Discover all the techniques you need to make an authentic gansey sweater. The Gansey (or Guernsey) sweater is a hard-wearing, seamless knitted sweater worn by fishermen who spent their days in often harsh conditions out at sea. It originates from the Island of Guernsey and has special features which were developed for warmth and comfort for the wearer in all weathers. 

A key element of the gansey is its stitch pattern, each of which was specific to the local area. These knitted patterns often had a symbolism beyond the pattern itself as some believed that the stitch pattern would act as a charm to keep the fishermen safe from harm.

This collection features a comprehensive directory of 150 gansey stitch patterns so you can choose your favourite designs and motifs and learn which patterns were important to fisherfolk in different areas.

Included are 10 patterns for garments and accessories so you can practise your skills, including a child's traditional gansey sweater. There are also some contemporary reworking of the traditional gansey using lighter weight yarn and design details: these include a beautiful sweater with a gansey yoke; a contemporary take on the fisherman's kep; a gansey stitch cowl; a pair of mittens and socks; and light linen tank top.

The smaller projects such as mittens or hats are great for practising your skills before you attempt one of the larger designs.

Barcode # 9781446308516
Shipping Dimensions W0.280m H0.010m L0.215m
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Cubic 0.000602000m3

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