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Drifting Leaves hat


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the hat starts at the 2x2 ribbing, in the round the leaves "bloom" from the ribbing, creating 11 leaves around the crown strategically-placed decreases cause the leaves to merge so that their tips meet in the center NOTE: this would make a great gauge swatch for my Drifting Leaves poncho. If you purchase my Drifting Leaves poncho, email me and I will "gift" you this hat design. Directions are both charted and round-by-round BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY traveling stitchs knitting in the round inc and dec -- m1, left/right leaning inc, k2tog, ssk, etc GAUGE 16 sts x 24 rnds = 4" stockinette worked in the round on larger needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS sized to fit Adult med-lg head: unstretched ribbing = 16" crown = 9" diameter SUGGESTED YARN 180 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Cascade Rustic (wool/linen) COLORWAY Red-Wine

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 180 yards worsted-weight wool or wool-blend (sample used almost a whole skein of Cascade's Rustic in a lovely red-wine color)
  • 11 stitch markers -- one a different color to denote beg of rnd
  • cable needle for traveling st

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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)..