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Celtic Closure


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I've always thought it would be cool to "hide" a button-hole in the center of a cable knot. Years ago (before I became a professional designer), I designed a sweater very much like this one ... and wore it to death. In this tweedy yarn, it's a gorgeous classic with a touch of whimsy in the optional contrasting wind-cuffs. This is a great way to practice reading charts and doing cables since the cable/chart work is limited to the panels running up the front and a bit of cable on the armholes. The directions are both written and charted. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of cable knitting understanding of sweater construction GAUGE 18sts x 25rws of RSS using larger needles = 4" cable panel using larger needles = 3"wide x 4-1/4" rep SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS sweater is sized XS-4X (34" to 62" finished bust)

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1210 - 1540 yards of worsted weight wool
  • approx 50 yards of CC wool for optional wind-cuff
  • US #8 circs and dpns for body of sweater

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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)..