The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook
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The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook : 150 stitch patterns and 10 projects for gansey knits

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Ganseys are hardwearing sweaters traditionally knitted for fishermen in and around the British Isles. Today, the styling and history of ganseys is as popular as ever and this collection of stitch patterns and projects brings the history of ganseys to a new audience.







Learn all about the techniques used for knitting ganseys with this comprehensive sourcebook from experts in the subject, Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell. Di and Sheila are knitwear designers and makers based in Scotland where they teach regular workshops on traditional gansey techniques.







Discover all the techniques you need to make an authentic gansey sweater with their special features which were developed for warmth and comfort in what were often, harsh conditions out at sea. Ganseys were designed with a special under arm gusset and a shoulder seam which prevented chaffing and improved movement for the wearer even when the jumper got wet and heavy.







The authors explain these techniques with step-by-step instructions and artworks so you can replicate these details in your own work.







Another key element to the gansey is the stitch pattern which was specific to the local area and often had a symbolism beyond the pattern itself and, some hoped, would act as a charm to keep the fishermen safe while they were out at sea. 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 the fishermen in different areas.







There are also 10 patterns for garments and accessories so you can practise your skills. The projects include a child's traditional gansey sweater so you can try out your skills on a traditional sweater but on a small scale. There are also some contemporary takes on 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 the mittens and hats are great for practising your skills before you attempt one of the larger projects.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 216 x 280mm
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 287 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1446308510
  • 9781446308516
  • 679,022

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION 6







A SHORT HISTORY OF GANSEYS 8


'Herring quines': the herring


trade and 'fisher lassies' 9


Undiscovered gems 11


Isabella Stewart - Gansey


knitter and herring quine 11


"My Granny - A Gansey Knitter" by Anji Hancock 12


Pattern origins 14


Ganseys through time 16







TOOLS AND MATERIALS 18


Yarn 18


Needles 19


Other supplies 20







GANSEY TECHNIQUES AND CONSTRUCTION 22


Gussets 22


Working a sample underarm gusset 23


Working right- and left-leaning


increases in the gusset 24


Working right- and left-leaning


decreases in the gusset 25


Gansey neck gussets 26


Other uses for gussets 27


Shoulder straps 28


Shoulder saddles 29







PATTERN DIRECTORY 30


Diamonds 32


Cables 48


Tree of Life 56


Herringbones 62


Zigzags 68


Flags and Anchors 74


Trellises 80


Seeding 88


Heapies 98


Hearts and Stars 102







PROJECTS 108


Buchan Child's Gansey 110


Hudson Sleeveless Slip Over 116


Caledonia Fingerless Gloves 124


Nancy Gansey Cowl 128


North Sea Yoke Sweater 132


Findhorn Gansey Boot Socks 138


The Minch Fisherfolk's Kep 142


Cardium Gansey Shawl 146


Sea Biscuit Cardigan 150


The Calypso Summer Vest 156







GENERAL TECHNIQUES 160


ABBREVIATIONS 163


ABOUT THE AUTHORS 164


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 164


BIBLIOGRAPHY 165


INDEX 166
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About Di Gilpin

Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell are knitwear designers and teachers based in Scotland. Di has worked for numerous yarn companies including Rowan for whom she created the Rowan Scottish Tweed yarn, and collaborated with lots of designers including Cabbages & Roses; Topshop Unique and Nike and Wolsey. Di and Sheila run a hand knitting design studio where they run regular knitting workshops.
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