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Fingerless Fair Isle Fun


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I designed these fingerless mitts with a bit of colorwork for a workshop I recently taught about stranded colorwork. The pattern shows two different colorwork patterns (each using the SAME amount of yarn and yet the colors pop differently) as well as a blank graph for you to chart your own design. The mitts are knit from the top down ... this way you can get the most "bang for your buck" when using up cashmere (or other luxury animal fiber) since the mitts will fit the hand and the cuff can be as long as you like. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of colorwork/stranded color ability to read color-charts GAUGE 9sts x 12 rnds = 1" in stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one-size fits most adults (knit at a tighter gauge for smaller hands; go up a needle size or two for larger hands) SUGGESTED YARN 160 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Spring Gate Farm's 100% Cashmere COLORWAY Steel Gray (MC), blue (CC1), pink (cc2), yellow (cc3), and gold (cc4)

Recommended with this pattern

  • 160 yds of Spring Gate Farm's 2-py fingering weight lace Cashmere o60 yds MC (sample in grey) o25 yds each 4 CC (sample used blue (CC1), pink (CC2), yellow (CC3), and gold (CC4)
  • US #3 dpns (or circs for magic loop)
  • stitch markers to mark beg of rnd and thumb placement

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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)..