I love this pattern and the sweater looks smashing in the natural (or white?) wool.
Judit, this looks wonderful – so good that I’m feeling a strong urge to knit the next one in cream myself.
As an idle comment I see that you’ve put the initials in the front righthand side from the viewer’s perspective. I can’t remember if there was a particular reason for it but I’ve always put them in the lefthand corner of the front of the sweater.
Hi Lynne and Sue and many thanks for your comments.The finnish wool I was using is of natural white , a bit like butter .
Sue I did not think on the place of the initials , it seemed to be the right place for me, being a left-hander ). By the way, this sweater is a present from me to a good friend and the initials are on the side of my heart.
As good a reason as any for placing them on the righthand side, Judit
Good Morning Sue and many thanks for the comment !
Sue do you have your heart on the right side ? It is possible but it is a very rare condition, named: situs inversus .
Hi Judit, sorry for any confusion! No, my heart is on the usual side ie on my lefthand side and hence the righthand side for any observer I’m face to face with I meant for where you placed the initials as one looks at the front of the gansey but I’ve never been good with left and right anyway – I’m notorious amongst friends and family for telling them to turn in one direction whilst actually pointing in the opposite one!
Though a friend DID have her’s on the ‘wrong’ side. Her mother always wondered whether she was the mirror image of an identical twin that never developed properly in the womb but I’ve never come across any medical evidence that would support this.
Oh Judit, another really fine gansey – it’s lovely. Having just offered to knit my lovely eldest niece a Chanel-style jacket – she’s just got her first job as a junior reporter on a regional newspaper and can’t afford to spend much on her work wardrobe – starting work on the next gansey is slipping further and further into the future. But I will do it – and feel inspired to try out horizontal bands of pattern after the vertical ones I did on her father’s.
Good Morning Sue !
Many thanks for your kind comment. Did you notice that the initials of this gansey are on the right side ? By the way I find horizontal bands easier to knit while except the first few rows you do not count as much as with vertical motifs.
No I didn’t until you pointed it out! Any particular reason? I notice that they are different! And that if the owners were both wearing their ganseys the intials on each would be together when the wearers hugged
You’re right about the counting – I probably spent nearly as long charting the motifs for the yoke on my brother’s as I did knitting it because I not only had to make sure that the stitch count was correct running across it but had to make sure that by the time I’d got up to the chevrons that all the columns of vertical motifs would be finishing on the same row rather then being cut off in the middle of a motif. Another good reason to return to horizontal bands as per my first one which was a variation of the Staithes pattern.
Sue, it is an accident with initials on the right side , I did not have any particular reason for it. I tried to find a good picture with a gansey of the Staithes pattern but the pictures I found does not show the details. But it seems to me that this is an easy pattern or what was your experience? There is a picture of a girl with red hair and a yellow gansey, she is very cute and the gansey fits her lovely.
Happy Valentine !
Hi Judit, You’re right the Staithes pattern is a very easy and hence ideal for my first foray into gansey knitting some 35 years ago! I worked it from the pattern in Gladys Thompson’s book which is very similar to the one in Gordon’s gallery named ‘Whitby – Henry Freeman’. Each band is the same pattern but it wold be easy to use different ones witin each band.
I really fancy having a go at one of the Hebrides styles incorporating some lace knitting inspired panels but the charting up of one of those is a sufficient deterrent for the moment
Hi Sue, and many thanks for the advice. I have tried to buy Thompson´s book via Amazon.com and imagine, the costs of the postage are about 3 times the price of the book ! Now I found it at Amazon.uk and the price is half of that of com.
Lace knitting is an art and the Estonians are masters in it. I admire them and think that I will never have the patience for that .
Have a nice day !
It feels like heresy discussing lace knitting on a gansey blogsite but you might be interested in the following:
Shetland lace is beautiful and probably needs more patience and certainly more concentration than gansey knitting. My grandmother and mother had both but I’m afraid that I have have never really mastered it – kept losing count and if you make a mistake it is far less forgiving than gansey knitting when it comes to trying to work out which row you should be re-starting on and with how many stitches on the needle because of the ‘wool over technique of creating the extra stitches over holes!
