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Blue Ridge Mountains shawl


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Here's the November entry in the Brigid Collection: Blue Ridge Mountains shawl. Many of the Irish immigrants settled the Blue Ridge and nearby Smoky Mountain ranges ... populating this rugged area and holding on with an Irish-tenacity that legends are made of! This shawl salutes these beautiful mountains and the folks who populated them. A simple pattern with enough change-ups to make it interesting and the beautifully shaded blues of the washable-worsted wool make this a shawl that is gorgeous and unique ... and really fun to knit. Directions are both charted and knitted and the shawl is knit all in one piece.. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY good practice pattern for yo's, ssk, k2tog, [sl2kp2sso] GAUGE 15sts x 24rws = pattern stitch (blocked) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 24inches x 64 inches (with notes for making larger or smaller) SUGGESTED YARN 1100 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Kraemer's Summit Hill (washable wool) COLORWAY Glow, Sky, Aquamarine, Jade, Onyx

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 1100 yards of 5 shades of washable-wosted weight wool or wool-blend (sample used 5 shades of Kraemer's Summit Hill)
  • US #8 circs (32 or 40-inch circs)
  • stitch markers (2 or more)

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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)..

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