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Phoenix Ascending shawlette


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This shawlette, which uses 320 yards of a heavy DK/light worsted wool/acrylic blend, is a stunning knit. The design (charted and row-by-row) is easy to "read" so you're not tied to the instructions but can sit back and enjoy the knitting. The sample shown used a full skein of Marks & Kattens Big Trend -- : I literally had one yard left of the yarn after binding-off ... if you are a lose knitter or a worrier, you might want to get a bit more yarn than the 320 I used. The final shawlette measures approx 18-inches from neck to hem; inner edge is 20-inches, while the outer edge measures approx 120-inches. The Phoenix Ascending shawl starts with a garter tab and then you'll start working back and forth on six sections, being sure to keep the first and last five sts in garter. You'll follow the pattern around until you have finished and BO loosely. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog, twisted stitches ability to follow chart/row-by-row directions GAUGE 16sts x 20rnds = 4 inches in stockinette, blocked SUGGESTED YARN 320 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Marks & Kattens Big Trend COLORWAY #404 - red, black, grey

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 320 yards of light worsted/heavy dk wool blend (sample used a full skein of Marks & Kattens Big Trend)
  • US #10 circs (40-inch)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends

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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)..