Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Ganseys are the traditional British fisherman’s sweater from the 1800s. Some of the techniques used in making a gansey sweater will be learned by knitting this fingerless mitt. The Channel Island Cast-on and garter stitch split welts which are optionally overlapped make up the
gauntlet. Small cables and traditional knit/purl motifs are worked in the hand. A thumb gusset reminiscent of the lower half of an underarm gusset is surrounded by the small baby cables. In addition, raised increases, and the lovely picot hem finish are included. The gauge is 7 stitches/ inch.

Featured Techniques: the Channel Island Cast-On, optional overlapped split welts (or the easier alternative of a continuous garter stitch welt), the zig-zag motif, and a thumb gusset similar to that of the underarm gusset of a gansey.

Level: Intermediate.

Sizes: One size (medium woman)


  • One set of 7” long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 1 (2.25mm)
  • 3.5 oz. (100 g/245 yards/skein) plain-textured, light-colored sport weight yarn. Frangipani Guernsey yarn was used for the sample:
  • Optional: stitch markers, waste yarn, sticky notes

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