4st x 6 rnds = 1" stockinette (blocked)


  • approx 140 yds fingering weight cashmere/silk/merino blend (sample used 1 sk of Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere/Silk/Merino blend)
  • 12 stitch markers (one a different color than the others to mark beg of rnd)
  • US #8 circs (16")
  • US #10 circs (16" and 24")
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • lace blocking pins/wires/boards

Suggested yarn:

140 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Spring Gate Farms Cashmere/Silk/Merino blend


Christmas Red