|Women, Men, Petite, Tall|
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)..
As rich in color as the famous Connemara marble, this wrap wil be a delight to knit: eyelet ribbing at the neck that carries on down the "sleeves"; while the front and back are filled with a wavy-stitch pattern, highlighting the subtle color changes in the worsted weight wool/silk blend used to make this wrap.
The directions are written out round-by-round as well as charted.
The one-size-fits-most wrap (hem circ = 62"; neck-to-hem = 15") uses approximately 490 yards of worsted yarn. [The sample used one skein of Plymouth's Mushishi 95% wool/5% silk in Green Apple].
wrap is made from the neck to the hem; knitted completely in the round
eyelet rib for the four-inch high neck merges into the body pattern (while retaining the eyelet rib on the should line)
body is shaped with four increases along the shoulder lines every other round as well as an increase within the body-stitch pattern every repeat
20st x 24rnds = 4-inches in stockinette worked in the round
490 yards of Worsted weight