Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated: The Big Easy Gansey Pullover

From the pages of Beth Brown-Reinsel’s Knitting Ganseys Revised and Updated, this heavy worsted-weight drop-shouldered gansey is a loose interpretation of the Scottish Eriskay ganseys.

It has a looser fit and is made of vertical patterns in the lower body topped with a horizontal panel of pattern, with another motif on top. The classic gansey construction includes underarm gussets and incorporates traditional gansey motifs. If you’re looking to knit a unique gansey inspired by historic tradition, The Big Easy gansey pullover should be next on your list to knit.


Knitting Ganseys

Pattern Details

Finished Size
Chest circumference: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)” (96.5 [106.5, 117, 127, 137] cm).
Length: 23¼ (24¾, 25, 26, 26)” (59 [63, 63.5, 66, 66] cm).
Sample shown measures 38″ (96.5 cm).

Yarn
#5 Aran weight.
996 (1228, 1298, 1473, 1596) yd (911 [1123, 1187, 1347, 1459] m).
Shown here: Quince & Co. Osprey
(100% American wool; 170 yds [155 m] /3½ oz [100 g]): Gingerbread, 6 (8, 8, 9, 10) hanks.

Needles

US 7 (4.5mm): 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); cable needle (cn); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge
16 sts and 25 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.


All photos by David Baum.


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