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Wearin' My Heart on My Sleeve shawlette


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REVISED: 10/29/14 to clarify directions. Say what you will, there is nothing quite like knitting (and wearing) 100% cashmere! This shawlette, knit up using a total of 50g of DK-weigh cashmere (one skein each natural white and pale grey) this shawl gets a bit of bling from carrying-along a strand of Kreinik's Twist, a machine wash/dry metallic thread that doesn't alter the gauge and yet does add a hint of sparkle to this sophisticated topper. Directions are written out and charted! shawlette is worked from the left end towards the wider right end, creating vertical striping the top half of the shawlette is worked in garter-stitch stripes (alternating 2 rows/1 ridge of white and gray) the lower half of the shawlette is worked in a heart and diamond lace panel the Kreinik Twist is carried-along with the gray only to allow for a subtle hint of bling the three buttons are placed in the upper right of the shawlette; the "buttonholes" are the yo-eyelets on the upper left end ALWAYS slip the first st of each row (as if to purl) to ensure a nice, chained edge BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic lace knitting - yo's, k2tog, ssk, etc ability to hold a carry-along thread with the working yarn GAUGE 16sts x 24 rws = 4" stockinette, worked flat SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size: neck edge = 28", hem edge = 42", ends = 2" and 13"; widest part of shawlette = 15.5" SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Gedifra Cashmere COLORWAY natural white, pale grey

Supplies Needed

  • US #8 circs - 24 inch length
  • approx 125 yards Kreinik Twist in silver
  • approx 240 yards (two colors, so 122 each) of cashmere, DK weight

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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)..