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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 ...

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Brede's Emerald Isle poncho

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Brede's Emerald Isle poncho
Brede's Emerald Isle poncho
Brede's Emerald Isle poncho
Brede's Emerald Isle poncho
Brede's Emerald Isle poncho

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit in the round
  • lace knitting: k2tog, ssk, yo, k3tog

Pattern Description:

I love lace and have been having fun the last few months developing my own lace motifs. Here's a perfect example: I wanted a shamrock lace garment in time for St. Patrick's Day and thus was born, "Brede's Emerald Isle".

Shamrock lace (an original lace motif), gorgeous green-tonal heavy-fingering weight yarn, and a waist-length poncho coalesce into this lovely lace poncho you'll wear with a bit of the "Irish" spirit! A classic edging pattern gets a bit of updating with a trinity of yo's ... repeating the overall three-leaf clover motif of this salute to the Emerald Isle.

The design uses approx 400 yards of heavy fingering (required one skein of Hazel Knits "Artisan Sock", 90% Merino superwash/10% nylon).

The directions are both charted and row-by-row.

Starting on smaller needles (to avoid a too-large neck-opening), the poncho grows to incorporate six shamrocks round the body with a lace-edging that adds length while binding-off the live stitches.


smaller needles: 5sts x 8rnds = 1" stockinette in the round

larger needles: 4sts x 6rnds = 1" stockinette in the round

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size: 24" neck, 64" hem, 14" length


  • approx 400 yards fingering weight yarn (sample shown used Hazel Knits' Artisan Sock in "Shanny Pants")
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle