The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook (häftad)
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The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook (häftad)

The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook

150 stitch patterns and 10 projects for gansey knits

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Häftad Engelska, 2021-09-14
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Ganseys are hardwearing sweaters traditionally knitted for fishermen in and around the British Isles. Today, the styling and history of ganseys is as popular as ever and this collection of stitch patterns and projects brings the history of ganseys to a new audience. Learn all about the techniques used for knitting ganseys with this comprehensive sourcebook from experts in the subject, Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell. Di and Sheila are knitwear designers and makers based in Scotland where they teach regular workshops on traditional gansey techniques. Discover all the techniques you need to make an authentic gansey sweater with their special features which were developed for warmth and comfort in what were often, harsh conditions out at sea. Ganseys were designed with a special under arm gusset and a shoulder seam which prevented chaffing and improved movement for the wearer even when the jumper got wet and heavy. The authors explain these techniques with step-by-step instructions and artworks so you can replicate these details in your own work. Another key element to the gansey is the stitch pattern which was specific to the local area and often had a symbolism beyond the pattern itself and, some hoped, would act as a charm to keep the fishermen safe while they were out at sea. This collection features a comprehensive directory of 150 gansey stitch patterns so you can choose your favourite designs and motifs and learn which patterns were important to the fishermen in different areas. There are also 10 patterns for garments and accessories so you can practise your skills. The projects include a child's traditional gansey sweater so you can try out your skills on a traditional sweater but on a small scale. There are also some contemporary takes on the traditional gansey using lighter weight yarn and design details: these include a beautiful sweater with a gansey yoke; a contemporary take on the fisherman's kep; a gansey stitch cowl; a pair of mittens and socks; and light linen tank top. The smaller projects such as the mittens and hats are great for practising your skills before you attempt one of the larger projects.
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Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell are knitwear designers and teachers based in Scotland. Di has worked for numerous yarn companies including Rowan for whom she created the Rowan Scottish Tweed yarn, and collaborated with lots of designers including Cabbages & Roses; Topshop Unique and Nike and Wolsey. Di and Sheila run a hand knitting design studio where they run regular knitting workshops.


INTRODUCTION 6 A SHORT HISTORY OF GANSEYS 8 'Herring quines': the herring trade and 'fisher lassies' 9 Undiscovered gems 11 Isabella Stewart - Gansey knitter and herring quine 11 "My Granny - A Gansey Knitter" by Anji Hancock 12 Pattern origins 14 Ganseys through time 16 TOOLS AND MATERIALS 18 Yarn 18 Needles 19 Other supplies 20 GANSEY TECHNIQUES AND CONSTRUCTION 22 Gussets 22 Working a sample underarm gusset 23 Working right- and left-leaning increases in the gusset 24 Working right- and left-leaning decreases in the gusset 25 Gansey neck gussets 26 Other uses for gussets 27 Shoulder straps 28 Shoulder saddles 29 PATTERN DIRECTORY 30 Diamonds 32 Cables 48 Tree of Life 56 Herringbones 62 Zigzags 68 Flags and Anchors 74 Trellises 80 Seeding 88 Heapies 98 Hearts and Stars 102 PROJECTS 108 Buchan Child's Gansey 110 Hudson Sleeveless Slip Over 116 Caledonia Fingerless Gloves 124 Nancy Gansey Cowl 128 North Sea Yoke Sweater 132 Findhorn Gansey Boot Socks 138 The Minch Fisherfolk's Kep 142 Cardium Gansey Shawl 146 Sea Biscuit Cardigan 150 The Calypso Summer Vest 156 GENERAL TECHNIQUES 160 ABBREVIATIONS 163 ABOUT THE AUTHORS 164 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 164 BIBLIOGRAPHY 165 INDEX 166