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Chiara Mia -- Season Spanning Cardi


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  • Lace

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A top-down, season-spanning gem that will become a wardrobe stable, especially in the hot summer months when you need something on your shoulders for a/c but don't want a full, heavy sweater. The lace eyelet stitch pattern is easy to memorize (only 4 rows to the pattern) while finishing is minimal since you knit it all in one-piece (and the i-cord borders and bind-off add a bit of style while again, minimizing finishing). Enjoy this beauty knit in DK-weight Superfine Merino Wool for year-round style, sophistication and comfort. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY ability to add lace repeats while you go understanding of top-down knitting understanding of raglan construction (with yo's as the inc) GAUGE 5.5s x 11r = 1" in garter on smaller needles one lace rep (7sts x 4 rows) = 1.5" x 1" SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (sizes: XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) (chest: 34, 36, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)

Supplies Needed

  • 770 (825, 935, 1045, 1650, 1700, 1750) yds DK superfine merino; sample shown knit in Yarn of Italy's Innamorata DK - 100% extrafine merino wool (50 gr = 136 yds) -- 6, 6, 7, 8, 12, 12, 13 skeins
  • US #5 circulars (16 or 24 inch length)
  • US #8 circulars (24 or 32 inch length)

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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)..