Old Way Gansey
Pattern description from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004: “For some knitters, knitting a sweater without step-by-step instructions is intimidating; for others, follow instructions is tedious. Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and Deb Robson (2004, Nomad Press) is for knitters who fall somewhere in between. Taking the book’s approach - enough information for the basis of dozens of sweaters, but the freedom to choose yarn, gauge, fiished size, and stitch or color pattern - Ann Budd designed the classic pullover. See page 88 for details on how she translated an illustration in the book to the sweater shown here.”
Finished Size: 44” (112 cm) chest/bust circumference
Yarn: Blackwater Abbey 2-Ply Worsted Weight (100% wool; 220 yd 201 m/4 oz): moss, 6 skeins.
- Body and sleeves - Size 9 (5.5 mm): 24” (60-cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
- Neckband - Size 8 (5 mm): 16” (40-cm) cir.
- Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Additional Gauge: 17.5 sts and 26.5 rnds = 4” (10 cm) after two normal, warm-water cycles in the washing machine.
Note from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004: “If you do not plan to felt the finished sweater, match the after-washing gauge and follow the after-washing vertical measurements to achieve the correct finished measurements.”