Gansey Sweaters

The gansey (or guernsey) is a seaman's knitted woollen sweater. Originally it was a garment for fishermen who needed a warm, hard wearing, comfortable sweater that would resist the rain and ocean spray.

The sample sweater shown on the right is characterized by textured patterns created by knit/purl combinations with an underarm gusset.

Gansey's are knitted in the round from the cast-on to the underarms, then worked flat to the shoulder. After joining the shoulders, the sleeves are picked up and knitted down to the cuff. The yarn is a 5-ply wool in a sport weight.

They may have an initial knitted into them.

Blue Gansey Sweater
Gansey Sweater
Gansey Yarn Spools come in full and half cones

Full and Half Cones

Gansey Yarn Color Chart

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Yarn Orders

We will be bringing the 5-ply Guernsey yarn in as ordered on the full and half cones. Colors are on the color chart. Call for more info.

Gansey Group

We have a group that meet and work on Gansey things. Call for details: 403.845.5050.

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