Traditional Gansey Techniques (1 day)


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.

6 hours

Level:  Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)

Class Supplies

•     One set of four 7″ long (shorter is OK) dp needles, size 5 (3.75mm).

•     One set of four or five 7″ long (shorter is OK) dp needles, size 7 (4.5mm)

•     3 oz. plain-textured, solid, light-colored worsted weight yarn.

•     Optional:  11 1/2″ or 12″ circular needle size 4.5 mm, st markers,  waste yarn, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart.  (If you like using the magic loop or 2 circulars, bring the appropriate needle.)




What a student had to say about my class:

“Knitting those little sweaters in a cozy workshop with Beth and other knitters hearkens back to another era, to a community sharing knowledge, experience and ideas.  It is the very best part of knitting – and goes a long way to improving the wardrobes of the dolls in your life!”– Susan G. A.