Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Jorn’s Gansey Pullover

When Beth Brown-Reinsel’s eldest son was a little boy, she spun and knit him a sweater. She was new to designing her own garments, and made the neck too small. Intent on having a family portrait of everyone in sweaters she had made, Beth wrestled and crammed it on Jorn’s little head. The poor child’s ears were painfully squished, and, in her mind, the trauma of it all led him to a strong aversion to sweaters.

As a peace offering to her now adult son she’s created Jorn’s Gansey Pullover—a second try on the noble sweater and one that won’t pinch his ears. Designed to be a replica of many of the plainer working ganseys, this pullover has no fussy patterning, but rather a rugged, well-wearing ribbed pattern—a classic.

Pattern Details

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)” (91.5 [101.5, 112, 122, 132] cm).
Length: 24¼” (61.5 cm).
Sample shown measures 40″ (101.5 cm).

#2 Sportweight.
1585 (1761, 1938, 2144, 2291) yd (1449 [1610, 1772, 1960, 2095] m).
Shown here: Wendy Guernsey 5-Ply (100% wool; 245 yds [224 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #520 Navy, 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) balls.

US 3 (3.25 mm): 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.

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

24 sts and 34 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.
26 sts = 4″ (10 cm) in 2×2 rib.

All photos by David Baum.

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

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