Lace knitting on the whole is something I admire from a distance and a Hebridean gansey is probably the closest I’m going to get to it
Sue, many many thanks for the link.
I do not dare to write more about lace knitting on this gansey page .
Me neither – perhaps we should be glad that Gordon was to busy with the house move last week to notice
The latest gansey looks really wonderful Judit, well done. I love the combination of both horizontal and vertical bands of motifs. The colour is lovely too – that sea green really reminds me of a magical bright mid-summer night up at Achmelvich in Sutherland. The 6ft (2m) Atlantic breakers rolling in on to the deserted beach at 3am in the morning were that colour with great white foaming crests.
Hi, I am an identical twin. My brother and I are renowned for shouting “turn left” and pointing right. Must be something in the “mirror image” idea.
I love your ganseys. Tres bien
Many thanks for your opinion Sue I highly appreciate it.
Nigel I almost know what you are talking about, my son has identical twin sons, 15 yrs of age. My next project will be ganseys for them but they are still growing so I wait and will see.
What fabulous work! I’ve been looking for a knit purse pattern (she hoping to get the pattern). Apologies for heresy – the only reason I took up knitting elementary lace is that I’m too frightened to take up gansey knitting! Love your work.
Morning Lisa ! Do not be frightened from gansey knitting! Try to pick up some simple pattern and knit something small just to practice the pattern.
I am playing an old finnish string instrument, the kantele. Just now I am knitting a gansey patterned bag for it.
One of the easiest patterns is Staithes pattern I( Gladys Thompson´s book page 63) only 4 rows and looks very attractive. As soon as I have the work ready I will ask Gordon to add it to reader´s gallery.
Have a nice day !
Your work is lovely. What a great idea to use gansey patterns for smaller projects.
Many thanks for your remark.
Knitting small projects is my way of practicing certain patterns. I knitted even smaller things as a case for eyeglasses and for a digital camera. These things were serving as presents to friends.
I love the pattern on your new “mouse” gray gansey – the horizontal diamonds are so attractive. Was this done with traditional gansey wool? and what size needles did you use?
Many thanks for your comment.
As I am living in Finland,I use our own wool: 7 brothers. Using this, you may wash the garment in machine. The size of the needles are 3 mm in diameter.
It’s beautiful, Judit!
Thanks Dave !
You are very funny. I’m assuming Green and Black makes superb chocolate. When I was a child, and Cadbury was still pure bees knees, my family returned to Ireland. Packed with odd-job pocket change, we children plundered the shops. My sister’s pockets were so full that she positively crunched – we called her the “Wee Packet”. Veronica, imagine us unleashed upon Dutch chocolate!
About your pattern: I think that coordinating the corners of zigzags and diamonds would create the traditional, symmetrical, “sentence” of repeated “phrases” that starts a round and ends at its start – in short, our usual approach. The current asymmetry of the zigzags creates a vertical movement that unexpectedly breaks the one-sentence method. Quite slimming, may I say, – visually more “bottom to top” than “side to side”. Please pardon the graphic designer “shop-talk” here.
Oh, your poor neck! It’s just going to take time. A wool scarf is not to be underestimated. And hot tea.
Enviably, magnificent gansey, Judit! It would toast up a chilly fall day. Please send it soon.
Ooops Judit, I meant to send this to Gordon’s main blog since you often post there. I just love your work.
… and I love green – it’s a fabulous color – very underestimated, so I’m very curious to see your next project! You are a very good knitter.
Good Morning Gracie and many thanks for your kind words.I was very happy especially becouse as you write you are a “graphic designer” .
The green gansey is a plan and I will begin with the project soon.I am not knitting every day so it will take months to knit it but I will send the photo to Gordon for the gallery.