As I mentioned in my last post, I went through a gansey-obsessed knitting phase back in the late 1980s, brought on by the Madeline Weston book I acquired. I went all-out: bought the wicked-long wicked sharp dpns and knit at least one gansey from 5-ply guernsey wool in the round with all the gansey features: under-arm gusset, shoulder straps, etc.
I recently started thinking about knitting some of my beloved traditional patterns in non-wool yarns because I am always too warm to wear wool. I remembered that there was a gansey-style sweater in Starmore’s Fishermen’s Sweaters knit from denim yarn: Filey. While I was knitting filey, I started looking for similar patterns using denim yarn and stumbled across this:
This is an old Rowan book (now out of print) called simply Denim, and it has 14 designs by Kim Hargreaves. All the designs are very traditional-looking ganseys. Jackpot!
You can view the 14 designs from this book on Ravelry here.
The book has a few pages of historical information on ganseys, with some great old photos:
And of course color photos of the patterns!
While these are all done in Rowan Denim yarn, they could easily be altered to knit in a yarn that does not shrink.
Back to the project at hand, I’m getting close to the neckline on the back of my Cromarty:
There are a couple of miss-crossed cables in the center panel but by the time I noticed them, I was a good inch beyond that point. It briefly crossed my mind to rip down and fix them, but only briefly. They didn’t bother me enough to do so.
Speaking of not being bothered . . .
Lucy looks like nothing is bothering her, doesn’t she?