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 might have an initial knitted into them.
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.
We have a group that meet and work on Gansey things. Call for details: 403.845.5050.