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All Wrapped Up in Love and Prayer


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Donations to American Cancer Society 2015 donation = $12.00 2014 donation = $10.00 2013 donation = $20.00 2012 donation = $12.00 I designed this heart-filled shawl for a dear friend who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. $2.00 of every pattern-sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society (see my Uncle Dick's Prayer shawl ( for another design where I donate money to ACS for each sale). The hearts are for all the love she has for others and we have for her ... The worsted weight wool works up quickly on US#10s to create a hexagonal shaped shawl that hugs the shoulders, staying put and hugging the wearer. Knit all in one piece, this is a shawl for those you love ... or a lovely gift for yourself. Directions are both charted and row-by-row. The shawl measures 20-inches from neck to hem (and the length from tip to tip is approx 50-inches).? This shawl is knit all in one piece, starting with a garter tab, and finishing with a mini-heart edging. The shawl is worked in six sections with a "spine stitch" between each section and bordered by a self-finishing garter border BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic lace understanding (ssk, k2tog, yo) understanding of increases and "growing" a shawl garter tab GAUGE 17.5 sts x 20 rows = 4" stockinette (blocked) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 20" from neck to hem; tip to tip along neck edge = 50" SUGGESTED YARN 500 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Stonehedge Fiber's Shepherd's Wool COLORWAY Green Ragg

Supplies Needed

  • approx 500 yards worsted weight wool (sample used two skeins of Shepherd's Wool from Stonehedge Fibers -- green ragg)
  • US #10 circs
  • stitch markers for maintaining edge sts

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By Hand, With Heart
By Hand, With Heart
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 ( where I discuss my work, my finds (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)..