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Sunset Over the Mesa


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Errata: 07/30/2013 -- corrected an error in the written directions of the third pattern set (the charts were correct as shown). The blues and creams and browns of this yarn are reminiscent of the sun setting over the Anasazi's cave-dwellings at Mesa Verde (CO). A few years ago we camped down there ... and this shawl is a salute to the lovely memories: with the Ancient Pueblans' cave openings scattered around the Mesa, the layers of the exposed earth showing their lovely, natural colors, and the sun setting over it all. GORGEOUS! This shawl is knit in the round from the neck opening, utilizing three different lace stitch patterns which will broaden your lace-knitting skills. A fun knit ... a gorgeous shawl ... and memories of an amazing family-camping trip. note that the three stitch patterns have charts - which I placed at the end of this design. If you would like digitized copies of these charts, please email me directly ( all the stitch patterns are worked in the round - ochart 1 (Spider Web Lace) will be worked 6 times around on 72 sts ochart 2 (Circles of Light Lace) will be worked 10 times around on 120 sts ochart 3 (Anasazi Caves Lace) will be worked 12 times around on 240 sts NOTE: Anasazi Caves Lace increases stitches every so often by multiple yarn-overs as noted BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY ability to follow lace pattern (written OR charted) understanding of multiple YOs and knitting into these YOs GAUGE 4sts x 7 rnds = 1" stockinette in the round SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 15" from neck to hem; neck = 8" x 3" circle; full circle so fits many sizes SUGGESTED YARN 375 yards of Fingering weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 375 yards fingering weight Superwash Merino (sample done in Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Socks - "Cowboy" colorway)
  • 12 stitch markers (one should be a different color to denote start of round)
  • 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)..