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The Yarn has Spoken shawl


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This particular design was a long-time coming ... I tried three other designs with this particular yarn and nothing seemed right. On my FOURTH attempt, the yarn poured thru my hands and onto the needles and the poncho grew ... the yarn had spoken! The directions for this design are both charted and round-by-round. this design in knit completely in the round, repeating the sts pattern 8 times around placing markers at the beginning of each rep will assist in keeping lace in order sts are increased every fourth round for most of the shawl, ending with some rounds where the sts are increased EOR. blocking assists with making this lace really pop BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting in the round basic lace knitting (ssk, k2tog, double-decreases, yo) blocking skills GAUGE 18sts x 26 rnds = 4" stockinette in the round and blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS neck diameter = 7" neck edge to hem = 15" edge to edge = 37" SUGGESTED YARN 500 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Plymouth's Cleo COLORWAY natural

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 500 yards of DK weight natural fiber yarn (sample used 4 skeins of Plymouth's Cleo)
  • US #7 circs - 16- and 40-inch lengths
  • stitch markers (8)

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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)..

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