Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Cordova Gansey Pullover

In 2016, Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated author Beth Brown-Reinsel attended an event in Cordova, Alaska, called FisherFolk. It honored past and present fisherfolk and fish and the knitting and knitters that clothed those involved in the fishing industry. Dotty Widmann, owner of a remarkable local craft store called The Net Loft, organized this event and invited Beth to teach there. Dotty gifted Beth many sweet little items, including a whimsical needle gauge shaped like a gansey, which she designed.

Knitting Ganseys

So inspired by the gauge, the Cordova Gansey Pullover was born based on its image. Dotty even requisitioned the Cornish yarn producer Frangipani to create a special gansey yarn dyed the color of the water around Cordova, which is used for this gansey.


Knitting Ganseys

Pattern Details

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 34¾ (38½, 42½, 46¼, 50¼, 54)” (88.5 [98, 108, 117.5, 127.5, 137] cm).
Length: 22½ (22½, 23½, 23½, 24½, 24½)” (57 [57, 59.5, 59.5, 62, 62] cm).
Sample shown measures 34¾” (88.5 cm) chest circumference.

Yarn
#2 Sportweight.
1500 (1661, 1913, 2083, 2359, 2537) yd (1372 [1519, 1749, 1905, 2157, 2320] m).
Shown here: Frangipani 5-ply Guernsey (100% wool; 240 yds [220 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Cordova, 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins.

Needles
US 1 (2.5 mm): 16″ and 32″ (40 and 80 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
US 0 (2 mm): 32″ (80 cm) cir for garter-stitch section if desired.
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Notions
Stitch markers (m); waste yarn or stitch holders; tapestry needle; three 3/8″ (10 mm) buttons; three 3/8″ (10 mm) backing buttons or felt.

Gauge
29 sts and 42 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st using larger needle.


All photos by David Baum.


Dive into the historical technique of knitting ganseys with Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated!

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