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Victoria's Tee


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  • Lace

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I like to play with knitting ... turning it this way and that ... to come up with unusual pattern combinations. The top has the body knit sideways (using a traditional Victorian Era lace edging), made into a tube, and then the bodice is knit in the round from there. Slightly capped sleeves and a wide, squared-off neckline complete the look. Paired with a close-fitting undertop or all by itself, this year-round top is sure to please. As fun to wear as it is beautiful to look at, this design is knit with an easy care cotton-blend yarn! NOTE: You MUST be able to read a lace knitting chart for the body of this top. The chart shows the inc necessary for the "saw tooth" edge. Also note that the stitch repeat has odd rows beginning from the right while the even rows begin from the left; this gives you the knit-side of the SS portion as the RS. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY able to read lace-knitting chart able to knit in the round (the bodice is knit in the round above the body portion) knits, purl, yo's, ssk, k2tog GAUGE 24sts x 38rws = 4" over stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS negative ease across chest: XS (27") - 5X (59")

Recommended with this pattern

  • 800 (900, 1000, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1800) yds fingering weight cotton-acrylic blend (sample made used KP's Comfy Fingering, a 75% pima cotton/25% acrylic blend; a S size used 5 skeins of Peony at 218 yards per skein)
  • US #3 circs (24")
  • F crochet hook (if you don't crochet, work a 5rnd SS band on armholes)

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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)..