Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Grace’s Cardigan

Although ganseys historically have been pullovers, cardigans are eminently practical for modern wear. Author Beth Brown-Reinsel designed this garment for the first edition of Knitting Ganseys more than 25 years ago to create a sweater that was beautifully patterned without the use of cables.

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For the new edition of Knitting Ganseys Revised & Updated Beth has added more sizes and unique neck shaping.


Pattern Detail

Finished Size
Chest circumference, buttoned: 35¾ (40¼, 44¼, 48¼, 52¼, 56¼)” (91 [102, 112.5, 122.5, 132.5, 143] cm).
Length: 23 (24, 25, 26, 27, 28)” (58.5 [61, 63.5, 66, 68.5, 71] cm).
Sample shown measures 35¾” (91 cm).

Yarn
#2 Sportweight.
1747 (2049, 2337, 2647, 2971, 3312) yd (1597 [1874, 2137, 2420, 2717, 3028] m).
Shown here: Frangipani 5-ply Guernsey (100% wool; 240 yds [220 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Cedar, 8 (9, 10, 12, 13, 14) skeins.

Needles
US 1 (2.25 mm): 16″ and 32″ (40 and 80 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Optional: US 0 (2 mm): 16″ and 32″ (40 and 80 cm) cir for definition ridges of sleeve and body.
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Notions
Stitch markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; ten ½” to 5/8″ (13 to 16 mm) buttons; ten ½” to 5/8″ (13 to 16 mm) clear backing buttons; tapestry needle.

Gauge
28 sts and 43 rows/rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st using larger needles.


All photos by David Baum.


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