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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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Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket
Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket
Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket
Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket
Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic lace-knitting skills
  • ability to do a large design (this blocks out to 66 inches with a total of 602 sts)
  • knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

ETA: 12/27/13 -- there was a typo in the directions for Rnds 82-87; each rep has 86 sts for a total of 602sts in each round. A revised pdf has been uploaded.

Similar to my "Miss Ellie's Garden blanket/shawl", this one is a bit more spunky with it's bright colors (in worsted-weight cotton) and solid stitch-patterning; it's also a tad larger. The finished size of this heptagon is approx 66 inches across and is a joy to knit.

Worked in the round and starting at the center, you create a spiral-petaled focal-point. Switching to #10s and spoke increases, you begin to work shades of pink in the petals. I have added a few rounds of striping between the color changes to avoid harshness and blend the colors better. The final rounds are lime green leaves with a touch of the bright prink at the very edge.

The sample shown used:
Knit Picks Shine Worsted in the following colors (and amounts):
oColor 1 (center)Cream (30 yards)
oColor 2 (first pink)Blush (132 yards)
oColor 3 (second pink)Cosmopolitan (225 yards)
oColor 4 (leaf border)Citrine (225 yards)

This would also work up nicely in a solid color -- you'd need about 625 yards of worsted-weight cotton.

Directions are both round-by-round and charted


12sts x 16rnds = 4" stockinette worked in the round

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- heptagon/circle blocks out to about 66 inches


  • approx 625 yards of worsted-weight cotton (sample used four colors of Knit Picks Shine Worsted ... see notes for amounts)
  • US #8 dpns
  • US #10 circs (24- and 40-inch)
  • US #11 circs (40-inch length ... or longer)
  • stitch markers (7, with one different to denote beg of rnd)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends

Suggested yarn:

625 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Shine Worsted


multiple (see above for notes)