Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Musician Gansey Pullover

In Mary Wright’s book Cornish Guernseys & Knit-Frocks (1979), there is a photograph of several young boys in ganseys, one of whom is playing a concertina. For this reason, she named the motif on his sweater, which is the same motif Beth Brown-Reinsel used here within the pages of Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated, “Musician.”

This worsted-weight garment from Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated features underarm gussets and drop shoulders, just like the ganseys of old. The construction and the patterning are easy for most knitters, making it a wonderful project for beginners looking to stitch their first gansey.


Pattern Details

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 34½ (38½, 42½, 46½, 50½, 54½)” (87.5 [98, 108, 118, 128.5, 138.5] cm).
Length: 21¼ (23¼, 24, 24¼, 25¼, 26¼)” (54 [58, 61, 61.5, 64, 66.5] cm).
Sample shown measures 38½” (98 cm).

Yarn
#5 Aran weight.
857 (1047, 1193, 1317, 1492, 1673) yd (784 [957, 1091, 1204, 1364, 1530] m).
Shown here: Quince & Co. Osprey (100% American wool; 170 yds [155 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Damson, 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins.

Needles
US 7 and 9 (4.5 and 5.5mm): 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); tapestry needle; stitch holders or waste yarn.

Gauge
16 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st using larger needles.


All photos by David Baum.


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

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