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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)..
NOTE: My Drifting Leaves hat pattern (available on Craftsy) is a lovely accessory for this design; it also makes a great gauge swatch. If you purchase the poncho, please email me and I will "gift" you a copy of the coordinating hat.
Knit circularly from the top down, this poncho is a fun knit with it's drifting leaves pattern and lovely finish of a stylized "old shale" edging. Knit in a worsted wool/linen blend, this cozy poncho would be perfect for long fall walks ....
The directions are charted and given round-by-round.
The sample shown used approx 800 yards of Cascade's Rustic (79%wool/21%linen) in a lovely red-wine colorway.
1.poncho is knit in the round from the neck down
2.each leaf (measuring approx 2 x 4 inches) is worked with traveling stitches
3.the nine leaf panels inc to one side of the each rep, forcing the leaves to gently drift down the poncho as you increase around
4.the border is a stylized "Old Shale" stitch, worked for about 4-1/2 inches
5.for a bigger version: the actual stitch count will work for most sizes to 5X (the overall circumference at the chest is approx 62 inches) but you might want to add to the length as the poncho will look shorter on larger bodies: add about 150-180 yards to the amount of yarn needed for this extra length
16 sts x 24 rnds = 4" stockinette done in the round on larger needles
800 yards of Worsted weight