Glorious Ganseys to Knit Knitting Pattern eBook
Glorious Ganseys to Knit eBook
Ganseys. Why is it that these strictly utilitarian
knitted garments capture one's imagination?
They seem to exude both magic and mystery and
evoke romantic visions of life at sea. Their reality
is much different.
For most who wore these sweaters (or jumpers
as they are known in the United Kingdom), they
were the first line of defense, helping to protect
the wearer from the rigors and hazards of working
at sea. Ganseys were the traditional attire of men
who earned their livelihoods fishing off the coast
of England and beyond to the Channel Islands and
Holland. Their lives were extremely hard; many
often were very short.
The ingenious inventor of the gansey is unknown,
but it was a masterful feat. Ganseys became the
garment of choice for fishermen and sailors alike,
beginning in at least the eighteenth century. The
gansey knitter made each her or his own by incorporating
intricate, often personal, patterns.
They are still in use today, but their popularity has
widened considerably. Ganseys now make contemporary
This eBook from PieceWork includes an article by Deb Gillanders—"The Migrations and Evolution of the Gansey"—that explores the compelling story of the gansey. Four projects follow. The first of these is a small bag designed for novice gansey knitters. It's followed by a trio for a favorite child: a traditional gansey with a matching hat and socks. Enjoy your gansey adventure!
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