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Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Length: 6 hours Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles, Magic Loop, or two circulars) Class Description: Ganseys are the traditional British fisherman’s sweater from the 1800s. Students will learn traditional Gansey techniques by knitting one of a pair of fingerless mitts. The mitts themselves have a gauntlet, a thumb gusset surrounded by baby […]


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 […]


Jerod’s Worsted Weight Gansey

Jerod's Worsted Weight Gansey

This easy child’s gansey is knitted in worsted weight  yarn.  The garment includes horizontal patterning and simple shoulder extensions, seam stitches, bisected underarm gussets, and ribbed cuff, neckband, bottom edge.  It is knitted the round from the cast-on to the underarm, then knitted flat in the upper body to the shoulders.  Once the shoulders are […]


Jerod’s Sport Weight Gansey

Jerod's Gansey

Easy. This child’s gansey is knitted in Guernsey or sport weight  yarn at a more relaxed gauge than is traditional. First published in Piecework magazine. The garment includes horizontal patterning and simple shoulder extensions, seam stitches, bisected underarm gussets, and ribbed cuff, neckband, bottom edge.   It is knitted the round from the cast-on to the underarm, […]


Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

Intermediate. Six sizes. Wonderful snake cables and ladders adorn this circularly knit toddler’s pullover as well as the knotted cast-on, a garter welt, seam stitches, underarm gussets, and a rolled collar. The gauge is 6 stitches and 8 rows/ inch. Featured Techniques: Knotted Cast-on, Raised Increases, Underarm Gussets Finished Sizes: 22″, 24″, 26″, 28″,  30″, […]


Diamonds and Triangles

Diamonds and Triangles

Intermediate. This tunic length gansey has split garter welts, underarm gussets, and neckline gussets to give depth to the otherwise boat neckline. Worked in traditional knit and purl textural patterns, the gansey is knitted in the round from the joining of the welts to the mid-point of the underarm gussets. The front and back upper body […]


Chelsea’s Heart Gansey

Chelsea's Heart Gansey

Intermediate. Six sizes. Hearts and baby cables adorn this child’s circularly knit gansey made with overlapped split welts and margin rib, underarm gussets, shoulder extensions, and neckline gussets. The gauge is 6 stitches and 8 rnds/inch in St st. Featured Techniques: Knotted Cast-on, split overlapped welts, underarm gussets Finished Sizes: 22″, 24″, 26″, 28″, 30″, […]


Designing Ganseys: A Three to Five Day Intensive Workshop

Time: 3-5 days Level:  Intermediate, must be experienced and comfortable working with double pointed needles. Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the last century and early part of this century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including […]


Traditional Gansey Construction Techniques

Gansey 2-day Workshop

Time: 12 hours Level:  Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles) Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the last century and early part of this century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel […]


At Sea

At Sea Gansey

Experienced. Three sizes. This is the sweater I designed for the beautiful book Knitting In America, by Melanie Falick, which has been re-released as America Knits. The pattern offers a choice of a rolled neck or a cabled neckband, and lots of detail in the patterning–even the seam stitches are pairs of baby cables! 28 […]


Knitting Ganseys DVD

Knitting Ganseys DVD

From the author of the classic best-selling book on Gansey knitting, this DVD provides an introduction to the tradition of this elegant, practical sweater. Learn by doing: Knit along with Beth with step-by-step instruction and demonstration of a doll-sized sampler sweater. Filled with techniques and tips to use in any knitting project. Take your knitting […]


Gansey Techniques

Gansey Techniques 1day

6 hours Level:  Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles) Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the last century and early part of this century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island […]


British Gansey

The British Ganseys evolved from undergarments around the turn of the 19th Century. Because the fishermen wore them, the style traveled to Scotland and the Netherlands along with the fish who swam the North Sea. The fluidity of the Gansey style is apparent in the individuality of each garment made, while all were created within […]