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I Heart Austria vest and cap


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This design was a labor of love: ten years ago we were blessed to move to a small village an hour south of Vienna, Austria. My husband was earning a Masters degree and we lived in the shadow of an ancient Carthusian monastery, homeschooling our (then) four children. We were only able to stay two years but Austria got into our heart, and remains there to this day. We took home a lifetime of memories and our youngest son, born during our sojourn in Niederoesterich. Now, almost eight years later ... I have finally published a design worthy of our memories. A traditional hand-knit ensemble with a modern twist: The style of the vest is classic -- and mine has (optional) knitted in pockets. The stitch patterns are original but reminiscent of the traditional Austrian traveling-stitch motifs seen throughout the country. I enjoyed mixing and matching the motifs to give a bit of spunk to this classic! The cap coordinates perfectly and is uber warm since the cuff is folded up (allowing a double-layer to protect ears). A traditional hand-knit ensemble with a modern twist! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY you must know how to read charts for the six different diamonds on the vest and matching cap ability to knit in the round for the cap GAUGE 17sts x 34rows = 4" over garter stitch on US 8 needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS vest sized to fit S (40") - 2X (56"); cap to fit adult

Recommended with this pattern

  • ovest = 850 (1000, 1000, 1250, 1350) yards superwash worsted-weight wool
  • ocap = 200 yards
  • US#8 circ knitting needles for vest

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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)..