Maid in Guernsey by Janine Le Cras

Maid in Guernsey

January 2013
Sport (12 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
1800 - 2800 yards (1646 - 2560 m)
Women's XS (S, M, L, 1X); shown in size XS
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This design is a modern take on the traditional Guernsey from my home island. I used my grandmother’s old handwritten notes to formulate the basic design before adding a patterned Gansey
yoke. Magazine includes an accompanying article about this process.

The stitch patterns used in the gansey patterning are all traditional—apart from the central one, which is the Cross of St. John, taken from the center of the Guernsey flag.

Knitted in the round from the bottom up, this sweater has gentle waist shaping, underarm gussets and sleeves knitted from the top down.

Finished Measurements

Bust: 33.25 (36.75, 40.25, 44.25, 47.25)“ / 83 (92, 100.5, 110.5, 118)cm


Frangipani 5-ply Guernsey Wool (100% wool; 1200 yds / 1097m per 500g cone), color: Amethyst; 1800 (2000, 2300, 2500, 2800) yds / 1645 (1830, 2100, 2285, 2560)m

32-inch US #1 / 2.25mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
16-inch US #1 / 2.25mm circular needle (optional)
Set of US #1 / 2.25mm double pointed needles
Spare circular needle for 3-needle BO

4 stitch markers, stitch holder or waste yarn, yarn needle