Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Alouette Gansey Dress

Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated author Beth Brown-Reinsel was inspired by the crisp stitch definition of Quince & Co.’s Osprey yarn when she designed this gansey dress featuring only knits and purls.

Having a love of gored skirts, she designed the Aloutte Gansey dress with a flared skirt that narrows slowly within the panels. Both patterns of the waistband and upper body have elements found in the town of Sheringham—according to Michael Pearson’s Traditional Knitting. Beth tweaked these traditional motifs, just as the gansey knitters of old might have done, changing motifs to suit their needs and taste.


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Pattern Details

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 35½ (41, 43½, 48, 50¾)” (90 [104, 110.5, 122, 129] cm).
Length: 31 (33, 33, 35¼, 35¼)” (78.5 [84, 84, 89.5, 89.5] cm).
Sample shown measures 35½” (90 cm) chest circumference.

Yarn
#4 Aran weight.
1413 (1737, 1843, 2172, 2298) yd (1292 [1588, 1685, 1986, 2101] m).
Shown here: Quince & Co. Osprey
(100% American wool; 170 yds [155 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Delft, 15 (18, 19, 22, 23) skeins.

Needles
US 7 (4.5mm): 16″ and 32″ (40 and 80 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

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

Gauge
18 sts and 26 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.
18 sts and 30 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Chart C patt.


All photos by David Baum.


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