Pattern Download

Colleen's Cover (blanket or circle shawl


Skill Level


Skills Needed

  • Cables

What You Get

  • 1 digital pattern (instant download)
  • Free Pattern Updates

How it works

  • This pattern was designed by a Craftsy independent design partner!
  • You'll purchase through PayPal and all profits go to the designer.
  • After purchase find your pattern in your pattern library.


With a finished diameter of 72-inches of coziness, this blanket/shawl is as much fun to use as it is to knit. With cables and eyelets and lace ... all knit in the round ... this goes together quickly on US#11s. An eight-pointed cabled star merges into eyelet twists to create a sampler that, when viewed as a whole, creates a lovely snowflake design. The sample is knit using about 850 yards of Knit Pick's Wool of the Andes Tweed (a worsted-weight wool) in a lovely blue tone with Donegal Tweed loveliness adding to the overall look of home and hearth comfy-ness. NOTE: This is the big sister to Ciarnan's Cover (a 60-inch blanket) ... ... BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog, twisted stitches understanding of cables ability to do a large project in the round GAUGE 11 sts x 12 rnds = 4 inches stockinette (worked in the round and blocked) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size -- approx 72-inch diameter full circle SUGGESTED YARN 850 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN KP Wool of the Andes Tweed COLORWAY Marine Heather

Supplies Needed

  • approx 850 yards of worsted-weight wool (sample used 8 sks of KP's Wool of the Andes Tweed)
  • US #11 dpns
  • US #11 circs - 24 and 40 inch lengths

Sold by

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)..