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.
Best regards 🙂
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.
Those are beautiful ganseys. Love your small things, too.
Dear Cathy, many thanks for your comment I highly appreciate it.
Outstanding work, you must be so pleased, a beautiful pattern and a lovely yarn with a fine stitch definition and lustre. Absolutely lovely, well done and again what lucky doctors. Hope improvement still continuing after the operation!
Many thanks to you Jane for your comment on my last gansey. Improvment is slow but I am optimistic and having plans for a new gansey :).
Judit, again what beautiful work, lovely pattern and a really good colour. Congratulations on such a fine piece.
Many thanks for your kind comment Jane. This is an easy, old pattern, you may find it in several books. I saw it in Rae Compton´s book on page 17. This is a Sheringham pattern from c 1902.
Congratulations on the pullover, so elegant, so beautifully made, lovely.
Congratulations to you, Judit, beautiful, beautiful work. I love the horizontal bands and the changing patterns and colours, so so well done.
Lovely sweater, Judit, and I really like the combination of colors and textures. Great job.
Many thanks for your comment. I think that all of us knitters have leftovers, so we could use the yarns like this. Horizontal bands are easy to knit and the patterns may change in every band as it is shown in this work.
I always enjoy looking at your gallery Judit, such beautiful and inspired work.
many thanks for the kind comment :).
Beautiful work, Judit, just so lovely, and such a fine pattern. Many congratulations.
Thank you so much Jane , your comment is highly appreciated.
Another lovely claret gansey! I get great comments on my claret every time it’s worn. Great job.
Yes I think claret is a great colour, fits to most of us. This gansey goes to Boston in September as a 85-yrs birthday present. Will see the surprise!
Have a nice week!
Very fine work and a gorgeous colour, many congratulations.
Jane,thank you for your kind comment. This goes as a present to my friend and this colour is her favourite. The wool comes from Peru and there is 30 % alpaca in it,thus it is soft and fine.
Lovely work on the collars, inspirational!
Jane, many thanks for your comment. I knitted some collars for Xmas present and all are with gansey patterns. This is my way of practicing new patterns and see how they look like knitted – very much different from the drawings.
Best regards from Finland!
Lovely new gansey with the trees and small cables – I agree with Gordon – this blue/gray color is stunning for ganseys. Well done.
That is indeed a work of art. Love the colour, love the design.
I picked a similar shade for my projected gansey, which keeps getting put off with other projects intervening. Right now I’m in a push to complete a piece for a coming art show. If it were not for deadlines, nothing would get finished!
Hello Lynne and Lois,
Thank you for your comments on my last gansey. I love the light colours/colors 🙂 , and my favourites/favorites 🙂 🙂 are gray and white . These mini cables are easy to knit as you do not need any holders for the stitches of the cables. The pattern is one of Mrs. Isabella Stewart´s and it is shown in Rae Compton´s book on page 91. Happy knitting !
Beautiful, beautiful work, lovely colour, pattern and fit, so well done, many congratulations.
many thanks for your comment on my work. I was happy with the fit, as my brother lives in Hungary – I in Finland so I did not have any measurements, the gansey was knitted based only on my memories about his size.
Beautiful work Judit and a wonderful colour. I look forward to seeing the finished garment when Margaret returns! Take care!
Thank you Jane. This is the Eddystone light house pattern, I do like it a lot as it is easy to knit . I knitted this pattern once in blue . This green is the color of the medical faculty Univ. Helsinki and the garment goes to an internist as a present for his retirement. And as usual I add to it the “Old celtic blessing for a hand made garment” – you probably know it.
Best regards !
Lovely sweater Judit!! I really like the staggered pattern down the sleeves. You’re giving old Gordon a good run for his money!!!
Many thanks for your comment Sharon. It is an interesting coincidence that I have knitted a green garment at about the same time with Gordon . And this is the second time that we knit similar colored ganseys without knowing about each other. The other one is the heather colored, you see it here on my friend shown here with her cat: Mimmu .
Great work, Judit, a super garment and a lovely colour. The recipient is very lucky indeed to receive a gift like this, and with a blessing! Wonderful! I did not know the Celtic blessing, but I do now and thoroughly agree!
Hello Jane, I was happy reading that you know the old celtic blessing now . I knitted about 10 garments to friends and the blessing goes always with the gift.
What a lovely gift! I don’t recall seeing that pattern before, it’s very effective. And the colour shows it to great advantage.
Lois the pattern is Eddystone pattern from Loose, named after the famous Lighthouse off the coast of Cronwall. I saw it in the book of Sabine Domnick. It is very simple and as you write effective.
Simple and so effective. Lovely work, Judit.
Victoria, BC, Canada
Thanks for the kind comment Julie !
The slipcover is just so lovely, Judit, beautiful pattern and colour, many congratulations.
Hello Jane and thanks for your kind comment. This is the second slipover I knitted with a gansey pattern. Our flats are warm and we do not need big pullovers indoors, so such a slipover may be useful .
Many congratulations on the cream gansey, superb work and such a good colour with the pattern.
Jane, thank you ! As you say the pattern and the colour are fine together. I knitted many ganseys but not one in navy blue – the traditional colour. Perhaps I should try it once. This pattern was shown by Gordon, who knitted it for a friend – pattern only on the yoke – in green if I remembered. So many thanks for Gordon :).
Beautiful work, Judit. I suspect you spend a lot of time with needles and yarn in your hands.
if you don’t have a bright lamp, may I suggest you save the navy yarn for longer days? I found it hard on my eyes.
VIctoria, BC, Canada
Well, my heavens, you’ve done it again! What a beautiful piece of work, congratulations!
Dear Julie and Lois, many thanks for the kind comments. Julie I will wait till summer with a navy blue gansey, we here in Finland do not need any lamps summertime, even our nights are bright. As I can not watch TV just by sitting at the screen I always have something to knit. I need about 3 to 4 months to knit a gansey pullover.
Happy knitting to you !