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Patrick, the Leprechaun


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Just in time for St. Patrick's day ... when we're all Irish ... comes this fun knitted doll pattern. The doll is approx. 17 inches of cuddly coziness ... in his bathrobe and night cap he's all set for bed! Knit in the round and almost completely in one piece, you'll start at the black shoes and knit on up, shaping his belly and heading toward his head. The arms and ears are knit separately and attached securely. The red beard and bit of hair on the back of his head looks best once the stands of yarn start to untwist ... creating a very natural look. The directions contain clearly-written instructions and there are schematics for creating this perfect doll for boys ... or girls ... or even those of us lucky enough to be Irish! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY working in the round basic inc and dec GAUGE 16st x 24 rnds - 4" in stockinette worked in the round SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 17-inch doll SUGGESTED YARN 950 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Lion Brand Cotton-Ease COLORWAY colors as noted in "materials"

Supplies Needed

  • US #4 dpns (or two 16-inch circs)
  • Worsted-weight cotton/cotton-blend yarn (sample used Lion Brand's Cotton-Ease): oMC - Almond (cream-colored) - 400 yards oCC1 - Terracotta (dusty orangey-red) -50 yards oCC2 - Lime (light green) - 200 yards oCC3 - Violet (dusty blue) - 200 yards oCC4 - Charcoal (black) - 75 yards oCC5 - Snow (white) - 50 yards
  • F-crochet hook for placing beard, hair and sew eyebrows

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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)..