Gansey or Guernsey Knitting Patterns
Gansey patterns are inspired by the sweaters worn by fishermen around the coasts of the UK which were called ganseys or guernseys. They feature combinations of stitch patterns using just knit and purl stitches.
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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
This gansey-inspired pullover is knit in pieces with simple knit-and-purl charted stitch patterns. Sizes Bust—33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)”. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Alison Green for Berroco for one of my favorite yarns Berroco Modern Cotton
Old Way Gansey
Classic long-sleeved pullover designed by Ann Budd. Originally designed to be felted so if you don’t felt, knit to the after felting measurements. One of the free patterns in the free ebook 7 FREE Knitting Patterns for Men from Interweave. Pictured project by alissahead.
The poncho is knit in a single long panel that is folded in half and sewn together along one side, with an opening left for the neck. The sideways construction made this look crocheted to me but it’s knit! Designed by Premier Yarns.
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
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
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.
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
4-Row Gansey Scarf
This textured scarf is knit with a 4 row repeat — even including the cables. Designed y Marji LaFreniere
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.
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
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
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
Gansey Leg Warmers
With gansey inspired diamond and star motifs. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Courtney Kelley. Pictured project by gnomie71
Gorgeous Gansey Textures Collection
This collection includes 6 knitting patterns for pullover sweaters featuring gansey motifs. At least 5 are downloadable. Detailed information on each pattern at the link below.
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″
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
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!