Wolfe Island Gansey by Elizabeth McCarten
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Wolfe Island Gansey

February 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch after wet blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1000 - 1610 yards (914 - 1472 m)
Finished bust 34 (37.5, 40.5, 43.5, 46.75, 50)"
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This useful little cardi is a graceful take on the gansey tradition, featuring the Arbroath marriage lines stitch pattern. The construction is a blend of traditional and not-so-traditional methods. The body is knitted from the bottom up, and I chose to steek the front and armhole openings in order to allow the knitting to proceed with the right side always facing—so much simpler to keep track of the patterns. Once the steeks were cut, I used a perpendicular shoulder join to continue the stitch patterns on the saddle shoulder. The sleeves were then worked down from the shoulders, maintaining a 3-stitch underarm “seam” down to the cuffs.
Takes 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins of Lark, or 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) of Galway.