Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ganseys Galore

It's no secret, if you've been following my latest series of designs, that I'm in love with gansey texture, and have been ever since I purchased Beth Brown-Reinsel's "Knitting Ganseys" (many, many years ago), with its minimalist black-and-white photography. Here's a summary of my own modest efforts in this direction.

Wolfe Island Gansey

Snakes and Ladders Socks


Modern Gansey (his)

Modern Gansey (hers)
Buttonbox Waistcoat
Penelope Hat
Inverness Gloves
Now, Brooklyn Tweed has just come out with a collection of gansey designs. I'm so excited. I hope you'll check out BT's mix of innovation and tradition, and understand why I'm not the only one to find these fishermen's sweaters so fascinating and inspiring. And really, Jared Flood, Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan et al. do it with more panache than I can possibly aspire to. Check it out!


  1. Oh I don't know...I've always found you rather long on panache ;)

  2. Well I checked them out before reading this and thought how superior your ganseys were and also thought you would get to be one of the designers.

    By the way i knitted 9 pairs of bibliogloves as presents, the pattern was a life saver!

    1. Very kind of you, and glad you love the Bibliogloves. They're at hit in my own household, which is always a good sign.