She Gansey by Jeannine Sims
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She Gansey

April 2007
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17.5 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, worked in the round, with 2 strands of yarn held together
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1547 - 3094 yards (1415 - 2829 m)
33.75 (35.75, 41.25, 44.75, 49.25, 54.75)" (85.5[90.5, 105, 113.5, 125, 139] cm) bust circumference

Pattern description from No Sheep for You: “Ganseys are the coolest things. Texture without fuss, and so comfy, who could refuse? Designer Jeannine Sims made one for him and one for her. The He Gansey is quite clever…cotton mixed with super-stretchy poly makes this sweater hold its shape sheeplessly. It’s a woolless classic! For the women who like the look, a hint: this yarn comes in a ton of great colors. The She Gansey is slimmer fitting and incorporates waist shaping, a more body-conscious fit, and a slightly cropped length. The yarn is just a little nuts, in a good way. It’s a cotton/elastic blend that’s full of texture, spring, and hints of subtle color. It looks almost wispy in the ball, but knits into a firm, stretchy, comfy fabric. Because this yarn is so full of texture, the patterning in the She Gansey is much more subtle, made with more openwork than textured stitches. Me, I want one of each.”

Finished Measurements: 33.75 (35.75, 41.25, 44.75, 49.25, 54.75)“ (85.590.5, 105, 113.5, 125, 139 cm) bust circumference


  • Worsted-weight (CYCA #4 Medium) yarn.
  • Artful Yarns Candy (64% cotton, 32% acrylic, 3% nylon, 1% elastic; 119 yd 109 m/50 g): #9351 toffeee, 13 (15, 17, 19, 23, 26) skeins (used double).


  • Size 8 (5 mm): 16” and 24” (40 and 60 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notes from No Sheep for You:

  • The garter stitch welts for the front and back of the He Gansey are worked flat, then joined together.

  • For both versions, the body is worked in the round to the armholes, with gusset stitches added at the underarms. The front and back are then worked separately to the shoulders, which are joined with a three-needle bind off. Stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armholes and worked downward to the cuffs.

  • Suggested yarn is used double throughout.