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Royal Red Butterfly (shawl)


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I create designs for a local rancher who breeds championship cashmere goats (and wins awards for the fleece) in Barboursville, Va. She has a lovely blend of cashmere/silk/merino wool that not only has amazing stitch-definition, but also comes in glorious jewel-tones. I chose her ruby-red for this butterfly scarf ... the lace pattern looks intricate, but if you can read charts, it's not hard at all. This shawlette will keep your shoulders warm without too much bulk so it's wearable all year round! This would be stunning in the heavy-fingering weight hand-dyed sock yarns you can find at your LYS or fiber festivals. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY ability to read charts (the lace pattern is ONLY charted) understanding of how lace knitting "works" GAUGE #8 needles: 4st x 6rws = 1" over stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS approx blocked size: 33" wide by 15" deep

Recommended with this pattern

  • 185 yards of heavy fingering weight. The sample used one skein of Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere(50%)/Silk(25%)/Merino(25%) yarn in a gorgeous ruby red
  • US#4 dpns
  • US #4 circs

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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)..