Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Summer Spice Gansey Finished

Summer Spice Gansey is done. I'm super happy with it although it hasn't passed the final test yet - I haven't worn it anywhere.

It has been machine washed and laid out to dry, my version of final blocking.


The back has one more row of gansey pattern than the front.

This is a simple type of sweater to knit without a pattern. It's basically a tube.

Using the swatch to measure stitches/inch, multiply the stitches/inch by the desired bust and/or hip measurement. That's how many stitches to cast on.

Using the swatch to measure rows/inch, lay out some pretty Gansey stitch patterns to end at the neckline. Also, calculate where to split the front and back for the arm opening.


The sleeves are super simple drop sleeves echoing some of the smaller, simpler Gansey stitch patterns from the body.


The sweater was knit in one piece. Other than the three needle bind off shoulder seams, the rest of what looks like seams are fake - a column of two purl stitches into and out of the underarm gusset.

The small underarm gusset allowed me to avoid armhole shaping.


Pattern: Making it up as I knit using various knit purl stitch patterns from several Gansey books. Special credit to Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel.

Yarn: Elann Coto Canapone. Worsted weight. 52% cotton, 48% hemp.

Color: Summer Spice.

Needles: Options #4

Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch, 8 rows/inch.

2 comments:

Marsha said...

Did you ever write a pattern for this?

Pam Connolly said...

Hello Marguerite, I'm a commercial handknitter, and a customer of mine found pictures of this gansey online. She really wants one - would you mind if I made a copy of it? I don't need a pattern, pictures are enough. Thank you for sharing your work! -Pam