Old Way Gansey by Ann Budd

Old Way Gansey

November 2004
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch worked in the round, before washing
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1320 yards (1207 m)
44" (112 cm) chest/bust circumference
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This pattern is available from interweave.com for $7.99.

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.”