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Traditional Guernsey

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Yarn Thickness for Pattern Guernsey
Garment Type Jumpers & Sweaters

Back Story


This is a very straightforward, traditional fisherman's Gansey design. To make Ganseys waterproof, they were worked in a dense fabric. This jumper comes in a wide range of sizes, graded every 5 cm / 2 inches from medium to extra large. Historically, Guernseys would have been close fitting, so if you want a traditional tight fit make the size smaller than you would normally use.

To Fit:
Chest: 8 sizes from 91 cm / 36 inches, increasing by 5cm / 2 inch intervals, to 127cm / 50 ins
Length from neck to hem:
Sleeve Underarm:

Yarn: Blacker Guernsey (DK; 100% British Wool; 121 yards / 111 meters per 50g)

Jacob (mid grey); 16 (17, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22)

Gauge: 26 sts x 45 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) x 10cm (4 inches) using stocking stitch and 3mm needles
Adjust needle size to give required tension.


1 pair 2.75mm (12 UK, 2 US) needles
1 pair 3mm (11 UK, 2 US) needles
2 stitch holders
darning needle for sewing up

Notes: The Guernsey yoke is a simple, classic design, consisting of outside panels of moss stitch, then a vertical cable, then the traditional flag pattern (when the design changes on both RS and WS rows), another vertical cable, a moss stitch panel and a central staghorn cable and is worked on an 8 row repeat.

Level of difficulty:



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