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Spirit of the Southwest shawl


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The colors - a dark rich turquoise teamed with adobe gold and dusty burgundy - shown in this uniquely-shaped shawl are reminiscent of the the Southwest United States and all the romance and history of that area. This shawl is worked from the neck-edge down, with subtle shaping and a simple lace design that shows the hand-dyed fingering-weight yarn to perfection. A fun knit and a gorgeous garment that works with jeans or a fancy dress - what more could you need? Directions are charted and row-by-row. shawl is knit in one piece, starting at the neck edge always slip the first st of every row to ensure a nice selvage inc are strategically placed to ensure a rounded back with straight front edges the lace portions in dark turquoise are offset by the garter stripes in the multi-colored yarn the hem is finished with an original, chevron-lace stitch there is an abbreviations list on page 5 of this design; any questions, please email me BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic lace - k2tog, ssk, yo, etc ability to work with many sts (when you're done, you have over 400 sts on the needle) GAUGE 16sts x 28rws = 4" stockinette worked flat and blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size fits most -- neck to hem = 19", neck edge = 54", hem edge = 92" SUGGESTED YARN 920 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Hazel Knits Aritsan Sock COLORWAY Splish Splash (MC) and Federal (CC)

Supplies Needed

  • approx 920 yards of fingering weight - sample used Hazel Knits Artisan Sock -- 600 yards Splish Splash, 320 yards Federal
  • US #5 circs (40" or longer)
  • stitch markers (4 or more)

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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)..