Here’s another combination of Flamborough patterns, modelled by a handsome devil whose name escapes me for the present. The whole orientation of the pattern is vertical, so your eye is drawn naturally from top to bottom by the cables, the flanking ridges and even the diamond panels. It’s a little fiddly to knit, with all the seed stitches to keep track of, but the overall effect is quite dramatic.
It’s knit in cream wool, by “Classic Elite Yarns” of Lowell, Mass., a brand that Margaret brought back from a trip to America (though it says it was made in Britain), and which I’ve never come across before or since. But I really liked the yarn – it knit up softer than other guernsey yarn I’ve tried, and all in all this is my most comfortable gansey to wear. I made the collar a little longer than my usual one inch, and it does have a tendency to grip my adams’ apple like the Boston strangler, but I’m grateful to it in strong winds. I’m coming to prefer cream as my favourite gansey colour – certainly it shows off an intricate pattern like this one really well.
To read about how this gansey was knit, start here.