Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Length: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles, Magic Loop, or two circulars)

Class Description:

Ganseys are the traditional British fisherman’s sweater from the 1800s. Students will learn traditional Gansey techniques by knitting one of a pair of fingerless mitts. The mitts themselves have a gauntlet, a thumb gusset surrounded by baby cables, a traditional pattern in the hand, and they are finished off with a picot hem. Techniques learned include the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, traditional knit/purl patterns, a gusset for the thumb, baby cables, raised increases, and a picot hem.

Class Supply List:

  • One set of four 7″ long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 1 (2.25mm).
  • 3.5 oz. (100 g/245 yards/skein) plain-textured, solid, light-colored sport weight (or Gansey) yarn,
  • Optional: stitch 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.)

Homework: None.


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