KNITTING YOUR ‘GANSEY’
As a guide,
the average adult Guernsey sweater weighs between 850
and 900 grams.
The approximate yardage is 2.48yds/2.26mtrs to 2.56yds/2.34mtrs per gram, depending on the dye colour and moisture content.
For knitting traditional ganseys you will be knitting to a gauge of 32 stitches and 36 rows of 4 inches, this is usually achieved on size 2.25mm (US size 1) needles.
Sadly I am experiencing great difficulty in sourcing knitting needles; however, I have found a great website that will be able to help you in the UK - take a look at Jamieson & Smith in Shetland www.shetland-wool-brokers.zetnet.co.uk or www.kangaroo.uk.com where you will find a terrific range.
A pattern for hand knitting a traditional Guernsey Island sweater ‘in
the Round’ or on two needles is
available on request with your wool order for £1.00.
I am proud to be able to offer a range of Beth Brown-Reinsel's beautiful patterns for 5-ply knitting in stock - email me for list of patterns and prices. I also have her exquisite book - Knitting Ganseys, which shows you in clear photographs exactly how to achieve a professional looking gansey from the first cast-on to the finished garment. An absolute must for beginners and improvers - £15.99. Have a look at Beth's site at www.knittingtraditions.com to see her range of beautiful work.
I also have a range of Liz Lovick's Traditional Scottish Gansey patterns along with hat, mittens, scarf and socks all at £2.50 each.
A very talented British designer Caroline Bawn, is working on some more unusual, modern, patterns to be knitted in Guernsey Wool and she has kindly let me have a pattern she has written for a Circular Shrug. This clever garment is knitted in rib in two pieces - two small for the 1st size, one small, one large for the 2nd size and two large for the 3rd size. It is easy to wear and extremely striking and what is more, it only takes one 500g cone of Frangipani 5-ply. Pattern - £2.50
A machine knitting pattern especially written for Frangipani by top UK designer Rose King is available for Men, Women and Children, price £1.95.
who wish to machine knit a Guernsey ‘type’ drop sleeve sweater
with a cut and sew neck there is a free ‘Rough Guide’ available.
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