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Ciarnan's Cover (round lapblanket/shawl)


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  • Cables|Lace

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I designed this for my dh's 60th birthday in October. He loves to watch college football, but often gets chilled. This blanket is a perfect lap blanket or worn around the shoulders, shawl-style. The color I chose is a beautiful, tonal mahogany that matches our leather furniture ... my dh loves it! Ciarnan's Cover is a knit-from-the-center-out circle lap blanket (or circular shawl) done in worsted-weight wool on large needles. An eight-pointed, cabled star merges into eyelet triangles and twisted-stitch cables to create a sampler that, when viewed as a whole, creates a lovely snowflake design. The attach-as-you-go border, reminiscent of the ocean waves pounding the Emerald Isle, adds an elegant finishing touch. The final diameter is 60" to keep you and your loved ones cozy all winter long. Directions are both charted and round-by-round. NOTE: Colleen's Cover ( is the big sister of this design; Colleen is 72-inch diameter beauty with a self-bordering edge. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of lace design understanding of working in the round understanding of attaching a knitted-on border while binding off live sts understanding of how to work cables GAUGE 14sts x 18rnds = 4" stockinette, blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS five-foot diameter circle SUGGESTED YARN 750 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Stonehedge Mill's COLORWAY Mahogany

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 750 yards of worsted wool (sample used 3 skeins of Stonehedge Mill Shepherd's Wool)
  • US #11 dpns/circs (circs must be 24, 47 inches)
  • stitch markers -- 8 -- with one a different color than others

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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)..