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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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Sunset Over the Mesa

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Sunset Over the Mesa
Sunset Over the Mesa
Sunset Over the Mesa
Sunset Over the Mesa
Sunset Over the Mesa

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • ability to follow lace pattern (written OR charted)
  • understanding of multiple YOs and knitting into these YOs

Pattern Description:

Errata: 07/30/2013 -- corrected an error in the written directions of the third pattern set (the charts were correct as shown).

The blues and creams and browns of this yarn are reminiscent of the sun setting over the Anasazi's cave-dwellings at Mesa Verde (CO). A few years ago we camped down there ... and this shawl is a salute to the lovely memories: with the Ancient Pueblans' cave openings scattered around the Mesa, the layers of the exposed earth showing their lovely, natural colors, and the sun setting over it all. GORGEOUS!

This shawl is knit in the round from the neck opening, utilizing three different lace stitch patterns which will broaden your lace-knitting skills. A fun knit ... a gorgeous shawl ... and memories of an amazing family-camping trip.

note that the three stitch patterns have charts - which I placed at the end of this design. If you would like digitized copies of these charts, please email me directly (bhwh.mary@gmail.com)
all the stitch patterns are worked in the round -
ochart 1 (Spider Web Lace) will be worked 6 times around on 72 sts
ochart 2 (Circles of Light Lace) will be worked 10 times around on 120 sts
ochart 3 (Anasazi Caves Lace) will be worked 12 times around on 240 sts
NOTE: Anasazi Caves Lace increases stitches every so often by multiple yarn-overs as noted


4sts x 7 rnds = 1" stockinette in the round

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 15" from neck to hem; neck = 8" x 3" circle; full circle so fits many sizes


  • approx 375 yards fingering weight Superwash Merino (sample done in Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Socks - "Cowboy" colorway)
  • 12 stitch markers (one should be a different color to denote start of round)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • US #8 circs (16 inch and 32 inch)

Suggested yarn:

375 yards of Fingering weight