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Sorcha's Shawl


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Sorcha, Irish for "bright, radiant, light" (and pronounced sor + aka" or "surk + ha"), is the perfect name for this poncho knit from the neck down. With trinity eyelets, cable-and-eyelet ribs, and radiant beams emanating out, this is a fun knit with lots of color, thanks to the glorious worsted cotton/silk/rayon blend yarn used. Enjoy knitting this up ... and enjoy the kudos you'll receive everytime you wear it. While the Kudo really works well for this design, any worsted weight wool, wool-blend or cotton would work too. If using a wool, make sure you understand that the dimensions will block out larger as wool is more conducive to great blocking. This is a fun knit ... with lots of details that will keep you working "just one more row". It's a great tribute to the beauty of the Emerald Isle! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic lace knitting skills understand concept of knitting in the round GAUGE 3.5sts x 4rnds = 1" stockinette (blocked) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 22" length, 7" diameter neck opening, a full circle of lovely lace! SUGGESTED YARN 580 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Plymouth's Kudo

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 580 yards of worsted yarn (sample used 3 skeins of Plymouth's Kudo)
  • #10 circs (16" and 32")
  • 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)..