Tudfil’s Hebridean gansey. Knitted in Creskeld wool, based on patterns from Mrs Cath McMillan in Pearson, pp. 75-80.
The Hebridean patterns in Michael Pearson’s book are the most spectacular gansey patterns I’ve come across. They’re just beautiful. The body is knit in one combination of panels, and the yoke in another, separated with a simple border, and the combination of the three bands makes for a riot of patterns that is quite stunning. This was my first go at a Hebridean style gansey, and I was initially disappointed to learn that Pearson doesn’t explain how to do the yarnovers that create the lace effect in the chevrons. (Luckily Margaret was on hand to teach me.) I selected a combination of patterns from the photographs in his book, and tweaked them to my own taste (so while the cables in the photos are flanked by seed stitches, I stuck to my own preferred cable method, which is to flank them with a couple of purl stitches on each side).