Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: Snakes and Ladders Gansey Pullover

In the first edition of Knitting Ganseys, author Beth Brown-Reinsel designed a child’s garment from a wonderful historic motif she saw in Mary Wright’s book Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks. For years, Beth had the best of intentions to design an adult version, only to put the project on the back burner because of other pressing work.

Knitting Ganseys

It was the discovery of the Guernsey yarn made by Sarah Lake of Upton Yarns that finally made the adult size Snakes & Ladders Gansey a reality. In Knitting Ganseys Revised & Updated it features the same historic motif as its smaller counterpart this time in beautiful silvery gray 5-ply US-made gansey yarn.


Pattern Detail

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 35¼ (39¼, 43¼, 47¼, 51¼)” (89.5 [99.5, 110, 120, 130] cm).
Length: 24 (24, 25, 26, 27)” 61 (61, 63.5, 66, 68.5) cm.
Sample shown measures 35¼” (89 cm).

Yarn
#2 Sportweight.
2731 (3043, 3496, 3974, 4469) yd 2497 (2782, 3195, 3634, 4086) m.
Shown here: Upton Yarns Coopworth 5-ply Gansey (100% wool; 240 yds [219 m]/4¾ oz [140 g]): Natural Gray, 12 (13, 15, 17, 19) hanks.

Needles
US 1 (2.25 mm): 32″ (80 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn) for garter-stitch definition ridge.
US 2 (2.75 mm): 16″ and 32″ (40 and 80 cm) cir and set of dpn.
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Notions
Cable needle (cn); stitch markers (m); stitch holder or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge
28 sts and 36 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st using larger needles.
36 sts and 42 rows/rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in Snakes and Ladders patt 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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