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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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The Irish Sea shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Irish Sea shawl
The Irish Sea shawl
The Irish Sea shawl
The Irish Sea shawl
The Irish Sea shawl
The Irish Sea shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of lace knitting
  • ability to work in the round
  • understanding of multiple repeats

Pattern Description:

This yarn so reminded me of the Irish Sea with it's myriad of colors ... so I searched and found some lovely lace-stitch patterns to complete the nautical theme -- the Sea Spray Lace at the top and the Ocean Waves Lace below are fun to knit (and relatively easy to keep track of since the first is a 12-stitch rep and the second is a 24 stitch rep).

The yarn shown is Regia's 4-Fach Haltbar in their Design Line. The colorway is Kaffe Fasset.


This is the August design for my Brigid Collection (http://www.marygildersleeve.com/gallery-ii/the-brigid-collection/)


4sts x 6rnds = 1" stockinette (blocked)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 37" diameter circle (with a 7" circle opening)


  • approx 450 yds of fingering weight washable wool (sample used two 50-gr balls of Regia 4-Fach Haltbar)
  • US#10 circs (16" and 32" lengths)
  • 10 stitch markers, one a different color from the rest to mark beg of rnd
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • lace blocking wires/pins and boards for finishing

Suggested yarn:

450 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Regia's 4-Fach Haltbar (Design Line)


Kaffe Fasset

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