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Brede's Emerald Isle poncho


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  • Lace

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I love lace and have been having fun the last few months developing my own lace motifs. Here's a perfect example: I wanted a shamrock lace garment in time for St. Patrick's Day and thus was born, "Brede's Emerald Isle". Shamrock lace (an original lace motif), gorgeous green-tonal heavy-fingering weight yarn, and a waist-length poncho coalesce into this lovely lace poncho you'll wear with a bit of the "Irish" spirit! A classic edging pattern gets a bit of updating with a trinity of yo's ... repeating the overall three-leaf clover motif of this salute to the Emerald Isle. The design uses approx 400 yards of heavy fingering (required one skein of Hazel Knits "Artisan Sock", 90% Merino superwash/10% nylon). The directions are both charted and row-by-row. Starting on smaller needles (to avoid a too-large neck-opening), the poncho grows to incorporate six shamrocks round the body with a lace-edging that adds length while binding-off the live stitches. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit in the round lace knitting: k2tog, ssk, yo, k3tog GAUGE smaller needles: 5sts x 8rnds = 1" stockinette in the round larger needles: 4sts x 6rnds = 1" stockinette in the round SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size: 24" neck, 64" hem, 14" length

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 400 yards fingering weight yarn (sample shown used Hazel Knits' Artisan Sock in "Shanny Pants")
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

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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)..