Gansey Fingerless Mitts

Class Description:

Ganseys are the traditional British fisherman’s sweater from the 19th century. Students will learn traditional Gansey techniques by knitting one of a pair of fingerless mitts.  The instructions include two sizes: Womens’ medium and women’s large.

Begin with the classic Channel Island Cast-on and a garter stitch welt that overlaps under the wrist. Traditional knit/purl motifs will be worked in the cuff and hand.  A thumb gusset reminiscent of the lower half of an underarm gusset is surrounded by small baby cables, the hand and thumb finish with the Channel Island Bind-Off[1].  In addition, chart reading and raised increases are included.  The gauge for the mitts is approximately 5 sts/inch.

Length: 6 hours

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


[1]The Channel Island Bind-Off was developed by Michelle Hunter (

Class Supply List:

  • One set of four 8″ (20 cm) long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 6 (4.0 mm).
  • 3.5 oz. (100 g/245 yards/skein) plain-textured, solid, light-colored worsted weight 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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