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The Lizard

A gansey based on a Cornish pattern recorded from the Lizard, knit for my old friend Ian (he’s the one standing up). Knitted in Creskeld conifer wool, I got the pattern from (Mary Wright, pp. iv, 1-2, 31). This was the gansey pattern that first inspired Mary Wright to research and collect gansey patterns and traditions, when she was asked to knit a copy of it from an old photograph.

Although it’s basically just a simple lattice pattern, it’s aways been one of my favourites – the contours (or “bumps”) stand out from the yoke, and there’s something naturally pleasing about a yoke which is divided into 3 bands. It’s perfectly proportioned altogether, and almost makes me forget there are such things as cables in the world.

6 comments to The Lizard

  • Mary Anne

    I have followed your Ganseys.com for quite a while simply because I enjoy watching
    your progress with your ganseys and think your blog is fun to read.
    However – what has happened? I can only see blogs from 2009 and nothing more
    recent, what happened?

    Most frustrated and hope all returns to normal. Is it on your end? or mine?

    Mary Anne

    • admin

      Hi Mary Anne

      We’ve had a bit of a glitch and are in the middle of changing servers. Hope to get things up and running again soon.


  • Felicity

    Hi, Gordon.

    I have just been reading Mary Wright’s darling treasure of a book. I have anon-knitting question:

    Is Lizard pronounced like the reptile or more as though it were a French name? I am guessing the latter but need a little reassurance

    I am Canadian by birth and British by ancestry. Living in the US is lovely, but expatriation sometimes means losing bits of one’s mother tongue.

    • Gordon

      Hi Felicity,

      The name is usually pronounced “Lizzud”, to rhyme with wizard, though knowing the Cornish accent it should probably be pronounced like a pirate would say it, “Lizzarrrrrd”, maybe throwing in a “Jim lad” for good measure.

      When I looked it up I was hoping it got its name from an attack by a giant lizard such as Godzilla, probably in Elizabethan times and defeated by the English navy under Sir Francis Drake just before he fought the Spanish Armada, but no. Disappointingly it seems to derive from the old Cornish “Lys Ardh” meaning “high court”. History always lets you down.

      Mary Wright’s book is splendid, isn’t it?

  • Felicity

    Thanks for the reply! I’d had wincing second thoughts about asking a silly question. Naxr one will be about gauge or something, I promise.

  • Matthew Perry

    So you know what the pattern is please. Over how many stitches and rows too

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