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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 ...
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)..
The name says it all ... designed to show the color-striping (and the wearer's shape) to best advantage: with self-scalloped border ... single button closure ... 3/4 sleeves with minimal finishing in a colorway with "pops" of color ... cunning, indeed!
Knit side-to-side, the cotton/rayon/silk blend yarn means this sweater will go from work to an evening out ... or even look great on the Beach, thrown over a suit or strappy sundress.
There is minimal finishing needed for this beauty - shoulder seams, tucking ends, sewing buttons are all the "finishing needed". Garter bands on edges keep the jacket from curling; on the fronts, this garter band folds just above the button to create "lapels".
The sample shown (a medium) used just over 1000 yards of worsted weight (knit in Plymouth's Kudo - cotton 55%, rayon 40%, silk5%), worked on US#8's.
Pattern includes charts and written directions and comes in sizes Sm (32-34) thru 5X (60-62). NOTE: if your stitch/row gauge is different than what I achieved, work the number of stitches/rows which will give you the measured lengths in the following chart (rather than relying on the number of stitches/rows I give you). When in doubt, measure and get the inches shown.
14sts x 22 rws = 4" in stockinette worked flat and blocked
1650 yards of Worsted weight