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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)..
I designed this scarf for a lace-workshop I recently had at the farm from which the cashmere comes. Five classic lace stitch patterns come together in this scarf knit in pure cashmere. A great learning tool about knitted lace, this sampler scarf includes:
Crest of the Wave Lace
Miniature Leaf Lace
English Mesh Lace
Cloverleaf Eyelet Rib
The scarf is worked from one end to the center back neck; stitches are placed on hold and the other half of the scarf is worked from an end to the center back neck. Neck sts are grafted, 3nbo, or sewn together to complete the scarf.
There are 5 different stitch patterns (plus the k1p1 rib at the back neck) which should be done in order given so that the scarf "matches" without being an exact match. Please note that stitch-pattern 3 (Cloverleaf Eyelet Rib) is repeated on both sides of the scarf.
The first st is ALWAYS slipped as if to purl, and the last st is ALWAYS knit. The resulting selvage edge (leaving a neat loop on each end) is NOT included on the charts/stitch pattern directions so remember to slip the first st of EVERY row.
23sts x 21 rws = 4" lace st (blocked)
210 yards of Fingering weight