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Patrington & Withernsea

Another old favourite – Patrington and Withernsea. Knitted in Creskeld conifer wool, pattern from [intlink id=”9″ type=”page”]Thompson[/intlink], p. 9.

This was the pattern that first really inspired me to take up knitting ganseys, and is one of the first I knitted – so it’s probably about 20 years old, now. (That’s me in the pictures again, from about 10 years ago, and already there seems to be a lot more hair involved. Oh dear…) It’s one of the early patterns in Gladys Thompson’s book, and luckily it has a very clear photograph, so I could visualise it very clearly. I still think the combination of moss stitch, cables and wide ladder makes it one of the very best. I wouldn’t knit the sleeves quite so wide nowadays, but it’s still one of my favourite ganseys. And I always think of it in conifer, which suits it very well – I can’t imagine it in navy.

6 comments to Patrington & Withernsea

  • Nigel

    I really like this one Gordon. I might have a crack at this one day!

  • Gordon

    Hi Nigel,

    It’s a perfect pattern in many ways. (By the way, if you ever see a copy of Gladys Thompson’s book, the model pictured creepily has the head and hands removed!)

  • Sarah

    Ack! That is creepy. I thought it was on a posed cloth mannequin or something. Nope. It’s on a person.

  • Gordon

    Hi Sarah – glad you agree – though come to think of it, you don’t mean my pictures above, do you?!

  • Anthony


    This is the Gansey that has inpired me as well. I have got up to the neck line [almost] of a prototype for a fairly decent size teddy bear. That means I have to complete the arms and the neck. I have left it for so long I have forgotten that I have lost my focus. I have tones of notes. I just need to get back to work. Thanks for this inspiring blogg.

  • Gordon

    Hi Anthony,

    It’s just a great pattern, isn’t it? A number of people have mentioned ganseys for teddy bears – perhaps we could work up a range for seafaring teddy bears, in fact I sense a bestselling series of children’s books coming up with lucrative merchandising opportunities (a bit like the Mousehole cat)!

    With all good wishes,

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