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Red Sky at Night poncho


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  • Lace

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"Red Sky at Night ... sailors' delight" and your delight also to knit and wear this poncho. This cozy capelet in a gorgeous colorway is knit in the round from the neck down, with hidden increases that allow for extra pattern inserts. The poncho is finished with a coordinating diagonal border that is knitted on while binding-off the live sts. Directions are charted and written for ease in completion. [contact the designer for digital copies of the charts to enable you to blow up the charts larger if needed) BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understand knitting in the round understand lace construction ability to repeat across rnd k2tog, ssk, yo, ssk2p, p2tog GAUGE 24sts x 32 rnds = 4" in stockinette in the round SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS blocked: 22" neck, 20" length, 64" hem circ

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 425 yds of fingering weight (sample used one skein of Cascade Heritage's Handpainted Sock Yarn -- 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon)
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

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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)..