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)..
A fun shawlette to remind you of summer at the beach ... a romantic walk along the wet sand ... the moonlit ocean ... the tide slowly receding to leave traces of water behind.
This shawlette starts at the top with a garter-tab, progresses thru alternating stripes of garter and stockinette and ends with a graceful wave-lace pattern.
Blocking makes this shawl pop!
Directions are charted and row-by-row for this shawlette that uses two colors (about 140 yards of each) of fingering-weight fiber; sample used one skein each of Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere Silk Merino blend in Sable and Lapis Lazuli. NOTE: I used most of both skeins so if you tend to knit loosely you might want to increase your yardage.
this design is knit flat starting with a garter tab, progressing to evenly spaced yo's with alternating stripes and then finishes with a wave-lace stitch pattern
design is row-by-row and charted;
there are many ways to wear this shawlette - check out the pictures here and on my website (www.marygildersleeve.com) for some ideas
16sts x 16 rows = 4 inches in garter, blocked
280 yards of Fingering weight