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 Shelia Greenwell. Di and Shelia 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. The smaller projects such as the mittens and hats are great for practising your skills before you attempt one of the larger projects.
About the Authors
Di Gilpin and Shelia 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.