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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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Colleen's Cover (blanket or circle shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Colleen's Cover (blanket or circle shawl
Colleen's Cover (blanket or circle shawl
Colleen's Cover (blanket or circle shawl
Colleen's Cover (blanket or circle shawl
Colleen's Cover (blanket or circle shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog, twisted stitches
  • understanding of cables
  • ability to do a large project in the round

Pattern Description:

With a finished diameter of 72-inches of coziness, this blanket/shawl is as much fun to use as it is to knit. With cables and eyelets and lace ... all knit in the round ... this goes together quickly on US#11s.

An eight-pointed cabled star merges into eyelet twists to create a sampler that, when viewed as a whole, creates a lovely snowflake design.

The sample is knit using about 850 yards of Knit Pick's Wool of the Andes Tweed (a worsted-weight wool) in a lovely blue tone with Donegal Tweed loveliness adding to the overall look of home and hearth comfy-ness.

NOTE: This is the big sister to Ciarnan's Cover (a 60-inch blanket) ... http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/home-decor/ciarnans-cover-round-lapblanketshawl/30105 ...


11 sts x 12 rnds = 4 inches stockinette (worked in the round and blocked)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- approx 72-inch diameter full circle


  • approx 850 yards of worsted-weight wool (sample used 8 sks of KP's Wool of the Andes Tweed)
  • US #11 dpns
  • US #11 circs - 24 and 40 inch lengths
  • cable needle or dpn to hold stitches for cables
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • stitch markers (8, one different than others to denote beg of rnd

Suggested yarn:

850 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

KP Wool of the Andes Tweed


Marine Heather