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Snowflake Shawl ... a 46" circle shawl


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Knit from the center-out, all in one piece, this stunning shawl is worked up with 600 yds of 100% cashmere in a heavy-fingering weight. Directions are charted and round-by-round for this wonderful, cozy circle shawl which is as fun to knit as it is comforting to wear. stitch markers are highly recommended to separate the repeats - the directions will give you number of sts at certain points within each repeat blocking this shawl is critical to the full "bloom" of the pattern you've worked so hard to create; blocking wires, pins and boards are highly recommended this shawl would also be stunning in a merino wool, alpaca or other pure animal fiber BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting in the round working with dpns and then circs understanding of k2tog, ssk, yo, etc GAUGE 20sts x 28rnds = 4" stockinette in the round SUGGESTED YARN 600 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Spring Gate Farms 100% cashmere COLORWAY natural white

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  • US #8 dpns
  • US #8 dpns
  • US #8 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)..