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Hugs 'n' Kisses shawl


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A great first-shawl project, this classic triangular shawl (76 x 36) shows to perfection the gorgeous colors of this heavy DK wool yarn. Sample shown used 720 yards of Solitude Wool's Suffolk-Dorset blend in three colors: natural (with black flecks), chickweed and watermelon pickle, although any 100% heavy DK wool will work. Eyelets create the X's and O's that give the shawl its name. The border is garter in alternating colors. The directions are charted and written. The shawl starts with a garter tab and continues the 4-stitch garter edging throughout the shawl BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY willingness to do a large project understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog, GAUGE 14sts x 20rws = 4" stockinette, blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size -- 76-inches x 36-inches SUGGESTED YARN 720 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Solitude Wool's Suffolk Dorset blend COLORWAY natural, chickweed and watermelon pickle

Supplies Needed

  • approx 720 yards of heavy-DK wool yarn (sample used three colors of Solitude Wool's Suffolk-Dorset blend)
  • US #10 circs - 40- or 47-inch length
  • stitch markers (4)

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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)..