Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Eriskay Gansey Pullover

This gansey is Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated author Beth Brown-Reinsel’s interpretation of a Scottish Eriskay gansey from Rae Compton’s book The Complete Book of Traditional Guernsey and Jersey Knitting. The name Eirisgeidh, or Eriskay, is derived from the Norse for “Eric’s Isle.”

Eriskay is one of many islands located in the Outer Hebrides. Many place-names on the island and elsewhere in Scotland are Norse in origin because of the 400 years of Norse occupation (circa AD 800 to 1200). It was love at first sight for Beth when she was introduced to this motif: cables accentuate the simple, elegant beauty of these motifs, made of knit and purls.

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Eriskay Gansey

Pattern Details

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 35¼ (39, 44, 47¾, 52¼)” (89.5 [99, 112, 121.5, 135.5] cm).
Length: 22½ (23½, 24½, 25½, 26½)” (57 [59.5, 62, 65, 67.5] cm).
Sample shown measures 39” (99 cm).

#2 Sportweight.
1538 (1778, 2093, 2366, 2719) yd (1406 [1626, 1914, 2163, 2486] m).
Shown here: Frangipani 5-ply Guernsey (100% wool; 240 yds [220 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Claret, 7 (8, 9, 10, 12) skeins.

US 2 (2.75 mm): 16″ and 32″ (80 cm and 40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

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

27 sts and 40 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

All photos by David Baum.

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous at 8:41 pm August 4, 2018

    It seems I love just about every pattern in this revised book. I can’t wait to get my own copy! I don’t have any gansey sweaters in my wardrobe but that will soon be remedied. 😀

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