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Outstanding in the Field blanket


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  • Intarsia|Lace

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The original of this blanket was knit many years ago for a friend; she had a "thing" for cows, so I did a Holstein in the middle of the field. Because I"m SUCH a knitting/wool fanatic, I decided to remake this pattern with a large, fluffy sheep. Cute, huh? The blanket is started with the intarsia-knitted center. Sts are then picked up all round, joined and knit in the round until the final lace (picket-fence) ! This is a great, multi-technique design which is not only a fun exercise but also a unique throw or baby blanket. Directions are included for an optional fabric backing to cover (and protect) the intarsia panel. Directions for the intarsia portion are charted; the directions for the lace sections are charted and written. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY intarsia knitting knitting in the round lace knitting GAUGE 17.5 sts x 24rws = 4" over stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 44" x 34"

Supplies Needed

  • 375 yards of DK superwash merino in green
  • 490 yards of DK superwash merino in natural
  • about 100 yards of DK superwash merino in black

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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)..