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Memories of Eire vest


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0626-2013 -- reformatted the pattern to make it easier to read (and fewer pages). Also fixed a typo that had you working too many rows before the neck shaping; you should only work 16r and then start the deep-V neck shaping. I love cables ... I love Celtic knotwork ... I love playing with multiple techniques and ways of knitting. Oh, and I hate seams. And thus was born this lovely vest! A cable panel is knit and then put on its side, sts picked up and the rest of the vest worked. The body is knit in one piece up to the underarm -- and then back and fronts are worked. The shawl collar is then picked up and knit and then, finally, the armholes are picked up and worked a few rows. That means that once you tuck in yarn ends, and sew on buttons ... you are DONE! This is a great exercise in knitting with knit-purl texture to create the "celtic knot" on the back, cables all over, increases and decreases, and other technique make this a masterpiece for the advanced knitter. You'll have lots of fun knitting this one ... and the compliments will flow whenever you wear it! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY cable knitting chart-reading (multiple charts for the cable panels) knitting from multiple charts at one time GAUGE measured over ss with #6 needles: 5sts/6rws = 1" measured over garter st with #6 needles: 4sts/8rws = 1" SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS XS (32") - XL (51")

Supplies Needed

  • 650 (700, 800, 900, 1000) sks worsted weight (55% Merino, 25% superfine alpaca, 20% donegal tweed) -- sample used KnitPick's City Tweed in Toad
  • #6 US circular (16" and another 24" or longer)
  • three 5/8" buttons

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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)..