Traditional Gansey Construction Techniques

Time: 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.

Class Supplies

•     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.