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The Wishing Star poncho


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A retro-poncho with an updated look thanks to the cool colorway! Knit with a cotton/rayon/silk blend worsted weight yarn, this poncho is knit from the top down ... with ever increasing diagonals that finish in a point. The directions are charted and written round-by-round. A fun poncho to knit and wear -- my almost 13yod has already claimed this one! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understand knitting in the round understand how to increase (m1, MR, ML) GAUGE 4sts x 6 rnds = 1" stockinette (blocked) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size: 7" diameter neck; length from neck to hem is 14-20" SUGGESTED YARN 396 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Plymouth's Kudo COLORWAY Color #51 (greys and bright pink flashes)

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 396 yards of worsted weight cotton blend (sample used two complete skeins of Plymouth's Kudo)
  • 9 stitch markers (one different than the other to mark beg of rnd)

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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)..