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Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties


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  • Intarsia|Stranded

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Make this cute set for your own little Kirsty ... the booties are knit in one-piece (and are seamless) with just a bit of colorwork while the tam has a nice deep band (with a solid underbrim) and then the fun colorwork wheel toward the center. The sample is done in a washable worsted wool using four colors ... about 125 yards of the main color (here a pastel purple) and approx 25 yards of each of the contrasting colors. Directions are both charted and written out. For a boy's version, please see my Cormack's Cap and Cozy Booties pattern ( BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY colorwork experience -- stranded and intarsia knitting in the round following colorwork chart ssk, k2tog, sl2k1psso GAUGE 5sts x 6rnds = 1" in stockinette worked in the round and blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 0-6month -- cap fits 15-18" head; bootie up to 3-1/2" foot SUGGESTED YARN 200 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Kraemer's Summit Hill (washable wool) COLORWAY Flourite, Giggle, Balsa and Peridot

Supplies Needed

  • approx 200 (140 for tam/cap and 60 for booties) yards of washable, worsted-weight wool yarn (sample used Kraemer's Summit Hill in four colors: oMC (Fluorite) - 125 yards oCC1 (Giggle) - 25 yards oCC2 (Balsa) - 25 yards oCC3 (Peridot) - 25 yards
  • #US 6 dpns and circs (16- and 24-inch lengths)
  • tapestry needle

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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)..