From the Virtual Yarns website: “This is Jade’s design, completed during her knitting apprenticeship. Her brief was to design a garment that could be different in appearance from a gansey, but which must have all the standard gansey features, including underarm gussets. She still has a sand dollar that she picked up from a beach as a child, and she designed patterns loosely based upon it. The result is very feminine, but all the fisher gansey features are there.”
Summary: Sand Dollar is a round-neck, A-line, woman’s pullover featuring unique gansey stitch patterning. The A-line style is accentuated by a band of pattern across the bustline, separating the ‘lower’ pattern area from the ‘bodice’ pattern area. Each pattern section is different but all flow together in expression. The bottom hemline is scaloped due to the stitch patterning employed. The body is knit in one piece on a circular needle to the yoke area, then the front and back are worked separately. The sleeves are picked-up from the body and worked down to the cuff.
Skills needed : cable knitting, pick-up stitches, increase and decrease in pattern, gusset handling and 3-needle shoulder joining. The pattern includes a section on the shaping techniques used.
Additional yarn information : pattern as per Pacific Coast Highway, uses 1 colour
Additional size information : as per Pacific Coast Highway
to fit bust 32-34 inches (81-86 cm), knitted underarm measurement (ex. gussets) of 35.5 inches (90 cm)
to fit bust 35-38 inches (89-97 cm ), knitted underarm measurement (ex. gussets) of 39.5 inches (100 cm)
to fit bust 39-42 inches (99-107 cm ), knitted underarm measurement (ex. gussets) of 44 inches (112 cm)
Additional materials needed: 1 set of double-pointed needles size 3 mm (US 2½), a cable needle, 6 stitch holders and stitch markers.
Charts: 10 cable charts
Pacific Coast Highway, published 1997, out of print, used prices $250.
Although the pattern is not available, yarn kits can be purchased from the Virtual Yarns website