Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Newhaven Gansey Pullover

Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated by Beth Brown-Reinsel takes knitting back in time to the explore the origins of this classic knitting tradition. The Newhaven Gansey pullover is reminiscent of many of the old ganseys that featured horizontal panels of simple knit/purl motifs.

This type of layout is easy to knit because only one motif is worked at a time, across the front and back, rather than many different motifs worked vertically next to each other. The underarm gusset is unusual in that it is worked in reverse stockinette stitch and has a knitted 6-stitch seam that separates into three parts to surround and bisect the gusset. Although it is knitted in the traditional yarn, this garment has a softer hand, knitted at 6 stitches per inch, rather than 7.


Knitting Ganseys

Pattern Details

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” (86.5 [96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137] cm).
Length: 22¾ (25, 25¼, 25¼, 26¼, 26¾)” (52 [58, 59.5, 60.5, 63, 65.5] cm).
Sample shown measures 38″ (96.5 cm).

Yarn
#5 Sportweight.
1209 (1500, 1718, 1896, 2145, 2409) yd (1106 [1372, 1571, 1734, 1961, 2203] m).
Shown here: Frangipani 5-ply Guernsey
(100% wool; 240 yds [220 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Sea Spray (left) and Pewter (right), 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 11) balls.

Needles
US 2 (2.75 mm): 16″ (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
US 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ and 32″ (40 and 80 cm) cir and set of 4 or 5 dpn.
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Notions
Stitch holders; stitch markers (m); tapestry needle; scraps of contrast-color yarn.

Gauge
24 sts and 36 rows/rnds = 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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