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Charcoal Pearls Cashmere Scarf


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Beads AND cashmere ... how much more elegant can you get? The loft and halo of the cashmere softens the pearl-beads (so they don't even touch your skin) but catch the light and glimmer with a sophisticated glow. I originally designed this scarf for a "getting cozy with cashmere" workshop I was leading down at Spring Gate Farms -- this didn't make the cut as one of the sample designs to knit, but I love it! The simple mock cable pattern (charted and written directions) is quickly memorized while the pre-strung beads are simply slipped into place as explained in the pattern. A classic that will get you lots of compliments! GAUGE 8sts x 10rws = 1" in stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 3-1/2" by 42"

Supplies Needed

  • approx 120 yards of fingering weight cashmere
  • 248 size8 pearl beads, pre-strung
  • US #3 needles (recommend lace-tip for ease in knitting with cashmere)

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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)..