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My Wild Irish Rose lace poncho


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Errata: 11/06/2012 clarification to border directions on Row 12 and Row 24. The affected pages of the pattern are pages 4 and 5. Errata: 08/16/2012 Rnd 49: yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k3, yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2 Rnd 51: yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3. Rnd 53: yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k4, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k7, yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k4; break MC. RND 54: change to CC Rnd 55: ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, ssk, (k1, yo) x 3, k1, k2tog, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1 Rnd 57: k5, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k4 - note you'll have 34 sts in each mult on this round Rnd 59: k6, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, kfb, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, kfb, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k5. Rnd 61: k1, yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k3, (yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k4) x 2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo. Rnd 63: k8, (yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k6) x 2, yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso, yo, k7. RND 64: k all sts around - leave sts on needle and begin border-lace This elegant, ethereal poncho will be one of your go-to garments through all the seasons ... whether you need just a bit of coverage for air-conditioned summer dinners or a glamorous cover-up for a winter's concert outing, this poncho is as much fun to knit as it is to wear! Shown here in 100% cashmere (altho any fingering weight, natural fiber would work equally well), this lace poncho is a unique accessory that will get you rave reviews. The directions are charted AND round-by-round for your knitting pleasure. You'll need MC - 370 yards; CC - 200 yards of light-fingering weight yarn (preferably a natural fiber with a slight halo). Sample used Spring Gate Farm's 100% cashmere. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY intricate lace pattern (with diff st-counts so you must have confidence) ability to use a life line GAUGE 5sts x 7rnds = 1in of stockinette worked in the rnd. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 24in diameter circle; neck opening is approx 10x4; neck to hem is approx 20" SUGGESTED YARN 570 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Spring Gate Farm's 100% Cashmere COLORWAY pale pink and pale green

Supplies Needed

  • approx 570 yards of light-fingering weight cashmere or other natural fiber with a slight halo (MC = 370yds, CC = 200yds)
  • US #8 circs (16in)
  • US #10 circs (24in and 32in)

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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)..