Those of you who have been to one of my talks and workshops on the Gansey over the years will know my passion for the history and design in these amazing garments. I spent my first few years in a village near Filey in Yorkshire, with a huge history of Gansey knitting. The first knitting book I bought with pocket money was Gladys Thompson's book Fishermen's Sweaters from the British Isles and now I find myself writing a book with Sheila, my right hand woman, on Ganseys, their history and designs! We are also working on the 'Knitting the Herring' project with the Scottish Fisheries Museum aiming at creating a National Collection of Ganseys for Scotland!
Here are some of my patterns which explore this incredible knitting heritage, with my own contemporary take on the construction, motifs and symbols which mark these garments out as something quite unique! From small mitten patterns, through scarves to full sweaters and tunics! Have fun!
Here are some Gansey inspired patterns and do check out the blog where I will be sharing some ideas and stories that are Gansey related!