Gansey or Guernsey Knitting Patterns
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Free Knitting Patterns
Classic long-sleeved cardigan by Norah Gaughan features the gansey stitch patterns in flattering lines. Sizes XS-2X
Fingerless mitts with textured stitch sections. Designed by Kalliopi Aronis
Arguyle Pullover Sweater
Long-sleeved pullover with stitches inspired by fishermen’s gansey sweaters. Sizes S[M, L, 1X, 2X]. Designed by Kathleen Sperling
Textured Stitch Wrap
Easy rectangular shawl pattern by Pattons that features 3 stitch patterns repeated to the desired length. Approx 16½” x 65″ [42 x 165 cm]. Available in English and French.
This easy pompom beanie hat is sized for children but some knitters have adapted for adults by adding repeats. Designed by Christiane Burkhard of LISMI Knits
Karin’s Gansey Scarf
This scarf features diamond motifs and other textured stitches. Designed by Tina Hees. Pictured project by jeffmeister
The Great Gansey Top
This pullover tee features a Gansey pattern that’s just a 12-stitch repeat with welts as resting rows. Designed by Kalliopi Aronis. Women’s XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X
Baby Gansey Sweater
This Easy Baby Aran pullover features gansey texture stitch patterns and buttons at the shoulders for easy dressing. Designed by Sarah Hoffman. Size 12 to 28 months / 20 inch chest finished size. Pattern is on the Internet Archive.
4-Row Gansey Scarf
This textured scarf is knit with a 4 row repeat — even including the cables. Designed y Marji LaFreniere
Gladys Gansey Socks
This sock features textured stitches like those in traditional Guersey / Gansey fishermen’s sweaters. Designed by General Hogbuffer who named this after Gladys Thompson who wrote the book Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans
A quick cowl featuring gansey diamond, diagonal lines and textured motifs with a simple garter stitch border. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Kerry Bullock-Ozkan
Short-sleeved pullover features a curved hemline, boat-neck neckline and traditional fisherman gansey motifs on the yoke. Designed by Valérie Miller. Sizes 34 (35.5, 37, 39, 41, 42.5).
Elizabeth McCarten’s vest features a modified gansey pattern with french knots and pockets. Knitters have customized this pattern for other stitch textures, without the pockets, or deeper shawl collar. Great range of sizes XS/S-3X. Pictured project by Tricodentelle
Norah Gaughan’s easy tee top re-interprets the traditional fisherman’s gansey with easy slipped stitch rib, garter details, and a generous hem. XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X
This pullover has a textured Gansey-style yoke and buttons along the edge of the raglan sleeve for easy dressing. Sizes 1/3 – 6/9 – 12/18 months (2 – 3/4) years. Designed by DROPS Design. Available in many languages. Pictured project by Fraugee728.
Treads Tipless Gloves
Victoria Anne Baker’s Gansey-inspired unisex gloves feature the linen ridge stitch that inspired the name of the pattern that can easily be modified to make full-fingered gloves, fingerless mitts, or even mittens.
Patterns for Purchase
Long-sleeved hooded pullover sweater features textured patterns reminiscent of Gansey stitches. Sizes Woman’s S through 2XL.
Five different stitch patterns are repeated in row sections in this fishermen’s sweater style afghan. Finished size is approximately 44″ x 50″.
She’s Electric Skirt
This Aztec Pattern Bodycon Skirt takes the gansey textured designs and adapts them to Aztec design to create a skirt that can be adapted for all times of the year. Sizes XS-1X to fit 31-49″ Hips
Cozy scarf or shawl features a variety of stitch patterns. Finished size is 19″ x 70″
Elizabeth Lovick provides instruction and at least 6 patterns in this workbook.
Ganz is a slightly asymmetrical triangular shawl that begins with a cable and gansey panel. Stitches are picked up on the long side of the panel to work the stockinette stitch body.
River Forest Gansey Sweater
This long-sleeved pullover features Tree of Life and basketweave gansey stitches. Sized to fit child to adult. Chest 25, 29, 33, 37, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 inchesOne of the more than 50 patterns in Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick (Author) and Susan Pittard (Photographer). Pictured project by eileenwh
Two rectangles are knit in sampler-style bands of textured stitch patterns, then seamed at the shoulders, leaving a neck opening. Size: 36(45)” wide x 20(22)” long.
Blankie for Baby
Easy baby blanket is created with just knit and purl stitches. Quick knit in chunky yarn.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!