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Christmas Collar


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Poinsettia leaves fall gracefully around your neck in this cowl knit with a blend of cashmere (50%), silk (25%) and merino wool (25%). A stylish, sophisticated classic to wear (or gift) throughout the Holiday season! This would look equally gorgeous in a dark green ... or a winter white with beads added to tip the leaves! Directions are charted and row-by-row for your convenience. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of lace patterns knitting in the round understanding of stitch repeats and multiples GAUGE 4st x 6 rnds = 1" stockinette (blocked) SUGGESTED YARN 140 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Spring Gate Farms Cashmere/Silk/Merino blend COLORWAY Christmas Red

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 140 yds fingering weight cashmere/silk/merino blend (sample used 1 sk of Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere/Silk/Merino blend)
  • 12 stitch markers (one a different color than the others to mark beg of rnd)
  • US #8 circs (16")

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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)..