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Beaded Beauty ... a trio of necklaces


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A Trio of Beaded Necklaces using cashmere for that extra bit of style and grace! Each necklace requires approx 20 yards of fiber and works up quickly ... a perfect gift for that special someone! The cashmere keeps the neck warm while adding style to evening attire or just dressing up a turtleneck. Each necklace is slightly different ... two require placing the beads (or shank buttons) as you go while the third has you pre-string the beads. Check YouTube or a knit-beading book for these techniques. Specifically: Pretty in Pink -- 40 shank buttons (faceted in jewel tones) are placed Emerald Beauty -- 34 glass beads (size 6) are pre-strung Beaded Love -- 41 shank buttons (translucent hearts) are placed BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of how to place and/or pre-string beads GAUGE 16sts x 24rows = 4" stockinette SUGGESTED YARN 20 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere and Cashmere/Silk/Merino blend COLORWAY dusty rose (100% cashmere), natural (100% cashmere), antique gold (cashmere blend)

Recommended with this pattern

  • US #5 needles (circs are easiest with the amount of sts
  • 34-41 beads or shank buttons for each (see individual directions)
  • approx 20 yards cashmere, cashmere blend yarn for each necklace

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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)..