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)..
I love hoodie-sweaters ... and I really enjoy designing them. I've always wanted a sweatshirt-style cotton hoodie but hated the idea of knitting a cotton bulky that would be heavy and "grow"! So, for this one I used a cotton-acrylic blend that holds the cotton in check from stretching AND looks good AND is not heavy at all.
For the colder times of the year, this would be a fabulous sweater done in a wool-blend ... just make sure it's lofty and not a heavy, stiff wool.
The entire sweater is knit and purl, ribbing stitches so it's a great one for someone that is just starting to go beyond plain stockinette. Rib Tickler requires very little finishing since it's done completely in the round ... from the hem to the underarms, then the sleeves are knit in the round, than all are joined and worked to the neck with a hood to finish off. All different kinds of ribs are worked for this cotton-blend sweater in an oversized silhouette - 6x6 for the hem, 4x4 decreasing to 3x3 decreasing to 2x2 decreasing to 1x1 for the yoke, and 3x3 on the sleeve cuff. The sleeves can be worn cuffed or straight and the generous hood completes the look. The hood is edged with garter which on it's side looks like a 1x1 rib.
The sample is knit using Knit Picks Comfy Bulky in Ivory ... giving the design a clean, natural look in an easy-care yarn knit-up in an easy-wear style. You could also knit this in a bulky wool for a warm, classic look.
This one will definitely tickle your fancy!
#10 needles - 13s/19r = 4" stockinette