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Spring is Sprung poncho


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As fresh as spring, this poncho is as light and airy as the days ahead. Knit in the round from the neck to the hem, this sampler of fern-lace stitch patterns shows to best advantage the cashmere/merino/silk blend of the fingering weight yarn used. poncho is knit in the round from the neck edge to the hem three colors are used to highlight the change in stitch patterns as you progress thru the poncho; 70 yds of light gold, 140 yds of grass and 280 yds of emerald for a total yardage need of 490 yards of fingering weight. This would also look stunning in one color - 490 yards of fingering. this lace-sampler shows three versions of the classic fern-lace stitch patterns; the final stitch pattern allows for creating a scalloped edge by pinning-out the tips of each "fern" m1 = inc a st by lifting the bar between the st just worked and the next st; work this st as directed directions are given round-by-round and charted BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog, twisted stitches knitting in the round GAUGE 16sts x 20 rnds = 4 inches stockinette worked in the round (blocked) on larger needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size fits most -- 22-in neck circ, 17-in from neck edge to hem; 41-in diameter of full icrcle SUGGESTED YARN 490 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere/Merino/Silk blend COLORWAY light gold, grass and emerald

Supplies Needed

  • approx 490 yards fingering weight natural fiber (sample used three colors of Spring Gate Farm's cashmere/silk/merino blend)
  • US #8 circs (16-inch)
  • US #10 circs (16-, 24- and 40-inch)

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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)..