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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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Raleigh Wrap

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Raleigh Wrap
Raleigh Wrap the border lace -- classic wave
Raleigh Wrap
Raleigh Wrap
Raleigh Wrap the body lace -- classic trinity

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • ability to understand lace knitting (yo, ssk, k2tog, etc)

Pattern Description:

This shawl starts with a garter tab and ends with a knitted-on border (you knit it perpendicularly to the shawl while binding-off the live sts). The yarn for this is a lofty, softly spun bulky yarn which really makes this shawl light and springy but still quite cozy warm.

I called this shawl "Raleigh Wrap" since I designed it prior to a recent road-trip to visit dear friends in Raleigh, NC. The hostess of the family is always chilly so I am going to gift her the original, which she inspired, with her lovely cozy ways (even in the midst of a Carolina Cooker ... its was in the 90s the entire visit!).

The directions are written and charted out. Please don't hesitate to email if you have any questions.


11sts x 18rws = 4" stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size: approx 60" neck edge, approx 80" hem edge, approx 24.5" from neck to hem


  • approx 500 yards bulky-weight wool blend (sample used 5 skeins of Jo-Ann's Sensations "It's a Wrap" in PurpleRose
  • US #11 circs (24- or 32-inch length)
  • stitch markers (4)

Suggested yarn:

500 yards of Bulky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Jo-Ann's Sensations "It's a Wrap"


color #11: Purple Rose