Gansey Style Accessories: Inverness Gloves

Hand garments are not the usual item considered in gansey knitting, but why not? Beth Brown-Riensel took on the challenge to fit a traditional gansey pattern onto the Inverness Gloves in Gansey Style Accessories. While the city of Inverness, located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is credited as the origin of the motif used on the hands of these gloves, the added zigzag motifs on the fingers are a more widely known gansey style element.

Gansey Style Accessories

You’ll love discovering the fusion of these gansey styles from Beth, as you knit in the round from welted cuff to decorative hand design, right down to the gansey-style fingertips. Or customize your own Inverness Gloves by binding off the fingers before the second knuckle, making a set of elegant fingerless mitts.

Gansey Style Accessories

Pattern Detail

Finished Size
Woman’s Small (Medium, Large).
Hand circumference: 7 (7½, 8¼)” (18 [19, 21] cm).
Length: 8½ (9½, 10½)” (21.5 [24, 26.5] cm).
Sample shown measures 7½” (19 cm) hand circumference.

#2 Sportweight: 198 (239, 290) yds (181 [218, 265] m).
Shown here: Blacker Breeds Guernsey (100% wool; 121 yds [111 m]/1 3/4oz [50 g]): Cream, 2 (2, 3) skeins.

Size U.S. 1½ (2.5 mm): set of 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Stitch markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.


28 sts and 38 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

All photos by David Baum.

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