Traditional Construction Techniques for Ganseys, 12 hours
Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)
Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the last century and early part of this century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, shoulder straps with perpendicular joining, and picked-up sleeves. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored, such as designing a gansey, and discussing variations of the gusset, cast ons, and shoulder treatments.
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• 16" long circular needle, US sizes 5 and 7 (3.75 mm and 4.5 mm).
• One set each of four 8" long (or shorter) dp needles, US sizes 5 and 7 (3.75 mm and 4.5 mm).
• 3 oz. plain-textured, solid-colored, light- colored worsted weight yarn, preferably wool.
• Optional: St. markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart, tapestry needle, scraps of contrast color yarn.