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Color-work Fun: a baby tam or a proj bag


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I designed this pattern for a color-work class in order to show the students the way to play with color in their knitting. The Project Bag is a particularly good tool to show what happens when you shift background and foreground colors. Using these directions, you can play with your own favorite colors to create a color-work masterpiece. For the color-chart, just decide which color is first, the main color, than which of the contrasting colors are A, B, C and D. Than have at it! You'll be amazed at how fun and interesting this little project can be - and the bag (or baby tam) you have at the end of your experimenting are fun and useful! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understand how to read color-charts knitting in the round GAUGE 6 sts x 6rnds = 1" unstretched ribbing in one color 5-1/2sts x 5rnds = 1" in colorwork in the round SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS tam = 8" diameter to fit up to 2T; project bag = 6" diameter base x 10" sides (strap = 10-1/2")

Supplies Needed

  • approx 180 yards of worsted weight yarn -- for tam: 4 colors (mc = 60 yds, 3 cc = 40 yds each) and project bag (5 colors: mc = 60 yds, 4 cc = 40 yds each)
  • US#8 circs (16")
  • US#8 dpns

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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)..