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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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Ciarnan's Cover (round lapblanket/shawl)

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ciarnan's Cover (round lapblanket/shawl)
Ciarnan's Cover (round lapblanket/shawl)
Ciarnan's Cover (round lapblanket/shawl)
Ciarnan's Cover (round lapblanket/shawl)
Ciarnan's Cover (round lapblanket/shawl)

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of lace design
  • understanding of working in the round
  • understanding of attaching a knitted-on border while binding off live sts
  • understanding of how to work cables

Pattern Description:

I designed this for my dh's 60th birthday in October. He loves to watch college football, but often gets chilled. This blanket is a perfect lap blanket or worn around the shoulders, shawl-style.

The color I chose is a beautiful, tonal mahogany that matches our leather furniture ... my dh loves it!

Ciarnan's Cover is a knit-from-the-center-out circle lap blanket (or circular shawl) done in worsted-weight wool on large needles. An eight-pointed, cabled star merges into eyelet triangles and twisted-stitch cables to create a sampler that, when viewed as a whole, creates a lovely snowflake design. The attach-as-you-go border, reminiscent of the ocean waves pounding the Emerald Isle, adds an elegant finishing touch. The final diameter is 60" to keep you and your loved ones cozy all winter long.

Directions are both charted and round-by-round.

NOTE: Colleen's Cover (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/colleens-cover-blanket-or-circle-shawl/49565) is the big sister of this design; Colleen is 72-inch diameter beauty with a self-bordering edge.


14sts x 18rnds = 4" stockinette, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • five-foot diameter circle


  • approx 750 yards of worsted wool (sample used 3 skeins of Stonehedge Mill Shepherd's Wool)
  • US #11 dpns/circs (circs must be 24, 47 inches)
  • stitch markers -- 8 -- with one a different color than others
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • blocking board/wires/pins for blocking

Suggested yarn:

750 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Stonehedge Mill's