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Patrick: An Irish Lad


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Have you ever noticed how few really cute sweaters there are for boys? Well, this one makes up for that dearth of designs. This boy's jacket, filled with traditional Irish knit stitches, is for the rough'n'tumble boy - knit in washable worsted wool, the jacket is a sampler of cables, knit-purl combinations and the ubiquitous seed stitch. The style is a dropped shoulder and is knit in one piece to the underarm, with the sleeves knit down from the armholes and the buttonhole-band worked as you go ... this is not only a fun knit but also has minimal finishing. By the way, if you don't fancy buttoning and unbuttoning, only un-button the top two or three buttons and slip the sweater over the child's head. Pattern is written for 2T (with changes for sizes 4T, 6, 8 and 10 in parentheses) so that you can make one for each of the boys in your life, whether they're Irish or not! ' If you'd like to make this sweater for your little Colleen, just switch the buttonholes to the right side and you're good to go. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY cable knitting working multiple charts/stitch patterns at once GAUGE larger needles over seed stitch, 22s and 30r = 4" SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 2T (25") - 10 (32")

Supplies Needed

  • US #7 circular (24")
  • US #4 dpns
  • eleven 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)..