Rhodes Point Gansey
Named for a small town on Maryland’s last inhabited is-land in the Chesapeake Bay, this pullover is inspired by the rich tradition of fishermen’s ganseys. Traditionally a practical and hardwearing garment, this version has been updated to reflect a woman’s touch. The yarn, a rich soft blend of alpaca, silk, cashmere, and camel, is a far cry from the lanolin-rich, gutsy wool sweaters of times past. The silhouette has been updated as well, but without sacrificing the worthwhile historical tech-niques. To provide a more feminine fit, I created a modified set-in sleeve that is shaped with short-rows at the underarm. An “invented” Channel Island bind-off for the cuffs combines Icelandic and picot bind-off methods and mirrors the cast-ons at the welts.