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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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Sorcha's Shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Sorcha's Shawl
Sorcha's Shawl
Sorcha's Shawl
Sorcha's Shawl
Sorcha's Shawl
Sorcha's Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic lace knitting skills
  • understand concept of knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

Sorcha, Irish for "bright, radiant, light" (and pronounced sor + aka" or "surk + ha"), is the perfect name for this poncho knit from the neck down. With trinity eyelets, cable-and-eyelet ribs, and radiant beams emanating out, this is a fun knit with lots of color, thanks to the glorious worsted cotton/silk/rayon blend yarn used.
Enjoy knitting this up ... and enjoy the kudos you'll receive everytime you wear it.

While the Kudo really works well for this design, any worsted weight wool, wool-blend or cotton would work too. If using a wool, make sure you understand that the dimensions will block out larger as wool is more conducive to great blocking.

This is a fun knit ... with lots of details that will keep you working "just one more row". It's a great tribute to the beauty of the Emerald Isle!


3.5sts x 4rnds = 1" stockinette (blocked)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 22" length, 7" diameter neck opening, a full circle of lovely lace!


  • approx 580 yards of worsted yarn (sample used 3 skeins of Plymouth's Kudo)
  • #10 circs (16" and 32")
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • 12 stitch markers (one a different color to denote beg of rnd)

Suggested yarn:

580 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Plymouth's Kudo